2 words explain China export 'surge': Global South - Asia Times

Contrary to a meme that’s common among American policy experts, there is no Chinese “export wave”. China’s imports to developed nations have stagnated for years, but they have increased to the World South. &nbsp,

Not only have China’s export to the International South in full risen by an extraordinary percentage, but its imports to every area of the Global South – Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East/North Africa and Central Asia – have risen in lockstep

Certain, some of China’s export success in developing nations is due to a novel type of triangular trade, driven by the 25 % tariff on some$ 200 billion of Chinese imports that the Trump administration imposed in 2019. China boats pieces and investment products to Mexico, Vietnam, &nbsp, India&nbsp, and different countries, which then assemble them into finished goods for sale in the United States.

Asia Times earliest documented this great circumvention of US levies in an&nbsp, April 3, &nbsp, 2023&nbsp, research. Since&nbsp, then&nbsp, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements and the Peterson Institute have published reports documenting the same conclusion: &nbsp, America is more reliant than ever on Chinese supply stores.

China’s exports to the Global South ( left- hand scale ) are tracked by US imports from the Global South ( right- hand scale ), with a lag of about two months. &nbsp, China’s exports to the Global South have jumped from about$ 90 billion a month in 2020 to$ 150 billion a month today, or by$ 60 billion a month. About half of that, or$ 30 billion a month, &nbsp, shows up as higher US imports from third countries. About half of China’s trade rise to the Global South is attributed to the improvement of Taiwanese supply stores to the developing world, or to be shortened.

The other half comes from sectors that China has dominated over the past few years:

  • energy cars,
  • thermal panel,
  • modern equipment,
  • transit systems, as well as
  • electrical products. &nbsp,

Amazingly, British researchers have n’t commented on this great movement of Chinese business, which is by far the most important development by far in the world economy in absolute figures.

A discussion view of China that nearly every scheme shop in the US approved proved to be incorrect as any prediction may be.

The compromise, expressed often on Fox News by Gordon Chang and promulgated in books by&nbsp, Axios’&nbsp, Bethany Allen&nbsp, and&nbsp, Dan Blumenthal&nbsp, of the American Enterprise Institute, &nbsp, as well as a host of small pundits, stated that China was in decline if no crisis, and that America’s restrictions on export of sophisticated chips would infuriate China’s scientific ambitions.

China not only worked around the tech sanctions, but it also worked around US tariffs. China has had a plan, expressed at a high level in the Belt and Road Initiative, to replicate some aspects of its industrialization in other countries of the Global South, or what I called” Sino- forming” in my 2020 book, &nbsp, You Will Be Assimilated.

In 2015 I toured Huawei’s sprawling Shenzhen headquarters with a group of Mexican diplomats. We watched their product line and listened to a lecture about Mexico’s shortcomings in digital broadband and the fantastic things it could do with low-cost high-speed data.

I applauded the author for the breadth of the study and inquired casually whether Huawei had created this content just for the occasion. ” No”, I was told. ” We have digital plans for 100 countries. You can look them up on our website”.

China’s export success in the Global South, in short, is the economic equivalent of Babe Ruth’s apocryphal pointing to left field, followed by a home run in the same direction. &nbsp,

American analysts ‘ sheepish silence on the subject is not just ignorance or sloth. It reflects an unwillingness to own up to a catastrophic, collective policy failure. Virtually everyone in the American policy community agreed that a restraint should be placed on China’s rise as a global power, and that a ban on American technology exports would keep China at a loss.

The Trump Administration stopped the export of advanced chips to Huawei, which caused the first shock&nbsp, which prevented it from producing 5G-capable chips that it created in-house and produced in Taiwan. Because Taiwan’s dominant foundry SCMP used American technology in the manufacture of Huawei ‘s&nbsp, 5G&nbsp, chips, Washington asserted extraterritorial control. Without access to advanced chips, US analysts thought, China would be unable to roll out its national 5G network.

Five years later, China has about 3.8 million 5G base&nbsp, stations in place, while&nbsp, the US has just 100, 000. Huawei learned how to construct base stations using older-generation chips produced in China.

The second shock occurred in October 2022 when Washington decided to impose a “nuclear option” by limiting access to all Chinese companies, not just Huawei. A year later, Huawei launched a 5G smartphone, the Mate 60, with an advanced 5G chip produced in China by a workaround process that American regulators had thought impossible.

The US policy community ca n’t admit that it was collectively, catastrophically wrong, and is groping for an explanation of Chinese success. That is the motivation for the popular meme that China has created “overcapacity” in manufacturing, and threatens the&nbsp, the world with a” second China shock”, as the&nbsp, Wall Street Journal&nbsp, wrote on March 3. &nbsp,

The trouble with the notion of a “second China shock” is that China is exporting less, not more, to the developed markets with which it competes directly, and exporting a great deal more to the Global South, which has virtually unlimited demand for $10,000 energy cars, cheap solar panels and broadband infrastructure.

Promoting that idea is less embarrassing than examining the underlying patterns in the trade data and coming to the conclusion that US policy toward China has been a humiliating failure.

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China curbs US arms makers for selling to Taiwan - Asia Times

On Monday, the day before Taiwan’s national inauguration, China accused three British defense contractors of selling arms to the island. They were added to the country’s Uncertain Entity List.

The Taiwanese Commerce Ministry announced its decision to censure three United States companies, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and Boeing Defense, Space &amp, Security. &nbsp,

The three companies ‘ senior executives are prohibited from entering or staying in China, according to the report, and they are also prohibited from further investment there.

Additionally, it mandated that Boeing Defense, Space &amp, Security give a great equal to two times what it had received from its arms sales to Taiwan. After winning a US$ 35 million commitment to provide Taiwan with Harpoon missiles, China sanctioned the business ‘ president in 2022. &nbsp,

In fact, because of their weapons talks with Taiwan, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems were now having their coast property frozen by the Chinese government on April 11. &nbsp,

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems won a commitment to provide Taiwan with MQ- 9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles ( Aircraft ) in March of this year. &nbsp,

In 2019, Taiwan asked to buy 108 products of M1A2T Abrams tanks from General Dynamics Land Systems. This time, the second batch of 38 vehicles may be delivered.

Caplugs slapped

Even on Monday, the Ministry of Commerce urged a system of Caplugs, a New York- based protective cover manufacturer, to stop supplying products to those on China’s Uncertain Entity List, quite as Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Missiles &amp, Defense.

According to the facts,” Caplugs has avoided Chinese sanctions by transferring products purchased from China to businesses already listed on the list of unreliable entities,” it said.

” When conducting trade company with Caplugs, local companies should be aware of the dangers of improper payments”, it said. &nbsp,

They may perform due diligence, improve their duty of care, and take appropriate steps to make sure that appropriate products, solutions, and services are not transferred to foreign entities on the list of unreliable entities.

Lai’s speech

Beijing made the decision as William Lai Ching-te assumed the office of Tsai Ing-wen’s replacement on Monday as the new Taiwanese President.

In his inauguration speech, Lai said,” China must stop making verbal and military threats to Taiwan, and should assume its global responsibilities with Taiwan to help maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the region and ensure that the world is free from the fear of war.”

” Taiwanese people love peace and are kind to others”, he said. ” Peace, mutual benefit, coexistence, and common prosperity across the Taiwan Strait should be our common goals if country leaders place the welfare of the people at the top of their priority list.”

He stated that Taiwan will strengthen its national defenses and strengthen its legal framework to defend itself from threats and infiltrations from China. &nbsp,

President of Taiwan, Lai Ching-te, claims that the island will continue to strengthen its national defenses. Photo: Photo: Taipei News Photographer Association

He added that the island will collaborate with democratic nations to create a peaceful community to deter conflict, avoid war, and advance toward peace through force.

Reuters reported on May 14 that the US and Taiwanese navies conducted day-long exercises in April, citing unnamed sources. A source said the drills did not officially take place as both sides agreed that their warships would only have “unplanned sea encounters” and practice “basic” operations such as communications, refueling and resupply.

A total of 26 People’s Liberation Army ( PLA ) aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait’s median line or its extension on May 15th, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, at 6am that day. &nbsp,

The 77th WHA

When Kuomintang’s Ma Ying- jeou was Taiwanese President between 2009 and 2016, Taiwan participated as an observer in the World Health Assembly ( WHA ) under the designation” Chinese Taipei”.

However, the island’s representative was not invited to the WHA between 2017 and the previous year because Beijing argued that Taiwan cannot be a separate UN member under UN Resolution 2758. &nbsp,

US State Secretary Antony Blinken stated on May 1 that the US strongly encourages the World Health Organization ( WHO ) to reopen an invitation to Taiwan to participate as an observer at the 77th WHA, which will take place on May 27 through June 1.

A bipartisan group of US senators put forth a resolution on May 15 to accuse China of “misusing and misinterpreting” UN Resolution 2758 and misrepresenting its contents to imply acceptance of Beijing’s “one China principle.” &nbsp,

Republican Senator Jim Risch said Washington’s” one China “policy is not equivalent to Beijing’s” one China “principle. &nbsp,

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated that the US will continue to be” committed to Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations and to a peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, stated on May 15 that the People’s Republic of China is the country’s sole legal representative and that there is only one seat for China at the UN. He said the UN Resolution 2758 rules out the possibility of having” two Chinas “or” one China, one Taiwan.”

Taiwan has not yet received an invitation to participate in the WHO’s annual assembly as of Monday. &nbsp,

Read: Chinese warn of US military aid’s warning about the Taiwan crisis

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Monks and Muslims vote to demand rights for India's Ladakh

On May 20, Buddhist monks and Muslims in the Indian Himalayan region of Ladakh gathered to cast ballots demanding independence and the preservation of their native culture in the increasingly Hindu-dominated country. About half the folks in the sparsely populated, cold desert place bordering China and Pakistan are Muslim, withContinue Reading

China, India duel for riverine lifeblood of Bangladesh - Asia Times

With double-digit prices pinching wallets, declining foreign exchange reserves, and declining economic growth, Bangladesh’s economy is in for a storm. The state is frantically looking for international funding to weather the problems.

Enter China into the attention of the storm. With a proper US$ 5 billion soft product, Beijing has positioned itself as Bangladesh’s possible economic savior. Beijing’s support comes just after Dhaka received a$ 1.4 billion tranche of a$ 4.7 billion IMF loan package.

But China’s present has a political spin. China has a chance to counteract India’s influence in the Bay of Bengal area as the two regional giant compete for power of the Teesta River project as a result of Bangladesh’s financial vulnerability.

The Teesta River, even spelled Tista River, is important for both Bangladesh and India for water and electricity. According to India’s unwillingness to discuss the water’s water downstream, it has also caused years of diplomatic tension.

Now, Beijing’s$ 5 billion loan is seemingly tied to making China the lead on completing the Teesta management and restoration project, provisionally estimated at$ 1 billion.

If China is really given the site’s direction, Dhaka and Delhi will undoubtedly find themselves in a new commotion. That’s in part because Vinay Mohan Kwatra, the Indian foreign secretary, recently offered American funding for growth projects along the river.

India’s Teesta present was taken with a grain of salt in Dhaka. Before Kwatra’s explore, a big American newspapers, The Hindu, expressed worry about China’s proposed Teesta growth project in Bangladesh.

India’s fear stems from the site’s area near the Siliguri Corridor, a carefully important strip of land connecting India’s north to the island. Nicknamed the” Chicken’s Neck”, this hall holds huge geopolitical importance.

India fears that China’s role in the Teesta project may serve as a covert attempt to woo this delicate area.

The Teesta River is Bangladesh’s essence. As the country’s fourth largest river and the main source of water for its northern parts, it’s important for water, supporting thousands of people and a significant portion of agricultural output.

India’s water diplomacy, however, has n’t been very diplomatic from Dhaka’s perspective. According to experts in Bangladesh, upstream reservoirs built by India have restricted waters flowing, significantly and negatively affecting downstream Bangladesh.

During clean seasons, Bangladesh receives just a fraction of the 1, 200- 1, 500 square feet per second of liquid it needs and much less compared to the perceived perfect 5, 000 cusecs, with levels dropping yet below 200- 300 cusecs at times.

Bangladesh and China collaborated to create a multipurpose barrage, dredge, and embank portions of the river to create a single, manageable channel with much higher water levels in 2022.

For the$ 88 million project, Bangladesh sought$ 725 million from China to ensure better water preservation on the Teesta River. China has already completed a survey and is waiting for Bangladesh’s response to its previous project proposal.

Chinese envoy to Dhaka Yao Wen last year predicted that his nation would wait until the election’s outcome ( which took place on January 7 this year and reinstated the Awami League-led government ) to continue discussions on the development project.

China requested that Bangladesh review its loan application and submit a new implementation plan after the election if the government still deemed the project essential, which Dhaka agreed in principle. &nbsp,

Map showing Tista ( Teesta ) River. Image: X Screengrab

Munshi Faiz Ahmed, a former Bangladesh ambassador to China, has criticized Bangladesh’s approach to the Chinese proposal.

When Bangladesh could have adopted a more neutral stance, Ahmed believes it readily accepted China’s offer. This, he says, suggests Bangladesh is favoring China in implementing the Teesta project.

China is already Bangladesh’s largest economic partner. Beijing has already committed a sizable$ 17.5 billion in grants and loans to the nation as part of its Belt and Road Initiative ( BRI ).

Some people take note of how this commitment contrasts starkly with the Covid-19 pandemic’s global trend. A report from the William and Mary Global Research Institute reveals that China continued to support Bangladesh while many countries reduced their foreign aid, providing a consistent$ 2.3 billion annually.

The Awami League government was able to quickly complete important infrastructure projects like the Padma Bridge, a significant elevated expressway, and several new power plants thanks to the influx of funds.

” China’s generosity is n’t purely altruistic”, Ahmed said, suggesting that Beijing’s largesse is part of a strategic soft power play in the Bay of Bengal region vis- à- vis India.

” By fostering economic ties and supporting Bangladesh’s development goals, China aims to build goodwill and secure a stronger foothold in the region”, he said.

The retired diplomat argued that Bangladesh’s economic dependence could give China more influence in the ongoing conflict over regional influence.

In his well-known podcast, Taj Hashmi, an expert on history and security studies, stated that Bangladesh desperately needs Chinese assistance and investment to avoid a financial crisis. He claimed that Dhaka cannot afford to provoke Beijing by allowing India to instead implement the Teesta project.

” If China denies Bangladesh’s request for a$ 5 billion soft loan and decides to scale back its investments, it will be a disastrous blow for Dhaka”, he said.

In the current situation, former Bangladeshi foreign secretary Md Touhid Hossain says Bangladesh has little choice but to take into account China’s involvement in the Teesta Project.

He said,” I believe it will be wiser for Bangladesh to pursue the Teesta project with China’s assistance.”

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Lawyer Arm faces rape charges

Lawyer Arm faces rape charges
On Monday, authorities in Songkhla territory made the arrest. ( Police photo )

Phongsathon Suwannaraksa, a well-known attorney known for helping victims of physical abuse, has been detained for reportedly raping and blackmailing one of his own customers.

The 26-year-old assault victim is said to have experienced melancholy as a result of the alleged rape and attempted suicide by jumping off the board of HTMS Chakri Naruebet in Chon Buri on November 22, 2013, in an attempt to kill herself. She was soon rescued.

Mr Phongsathon, 34, better known as Lawyer Arm, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Bureau ( MPB) police in Songkhla, his hometown, on Monday. He was charged with rape using power, which he denied, and insisted it was lawful sex. &nbsp,

” It was completely lawful. I will certainly get this case]countersuit]. If I lose, I will stop being a solicitor”, said the presume upon his arrest on Monday

He added that he has filed lawsuits against the person for trying to extort money from him and falsely reporting to the police against him.

The attorney has also submitted a petition to the National Anti-Corruption Commission against police officers at Don Muang police place who are looking into the murder case against him.

After surviving the suicide attempt from last year, the woman claimed to have been depressed and that she had told the MPB researchers that the prosecutor had threatened her.

She claimed to have met him in 2022 when she needed legal assistance in a lawsuit against a colleague who had refused to pay a 100, 000-baht loan. The attorney at the time ran for re-election on the Kla Party’s seat in Songkhla, but he lost.

The girl claims that the attorney raped her and invited her to what he claimed was a party organized by Kla in Bangkok. She claimed that after the tragedy, he began blackmailing her.

In the Bangkok district known as Don Muang, she afterwards made the decision to charge him with rape. The police authorities were subsequently sued by him, who later brought countersuits against her.

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Boong"s kin get late activist"s medical data

Boong's kin get late activist's medical data
Netiporn” Boong” Sanesangkhom

Relatives ofNetiporn” Boong” Sanesangkhomhave finally been given a copy of the late activist’s medical records by the Department of Corrections (DoC), the department said on Monday.

According to Weerada Kongthanakulroj, the attorney representing the later blogger’s girl, the family had constantly pleaded to see the records, which contain details of Boong’s state in the days leading up to her dying.

She claimed that the division has delayed handing Boong’s medical records at least seven times since the family initially requested them.

According to a blog on DoC’s Twitter page, Netiporn’s health data were given to her mother’s attorney on Monday night.

DoC authorities also took journalists on a tour of the late activist’s home before she passed away, according to the blog.

Netiporn was transferred from the Medical Correctional Hospital to Thammasat University Hospital on March 8 to get treated for calcium loss and acid.

Netiporn’s status improved, according to Thammasat University Hospital’s announcement on March 27 that she could be discharged.

She passed away on May 14 from a heart attack at Thammasat University Hospital.

Netiporn, who was a key figure in the Thalu Wang protest movement, had been serving time at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution since January 26, when her bail was voided in connection with a lese-majeste fee.

She died while she was in a detention facility for 110 time while on a hunger strike.

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Deadly explosions rock Narathiwat

Deadly explosions rock Narathiwat
On Monday, people gather near a bombing site in the Narathiwat city of Sukhirin. ( Photo supplied )

In two separate explosions on Monday in Narathiwat, one volunteer was killed and nine others were hurt while Thai officials in nearby Malaysia were meeting with members of the rebel group Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu- Patani ( BRN ) were holding a peace workshop.

In Sukhirin city, an blast was reported near tambon Kia’s Health Promoting Hospital at 8.20 am, killing Weerapol Abudulrahim, a voluntary providing security defense to native teachers at the time. Six other individuals were injured, primarily suffering from neck tension and symptoms, and were transferred to Su- ngai Kolok Hospital.

Three security volunteers were reportedly injured in a city bombing in the Cho Airong region at 8:30 am. The incident occurred 400 meters away from the surveillance protection base for tambon Chuab. A shootout erupted after the weapon blast, and a suspect fled the scene.

Both explosions occurred as a factory was being held between the BRN complex section and a professional council from Thailand’s harmony speech team led by Maj Gen Pramote Prom-in, a deputy chief of the 4th Army and deputy chairman of Isoc’s Region 4 Forward Command.

To provide a framework for ending violence in the deep South, the workshop took place from Sunday through Tuesday in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

According to Maj Gen. Pramote, the workshop was planned according to three principles of the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Peace (JCPP ). The guidelines include preventing violence on both sides, starting an open dialogue, and discussing the terms of reference to follow up on the situation. &nbsp, &nbsp,

Maj Gen Pramote stated that he wanted the JCPP to come to an agreement between the parties, which will lead to a signing of a joint contract.

He said that the anticipated four-month timeline for ending violence was anticipated, but that it might be delayed if the bilateral agreement is not completed by the workshop’s conclusion.

