Day: June 14, 2020

Virtual Canton Fair, JD.com HKEX debut and Japan baseball opens

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Another major Chinese company listed on U.S. exchanges will begin trading in Hong Kong this week. JD.com’s second listing will be watched closely by other mainland companies caught in the crosshairs of Washington and Beijing’s regulatory disputes.

The weekend will bring relief for sports fans in Asia, as professional basketball and baseball leagues in China and Japan resume play after the coronavirus suspension. Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines are set to lift quarantine restrictions this week. And central banks in Japan and Taiwan will hold monetary policy meetings on Tuesday.

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Crowdfunding helps Asians save favorite cafes and starving elephants

TOKYO — Natsumi Geji missed going to her favorite Chinese tea shop in the city of Fukuoka, on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, and was left to hope that it could stay in business with no customers, then reopen when Japan lifted its coronavirus emergency.

But the 30-year-old also made use of an online tool to do more than hope. She contributed 12,000 yen (a little more than $110) to a crowdfunding campaign launched by china cafe for coupons she can use later.

China cafe says it will use the funds to cover its rent and utility bills until

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In pictures: Thais pitch in to help others in need

BANGKOK — Thailand is gradually emerging from a government lockdown imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The strict emergency measures have undoubtedly helped, but not without a cost. Many people have seen their livelihoods shrink or evaporate entirely, forcing them to struggle to make ends meet.

Their hardships have revealed the deeply charitable aspect of Thai culture that casual visitors to the kingdom often miss: the practice of tum boon, or making merit.

The spirit of tum boon can be seen in the numerous pantries that have popped up near cafes, private homes and office buildings.

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Stately home Fonthill reckons with new-found popularity in lockdown

Anyone familiar with the countryside around Tisbury in Wiltshire will know the Fonthill Arch. Marking the perimeter of the 9,000-acre Fonthill Estate, the distinctive Palladian structure, flanked by two lodges, lies a few miles south of the A303.

Passing underneath runs a single-track lane that sweeps through what has been, until recently, an Arcadian landscape with a lake and its resident swans. Since the easing of lockdown, this ­rural idyll has been somewhat blighted with cars parked nose-to-tail along the edge of the lake – on some days as many as 100 – as people take picnics or walks in

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