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UN envoy urges action to prevent Myanmar 'civil war'

The UN envoy on Myanmar has implored the Security Council to take action amid the escalating crisis there, warning of the risk of civil war and an imminent 'bloodbath'.

1/4/2021 5:30:00 AM

The UN envoy on Myanmar has implored the Security Council to take action amid the escalating crisis there, warning of the risk of civil war and an imminent 'bloodbath'.

The UN envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday implored the Security Council to take action amid the escalating crisis there, warning of the risk of civil war and an imminent 'bloodbath' as the junta violently represses pro-democracy protests.

AdUmfassende IT-Lösungen & Kundenberatung durch Experten| Mehr erfahrenSouth China Morning PostMan in China jumps into steel furnace and dies after reportedly losing money on stock exchangeA worker at a steel manufacturer in China has taken his own life by jumping into a blast furnace after allegedly losing large sums of money on the stock market, local police said. The clip is from a recording of a surveillance camera at the Baogang Group, a steelmaker in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, and has appeared online in recent days. According to a statement issued by the company on Tuesday, Wang Long, a 34-year-old worker at the group’s steel pipe branch, went missing last Wednesday, March 24, when he was on night duty. The company organised workers to search for him.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. “We feel deeply sorry for his death. We are proactively appeasing the emotions of his family and carrying out psychological guidance for our workers,” the company said in the statement. After investigating the case police ruled out murder and determined the cause of death as suicide. In the short video, Wang is seen taking off his safety helmet and gloves and places them on the ground, and then hesitating for several minutes before jumping into the furnace containing molten steel. “He just disappeared instantly,” a worker who has seen the surveillance tape told the Xiaoxiang Morning Post. Wang’s colleagues said he had been trading stocks and futures for a long time. Police said they now believe Wang took his own life because he had a high level of loan debt which he was unable to repay. Wang reportedly lost over 60,000 yuan (US$9,130) alone on Wednesday on the stock market. In April of last year, a 47-year-old man took his own life by jumping from a high-rise building in a hospital in Putian of Fujian. Police said in a statement that he had lost over a million yuan (US$152,000) on the stock market. Internet users have been discussing Wang’s death on social media platform Weibo, with the topic having been mentioned more than 45 million times. “As a leek (synonym for individual stock investors in China) like him, I sympathise with him,” one person commented. “Life is precious. What a pity that he lost his life at such a young age!”another person wrote. If you are having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on +1 800 273 8255. For a list of other nations’ helplines, see this pageMore from South China Morning Post:FTSE Russell to remove eight Chinese companies from its global stock benchmarks beginning December 21 after US blacklistingHong Kong stocks show fatigue as tech stock sell-off infects Bilibili’s Hong Kong market debutChina’s largest social network operator Tencent swindled out of US$2.3 million by con men posing as chilli sauce producerS&P Dow Jones Indices to remove 21 Chinese companies from its global equity, bond benchmarks after US blacklistingHong Kong and China stocks slip after Xiaomi’s US$4 billion fundraising dents sentimentThis article Man in China jumps into steel furnace and dies after reportedly losing money on stock exchange 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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2 days agoAmerican envoy keen for Taiwan-Palau-US cooperation as China protests against official tiesThe first US official to visit Taiwan under the Biden administration has held meetings with the Taipei’s foreign minister and the head of the de facto American embassy amid warnings from Beijing about crossing “red lines” in relations with the self-ruled island. US ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland is in Taiwan as part of a delegation led by Surangel Whipps, the president of the Micronesian nation, to launch a “travel bubble” between the two islands on Thursday. On Tuesday, Hennessey-Niland said he was confident that ties between Taiwan and Palau would strengthen further, and he looked forward to discussing other opportunities for cooperation between Taiwan, Palau and the United States. 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. “As the US ambassador to Palau there has been no higher priority than working with our partners and friends, in Palau and across the Pacific, to help keep people safe and to give people hope after a difficult 12 months due to the [Covid-19] virus,” he said, after talks with Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the US de facto embassy in Taipei. Hennessey-Niland’s visit came as a surprise to some who thought US President Joe Biden would be more conservative than his predecessor Donald Trump in contacts with Taiwan as he sought a less confrontational approach to relations with Beijing. Christensen said Hennessey-Niland’s trip was significant in practical and symbolic terms. “Practically speaking, this travel [bubble] and the new policy that made it possible, is a tangible sign of progress and cause for optimism in the fight against Covid-19,” he said. “This visit is also emblematic of the closeness and cooperation that has benefited the United States, Taiwan, and Palau in the Covid fight and more broadly.” Christensen said the US, Taiwan and Palau had worked together on other shared threats, including climate change and marine pollution, and efforts to advance shared values, including preservation of indigenous cultures and fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. “Moments like this reaffirm the value of the long-standing friendship that binds the United States, Palau, and Taiwan,” he said. A day earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry said it “resolutely opposes any form of official contacts between US and Taiwanese officials”, adding that any such contact would hurt US-China ties and affect stability in the Taiwan Strait. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland – by force if necessary. Palau is one of 15 countries that has diplomatic relations with Taipei. China gives coastguards power to fire on foreign ships in disputed waters In addition, Wu confirmed that the US, Taiwan and Palau had close cooperation in a number of areas, including in coastguard operations. The US signed a coastguard agreement with Taiwan last week after a mainland law came into effect empowering Beijing’s coastguard to fire on foreign vessels. Lo Chih-cheng, a legislator of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said the US-Taiwan agreement and Hennessey-Niland’s visit indicated the Biden administration was not as conservative in dealing with Beijing as some had thought. Wang Kao-cheng, a professor of international relations and strategic studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, also said the visit suggested the White House supported promoting official contacts with Taiwan. “This also helps promote Taiwan’s international visibility,” Wang said. Beijing has strongly opposed official US contacts with Taiwan on the grounds that Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei in 1979. A day after the US signed the coastguard agreement with Taiwan, Beijing sent 20 warplanes to Taiwan’s southwest air identification zone to ramp up pressure on the island. On Monday, Beijing also sent 10 warplanes into Taiwan’s AIDZ in protest against the US ambassador’s visit.More from South China Morning Post:China-US rivalry: cancelled trips to Taiwan, Europe will help ease pressure for a while, observers sayTaiwan denied diplomatic win as Washington travel freeze stops UN envoy Kelly Craft’s visitAs US puts heat on China, Japan under pressure to side with TaiwanThis article American envoy keen for Taiwan-Palau-US cooperation as China protests against official ties 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 PostCoronavirus: Hong Kong’s travel bubble hopes for Singapore, Australia and beyond depend on pandemic control, vaccination rateHong Kong’s desire to reboot its coronavirus-ravaged tourism sector by forming air travel bubbles with seven overseas destinations could prove difficult to get off the ground, with control of the pandemic, the pace of vaccination and the choice of vaccines varying across countries. With the fourth wave of Covid-19 showing signs of abating in Hong Kong and a vaccination drive under way, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah revealed on Monday the government had sent a new proposal to Singapore to restore a planned travel bubble while writing to six other countries about resuming talks on such plans. A source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday the proposal touched on Hongkongers being vaccinated as a condition for joining the travel bubble scheme, a unilateral suggestion pending the Singapore government’s input. 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. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Tuesday morning she had told her officials to look into the arrangements needed for bilateral travel. “Of course, vaccination will facilitate the resumption of travel to a certain extent, but I’m sure you realise that when we talk about travelling, it’s a bilateral thing,” she said, adding that it was also up to the other side to ease entry for Hongkongers. Hong Kong to lift ban on residents stranded in Britain; quarantine rules to be eased for arrivals from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Whether vaccination would be mandatory to travel out of Hong Kong would be for the receiving side to decide, she said. If partners such as Singapore wanted Hongkongers to be inoculated before they could enter the city state, Lam said, she would have to tell residents. With a travel-bubble mechanism between Singapore and Hong Kong in place since November last year and inoculation campaigns under way in both places, travel experts said the city state was a front-runner over other potential countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. “Singapore stands a good chance of coming first on the back of the existing groundwork,” said Tommy Tam Kwong-shun, chairman of the Society of IATA Passenger Agents, a coalition of the largest travel agents in Hong Kong. “Vaccination has great importance in the success of travel bubbles in addition to pandemic control.” Tam said the tourism industry hoped to see the border with mainland China reopened first. Beijing has previously indicated the border with Hong Kong would not be restored unless the city had achieved a zero infection rate. “The geographic extension of the Return2HK scheme is a good sign,” he said. Under the new arrangement, the city government will allow Hongkongers returning home by air from anywhere in China to skip quarantine provided they have tested negative for Covid-19, something that previously applied only to those coming from Guangdong province and Macau. Below, the Post reviews the pandemic status and readiness of the potential destinations and contacted their various consulates in the city for comment. First stop Singapore? The city and Singapore were forced at the eleventh hour in late November to put on hold their planned travel bubble because Hong Kong was hit by its fourth wave of infections. But commerce minister Yau said the city could now proceed with the plan following a decline in untraceable infections since the beginning of this month, to below the threshold of a weekly average of five cases. Hong Kong has largely kept its fourth wave at bay, and recently logged two days with no local infections. It has a tally of 11,461 confirmed infections and 205 related deaths. But the pace of vaccination remains low, with about 6 per cent of its 7.5 million population having received at least one dose of vaccine. Singapore has fared better, with no local infections reported for most of March. Battered Hong Kong travel industry calls for mutual recognition of vaccines as bubble hopes soar June Ang, a 31-year-old Singaporean entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, wants to join the travel bubble after the previous delay caused disruptions to her financial advisory business. Ang, who is “cautiously