Thu, 30 Nov 2023

JAKARTA -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei has participated in developing an integrated networking system for the newly launched high-speed rail (HSR) connecting Indonesia's national capital Jakarta and West Java's provincial capital Bandung.

Together with China Railway Communications and Signaling Co., Ltd. (CRSC) and China Telecom, Huawei has built real-time communication and control systems and organized train trips with technical support to create smart, safe, and efficient operations for the railway.

The 142-km-long Jakarta-Bandung HSR is a flagship project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and pragmatic cooperation between Indonesia and China.

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ISLAMABAD -- Traces of wild poliovirus type 1 have been found in sewage samples collected from two different parts of Pakistan, the Pakistani Health Ministry said.

A sewage sample collected from the southern port city of Karachi on Sept. 5 and two samples collected from the Hangu district of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sept. 6 tested positive for the virus. A national polio campaign will start from Oct. 2 to vaccinate over 40 million children under five years of age, the ministry said, adding that all children in Hangu and Karachi would be vaccinated during this drive.

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government strongly condemned and opposed the misleading and slanderous remarks by some overseas organizations and media against the law enforcement actions and legal proceedings of the cases involving Jimmy Lai, or Lai Chee-ying.

A spokesman for the HKSAR government stressed that the law enforcement actions were evidence-based, adding that those remarks constitute blatant political interference in the internal affairs of the HKSAR and the independent exercise of judicial power by the courts of the HKSAR.

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SEOUL -- South Korea's debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio hit a new record high in the second quarter, boosting worry about financial instability and economic slump, the central bank said.

The estimated ratio of the combined private-sector credit, including household and corporate debts, to the nominal GDP, reached a fresh quarterly high of 225.7 percent at the end of June, up 1.2 percentage points from three months earlier, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said in its financial stability report.

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