Day: June 4, 2020

Indonesia says China’s ‘nine-dash line’ puts its interests at risk

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s economic interests are jeopardized by China’s territorial claim covering most of the South China Sea, its foreign minister said Thursday, explaining a letter Jakarta sent recently to the United Nations.

“China’s claims potentially affect Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone,” Retno Marsudi said at a virtual news conference. “The Indonesian government remains consistent in its position.”

Indonesia’s letter, dated May 26, says that China’s “nine-dash line” demarcation for the sea lacks a basis in international law, citing the 2016 decision by a Hague tribunal. The text also rejects Beijing’s historical claims on the area.

Unlike with the Philippines, Vietnam

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Coronavirus-testing robot in Japan takes on key tasks, reducing lab strain

KOBE, Japan — A Japanese medical technology company plans to develop a robot that can automate much of the process of coronavirus testing, as concerns mount in the country over a potential second wave of infections.

The robot from Medicaroid, a Kobe-based venture split equally between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and testing equipment company Sysmex, is designed to handle six tasks in polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests that normally require human involvement. Medicaroid targets an October rollout, it was announced earlier this week.

Though automation will not necessarily speed up screening, it can curb the risk of infection and reduce

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Indian automakers rev up factories and incentives to exit slump

TOKYO — India’s major automakers have restarted factories that had been shut down since late March, taking a step toward rousing Asia’s third-largest economy out of its coronavirus-induced stupor.

Tata Motors says it recently resumed production at its plant in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The automotive arm of Tata Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, now has all six of its Indian vehicle assembly plants operating again, according to the company.

Automakers now face the challenge of jump-starting stalled sales, which were already declining before the coronavirus pandemic.

Demand is gradually coming back, Tata Motors says. The company has

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Coronavirus-testing robot handles key tasks, reducing staff burden

KOBE, Japan — A Japanese medical technology company plans to develop a robot that can automate much of the process of coronavirus testing, as concerns mount in the country over a potential second wave of infections.

The robot from Medicaroid, a Kobe-based venture split equally between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and testing equipment company Sysmex, is designed to handle six tasks in polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests that normally require human involvement. Medicaroid targets an October rollout, it was announced earlier this week.

Though automation will not necessarily speed up screening, it can curb the risk of infection and reduce

Read More