In today’s bulletin: Xi's upcoming address on Oct 1, fears over Brexit, Hong Kong, Asia's safest cities and more.
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XI PREPARES TO ADDRESS NATION ON OCT 1 ANNIVERSARY
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a 'major' speech on October 1, to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China, to motivate and mobilise the party, a spokesman said. It will be accompanied by a national day parade. The announcement comes amid gnawing concerns over the US-China trade war.
ASIAN SHARES, POUND STRUGGLE WITH NO-DEAL BREXIT FEARS
Fears of recession and a no-deal Brexit continued to haunt stock markets. Asian stocks traded mostly flat on Thursday as investors sought clarity while the British pound dipped further with the United Kingdom caught up in one of its most serious political crisis after Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to suspend Britain's Parliament, for more than a month before Brexit.
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CHINA ROTATES NEW BATCH OF PLA TROOPS INTO HONG KONG
Matters are still worrisome in Hong Kong. Now China has rotated troops in its People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong. While China has said this was routine, the move has raised concerns about what China could do if protesters persist with rallies and calls for full democracy. Here's the latest, and more stories.
SINGAPORE IS THE WORLD'S SECOND SAFEST CITY, AFTER TOKYO
Singapore held on to its position as the world's second safest city, after Tokyo, in the latest Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Safe Cities Index. In all, six Asian cities figure in the top 10 in the index this year. Besides Tokyo and Singapore, the others are Osaka (third), Sydney (fifth), Seoul (eighth) and Melbourne (10th).
JAKARTA MAKEOVER: The current Indonesian capital will undergo a 571 trillion rupiah (S$55.5 billion) urban regeneration in the next 10 years, more than the US$33 billion expected cost to build a new capital city on Borneo island.
DUTERTE IN CHINA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet China President Xi Jinping for the 8th time, since the former took over in 2016. His intent will be "to build bridges, not to burn," Manila's top envoy in Beijing, said.
PAKISTAN ON KASHMIR: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on the country on Thursday to join mass demonstrations to protest against Delhi's actions in Indian-administered Kashmir as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals continued to boil.
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