Canada’s Huawei extradition ruling could unleash more Chinese backlash, Americas News & Top Stories

OTTAWA (REUTERS) – A Canadian court ruling that could permit the extradition of a senior Huawei Technologies executive to the United States leaves Canada vulnerable to further retaliation from Beijing, analysts said. Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on Wednesday lost a challenge to a US bid to extradite her to face bank fraud charges, a decision the Chinese embassy in Ottawa strongly denounced. For Canada, the stakes are high. After Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018, China detained two Canadian citizens on state security charges and blocked imports…

Formula One: Austria gives OK to crowd-free F1 races on July 5, 12, Formula One News & Top Stories

ZURICH (REUTERS) – Formula One can start its season in Austria with two races behind closed doors on July 5 and 12, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday (May 30). The delayed championship, which was due to get going in Australia in March, has had to cancel or postpone a string of races – including the Monaco highlight – due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Austrian grand prix circuit, the scenic Red Bull Ring owned by the energy drink brand, is near the village of Spielberg about 200km south-west…

Fear of foreign interference looms large in China’s version of Hong Kong law, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – Few would disagree that China’s late patriarch Deng Xiaoping was a wise and visionary leader. It took courage to grant Hong Kong autonomy in a “one country, two systems” framework that sets the city apart from other Chinese cities green with envy. China would keep its hands off Hong Kong, pledging that the city’s capitalist system and lifestyle will not change for 50 years and that it will be run by Hong Kongers except in foreign and defence affairs. The city has not had to pay taxes to…

Virus presents Asean with challenges: The Statesman contributors, Asia News & Top Stories

NEW DELHI (THE STATESMAN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The outbreak of novel coronavirus poses a significant threat to Southeast Asia and its regional bloc Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). This is primarily due to the region’s geographical proximity to China and the high trade flow between them. Asean has not faced anything like Covid-19 in the recent past. The massive scale of the outbreak has brought about the need for the regional bloc to act firmly as the international system has left every country for itself. The optimal way for…

Trending Food: Sour and spicy noodles, the latest cup-noodle trend from China, Food News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – If instant noodles are among your work-from-home comfort foods, try suan la fen or sour and spicy noodles, the hottest cup-noodle trend from China to sweep Singapore. Each cup – printed with cute cartoons and catch-phrases – is filled with individually packed ingredients. More fancy options include vacuum-sealed clams, scallops and mushrooms – along with seasoning powders, vinegar and mala sauce. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features…

Capital flight fears grow alongside Hong Kong political turmoil, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – The fresh political turmoil engulfing Hong Kong in recent days is reviving worries over capital outflows from one of the world’s biggest financial hubs. While there’s little evidence so far that investors, large companies or expat residents are rushing to move their money, the emergence of China’s national security Bill and the US response that it can no longer certify Hong Kong’s political autonomy is stoking concern. The developments come after Hong Kong in the past year was pushed into a deep economic crisis triggered by…

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with Covid-19 as cover: Foreign Minister, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China is not making use of Covid-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24). Rebutting claims that Beijing was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, Mr Wang said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus. “There is nothing to support the claim that China is using COVID-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea,” said Mr Wang, speaking at an annual press conference held on the…

Subcontinent’s silly season could get serious, Opinion News & Top Stories

As if the world doesn’t have enough on its hands with a pandemic that’s proving difficult to control, we now have a fresh worry: tensions boiling in the subcontinent between Chinese and Indian troops in the far north and north-east of the area, and between Indians and Pakistanis in Kashmir. Last weekend, a serious skirmish took place between Chinese and Indian troops in the north Sikkim sector in which a young Indian lieutenant apparently struck a Chinese major in the face after the latter appeared to menace an Indian captain,…

US keen for Asean to stand up to China moves amid Covid-19 pandemic, United States News & Top Stories

Amid deepening tactical and strategic competition with China, the United States wants Asean to stand up to what it calls “outside coercion” in the regional bloc’s own backyard. The US is moving across a broad front, from technology to tariffs to visas, in what some analysts call “full-spectrum competition” with China. As relations reach a low point, the question of where it leaves South-east Asia re-emerges. Seeing the two global powers at loggerheads makes the South-east Asian region nervous. The region needs both – but not at each other’s throats.…

China slams US over new Huawei tech curbs, United States News & Top Stories

BEIJING • Beijing has urged the United States to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises” after Washington announced new export controls to restrict the tech giant’s access to semiconductor technology. The latest restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, which is at the centre of US spying allegations, are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance. “The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday. “We urge the…