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  • U.S. Fed official says fiscal support package "incredibly important" as Congress fails to reach deal
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:31 am

    A senior U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Sunday that another fiscal support package is "incredibly important" for the economy to recover from the pandemic as Congress failed to reach a deal on the new relief bill. […]

  • Tornado leaves 33 injured in Inner Mongolia
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    A tornado swept a village in Baotou city, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Sunday afternoon, leaving 33 people hurt and more than 100 yurts collapsed or damaged, according to local authorities. […]

  • Tesla to build 4,000 superchargers across China in 2020
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    U.S. electric carmaker Tesla will build 4,000 supercharger piles in China this year, a figure that will double those it built in the past five years. […]

  • China's PPI down 2.4 pct in July
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    China's producer prices continued to fall in July but the decline has kept narrowing as economic activities recovered amid effective epidemic control in the country, official data showed Monday. […]

  • China's central bank injects liquidity into market
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

    China's central bank Monday pumped cash into the banking system via reverse repos to maintain liquidity. […]

  • CIA: 'No evidence' showing China has intercepted data from TikTok
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:27 am

    A recent report from the CIA indicates that the Chinese government has not accessed American user data from the video-sharing app TikTok. […]

  • Macao becomes China's 3rd city to join Organization of World Heritage Cities
    on August 10, 2020 at 11:24 am

    The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has joined the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), becoming the third Chinese city to be included after Suzhou and Dujiangyan. […]

  • Envoys' words seen as harbinger of hope
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Taylor said that sadly the relationship had deteriorated over the past three years and this had accelerated this year primarily because the US was taking a more hard line approach to China. […]

  • Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law in Hong Kong
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and six others were arrested Monday morning on suspicion of breaching the national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong police and local media said. […]

  • Hong Kong alliance calls for unity to fight COVID-19, revive economy
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:24 am

    An alliance jointly established by 42 Hong Kong political groups, social organizations and business chambers on Sunday appealed to the whole society to set aside differences. […]

  • Over 5 mln COVID-19 cases highlight problems of U.S. society, gov't inability
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:24 am

    U.S. COVID-19 cases passed a grim new milestone of 5 million on Sunday with soaring new infections, further highlighting the deep-rooted problems of U.S. society and casting doubt on Washington's behavior amid the ravaging pandemic. […]

  • China's PPI down 2.4 pct in July
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:21 am

    China's producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, fell 2.4 percent year on year in July, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. […]

  • Tourism at Jiuzhaigou National Park rebounds after massive 2017 earthquake
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    A total of 17,000 quake-affected houses, mostly in rural areas, have been repaired and reinforced and another 104 rebuilt since the county began its restoration work. […]

  • China's July CPI up 2.7%
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    China's consumer price index, the main gauge of inflation, rose 2.7 percent in July year-on-year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday. […]

  • Chinese mainland reports 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, including 35 imported cases and 14 locally-transmitted ones. […]

  • Fun, amusement rise after COVID-19 gloom
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Theme parks and amusement centers in China have seen strong signs of recovery during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday period (June 25 to 27). Subsequent weekends have also boosted footfalls as short-distance travelers made inner provincial trips. […]

  • Lawmakers look to get more national flags flying
    on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Chinese national flags will be flying in more places around the country, including compounds of Party and State organs, schools and public cultural facilities, according to a draft law amendment. […]

  • Twitter reportedly enters running to buy TikTok app
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:52 am

    TikTok also has said that it stores all American user data in the U.S. and does not share it with the Chinese government.In a report on Friday, The New York Times said that the CIA had found no evidence that TikTok shared user data with the Chinese government. […]

  • Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law in Hong Kong
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the owner of Apple Daily, and six others were arrested for suspected collusion with foreign or external forces and violation of the national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, local media reported on Monday. […]

  • Urumqi strengthens management of entry, exit trips amid epidemic resurgence
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The major transport hubs in Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, have intensified measures against the COVID-19 resurgence in the region. […]

  • Lebanon's PM signals polls amid blast fury
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab has said the only solution to save the country is to hold early elections, a measure he said would be in a draft bill. […]

  • Chinese scientists find new evidence of ancient domestication of plants
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Chinese paleontologists have found new evidence of how ancient humans domesticated wild plants, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).The 16,000-year-old Oryza phytoliths provided key evidence for the domestication of wild rice by ancient humans. […]

  • Universal joy, immersive experiences on the way
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    UBR executives said the plan to open the theme park resort next year remains unchanged, with construction and recruitment as priorities this year.According to Beijing International Resort Co Ltd, the company that owns the UBR, construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year. […]

  • Brazil's day of sorrow as coronavirus deaths hit 100,000
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Brazil became the second country in the world to pass the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday as the country's government announced four days of mourning to pay tribute to the country's million-plus virus victims. […]

  • People mourn for victims of Beirut explosions in Beirut, Lebanon
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

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  • 64 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

    The National Health Commission said Monday that 64 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Sunday. […]

  • Xinjiang think tank unveils Adrian Zenz as swindler under academic disguise
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Chinese scholars from a Xinjiang-based think tank, Xinjiang Development Research Center, found the so-called expert on Xinjiang is a far-right Christian, who is fabricating unfounded reports to slander China's policies in Xinjiang and cater to the U.S. and some Western countries' aim of attacking China. […]

  • Chinese mainland reports 35 new imported COVID-19 cases
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

    The Chinese mainland reported 35 new imported COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 2,169, the National Health Commission said Monday. […]

  • Chinese mainland reports 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases
    on August 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, including 35 imported cases and 14 locally-transmitted ones. […]

  • Protective covering, not ancient wall, collapsed
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    The collapsed part of an ancient city wall in Xi'an, Shaanxi province was a protective structure covering the original wall, not the cultural heritage relic itself, and restoration plans are being drafted, experts said. […]

  • HK officials blast 'barbarous' U.S. sanctions
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Hong Kong government officials, prominent politicians and central authorities in the city slammed the United States over its latest sanctions on the city, saying the "barbarous" and "hegemonic" move violates international law and is an attempt to contain China's rise. […]

  • U.S. COVID-19 cases top 5 mln as public divided over government response
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Less than 90 days from the US presidential election, the country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 5 million on Sunday while public opinions remain sharply divided over the government's response to the pandemic. […]

  • Lebanese environment minister submits resignation following Beirut's blasts
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Lebanese environment minister submitted on Sunday his resignation following Beirut's blasts, MTV local TV channel reported. […]

  • 5m urban jobs created in first half of the year
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    The impact of the pandemic saw the country record just 390,000 new jobs in urban areas in February, but the number of new jobs added each month recently was around 1 million, he said. […]

  • EU to offer additional funding for Lebanese following devastating explosion
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

    The European Union (EU) on Sunday pledged 30 million euros (35.4 million U.S. dollars) in additional funding for the Lebanese people after a devastating explosion hit the capital Beirut last Tuesday. […]

  • EU lifts travel restrictions for 11 non-EU countries
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

    The European Union (EU) now allows travelers from eleven non-EU countries to enter its external borders, after removing Morocco from its latest "safe list". […]

  • Int'l community pledges aid to blasts-stricken Lebanon
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

    The international community on Sunday pledged timely and sufficient aid, well-coordinated under the leadership of the United Nations (UN), to assist the Lebanese people hit by the massive explosions at the Beirut port five days ago. […]

  • Lebanese president urges quick reconstruction support after Beirut's blasts
    on August 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Less than 90 days from the U.S. presidential election, the country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 5 million on Sunday while public opinions remain sharply divided over the government's response to the pandemic. […]

  • Jimmy Lai: Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under security law
    on August 10, 2020 at 4:59 am

    The prominent pro-democracy supporter is accused of foreign collusion under controversial new laws. […]

  • First Covid-19 vaccines due early 2021, but can they deliver as promised?
    by Josephine Ma on August 10, 2020 at 4:54 am

    With six Covid-19 vaccine candidates undergoing final clinical trials, initial data about whether they can protect people from the disease is expected to be available in the next two to three months, assuming all goes well. That gives hope to the possibility that a vaccine could hit the market by early next year. A possible concern is that most of the candidates, although using different technologies, have adopted a similar immunology strategy to express the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 in the hope of inducing neutralising antibodies to stop it infecting healthy cells. If the first candidates prove to be effective, the chances of the others succeeding is high. But the opposite also applies, according to virologists. The strategy to target the spike protein is based on previous vaccine research for Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome). In animal trials and earlier stage human trials all of the leading Covid-19 vaccine candidates produced satisfactory results in T-cell responses and neutralising antibodies. […]

