Trade talks in balance at Southeast Asian leaders summit
Saturday, 2 November 2019 Plans to finalize an Asia-wide trade deal at a summit in Bangkok this weekend were uncertain after new demands raised by India in the negotiations to create the world's largest trading bloc.
Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian island. So why is that the case? Emer McCarthy reports.
When the coronavirus pandemic forced Indonesian schools to shut, it exposed how millions of households in the Southeast Asian country still had no access to the internet or even a device like a mobile phone to do remote learning. So students and volunteers have come up with creative ways to get round the problem.
Thailand on Thursday rolled back an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy that had only inflamed anger and brought tens of thousands of people onto Bangkok streets. Libby Hogan reports.
The United States has reiterated its call urging China to allow scientists and doctors to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the pandemic which emerged from China. "There are global challenges in Asia where CCP broke their promises... COVID, that we are all dealing with, emanated from China. We continue to call on them to be transparent and open to allow scientists and doctors to investigate," said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US State Department.
Union External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar attended 2nd meeting of India-Central Asia Dialogue 2020 on October 28 via video-conferencing. Jaishankar said, "India and central Asia share ancient, historical and cultural linkages. We see central Asia as India's extended neighbourhood. We share common geography. India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relation with the central Asian countries. Since then our relationship has grown from strength to strength. As developing nations we've common perspectives on development challenges and share common views on regional and international issues. We face similar challenges on terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking and are natural partners in our developmental journey."
Impossible Foods' faux beef burgers will be sold in grocery stores in Hong Kong and Singapore starting Tuesday, the company said as it vies to bolster its presence in Asia and before entering the potentially lucrative mainland China market. Gloria Tso reports.