TPP members to decide how to revive trade pact
HANOI • Japan and the other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will this weekend decide how to revive the trade agreement ditched by United States President Donald Trump.
Their trade ministers will talk on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, where US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is due to give more details of Washington's trade plans.
Fall in visitors to Taiwan as China arrivals plunge
TAIPEI • Visitor numbers to Taiwan fell in the first quarter, dragged down by a 42 per cent plunge in arrivals from China as relations worsen across the strait, according to data from the Tourism Bureau.
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The number of Chinese tourists to the island has dropped since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May last year, with speculation that China is turning off the taps as a pressure tactic.
Man held over Everest bid without permit
KATHMANDU • A South African who attempted to climb Mount Everest without permission has been arrested in Nepal, where he faces a US$22,000 (S$31,000) fine - double the cost of the permit he was trying to avoid.
Ryan Sean Davy, 43, handed himself in to the authorities in Kathmandu on Tuesday after being caught last week hiding in a cave near Everest's base camp without a permit.