How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

How a Hong Kong chef lost his restaurant but gained a new, healthy and happy life

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When chef Nate Green looks back at the closure of his grilled-meat restaurant Rhoda in Hong Kong’s Sai Ying Pun district in August 2018, it was the best thing to happen to him, mentally and physically.“It was not fun to go through, and if we were still open, we would have definitely closed because […]

Is climate responsibility good for business? Signs show the corporate environment may be changing, but is it still just ‘greenwashing’?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Back in the innocent 1990s, it was called “corporate philanthropy”. By the early 2000s, marketing departments had recrafted the concept into “corporate social responsibility” or CSR. As of today, corporate reports are awash with “environmental, social and governance” performance, or ESG. It was mostly “greenwashing” then, and the cynic in me says that it […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

Restaurant review: The Common Room in Sai Wan – ‘gastropub’ dishes generous and full of flavour

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J My guest and I were sceptical when we arrived at The Common Room in Sai Wan, in Hong Kong’s Western District. The menu calls its a gastropub, but it lacks the warm, convivial buzz of the gastropubs we’ve visited, and seemed more like a rather generic restaurant in a hotel – which, in fact, […]

How the US and China can find common ground in an era of techno-nationalism

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The White House and Beijing have reached an agreement on a “phase one” trade deal with most of the last-minute attention focused on agricultural purchases and tariff reductions. Among the key structural issues that may not have been adequately addressed is Washington’s concern about theft of intellectual property rights, which, according to President Donald […]

Western media reports on the Hong Kong protests tell just one of many stories

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The six months of protests and unrest in Hong Kong have attracted extensive media attention around the world. Most major Western press and TV news outlets have reporters here covering the story. Time magazine even shortlisted the city’s protesters for its “Person of the Year” award.Yet, at the same time, far worse unrest has […]

US-China trade deal and Boris Johnson’s election victory in Britain have stock market bulls cheering, but for how long?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Judging by the recent performance of the MSCI All-Country World Index, a gauge of stocks in developed and developing economies, investor sentiment has been given a significant boost by the thumping majority secured by the ruling Conservative Party in Britain’s parliamentary election and the signing of a “phase one” trade deal between Washington and […]

China is risking economic stagnation with its half-hearted stimulus measures

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently announced the launch of a US$121 billion stimulus package, but China is still hesitating to do something similar. As a result of the global economic slowdown and weakening domestic demand, China’s GDP growth rate fell to 6 per cent in the third quarter of this year, the lowest […]

US consumers stand to lose even more as Donald Trump targets drone maker DJI

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The name has changed, but the story is the same. DJI, the Chinese company that is the world’s biggest manufacturer of small commercial drones, is under attack from the United States for allegedly being a threat to national security. Mobile phone and next-generation 5G giant Huawei, also based in Shenzhen, has been fighting the […]

Macau must explain why it stopped journalists from entering

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The 20th anniversary celebrations of China’s resumption of sovereignty over Macau, including a visit from President Xi Jinping, has long been an event to watch on the media calendar. Amid political unrest in Hong Kong, the occasion has added interest here. Media organisations followed usual practice for such security-sensitive events by registering with the […]

Macau must explain why it stopped journalists from entering

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The 20th anniversary celebrations of China’s resumption of sovereignty over Macau, including a visit from President Xi Jinping, has long been an event to watch on the media calendar. Amid political unrest in Hong Kong, the occasion has added interest here. Media organisations followed usual practice for such security-sensitive events by registering with the […]

Macau must explain why it stopped journalists from entering

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The 20th anniversary celebrations of China’s resumption of sovereignty over Macau, including a visit from President Xi Jinping, has long been an event to watch on the media calendar. Amid political unrest in Hong Kong, the occasion has added interest here. Media organisations followed usual practice for such security-sensitive events by registering with the […]

Scottish independence: Sturgeon requests powers for referendum

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Scotland’s first minister calls on UK government to negotiate the transfer of power to allow another independence referendum. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2S95MBZ * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. […]

After protest-wracked Hong Kong’s dismal 2019, even Santa has little to offer – except a reminder that this city remains magical

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Whereas last year, the pub was the only place I could find Santa Claus for an interview, this year, it was a Sunday – walking down Hennessy Road with a million other people. “I didn’t know you were a yellow [pro-democracy],” I began. “You always wear red.”“I can’t change my brand image now”, he […]

Winston Churchill’s grandson engulfed in sex scandal, Muhammad Ali visits China and a man’s deadly fear of dentists: headlines from 40 years ago

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A sex scandal embroiling one of Winston Churchill’s grandsons, the legendary Muhammad Ali teaching boxing in China, and a man’s fear of dentists costing him his life, made the headlines four decades ago this week.December 16, 1979● The grandson of British wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was linked to allegations of possible security leaks. […]

The six airlines serving the best Christmas in-flight meals – think roast turkey and goose, plum liqueur and, for Japanese, New Year lucky noodles

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The holiday season is in full swing and, just like your neighbourhood stores, shopping malls and car dealerships, airlines are getting into the festive spirit.Beyond the in-flight entertainment systems featuring films like Elf, the good cheer is popping up on-board in the form of food and drink offerings.While no one appears to be serving […]

Japan should beware of the deep US-China undercurrents in the South China Sea

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Some commentators have recently extolled the virtues of Japan’s increased military presence in the South China Sea. But this is a bad idea for Japan and the region because it will draw it closer to conflict with China.Under pressure from the United States to aid China containment, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stretched […]

Why Hong Kong’s surviving dai pai dongs are still loved, and the owners who just won’t quit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s 6pm in Hong Kong and as the last glow of sunlight disappears, it’s time for most people to start winding down. But for Lam Kee-sing, the busiest time of the day is just starting.Lam is the chef-owner of Sing Kee, one of the few remaining dai pai dongs – street food stalls – […]

Don’t cry for Hong Kong. Say sorry and fix our problems

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Hong Kong has experienced major social unrest before: in 1956, 1967 and now. But the current unrest is probably the worst, and people have suffered. Few could imagine a city that takes pride in being cool and resourceful becoming so fractured, socially and physically, and with so much negative emotion.However, Hong Kong survived the […]

If China is serious about cracking down on its mountain of debt, it must stop sending mixed signals

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If “three steps forward and two steps back” is China’s typical rhythm, we are now in the regressive stage, at least in the banking sector. Both the government and the public seem to be working hard to sabotage the country’s fragile credit infrastructure.In the Tang and Song dynasties, delinquent borrowers were often sent to […]

If China is serious about cracking down on its mountain of debt, it must stop sending mixed signals

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If “three steps forward and two steps back” is China’s typical rhythm, we are now in the regressive stage, at least in the banking sector. Both the government and the public seem to be working hard to sabotage the country’s fragile credit infrastructure.In the Tang and Song dynasties, delinquent borrowers were often sent to […]

If China is serious about cracking down on its mountain of debt, it must stop sending mixed signals

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If “three steps forward and two steps back” is China’s typical rhythm, we are now in the regressive stage, at least in the banking sector. Both the government and the public seem to be working hard to sabotage the country’s fragile credit infrastructure. In the Tang and Song dynasties, delinquent borrowers were often sent […]

Trump’s ‘historic’ trade deal with China is a poor bargain for US businesses and consumers

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The trade world waited with bated breath as the December 15 deadline for a deal between the United States and China approached. US tariffs were set to increase yet again on Chinese goods. China would certainly retaliate. Stock markets hovered in anticipation. If the two largest global economies could get trade back on track, […]

Johnny Fiveaces: Original meme artwork sells for $5,100

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Pencil sketch of Johnny Fiveaces, the internet in-joke from an abandoned computer game, sells on eBay. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2PCsgtL * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

Johnny Fiveaces: Original meme artwork sells for $5,100

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Pencil sketch of Johnny Fiveaces, the internet in-joke from an abandoned computer game, sells on eBay. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2PCsgtL * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

South Korea’s conservative protesters, like Britain’s Brexiteers, reject rule by doctrinaire leftists

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Conservative protest is now a global phenomenon. The resounding success of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the latest elections for the House of Commons shows the overwhelming support of a significant majority of Britons for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Also, less widely understood, the vote revealed popular revulsion over the policies […]

Confidence should be restored at home first

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Violent clashes between protesters and police, clouds of tear gas and vandalised shops and train stations are not the images of Hong Kong the government wants the world to see. Full-page advertisements taken out in leading international newspapers show the preferred vision, a picture-perfect aerial view of the harbour with a pristine sky-blue background […]

