Daily Review, Aug 4. China fires missiles around Taiwan; Malaysia says no decision yet on lifting chicken export ban


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China began its largest military exercises around Taiwan on Thursday (Aug. 4), firing multiple missiles into the waters around Taiwan.

The show of force spans some of the world’s busiest waterways and comes after US President Nancy Pelosi visited the island.

South Korean airlines have temporarily canceled flights to Taiwan and airlines from Singapore are avoiding areas affected by China’s target practice.

China’s maneuvers are taking place in an “incredibly busy waterway,” which is used to supply vital semiconductors and electronic equipment manufactured in East Asian factory hubs to global markets.

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Analysts warn that shutting down these transport routes — even temporarily — will impact not only Taiwan, but global supply chains as well.

The Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry has clarified that the export ban on chicken is still in effect for the time being.

Agriculture Minister Ronald Kiandee had said earlier in the day that the export ban on chickens would end on August 31.

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The ministry said any decision to lift the ban will be made by the government on the basis of a survey of stock and production at the farm level.

More consumers are turning to supermarket private labels as inflation shrinks what they can buy with the same money.

But cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean inferior, as the products may be from the same manufacturer that makes the branded items, a supermarket chain says. It explained why manufacturers would want to sell their products under supermarket’s private labels.

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More than 120 species of edible weeds grow in the wild in Singapore, says collector Laletha ‘Lita’ Nithiyanandan.

She and fellow collector Alexius Yeo told TSWT Lifestyle about edibles to look out for and how they can be used — not just for garnishing salads, but for their reported medicinal properties.



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