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Hong Kong property curbs scrapped, Taylor Swift deal questioned, China’s durian king: SCMP’s 7 highlights of the week

A Philippine lawmaker has called on his government to question Singapore over the city state’s decision to offer American pop star Taylor Swift a significant monetary grant, supposedly to prevent her from performing anywhere else in Southeast Asia.

3. Chinese floating barrier at South China Sea flashpoint was ‘necessary’, Beijing says

China on Monday said it was “necessary” to set up a floating barrier at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, where it has had frequent flare-ups with Philippine forces.

4. Smells like victory: countries vie to be China’s durian king as crop flourishes

China’s appetite for the spiky, pungent durian fruit is only set to grow as the global market expands. Photo: Xinhua
Competition between exporters is expected to intensify in China, the world’s largest durian market, as the global crop has been projected to grow as much as 10 per cent by 2030 and voracious consumers are on the hunt for greater variety and better bargains.

5. Former Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang resigns from country’s legislature

China’s former foreign minister Qin Gang, who has been missing from public view since June last year, has resigned as a member of the national legislature ahead of a key political set piece event, according to an official statement.

6. Young China makeup guru’s transformation business amasses 5.5 million followers

The transformation of 57-year-old actor Tang Jianjun was such that his wife did not recognise him. Photo: Xiaohongshu

A makeup artist in China who uses her exceptional skills to dramatically improve the appearance of her clients – in some cases make them appear many years younger – has become a major hit on mainland social media.

7. What’s riding an overnight train in China like? A 36-hour journey to Chengdu

Travel writer Ian Lloyd Neubauer takes two overnight trains from Lhasa in Tibet to Chengdu to find out what sleeping, eating and socialising is like on the world’s busiest rail network.

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