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What's next for the Asia-Pacific?
"Today's special edition of the globalist we are going to focus on asia and what two thousand and twenty one might hold for the region. The obvious answer might seem and will hopefully be almost by definition what with one thing and another a vast improvement but even when asia does not find itself at the epicenter of a global health crisis it remains a complicated part of the world bringing their hostages to fortune to this look ahead to ages. Next twelve months are monocle. Hong kong bureau chief. James chambers monica's. Tokyo bureau chief. Fiona wilson a little later on monaco's bangkok correspondent gwen. Robinson will join us. But first to james and fiona fiona. Let's start with you. In japan as we mentioned in that introduction a new prime minister in office seeking to fill the big shoes and follow the tough act of shinzo are has yet figured out. What kind of prime minister he's going to be is a very good question. I mean i think he's been quite difficult for serger. Falling shinzo obey. Shinzo abe's for all his faults. You know longest serving prime minister in japanese history. So you go quiet trot record. He knows how to win elections. And you know. He survived an awful lot of ups and downs. Scandals also had to deal with the pandemic and ultimately how to deal with illness as well so yeah so quite challenging to come into that role. He started off pretty well. I think his ratings quite good. But i think as people have seen ways handled the pandemic Impressed is ratings have dropped. There's also the issue about the olympics. Will it happen waiting to happen. And i think so. Go really backing this. Huge domestic tourism tourism campaign encouraging. People around the country has gone down pretty badly although it has to be said Tens of millions of people have been guy around the country so they liked that bit of it. But so i think it's quite a tough time for him and interesting. He has to have an election by next autumn. And i think he's in for a pretty rough ride few under just to follow that up. You did the mention the oh word. If there is one thing that japan hopes it can look forward to in two thousand and twenty one it is the two thousand twenty Tokyo postponed because of the obvious right now on new year's day. How likely do they look. It really depends on you. Talk to to be honest. The government would love it to happen. They really wanted to happen dog to the saying we absolutely have to vaccinate everyone. And that's not guaranteed yet. Japan's rollout of vaccinations will be in the spring. And they say you know. We'll have everyone backs in asia by the summer. And if not. I think they are going to have a problem on their hands. There are so many vested interest in the olympics in definitely. The government is under pressure from tv companies. Advertises they want it to happen. Population is still quite lukewarm. I think many people feel it puts this unnecessary pressure on the country. At a time. When is trying to deal with the pandemic. we're still dealing with that joins in hong kong or bring you in now. It being new year's day let's at least out Attempting optimism As we were just discussing. Japan has one great big blue ribbon event to look forward to hopefully in two thousand and twenty one. Two thousand and twenty was a tough year for hong kong for the same reasons. It was a tough year for everybody but for other reasons. Besides is there anything in particular vet. People in hong kong are looking forward to this year. Yes well we've had a rough couple of years here in hong kong so You know when you've hit rock awesome. Which i think that's not hong kong. Has i mean the only way to go his up. So i guess people are looking at s- an economic recovery an a return to business as usual in terms of an making money and getting on that side of things but In looking ahead the the rest of the year. I mean there are few big dates to To look forward to the the first one would be at the end of this month on the polls in january when the the uk's visa essentially for the hong kong people comes into play and up to three million on congas could suddenly decamp to britain. So if that happens if the floodgates opened not lovely be a huge event we've oils essentially being stuck in vung most of twenty twenty so It's been difficult to town at the moments How big that exodus will be. And there's no no re- odds on dejean that which you know. Every time i do meet with hong kong peasant they do generate trying to ask me once. Lights live in the uk Just like an schooling an election. Step in where they should live. What's baath liken. Is it better than oxford as there is. There is a genuine interest. But i guess we're waiting to see how many people actually all through with all of the with these These moves
Singaporeans vote in snap election under coronavirus cloud
"It's a little after two PM in Singapore reverted to taking part in a snap. General election announced a little over a fortnight ago. The ruling People's Action Party has ruled since independence in. In one thousand, nine, hundred, sixty five, and it is expected to win big again. Even the leader of the country's only elected opposition party in parliament has warned of a wipeout that could see the sitting government win every seat. Well, let's hear now. From Monaco's Asia, editor James Chambers will. The election is due by next year. but everybody knew in Singapore that the government would call an election this year. Year at some points so even before Kovic. Struck, the plan was to to call a general election but back then before the pandemic, the idea was to capitalize on Singapore's economy, because it was still doing well but they could foresee time because of the trade war without would no longer be the case that they were going to try and get the election in before the Economy Turns Sour. And as you mentioned you might, you might have thought that's given the pandemic, and and the fact that Singapore is facing its biggest recession. In decades they have postponed that and perhaps for for next year, but they've gone ahead with its and the strategy now is to I guess play up the crisis I mean the Prime Minister Lisa Lomas, calling this the crisis of generation, and I guess he's appealing to votes. His kind of stick with who you know, stick with the. Because, they've guided Singapore to got to so well since independence so take you know it's not time to gamble now. you know stick with the party that you can depend on? was there any chance that people would take a gamble on anybody else other than the People's Action Party? The People's Action Party as you mentioned, has won every election since independence and we're talking about. Huge majorities. Of the the worst ever done, it was getting sixty percent of the votes. And last year last, sorry, last time around in two thousand fifteen. It got sixty nine percents. So the only question we we're all waiting to see the answer to is how big the wind will be this year the prime minister has been calling on, Singaporean say to give. His party and him a strong mandate which would suggest that there for aiming for something you know above seventy or eighty percent. And that's because because of. The crisis face facing Singapore, but also the party is having this major generational transition the Prime Minister Lien Long. He's the eldest son of the founder of Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew and he's planning to step down. He's sixty eight now. He wants to retire by at least seventy. So this is his last election and he's he's. He wants to be able to hand over his party to this next generation, and you know with a with a good mandate. The I. Guess what the opposition is worried about is is they might get you know wiped out because. He's the prime minister's has made a lot about him. and voters may may rewarding for for the job that he's done since becoming premise in two thousand and four. the opposition in Singapore is is quite weak, even though there are ten opposition parties standing this election, the the major ones really running for about twenty seats out of about ninety three, so it's not as if even if they did well, they could take control of the parliament. But there's there is a quirky quirky system in Singapore. So even if the opposition lost all seats, and they only hold six in the current parliament, even if they lose all their seats, they would then be given some. Because the. Doesn't want to have. Total control. It feels like it needs to have at least some opposition to hold in account in parliament. Otherwise it it ends up in the ridiculous, and this opposition seems to have gotten a little bit personal. Let me talk about this sort of the legacy and the. Family almost family firm that seems to be established. The way that Singapore runs its government, but the strange brother of the prime minister has actually but. Li Yang joined the opposition progress Singapore Party and has openly criticized the way that Lee. Long has handled the coronavirus pandemic also has said that there's a natural aristocracy inside the People's Action Party and it's not great when members of your family decide to. Wash your laundry and public. You're you're exactly right? Mrs Definitely in a case of airing your dirty laundry in public this this kind of family feud in Singapore's first family. The lease in this is this is all come about from after the death of their father I and how they they deal with his his bungalow. legally wanted it to be demolished but it's still standing. Could because the prime minister wants to keep it as as a kind of a almost like a shrine. And the brothers have fallen out, so the younger brother has thrown his support behind this new party. The progressing party is only form last year by a former member of the People's Action Party. So there's a you know a former heavyweight from the people's action. Party is fronting it and it's been supported by younger brother of the prime minister so very very embarrassing for the prime minister. But. It's not expected to have a major impact on the the number of votes that the prime minister and his party gets. It's not something that. You Singaporeans a used to seeing. But. One thing's for sure this isn't going to. This isn't going to bring about the end of of the PAP the the the one question I mentioned that we're all waiting to see just how big the majority is that they get finally It's the news broke overnight. about the death of souls map park won soon I, mean he? He had been tipped as a as a very viable candidate for the twenty twenty two presidential elections. Yes this this news. We're following in Asia last night very closely. and the the police were tipped off to his disappearance by his daughter, because she received quite cryptic message from him on her phone which she then shutoff now he was You know he's been married since two thousand eleven, and he's one of the the big heavyweights in the Democratic Party that the the President Moon jae-in belongs to, and so he was you know. One of the heavy favorites to. To run for to become the next president when Moon Jae steps down. In a few years time so this. Caused a you know a big shot. And Even, though the the circumstances. And the facts are all still up in the air. It is looking like it's It's related to these. Allegations of sexual harassment that was against him the day before by his secretary, and these these allegations are doing the rounds of of social media in in in career. I have seen them myself, but is best not to speak about them right now, but it does feel like, and it just looked like The two are linked. He was a new. He billed himself as a kind of a male feminist and he he did a lot to. Promote women's rights in Korea. So if this turns out to be the case, it's going to be a big. Full, from graceful for him and. It just highlights the the extent of this. Problem in career I, mean the metoo movement of started in the US and it has I guess being overshadowed recently by the black lives matter one, but I mean in in create is a huge issue and if a man like mad park is embroiled in this then it just shows the the extent of the problem and I do hope that it has. The same kind of effect as the black lives, matter. Movement has in getting people to finally kind of talk about this and address it James, chambers. Thank you very much indeed for joining us on monocle. Twenty four stay
