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  1. Joe Biden’s administration unveiled a detailed Covid-19 road map on Thursday to boost vaccinations and testing while centring scientific expertise, after the new US president warned during his inaugural speech the pandemic was entering its “deadliest period”.Officials said Biden would immediately sign 10 executive orders and other directives to jump-start the national strategy, which experts said was sorely missing under his predecessor Donald Trump.The United States is the world’s hardest-hit…
  2. Even though the Chinese economy continues its rapid recovery from the coronavirus shock, Beijing’s traditional policy prescriptions are too outdated to be successful in igniting a strong improvement in subdued consumer spending, a prominent adviser to the central government has warned.More policy efforts to redistribute income and improve public welfare are needed, as well as more direct support for individual consumers, said Wang Yiming, vice-chairman of the China Centre for International…
  3. Eight Hong Kong universities are in line for grants totalling HK$165 million (US$21.3 million) aimed at developing better virtual teaching methods, which are anticipated to become part of the “new normal” in coming years.Online teaching was widely adopted amid the coronavirus pandemic as schools suspended face-to-face classes for months at a time to avoid infections. But the University Grants Committee (UGC), which funds the city’s public institutions of higher education, noted along with its…
  4. Japan has joined a battle of diplomatic notes over the South China Sea dispute, adding to pressure on Beijing over its expansive claims in the strategically important waterway.In a note verbale – a type of diplomatic communication – sent on Tuesday, Japan’s permanent mission to the United Nations said China’s “drawing of territorial sea baselines … on relevant islands and reefs in the South China Sea” failed to satisfy conditions set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.It also…
  5. Plenty has been said, and rightfully so, about the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. Politicians are grappling with issues of legal and moral accountability. But the horrific events also touch on a critical contradiction of modern societies: the internet’s role as an instrument of democracy’s destruction.It was not supposed to be this way. The internet’s open architecture has long been extolled by cyber-libertarian futurists as a powerful new democratising force. Information…
  6. A fire broke out on Thursday at India’s Serum Institute, the world’s largest maker of vaccines, with television channels showing thick clouds of grey smoke billowing from the site in Pune.The institute is producing millions of doses of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, but a source said the blaze was at a new plant under construction and “is not going to affect production of the Covid-19 vaccine”.An official at the local fire station said that…
  7. More than 400 Hong Kong district councillors will be required to pledge allegiance to the city, as the government plans to amend the oaths ordinance as early as next month, a top official has confirmed.Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai revealed the move in the Legislative Council on Thursday as lawmakers continued a debate on the city leader’s policy address in November last year.Under Article 6 of the national security law, which Beijing imposed on Hong…
  8. US President Joe Biden’s appeal to Americans in his inauguration speech to end their “uncivil war” of political division had a domestic focus, but observers say his inclusive message and even-tempered tones will have deep resonance in Asia – where leaders are eager to quickly put the chaos of the last four years behind them.That sense of relief about Biden’s succession of his mercurial predecessor, Donald Trump, was evident in social media messages posted by regional leaders after the one-of-a…
  9. As China battles a new spike of Covid-19 infections, stringent pandemic precautions for visitors to the country’s rural areas over Lunar New Year have drawn criticism online.The National Health Commission announced late on Wednesday that people returning to rural areas from other provinces over the holiday would have to produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within seven days and undergo 14 days of “health monitoring” at their rural home.“Sporadic and cluster outbreaks in rural areas have…
  10. The outlook for China-US trade ties under a Joe Biden presidency has been met with mixed views by Chinese economists, with some saying the United States remains the nation’s biggest “grey rhino” – a very obvious yet ignored threat – in terms of economic risk this year.Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th US president on Wednesday, inherits a bilateral relationship at historic lows and many economists are hoping he can reverse the course set by former president Donald Trump, who launched a…