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Shanghai residents allowed out to shop for groceries for first time in over 50 days

Shanghai residents in certain districts have been allowed to venture out to supermarkets again from May 17, 2022, after more than a month of strict lockdowns. Only one designated person per household is allowed to go on a one-hour shopping trip to stock up on no more than 500 yuan (US$74) worth of food. On May 20, Shanghai reported 719 new Covid cases, the lowest case load in two months. The city is gradually resuming normal activity, with the aim of ending the lockdowns on June 1.

Shanghai residents in certain districts have been allowed to venture out to supermarkets again from May 17, 2022, after more than a month of strict lockdowns. Only one designated person per household is allowed to go on a one-hour shopping trip to stock up on no more than 500 yuan (US$74) worth of food. On May 20, Shanghai reported 719 new Covid cases, the lowest case load in two months. The city is gradually resuming normal activity, with the aim of ending the lockdowns on June 1.

20 May 2022 - 2:50PM
Biden to launch ambitious economic initiative for Indo-Pacific on Asia tour, White House says

US President Joe Biden began his widely anticipated Asia trip on May 19, 2022, his first presidential trip to the region. Arriving in Seoul before travelling onwards to Tokyo, Biden began the trip with an emphasis on trade. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on May 18 that apart from addressing security issues in the region, Biden will unveil an ambitious economic initiative for Asia: the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework or IPEF. The new initiative aims to tackle emerging economic challenges, including the digital economy and infrastructure building.

US President Joe Biden began his widely anticipated Asia trip on May 19, 2022, his first presidential trip to the region. Arriving in Seoul before travelling onwards to Tokyo, Biden began the trip with an emphasis on trade. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on May 18 that apart from addressing security issues in the region, Biden will unveil an ambitious economic initiative for Asia: the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework or IPEF. The new initiative aims to tackle emerging economic challenges, including the digital economy and infrastructure building.

20 May 2022 - 10:07AM
Taiwan’s coronavirus cases reach new record as island moves away from zero-Covid policy

Taiwan posted a new daily record of Covid-19 cases on May 18, 2022, as the island undergoes its second coronavirus wave that started in early April, sparked by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The island’s health ministry records 225 deaths in the past week and acknowledges the virus is spreading rapidly among some communities. Once one of the world’s last zero-Covid policy holdouts, Taiwan has since reversed its strategy to living with the virus and has been gradually relaxing Covid restrictions even as daily cases continue to rise. The self-ruled island said it aims to coexist with Covid, highlighting a pandemic policy difference with mainland China.

Taiwan posted a new daily record of Covid-19 cases on May 18, 2022, as the island undergoes its second coronavirus wave that started in early April, sparked by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The island’s health ministry records 225 deaths in the past week and acknowledges the virus is spreading rapidly among some communities. Once one of the world’s last zero-Covid policy holdouts, Taiwan has since reversed its strategy to living with the virus and has been gradually relaxing Covid restrictions even as daily cases continue to rise. The self-ruled island said it aims to coexist with Covid, highlighting a pandemic policy difference with mainland China.

19 May 2022 - 6:00PM
China-built clean coal-fired power plant in Dubai completed

Chinese companies completed construction of the Hassyan Power Plant on May 16, 2022. The Dubai plant, the Middle East's first clean coal-fired facility, is a major project under China’s trade initiative to link economies into a China-centred trading network, the Belt and Road Initiative. The 2,400 megawatt power plant is expected to generate 20 percent of Dubai’s energy. The United Arab Emirates announced that the US$3.4 billion coal plant will eventually transition to natural gas as part of the UAE's 2050 net-zero carbon pledge.

Chinese companies completed construction of the Hassyan Power Plant on May 16, 2022. The Dubai plant, the Middle East's first clean coal-fired facility, is a major project under China’s trade initiative to link economies into a China-centred trading network, the Belt and Road Initiative. The 2,400 megawatt power plant is expected to generate 20 percent of Dubai’s energy. The United Arab Emirates announced that the US$3.4 billion coal plant will eventually transition to natural gas as part of the UAE's 2050 net-zero carbon pledge.

19 May 2022 - 9:00AM
Hero doctor charged gunman and prevented further bloodshed in California church shooting

The doctor who died in the Laguna Woods church shooting in California on May 15, 2022, has been hailed as a hero. Dr John Cheng died from a gunshot wound after he tackled the shooter to the ground. According to Orange County sheriff Donald Barnes, his action saved dozens of lives. The suspect, David Chou, is a Chinese immigrant from Las Vegas, who was born and raised in Taiwan. He was initially mis-identified as being from mainland China. The attack came one day after another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York that left 10 people dead.

The doctor who died in the Laguna Woods church shooting in California on May 15, 2022, has been hailed as a hero. Dr John Cheng died from a gunshot wound after he tackled the shooter to the ground. According to Orange County sheriff Donald Barnes, his action saved dozens of lives. The suspect, David Chou, is a Chinese immigrant from Las Vegas, who was born and raised in Taiwan. He was initially mis-identified as being from mainland China. The attack came one day after another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York that left 10 people dead.

18 May 2022 - 2:22PM
China completes maiden pre-delivery test flight of C919 commercial passenger aircraft

China’s C919 commercial passenger aircraft completed its maiden pre-delivery test flight on May 14, 2022. The milestone came after 14 years of development by state-owned jet maker Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). The entry of a Chinese player into the global commercial passenger aircraft market could disrupt the long-held duopoly of Airbus and Boeing.

China’s C919 commercial passenger aircraft completed its maiden pre-delivery test flight on May 14, 2022. The milestone came after 14 years of development by state-owned jet maker Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). The entry of a Chinese player into the global commercial passenger aircraft market could disrupt the long-held duopoly of Airbus and Boeing.

17 May 2022 - 10:30AM
Chicago dim sum restaurant owner combines best of East and West

A dim sum restaurant owner in Chicago has fused the best of traditional Cantonese cuisine and Chicago culture. Spencer Ng, a second-generation business owner, took over his parent’s restaurant determined to further develop his family’s centuries-old Cantonese tradition. Amid the economic recession brought on by the pandemic, the US-born Ng incorporates Chicago and Chinese cultures in his restaurant, where he brews beer from tea and blends Chicago streetwear into his staff’s uniform.

A dim sum restaurant owner in Chicago has fused the best of traditional Cantonese cuisine and Chicago culture. Spencer Ng, a second-generation business owner, took over his parent’s restaurant determined to further develop his family’s centuries-old Cantonese tradition. Amid the economic recession brought on by the pandemic, the US-born Ng incorporates Chicago and Chinese cultures in his restaurant, where he brews beer from tea and blends Chicago streetwear into his staff’s uniform.

16 May 2022 - 1:30PM
Making maths sexy: Taiwanese teacher puts hardcore calculus classes on Pornhub

A mathematics teacher has come up with a novel way to attract new students to his online classes. Thinking out of the box, Chang Shun-wei decided to upload his maths lessons on the free online porn site Pornhub. Featuring scantily clad female models erasing maths equations off the blackboard, Chang’s online classes have so far attracted 2 million views and over 8,500 subscribers since his channel launched two years ago.

A mathematics teacher has come up with a novel way to attract new students to his online classes. Thinking out of the box, Chang Shun-wei decided to upload his maths lessons on the free online porn site Pornhub. Featuring scantily clad female models erasing maths equations off the blackboard, Chang’s online classes have so far attracted 2 million views and over 8,500 subscribers since his channel launched two years ago.

13 May 2022 - 5:00PM
Perfectly preserved hadrosaurus embryo fossil discovered in China

A rare intact dinosaur embryo fossil has been uncovered in China’s southern Jiangxi province. Based on the characteristics of the skeleton, scientists from the Fujian Science and Technology Museum and China University of Geosciences, who announced the discovery on May 11, 2022, believe it belongs to the hadrosaurus species, also known as duck-billed dinosaurs. The newly discovered specimen is said to be the best preserved in the world yet. A branch of embryo fossils was also discovered by the same museum team in December 2021, including an oviraptorosaur embryo fossil.

A rare intact dinosaur embryo fossil has been uncovered in China’s southern Jiangxi province. Based on the characteristics of the skeleton, scientists from the Fujian Science and Technology Museum and China University of Geosciences, who announced the discovery on May 11, 2022, believe it belongs to the hadrosaurus species, also known as duck-billed dinosaurs. The newly discovered specimen is said to be the best preserved in the world yet. A branch of embryo fossils was also discovered by the same museum team in December 2021, including an oviraptorosaur embryo fossil.

