Tag: China

Why did China side with Malaysia and not with Singapore?

The answer to this question is glaring, and it was the obvious choice that the Chinese had in their push in the Asean region where it has made more enemies among the member states over the South China Sea issue. While a Bloomberg report on...

Arul Kanda the fall guy despite rule of silence?

Loyalty pays in politics and in the corporate world, but it pays until the time you are needed. This is what the 1MDB chieftain Arul Kanda has probably learned during the recent collapse of the Bandar Malaysia deal, a deal far too big for him...

Will Najib come back from China ready for snap polls?

Everything is falling into place for the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, with billion dollar deals sealed in China and Malaysia entrenched in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project as well as the Islamists firmly on his side. So what is he waiting for? Will...

Tommy Koh defends S’pore from accusations by Chinese diplomat

Singapore’s relationship with China has been going through a bump in recent months. And on Wednesday, Senior Chinese diplomat Ruan Zongze once again accused Singapore of doing things which have affected bilateral ties. “These included trying to get other Asean countries to release a joint...

SCMP wonders why Hong Kong is a city in decline!

Hong Kong's Protest
Reading the article on why Hong Kong is a city in decline on South China Morning Post, one has the impression that the people of the once British administered territory is facing the same onslaught that other countries in Asia are facing. There is the...

China’s fear of Islam and its impact on Muslims

“A community is like a fruit,” says a Uighur driver from Kashgar. “Squash it too hard and it will burst.” These words are resonant of the frustration and anger the Chinese Muslim community in the Xinjiang province where ethnic Uighurs are subjected to extreme religious...

As Forest City collapses in China, developer heads for the Middle East

A Chinese developer of The Forest City project in the southern state of Johor in Malaysia is refunding money to mainland China buyers, signaling the collapse of the developer's plans in China. Country Garden Holdings, whose Forest City project in Malaysia is the biggest overseas...

Trump faces first international backlash in Cambodia

After facing defeat on a number of issues in the US, President Donald Trump's resolve to 'make America first' and 'make America great again' went down the drain in Cambodia. The Southeast Asian nation became the first in the world to tell a US Navy...

China speeds up debt-for-equity program

China's biggest banks are accelerating their debt-for-equity program to offload distressed debts and to help reduce high corporate leverage. The country's big five lenders pledged in their annual earnings reports to continue to push the debt-for-equity program - one of the country's solutions to reduce...

Can China’s OBOR Outlive ASEAN’s Complexities?

When the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, first articulated the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative in 2013, international media were slow to discover its significance. It was only several months later that world media began to recognise the initiative’s potential and reports started to emerge...