What's News: December 13, 2016



China expresses grave concern

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed grave concern over US President-elect Donald Trump's rhetoric questioning the need to adhere to the "one China" policy, with government-controlled media outlets warning of a backlash. Taiwan, too, is wary of being used as a bargaining chip in Mr Trump's bid to arm-twist China, with analysts worried about Beijing's reaction.


Major SIA-Lufthansa tie-up

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa have received approval to jointly plan flights and schedules, as well as price and sell seats between Asia and Europe. The tie-up with SIA's largest joint-venture partner will make it more attractive and convenient for passengers to connect via Singapore.


HK's pro-democrats score big

Hong Kong's pro-democracy supporters have secured more than a quarter of the seats in an election committee that will decide the city's next leader on March 26 next year. Polls conducted on Sunday witnessed a record turnout, with analysts suggesting that Mr Leung Chun Ying's announcement that he would not seek re-election had spurred pro-democracy supporters to come out to vote. 


S. Korea awaits missile shield

South Korea is trying to finish installation of an advanced US missile defence system by next May amid political uncertainty after the vote to impeach President Park Geun Hye. Tensions between South Korea and North Korea have heightened this year. 


Protecting unique harmony

Singapore was named the most religiously diverse country in a study. Tending this landscape needs constant commitment, in the form of constitutional protections, socialisation of the young, and engagement among different religions, says Barry Desker. 


Goodbye to St John's as home

The last four residents of St John's Island will return to the mainland next year when the managing agent that two of them work for hands back the island to the land authority. The staff have lived there with their spouses for years. 


Worker's conviction quashed

A Bangladeshi worker who pleaded guilty to making a false work injury claim and was jailed for it, had his conviction and sentence quashed. The High Court said he may have inadvertently given the wrong date for when his injury occurred and may have thought he was pleading guilty to that. 


Olam denies allegations

Olam International has denied allegations by environmental lobby groups that it is developing oil palm plantations irresponsibly in Gabon, Central Africa. Mighty Earth and Brainforest have accused Olam of endangering the forest habitats of African wildlife with widespread deforestation in its oil palm concessions in Gabon.


Klopp turns focus on Chelsea

Chelsea, having won their last nine Premier League matches, are uppermost in the mind of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds had to be content with a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham and Klopp said: "It's difficult to stay in the race with Chelsea when they win everything. This is the moment to collect as many points as possible." 


Learning to roast duck for play

In July, the cast of Chinese play Top Restaurant learnt to roast duck in a Beijing restaurant, so it can put on an authentic performance.

The Beijing People's Art Theatre group will perform the play, about the ups and downs of a Peking duck restaurant, at the Esplanade Theatre from March 23 to 26.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe