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Russia probes art display of preserved corpses

Russian investigators are probing an exhibition in Moscow that displays corpses as artworks, after complaints that it could insult religious believers.

25/3/2021 6:30:00 AM

Russian investigators are probing an exhibition in Moscow that displays corpses as artworks, after complaints that it could insult religious believers .

Moscow investigators said on Wednesday they would probe an exhibition that displays corpses as artworks after complaints it could insult religious believers .

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a day agoSouth China Morning PostChina coal: Australia ban continues to weigh on supply, imports down 40 per cent even as Russia moves to fill gapChina’s imported coal supplies are under pressure amid a prolonged ban on Australian imports that shows “no sign of being lifted in the near term”, and new restrictions at the border with Mongolia. Coal imports into China for the first two months of 2021 fell nearly 40 per cent compared to a year ago, according to China customs data, despite Russian exports looking to fill the gap caused by the Australian ban, S&P Global Market Intelligence said. Mongolia enacted stricter checks at the key border crossing at Ganqimaodu a week ago after a worker at its nearby copper mine tested positive for coronavirus, slowing down coking coal deliveries into China, Mysteel Global analyst Sean Xie said. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. I do not think anyone in China dares to book new Australian cargoes China-based coal trader Despite efforts to lift coal shipments into China, in part driven by the absence of competition from Australian coal, Mongolia’s coal exports to China have fallen around 22 per cent since the start of the pandemic as a result of border restrictions, Xie said. The ban on Australian coal – now in its sixth month – remains in force, with analysts not expecting any Australian shipments to be allowed into Chinese ports this month. Shortly after the unofficial ban on Australian coal, China also blocked imports of Australian lobsters, wine, log timber, sugar and barley late last year, as bilateral tensions between the two countries soured. According to commodity and energy price agency Argus Media, Chinese buyers have continued to hold off booking coal cargoes from Australia. Port authorities at Bayuquan in the northern province of Liaoning and at Xiamen in South China’s Fujian province told Argus they were not expecting coal shipments from Australia after there were no arrivals last month, either. Chinese buyers took a punt and booked two shipments from the Australian coal port of Newcastle last month, but they were subsequently redirected to other countries, Argus said. “I do not think anyone in China dares to book new Australian cargoes,” a China-based trader told Argus. “There is no sign that the ban will be lifted in the near term.” China coal: why is it so important to the economy? Many coal-carrying vessels from Australia remain stranded off the coast of China, as China customs continues to withhold clearance for the cargo to enter the country, Argus added. China-based traders also told Argus that uncleared Australian coal shipments were piling up at bonded warehouses, where goods are stored while awaiting customs clearance. Last month, China allowed eight vessels carrying Australian coking coal to dock on humanitarian grounds, although the coal itself was left at the ports and not cleared through by customs. On the Australian side, coal supplies are also set to be disrupted as massive floods in New South Wales shut off rail lines, halting deliveries to the major coal export port at Newcastle, and as big coal miners Glencore and Yancoal Australia, which are dependent on Newcastle for shipments, suspended coal mining operations. In the meantime, Russia is taking advantage of the shifting trade politics to ramp up exports of coal to China, as it pursues an expansion of its mining operations and related logistics infrastructure. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an increase in coal exports to Asia from the Kuzbass coal-mining region in southwestern Siberia. He also ordered an expansion of the nation’s railways to enable such export growth. Russia has since been modernising its key Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian railway networks, while its coal companies have agreed deals with Chinese companies to increase exports. Russia’s Elgaugol, the developer of the Elga coal deposit in southeast Yakutia, formed a joint venture with Fujian Guohang Ocean Shipping in December with the objective of increasing coal shipments to China.More from South China Morning Post:China-Australia relations: Beijing set to dominate refined oil exports in Asia-Pacific region, observers sayChina’s carbon neutral ‘transformation’ could cost US$6.4 trillion, but plan has ‘Achilles’ heel’China, India forecast to lead 5.4 per cent global GDP rebound in 2021, but vaccine roll-out crucial: Moody’sChina-Australian relations: parliament panel calls for rethink over Port of Darwin leaseChina-Australia relations: barley dispute going to WTO as headwinds loom in Australia’s alternative marketsThis article China coal: Australia ban continues to weigh on supply, imports down 40 per cent even as Russia moves to fill gap first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

2 days agoSouth China Morning PostBeijing did not tell Hong Kong to focus on housing, poverty issues, city leader Carrie Lam saysHong Kong’s leader has insisted that Beijing did not instruct her administration to focus on the city’s housing and poverty issues, saying they are matters for local officials to tackle even though they can look to the central government for support. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s comments came on Tuesday, while answering a series of questions from the media on Hong Kong’s relationship with mainland China. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung was quoted by the Financial Times as saying in an interview that “Hong Kong will still remain a tax haven” despite political and economic turmoil, and that Beijing had instructed the local government to “crack the hard nut”, referring to problems such as housing and land crisis, and the wealth gap.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Five commercial land parcels at old airport may be used for private housing But in a statement issued late on Monday night, a government spokesman clarified that Cheung did not say the city authorities were instructed by the central government to focus on those problems. The spokesman also suggested the chief secretary only meant to say that Hong Kong had a low and simple tax regime. During her weekly briefing on Tuesday, Lam was asked why the statement was issued when senior Beijing officials had urged her to tackle the city’s socio-economic problems. The chief executive said: “The ‘instruction’ did not happen. Under ‘one country, two systems’, Hong Kong deals with its own economic and social affairs. “But the central leadership cares a lot about various aspects of Hong Kong, including its economy and the people’s livelihood. It would spare no effort in supporting the city in boosting its economy and improving people’s livelihood.” Lam also said since she took office in July 2017, she had been involved in lobbying for Beijing’s support on a range of policy initiatives. Can Beijing-friendly lawmakers crack Hong Kong’s housing crisis? “This did not mean that Beijing was instructing [the Hong Kong government], it was caring about us and supporting us.” Earlier this month, Vice-Premier Han Zheng urged Hong Kong’s chief executive to continue to treat the fight against coronavirus as her top priority, but the city had to implement Beijing’s plan to overhaul its electoral system, which he described as a “battle” to defend the rule of law against subversion. “Under the prerequisite of effective epidemic control, it must coordinate and do well in various socio-economic aspects,” Han said. 10 questions to make sense of tectonic shift in Hong Kong politics In a separate meeting with a group of Hong Kong politicians in Beijing, he also mentioned the city’s housing problem had yet to be solved. On the point about Hong Kong’s tax regime, Lam said it was Cheung who felt that the Financial Times’ report was inaccurate. “There is no room for any vagueness. Hong Kong is not what ordinary people would describe as a haven or paradise for tax evasion, Hong Kong is proud to be a place with a simple tax regime and low tax rates.”More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong housing: must Lantau’s natural beauty be entirely sacrificed at the altar of development?Flats nearly 50 per cent cheaper for young couples and families among basket of measures to tackle Hong Kong housing crisisThis article Beijing did not tell Hong Kong to focus on housing, poverty issues, city leader Carrie Lam says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

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