UK Reportedly Plans to Send Aircraft Carrier to Asia Pacific as Tensions With China Rising

According to the newspaper, the carrier is expected to start its voyage within a carrier strike group in early 2021. The ship’s crew comprises almost 700 people, while together with crews of fighter jets and helicopters it might amount to 1,600 people.

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

— Australia’s Queensland state is toughening the punishment for those who break coronavirus quarantine rules. Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the current fines for breaking a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for some visitors or lying about their whereabouts may not be a sufficient penalty. The maximum penalty will now be a higher fine or […]

Asia Today: Indonesia records single-day high in new cases

— SOUTH KOREA REPORTS 51 NEW CASES: South Korea reported 51 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, mostly in the densely populated capital region, as authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home. At least 42 of the new cases were linked to door-to-door sellers hired by Richway, […]

PTT sells Asia’s longest dollar bond, raises $700 mln

HONG KONG, July 10 (Reuters) – Thailand’s largest energy company PTT raised $700 million from the sale of a 50-year bond in Asia’s longest dollar corporate debt deal, and bankers believe the shift towards longer-dated tenors in the region will continue.

Australia Allows International Students to Return

Under a plan approved by the Australian Capital Territory, the regional authority that governs Canberra and the surrounding area, a chartered flight would bring the students from a major travel hub in Asia, possibly Singapore.  They, too, would be sent into isolation for 14 days, and would be tested for the new coronavirus at the […]

Seoul Aims to Boost Marine Shipping Industry Ties With China, Japan Amid Pandemic – Report

“South Korea, China, and Japan have been enjoying economic growth through specialization and cooperation, connected by marine logistics”, Oceans Minister Moon Seong-hyeok said, as cited by the news agency. He noted that the three nations ‘will continue to make efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain the steady flow of logistics down the road’.

Asia ramps up coronavirus curbs as new clusters erupt

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections.

Asia-Pacific countries on high alert as confirmed COVID-19 cases surge in South, Southeast Asia

The number of people that arrived in New Zealand in May 2020 was the lowest for any month since May 1959, because of COVID-19-related border and travel restrictions, the country’s statistics department Stats NZ said.

Giant Footprints Linked to Predatory Australian Dinosaur

Analysis by the University of Queensland estimates this huge meat-eating predator was about 10 meters long, almost as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The tracks were found in the ceilings of old coal mines in the 1950s but were only recently scientifically examined.

Australian PM ‘Sad and Concerned’ Over Countryman’s Death Sentence in China

China is Australia’s largest trading partner and sends a large number of students to Australia, as well as tourists. But relations have deteriorated in recent months over Australia’s recent call for an international probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which was first detected late last year in the central Chinese city of […]