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Thailand ramps up use of royal insult law, further stoking dissent among activists

Authorities have doubled down on the use of Section 112 or the lèse-majesté law, including on opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongrangkit. But analysts say it will only lead to greater discontent.

21 Jan 2021 - 9:53PM

Authorities have doubled down on the use of Section 112 or the lèse-majesté law, including on opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongrangkit. But analysts say it will only lead to greater discontent.

Thailand ramps up use of royal insult law, further stoking dissent among activists
As it happened: Joe Biden sworn in as president as he vows post-Trump unity

Biden is now the 46th president and Kamala Harris the 49th vice-president. ‘Let’s start afresh, all of us,’ Biden says in push for post-Trump unity.

21 Jan 2021 - 3:24AM

Biden is now the 46th president and Kamala Harris the 49th vice-president. ‘Let’s start afresh, all of us,’ Biden says in push for post-Trump unity.

As it happened: Joe Biden sworn in as president as he vows post-Trump unity
Inside China Tech: IPO fever returns but Xiaomi hits US blacklist

The round-up of leading stories this week include Kuaishou’s planned IPO, Vipshop drawing antitrust attention and the US blacklisting Xiaomi.

16 Jan 2021 - 10:00AM

The round-up of leading stories this week include Kuaishou’s planned IPO, Vipshop drawing antitrust attention and the US blacklisting Xiaomi.

Inside China Tech: IPO fever returns but Xiaomi hits US blacklist
Inside China Tech: 2021 starts where 2020 ended – tensions and tiffs

A round-up of our top China tech stories of the past week, including a dispute between ByteDance and Tencent, and Beijing’s plan to restructure the country’s national labs

9 Jan 2021 - 7:00PM

A round-up of our top China tech stories of the past week, including a dispute between ByteDance and Tencent, and Beijing’s plan to restructure the country’s national labs

Inside China Tech: 2021 starts where 2020 ended – tensions and tiffs
Tech to remain a tug-of-war between China and US in 2021 with Biden seen roping in allies to challenge Beijing on chips, apps, 5G and AI

5G and China’s sovereign digital currency could chart new waters in 2021 but tech investors will be waiting with bated breath on antitrust laws.

3 Jan 2021 - 10:31AM

5G and China’s sovereign digital currency could chart new waters in 2021 but tech investors will be waiting with bated breath on antitrust laws.

Tech to remain a tug-of-war between China and US in 2021 with Biden seen roping in allies to challenge Beijing on chips, apps, 5G and AI
Thailand protests: pro-democracy movement hits pause on demonstrations, but for how long?

Protesters have evaporated from Bangkok’s streets, leaving commentators to ask whether the change is smart tactics or an indicator of a loss of cohesion.

30 Dec 2020 - 8:17AM

Protesters have evaporated from Bangkok’s streets, leaving commentators to ask whether the change is smart tactics or an indicator of a loss of cohesion.

Thailand protests: pro-democracy movement hits pause on demonstrations, but for how long?
Ten Chinese semiconductor start-ups that got a leg up from their founders’ foreign experience

Many overseas trained and educated Chinese nationals have returned to China to establish start-ups in the semiconductor field, ranging from IC design to chipmaking tools. Here are 10 of them.

26 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

Many overseas trained and educated Chinese nationals have returned to China to establish start-ups in the semiconductor field, ranging from IC design to chipmaking tools. Here are 10 of them.

Ten Chinese semiconductor start-ups that got a leg up from their founders’ foreign experience
2020 was a tumultuous year for China’s tech sector as US tensions loomed large for Huawei, TikTok and WeChat

Under pressure from Washington, Beijing fast-tracked domestic semiconductor development and pushed ahead with 5G network roll-outs.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:48PM

Under pressure from Washington, Beijing fast-tracked domestic semiconductor development and pushed ahead with 5G network roll-outs.

2020 was a tumultuous year for China’s tech sector as US tensions loomed large for Huawei, TikTok and WeChat
Call for SCMP 2021 Graduate Trainee applications

Hong Kong’s most trusted English-language news organisation is seeking promising young journalists for its graduate trainee programme.

24 Dec 2020 - 10:23AM

Hong Kong’s most trusted English-language news organisation is seeking promising young journalists for its graduate trainee programme.

Call for SCMP 2021 Graduate Trainee applications
In Thailand, pro-democrats take aim at ‘Big House’ political dynasties in local elections

The recently founded Progressive Movement will run candidates in nearly half of the country’s provincial elections, with the hope of unseating establishment parties.

20 Dec 2020 - 8:27PM

The recently founded Progressive Movement will run candidates in nearly half of the country’s provincial elections, with the hope of unseating establishment parties.

In Thailand, pro-democrats take aim at ‘Big House’ political dynasties in local elections
Inside China Tech: Shake-ups and shakedowns

A round-up of our top stories in the world of China technology this past week.

19 Dec 2020 - 9:00AM

A round-up of our top stories in the world of China technology this past week.

Inside China Tech: Shake-ups and shakedowns
Thailand police hunt Hong Kong-style pro-democracy flash mob that targeted Bangkok mall

Protesters from Democratic Front for Hope unfurl banners in high-end Siam Paragon mall challenging establishment.

18 Dec 2020 - 11:11PM

Protesters from Democratic Front for Hope unfurl banners in high-end Siam Paragon mall challenging establishment.

Thailand police hunt Hong Kong-style pro-democracy flash mob that targeted Bangkok mall
China eases foreign investment restrictions on negative list ahead of latest EU talks

China’s 2020 list of industries that are either restricted or prohibited for foreign investors has been cut to 123, from 131 last year, as Beijing moves to open market access.

16 Dec 2020 - 12:22PM

China’s 2020 list of industries that are either restricted or prohibited for foreign investors has been cut to 123, from 131 last year, as Beijing moves to open market access.

China eases foreign investment restrictions on negative list ahead of latest EU talks
Explainer | China tariffs: what are they and how are they used?

Tariffs, along with anti-dumping and countervailing duties, are tools in the protectionist trade policy armoury, but their functions and applications differ.

15 Dec 2020 - 1:38PM

Tariffs, along with anti-dumping and countervailing duties, are tools in the protectionist trade policy armoury, but their functions and applications differ.

China tariffs: what are they and how are they used?
As Thai king’s consort Sineenat returns, so do rumours of a plot to oust her

Sineenat’s return comes as the palace struggles to boost its image amid Thailand’s protests and an ‘ugly power struggle’ within its walls, observers say.

2 Dec 2020 - 8:29PM

Sineenat’s return comes as the palace struggles to boost its image amid Thailand’s protests and an ‘ugly power struggle’ within its walls, observers say.

As Thai king’s consort Sineenat returns, so do rumours of a plot to oust her
Thailand protests: royalists scour internet for defamation cases against King Vajiralongkorn

‘We’re like Ronin warriors’, says a royalist filing police reports against protesters under Section 112 of the criminal code.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:41PM

‘We’re like Ronin warriors’, says a royalist filing police reports against protesters under Section 112 of the criminal code.

Thailand protests: royalists scour internet for defamation cases against King Vajiralongkorn
Inside China Tech: Rivalry in smartphones and AI patents

Round up of our top stories this week including Huawei’s founder on the recent sale of its Honor budget brand, China claiming to overtake the US in AI patents, and indications that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will be released in China next year

28 Nov 2020 - 6:42AM

Round up of our top stories this week including Huawei’s founder on the recent sale of its Honor budget brand, China claiming to overtake the US in AI patents, and indications that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will be released in China next year

Inside China Tech: Rivalry in smartphones and AI patents
As it happened: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s policy address hails Beijing’s staunch support, doubles down on national security and vows to ‘relaunch city, rebuild trust’

Carrie Lam’s fourth policy blueprint unveiled to a legislature bereft of opposition bloc following Beijing ruling and with Covid-19, recession weighing heavily on the city.

25 Nov 2020 - 4:30PM

Carrie Lam’s fourth policy blueprint unveiled to a legislature bereft of opposition bloc following Beijing ruling and with Covid-19, recession weighing heavily on the city.

 As it happened: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s policy address hails Beijing’s staunch support, doubles down on national security and vows to ‘relaunch city, rebuild trust’
Hong Kong face mask maker closes over national security accusations

Articles by pro-Beijing media suggested the products supported last year’s pro-democracy protests.

19 Nov 2020 - 1:39PM

Articles by pro-Beijing media suggested the products supported last year’s pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong face mask maker closes over national security accusations
Thailand protests: Bangkok police HQ targeted after lawmakers reject charter amendments

The march came after Thailand’s parliament accepted only two of seven constitutional amendment drafts, rejecting proposals on reforming the monarchy.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:23PM

The march came after Thailand’s parliament accepted only two of seven constitutional amendment drafts, rejecting proposals on reforming the monarchy.

Thailand protests: Bangkok police HQ targeted after lawmakers reject charter amendments
‘China’s Rebel City’ – a no-holds-barred documentary on Hong Kong protests

Four-part account of 2019’s tumultuous events features expertise and ground-zero reporting from SCMP’s award-winning journalists.

19 Nov 2020 - 2:54PM

Four-part account of 2019’s tumultuous events features expertise and ground-zero reporting from SCMP’s award-winning journalists.

‘China’s Rebel City’ – a no-holds-barred documentary on Hong Kong protests
Thailand ‘Letter to King’ protest seeks royal support for purge of military from politics

The Sunday rally at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument came after a week of relative quiet in a city that has hosted months of boisterous protests calling for the government to quit.

9 Nov 2020 - 10:21AM

The Sunday rally at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument came after a week of relative quiet in a city that has hosted months of boisterous protests calling for the government to quit.

Thailand ‘Letter to King’ protest seeks royal support for purge of military from politics
Inside China Tech: Alibaba weighs Ant impact while 5G struggles to gain ground

A wrap up of our leading stories this week, including Alibaba earnings in the wake of its Ant IPO setback, 5G reality check in China, and tighter US export controls on semiconductor technology

7 Nov 2020 - 6:00AM

A wrap up of our leading stories this week, including Alibaba earnings in the wake of its Ant IPO setback, 5G reality check in China, and tighter US export controls on semiconductor technology

Inside China Tech: Alibaba weighs Ant impact while 5G struggles to gain ground
As it happened: Biden extends lead over Trump in US election, tells supporters ‘we’re going to win this race’

Joe Biden also says that his first priority as president will be the tackling coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

7 Nov 2020 - 10:59PM

Joe Biden also says that his first priority as president will be the tackling coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

As it happened: Biden extends lead over Trump in US election, tells supporters ‘we’re going to win this race’
As it happened: Biden overtakes Trump in Pennsylvania, Georgia, putting him on cusp of US presidency

If the challenger wins Pennsylvania he will become the 46th president of the United States. Biden also leads in all four key battleground states

7 Nov 2020 - 3:38PM

If the challenger wins Pennsylvania he will become the 46th president of the United States. Biden also leads in all four key battleground states

As it happened: Biden overtakes Trump in Pennsylvania, Georgia, putting him on cusp of US presidency
As it happened: Biden leads Trump but US election 2020 race remains too close to call

Democratic challenger Joe Biden leads US President Donald Trump in the popular vote by 3.5 million, but it's still the electoral votes of four key states that will decide the presidency.

7 Nov 2020 - 2:40PM

Democratic challenger Joe Biden leads US President Donald Trump in the popular vote by 3.5 million, but it's still the electoral votes of four key states that will decide the presidency.

As it happened: Biden leads Trump but US election 2020 race remains too close to call
Asia shrugs off chaotic US election but braces for potential knock-on effects

Analysts attributed the muted reaction in Asia to experience in dealing with uncertainty surrounding Trump the last four years.

9 Nov 2020 - 8:38PM

Analysts attributed the muted reaction in Asia to experience in dealing with uncertainty surrounding Trump the last four years.

Asia shrugs off chaotic US election but braces for potential knock-on effects
As it happened: Momentum shifts from Trump to Biden but margins are tight as counting continues in US election 2020
  • US President Donald Trump claims victory in a confusing address, after Joe Biden says he is on way to a win.
5 Nov 2020 - 12:09PM
  • US President Donald Trump claims victory in a confusing address, after Joe Biden says he is on way to a win.
As it happened: Momentum shifts from Trump to Biden but margins are tight as counting continues in US election 2020
Thailand protests: King Vajiralongkorn’s PR gambit ups stakes in war for popular support

Comments from Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn over the weekend in regard to pro-democracy protesters have been cast as a bid to see who has ‘numerical legitimacy’ among Thais.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:28PM

Comments from Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn over the weekend in regard to pro-democracy protesters have been cast as a bid to see who has ‘numerical legitimacy’ among Thais.

Thailand protests: King Vajiralongkorn’s PR gambit ups stakes in war for popular support
Louis Vuitton picks Wuhan in China for global exhibition launch – a sign of confidence in world’s biggest luxury market

The city of 11 million in central China where the Covid-19 coronavirus first emerged gets a vote of confidence in its recovery from the world’s biggest luxury brand.

2 Nov 2020 - 11:29AM

The city of 11 million in central China where the Covid-19 coronavirus first emerged gets a vote of confidence in its recovery from the world’s biggest luxury brand.

Louis Vuitton picks Wuhan in China for global exhibition launch – a sign of confidence in world’s biggest luxury market