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America’s threat to drop trade rule may hurt China, Temu and itself
A century-old American trade provision known as the “de minimis” rule has drawn the attention of some US lawmakers. They argue that the rule gives Chinese e-commerce platforms, such as Temu, an unfair advantage over American retailers. Post reporter Siqi Ji explores the arguments for scrapping the rule and explains why changing it will be hard despite bipartisan support.
Read Siqi’s story: https://sc.mp/5c57e8
A Messi affair in Hong Kong
Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami team travelled to Hong Kong for a highly anticipated football match on February 4, 2024. But the game ended with boos and demands for refunds after the player often referred to as the “greatest of all time” never took the field. Post sports editor Josh Ball has more on an event that for many was the greatest let-down of all time.
For the latest updates: https://sc.mp/7a29b0
About Asia: Is North Korea preparing for war?
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made the South its “principal enemy” in proposed changes to the country’s constitution. He has also ended hopes of reunification, while intensifying missile tests. Is the Korean peninsula on the brink of war? Former CIA analyst and North Korean expert Soo Kim has more.
Read the full story: https://sc.mp/u6mb
The dark horse of Taiwan's elections
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s candidate won the Taiwan presidential race on January 13, 2024. The opposition Kuomintang managed to secure the most seats in the legislature. But as Post correspondent Kinling Lo explains, all eyes are now on the Taiwan People’s Party.
For more on Taiwan’s 2024 election: https://sc.mp/926c
Unveiling the dark side of ‘medical beauty’ in Hong Kong
Post reporter Emily Hung takes us through her reporting, exploring the unregulated world of “medical beauty” in Hong Kong, and the resulting tragedies.
Check out the full article: https://sc.mp/m55x
The resurrection of China’s video gaming industry
The year 2023 was when China’s video gaming industry staged a comeback. More licences for games were approved, the biggest global launch of a Chinese game was recorded and gold medals were won. Post reporter Ann Cao takes us through the many highs for the sector over the year and explains what to expect heading into 2024.
Read the latest on China’s video gaming industry: https://sc.mp/mgt1
Why Taiwan is a “life of death” question for China
This was an excellent discussion on several topics, but mainly on U.S.-China relations and each country’s views on Taiwan. As an American, I appreciated hearing the Chinese point of view, as one doesn’t always get the full picture here in the U.S. The Chinese-U.S. relationship is of huge global importance and should not be allowed to descend into vitriol and closed-off dialogues. I’m hopeful that the recent Xi-Biden meeting can be extended in order to further warm relations between our countries. My hope is that wisdom can prevail in China that its collective intelligence and - hopefully - patience allows Taiwan to eventually rejoin an integrated China, but only if that can be achieved peacefully and with the support of the majority of the Taiwanese themselves. Force should not be used under any circumstances; not by China, and not by the U.S.
Re: The Huawei Episode
This episode took place in three acts:
Act 1: Repeat the name Huawei over and over again, slowly and carefully. Apparently they are really tired of hearing everyone mispronounce it. I get it, but it still felt like a bit much.
Act 2: Give a little bit of background, mostly by way of telling us that it’s complicated and we don’t know why Trump’s administration seems so butthurt about Huawei. People who should know say it could be used for spying, but won’t tell us how. Maybe it’s not true, or maybe it’s because the US likes to spy and doesn’t like it when the tables are turned.
Act 3: Reluctantly and briefly admit that some people say bad things about Huawei, but quickly move on and talk about how unfair this all is for for the poor, lovely, and admirable pack of wolves that is Huawei.
The whole thing was, like too much of most coverage related to Huawei, very one sided. Often SCMP still manages to do good work, but this is a time when Ma’s ownership (or, perhaps, the implications of the new national security law) seemed to be showing.
Risk of war episode
There is WAY more information available about what’s happening in the South China Sea than what this episode gives. There wasn’t one mention of what the Southeast Asia countries have to say about China’s increasingly aggressive moves in the area.