Labour leadership: Emily Thornberry to run for Labour leadership

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The shadow foreign secretary becomes the first Labour MP to formally announce her candidacy. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2PwovGa * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

How United States became world’s top soybean producer, what it does with them, and why US-China trade war makes crop’s future uncertain

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In 1905, the US Department of Agriculture sent Frank Meyer to China to look for interesting seeds. Over the next three years the Netherlands-born plant explorer, who had trained at the famous Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam (and changed his name from Frans Meijer when he emigrated to the United States), would send back thousands […]

General election 2019: Blair attacks Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on Brexit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Former prime minister Tony Blair says Labour “let our country down” at the general election. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2rNPggl * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

General election 2019: Blair attacks Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on Brexit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Former prime minister Tony Blair says Labour “let our country down” at the general election. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2rNPggl * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

Pramila Le Hunte: ‘I tried to be the first female British Asian Tory MP’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Winning as a Tory in Birmingham Ladywood in 1983 was going to be tough, but Pramila Le Hunte gave it her best shot. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/36MmWJO * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever […]

How Cuba’s digital revolutionaries are fighting for change

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A year after Cuba’s government allowed 3G on the island, we follow three activists using the internet to drive rapid change. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2sGBBHC * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, […]

General election 2019: Blair attacks Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on Brexit

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Former prime minister Tony Blair says Labour “let our country down” at the general election. Brought to you by BBC. Read more: https://ift.tt/2rNPggl * * * * * Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains – wherever you are, whatever your age. https://www.bbc.com/

The trade war has pushed China towards further globalisation, domestic technology development and policy reforms

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The world has been watching developments in the Sino-US relationship with trepidation. Fears of increasing disengagement between the two economic superpowers have given rise to uncertainties about the global economy and financial markets.At the eye of the storm has been the bilateral trade relationship, within which escalating tariffs over the past 18 months have […]

Restaurant review: Red Pocket Cafe in Wan Chai – US$9 cart noodles disappoint, but other lunch dishes delicious

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Among the shops and restaurants on bustling Jaffe Road in Wan Chai, Red Pocket Cart Noodles Cafe stands out for its vintage Hong Kong-style storefront.We arrived at noon when the shop only had a few customers, but within half an hour, it was full. The cafe has a nice, homely atmosphere and friendly staff. […]

What do Asians really think of migrant workers? You might be shocked

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J On December 18, 2000, the international community adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Thus, we mark what is now known as International Migrants Day.In the 19 years since the convention, we have made it easier and easier to move around our […]

Donald Trump’s ‘soybean solution’ to the US-China trade war is much ado about nothing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump’s chief trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer told the US House Ways and Means Committee on February 27 that any final agreement between the United States and China would be specific, measurable and enforceable at all levels of the Chinese government and that he had no interest in a “soybean solution”. But […]

US-China decoupling would spell the end of globalisation and China’s growth story

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the past couple of decades, nothing has been as prominent in remaking the global economy and reshaping global geopolitics as China’s rise and globalisation. China’s accession into the World Trade Organisation in 2001 – the landmark inception of the world’s most populous nation into the global capitalist system – drove both China’s explosive […]

Hong Kong’s dollar peg has been crucial during the crisis, and should be maintained when it ends

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It might seem odd, given that the economy entered a technical recession in the third quarter of 2019, but as growth picks up, as it will, Hong Kong may find that sticking to its linked exchange rate system (LERS) means both accepting lower interest rates than might otherwise be warranted and having to address […]

Xi Jinping can blame his centralisation of power for a rotten 2019 – and maybe an even worse 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s strongman leader can’t seem to catch a break. From the trade war with the United States to the crisis in Hong Kong to international criticism of his human rights record, President Xi Jinping suffered major setbacks in 2019, and his prospects for 2020 appear even worse.China could have ended the trade war with […]

China clearly wants good relations with the US, but is the feeling mutual?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It is a fraught time to be debating “competition or cooperation” between the United States and China. Relations strained by the trade war have been further soured by US moves to sanction officials in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, prompting Beijing to launch a PR campaign aimed at countering “foreign interference”. However, a conference on […]

Latin America’s top chef on cooking in the now – ‘I like to cook the way I live and I live one day at a time’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J How was it growing up in a bicultural environ­ment? “My father was Japanese but I was born in Peru. I went to Japan to gain experience working as a chef. At first it was tough. The Japanese expect you to suffer while learning so that you will appreciate success. That is very different from […]

