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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has been remanded in custody after pleading responsible to prices linked to anti-government protests final yr as authorities crack down on pro-democracy figures within the metropolis.

Wong, 24, a frontrunner of town’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Motion, might withstand three years in jail after he and two fellow activists have been charged with organising, taking part in and inciting others to participate in an illegal meeting.

“What we’re doing now could be to clarify the worth of freedom to the world,” Wong stated exterior the courtroom, earlier than his detention.

Wong, whose case concerned incidents that occurred previous to the introduction of Beijing’s nationwide safety regulation, stated the costs towards him have been comparatively gentle in contrast with others who have been dealing with prosecution below the safety laws.

He pleaded responsible to prices of inciting others to knowingly participate in an unlawful meeting and organising an illegal meeting however not responsible to knowingly collaborating in an unauthorised meeting.

Individually, the UK is contemplating pulling its judges off of Hong Kong’s highest court over allegations that China has breaches of its worldwide obligations within the territory. (FT, Reuters)

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Within the information

Biden poised to decide on Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary Joe Biden is poised to choose Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary, the primary girl to carry that function. Mr Biden has additionally introduced the most senior positions in his national security team: Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as nationwide safety adviser, and John Kerry as local weather tsar. Mr Biden’s picks embrace the primary girl to guide intelligence and first Latino to run homeland safety. (FT, NYT)

The selection of Janet Yellen, 74, will cement her standing as one of many prime US policymakers of her era © Bloomberg

Japan to ditch ‘hanko’ seal in drive to digitise forms Taro Kono, Japan’s new minister for administrative reform, goals to sweep away the tradition of authorising paperwork with personalised stamp, a transfer that exhibits new prime minister Yoshihide Suga’s willpower to reform the hidebound Japanese state. (FT)

China bond default fallout Beijing has warned it can present “zero tolerance” for financial misconduct after a number of high-profile bond defaults by state-owned firms roiled the Chinese language debt market. (FT)

Netanyahu’s secret assembly with Saudi crown prince Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman throughout a secret two-hour trip to Saudi Arabia, based on an Israeli official and native media, in a go to that will sign a historic shift in relations between the erstwhile foes. In the meantime, Yemeni Houthis say they fired a missile at a Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah. (FT, Reuters)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in an try and revive US-brokered talks supposed to reinforce ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia © Saudi Royal Palace/AFP/Getty

Enterprise leaders strain Trump to start out transition Larry Fink, chairman and chief govt of BlackRock, and David Solomon, chairman and chief govt of Goldman Sachs have been among the many 160 executives who in a letter on Monday voiced their issues about Donald Trump failing, to date, to start the transition to Joe Biden’s administration. (FT)

EY to provide workers authorized safety throughout Wirecard inquiry EY has reached a take care of German politicians to provide its auditors protection from the legal risk of giving evidence at a Wirecard inquiry and warned its workers to arrange for extra fallout from hearings happening this week. (FT)

Singapore prices activist who held up a smiley-face signal Singapore has charged civil activist Jolovan Wham, who held an indication bearing a smiley face, for taking part in an unlawful public meeting involving solely himself. On Monday, Mr Jolovan was formally charged with two counts of prohibited meeting with out a police allow below the Public Order Act. (FT)

Jolovan Wham posted bail of S$15,000 © by way of REUTERS

EU and UK negotiators’ contemporary try and unlock deal Brexit negotiators are exploring the thought of review clauses to break the deadlock in EU-UK commerce talks, with the likelihood that components of the deal may very well be revisited a number of years after they take impact. We’ve all of the upcoming deadlines in our Brexit timeline. (FT)

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The times forward

Vitality information Italian vitality group Enel will current its technique plan on Tuesday, which is ready to stipulate its technique to hurry up the discount of its carbon footprint. On the identical day Motor Oil publishes its third-quarter outcomes, along with Lukoil. (FT)

Retail earnings Hole, Nordstrom and Abercrombie & Fitch all report on Tuesday, as they put together for the vacation purchasing season to kick off. However Black Friday will look very completely different this yr. (FT, Bloomberg)

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What else we’re studying

Japan’s classes on financial restoration Because the world’s developed economies wrestle to recuperate from the financial affect of the pandemic, they face ultra-low rates of interest and low development. Japan has been coping with these trends for several decades and has classes for the remainder of the world. That is the primary in a collection of articles that can seem this week. (FT)

A Tokyo cash supplier buying and selling on the Tokyo Overseas Change market in 1987 © AP

The moral mission of personal fairness Cerberus’s curiosity in Co-op Financial institution, which has pursued an explicitly moral method to finance since 1992, isn’t the contradiction it may appear, writes Patrick Jenkins. A knee-jerk resistance to personal fairness could be short-sighted. (FT)

Modi compelled to tread completely different path in post-Trump period The election of Joe Biden, adopted quickly after by the signing of the Regional Complete Financial Partnership — a 15-nation Asian commerce deal that India deserted final yr — has left Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking vulnerable. (FT)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump in New Delhi in February © Reuters

How enterprise capital is deforming capitalism Enterprise capitalists have offered their occupation as being a midwife to innovation. However because it has grown, the trade has turn out to be each more and more grasping and predictable, as traders enhance even the worst run start-ups in a splash for money. (New Yorker)

Edward Luce critiques A Promised Land The previous US president’s limpid memoir is a blast till he reaches the White Home, writes Ed Luce. It’s exhausting to shake the sensation that Obama most well-liked the fun of the journey to the vacation spot. And who can blame him? His trip to the highest was a blast. (FT)

MercadoLibre emerges as an ecommerce titan MercadoLibre, Latin America’s reply to China’s Alibaba, is now price $63bn on Nasdaq. It has more than doubled in worth over the previous yr because it powered previous old-economy Brazilian giants to turn out to be the area’s greatest winner from the coronavirus disaster. (FT)

How a coalition of girls gained it for Joe Biden School-educated white ladies shifted decisively to the Democrats within the 2020 election, becoming a member of forces with African-American ladies and Latinas to ship Joe Biden and operating mate Kamala Harris the White Home, based on an evaluation of election knowledge. (FT)

Park life: harnessing the facility of public house One of many surprising results of the coronavirus has been the recognition of parks. Public house is again, writes our architectural critic Edwin Heathcote, however not the house that has been designed, promoted and eulogised for many years by urbanists and planners. Learn extra in our Future of Cities particular report. (FT)

Podcast of the day

Macron’s world Chief international affairs columnist Gideon Rachman discusses the international ambitions, and problems, of the French president Emmanuel Macron with Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director of Le Monde. (FT)

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