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State Media: Tech Companies Going Abroad Are ‘Spreading China’s Influence’

Several of China’s top tech companies — including TikTok owner ByteDance, telecom giant Huawei, and Alibaba — have recently chosen to expand their business ventures to Singapore as part of China’s economic plan for “global expansion,” the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times reported…

Police probe firm linked to Newcastle FC bidders

Singapore police are investigating a company linked to two entrepreneurs trying to buy Newcastle United after an accounting firm lodged a police report over unauthorized signatures on the group’s financial statements.  The two Singaporean entrepreneurs, cousins Terence and Nelson Loh, head the Bellagraph Nova Group…

Foreigners not as wanted as before in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Record job losses are testing Singapore’s openness to global talent, magnifying local unease with foreign job seekers that was already apparent before Covid-19 drove the wealthy city-state into its deepest-ever recession.   Under pressure to revive the economy and create jobs, policymakers are responding…

Tencent expands in SE Asia amid US, India tension

Chinese tech giant Tencent said Tuesday it was opening a new Singapore office to serve as a Southeast Asia hub, as the firm reels from setbacks in the US and India. The firm is the latest Chinese tech leader to expand in the region of…

Maid’s acquittal reignites debate on ‘pliant’ S’pore judiciary

When the High Court of Singapore on September 4 acquitted Parti Liyani, an Indonesian domestic helper accused of stealing from her rich and powerful employer, little could she or her lawyer, Anil Balchandani, who was acting pro bono, have imagined how their fight for justice…

The changing face of Singapore democracy

SINGAPORE – When Singaporeans went to the polls on July 10, voters handed the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) another landslide general election victory with 61.2% of the popular vote and all but 10 of 93 seats in Parliament. But when party leaders addressed the…

Australia Hunts for ‘Global Super Talent’ as Rule-of-Law in Hong Kong Collapses

A new taskforce will spearhead a global campaign to lure leading talent and businesses to Australia, capitalising on the post-COVID business landscape and Hong Kong’s radically changed legal framework. Australia’s low virus infection rate, its democratic system, lifestyle, and proximity to Asia, are all expected…

Japan’s deflation troubles spreading across Asia

Japan’s multi-year deflation battle may be entering its most dangerous phase yet: contagion. The economic version of the pandemic upending nations everywhere might not be existential. But it does mean the specter of Japan-like funks around Asia can’t be downplayed. Not with Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan,…

Singapore’s migrants still captive to Covid-19

SINGAPORE – Passing their days within a ringfence, Singapore’s foreign workers have spent the past four months coping with fears of contracting Covid-19 and the associated dread of being quarantined in perpetuity. Confined to the cramped living conditions of their dormitories, signs abound that the…

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