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Ari Winkleman

What We’re Watching: US mulls China sanctions, Uzbek talks focus on ‘cooperation,’ US train strike averted

Will the US preemptively sanction China over Taiwan?

If you thought US-China ties couldn't get any icier, think again. Washington is reportedly mulling sanctions in a bid to deter Beijing from invading Taiwan — and nudging the EU to follow suit. No specifics yet, but the package would presumably target the Chinese military, which has upped the muscle-flexing ante near the self-ruled island since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in early August. Such a move would be similar to how the US and its allies warned Russia there would be a steep price to pay for invading Ukraine. Taiwan would welcome preemptive sanctions and has long called for the Americans and, more recently, the Europeans to do more to protect the island against Chinese aggression. But any sanctions would also rile Xi Jinping, who’s up for “reelection” next month and has vowed to reunite the island with the mainland before the 100th anniversary of the People's Republic in 2049 – by force, if necessary. While the White House has refused to comment, a sanctions plan could signal that US intelligence believes Xi might make a play for Taiwan sooner rather than later.

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Strong reactions in Malaysia to termination of KL-Singapore HSR project

January 05, 2021 5:00 AM

Two state governments have urged the government to continue with the project.

HSR project without S'pore stop is 'redundant', say experts

January 03, 2021 5:00 AM

A domestic high-speed rail network in Malaysia alone is not feasible and likely to end up a white elephant if it is built, transport analysts said.

Johor Menteri Besar hopes HSR will continue even with no S'pore link

January 03, 2021 5:00 AM

JOHOR BARU • The Johor government is hopeful that the high-speed rail (HSR) project will be continued, even if it is not linked to Singapore.

Experts say a KL-JB HSR line is redundant

January 03, 2021 5:00 AM

The cancellation of the high-speed rail project to link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore has raised speculation that the Malaysian government will instead build a KL to Johor Baru HSR line.

High Speed Rail project to proceed without Singapore; KL line to end in Johor: Report

December 14, 2020 4:50 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is expected to restart the twice-delayed High Speed Rail (HSR) project but without Singapore's involvement, with the line ending in Johor and not Jurong East, The Malaysian Insight (TMI) news site quoted a source as saying on Sunday (Dec 13).

China to start ambitious rail line to link city clusters in 5 years

December 04, 2020 12:50 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will start construction of 10,000km of intercity and urban railway over the next five years in Yangtze River Delta, Greater Bay and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei areas, the state planner said on Friday (Dec 4).

Work starts on JB-S'pore rapid transit project

November 23, 2020 5:00 AM

JOHOR BARU • Malaysian officials yesterday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) project linking Johor Baru and Singapore at the Bukit Chagar Immigration, Customs and Quarantine site.

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