China looms as Biden’s biggest foreign policy challenge. Here’s where he stands

More than once during his campaign, Biden has told the story of how he bluntly informed President Xi in 2013 that the US would continue to fly planes through the region, despite the Chinese government setting up an unrecognized Air Defense Identification Zone.

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya refugees to island

Foreign media have not been permitted to visit the island, called Bhashan Char, or floating island. It was once regularly submerged by monsoon rains but now has flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques built at a cost of more than $112 million by the Bangladesh navy.

Lab-grown ‘chicken’ meat made without slaughtering any animals will go on sale in Singapore after gaining world-first regulatory approval

The team concluded that — if the demand for land for meat production could be drastically lowered — vegetation regrowth in these locations could help to sequester around 9–16 year’s worth of fossil fuel emissions by the middle of century.

Tibetan social media platforms challenge Chinese govt amid suppression

Citing the example of Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk, The Taiwan Times further said that he was sentenced to five years for “inciting separatism” in a closed-door trial by Yushu Intermediate People’s Court for voicing concerns in an interview with The New York Times.

Pandemic to create millions of ‘new poor’ in East Asia: World Bank

“COVID-19 is not only hitting the poor the hardest, it is creating ‘new poor,’” Victoria Kwakwa, vice president for East Asia and the Pacific at the World Bank, said in a press release. ”The region is confronted with an unprecedented set of challenges, and governments are facing tough choices.”

Vietnam to focus on World Cup qualifiers: coach Park

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Coach Park Hang-seo has said his top priority next year will be the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The coach from the Republic of Korea was speaking to media on August 18 at the U22 Vietnam team’s training camp to prepare for the 31st SEA Games to be held in Vietnam next year. The senior […]

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Zara McDermott and Sam Thompson look very smiley as they step out as a couple for the first time since getting back together

They were also said to have enjoyed a roast dinner with their friends earlier in the month and a source told The Sun: ‘They were all having such a nice time that one got carried away and uploaded a post with Sam and Zara in it, forgetting that they’re not officially together.

Oceans key to solving climate crisis, say world leaders

The Ocean: Earth’s life support Our blue planet It’s not called the blue planet for nothing. The ocean covers up to 71% of the Earth’s surface and 90% of the biosphere. It is integral to life and provides anywhere between 50 to 80% of the planet’s oxygen, making it a vital part of the carbon […]

South China Sea: US warship challenges China’s claims with first operation under Trump

The incoming US administration initially took a more muscular approach toward the South China Sea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson comparing China’s island building to Russia’s taking of Crimea at his confirmation hearing. However, the White House later appeared to ease up on Beijing as it sought China’s help in reining in North Korea.

Cyclone Burevi: Indian coast guard rescues fishermen stranded on island; know their story

The over two-hour rescue operation was undertaken after the District Collector, Ramanathapuram had conveyed about a distress call on three fishermen stranded at Manalli Tivu island at 10 am. The trio had ventured out to sea on Tuesday and stranded at an island as they were not able to start the boat’s engine.