According to Maj Gen Pramote, the JCPP aims to bring about holistic peace among the population both inside and outside the southern border provinces.

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High Court strikes out suit by 36 death row inmates on legal aid for post-appeal cases

SINGAPORE: A High Court judge on Monday ( May 20 ) struck out an application that 36 death row inmates filed over a lawful aid program’s plan not to provide support for write-up- appeal programs.

The Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offenses ( LASCO ) policy stated in an application submitted on May 9 that it did not assign counsel to applications made after the appeal process had been exhausted.

They sought the judge’s charter that this plan was illegal.

Justice Dedar Singh Gill said in his decision on Monday that” I understand the applicants ‘ argument is that the LASCO policy amounts to a” blanket ban” on the assignment of LASCO counsel for post-appel applications, which in turn affects their ability to file post-appel applications, thereby infringing on their “access to justice and right to legal representation.”

After finding that there was” no reasonable cause of action,” he rejected the entire application from the prisoners.

Regardless of nationality, the Supreme Court runs the LASCO program, which provides free legitimate guidance to those accused of capital crimes. The accused parties are given attorneys to represent them at test and on appeal.

When the accused man is charged with a capital cost, LASCO lawyers may be assigned, as per the scheme’s instructions, and may be assigned to an appeal when the issue of capital punishment is raised.

The LASCO attorney’s assignment may “cease soon upon… the declaration of the ruling disposing of the appeal or application,” according to the guidelines.

The Attorney-General’s refusal to provide legal guidance for post-appeal apps was never raised by the Attorney-General.

Justice Gill noted that there is a difference between an elegance and a post-apply appeal.

A post-appel assessment is a procedure that occurs after the virtues have been reviewed, not only at trial but also on appeal, he said.

According to him, it is a “discretionary method that is made available to minimize possible miscarriages of justice in exceptional cases where there has been some growth in terms of the rules or the evidence,” quoting a past High Court decision.

The individuals ‘ claims relied on two rules in Article 9 of Singapore’s Constitution.

Where a person is detained, he shall be informed of the facts as soon as possible of his imprisonment, and he shall be permitted to read and be represented by a legal representative of his choice.

According to Justice Singh, the inmates ‘ claim was that Article 9 ( 3 ) of the Constitution “entitles them to be represented by LASCO counsel both during the trial and appeal stages as well as for post-appeal applications.”

He determined that Article 9 ( 3 ) did not make it clear that accused persons had the right to seek legal counsel or legal counsel.

Instead, he came to the conclusion that LASCO was “perfectly entitled to acquire or modify its legislation regarding its delivery of legal help.”

He added that there could be a number of factors for LASCO’s plan not to provide legal assistance for post-review programs. These include the provision of resources for fresh accused individuals who have not yet gone through the trial or appeal process as well as to reduce system abuse.

No person shall be denied their life or personal liberty in accordance with the law, according to Article 9 ( 1 ).

Justice Singh argued that the absence of LASCO guidance for post-appeal software did not prevent the accused from exercising their constitutional rights.

He noted that after their circumstances were heard at the trial and charm levels, the inmates were found guilty and given the death penalty.

According to LASCO plan, they have never received the death penalty. Therefore, it is not possible to significantly argue that the LASCO coverage has violated their constitutional rights to career and personal freedom.

Justice Singh added that the individuals ‘ “alleged right of access to righteousness” was still protected by LASCO’s plan.

He claimed that because someone is denied access to legal counsel, they are not denied access to the judges or to righteousness.

For a person still has the right to seek legal counsel of his own accord.

The prosecutor also addressed the inmates ‘ say that LASCO’s scheme was applied infrequently, violating Article 12 of the Constitution for similar shelter before the law.

The inmates gave some examples of how LASCO guidance was hired for post-complaint circumstances to challenge the lack of equality of treatment.

Justice Singh argued that because those cases predated the start of LASCO’s plan, which he traced to late 2017 or after 2017, the individuals failed to establish themselves as extremely situated with those illustrations.

He claimed that” the applicants cannot be regarded as being in the same category as those who sought LASCO post-refused representation before 2017 and who would have had to follow a different policy.”

Justice Singh noted that this was not the first day the court heard arguments with” similar tone” from the same candidates.

According to the judge, applicants should n’t be frightened of submitting applications with merit in order to stop a justice sex dispute.

But uses brought “at an eleventh hour and without validity” could be seen as a” interim” measure to postpone the carrying out of the offender’s word, he said, quoting a past judgment.

34 of the 36 prisoners who have been charged with substance use and two of the two killers who have been found guilty of the death sentence, are Iskandar Rahmat and Teo Ghim Heng. They were never represented by professionals for this program.

They asked the court for more time after the two days they were given to make written proposals during their reading on May 9 that was held in tanks and closed to the internet.

The prisoners had described themselves as “jailhouse defendants” who needed assistance from family and friends to submit their arguments, and they had trouble putting together their situation while serving time in prison.

In order to provide the individuals more time, Justice Gill did not reconvene the event. He claimed that they would not need more than two weeks to prepare the entries because they had to have known the foundation for their program when they filed it.

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CNA Explains: The FLiRT family of COVID-19 variants and what we know about the KP.2 strain


Worldwide there has not been a large number of hospitalisations. The mortality rate has likewise remained small. &nbsp,

Dr. Leong predicted that due to the KP, cases did “minor adoption” in Singapore over the upcoming weeks. 1 and KP. 2 variations.

He added, however, that this raise may be “relatively small compared to JN. 1″, as previous infections from JN. 1 does bestow” important protective benefit” to KP. 1 and KP. 2.

The risk is that follow infection may raise the risk of developing lengthy- COVID, said Dr Fikadu Tafesse, a microbiologist at Oregon Health &amp, Science University.

And there is no solution for lengthy- COVID, Dr Leong noted. ” It is a dark hole of uncertainties”, he said, adding that people should get vaccinated to avoid the risk of lengthy- term illness.


Against JN. 1, the most recent vaccinations built around Omicron XBB. 1.5 do produce some fly- reactive antibody, said Professor Pekosz.

Studies have not been done with some of the newer varieties, he noted, adding that&nbsp, those are likely to be” a little less combination- reactive”.

Dr. Leong’s opinion was comparable. &nbsp,

” We are aware that the XBB-1. 5 immunization had a 50 % success rate against the JN. 1. We have a suspicion that the current vaccine wo n’t be as effective at preventing KP infections. 1 and KP. 2″, he told CNA.

” The main reason is the presence of the FLiRT abnormalities. The virus was able to dodge COVID’s existing resistance by changing the F amino acids to L and the R to T.

Some people have received their final dose of the vaccine, and resistance has waned with time. It has also been some months.

According to experts, vaccination is still the best course of action, particularly against serious illnesses.

” We firmly believe that the vaccination is also effective in preventing serious diseases like hospitalization and death,” Dr. Leong said.

The health department of Singapore claimed that during the most recent JN top month. Seniors over 60 and older who had not kept their vaccinations up to date had a 25 % higher incidence rate of COVID- 19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions in December 2023 than those who had.

The US CDC announced that it was keeping an eye on how vaccinations work against KP. 2.

Additionally, governing bodies like the WHO and the US Food and Drug Administration are expected to propose a preparation for the updated COVID- 19 vaccines that will be released in the first half of the drop.

New COVID- 19 variants are likely to surface once a decision is made, but Professor Pekosz said the challenge is to find a formula that will when closely match the existing variations as possible.


Dr Leong said&nbsp, COVID- 19 exam products are able to find the KP. 1 and KP. 2 variations.

” The COVID- 19 evaluation system tests against the N proteins. But the gene of KP varieties is mainly due to the rise protein”, he explained.

” The N protein has consistently been steady since the beginning with just small changes,” he says.

According to Professor Pekosz, tests, whether at home or in a hospital setting, will ensure that people are aware of their infection, which will help to better inform a care program.

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