Hong Kong marks handover anniversary under shadow of security law
"Could Beijing finally getting it away and silencing Hong Kong's democracy protests once and for all the Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed off strict security laws, which critics say will place the likes of the right of free speech and an independent judiciary at risk. The law has already had an effect one of the leading voices in the pro democracy. Movement Joshua Wong said he's left. One protest group what I'm joined by Monocle Asia editor and Hong Kong Bureau Chief James Chambers by Isabel Hilton. The editor of China Dialogue Welcome both backed Monaco for twenty four at James, let's begin with you. You are in Hong. Kong whether has been A marking of the twenty three years since British rule ended. What's the atmosphere like today? Yes, what was meant to be called establishment day a day of celebration for Hong Kong returned back to mainland, but for a lot of people here it's a solemn day to protest against. Beijing and usually there's a big march that takes place around three PM Hong Kong time in about an hour and leave from Victoria in Causeway Bay and on March to the government headquarters that hasn't been given permission to go ahead to see the police because of the COVID, nineteen restrictions but there are people starting to gather in Causeway Bay. and the police have already made their first arrest under this new national security bill. On the question, we're all asking waiting to see how this bill would be enforced. And I guess the the worrying onset is. Enforced very harshly. The first arrest was a guy who's who had a flag that just said Hong Kong independence on it. So there's no doubt that the police are going to use their full powers under under this bill to dampen down any goals. For Hong Kong independence, and it's going to have a massive impact on the ability of of activists and pro democracy protests in Hong Kong. To to to operate as they have done. For the last twenty three years. Where unlikely to see a big march this year like we did in years before because the police on hand, the right police are on the ground and are very quick to to arrest people. Isabel. It's not long since we were all given the details of what's in this bill. Could you just summarize it for us? Please well indeed. I think almost nobody outside the National People's. Congress was given the details until after the bill was rushed through a rigorous fifteen minute session. it criminalizes any act of secessions, version, terrorism, or collusion with foreign are external forces. The problem with all of those is who decides Schwarzenegger as secessions, version, terrorism, glues, and and exchange, said the question of how the law will be enacted. Is ABS will be? We'll be applied is absolutely critical including which judges. How will the? How will the legal authorities in Hong Kong React Carrie, Lam has the opportunity to appoint judges that she chooses. And the bill, also the acts now also contains a rather sinister provision. Which says that in got his described as complicated cases at Beijing can simply takeover the prosecution of the law now again. All of this is is. Subject to subjective judgment from Beijing, Beijing designs what collusion with Foreign or external forces Beijing decides. What subversion is and Beijing, can prosecute cases? There is no guarantee that they will be held in. Public is provision for them not to be and. Given the state of of the rule of law in China. I think this is really really serious concern. It's also we should remember the. Legal State in Hong. Kong has been robust and widely respected and indeed lawyers have frequently taken to the streets to defend their. That profession and the application of the law in Hong Kong in very large demonstrations when they felt that Beijing. was encroaching on it, and so the capacity to appoint different judges to these cases is signed that I didn't think Beijing trusts Hong Kong's lawyers who are after school didn't principles of rule of law and equality before the law and all those good things. To do it's will.
Should Coronavirus Face Masks Be a Fashion Statement
"We are going to wrap up before the end of the show with a reflection on the world of retail fashion. Joining us for that is more Nichols own fashion editor Jamie waters. Welcome back to the program. Johnny I'm enjoying early morning chats. Yes same highlighted by Monday. Thinks he's not being sarcastic. Listeners he really really means it. Let's talk about well. It's interesting sort of collision Jamie of the the pandemic into the world of fashion and this question about mosques and the becoming almost sort of fashion statements. How do you read? What's happening out there with this yet. There's this kind of interesting strange situation that's also has a sense of inevitability about where in a lot of places. I'm as masks becoming and trade that pot of people's everyday uniform now. Of course you're saying people starting to inject some sense of personality and style into what they're wearing so. I think in Asia. This has become very common correspondent. James Chambers is recent before about different colors can signify and that you know yellows with a lot of the cool kids wear and read and Etcetera Etcetera. And there's all kinds of different senses of style on now that we're seeing in a lot of us. Cds that mandatory by seeing that pickup and a lot of fashion Brown's astounding to so musk's and what they're doing is that we've done night some and so summoned to this this sort of offset being which makes it seem more sort of charitable. But then he saw the thing happened over the weekend my soul someone on social media basically from a luxury ecommerce site and it was a mosque by a big straightway brand because as an aside straight way brands have Masa they part of their collections for a long time they come in and out of fashion just as a fashion statement anyway and there was one of these mosques that was on the site and was going for. I think eight hundred dollars and then something about that just felt really odd and uncomfortable and the image was was circulated and reposted posted. And it's since been taken down the muscles being taken off that site but it does make me think about this idea of Opportunities and and how the kind of capitalist road works and that. Desi sense of course there will be demand for at some point that will be demand for luxury item luxury mass luxury protective items. And how that all fits into? I guess what we feel and how we think about the whole situation Jamie I guess. He's actually conner. Speaks to what we talked about last week. Which was the shift in aesthetics change maybe from consumers about how much they want to broadcast the brands that they're wearing or buying because clearly there's an unease about being seen to be you know profiteering from this awful situation and yet it's probably a good thing. If Russian companies and other manufacturers do divert resources to to make mouse. She does also. Is it part of that same? Shift away from this sort of shouting a branding. I mean that's that's kind of a lot of street wear has been built on the right exactly tied up with that we point. We're talking about last week. And people being really dizzy. Sense of not wanting to use State makes status have status symbols at the moment? I think mosques and other medical equipment but I mean particularly moss have these very kind of singular aspect to them where they are. They are just the ultimate hygiene that you know. They're a symbol of hygiene there a symbol of solidarity kind of all in all in this together. And when you wear one it's to protect yourself but it's also protect others added to that that they in short supply in a lot of places and that means that when they become expensive thing. That's the status symbol. It just doesn't see right against the all these other elements because they are ultimately decide. This symbol of protection dot is in short supply. A lot of places but I think we'll it does high into what you're saying about people now being really conscious of law goes anyway and a lot of straight where browns will self from that at the moment And these these issues that the Russian in the White House. Tush industry has where you know. How do you kind of float fashion? How do you sell products in a way? That doesn't feel tone-deaf at the moment But then you know we'll see these browns to make living in the need to Cape Shifting Product Cape workers employed and medical protective equipment. Mawson's I got a lot of brands have capability now. I've been donating a lot of of these kind of products. They can make them so if demand continues going into the future dot also seems just a sensible move. So there's a lot of tied up into these idea it's fascinating stuff Jamie always get your views. That's Monaco's fashion editor. Jamie waters joining us
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Until next month civil servants in Hong Kong however have been told to go back to work. So what does this suggest offer more? James Chambers Monaco's Asia Editor in Hong Kong has more James. Very warm welcome back to monocle twenty four. Tell us a little bit more about the cancellation of this what is usually an enormous visit a state visit of. Shinzo rb to China. While it's yes you're right is a particularly big one. Because the president of China hasn't visited Japan for an official state visit since two thousand eight so that was when the former President Hu Jintao was in power so soon paying himself hasn't been for an official visit and this one was very hotly anticipated. China and Japan have a relationship between very up and down over the years. But it's been warming of late so Everybody was really looking forward to this visit to cement. These warming ties. The cancellation hasn't been officially confirmed yet. Their sources coming out of Japan saying that This was all agreed over the weekend. Eight of Ping visited Japan to meet with Shinzo RB. We're expecting official announcement to mean. We made sometime soon in the next few days. Because one of the Prisons Xi Jinping was meant to meet was the new emperor and apparently Court court dates with the emperor. Get booked up very early. And they need to be confirmed a monthly advance so we're expecting to announce what you're made any time soon. Tell us a little. Bit more about What impact this has been relations between the two countries? I mean you say it's it's always been shaky but when you do have large symbolic gestures. Does it get affected when someone is actually no? You can't come yes. I think this is something that they will have agreed to together. It's not one country saying we don't want you to come both leaders a fighting. This fire is at home and I guess they will not want to be seen by their voters net population to have focusing their attention elsewhere So this is being seen as a coordinated thing And rather than one country rebuffing the other it it. It's more like Let's agree to postpone this to a better time Because we both need to focus on the emergency at hand the you know as I mentioned the relationship between Beijing and Tokyo has been warming a lot over the last few years and so the fact. They're postponing this won't do any real damage to that. In fact this viruses has probably helped relations even more.
