Month: January 2018

Cut tariffs on imported cars cautiously
Cut tariffs on imported cars cautiously

CHINA LOWERED its tariffs on 187 kinds of imported commodities last year from 17.3 percent to 7.7 percent on average, said Liu He, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, at the World Economic Forum last week. Beijing Youth Daily comments: It is noteworthy that Liu, who headed the…

Digital Iron Curtain shows US' Cold War mindset
Digital Iron Curtain shows US' Cold War mindset

US President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, which according to a media briefing by a senior official will harp on the now familiar refrain of what his administration is doing to build “a safe, strong, and proud America”. One of the things the…

DPP's game over holiday flights will fool no one
DPP's game over holiday flights will fool no one

The Taiwan aviation authority still refuses to give the green light to the 176 extra flights planned by China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air to facilitate travel from the mainland back to the island for Spring Festival. Safety concerns have been cited as the excuse because both airlines fly the…

Korda keeps it all in the family
Korda keeps it all in the family

Son of ’98 champ showing he could follow in dad’s footsteps MELBOURNE – If Sebastian Korda wasn’t already nervous enough playing at the Australian Open, one of his first impressions of Rod Laver Arena was seeing the giant sign in the Walk of Champions bearing the name of his father,…

Sanchez inches closer to joining United
Sanchez inches closer to joining United

LONDON – Alexis Sanchez arrived at Manchester United’s training ground ahead of his expected move from Arsenal on Sunday, as his swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan edged closer. Earlier, the Chile international posted a video on Instagram, apparently showing him walking across an airstrip towards a private jet following reports…

Cooler Kyrgios inhabiting 'better head space'
Cooler Kyrgios inhabiting 'better head space'

MELBOURNE – Nick Kyrgios says he’s “in a much better head space” than this time last year when he was booed off court at the Australian Open. And he’s looking forward to what comes next. The combustible Australian was in a bad place 12 months ago after being jeered and…

Ovtcharov optimistic Germans can dethrone champion China
Ovtcharov optimistic Germans can dethrone champion China

World No 1 Dimitrij Ovtcharov is confident that titleholder China can be upset at the upcoming World Table Tennis Championships in Halmstadt, Sweden. “Maybe we have a much better chance to beat the Chinese team this year than we had in the last five or six years,” the 29-year-old German…

Pep: City can learn from Liverpool lesson
Pep: City can learn from Liverpool lesson

LIVERPOOL – Pep Guardiola has challenged his Manchester City stars to use their dramatic 4-3 defeat at Liverpool as a warning to guard against complacency. Guardiola’s side saw their 30-match unbeaten run in the Premier League come to a stunning end at Anfield on Sunday. The leader fell behind to…

Tomic detractors get millions more reasons to moan
Tomic detractors get millions more reasons to moan

MELBOURNE – Tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic faced a heavy backlash on Monday after boasting “I just count my millions” having failed to qualify for the Australian Open. Once a rising star, the 25-year-old’s ranking has plunged after a car-crash 2017 season in which he admitted he was “bored” and…

Media failed Wu in life and even in death
Media failed Wu in life and even in death

Wu Yongning, known for scaling skyscrapers without safety equipment to snap astonishing selfies, died last month after slipping off a 62-story building in Changsha, Hunan province. The video of the 26-year-old’s accidental fall went viral online about a month later. The martial arts-trained stuntman who had also worked in films,…