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China is open to US talks, but not with a knife at its throat


BEIJING: China said it’s open to talking on the trade dispute, but it needs the U.S. to show sincerity and not put a knife at Beijing’s throat.

Asia stocks struggle Tuesday on trade war fears

TOKYO: Asia stocks struggled on Tuesday as the latest round of U.S.-China tariffs revived fears the trade dispute would knock global growth, while crude oil was elevated near four-year highs after Saudi Arabia and Russia ruled out immediate production increases.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down 0.1 percent.  Australian stocks lost 0.08 percent and Japan's Nikkei bucked the trend and edged up 0.2 percent.

Petronas-Saudi RAPID refinery offloads first oil cargo

SINGAPORE: A supertanker carrying the first crude oil cargo to a refinery being jointly built by Malaysia's Petronas and oil giant Saudi Aramco has arrived at Pengerang, as the two companies enter the commissioning and testing phase at the plant.

Construction of the 300,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery at the Pengerang Integrated complex is nearing completion, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) said in a statement issued late on Monday. (File pic Rapid construction in Pengerang)

Independent shuttler to hold the fort in Chong Wei’s absence

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Liew Daren will try to hold the fort for Malaysia in the absence of Lee Chong Wei but said the spotlight should be on the youngsters, not him.

Taking responsibility: Liew Daren is the second-highest ranked Malaysian in the world rankings behind No. 4 Lee Chong Wei.

Indonesian teen rescued after spending 49 days adrift at sea

Jakarta: Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, had one of the loneliest jobs in the world: He was a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 125km out at sea, with weekly brief human contact and a walkie-talkie.

Hong Kong's surging dollar sends a warning on housing market

HONG KONG: Surging interbank rates. A shock jump in the currency. Hong Kong’s decade-long liquidity party suddenly appears to be ending, and that can only be bad news for its expensive property market.

Report: World still waiting for wages boost despite stronger economy

LONDON: A meaningful boost to wage growth still looks elusive for most countries despite a robust global economy over the last year, an annual report on the world’s labour market showed.

Gymnast Rachel bounces back strongly from serious injury

KUALA LUMPUR: Career-threatening injuries can weaken the resolve of some athletes. But national artistic gymnast Rachel Yeoh Li Wen is made of sterner stuff.

KFC opens 701st restaurant in Gurney Mall KL

KFC Malaysia has launched its 701st restaurant at UTM Gurney Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Important to address Malaysia’s ageing population

THE ageing population in Malaysia is rising and necessary steps are crucial to prepare for this unprecedented demographic patterns, said deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Dr Lee (second from right) at the launch of the conference in Ipoh.

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