US President Donald Trump indicated that the US is prepared to take unilateral action against North Korea, in an interview with the FT today. The US has been stepping up the rhetoric on North Korea after the country continues with its nuclear weapons testing programme in the South China Sea, raising fears that missiles could... View Article

In a reversal of the norm, Trump espouses protectionism and Xi preaches for globalisation

The impeached South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, was yesterday arrested over a corruption scandal that led to her ousting. She has denied the allegations of allowing her close friend, Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies in return for political favours. The scandal also ensnared senior government officials and business figures, including the acting head... View Article

US President Donald Trump will play host to Chinese Premier Xi Jinping in Florida in April, reports Reuters The meeting, announced by China’s foreign ministry today, will be the first for the two leaders of the world’s biggest economies. While no official agenda was given, the meeting comes soon after U.S. Secretary of State Rex... View Article

Newspapers across Asia reported the UK’s triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty in Brexit features in ‘world’ sections, with many highlighting the references to security contained in the UK PM Theresa May’s letter to EU President Donald Tusk. The Times of India lead on the row over security fears that the UK, without... View Article

The EU has summoned envoy Alan Deniega to Brussels to explain Philippine President Duterte’s threats to hang EU critics of the country’s death penalty for drug dealers, reports the Philippine Star In a speech to Filipino-Chinese businessmen Dutetre claimed that the EU wanted to offer substitution drugs to addicts in the country, a claim that... View Article

Sterling slipped 2 points to 1.23 mark against the U.S. dollar Wednesday morning as the market adjusted to price in the article Article 50 trigger. Falls were also recorded against the Euro at 1.146 and Asian currencies, SG dollar 1.731 and HK dollar 9.62. Whilst the pound is higher than the 31 year dollar low... View Article

Charles Li, chief executive of the group that owns the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX), spoke to calm market jitters after Huishan’s shares collapsed 90 percent Monday. Li said that China investor inflows in had caused ‘some issues’, but the market is ‘not a casino’ reports the Financial Times. HKEX is attractive to Chinese investors looking for... View Article

In the process of UK’s exit of the European Union, the transition into the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a member outside the current EU framework is an essential part for Britain’s future trade. According to the Financial Times, UK’s Secretary of State, Liam Fox, who spoke at Asia House in February, has opened discussions... View Article

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor today becomes Hong Kong’s first female Chief Executive after securing 777 votes from the 1200 strong election committee Sunday, reports the South China Morning Post. Lam, who served as the Chief Secretary for Administration from 2012, saw off rivals ex-Hong Kong CFO John Tsang Chun-wah, former judge Woo Kwok-hing and former... View Article