Asia Briefs: HK students object to pro-Beijing chairman

HK students object to pro-Beijing chairman

HONG KONG • Hong KongUniversity students protested yesterday after a pro-Beijing official was appointed to a senior role.

About 100 students left classrooms to rally on campus following the appointment of Mr Arthur Li, known to be close to the government, as chairman of the university's governing council last month.


Beijing says oil rig not drilling in S. China Sea

BEIJING • China's foreignministry said yesterday that a US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) deep-water oil rig was not drilling in disputed territory in the South China Sea, in response to a warning from Vietnam against such activity.

This week, Vietnam said Beijing had steered the rig into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear. When China parked it in waters Vietnam considers its own in 2014 , it caused the worst diplomatic breakdown between the neighbours in decades.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe