Taiwan earthquake, Kobe Bryant’s lookalike in China, Singapore’s 34-year-old grandma: SCMP’s 7 highlights of the week

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will announce a “historic” agreement next week that will “upgrade” the two countries’ security relationship, deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell said on Wednesday.

3. Hong Kong Rugby Sevens’ nearly 50-year history – a visual guide

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The rugby sevens tournament is held annually in Hong Kong over a weekend in late March or early April, now spanning three days. The 2024 edition is expected to be the final one hosted at its long-time venue, Hong Kong Stadium.

4. Sheikh Ali Al Maktoum, who made waves in Hong Kong, has alter ego as singer

Sheikh Ali Al Maktoum (left) and Alira, whose music career has been on a hiatus since 2023. Photo: SCMP

A Dubai prince who made waves in Hong Kong recently appears to have gained fame as a singer-songwriter with a fan base in the Philippines before he decided to set up a US$500 million family office in the city, the Post has learned.

5. Why Marcos’ own sister is calling him out over Philippines’ anti-China moves

Senator Imee Marcos (left) with her brother, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, after he delivered his second state of the nation address at the Philippine House of Representatives in July last year. Photo: AP

Senator Imee Marcos, sister to President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, has voiced her disagreement with her brother’s recent efforts to counter China’s aggression in the South China Sea, saying that it’s leading the country down a “dangerous path”.

6. Singaporean influencer becomes grandmother at 34, jokes that she ‘inspired’ son

An online influencer from Singapore, who became a grandmother at the age of 34, has promised her 17-year-old son who is the father to “give him more support”. Shirli Ling, 35, who runs a chicken hotpot restaurant, has 17,000 followers on Instagram.

7. ‘Chinese Kobe Bryant’ aims for 1 million fans by being lookalike of basketball star

A young man in China who resembles the late basketball icon Kobe Bryant has amassed 500,000 fans in two weeks by copying the sporting legend’s look and style in live-streaming sessions. Photo: SCMP composite/Douyin/Getty Images

An influencer in China who bears a striking resemblance to the basketball legend Kobe Bryant has made 80,000 yuan (US$12,000) in just 10 days. Ma Jinghui, 21, from the southwestern province of Yunnan, saw his fan base on Douyin grow from a few thousand to 600,000 all because of his imitation of the sports star.

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