China accuses West of double standards over Hong Kong protests after disorder in streets of Barcelona and London

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has criticised Western politicians and media for applying double standards towards recent protests in Hong Kong and European cities, warning that any countries that condone violence will eventually see it backfire.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying cited recent protests in London and Barcelona, saying that while Beijing would not interfere in other countries’ […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins influential Beijing university board as company’s China woes continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed as the chairman of the advisory board at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, a role that could provide access to top Chinese leaders at a time the iPhone manufacturer is facing mounting challenges in the world’s second largest economy.Cook will assume the role […]

China’s SOE executives defend Beijing’s economic model from ‘targeted attacks’ by US, EU

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s state-owned enterprises have “become a target of the attack” from western lobbying groups, according to an executive from a Beijing-backed construction company, with the firms often a source of unfair competition complaints from the likes of the United States and the European Union.Chen Zhong, the general manager of the overseas department of the […]

US is instigating colour revolution, China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has taken a veiled swipe at the United States for “instigating colour revolution” in other countries and using “long-arm tactics” to influence China’s internal affairs.Speaking in Beijing at Monday’s opening ceremony of the Xiangshan Forum, China’s annual conference on security and defence issues, Wei told an audience of foreign […]

The curious corruption case of China’s former securities chief Liu Shiyu and his lenient treatment

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Before falling under the cloud of a corruption investigation in May, Liu Shiyu, China’s former top securities regulator, was a regular newsmaker.During his three years at the helm of the securities regulator from 2016 to 2018, Liu made national headlines by pursuing what he called the “barbarians, demons, evil creatures or financial crocodiles” in […]

Taiwan rejects murder suspect’s surrender offer, says Hong Kong must comply with ‘legal procedures’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Attempts to arrange for the voluntary return of Hong Kong murder suspect Chan Tong-kai to Taiwan for trial were thrown into disarray on the weekend after the island refused to grant him entry until the city complied with judicial procedures.Hong Kong police wrote to its counterpart in Taiwan on Friday to relay Chan’s decision […]

Communist Party mouthpiece slams Hong Kong university chief’s call for police abuse probe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Communist Party mouthpiece has joined former Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying in condemning a call from a Chinese University of Hong Kong official for an investigation into alleged police violence during anti-government protests in the city.Remarks like those by university vice chancellor Rocky Tuan Sung-chi risked ruining the future of the school’s […]

Hong Kong ‘chaos’ spurring on Catalan protests, Scottish independence movement, ex-Chinese envoy says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The recent demonstrations and violent protests in Barcelona in support of Catalonian independence show that the anti-government “chaos” in Hong Kong has spread to the Western world, according to a former Chinese ambassador.In a commentary published in Beijing Daily on Sunday, Wang Zhen, China’s erstwhile envoy to Uruguay and Venezuela, denounced a popular protest […]

‘Cold war thinking’ hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A “cold war mentality” and “bully behaviour” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference.Huang Kunming, head of the ruling Communist Party’s publicity department, said also that under the pretext of national security, some countries had launched cyberattacks on countries and enterprises.He […]

Chinese leaders’ business affairs should be as clear as a US$15,000 crystal horse from Deutsche Bank

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J On Wednesday, The New York Times ran an intriguing story on its front page on how Deutsche Bank won business in China “by charming and enriching the country’s political elite”. It is fascinating mainly because the story is based upon internal confidential documents, prepared by the bank and its outside lawyers, that were obtained […]

China employment steady despite Donald Trump’s claim US trade war cost country ‘3 million of jobs’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s employment situation is holding steady despite claims by United States President Donald Trump that China has lost 3 million jobs as a consequence of the trade war, data released on Friday showed.China created 10.97 million new jobs in the first nine months of this year, or 99.7 per cent of the full-year target […]

Low-key ceremony as Zhao Ziyang, who opposed Tiananmen crackdown, finally laid to rest

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Zhao Ziyang, who sympathised with the student-led Tiananmen democracy movement three decades ago, was finally laid to rest on the outskirts of Beijing on Friday – 14 years after his death.The interment of ashes of the former general secretary of the Communist Party and his wife, Liang Boqi, took place a day after the […]

China subsidising Xinjiang companies’ use of forced labour, US lawmakers told

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Forced labour is increasingly forming an integral part of Beijing’s efforts to “re-educate” Muslim minorities in China’s far west, according to a new report by a major US think tank and testimony by experts delivered on Thursday on Capitol Hill.According to United Nations estimates from last year, around 1 million Uygurs and other largely […]

Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong a social media hero in China for Hong Kong protest comments

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A video of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong saying his country would be “finished” if it were hit by Hong Kong-style protests has gone viral in mainland China, prompting social media users to praise the Lion City’s strong governance.Lee had told a union event on Tuesday that populist movements were growing in various […]

Thailand reopens free trade talks with EU to reduce reliance on China

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The European Union has restarted talks with Thailand on a potential free trade agreement, just days after unfreezing a deadlock put in place by the previous military junta ruling one of Southeast Asia’s more advanced economies.The resumption of talks comes as Thailand seeks to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on China, which […]

Dior apologises after Taiwan excluded from map of China, sparking latest online backlash

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J French luxury brand Christian Dior apologised early on Thursday after a company presentation to university students excluded Taiwan from Chinese territory, the latest example of a foreign company running afoul of Beijing’s official policy on the island.The company’s Shanghai office issued a statement at 2.15am local time to Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, in which […]

US Senate support for Hong Kong pro-democracy bill jumps as House passes measure

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Support for controversial US legislation aimed at supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, and branded a “political plot” by Beijing, jumped in the Senate on Tuesday, just as the House of Representatives passed a similar bill.Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican representing Texas, and two others signed onto the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act […]

China warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US bill supporting Hong Kong protesters

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top legislature and government agencies on Wednesday slammed the US House of Representatives for passing a bill in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, warning of “countermeasures” and that American interests in the city would suffer.The National People’s Congress, foreign ministry, Beijing’s top office on Hong Kong policy and state media all […]

US fears over economic damage from further tariffs on China accelerated mini-deal, says Trump’s ex-trade adviser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The White House’s awareness that further tariffs on Chinese goods would be “more detrimental to the United States” than earlier duties has led the Trump administration to urgently pursue a partial deal, according to the US president’s former lead trade adviser.“The administration designed the tariffs so that the initial tranche would be much more […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

US House approves Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, with Senate vote next

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation in support of human rights in Hong Kong on Tuesday, moving the bill a significant step closer to becoming law.Returning after a two-week recess, lawmakers in the lower chamber of Congress approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, a bill that Beijing […]

Breathing polluted air may put women at greater risk of miscarriage, Chinese study finds

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Smog clouding Beijing’s skies is not only damaging people’s lungs – breathing polluted air also puts pregnant women at greater risk of having miscarriages, a new study has found.The research by Chinese scientists, published on Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, examined data from more than 255,000 pregnant women living in the capital over […]

Taiwan sends presidential envoy to boost Czech ties after Prague moves to scrap sister city agreement with Beijing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan has sent a presidential envoy to the Czech capital after the Prague city authorities moved to cut ties with their counterparts in Beijing over the one-China policy.The self-ruled island’s deputy foreign minister Hsu Szu-chien met the capital’s mayor Zdenek Hrib and other politicians on Monday and discussed the rupture with Beijing, Taiwanese foreign […]

US and China set on ‘decoupling’ amid their clash of civilisations, Singapore Forbes forum told

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The world’s two largest economies seem set on “decoupling”, panellists at a regional summit in Singapore said on Tuesday, as they painted a downbeat picture of the future amid high-level negotiations between the US and China to hammer out a deal on tariffs.This process would not just stop at trade and investment, warned Ho […]

Gas demand growth in China slows as economy hits consumption

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s slowing economy is expected to restrict demand for natural gas this year, despite state plans to shift another 4.93 million households away from coal this winter.State-run Sinopec Gas is predicting natural gas demand to reach 307 billion cubic metres (bcm) this year, an increase of just 10 per cent, compared to 17 per […]

China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese premier Li Keqiang has urged local government officials to do everything possible to keep economic growth on track, sending a strong signal that Beijing is increasingly concerned about a deeper-than-expected economic slowdown amid a trade war with the United States.Li told five provincial governors on Monday that local officials must “enhance the sense […]

US-China trade talks to resume next week, eyeing to clinch ‘phase one’ deal during November forum

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J High-level trade talks between China and the US will resume next week as the two sides aim to finalise a “phase-one” agreement during an upcoming regional leaders forum next month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday.Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer plan to have a phone call with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

Gaming firms Riot and ESL warn employees not to discuss politics after row over Blizzard’s decision to suspend Hong Kong gamer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At least two major gaming companies have warned employees and staff not to discuss political issues after the fallout from American game publisher Blizzard Entertainment’s decision to suspend an e-sports player for expressing support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong.US game developer Riot Games and German-based e-sports company ESL issued the guidance to staff […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

‘Abominable’ film blocked by Vietnam over depiction of Beijing’s nine-dash line in South China Sea

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Vietnam has pulled the animated DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday.The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China […]

Australian PM Scott Morrison slammed for ‘doing Beijing’s work for it’ and mishandling China ties

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison handling of foreign affairs and the country’s relationship with China was attacked in detail on Monday by a senior member of the opposition Labor Party.Penny Wong, the shadow minister for foreign affairs, accused Morrison of making decisions against the national interest for “short-term political gain” and for echoing Chinese […]

Rubble trouble: China counts the environmental cost of its construction boom

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s rapid urbanisation has created a mountain of construction waste and an environmental headache for policymakers, according to a report published on Sunday by a magazine with links to state media.Every year, construction, demolition and renovation projects produce more than 1.5 billion tonnes of waste, yet only 100 million tonnes can be properly processed […]

Plans for ‘offshore renminbi Nasdaq’ in Macau submitted to Beijing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A proposal to set up an offshore yuan-denominated “Nasdaq” in Macau has been submitted to Beijing for consideration, according to a senior official from neighbouring Guangdong province.He Xiaojun, director of Guangdong’s Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau, said he hoped China’s central government might give its blessing to the plan by mid-December, which marks […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that independence advocates anywhere in China would be crushed, using tough language that is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong.“Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s military parade on October 1 – one of the largest in human history – to observe the 70th anniversary of the communist republic’s founding was largely aimed at a domestic audience. But the bigger impact of the massive display of Chinese military hardware was on the world stage, particularly on its neighbours and […]

China’s internet regulator praises whistle-blowers for keeping cyberspace free of ‘harmful’ content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top internet regulator has given itself a pat on the back for successfully mobilising the world’s largest online population as its unofficial censors.People blowing the whistle on one another for uploading “harmful” content has become a crucial part of the country’s online governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement […]

China’s internet regulator praises whistle-blowers for keeping cyberspace free of ‘harmful’ content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top internet regulator has given itself a pat on the back for successfully mobilising the world’s largest online population as its unofficial censors.People blowing the whistle on one another for uploading “harmful” content has become a crucial part of the country’s online governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement […]