Chinese items to be tested
The Natural Products Association, a trade group for dietary-supplement manufacturers, will test the purity and composition of raw materials from China. The US Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit organization that sets standards for over-the-counter and prescription drugs, supplements and other health products, will perform the tests in its Shanghai laboratory, the trade group said in a statement on Saturday. "By testing raw materials in China, we're adding another layer of consumer protection to a process that has delivered good health products to Americans for generations," said David Seckman, executive director of Natural Products, in a statement. Chinese firms which agree to have their products examined will build reputations as reliable suppliers and gain access to new customers, the group said.
UK hike predicted
The Bank of England may raise its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point as soon as next month to cool inflation and curb money supply, Ernst & Young is expected to say in London today. Borrowing costs will have to rise further to stabilize prices, after inflation held above the bank's target for a 14th month in last month, the firm is expected today say. Ernst & Young will maintain its forecast for Britain's economic growth this year at 2.9 percent, the fastest pace since 2004. The Bank of England raised the benchmark interest rate this month to 5.75 percent, a six-year high.
Quake raises TEPCO's costs
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is likely to suffer extra costs of at least ?200 billion (US$1.7 billion) after one of its nuclear power plants was damaged by an earthquake last week, a media report said yesterday. "It is extremely difficult" for TEPCO to resume operations at the plant by March next year as it will take time to have its quake-resistance capabilities reinforced, the Nikkei Shimbun said. Authorities have ordered TEPCO to halt operations at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant indefinitely.
SK Energy wins Peru stake
SK Energy, South Korea's largest oil refiner, said yesterday that it had won a bid to develop a "very promising" oil field in Peru's offshore Trujillo basin. The company said in a statement that it had won a 100-percent stake in the Peru Offshore Block Z-46 in a bidding round sponsored by Peru's oil licensing company Perupetro. Including the new oil field, SK Energy is now engaged in exploration and production of energy in 26 blocks in 14 countries. The company also plans on investing 544 billion won (US$596 million) in global exploration and production business this year.
Students urged to return
Citizens studying overseas have been urged to return home to pursue their careers amid a government drive to attract more professionals from overseas, the Sunday Times reported. Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen (黃永宏) said Singapore needed "able people to fill" the job opportunities created by a vibrant domestic economy and strong Asian growth, the paper quoted him as saying. Of the 150,000 Singaporeans living, working and studying abroad, 40 percent are in their 20s and are sought after by top firms because of their educational background, Ng said.
ONGOING PROBE: A former Military Intelligence Bureau colonel, major general and another colonel, as well as five other people, have been questioned by prosecutors The Taipei District Court yesterday ordered that a retired colonel from the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) calling himself Taiwan’s “first special agent” be detained and held incommunicado as part of an ongoing investigation into espionage allegations targeting at least three former bureau officials. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office was seeking to detain former MIB colonel Chang Chao-jan (張超然) over his alleged involvement in introducing retired agents to Chinese national security authorities and passing confidential documents to China. Chang’s actions, if proven, would contravene the National Security Act (國家安全法), which carries a prison term of three to 10 years, and the National Intelligence
The US House of Representatives’ China Task Force, launched by Republicans earlier this year, yesterday proposed the China task force act, a package of 137 pieces of legislation, seven of which involve Taiwan, in the hope of getting it passed before the 117th US Congress convenes on Jan. 3. The act encompasses a wide range of issues, including combatting Beijing’s influence around the globe, establishing the US’ dominance in determining 5G network standards and means for bringing UN members to task for abusing their influence within the UN system. The seven acts involving Taiwan address concerns such as the Taiwan Assurance Act
Chinese health authorities investigating a COVID-19 outbreak have said that they discovered live coronavirus on frozen food packaging, a finding that suggests the virus can survive in cold supply chains. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday said that it had found traces of live COVID-19 on the outer packaging of frozen cod in the eastern city of Qingdao, marking the first time that live coronavirus has been detected on the outside of refrigerated goods. Researchers were investigating the source of a cluster of cases linked to a hospital in Qingdao. Genetic traces had previously been found in samples of
A Chinese soldier apprehended earlier this week by the Indian Army after he strayed across a tense de facto border was on Tuesday night handed back to China, an Indian government source in New Delhi said yesterday. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier had on Monday been captured in the Demchok area of eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army said in a statement. The Chinese military also released a statement, saying that Corporal Wang Yalong was handed over early yesterday. New Delhi on Monday said that it had detained Wang after he crossed into Indian-controlled territory, while China announced that Wang had gotten