12 May 2022 - 1:15PM
Newly inaugurated South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol aims to denuclearise North Korean economy

In his inaugural address on May 10, 2022, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced ambitious plans to denuclearise the North Korean economy. Yoon follows in his predecessor’s footsteps by proposing economic packages in exchange for North Korean denuclearisation. The country’s 20th president, who won the election in March by a thin margin, inherited a divided domestic society in an increasingly unpredictable regional and global environment. He announced that South Korea will seek closer ties with Washington during his five-year term, to counterbalance an increasingly challenging US-China relationship. In a move seen as a response to rising US influence in South Korea, China sent Vice-President Wang Qishan to the inauguration.

In his inaugural address on May 10, 2022, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced ambitious plans to denuclearise the North Korean economy. Yoon follows in his predecessor’s footsteps by proposing economic packages in exchange for North Korean denuclearisation. The country’s 20th president, who won the election in March by a thin margin, inherited a divided domestic society in an increasingly unpredictable regional and global environment. He announced that South Korea will seek closer ties with Washington during his five-year term, to counterbalance an increasingly challenging US-China relationship. In a move seen as a response to rising US influence in South Korea, China sent Vice-President Wang Qishan to the inauguration.

11 May 2022 - 3:09PM
Moscow’s Victory Day parade prompts Putin to defend Russian invasion of Ukraine

Against the backdrop of Russia’s ongoing bloody invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s annual Victory Day parade took place on May 9, 2022. In his Victory Day speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin framed his military invasion of Ukraine as a necessary response to Nato’s policy on Russia’s borders. "The danger was rising by the day," he said, calling the Russian invasion "forced, timely and the only correct decision." But contrary to expectations, the Russian leader did not signal an escalation of the conflict. During the parade marking the Soviet Union’s 1945 victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Putin repeated his description of Ukrainian forces as “Nazis.” For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rebuked Putin’s speech while the US responded by calling Russia’s characterisation of the war as “patently absurd”. Ukraine marked Victory Day by staging its own parade of Russian tanks captured during the invasion.

Against the backdrop of Russia’s ongoing bloody invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s annual Victory Day parade took place on May 9, 2022. In his Victory Day speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin framed his military invasion of Ukraine as a necessary response to Nato’s policy on Russia’s borders. "The danger was rising by the day," he said, calling the Russian invasion "forced, timely and the only correct decision." But contrary to expectations, the Russian leader did not signal an escalation of the conflict. During the parade marking the Soviet Union’s 1945 victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Putin repeated his description of Ukrainian forces as “Nazis.” For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rebuked Putin’s speech while the US responded by calling Russia’s characterisation of the war as “patently absurd”. Ukraine marked Victory Day by staging its own parade of Russian tanks captured during the invasion.

10 May 2022 - 4:30PM
60 feared dead in Ukraine’s east Luhansk region after Russian air strike levels village school

A school in eastern Ukraine has been destroyed by Russian bombing. According to the governor of the Luhansk region, where the school of Bilogorivka village is located, up to 60 people hiding in the school are feared dead, including many civilians. Governor Serhiy Haidai said the school was hit on the morning of May 8, 2022, and that a fire that followed made it unlikely anyone survived apart from the 30 that have already been rescued. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third month, vast areas of Ukraine’s east have come under an intensified Russian assault ahead of Russia’s May 9 Victory Day, a militaristic holiday commemorating the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazis in World War II.

A school in eastern Ukraine has been destroyed by Russian bombing. According to the governor of the Luhansk region, where the school of Bilogorivka village is located, up to 60 people hiding in the school are feared dead, including many civilians. Governor Serhiy Haidai said the school was hit on the morning of May 8, 2022, and that a fire that followed made it unlikely anyone survived apart from the 30 that have already been rescued. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third month, vast areas of Ukraine’s east have come under an intensified Russian assault ahead of Russia’s May 9 Victory Day, a militaristic holiday commemorating the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazis in World War II.

9 May 2022 - 3:30PM
Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi fought her way out of poverty to become world boxing champion

Born into poverty and facing down calls that women do not belong in the ring, Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi fought her way to become Vietnam’s first boxing world champion after defeating a more seasoned opponent for the mini-flyweight belt. Now, Nhi is training to represent her country in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, to be held from May 12-23, 2022, in Hanoi.

Born into poverty and facing down calls that women do not belong in the ring, Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi fought her way to become Vietnam’s first boxing world champion after defeating a more seasoned opponent for the mini-flyweight belt. Now, Nhi is training to represent her country in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, to be held from May 12-23, 2022, in Hanoi.

6 May 2022 - 4:13PM
Scenes of pre-pandemic normality as more Asia-Pacific countries drop Covid restrictions

After more than two years of pandemic-era restrictions on travel and mass gatherings, life is starting to return to normal, as some Asia-Pacific countries drop their Covid-19 restrictions. From Japan to New Zealand, airports were welcoming travellers once again. In Indonesia, Muslims celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday were able to attend mass prayers for the first time in two years.

After more than two years of pandemic-era restrictions on travel and mass gatherings, life is starting to return to normal, as some Asia-Pacific countries drop their Covid-19 restrictions. From Japan to New Zealand, airports were welcoming travellers once again. In Indonesia, Muslims celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday were able to attend mass prayers for the first time in two years.

6 May 2022 - 12:54AM
Details emerge of woman’s desperate fight to be saved from collapsed building in China

Rescuers in the central Chinese city of Changsha pulled a ninth survivor from the rubble of a mixed-use building that collapsed on April 29, 2022, with at least 23 people inside. The woman was found after she knocked on the debris until emergency crews heard her calls for help. She was listed in stable condition. Two others were found dead, but nearly a dozen more remain missing.

Rescuers in the central Chinese city of Changsha pulled a ninth survivor from the rubble of a mixed-use building that collapsed on April 29, 2022, with at least 23 people inside. The woman was found after she knocked on the debris until emergency crews heard her calls for help. She was listed in stable condition. Two others were found dead, but nearly a dozen more remain missing.

4 May 2022 - 3:36PM
Australian winemakers squeezed by Chinese tariffs leave tonnes of grapes to rot

Thanks to a mild summer, 2022 was a good vintage for Australian wine. But the ongoing trade dispute between Australia and China has led to millions of grapes being left to rot at vineyards across the country. The mainland Chinese market used to total more than AUS$1 billion (US$700 million) before China more than doubled import duties, over allegations that Australian winemakers were dumping cheap products that hurt Chinese grape growers. Now, the Chinese market has shrunk by some 97 per cent, leaving Australian winemakers with a lot of grapes but fewer customers.

Thanks to a mild summer, 2022 was a good vintage for Australian wine. But the ongoing trade dispute between Australia and China has led to millions of grapes being left to rot at vineyards across the country. The mainland Chinese market used to total more than AUS$1 billion (US$700 million) before China more than doubled import duties, over allegations that Australian winemakers were dumping cheap products that hurt Chinese grape growers. Now, the Chinese market has shrunk by some 97 per cent, leaving Australian winemakers with a lot of grapes but fewer customers.

3 May 2022 - 5:56PM
Police in China arrest 9 people linked to Changsha building collapse that left dozens missing

Police have arrested nine people suspected of covering up the shoddy construction and unsafe conditions of a six-storey building that collapsed in the Chinese city of Changsha, in central China. At least 39 people were missing, most of them students of the nearby Changsha Medical University, after the mixed-use building collapsed on April 29, 2022. Rescuers said they were in a race against time to find survivors within the first 72 hours, a window known as the “golden period” when survival rates are highest. Seven people have been pulled from the rubble and another 16 remain trapped inside.

Police have arrested nine people suspected of covering up the shoddy construction and unsafe conditions of a six-storey building that collapsed in the Chinese city of Changsha, in central China. At least 39 people were missing, most of them students of the nearby Changsha Medical University, after the mixed-use building collapsed on April 29, 2022. Rescuers said they were in a race against time to find survivors within the first 72 hours, a window known as the “golden period” when survival rates are highest. Seven people have been pulled from the rubble and another 16 remain trapped inside.

2 May 2022 - 3:50PM
Chinese researchers climb Mount Everest to install weather stations on world’s tallest peak

A team of 14 researchers and mountaineers has scaled the world’s tallest mountain, Everest, or Qomolangma, as it’s known in China, to install new weather-monitoring equipment that will provide valuable data about high-altitude meteorological conditions.

A team of 14 researchers and mountaineers has scaled the world’s tallest mountain, Everest, or Qomolangma, as it’s known in China, to install new weather-monitoring equipment that will provide valuable data about high-altitude meteorological conditions.

29 Apr 2022 - 3:10PM
New Delhi shrouded in smoke as massive landfill burns

Communities in northern New Delhi are shrouded by acrid smoke as a massive landfill continues to burn. The Bhalswa landfill caught fire on April 26, 2022, and quickly spread to an area as large as 50 football pitches and as tall as a 17-storey building. Firefighters worked through the night battling the blaze, but high winds led to the fire spreading. 

Communities in northern New Delhi are shrouded by acrid smoke as a massive landfill continues to burn. The Bhalswa landfill caught fire on April 26, 2022, and quickly spread to an area as large as 50 football pitches and as tall as a 17-storey building. Firefighters worked through the night battling the blaze, but high winds led to the fire spreading. 

28 Apr 2022 - 3:41PM
China to send rocket on collision course with asteroid to knock it into safer orbit

It’s an ambitious plan to move the heavens to protect Earth. China’s space agency has announced plans to target a near-Earth asteroid by sending a rocket on a collision course to knock it into a new, safer orbit, as early as 2025. It would only be the second such attempt aimed at protecting the planet from a potentially catastrophic collision. The project follows the November 2021 launch of a Nasa rocket that hopes to accomplish a similar feat of orbit-altering accuracy. 

It’s an ambitious plan to move the heavens to protect Earth. China’s space agency has announced plans to target a near-Earth asteroid by sending a rocket on a collision course to knock it into a new, safer orbit, as early as 2025. It would only be the second such attempt aimed at protecting the planet from a potentially catastrophic collision. The project follows the November 2021 launch of a Nasa rocket that hopes to accomplish a similar feat of orbit-altering accuracy. 

27 Apr 2022 - 4:03PM
Hong Kong privacy watchdog renews calls for Facebook to disclose new data-sharing arrangement with WhatsApp

Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner for personal data says she wrote to Facebook with a series of questions and concerns over the new terms.

Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner for personal data says she wrote to Facebook with a series of questions and concerns over the new terms.

13 Jan 2021 - 11:07PM
American Chamber of Commerce survey finds businesses in Hong Kong pessimistic about outlook for 2021

More than 40 per cent of the companies surveyed were not upbeat about their prospects for the year ahead.

More than 40 per cent of the companies surveyed were not upbeat about their prospects for the year ahead.

12 Jan 2021 - 12:15AM
First volume of ‘Chronicles of Hong Kong’ launched as part of HK$780 million, eight-year project

Organisers deny the undertaking – which aims to publish a total of 30 million words over eight years – is a political mission by the central government.

Organisers deny the undertaking – which aims to publish a total of 30 million words over eight years – is a political mission by the central government.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:07AM
Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service lands on new US commerce department blacklist

The service, one of 103 Chinese and Russian entities on list, oversees airborne firefighting and law enforcement operations, search and rescue missions.

The service, one of 103 Chinese and Russian entities on list, oversees airborne firefighting and law enforcement operations, search and rescue missions.

22 Dec 2020 - 11:36PM
Hong Kong fourth wave: police looking into where escaped Covid-19 patient went during 54 hours on the run, as city confirms 85 new Covid-19 cases

It was not immediately known where runaway patient Li Wan-keung, 63, might have visited, but police are looking into the possibility he patronised local vice establishments.

It was not immediately known where runaway patient Li Wan-keung, 63, might have visited, but police are looking into the possibility he patronised local vice establishments.

22 Dec 2020 - 9:22AM
Explainer | Hong Kong coronavirus: tough social-distancing rules are being eased, here’s what is – and isn’t – allowed

Dine-in services at restaurants will now be available until 10pm, with a maximum of four people per table, but you still won't be able to get a drink at your favourite bar.

Dine-in services at restaurants will now be available until 10pm, with a maximum of four people per table, but you still won't be able to get a drink at your favourite bar.

18 Feb 2021 - 4:04AM
Open University to rebrand itself as Hong Kong Metropolitan University to ‘better reflect its standing’

Management believe the name will maximise opportunities for the school’s members amid dwindling enrolment in self-funding tertiary institutions in city.

Management believe the name will maximise opportunities for the school’s members amid dwindling enrolment in self-funding tertiary institutions in city.

12 Dec 2020 - 2:29AM