Zhang Ziyi’s divorce, China sacks Li Shangfu, John Lee’s policy ‘buffet’: SCMP’s 7 highlights of the week

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1. China makes massive leap ahead with hypersonic technology

China has developed a new surface material for hypersonic vehicles that can remain intact after a long flight, scientists involved in the project announced. This technology was previously thought impossible.

2. China sacks missing defence chief Li Shangfu with no explanation

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General Li Shangfu, who has been removed as China’s defence chief, was last seen in public at the end of August. Photo: EPA

State broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday that General Li Shangfu had been removed from his position, after weeks of speculation over the fate of the US-sanctioned general who has not been seen in public since the end of August. The decision to remove him was approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

3. ‘Not acceptable’ for Israel to use money to retain Thai workers: PM Srettha

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has called on Thais working in war-hit Israel to return home, amid accusations that the Middle Eastern nation is dangling more money to make them stay put as safety concerns mount ahead of a planned ground invasion of Gaza.

4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi divorcing Wang Feng

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Zhang Ziyi and Wang Feng. The couple announced their divorce on Weibo on October 23. Photo: Weibo/Zhang Ziyi

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has announced she is splitting with her husband of eight years, musician Wang Feng, with whom she has two children.

South China Morning Post

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