10 must-reads for today

Opposition Kuomintang supporters waving party flags at a campaign rally in Taipei on Sunday.
Opposition Kuomintang supporters waving party flags at a campaign rally in Taipei on Sunday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Mr Hiroto Saikawa.
Mr Hiroto Saikawa.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Salma Khalik.
Salma Khalik.

Ms Tsai Ing-wen is facing the prospect of becoming Taiwan's most short-lived elected president after nearly three years in office. In elections this Saturday, her Democratic Progressive Party is expected to lose up to five of its 13 mayoral seats across 22 municipalities, cities and counties, which could jeopardise her re-election.

The United States has accused China of continuing - and even stepping up - unfair trade practices which led to Washington imposing punitive tariffs on its goods, signalling that the fundamental dispute between the two remains far from resolved ahead of a highly anticipated meeting between their leaders next week at the G-20 summit in Argentina.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe