Government reshuffle in Riyadh: Mohammed bin Salman as new premier
Today's headlines: Xi Jinping reappears in public; Singapore's population climbs, Hong Kong's falls; Russians and Taliban sign trade deal; Ambani Group to invest 0 billion over 10 years; Muslim Association supports Putin's military mobilisation.
The Riyadh government has been reshuffled with the appointment as Prime Minister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, already the de facto leader of the country. His brother Khalid took his place at the head of the Ministry of Defence. Two key ministries, Energy and Foreign Affairs, remain with the current ministers.
Xi Jinping has reappeared in public after his visit to Central Asia last week. The president visited an exhibition at the Beijing Exhibition Hall yesterday in the company of Premier Li Keqiang and other regime dignitaries. With his absence, 'rumours' have been circulating for days about an alleged military coup taking place in the country.
Opposite demographic trajectories for Asia's two economic hubs. Studies reveal that Singapore's population continues to grow, fuelled by the influx of foreigners and skilled labour; Hong Kong, on the other hand, marks a decline for the third year in a row, the effect of its economic decline and that of mainland China.
The Taliban government closed a deal with Moscow for discounted supplies of petrol, diesel, gas and wheat. It is the first trade agreement with a foreign country since the 'students of God' returned to power in August 2021.
The Indian conglomerate Adani Group has announced that it will invest USD 100 billion over the next 10 years, mainly in the country's ecological transition. With an estimated fortune of between 147 and 152 billion dollars, Gautam Adani has become the second richest man in the world, the first in Asia.
The Religious Administration of Muslims of Tatarstan, one of the most important Islamic organisations in Russia, expressed its support for Putin's decision on mobilisation. The motivation for the opinion is theological, based on the canons of Sharia law and the defence of the common religious values of the peoples of Russia.
The former presidents of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Serž Sargsyan, met with those of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arkadij Gukasyan and Bako Saakyan at the patriarchal seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Echmiadzin. The aim was to seek a solution to the problem of the separatist region on Azerbaijani soil with the blessing of Katholikos Ilia II, but to no avail.