19 Jan '18, 12pm

Would you be able to limit yourself to just your carry-on luggage?

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - The mighty force of consumerism has taken hold in China. In 2018, retail sales in China are expected to equal or surpass sales in the United States for the first time, another definitive marker in China's rise to economic superpower status. The growth of China's domestic retail market is luring everyone from carmakers to makeup companies that want to cash in on the country's growing middle class, but it also serves as another complication in President Donald Trump's quest to transform US-China trade. Retail sales in China are on track to hit just over US$5.8 trillion (S$7.7 trillion) this year, according to Mizuho, a Japanese bank. It's a stunning rise from a decade ago, when retail sales in China were a quarter of those in the United States. China's rapidly growing middle class has been eager to buy brand-name clothes, cars and cellphones, a...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-are-no...

Tweets

Singapore Ranks as the World's 3rd Most Competitive Economy

Singapore Ranks as the World's 3rd Most Competi...

worldexecutivesdigest.com 18 Jan '18, 3am

Henry Stellar, World Executives Digest | With the ranking of the world’s best economies just completed, we can know how va...

Thai police nab man with fake Singapore passpor...

straitstimes.com 19 Jan '18, 11pm

Three fake Singapore passports were found by Thai police who nabbed a Pakistani national suspected of producing fraudulent...

GoSolar.sg News: Singapore banks DBS, OCBC and ...

straitstimes.com 20 Jan '18, 7am

SINGAPORE - Singapore's three top banks DBS, OCBC and UOB are significant funders of coal projects in the region, an analy...

Singapore's first all-women e-sports team enters world finals

Singapore's first all-women e-sports team enter...

straitstimes.com 19 Jan '18, 8am

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER ) - Against all odds, five local gamers have become the first women's team from Singapore to qual...

India's deep but forgotten roots in South-east ...

straitstimes.com 13 Jan '18, 3am

Twenty years ago, when I moved from India to Singapore with my husband, I found myself marvelling at the many reminders of...

JUST IN: #Australia, #Japan committed to signing Asia Pacific trade pact by March: Turnbull

JUST IN: #Australia, #Japan committed to signin...

straitstimes.com 18 Jan '18, 11am

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Australia and Japan are committed to signing an Asia-Pacific trade deal by March with countries in the r...

Oil Spill Spreading in East China Sea 'Now the ...

ecowatch.com 18 Jan '18, 5pm

There are increasing environmental and health concerns surrounding the oil spill in the East China Sea from the Iranian re...

Straits Times reports SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek exp...

mothership.sg 19 Jan '18, 9am

The Straits Times reported on Jan. 18, 2018 that SMRT chief spokesman, Patrick Nathan, has resigned from the company. The ...

Could poor transmission planning limit corporat...

greenbiz.com 17 Jan '18, 11am

U.S. companies have more opportunities than ever to buy renewable energy directly from electric utilities, as the latter e...

World's newspapers lodge concern with President Duterte on #Rappler closure.

World's newspapers lodge concern with President...

straitstimes.com 18 Jan '18, 3pm

PARIS - The world association of newspapers and news publishers yesterday (Jan 18) registered its concern with President R...

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao says in talks to fight V...

straitstimes.com 17 Jan '18, 1pm

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday (Jan 17) he was in talks for a blockbuster bout w...

Marvel creates Chinese superheroes to draw Asia...

straitstimes.com 15 Jan '18, 2am

MANILA • Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the Marvel universe, as the comic book giant makes a major thrust into A...

US-led coalition changes mission in Iraq, Syria...

straitstimes.com 14 Jan '18, 9pm

WASHINGTON • With ISIS all but vanquished from its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition tha...

With new Chinese link, #Nepal ends India's Inte...

straitstimes.com 12 Jan '18, 1pm

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepal has joined hands with China to offer Internet services to its citizens, officials said on Frid...

JUST IN: Taipei rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake

straitstimes.com 17 Jan '18, 6am

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan’s capital Taipei on Wednesday (Jan 17) with several witnesses rep...