Hong Kong violence escalates as China marks 70 years of communist rule
"Now are we looking at a showdown between the protesters justice and police in hong kong with the fifth anniversary of the umbrella movement just passed and the seventieth anniversary of communist rule in china coming up there was fresh unrest on the the streets of hong kong this weekend with tig and water cannon fired at demonstrators join me on the line from hong kong it's monocle james chambers welcome back to the program james just describe the scenes of violence again from this weekend there was a real edge to them wasn't there yes normally on a monday morning hong kong's the very good job of cleaning up from the protests during the weekend but today it still looks like a a bit of a mess out there they're kind of loose bricks everywhere the city seems to be covered in graffiti at the moment there's there's all kinds of posters denouncing communist china and president xi jinping and this all came from from the weekend which into started on friday night and continued into saturday and sunday in recognition of few different anniversaries as as you said the the umbrella movement to start the umbrella five years ago being the the big one there was it's kind of usual story in terms of clashes between police and protesters rest is tear gas being thrown by the police petrol bombs being thrown by protesters one police officer undergo please fight alive around in the air an awful lot of arrests were made and for us i guess the big one is is coming tomorrow and and perhaps they might have a suspicion that people you would have perhaps been preparing for it and kept their powder dry over the weekend but actually that wasn't the case they were they were out in force again it was a very busy weekend and there's a slight lull today but we're all looking nervously anxiously tomorrow was suggesting that this weekend's protests which were widespread and included it both families marching to people throwing molotov cocktails as you just described and was acting as a dress rehearsal for what could happen tomorrow well i don't know whether it's a dress rehearsal because i feel like they're pretty much used to what protesting enter what's been going on this clashes following a similar model a similar routine it i don't think the over the weekend it was any different into what we've seen in the last few weeks or even months but that doesn't mean that we should rest easy about tomorrow there's there is a there is a nervous feeling in cities today i think the weekend sounded like fit felt like business as usual but businesses building up to something big and i don't know quite what's going to happen tomorrow but i it doesn't it doesn't it feels like it's going to be big it feels like it's going to be a step up from what we've what we've seen so far and how important is it for china to use this opportunity it's the seventieth anniversary of communist rule in china the anniversary anniversary of it tomorrow it very much wants to consider it as a celebration for everything that china's stand for how is that being played out in hong kong we have the protesters which are making enormous news all over the world but what does beijing doing to try to change the mood where you're woah what in hong kong you you you wouldn't even know that it's going to be the seventieth anniversary tomorrow because any signs that we're put up to celebrated ratings have been torn down an unburnt over the weekend in china it's quite the opposite you wouldn't know there's anything going on in hong kong they keeping that under wraps and it's all all about the the anniversary tomorrow there's all kind of bunting is up and posters and all kinds of flowers and celebrations so it is it is a tale of two different two different different cities the but the battles going to be played out in the international arena beijing can control coverage on its home turf it can and make sure that whatever happens in hong kong more doesn't spoil the birthday party for for people in china but to be honest they really care about and whatever will be watching is how this plays he's out in the international media and of course to a going to be linked there's going to be scenes of choreographed celebration beijing and they're going to cut to the chaos in in hong kong and obviously the the the case in hong kong is what everyone is going to be remembering so the protests are going to be able to kind of poke beijing in the eye tomorrow beijing zhang won't won't be happy with it and then we'll all be thinking what comes next what what's going to be the reaction from beijing tennis a little bit more about the the way that beijing camden camden with this in in hong kong i mean we have seen the focus very much on carrie lam the hong kong leader she has been in many people's eyes discredited but is there anything that the authorities in hong kong can now do to to stop what is planned for tomorrow others and being heavy handed because those a police ban on the protests this weekend which were openly defied what what do they have what's the authorities have left to play well in terms of what's going to happen tomorrow laura they've got there's there's nothing they can do other than respond to events on the ground you know i feel like it's going to get very ugly very quickly tomorrow there's going to be the it's going to be a lot more extreme we've seen i i believe in it'll be a lot more clashes between police and protests nothing's going to change is we're going to see the same scenes role again the question is you know we'll escalate to a level where people do die it it is amazing that over four formats nothing nothing like that has happened in hong kong he just look at what's been going on in indonesia with their protests and riots and two students were killed we haven't had that that those those very sad events happen in hong kong but it wouldn't take much for it to get to that stage and and that would escalate things even more so when it comes to what's going to happen tomorrow that's just that's just going to play out like it has before and the police and the protest going to clash all across the city and i do feel like it's going to be a long day and a lot of AM and a lot of carnage when it comes to off after that the hong kong government has not offered any any solutions carrie lam dotted supposedly listening to the hong kong in her consultations but all of that was three or four hours of hong kong is telling her how how terrible she's at her job so she's hes- hesitated when it comes to if invoking emergency powers so short of that that that doesn't seem to be any solutions on the table of the more of the same so here in hong kong we're all trying to get through tomorrow and then we'll see what happens next james chambers in hong kong thank you very much indeed for joining us on monocle
Another Weekend Of Protests In Hong Kong
"In Beijing waiting for Hong Kong's pro democracy protests to dissipate had another disappointing weekend as has been the case every weekend since June in Hong Kong streets have hosted large-scale demonstrations some of them violent at least eighty nine people were arrested and at least eighteen injured a more peaceful protests by university -versities students has taken place today. Lon joined from Hong Kong by Monocle Hong Kong Bureau Chief James Chambers James on the scale of the recent demonstrations demonstration's. How much cleaning up needed to be done this morning? Yes well. Hong Kong got back to to work again this morning and it seems to be a a case of similar things on Monday mornings cleaning up the MTR's railway stations substations. We've become a big focus for for protest kind of violence and vandalism over the last few weeks it has felt felt a bit quieter today in in and around one NJAI and admiralty and Causeway Bay where lots of the the clashes were last night and little shops. You haven't opened so there is a a bit of a clearing up going on and repairing but you know I I got the the MTA to into this morning. using some of the stations is that were vandalized last night's and things are being repaired and Hong Kong's basically getting back to business as is the way of these things it is the violence that commands mom for headlines but how representative of the ongoing protests are those incidents well. The the organization that tries is to or the arrange these big marches. They tried to organize one on the weekend but the police didn't give its authority to go ahead so officially it it it. It wasn't an authorized. March people still went ahead and did it. The the numbers were nowhere near as as large as these marches have been in the past and but as usual these these peaceful get togethers quickly turned into violent clashes so it's definitely a case of of the general the average. Joe Is not necessarily turning out which is big as numbers that happened in the past but the that kind of hardcore what the government would call that radical element. They're still very much on the streets and it's those those people who are pushing these protests into new when I guess more dangerous areas the clashes and the standoff between police and protesters are continuing there's been some worrying signs and worrying scenes where we saw two traffic cops basically surrounded by protesters says carrying Molotov cocktails and taking their guns out in defense people might not realize that police in Hong Kong every police person in Hong Kong carries a revolver aside on and so it wouldn't take much for these these clashes between between police and protesters to really turn ugly for something for someone to to lose their life another worrying development is the clashes between regular Hong Kong's split between the protesters and and the pro government side there was one one one guide got badly beaten up by a group of protesters during over the weekend and had to be taken to hospital in a very critical condition and then these kind of scraps and fights between between the two sides continued into Areas Areas Fortress Hill and north points at Sunday night so there's the on one hand. There's the there's the ongoing caution police in protests but it's also kind of spitting being society more and we're seeing just a regular members of the public get involved in punch-ups. Just finally just quickly detect any a abatement in popular support for the protests as the economic realities of this begin to bite. There's some suggestion that Hong Kong's first recession in a decade is imminent tourist numbers down forty percent and so on. I'm not sure whether it's the the those economic figures that are getting people so to kind of new support for this but I do see from the government side that that the Chief Executive Carrie Lam when she withdrew the bill formerly Sh- I think she does does feel like I have had a big impact. She's very much visible on the streets and at events and speaking at things like she used to be before these protests kicked off because you know at the end of the the day Lotta people a lot of regular people came out because of this extradition bill that extradition bill is only one other five demands that protesters are making but when it comes to the ordinary people in the extradition bill has now been removed. I think that it has has led to a lot of people deciding that they're no longer going to unnecessary turnout in in as many as big big numbers. I don't think that the support is necessary dwindled for a for the protesters but it's very much the more the more radical uncommitted people that we see turning out on the streets day in day out. I don't see that necessarily going away. The the seventieth anniversary for the People's Republic in China is on October the first and that will have a big unifying effect on the protesters so I I feel like big will come out again but at the moment i`ts expect over over the same in the in these kind of smaller skirmishes James Jay Bilas
After 3 Months of Protests, Is Hong Kong Any Closer to Formal Talks?
"Now hong kong's pro democracy protests have been going on now for three months the territories ruled is already given into one key demand but if they wanted to instigate formal talks with the demonstrators who would they talk to for hong kong's is in a way leaderless protest movement for very good reasons but doesn't that make it harder to achieve the change the protest as a sea king let's cross not to james chambers molecules bureau era chief in hong kong james you can't understand why the protest movements leadership is is largely anonymous given what happened to the leaders of the protests in hong in five years ago that's right you know we we all know some of the familiar names from the umbrella movement doesn't fourteen first and foremost joshua wong who ended up serving several prison terms because of his activities during that time and a lot of the lot of the experiences of those orchestrations have informed what this new generation of protesters have been doing so in a way they have learned a lot from what happened in two thousand fourteen and the failures that brought that to an end i guess what the the the what the protesters would say in hong kong is that it's not a it's not a leaderless movement but its leader full movement they say that there's not there are loads of leaders involved it's just as you said back keeping themselves anonymous the problem with that of course is that if there there is overt or covert attempts being made by i the administration in hong kong to reach out to those protesters who do they reach out to i mean that's true but this narrative that it there are no leaders kind of defies what we see on the streets is a very organized movement organize protests and you know what the what this movement wants has been you know clearly written down there are there are five very synch very clear demands that they want the government commit to meet you know they've spelt it out and it's for the government to to to meet meet meet them to demands or these make more of an effort so far the the government is one of those five months but there's still a four which they refused to budge on so you know if they there are certainly people who can you know acted as middlemen and communicate between both sides you know it's if you know if the US can can reach the negotiations with the taliban i'm sure the hong kong government can do it with the protesters here a once again they've been they've been allegations of outside interference the united states being criticized also china now very angry germany after their foreign minister i met that that one show on that you mentioning earlier yes the the the the battle between the protesters and the hong kong government and the hong kong police has a very much reached the international arena the protest started off by buying uploads of media space in a lot of international newspapers papers and then i kind of the hong kong government has been fighting back with with similar moves and you know both sides trying to win over international all the when we need national argument and win support for their side just left hong kong to to to germany and the US drum up support for the protesters and put a deliver the pro democracy angle on the ground and obviously he's going to be met with very ah the very sympathetic ear in places like germany and US which are of asli very vibrant democracies and the narrative that's coming from the hong kong government's and beijing is that you know they're a foreign forces behind all of these protests i've been speaking speaking to a few insiders and EM conspiracy theories floating around a beyond ridiculous you know people are mentioning taiwan government behind this because they want to stop this all up ahead of that election in january of the US and the UK mention engine of local media tycoon jimmy lai and i've heard one rumor about it being a actually a clash being played out by seizing paying the president of china and the former president of china jiang jim in so you know there's there's a whole lot of theories swirling around but i mean i i would advise people to do to treat them short shrift james thank you very much more colson bureau chief in hong kong james
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"Yes. I think we're to find a very soon georgina about joe the need for a foreign labor in certain sectors of the economy linda. Thanks very much indeed. That's linda you and victor boomer thomas thank you both the golden hosa will take place in taiwan and nearly the ceremony is known as the chinese oscars bought the china film administration is now boycotting the event and has banned mainland chinese movies and actors from participating well our hong kong bureau chief. James chambers is currently in london joins me now to talk about this james. Can you tell us more about the golden horse awards. What actually are they well. As you said in your introduction they're they're known as the chinese oscars <hes> and that is a fair description of <hes> films from from all across <hes> what you call greater china take parts. That's from the mainland hong kong and from taiwan and further afield from the chinese speaking community there are there are a number of prominent film awards in asia and in the chinese speaking world. I guess the the big to <hes> the golden horse wasn't taiwan and then hong kong international film festival but to the golden horse was the oldest they they. They're in fifty-six addition addition now they they stretch back to the sixties so you know it is it is fair to say that they are <hes> the biggest invest in in asia. So how important are they actually for taiwan's on soft power well the hugely important <hes> because you know this is one of the the the rare assets that <hes> taiwan has is that the taza international significance <hes> and it's not it's not just related to taiwanese filmmaking rates to <hes> <hes> greater china and asia as a whole so <hes> they're china taiwan doesn't have that many <hes> areas where it has this this big kind of influence outside. It's it's it's a little island. This is one of those rare examples who is extremely important. Why then is the china film administration boycotting well. I mean if if you look at the bigger political picture there's there's <hes> presidential elections happening in taiwan in january. The incumbent sign one is is <hes> leans leans towards the kind of more independent minded <hes> side of of taiwanese politics so you want to taiwan to be seen as a separate what country so in the buildup to those elections china is taking various steps to try and squeeze her <hes> recently they they banned chinese tourists from visiting <hes> on solo visas so you can only go on group visits now and this could be seen as the next step <hes> in that attempt to kind of suffocate taiwan but <hes> you know actually look at the film world last year during the the golden horse awards <hes> in november two thousand eighteen the <hes> the taiwanese <hes> director who won a best best documentary for her film. I'm a youth in taiwan and that was about a protest movement back in two thousand fourteen core sunflower movement which which in a way in spite of the events in hong kong now when she stood up to to accept her award for best documentary in her speech she basically <hes> may made a said that she was one day hoping that taiwan would be seen as an independent country <hes> and that obviously obviously <hes> irradiated beijing. There were a lot of <hes> chinese very prominent chinese actors and filmmakers in the audience so that caused. It's a bit of a ruckus there <hes> and so we can see this this this decision. This year could be director relation response to that. I spoke director earlier this year in taiwan about this and it has had a big impact on her. She's search her films were pulled out of a hong kong film festival <hes> she's probably expect not to travel to china or hong kong anymore so it's come at great cost to her but she felt she just had to speak up for taiwan..
Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Protesters Rally Again Near Government Offices
"In Hong Kong continuing over plans to introduce a controversial extradition, Bill that could see criminal suspects extradited to mainland China to face trial, the city states. Authorities of put their plans on hold. But there's still considerable anger about the measure, well, I'm joined on the line by Monaco's Hong Kong bureau chief James chambers, James. What's the latest there? Well, it's been a bit of a quiet week in comparison to the protests of a couple of weeks ago, but they're still ongoing, as you mentioned. They've become a bit splintered. So in the last few days have been more smaller protests outside the police station, but they've also spread to blockading the local kind of tax office. They've been standing outside the, the Justice ministry stopping the minister from accessing the office and they also went around to a lot of the g twenty consul-generals that are based in, in Hong Kong to try and raise awareness of the situation in Hong Kong to all of these countries that will be attending the summit that's going on right now in Asaka in Japan. So it's I guess they're trying to maybe internationalized the protests and they've been using some quite clever ways of raising awareness during during a lot of the big protests, there were people Ray. Raising money raise in a donation boxes. And one one person actually started a crowd funding project, too. And it raised over five million dollars, very quickly, which is about half a million pounds. And they used that to, to buy adverts in about ten inch national newspapers. Some some listeners from around the world might have seen these whole page adverts in places like the guardian Neil times, which with a massive headline that says you stand with Hong Kong think that this request that, I think, pro- Cain terminent, three the permanent to the still Schumer boom to, to raise this with China's president. She's in ping, at the g twenty do you think that, that's likely? Well, I guess a lot of our attention will be on the big meeting tomorrow between President Trump and seeking and see whether the US president actually brings it up. I guess we of us in a very, very surprised and impressed. It's the prime minister Shinzo Ave, permissive. Japan he raised it when he met with Xi Jinping yesterday. So all the reporting on that meeting is, is about the warming relations between China and Japan, you know, touristy to a poor relationship those two neighbors, and they're making a lot of progress to, to kind of patching that shop in preparing for presidency to make a statement since Japan. But despite that kind of loving prison, Abbott did actually raise the topic of Hong Kong as well as the way that China treats the weakest in, in western China. So I mean it's quite we'll impress that, that he did that. And I guess the owners will be on other world leaders who attending the G twenty to bring this up when they meet with. See, now we understand that reports have been circulating online about plans to disrupt the flag-raising ceremony, which marks Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule on July the first that protesters are planning something big for that. Yes. So every July the first since the return of Hong Kong to China, there's it's been a day, both kind of celebrating Hong Kong's return to China for, if you're going to pro Beijing, pro government side and actually on the other side for for protesting.
Hong Kong protests against Chinese extradition bill drew 1 million demonstrators
"Around a million demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a proposed law, which they fear. It's China the power to target opponents of its government the controversial extradition. Bill would allow Hong Kong to send suspected criminals for trial in China. Critics say the Bill has no written guarantees that the trials will be fair, and they believe that China which rules Hong Kong onto the one country. Two systems principle will use the Bill to undermine the territory's semi autonomous status. For more on this story. I'm joined by Isabel Hilton who's editor of China dialogue, and our Hong Kong bureau chief, James chambers. He was at the protest James. I'd like to start with you first because they're all different reports on the size of this protests. So what did you see when you were there and would you say that around a million people, perhaps more or less will take into the streets that time? Happens every time as big protest in Hong Kong, the police come out with their figure, and the organizers of the protests, come out with their own figure, and as always a huge difference between those two so is interesting this time to see what number the police would would come up with, and then perhaps multiplied that to see what the real figure is the police saying about two hundred and fifty to three hundred thousand and us we're in the protests. We've got that figure while we're still marching and so you, you, you could tell if saying it's around three hundred thousand they actual number is going to be huge. And it really did feel like an extra extra special extra huge March because I, I was in it for for four and a half hours. Crawling through the center of Hong Kong. So I wouldn't be surprised if it's at least over seven hundred fifty thousand and there's a chance, it could be indeed a million. But how unprecedented is a protest of the scale in Hong Kong protests, like that, of that size this decade, you know? It'd be even bigger than the famous umbrella movement, or the central moving two thousand fourteen you'd probably have to go back to two thousand three was the beginning of the century when there was a another huge March against a similar of proposed legislation, which got hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets and ultimately saw the, the government back down from the perspective of the governing. Authorities they're probably concerned about the facts that all society are United in their opposition to this Bill, even conservative professions like the legal profession. For example, again lawyers judges coming out. Yes, you go to the government should get worried when they see the lawyers marching because every they don't come out all the time when they do come out profession. It usually means the government should stand up and actually take
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"And he said because he likes his politicians to have guts. So what I wanted to know from you is that in this post Trump era looking ahead to twenty twenty. Do you feel like you need to be bit more Trump, or are you going to stick to your guns and state to to do it depending on eighty-five guns? I now I think people think that I use softer language when I express issues this. A woman, but I am a very determined person. And I m pad to do things if spread police costs, and this is what the should be. It's not a matter of speaking tough as matter of whether you on deter me in to complete a reform in the process of get attacks. It get precious, and you have lots of conflicts to deal with. But eventually it's the result that you want to present to the people. Gear up for the electioneering period for twenty twenty. What would you say your top priorities are when it comes to you'll Corey mid for relations, cross-strait relations, and defence. We have told the international community and countries in the region that we would be keeping the status quo. But given the changes in environment this status quo. What move talking the status quo? We're talking about keeping the right kind of balance. So we'll continue to keep the right kind of balance. I would not going to people in our relationship with China. We have to equip ourselves with sufficient defense capability, given the Chinese large investment in their military development. So we need to increase our military capability make Taiwan more defendable plays. This all parody shifting. Full-on service on that's the go. How's that going when leaving that will be complete this policy has been initiated and carry out by the two former presidents, and so my job at the moment is to make this all voluntary system work and also make our military defense capability improved. A sub result of this all our entry system. But the more than military situation is this in these sodas was experienced and not know how to deal with high tack weaponries a lot of professional training required. So if we go back to this system of mandatory mandatory service on the which young men. Join the military for a year and to us. It's not enough today with this all Bhandari system. Volunteer would join the miniature. Trie for these for years. I think that gives us enough time to train them and up the retire on this for years they can extend their services to a longer time. So as their qualified receding is four years of chaining make them berry experienced soldier. So you have a core group of all Bantry professional soldiers. And you hope also have reserve groups, and they are primary retirees phone the barn. Trees of his smoking. I about beefing up time moms domestic defense industry believe some some rings. What's what would be your plan in that area? Second to what its accumulation require a longer term episodes. So this phrase in tons of industrial production is manufacture is actually one of the best place in the world. And we do have patching of. And in terms of talents on talent, we do have law. So combining the two together we actually can made. Military bap in the res missiles nutri vessels. Hopefully, the sub stage will be able to manufacture miniature aircraft. Thousands looking ahead to the election next year. Some of all biggest critics would say that you only win if you play the China card. So if Beijing does something silly. And you see it on Royal people of then the people wit, how do you respond to that? They think that people care about courses national security, and when it will be able to maintain a stable relationship with China. I think people want to have that. So it's not a matter of speaking loud in tough Mana. Of course, sometimes you have to be loud and tough. But it's not the only thing that leader should do what we need to do is to make sure our national security is okay. And at the same time, we'll be able to maintain a stable relationship with China. Taiwan president saying when? N-? They're speaking to multiple James chambers in Taipei, you can meet read more of their interview in the latest.
