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  1. A senior Bank of Japan (BOJ) official downplayed the potential for China’s digital yuan to threaten the US dollar’s position as the world’s main reserve currency.“The dollar’s status as the key global currency won’t change so easily,” said Kazushige Kamiyama, head of the BOJ’s payment systems department and the person in charge of looking into a virtual Japanese currency. “In fact, the dollar’s advantage may strengthen further if the US goes with digitalisation.”A report earlier this week…
  2. Japan is set to expand quasi-emergency measures to 10 regions on Friday as a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases spreads, casting doubt on whether the Summer Olympics can be held in Tokyo.Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that the government was considering adding Aichi, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba to six other prefectures already under the orders, including the metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka. A final decision is expected on Friday afternoon.Japan’s top health experts have…
  3. Beijing may consider sending a peacekeeping force to Afghanistan if the security situation in the South Asian country poses a threat to the neighbouring Chinese province of Xinjiang after American troops pull out, analysts said.US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he would withdraw all remaining US troops – about 2,500 – from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York.The withdrawal may pose a threat to Afghanistan’s security and stability,…
  4. Members of Britain’s royal family at Prince Philip’s funeral will wear civilian clothing, Buckingham Palace says, reportedly to avoid awkwardness about which princes are entitled to wear military uniform.Queen Elizabeth, 94, will pay her last respects to her late husband at Windsor Castle on Saturday, leading a congregation of just 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died aged 99 last Friday. Officials confirmed that royal men will be in morning…
  5. A deadly Friday morning fire at a public housing estate in Hong Kong’s Kwun Tong district has killed four women, including a two-year-old girl, and left two men hospitalised. Firefighters rushed to the scene at around 3am after receiving reports of the blaze, which engulfed a three-bedroom flat on the fifth floor of Tat Hei House, Po Tat Estate. Authorities said six injured and dead people, the oldest of whom was about 90 years old, were found. One was dead at the scene, while three others were…
  6. China’s economy grew by 18.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 compared with a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced on Friday. This is the highest quarterly growth rate since data first began being published in 1993.This was just below expectations in the median survey of Bloomberg analysts, which had predicted 18.5 per cent growth between January and March. It marks a remarkable turnaround from the first quarter of 2020, when the economy suffered a dramatic…
  7. The daughter of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte says there’s no chance she’ll run for the presidency next year. Her father says the presidency is no job for a woman.But few are convinced by either of them as campaigns grow to back Sara Duterte-Carpio, 42, to succeed the autocratic and capricious president whose war on drugs killed thousands and whose embrace of China has convulsed historic ties with the US.“It is the clamour of the people that will make her run,” said Mar Masanguid, who led…
  8. The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicilline’s office said in a statement on Thursday.With the approval during a marathon, partisan hearing, the more than 400-page staff report will become an official committee report, and the blueprint for legislation to rein in the market power of the likes of Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc.The…
  9. In January, a 21-year-old Indonesian woman quietly flew into Semarang, the capital of Central Java province, where she was met by several people from non-governmental organisations and driven to her home some 80km away in the regency of Temanggung.Dita Siska Millenia was no ordinary passenger. She had just been freed from jail after serving more than two years for aiding an act of terrorism during a May 2018 riot at a high-security prison in the West Java headquarters of the elite police Mobile…
  10. China will feature prominently in Friday’s summit between US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, with the two sides expected to announce new efforts to isolate Huawei Technologies from 5G networks and discuss deteriorating cross-strait relations with Taiwan.“The United States and Japan seek to play a steady, careful role to underscore our mutual commitment in the maintenance of peace and stability” when it comes to the flaring tensions between Beijing and Taipei, a…