China clearly wants good relations with the US, but is the feeling mutual?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It is a fraught time to be debating “competition or cooperation” between the United States and China. Relations strained by the trade war have been further soured by US moves to sanction officials in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, prompting Beijing to launch a PR campaign aimed at countering “foreign interference”. However, a conference on […]

China clearly wants good relations with the US, but is the feeling mutual?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It is a fraught time to be debating “competition or cooperation” between the United States and China. Relations strained by the trade war have been further soured by US moves to sanction officials in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, prompting Beijing to launch a PR campaign aimed at countering “foreign interference”. However, a conference on […]

Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau awards first stars to newcomers Louise, Rùn, and Andre Chiang’s Sichuan Moon

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Michelin stars for six-month-old Louise at PMQ, a first star for Petrus, where new executive chef Uwe Opocensky unveiled his first menus in November, and a third star for Forum and Sushi Shikon – these were among the highlights at the unveiling on Tuesday of the 2020 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.Another newcomer, […]

Business leaders must push back on US-China decoupling and demand de-escalation of trade tensions

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J With the agreement on a limited deal to halt the trade war, we may finally be seeing a de-escalation between the United States and China. Under a phase-one trade deal, both sides committed to halting further tariff hikes, giving business leaders time to take stock of the damage and begin planning.As negotiators turn their […]

The fake-meat challenge for US firms in China, where millions aspire to eat real meat and plant-based foods are natural

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the Wangjing neighbourhood of Beijing, ZeroGo is one of the city’s few vegan restaurants. It offers pizza, protein bowls and Asian-fusion fare, and online reviews rave about the menu’s creativity, which includes a vegan Big Mac, complete with vegan cheese and dairy-free special sauce. The “burger” is made from scratch, an original, pea-based recipe.If the American fake-meat […]

The trade war, North Korea’s nuclear provocations and Hong Kong’s protests all show what happens when ‘principle’ triumphs over reason

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s often little more than a thin line between admirable principle and stubbornness, and that line is not always easy to identify. Lost in the miasma of mutually exclusive righteousness, each side says the other is wrong, evil or both.The tragic consequence is that both interlocutors, each smugly with the “truth” that’s entirely theirs […]

China’s economic planners should be talking up growth, not resigning themselves to a slowdown

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has its work cut out for it bucking the trend towards slower growth in 2020. With economic expansion hitting a nearly 30-year low of 6 per cent in the third quarter, China’s planners seem to have a daunting task ahead of them. Hopes may be rising for an early end to the US-China […]

Why India’s new citizenship law has sparked an outcry – even among those it sought to please

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in both houses of the Indian parliament seeks to give Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who migrated to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution. The exclusion of Muslims from the bill has resulted in widespread protests in […]

Brexit once sent London property prices sinking but may now boost them. Will this last?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When the pound was plummeting in the months following Britain’s decision in June 2016 to vote to leave the European Union, few would have predicted that, three years later, sterling would be surging on the back of a resounding election victory for a nationalist party hell-bent on delivering a “hard Brexit”.Yet, after a prolonged […]

Brexit once sent London property prices sinking but may now boost them. Will this last?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When the pound was plummeting in the months following Britain’s decision in June 2016 to vote to leave the European Union, few would have predicted that, three years later, sterling would be surging on the back of a resounding election victory for a nationalist party hell-bent on delivering a “hard Brexit”.Yet, after a prolonged […]

Brexit once sent London property prices sinking but may now boost them. Will this last?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When the pound was plummeting in the months following Britain’s decision in June 2016 to vote to leave the European Union, few would have predicted that, three years later, sterling would be surging on the back of a resounding election victory for a nationalist party hell-bent on delivering a “hard Brexit”.Yet, after a prolonged […]

Asem can help Asia and Europe forge a truly powerful partnership

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The foreign ministers’ meeting of Asem that I chair might sound like a rather bureaucratic acronym but is, actually, politically a highly relevant event for our continents.The Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) forum brings together 53 partners made up of the 28 European Union member states, Norway, Switzerland, the EU, 21 countries in Asia and the […]

Lam has been put on notice, by none other than President Xi

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s foremost leaders are not mincing words when it comes to what they expect of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her government. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang had stern messages for her during her annual duty visit to Beijing, highlighting the need to investigate and address the social […]