  • Huawei to stop making its flagship Kirin chipsets as US pressure bites
    on August 10, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Huawei Technologies Co will stop making its flagship Kirin chipsets next month, financial magazine Caixin said on Saturday, as the impact of US pressure on the Chinese tech giant grows. US pressure on Huawei’s suppliers has made it impossible for the company’s HiSilicon chip division to keep making the chipsets, key components for mobile phone, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit was quoted as saying at the launch of the company’s new Mate 40 handset. With US-China relations at their worst in decades, Washington is pressing governments around to world to squeeze Huawei out, arguing it would hand over data to the Chinese government for spying. Huawei denies it spies for China. The United States is also seeking the extradition from Canada of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on charges of bank fraud. In May the US Commerce Department issued orders that required suppliers of software and manufacturing equipment to refrain from doing business with Huawei without first obtaining a license. […]

  • US businesses in China face uncertainty as White House bans WeChat
    on August 10, 2020 at 3:45 am

    HONG KONG - As Tencent assesses how its business might be impacted by a US decision to ban its messenger app WeChat in the country, American companies in China may become unintended casualties due to their heavy reliance on the app, experts said. US President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled sweeping bans on US transactions with owners of WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok, which his administration has called “significant threats”. It’s not clear to what extent the executive orders, which go into effect in 45 days, would impact WeChat’s business and whether Tencent’s large fleet of investments in the US and other parts of the world would come as collateral. But if the ban covers US companies doing businesses on WeChat, it would do more harm to US firms such as Walmart and Starbucks than to Tencent, said Chengdong Li, a Beijing-based tech analyst. WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The so-called super app is almost essential for daily life in China and boasts more than 1 billion users. […]

  • China bans flying national flag upside down
    by Liu Zhen on August 10, 2020 at 2:36 am

    China will amend its law on the national flag to ban people from flying it upside down. The top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, reviewed draft amendments to the flag law on Saturday, in which “hanging the national flag upside down” is specifically named as a way of “damaging the dignity” of the flag, state news agency Xinhua said. The amendment also bans “littering” and says flags used in mass events must be disposed of “appropriately”. The use of the flag on the internet will also be regulated. Previously the law defined desecration as “publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling upon” the flag. Those found guilty of breaking the law could be jailed for up to three years. Xinhua also said the amendment was designed to increase the use of the flag and promote education about it. The NPC is also reviewing an amendment to the law on the national emblem to ban commercial use. […]

  • Covid-19 average incubation period may be longer than thought, research shows
    by Simone McCarthy on August 10, 2020 at 2:26 am

    The incubation period for Covid-19 might be longer than first thought, according to a new study involving people from Wuhan, the central China city where the coronavirus was first detected . While the common wisdom among health authorities is that the average incubation period is about five days, rising to a maximum of about two weeks, researchers from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Peking University, say the mean value could be higher. In their study, which used probability modelling and clinical data of more than 1,000 Covid-19 patients who left Wuhan before the city went into lockdown on January 23, the researchers found the mean incubation time was 8.29 days, while the median value was 7.76 days. […]

  • Beijing announces dates for schools to start new semester
    on August 10, 2020 at 1:55 am

    Beijing's municipal education authority announced on Sunday the dates when schools in the capital city will start their autumn semester. […]

  • All hands on deck needed to help Lebanon overcome tragedy, says UN deputy chief
    on August 10, 2020 at 1:05 am

    UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said Sunday that last week's Beirut port blast will have "deep social and economic impacts" in Lebanon. […]

  • Masks to be compulsory in busy outdoor places in Paris from Monday
    on August 10, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Masks will be compulsory for people aged 11 and over in crowded areas in Paris and its surrounding areas, starting from Monday morning, the prefecture of the Ile-de-France region has announced. […]

  • So-called U.S. sanctions will become world's laughingstock: liaison office of China's central gov't in HKSAR
    on August 10, 2020 at 12:27 am

    The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Sunday that the recent so-called U.S. sanctions against some Chinese officials will eventually become the laughingstock of the world. […]

  • Trump's WeChat ban shocks Chinese abroad
    on August 9, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    For China's global community, the app provides a vital means of staying in touch with home. […]

  • U.S. 'sanctions' against Chinese officials nothing but hysterical outburst of hegemonism: spokesperson
    on August 9, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China's State Council said some U.S. politicians have fully exposed their hegemonic traits over the so-called sanctions against heads of Chinese central government agencies responsible for Hong Kong affairs and officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government. […]