Gaming fans react as they watch a big screen showing the League of Legends World Championship 2023 final between South Korean's T1 and China's Weibo Gaming, at the Communication University of China in Beijing, China, on 19 November 2023. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

Youths of today stand at a pivotal moment in history: Singapore's Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Beijing

Singapore's Health Minister Ong Ye Kung delivered the keynote speech entitled "Youths – Bridge Between East and West, Pivot Between Present and Future" at the Lianhe Zaobao Singapore-China Forum 2023 held in Beijing on 21 November. He spoke about issues affecting the youths of today — whether in China or Singapore — noting that while they have big issues to tackle, they still have much to look forward to in this pivotal moment in history. This is the English version of his keynote address delivered in Mandarin.
People exit a metro station in Taipei, Taiwan, 19 August 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

[Big read] Can older workers solve Taiwan's labour shortage problem?

Given Taiwan’s low birth rate and ageing population, the labour shortage has become a severe issue, especially in the hospitality industry. While the government seems to be keen to open up to migrant workers, this might mean larger issues down the road. So why not open up the opportunities for Taiwan’s middle-aged and elderly? Lianhe Zaobao journalist Chuang Hui Liang speaks with academics and industry insiders to find out more.
People attend a job fair in Beijing, China, on 19 August 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Why foreign degrees have lost their lustre for Chinese graduates

More than 1.2 million Chinese studying overseas are expected to return home this year, but the hunt for a job this year could be tougher than in past years for these overseas graduates. In the countries where they studied, Chinese graduates are also finding it hard to secure a job. With global economic growth slowing and unemployment rising, some countries have accelerated the pace of stabilising their job markets this year, including tightening visa rules.
Living in an RV allows more freedom in moving around. (Courtesy of Shen Lan)

China’s new generation of nomads

Amid high property prices, especially in first-tier cities, some people in China are choosing to live a mobile life in recreational vehicles (RVs) instead. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks to RV dwellers to find out more about this unique lifestyle.
People pose during the Rock Home Town festival in Shijiazhuang, China on 4 September 2023. (Andrea Verdelli/Bloomberg)

China's red-hot concert market is driving tourism consumption

Following the pandemic, pent-up demand for live concerts is driving up ticket prices to astronomical levels. Amid a less than encouraging economy, people are generally cutting down on non-essential spending, but the hope is that concerts will encourage travel and consumption and revitalise the economy. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing takes a closer look at the situation.
Visitors on Nanjing East Road in Shanghai, China, on 30 September 2023. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

[Big read] Why China will not be the next Japan

Recent economic indicators have signalled that China’s economy is bottoming out, but many still believe that more needs to be done as the effect of government policies are still falling short of expectations. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing speaks with analysts and academics to find out what China needs to do to avoid economic stagnation or even a collapse.