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Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director

Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director

  • Laura Rosenberger, a State Department and White House veteran who was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential election campaign, will serve as senior director for China in Joe Biden’s White House.
  • Ties between the United States and China have plunged to the lowest level in decades in the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 02:58pm
Pakistan has not placed any orders for the coronavirus vaccine yet: Report
Pakistan

Pakistan has not placed any orders for the coronavirus vaccine yet: Report

  • Top federal government health authorities have confirmed that Pakistan has neither placed any final order yet to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine nor has any vaccine manufacturer accepted the country’s request for supply of the vaccine.
  • Health authorities in Pakistan are aiming to vaccinate around 100 million of its adult population or at least 70-80 million people.
Updated 15 Jan, 2021 03:09pm
Xi rewrites China's rags to riches tale
World

Xi rewrites China's rags to riches tale

  • The 66-year-old Zhong is currently ranked the 8th richest man in the world, according to a real-time index from Forbes, ahead of former Google head Larry Page and India's Mukesh Ambani.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 10:48am
China's new COVID-19 outbreaks
World

China's new COVID-19 outbreaks

  • It has sealed off entire cities throughout Hebei province, paying particular attention to the roads connecting Hebei to its neighbour, the Chinese capital Beijing. It is also tracking people who have travelled out of the province since December.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 10:39am
China denies entry to two WHO team members after tests, WSJ says
World

China denies entry to two WHO team members after tests, WSJ says

  • Chinese officials blocked the duo from boarding their plane to the central Chinese city of Wuhan after they tested positive for the antibodies in blood-based serology tests during transit in Singapore.
  • “Relevant epidemic prevention control requirements will be strictly enforced,” says Chinese FM spokesperson.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 06:45pm
China's 2020 copper imports hit record high
Markets

China's 2020 copper imports hit record high

  • On a full-year basis, concentrate imports missed a new record, with shipments totalling 21.77 million tonnes amid tight mine supply due to coronavirus-related curbs even as China's copper smelting capacity continued to expand.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 10:20am
U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition
World

U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition

  • The U.S. State Department’s cancellation of all travel this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all travel this week had been canceled, including his own trip to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:22pm
Freezing temperatures push Asian gas prices to new records
Markets

Freezing temperatures push Asian gas prices to new records

  • If the cold weather abates, prices may be near a peak as demand for heating fuel diminishes, traders and analysts said. Temperatures are expected to rise to above-average in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Shanghai over the next few weeks, weather data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 11:09am