China's 'Silicon Valley' dream: Stitching together a new tech region
"The rest of the world worries about whether to trust the likes of power with data. China is planning on regardless. It's pushing ahead with plans to build an area to rival California's Silicon valley, it's being described as a tech megalopolis. So why are people concerned about it ever happening to explain more and joined by James chambers is Monaco's Hong Kong bureau chief welcome to the program. James explain the plans, and what is a mega megapolis. Well, earlier this week the central government in Beijing published its blueprint for this so called greater bay area, which is the official name for this maker office. And it's comparing it to Silicon Valley in California because that's what it essentially wants to emulate. But to kinda give listeners an idea of what they were talking about. This is very much an area that already exists. It's not a greenfield site. The plan is to link together eleven existing cities in southern China in the in the pill river delta and some of these cities people will be very familiar with like, Hong Kong Macau and Shenzhen where the Hawaii based people also Joe, but a lot of the other smaller cities like John Shan Jihai Dongguan, which people might never heard about. So the idea is that. There's these eleven cities, and and the Chinese government wants to can essentially connect them closer together with infrastructure and roads and rail and bridges, but also in terms of coordinating policy stuff, so bring all these eleven together and create something, you know, bigger and more competitive. There's a loss in that the IT of bringing in business, but also bringing in policy using infrastructure. How surprising is that? Given the way that China is moving at the moment. While when when China wants to to build things it can do that very quickly. We've got a huge bridge. That's just opened up. Links Hong Kong Macau for the longest Seib in the world. And that was built in record time. And then Hong Kong just had we've had a high speed rail link that connects on concert, China's huge high speed network. So all these kind of roads in infrastructure is is very much, you know, part of China's development the policy side is is something that has people a little bit more worried in places like Hong Kong, you know, Hong Kong is what's called a special administrative region. So it does have it is is loud to govern itself in every area of kind of foreign affairs and the whole idea behind the greater bay area's essentially dissolve the borders between these cities, so. So, you know, the idea is you should be able to move around this greater bay area very easily and conduct business in different cities perhaps live in in somewhere like high or Shenzhen and commute to Hong Kong. But those you know what? While that's potentially exciting for for businesses who can access all of this talent and innovation for people who live in Hong Kong. There bit worried that this is just another example of how the the border with mainland. China will be a rooted a Hong Kong skyline in the last five years. It's changed the names on the top of all the big buildings used to be all in English. But at least fifty percent of them now are in Chinese if you are a business leader in home, congress did if you'd like you said a citizen how worried should you be that sooner or later? Those fifty percent remaining English-language businesses
Explainer 143: Why is Asia so behind on LGBT rights?
"This November voters in Taiwan overwhelming decided to keep the constitutional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman as a result of this national referendum, many young Taiwanese from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south. I woke to find themselves living in a different country to the one they went to sleep. The unexpected outcome also has far reaching significance for the entire region. Taiwan after all was meant to be Asia's liberal beacon for at least fifteen years, Asia's LGBT community to the capital type aid. It's huge annual gay pride much. Two years ago, but now president signing one expressed support for magically while the campaign trail and finally last year is a premium court ruled in favor of same sex marriage setting may two thousand nineteen deadline for amending the constitution. Therefore, it was really to mentally matter of time before Taiwan marriage equality on statue books. But now boast referendum this shoe things being cost into serious doubt. Conservative Taiwan is shown it's true colors and as things stand. There's little coal supplying the rainbow flag anywhere across the region. No country Asia currently recognizes same sex marriage and the few that aging close face plenty of opposition on the way. In the Philippines. For instance. The supreme court is hearing a case that could overturn their constitutional ban on same sex marriage. However, the government's lawyers are in opposition mean on Japan several cities forced by government foot-dragging to recognize same sex partnerships on the municipal level, then as Kong two years after the Tokyo Olympics in twenty twenty it will become the first Asian city to host the gay games. But despite this golden opportunity to hold a torch for social economic, liberalism that Oklahoma is in no rush to enshrine marriage equality into all just a few days before the referendum in Taiwan lawmakers in Hong Kong voted down a proposal to create a civil partnership style, equal union same sex couples even though it stopped well short of marriage, and sadly, those three examples represented good news. As for the rest of Asia, marriage equality far too distant dream, just in the past six months, gay and lesbian couples in both Malaysia and Indonesia being subjected to public whippings canings. Up the road in neighboring Brunei the community can face years in prison or even the death penalty. So given this hostile landscape any moves to bring an end to the criminalization of gay sex is widely and wildly celebrating. Exactly what happened in India Temba when liberal and LGBT Indians took to the streets after judicial verdict deemed, the country's ban on gay sex to be unconstitutional over any hope. For snowball effect across Asia soon melted away several days up, the engine ruling was handed down Opole in Singapore review that the majority of people in the conservative city states continues to support the criminalization of gay sex all is not lost in Asia. However, long considered analogy BT safe haven. The kingdom of Thailand may well pick up the baton from Taiwan become the first Asian country to recognize same sex. Civil unions legislation is expected to be introduced in December one year after Australia's marriage equality law came into being some in the tie LGBT community angry because the law stopped short of offering equal rights, but for others across Asia comes a relief to end the year on a positive note. So soon after the disappointment in Taiwan. One. In Hong Kong. I'm James chambers.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"You know, there's not much reason to go there pop from gambling and entertainment. So imagining the people who get those permits will be the ones who are who are going for those reasons. There's other new technology in deployed on this bridge. I was mentioning in in the introduction, cameras in place to detect yawning by drivers, heart monitors, sending driver data to the control center, and it seems an incredible level of some like surveillance and the yawning guests the heart monitors. What's the rationale there that you don't want to either this, this bridge, the construction is bridges as few casualties is being twenty twenty deaths, so very tragic. I guess they don't want. They don't see, you know, 'cause getting going off the bridge or or getting into crushes because it's it's, it is so long as you mentioned fifty five coloma's. So you know, this is the safety angle, but also it's it's a cheap way of trying to show off some some new technology in the biggest. The biggest thing here is. Engineering feet, you know, it is a, it is a huge bridge. As you said, it's the longest in the world. So I mean that's been grabbing the most attention. And I think these these kind of technology at owns just something that that China's don't add into show of some of its price. In those areas. There's been, it's been a big, big few months, Hong Kong infrastructure. The high-speed railing to China just opened a couple months ago too. So you know, it's it's a, it's a good time here for for connections to China, but not everyone is thrilled China's becoming closer to home. Okay. James chambers in Hongkong. Thank you very much for joining us.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"Treatment of a silent seekers, especially children at a trillion offshore detention center on the Pacific island of. Zero rooms. The current president of Piff. Some ten thousand inhabitants compared to Australia's population of over twenty four million. It is the smallest of the small island nations, a tiny speck in the vase, Pacific Ocean as a result, logistical feats bringing every head of state together for a few days. Each year isn't a chief -ment in itself. Some of the men become entries such as the Cook Islands, a so cutoff. The political leaders have in previous years, hitched a ride aboard, new official government airplane. Wellington Cambra the two big boys in eighteen member group. The prime ministers of both countries tend to fly in late rights. If you checks and then fly out again, they bring their own press call with them and they hold their own press conferences. Generally operating outside the forms, officials secretaries onto the exclusion of trustee band of island-based media who attend every year. The forms, the biggest event of the year for these journalists and broadcasters Elopuro transport links between the islands getting to the event can be tricky. When I attended the forty-seven version of the forum for Monaco two years ago, some Tahitian journalists, traveled opponent, pay in the federated states of Micronesia by Japan, a crazy V-shape transfer that's worth looking up on the map. However, the former become even harder to cover the host country. Neru has kept the number of press members able to cover the format thirty, even prevent Australia's national broadcaster ABC from attending neru claims. It can accommodate anymore journalists on its tiny atoll, and there's certainly some truth that even the larger island of porna- pay commandeer private homes, two years ago just to house temporary influx. There's more to this media blockade than a lack of comfy beds. A shortage of fresh linen narrows also hold to detention facility that houses asylum seekers to being turned back up, trying to reach the land down under lifeboats. Not surprisingly. The government in Cambra goes to some links suppress media coverage of acidity. That's been dubbed Australia's Guantanamo. One single entry journalism visa to visit neru usually cost more than five thousand euros. An astronomical fee is payable, even if he's application ends up being rejected. But since agreed to remove this financial restriction, that jurisdiction of Pacific islands, borough the cap on overseas journalists can be seen as another way of limiting the mass influx of foreign correspondence that would otherwise descended on the island, especially from Australia. This attempt at media, censorship. When immigration is such a hot topic in the likes, the US and Europe is guaranteed to provide closer coverage of this year's Pacific islands forum. Human rights activists, we hoping Austrailia we shamed into finally, shuttering is tension center as for the islands themselves. They will hope that the global media spotlight also shines on the issue of rising sea levels that places them at risk disappearing under the water. By the end of the century. Monaco in Hong Kong. I'm James chambers. Thank you. That was of course, James chambers l. Hong Kong bureau chief and don't forget to tune into the complete episode of the foreign desk. This Saturday at midday. He us some of the other stories we're following today. At least forty eight people have been killed and sixty seven injured in the suicide bombing of an education facility in Kabul. Most of the casualties were teenagers undertaking extra study as they prepared to sit entrance exams for university responsibility for the attack in the mostly Shia district of the Afghan capital was swiftly denied by the Taliban. It is however depressingly operative of similar outrages against AFC Aniston's. She a population by Islamic state increasingly active in the country. Israel has reopened. The Kerem Shalom crossing the border with Gaza the major commercial route in and out of the enclosed Palestinian enclave. The permitted fishing zone of Gaza's coast has also been restored to its usual limit of seventeen kilometers after some while of being reduced to six. Israel said that the easing of the restrictions which were imposed last month was a response to a recent period of relative calm on the West Bank. Meanwhile, bemused residents have begun receiving mail Hilden Jordan for as long as eight..
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"Azerbaijan is next to host the next summit in two thousand nineteen what phnom really needs is strong leadership and a little balance india is a founding member of nam with a proud history of nonalignment prime minister narendra modi should drop the bricks and lead this left leaning movement back towards the middle ground that's was our hong kong bureau chief james chambers with this week's episode off the foreign desk explainer and for more from the foreign desk team tune in to this week's brew crummer her voters on saturday from midday london toy at monaco dot com and this week we discussed china's global influence now it's time to review the monocle spring weekly which is out today goes executive editor josh finot to joins me in the studio for that just welcome to the program what a beautiful publication good you first start telling us how it came to happen well you're right marcus i think it's fitting on a nice spring day the offices jubilant with the idea that this new print product from the monocle stable of which we already have very many the drinking and dining directories out sending books to press but we really thought there was a place in the market for a weekly newspaper which runs out every thursday for the next four weeks there is a bit of a adds a bit of a spring to people's steps and looks ahead to the fares the opportunities and the good weather escapes that people can be expecting for the spring season it's berliner format with a nice poppy kind of red masthead at the top and we think that there's still a place on the newsstand for for testing positive stories and for doing great journalism and so i think we're going to dive in are we marcus.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"In that china finds itself in this growing trade confrontation dennis yet call it a war with the united states russia obviously with last week's moves is in the same position and they are both you know united together to that extent i'm not sure that it goes very very much further than that i appearance it says it's always miami is my enemy's enemy okay we have to ask immediately then donald trump actually bringing traditional adversarial relationship back in from the cold to some extent because it's been up and down you know ever since really the end of the second world war in the communist victory in china in that way but china let us remember still needs the trade wants the relationship with the united states and the west from an economic point of view just cut that off and sunday say russia results to the us it's not china would like to play all these different states these countries i think in its own interests and of course we get this also over north korea with the possible trump came meeting with china now having reinserted itself into that process with kim's visit to beijing so really a what china is doing and this has been very much a hallmark of xi jinping's period in power is to try to maximize its position on the world stage i still don't think it's going to dominate the world but it certainly gonna play very much bigger than it did ten or fifteen years ago now from hong kong pieria chief james chambers welcome back to the procam james how is the what's the reaction been to the idea of the chinese cozying up to the kremlin.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"This in them and abs as a one nine hundred investment analysts do from over one hundred different opponents in over nine hundred of the sharpest mowing the freshest thinkers in the world of finance today no one is small no one knows small being find out how we can help me her contact us yesterday visit all online shopping but you can find items designed by all inhouse team and collaborations with runs that we love discover everything from luggage and clothes to stationery and back its use of the magazine as well as all book series and popular travel guides we did of a world wide and off a high quality customer service and don't forget to let us know if you'll a monocle subscriber to enjoy your ten percent discount go to monocled com for forward slash shop and browse away pole if you're in tokyo singapore hong kong london new york will toronto visit us at one of our shops and we will take care of you personally and see round two two and the very warm welcome back to the studio one your with monaco 24 this is eminence in and you're listening to the monica daily and we launch ourselves career survey this week so we thought it would be nice to give our radio listeners a sikh sneak preview monaco's james chambers went to visit seoul's popcorn soon to talk to him about the city he loves and his ambitions for its future james began by asking about the various urban renewal projects that are already being undertaken and what's next for seoul during the last six use we changed the traditional where your opener.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"These two seoul these challenges but it's not compete are by one city but the collaboration with other cities neighboring cities it can be sort so in this sense we saw invited sultan cities such as beijing shanghai we're moteral tokyo and saw and then we define the problems paving two way hoped solutions such is having some portion to attain in terms of silt gas emissions reductions and saw so i think if we accumulate these activities this common effort the air quality in northeast asian region becoming fauvet than not that was cells mayor park on in conversation with monaco's james chambers and be sure to pick up your south korea special edition of monaco much 2018 issue on all good newsstands now here in the briefing his what elsewhere keeping an eye on today peru's former president alberto fujimori has been ordered to stand trial for the deaths of six pharma's in 1992 it comes just over a month after he was released from prison where he was serving 25 years for human rights abuses south korea's president has lauded russia's participation at the winter games moon jaein said it had made the olympics better despite kohl's for russia to be banned from competing at the event over doping allegations and franz his government has announced a plan to allow its wolf population to grow despite protests from farmers who are worried about their livestock wolves were relegated in france by hunters back in the 1930s does on the headlines with following today this is the briefing.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"Cities seoul and paris and many many other big cities around the world will suffer from the same problem air pollution i live in hong kong and the excuse that the government they're often gives is that it's china all the bad hours conference china in seoul in korea you often use the same things china as the scapegoat as mayor of seoul can you tackle seoul's air pollution alone a true we heard through common interview in parties with missed kong from london earned mizzou third wall from paris and we announced to introduce the cull scoring system in its cities and it's one way or cooperation to face this common challenge of the problems sore so is located beside the china it's true that chinese influence is nearly two citing but still we cannot all everything to the china instead we should two hour serbs to bring the solutions to the problems in this sense so had built many ideas and package all policies to solve these challenges but it's not can be bought by one c but the cooperation with other cities neighboring cities it can be solved so in this sense we saw invited sultan cities such as beijing shanghai we're moteral tokyo and saw and then we define the problems paving two way of solutions such as having some portion to attain in terms of silt gas emissions deductions and saw so i think if we accumulate this activities this common effort the air quality in northeast asian region becoming fauvet than now that was monocle james chambers speaking to seoul's mayor park one soon you're listening to the daily on monocle 24 here are some of the other stories we're following today.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Curator
"That was james chambers for this week's episode of told stories from the heat henry to the snow next now christmas may be a quiet time for many but for some entrepreneurs it's the busiest period of the air nikkei for example more than seventy billion pounds is turned over by retailers jeering the holiday season it's a lot of money tom for a special christmas edition of the entrepreneur's monaco's alexei corey love spoke to the world's first snow globe makers in vienna oh man i miss you have impacted the third my grandfather's name was evan and my father's name was irving in my daughter she is the fourth generation in our family her name is sabina in does she is at the moment the real boss here she manages the company and i pay all the bills this is the arrangement yeah god no this family firm make something really special snow globes in fact it invented them it was lavigne's grandfather surgical instruments mechanic who came up with the idea in the 1900s now in its fourth generation original vienna snow globes that's the name of the business is still going strong and growing when my brain fodder started the this production of the snow globes the snow globe in the beginning wars related to christian religion so my green fight amid miniatures of the pilgrims sites of austria the very first design in the snow globe was the basilica of moderate sailed dan he made maliataara fellow matia today eight though he did a very good to business in all these little towns.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"British airways spended all of its flights to pakistan in two thousand eight after the attack on the mary told shell but there is now tool of the uk flagcarrier reinstating the london route islamabad is off to roll on the uk's biggest overseas missions and millions of brits have close family ties to pakistan with christmas just around the corner the party season in islamabad has drawn to a close and a large contingent of the city's international community have left pakistan and headed home for the holidays when they returned in two thousand eighteen and potentially land new airports they may well see a few more foreigners on the streets of the pakistani capital and not just inside the cloistered world of the diplomatic enclave and that was tool stories with thanks to james chambers for today's episode and you can hear the full version of the oven inisted to tonight at 1900s london time and that so we have time for today thanks to our produces ben rislan and tom whole our asserts his yelling golfer and all studio manager george mcdonough off to the headlines this moon music on the way fernando august epa check o b in the studio with the continental shift a and i can promise he that they'll be a lawsuit christmas songs in there to do stay tuned for the briefing that's coming up at named at midday in london seven am in new york and will be following closely that incident in melbourne werra posses by a knee at flinders street station have been mown down by an suv when not yet sure whether this is a terrorist related incident or not i am georgina godwin i'll return on the globalist at the same time tomorrow thank you for listening.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"The roy captain berger and the maria's the additional international brad kansas some welcome competition in a very limited hospitality industry and secondly a new international airport some thirty years in the making is also scheduled to open in the first off a two thousand eighteen initially conceived in 1984 the foundation stone was laid in two thousand seven and construction has stretched of the last decade once it finally opens it is hoped the new airport would bring back direct flights from major european capital cities british airways spended all of its flights to pakistan in two thousand eight after the attack on the marriage hotel but there is now tool of the uk flagcarrier reinstating the london routes islamabad is off to roll on the uk's biggest overseas missions a millions of brits have close family ties to pakistan with christmas just around the corner the party season in islamabad as drawn truckloads and a large contingent of the city's international community have left pakistan and headed home for the holidays when they return in two thousand eighteen i'm potentially land new airports they may well see a few more foreigners on the streets of the pakistani capital and not just inside the cloistered world of the diplomatic enclave that wall's case stories a monocle 24 production now thanks to james chambers are hong kong bureau chief for today's episode to hit the full version of the urban this june into the programme tomorrow at nineteen 100 london time you can of course catch up with the urban instant all are all the programming whenever you like on our website monocle dot com coming up we review the asian newspapers.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"It's actually quite accessible compared to what you'd think in that part of the world but they move it to jerusalem it have to be a prophet fortress i keep thinking of visiting or more visit to the us embassy in beirut in two thousand one which was i mean obviously they've they had the two previous building blown up and were there for a little bit of rigorous is the word i would use to characterize the security a inininin city is crowd at his west jerusalem it's just a from a logistical point of view it's it's very difficult to imagine how doable this is james just a brief final thought on this how do you assess jared kushner's progress in in bringing the middle east together well i mean i will go guffaws around the ya not great so far i mean i think it's gonna be interesting to see what role he is actually going to play has been put forward some sort of apply but i think it's quite hard to say i mean just on the point of diplomats gathered won't together as interestingly having talked to a couple of former us ambassadors to israel there is something about this huge challenge huge diplomatic challenge if the israeli palestinian conflict which does attract people that it's like one of those mathematical themes which remains unsolved for centuries in a people really want to have a guy saying difficult i may be it will continue to attract diplomats who wants to try to solve it okay we'll get to take a short break now you're listening to dory house with me under miller them with james chambers and james rojas coming up next we welcome out new artificially intelligent chinese robot overloads.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"Well it's hard to find a candidate that's perhaps a less unelectable than than roy more uh even though he was still favored going into it so and you know your rights he if it was anyone else plus the royal more than perhaps the republicans would have won this easily uh so unique konta folds trump's logic that but you know he got behind often do we get to say that true and you know he he come back back away from the fact that he got fully behind roy mole and he had held rise in support of him so it's a bit rich of trump to say that now but it's not the first time he's would you say he can't back away i think give him another four or five hours and we'll get a tweet saying who even the israeli more i've literally never heard of him during rogge's as james chambers points out of i'm just gonna called you james and james listen the listeners will be able to follow it an really more is i think if we going to put it tactfully will walls rather than exceptional candidate i think it's fair to say that being the case is they are actually anything really to be raid into this beyond on which is not downplayed the significance of what has taken place but is there is there a wide a lesson here a thing that stress quite difficult conclusions drew at this stage i mean the consequences are as you pointed out than it reduces the ah the republican majority in the senate it also for it for mr trump somebody who doesn't like to lose and senate doesn't like to lose so publicly it's a is a blow to his ego which is a a something about which he he cares greatly obviously but i think come the long term consequences are as difficult conclusion to drop because of the very precise nature of this particular election because the scenes clear first time in 25 years as you say a number of republicans decided to vote for the democrat candidate on this occasion and make could nestled on july roddick wants to do so much i rather suspect quite a lot of for.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"You're listening to midori house first broadcast on the 13th of december two thousand and seventeen on monocle 24 hello and welcome to meduri house come at you live from studio one near in london i'm andrew miller on today's show the state of alabama but we have shown the country the way there can be more what is he good for the voters of alabama decline the candidacy of judge really more and the halsey road in on my guest james chambers and james rojas we'll be discussing this and the days are the top stories including president red chip tiempo to one of turkey suggests that recognizing jerusalem as someone's capital is a game that others can play google further as its relationship with a country which plans google and why is fox selling out to disney and what we'll fox do with the money that's all coming up on the dory house moniker 24 right now and welcome to midori house my guest today a james china's monaco's hong kong bureau chief and james rojas head of international journalism studies at city university london woken both and we will start in alabama the voters of which have contributed greatly to the general gaiety by declining to elect to the us senate the republican candidate really more and unsavory ding brought sameday seemed they preposterous choice for high office even before his creepy interest in young goals came to light by an admittedly depressingly narrow margin alabama dispatched to washington instead doug jones these states first democrat senator for 25 years both whittling president donald trump's majority in the upper house and enshrining human history is having endorsed two losing candidates in the same race james chambers uh first of all um trump is inevitably now insisting that if the people of alabama ruled the republican primary voters of alabama gone with his first choice luther strange they would have won he's probably not rome mayor is easy.
"james chambers" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"It is it is a wide of bari too wide a concern that's that hong kong is losing all of its competitive edge because the standard of english in the in this part of the world is actually dropping so if if that has that impact of adding to that to decrease in english language skills and that is a sad thing for hong kong but in terms of an you know something that says more about the encroachment of mainland china i'm a bit more sceptical a hong kong bureau chief james chambers that you're listening to the briefing after this the next saga in boeing versus abbas to the world of aviation now where us aircraft manufacturer boeing has won a longrunning dispute with its european archrival airbus for years the two aviation giants have been locked in a set of disputes at the world trade organization while joining me now to tell us all about this story is murder morrison editor of flight international national motto welcome to the show festival what was at the centre of this dispute wolves is a very low running the speed notes don't between airbus and boeing bit between the two governments sponsors he likes between the us government and the eu and it's all been over the alleged subsidies bulled these manufacturers get from there from there from their governments this is a dispute has been running in various forms reefer over ten years it started with uh with with the the americans claiming that the latest airbus aircraft were given unfair trade distorting subsidies by by europe.