Where Is Alibaba Founder Jack Ma? Tech tycoon silent as China gets tough with his business

HAIKOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, speaks during 2020 China Green Companies Summit on September 29, 2020 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. (Photo by Liu Yang/VCG via Getty Images)

Jack Ma, the co-funder of Alibaba and Ant Group, hasn’t been seen publicly in more than two months. Mr Ma was replaced as a judge in the final of Africa’s Business Heroes, a television contest for budding entrepreneurs, his photograph was removed from the judging webpage, and he was conspicuously left out of a promotional… Continue reading Where Is Alibaba Founder Jack Ma? Tech tycoon silent as China gets tough with his business

HK judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma speaks to reporters at a news conference in the territory yesterday, ahead of his retirement on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s outgoing top judge said on Tuesday that calls for reform of the city’s judiciary cannot be based on dissatisfaction with court rulings, as China state media and a growing host of pro-Beijing figures call for an overhaul of how the financial hub’s courts are run. Hong Kong’s chief justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said… Continue reading HK judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

Historic change to Australian national anthem

Olivia Fox sings Australia's national anthem in the Eora language during the Tri Nations rugby match in Sydney on December 5, 2020.

Australia woke up to a new year on Friday — and a slightly different national anthem. There has been a historic change to Australia’s national anthem to reflect the country’s indigenous past. The first line “Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free,” and now end with “one and free.” The anthem,… Continue reading Historic change to Australian national anthem

Afghanistan’s NDS have arrested ten Chinese nations suspected of espionage

The ten Chinese nations have been detained by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) on espionage charges. They were allegedly running a terror cell in Kabul with the help of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, and two were in contact with terrorist outfit Haqqani Network which serves as the sword arm of the Taliban. Pakistan’s… Continue reading Afghanistan’s NDS have arrested ten Chinese nations suspected of espionage

New pro-Beijing Bauhinia Party in Hong Kong hopes to attract 250,000 members about 3.3% of the city population

The new grouping established by three mainland-born prominent businessmen, Li Shan, Clement Chen Jiawen, and Wang Chau-chi. The association has close ties with Beijing’s office in Hong Kong. The Bauhinia Party came about from a sense of disappointment at the “weak” government of the city. According to the platform of this new Bauhinia Part, it… Continue reading New pro-Beijing Bauhinia Party in Hong Kong hopes to attract 250,000 members about 3.3% of the city population

U.S. plan to sell MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan vex Beijing

The United States has agreed to sell four armed MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan will complicate Beijing’s incessant prodding of the island’s defences. Thanks to China’s sabre rattling over a possible amphibious assault on Taiwan with drills and combat preparation operations in waters nearby, and Xi jinping’s escalating language about possible forcible reunification, the diminutive… Continue reading U.S. plan to sell MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan vex Beijing