World is not ready to edit genes of human embryos

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J By now, practically every aspect of disgraced Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s attempt to modify human embryos to make them resistant to HIV has been condemned, in China and internationally. And, as shown by excerpts from his unpublished paper released by MIT Technology Review, Lulu and Nana, the twins the unauthorised experiment gave birth to, […]

Time for world’s leaders to pay attention, Greta Thunberg award is a reminder they work for us

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Governments around the world need a slap in the face every now and then, as a stern reminder they are failing to serve their citizens.The naming of climate change activist Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year has done exactly that to governments around the world.The annual award by Time magazine is […]

Hong Kong protesters must focus on attainable goals, such as MPF pension reforms, which Beijing cannot argue against

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Hong Kong’s protesters can learn a thing or two from their French counterparts. We are not talking disruption, violence and vandalism here, but goals.Public transport workers in France brought Paris and other cities to a grinding halt with rolling strikes to show displeasure with President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the country’s pension system. […]

Where to eat the best dumplings in Hong Kong, according to a mega fan, and the city’s best coffee

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Public relations executive Ivan Theodoulou is Newell PR’s regional director, and a resident of Sai Kung.My tastes tend to be more Chinese-oriented although there are lapses. I also have an airline mentality, ie, chicken or fish, when it comes to choosing dishes because I’ve never been a big red meat eater. And for lunch, […]

Balance needed in ban on dope cheats

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Serial offending goes with doping in sport. Drug-enhanced success becomes addictive. Random testing during and outside of competition is aimed at deterrence and detection. Now Russian sport authorities are accused, not for the first time, of taking serial offending to a new level, beyond individual doping, through state-sponsored cheating. As a result, the World […]

Beijing needs to get the balance right when spreading its message

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has long acknowledged that soft power is the best way to calm concerns about its growing economic and military strength. But the response to criticism in the West of trade practices, the protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uygur Muslims in the Xinjiang region have shown how much work still needs […]

Xi Jinping’s China is losing its propaganda war left, right and centre this year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If President Xi Jinping’s team carries out annual job appraisals, China’s overseas propaganda team will surely be found to have performed catastrophically. Whether it is Hong Kong or Xinjiang, Huawei or the trade war with the United States, the Chinese regime has had a string of notable public relations failures this year.While the regime’s […]

Carrie Lam’s successor must be able to win over Beijing and the Hong Kong public. Two candidates come to mind

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J New Year’s Eve will mark the midpoint of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s five-year term. Even the stoutest political heart must surely blanch at another 2½ years of the present imbroglio.Although the exact timing of Lam’s departure remains uncertain, it is not too early for speculation about the next chief executive and how […]

How much damage has Carrie Lam done to Hong Kong politics since 2016? Beijing must keep count

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J By now, nothing should faze us when it comes to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. She herself remains unfazed by how much of a political deadweight she is. In fact, she’s political poison – just look at how the pro-establishment camp was pretty much obliterated in the district council elections, losing […]

How the ‘hellish cityscape of Beijing’ inspired a cookbook by Taiwanese-Canadian

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese-Canadian Mandy Lee’s first attempt at cooking was not a success. In one of the chapters of The Art of Escapism Cooking (2019), she writes that when she was 16 and growing up in Vancouver, her mother and three “aunties” would have all-day sessions of mahjong. Each of the players would pay $5 for […]

Russia’s energy reserves have brought it closer to both China and Europe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If someone invents a product it may sooner or later be cloned in other countries. China no longer has a monopoly on gunpowder, silk or blue and white porcelain. A natural resource is a different matter.Flying as a student between Siberia and St Petersburg, I often thought my country was like an archipelago in […]

Russia’s energy reserves have brought it closer to both China and Europe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If someone invents a product it may sooner or later be cloned in other countries. China no longer has a monopoly on gunpowder, silk or blue and white porcelain. A natural resource is a different matter.Flying as a student between Siberia and St Petersburg, I often thought my country was like an archipelago in […]

Russia’s energy reserves have brought it closer to both China and Europe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If someone invents a product it may sooner or later be cloned in other countries. China no longer has a monopoly on gunpowder, silk or blue and white porcelain. A natural resource is a different matter.Flying as a student between Siberia and St Petersburg, I often thought my country was like an archipelago in […]