optimistic”, said she got a Covid-19 jab just to “be on standby” when the bubble opened, as officials had hinted that vaccination would be a requirement. “I’m monitoring the local cases in Hong Kong on a daily basis,” she said. “When the travel bubble is up, I hope to be one of the first few to book flights and save a lot of quarantine time in Singapore.” Japan a distant dream A favourite destination of Hongkongers, Japan has experienced an unstable virus situation over the past three months and more people have fallen ill since the start of March. With 472,000 Covid-19 patients and more than 9,100 fatalities, the nation’s decision to turn away an estimated 600,000 visitors for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July and a slow start on vaccinations means a travel bubble is relatively distant. “The bubble with Hong Kong looks like it will take place at a later stage even though many Hongkongers cannot wait to travel there again,” Tam said. The Japanese consulate in Hong Kong said a plan was “still under negotiation” and therefore it was not able to disclose details for now. Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble unlikely to launch soon The country only opened its doors for its long-term residents to return from places including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Taiwan in September last year but the scheme was suspended on Tuesday. Japan started its vaccination programme last month, becoming one of the last countries to do so. The government delayed the roll-out to conduct more tests on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Thailand, jabs consensus needed? Thai authorities will allow vaccinated foreigners to travel to holiday island Phuket without undergoing quarantine in July. The country is rolling out the Chinese-made Sinovac Biotech vaccine and the European-made AstraZeneca jab. Tourism sector lawmaker Yiu Si-wing said any travel links Hong Kong was going to agree to would involve a consensus on vaccines. Hong Kong uses Germany’s BioNTech and mainland China’s Sinovac. Australia, New Zealand in bubble already The Australian consulate said its government received a letter from the Hong Kong government about future travel arrangements and the possible reconnection of travel links. While Australia had established one travel bubble, with New Zealand, the consulate said any expansion beyond that would require “a step-by-step process underpinned by health advice”. Existing border controls in Australia require passengers permitted to enter the country to present a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a flight while vaccinated passengers still have to go through 14 days’ quarantine upon arrival. Australia and New Zealand have both registered very few Covid-19 cases in the past three to four months. Hong Kong exploring ways to incentivise coronavirus vaccine take-up amid less than ideal start Australian deputy prime minister Michael McCormack said earlier this month his country had held “productive discussions” with Singapore over forming a travel bubble. About 590,000 out of Australia’s population of 25 million have been vaccinated. New Zealand’s vaccination programme started last month and the authorities planned to have the 5 million population vaccinated by the end of this year. Vietnam a no-go All foreigners have been banned from entering the country since March 22 in response to the resurgence of Covid-19. Vietnam has a short-term travel deal with Japan which allows stays for business travellers. However, the scheme has reportedly mainly been used by diplomats since its launch in November last year. South Korea in travel bubble talks South Korean finance minister Hong Nam-ki said earlier this month his country was also in talks with other places to form travel bubbles, though he did not name the destinations. The Taiwanese government later said it had been in talks with South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam over such a scheme. South Korea earlier this month announced plans to have a quarter of its 52 million population vaccinated by June. On a daily basis, there were about 300-400 new cases in March, jacking up the nation’s total to over 103,000 and more than 1,700 deaths as of March 30. More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble unlikely to launch soon, with coronavirus pandemic still deemed too unstableSingapore and Hong Kong travel bubble: don’t let business needs compromise public healthCoronavirus: Hong Kong, Singapore in talks again over postponed travel bubble, extra safeguards mulledWhy the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble is key in adapting to a ‘new normal’Cathay Pacific says demand for Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble flights was ‘overwhelming’, before Covid-19 fourth wave forced delayThis article Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s travel bubble hopes for Singapore, Australia and beyond depend on pandemic control, vaccination rate first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021. headtopics.com

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UN fears Myanmar heading towards Syria-style 'full-blown conflict'GENEVA: The UN rights chief warned Tuesday (Apr 13) of possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar and said it seemed to be heading towards a ... Momauk, Kachin State: Villagers in Sihat, Myin Kyan, Myo Thit, Myo Haung, Kone Law are alarmed as Terrorists (Myanmar military) have been firing heavy artillery shells since Apr 11. Three villagers including a 83-years-old grandma were killed and some injured. Apr13Coup Then, please push to R2P lah. Korean gov., full review of Myanmar aid budget...starting humanitarian aid. Korea is discussing to replace the ODA budget allocated to Myanmar with humanitarian aid such as local refugees. The budget is $15.000.000...in the future, which will be increased the scale considerably.

UN envoy urges action to prevent Myanmar 'civil war'The UN envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday implored the Security Council to take action amid the escalating crisis there, warning of the risk of civil ... The people of Burma do not want China at all,Is china killed myanmar people's If Junta do not surrender , I so sure the guerilla groups will come and haunt him for sure .....

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