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China may have wasted the
chance to build goodwill in
South-east Asia with its relatively
paltry donation to the Philippines
in the wake of a devastating
typhoon, especially with the
United States sending an aircraft
carrier and Japan ramping up aid.
e world's second-largest
economy is a growing investor
in South-east Asia, where it is
vying with the US and Japan
for in uence. But China's
assertiveness in pressing its claim
to the disputed South China
Sea has strained ties with several
regional countries, most notably
e Chinese Government
has promised $100,000 in aid
to Manila, along with another
$100,000 through the Chinese
Red Cross --- far less than
pledged by other economic
Japan has o ered $10 million
in aid and is sending in an
emergency relief team, for
instance, while Australia has
donated $9.6 million.
" e Chinese leadership has
missed an opportunity to show
its magnanimity," Joseph Cheng,
a political science professor at the
City University of Hong Kong
who focuses on China's ties with
South-east Asia, said.
"While still o ering aid to
the typhoon victims, it certainly
re ects the unsatisfactory state of
relations (with Manila)."
China's ties with the
Philippines are already fragile as
a decades-old territorial squabble
over the South China Sea enters
a more contentious chapter,
with claimant nations spreading
deeper into disputed waters in
search of energy supplies, while
building up their navies.
Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and
Taiwan also claim parts of the
South China Sea, making it one
of the region's biggest ashpoints.
e Association of South East
Asian Nations (ASEAN), a
10-nation grouping that includes
the Philippines, has been talking
to China about a binding code
of conduct in South China Sea
to ease the friction, but Beijing's
frugal aid hints at a deeply
entrenched rivalry that could
make forging consensus di cult.
Even China's State-run Global
Times newspaper, known for its
nationalistic and often hawkish
editorial views, expressed
concern about the impact on
Beijing's international standing.
"China, as a responsible power,
should participate in relief
operations to assist a disaster-
stricken neighbouring country,
no matter whether it's friendly or
not," the paper said.
"China's international image
is of vital importance to its
interests. If it snubs Manila this
time, China will su er great
Typhoon Haiyan tore through
the central Philippines on
Friday and attened the city of
Tacloban, where o cials fear
10,000 people died. O cials
fear the toll could rise sharply
as rescuers reach more isolated
Overwhelmed by the scale of
the disaster, the Philippines has
sought international assistance.
e US nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier the USS George
Washington will arrive this week
after setting sail from Hong
Kong overnight. It has been
joined by four other US Navy
ships. e US is also providing
$20m in immediate aid. Japan
said it will give $10m and send
a small number of soldiers and
medical personnel. --- Reuters
typhoon aid slated
Chinese shoppers have spent a record
35 billion yuan ($6.99 billion) at the country's
biggest on-line marketplaces on Singles Day,
their operator says, after the festival created
by e-tailers to persuade the loveless to console
themselves with retail therapy.
November 11 --- or 11.11 --- was proclaimed
as "Singles' Day" because of the number of ones
in the date, with sellers promoting discounts to
the nation's singletons as well as price-sensitive
buyers, and it is now China's busiest shopping
Consumers snapped up everything from
cellphones to cars to diamond rings.
ey paid 35b yuan on Tmall and Taobao,
the two shopping platforms of Chinese
e-commerce giant Alibaba, up 83% on last year,
the company said in a statement.
at was more than 10 times the average
daily turnover on the two virtual marketplaces
last year, according to a research report cited by
More than 402 million users visited the two
sites on Monday, double last year's number,
"It was crazy buying stu on Taobao during
11.11 --- just like picking up things for free,"
a user on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of
Sales gures from other e-tailers are yet
to be announced, but analysts estimated the
combined value of transactions on the country's
top 10 operators would exceed 80 billion yuan,
the State-run Economic Information Daily
reported. --- AFP
Toronto mayor's toy sales surge
Chinese shoppers in
$6b on-line spend-up
Dutch authorities are investigating
whether a smoking ban was violated
after United States pop star Miley
Cyrus lit up what appeared to be a
joint on stage during the MTV music
awards in Amsterdam.
"We received complaints about
smoking which was also seen on
television. We have to investigate,"
Tjitte Mastenbroek of the National
Food and Consumer Authority said
"We will shortly be meeting the
Ziggo Dome's management to check
what exactly happened there," he said,
referring to the venue.
Cyrus, 20, lit up what appeared to be
a cannabis cigarette on stage during
Sunday night's MTV European
Music Awards live show at the Ziggo
Dome after accepting the best video
award for her hit single Wrecking
e incident was cut by MTV when
it re-broadcast the show in the US.
Miley Cyrus takes a pu at the
Europeans and Americans
largely oppose their governments
spying on their citizens and
those of allied countries, a
poll released overnight found,
re ecting widespread disquiet
at eavesdropping disclosed by
former United States intelligence
operative Edward Snowden.
Opposition to government
surveillance of private phone
and internet data was strongest
in Germany, where Snowden's
allegations have caused uproar
and damaged relations between
Berlin and the US.
Seventy per cent of Germans
said their government would not
be justi ed in collecting German
citizens' phone and internet
data to protect national security,
according to the poll by the
German Marshall Fund of the
US, a thinktank that promotes
co-operation between North
America and Europe.
Twenty- ve per cent of
Germans were even more
hostile to governments collecting
the telephone and internet data
of people from allied countries,
with 72% opposed and 20% in
About 1000 people were
polled in each country in early
In the US, 54% of people
opposed government surveillance
of Americans but US views on
spying on allied citizens were
more ambivalent, with 44%
opposed and 33% saying it was
In Britain, whose GCHQ
eavesdropping agency is alleged
to have co-operated closely
with the US National Security
Agency, 44% said government
surveillance of British citizens
on national security grounds was
unjusti ed compared to 33%
who said it was justi ed.
Forty-three per cent of Britons
thought that government
sur veillance of allied citizens
was unjusti able while 30%
believed it to be justi ed.
Poll highlights spying opposition
A gunman who killed three Iranian
indie rock musicians and injured a fourth
person inside a Brooklyn apartment
before killing himself was upset because
he had been kicked out of another band
last year, police say.
Ali Akbar Mahammadi Ra e killed
himself on the roof on Monday after
struggling with a member of his
former band, the Free Keys, police said.
Investigators believe a guitar case found
on an adjoining roof may have been
used to carry the assault ri e used in the
Ra e, 29, "was upset that he wasn't in
the band any more", New York Police
Department spokesman John McCarthy
said. Investigators suspect the shooter
and his former Free Keys bandmates
may have had an argument over money,
Two of Ra e's victims were brothers
and members of the Yellow Dogs, a band
that came to the United States from
Iran three years ago after appearing in a
lm about the underground music scene
there, according to band manager Ali
Salehezadeh. e third person killed was
a musician but not in the Yellow Dogs
band, Salehezadeh said. e person
injured was an artist, he said. --- AP
Canadians are lining up at for a chance to
buy a "bobble-head" toy of Toronto Mayor Rob
Ford, who faces pressure to step aside over drug
and alcohol abuse.
e rst 300 out of 1000 limited edition
bobble-heads, which went on sale for $C20
($23) each to support the United Way charity,
were signed by the mayor overnight.
e mayor of Canada's biggest city has faced
mounting pressure to take a leave and seek
counselling since he admitted to smoking
crack cocaine during one of his regular bouts of
His predicament was made worse by the
release of footage of him in an agitated, drunken
state, staggering and making foul-mouthed
But the scandal has not damaged his
popularity, with polls actually showing a bounce
in support as Ford readies a bid for re-election
e huge crowd that lined up to buy a Ford
bobble-head included a mix of supporters and
critics, as well as opportunists planning to resell
them on-line for as much as $600.
Toronto resident Dale Fitzgerald said he came
as a show of solidarity against what he feels has
been the media's harsh treatment of Ford.
"I'm here for the same reasons I think most
people are here: people are fed up with the way
things have gone, with the media hounding
him," he said.
Toronto's city council is scheduled to vote
tonight on a motion to censure the mayor over
his antics, a move which his brother Doug Ford
called a politically-motivated "witch hunt".
Doug Ford, also a Toronto city councillor, said
the mayor is otherwise doing ne, though he
"has been feeling down lately." "I'm con dent
Rob is turning the corner," he said. --- AFP
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with a "bobble
head" limited edition toy of himself.
New York's new 1 World Trade Centre will be
the tallest United States skyscraper when it is
completed, topping the former Sears Tower in
Chicago, a panel of architects has decided.
Architects at the Council on Tall Buildings
and Urban Habitat agreed overnight that the
trade centre's 124.4m antenna was a permanent
architectural feature of the building and should
be counted in determining its height.
" e design of 1 World Trade Centre, as
explained to us, reinforces its role as a symbol
of resurgence on this important site," council
executive director Antony Wood said.
"In particular, the spire which holds the
beacon light, shining out at the symbolic height
of 541m, is especially poignant --- echoing the
similarly symbolic beacon atop the Statue of
Liberty across the water."
e 1 World Trade Centre is built on the site of
the original World Trade Centre, whose famous
twin towers were toppled in the September 11,
Without the antenna, the new building's
417m height would be topped by the former
Sears Tower in Chicago, now o cially named
the Willis Tower, which rises 442m from the
ground. Neither comes close to the world
record, which is held by the 830m Burj Khalifa
in Dubai. --- AFP
New World Trade Centre deemed tallest
Luxury watches fetch $53m at auction
Christie's has raised a world record $US44
million ($53.52 million) for luxury watches in a
two-day sale, the auction house says.
e star earner of the collection was a pink
gold Patek Philippe watch that fetched $2.1m,
Christie's said in a statement overnight.
Another gold watch by the Swiss watchmaker,
dating from 1947, sold for $1.57m.
e watches went under the hammer in three
sessions over Sunday and Monday and were all
sold to anonymous buyers.
e auction house sold 50 Rolex Daytona
Lesson One watches in the rst session for a
total of $13.24m, including one for just over
$1m, Christie's said.
In a jewellery auction today, Christie's will put
up for sale the world's largest known orange
diamond, valued between $17m and $20m.
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