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International Affairs Update (Week 1 of February 2020)

A. Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) What is it? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases A new strain that has not been previously identified in humans Started off in Wuhan, Hubei Province and is now spreading globally with a 2.1% mortality rate How serious is the outbreak? According to WHO, the virus can be transmitted from human to human, and even before an infected individual displays symptom The

International Affairs Update (Week 2 of January 2020)

A. Singapore i) E-Scooters Ban $1 billion to triple cycling path network in Singapore amid the e-scooters ban on footpaths Extending from 440km to 750km in 2025; 1300km in 2030 Since the ban, accidents involving e-scooters have dropped by about 30% Incentives: 6,100 food riders are eligible to apply for the $7 million trade in grants (bicycle, e-bikes, PMAs) ii) Wuhan Pneumonia (UPDATED) A 26-year-old China national with pneumonia who was suspected to have been infected by th

Solidariti bersama Masyarakat Islam Xinjiang

Pada 25 hingga 28 Feb 2019, Dr Abdul Razak Ahmad, selaku Pengarah Pengasas Bait Al-Amanah telah dijemput untuk menghadiri “Thematic Briefing on China’s Ethnic Minority and the Promotion of Unity and Solidarity Among Ethnic Groups in Xinjiang” anjuran Biro Antarabangsa, Parti Komunis China. Hampir 200 perwakilan dari pelbagai parti politik dari seluruh dunia dijemput. Para jemputan telah diberikan penerangan, dibawa melawat dan bertemu serta mendengar pelbagai penjelasan terma

Learning from China’s Rise

“It is a pleasure to have friends coming from afar” Confucius, Ancient Chinese philosopher; in The Analects of Confucius, a collection of his ideas and sayings Chinese hospitality to guests from afar is truly heart-warming and exuberant, which epitomises the quote above by Confucius. The warm welcome extended to the scholars from 3 different continents including countries as far as Argentina and Chile was remarkable. Recently, the International Department of the Communist Pa

Ascending China: Implications

The rise of China is certainly impressive and unprecedented. Its outstanding advancement in recent decades provides much reason for its 70thanniversary celebration, including its transformation from an agrarian economy to the world’s largest economy on purchasing power parity. It is extraordinary how 40 years of open door policy led to China’s role as the world’s largest exporter, manufacturer and holder of foreign exchange reserves. Even more remarkable is how China is now a

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