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‘Partial MTR line opening a boon to New Territories commuters’  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that the first part of the MTR's scandal-hit Shatin-to-Central Link will open on Valentine's Day, between Tai Wai and the new station of Kai Tak. Trains will also serve another new stop, Hin Keng, as well as Diamond Hill. Former KCR chairman, and current Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien, says the new line will give people in the New Territories another route to the eastern part of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island:
‘More headwinds yet to come for China’s economy’  Listenfacebook
China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nearly 30 years in 2019 amid a bitter trade war with the United States and sputtering investment. GDP growth dropped to six point one percent for the year, after fourth-quarter growth came in at six percent. But there was some good news: there was a surprising acceleration in factory output and investment growth in December, while retail sales grew at a steady pace. However, Connie Bolland, founder and chief economist of E-R-A Economic Research, told Jim Gould it's far too early to assume that China has turned the corner:
Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar in charm offensive  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has arrived in neighbouring Myanmar, marking the first visit by a Chinese head of state for almost two decades. Xi's high profile visit aims to restart stalled Chinese infrastructure projects that are central to his plan to establish new global trading routes that favour Beijing. Annemarie Evans asked our Myanmar correspondent, Larry Jagan, how important the country is to China's Belt and Road initiative: