Jim Ratcliffe warns EU bureaucracy will drive away industry’s investments
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Malaysia PM decries ‘China-phobia’ among US and western allies
Anwar Ibrahim says rivalry squeezes smaller countries as he courts investment for semiconductor supply chainRead more
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Zambia says it has signed debt restructuring deal with China and India
Deals with creditors are crucial to a $1.3bn IMF bailoutRead more
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Fifteen dead and dozens injured in China flat fire
Officials suggested the blaze started on the building's first floor, where electric bikes were stored.Read more
Apartment block fire in China’s Nanjing city kills at least 15, officials say
The blaze started on the first floor where electric bikes had been placed, according to officials, but the cause is still unknown
At least 15 people were killed and 44 injured in a fire at a residential building in eastern China’s Nanjing city, local authorities said.
The fire broke out early Friday morning, officials said at a press conference, with a preliminary investigation suggesting the blaze started on the building’s first floor, where electric bikes had been placed.Continue reading...Read more
US Republicans call for McKinsey to be banned from federal contracts
Senators say think-tank led by consultancy undermined national security by advising China’s governmentRead more
Culture, democracy and clout: why three Pacific countries are sticking with Taiwan
Tuvalu, Palau and the Marshall Islands hold diplomatic ties with Taiwan despite pressure from China to switch sides
As a king tide swept through Tuvalu this month, flooding homes and disrupting local sea routes, changes in political currents were also buffeting the country.
The wild weather delayed a key meeting between newly elected members of parliament to determine the successor to Tuvalu’s prime minister Kausea Natano, who lost his seat in January’s elections.Continue reading...Read more
Editor of Vogue China to leave in latest senior Condé Nast exit
Margaret Zhang was seen as one of the group’s rising starsRead more
China’s playbook no longer involves a big stimulus bazooka
Beijing is adjusting to a more parsimonious future — but are its people?Read more
China’s Communist party calls for ‘fight’ against Taiwan independence
Sharper language shows Beijing is stepping up pressure on Taipei following presidential electionRead more
Weather tracker: Contrasts in cold and heat break records in China
Xinjiang in north-west recorded minus 52.3C, while Badu in south recorded 38C – the largest temperature contrast recorded in a single country
China’s Xinjiang region, in the far west of the country, experienced record-breaking low temperatures of -52.3C on 18 February, surpassing a 64-year-old record for the region. The figure was just shy of the lowest national temperature of -53C, which was recorded in the Heilongjiang region in January last year.
The extreme weather has caused big disruption after the lunar new year celebrations, with blizzards and ice leaving people stranded on roads and railways. On the same day, Badu in the south of China recorded a maximum temperature of 38C, meaning there was a staggering temperature difference of 90.3C across the country. This is the largest temperature contrast ever recorded for a single country, surpassing the US in January 1954 by a whole degree Celsius.Continue reading...Read more
Huge cybersecurity leak lifts lid on world of China’s hackers for hire
Leaked files shows range of services offered and bought, with data harvested from targets worldwide
A big leak of data from a Chinese cybersecurity firm has revealed state security agents paying tens of thousands of pounds to harvest data on targets, including foreign governments, while hackers hoover up huge amounts of information on any person or institution who might be of interest to their prospective clients.
The cache of more than 500 leaked files from the Chinese firm I-Soon was posted on the developer website Github and is thought by cybersecurity experts to be genuine. Some of the targets discussed include Nato and the UK Foreign Office.Continue reading...Read more
McKinsey-led think-tank advised China on policy that fed US tensions
Urban China Initiative counselled Beijing on cutting-edge technologies in preparation of Five-Year PlanRead more
Leak shows China uses private company to hack citizens and foreign states
Cache of documents reveals role of business in providing authorities with cyber espionage tools and servicesRead more
A window of opportunity for Western companies to quit Xinjiang
With investor confidence in China weak as its economy slows, VW and BASF are more willing to brave a political backlashRead more
Growth in CO2 emissions leaves China likely to miss climate targets
Carbon intensity of the country’s economy remains high, despite rapid improvements in clean energy output
China is off track on all of its core 2025 climate targets, despite the fact that clean energy is now the biggest driver of the country’s economic growth, analysis has found.
After years of extraordinarily rapid growth, China is now grappling with a slowdown that is causing ripples internally and internationally. The government has supercharged the growth of the renewable energy industry but it has simultaneously poured stimulus funds into construction and manufacturing, and continues to approve coal power.Continue reading...Read more
Cost of raising children in China second-highest in world, thinktank reveals
Expense and challenge of balancing work and family life key factors in declining birthrate and shrinking population
China is one of the most expensive places in the world to raise a child, outstripping the US and Japan in relative terms, a prominent Chinese thinktank has said.
A report released on Wednesday by the Beijing-based YuWa Population Research Institute found that the average cost of raising a child in China until the age of 18 is 538,000 yuan (£59,275) – more than 6.3 times as high as its GDP per capita, compared with 4.11 times in the US or 4.26 times in Japan.Continue reading...Read more
EU agrees first sanctions on Chinese and Indian companies for Russia war links
Curbs on almost 200 entities aim to ‘degrade’ Moscow’s capability to attack UkraineRead more
White House moves to defend US ports from Chinese cyber threat
Move includes billions of dollars to replace container cranes amid concerns hackers could disrupt supply chainsRead more
How China tries to indoctrinate Taiwan’s youth
United Front Work Department aims to spread influence and marginalise government in TaipeiRead more
US veto sends wrong message over Gaza, says China
Beijing suggests blocking calls for an immediate ceasefire gives a “green light to continued slaughter".Read more
Russia foils western sanctions on natural gas project as shipments near
Arctic LNG 2 plant completed with Chinese help as Beijing becomes biggest importer of the Russian gasRead more
Bumper bonuses at HSBC do not reflect China risk
Weakness in the region makes hefty payouts increasingly difficult to justifyRead more
China circumvents US tariffs by shipping more goods via Mexico
Data highlight difficulties in cutting Chinese exporters out of American supply chainsRead more
China needs to do more on ‘silent crisis’ of debt, says World Bank official
Beijing must be more ready to support countries facing distress, says deputy chief economist
China holds the key to speeding up debt relief and ending the “silent crisis” that is holding back attempts to tackle poverty in the world’s poorest countries, a senior World Bank official has said.
Ayhan Kose, the Bank’s deputy chief economist, said Beijing needed to be more active in negotiations to provide financial support for those countries already in, or close to, debt distress.Continue reading...Read more
Chinese authorities toughen quant trading rules in bid to prop up stock market
New regime comes after regulators punish major trading house for automated dumping of sharesRead more
Taiwan chases Chinese coastguard boat from frontline islands as tensions rise
Taiwan’s coastguard said it will continue to use surveillance and patrols amid escalating dispute after fatal capsizing last week
Taiwan has driven away a Chinese coastguard boat that entered waters near its sensitive frontline islands, one day after China’s coastguard boarded a Taiwanese tourist boat amid an escalating dispute sparked by a fatal capsizing last week.
A Chinese coastguard boat, numbered 8029, entered Taiwan’s waters near Kinmen on Tuesday morning, Taiwan’s coastguard said, adding that it dispatched a boat and used radio and broadcast to drive away the Chinese craft, which left the area an hour later.Continue reading...Read more
Samsung and LG join forces against Chinese rivals in battle for display dominance
After taking over mass-market LCDs, Chinese manufacturers are threatening to undercut South Korean makers on premium OLED technologyRead more
Yang Hengjun will not appeal suspended death sentence in China, family says
The Australian writer was found guilty on espionage charges in February after spending five years in prison
Australian writer Yang Hengjun will not appeal against the suspended death sentence imposed by a Chinese court, with his family saying further legal challenges would be detrimental to his welfare.
Yang was found guilty on espionage charges in China in February after spending five years in prison.Continue reading...Read more
‘Little by little, the truth is being discovered’: the archive rescuing China’s forbidden films
A golden era of Chinese cinema was brought to a halt by Xi Jinping’s regime, but now, thousands of miles away, a rich world of banned documentaries and dramas is being studied and celebrated
On the wall of an unassuming second- floor room in Newcastle University sits a map, Blu-Tacked, unframed. At first glance it looks like any other map of China. But on closer inspection, the cities labelled on the map are not just the major urban centres. They are the places that have hosted important film festivals over the years, the details of which are annotated in colour-coded text.
Covering the final years of the so-called golden era of the scene, the map shows dozens of film festivals that used to be active across China. There was the China Independent Film Festival (Ciff) in Nanjing, the Beijing Independent Film Festival (Biff), and the Yunnan Multiculture Visual Festival (Yunfest), among others. In 2024, China’s film community is a shadow of its former self. All these festivals – and more than a dozen others – have been forced to close in the years after Xi Jinping, China’s ultra-repressive leader, took office in 2012.Continue reading...Read more
Boeing’s crisis may open gap for Chinese jets to fly through
Demand for air travel is booming in south and south-east Asia, which are less sensitive to US-China tensionsRead more
China cuts mortgage-linked lending rate by record amount
Five-year loan prime rate reduction unlikely to offer imminent relief to flagging home sales, analysts sayRead more
Australia to build biggest navy since second world war to meet China threat
Planned upgrade follows defence review that highlighted Beijing’s military expansion in PacificRead more
Messi defends HK absence as backlash continues
The football superstar has addressed Chinese fans in a video posted on social media platform Weibo.Read more
China, Xi Jinping and the making of ‘one people, one ideology’
Two stimulating books shine a vital light on the thinking behind the superpowerRead more
China coast guard boards Taiwan tourist boat in escalation of tensions
The incident comes days after a Chinese fishing boat, which was being pursued by Taiwan’s coast guard, capsized killing two
China’s coast guard has boarded a Taiwanese tourist vessel, as tensions continue to escalate in the waters between China’s mainland and Taiwan’s Kinmen islands after a capsizing killed two people last week.
The Taiwanese sight-seeing ferry King Xia was carrying 11 crew and 23 passengers on a tour around Kinmen’s main island on Monday when it was intercepted by two Chinese coast guard patrol vessels. Six officers boarded the King Xia and asked to inspect the documentation of the crew, before disembarking about 30 minutes later, Taiwan’s Coast Guard Authority (CGA) said. Soon after a Taiwan coast guard patrol arrived to escort King Xia back to port.Continue reading...Read more
Chinese companies revive Mao-era militias
People’s Liberation Army mobilisation units reflect Xi Jinping’s focus on security as economy slowsRead more
Singapore, Hong Kong Spac failures highlight thwarted ambitions
Lack of new listings and stalled mergers dim prospects for ‘blank-cheque companies’Read more
Currys takeover battle looms as JD.com eyes bid
The Chinese e-commerce firm joins US investor Elliot as a possible bidder for the UK retail group.Read more
Australia detains alleged key player in North Korean tobacco smuggling scheme after US request
Exclusive: Jin Guanghua was arrested by the AFP in Melbourne last year and is facing extradition to the US
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A Chinese national has been quietly arrested and detained in Australia for 11 months at the request of US authorities investigating an alleged tobacco smuggling conspiracy that generated an estimated A$1.1bn (US$700m) in revenue to North Korea.
Jin Guanghua, 52, was arrested by the Australian federal police in Melbourne last March. Described in US court documents as an Australian resident, Jin was kept in custody in Melbourne for several months before being transferred to immigration detention while awaiting extradition.Continue reading...Read more
China offers to deepen security ties with Hungary
Beijing’s move comes at a time when Budapest’s relationship with its EU and Nato allies is at a low point
China has offered to deepen security cooperation with Hungary, underscoring Budapest’s warming ties with Beijing just as Hungarian officials snubbed a visiting delegation from Washington.
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, met China’s minister of public security, Wang Xiaohong, on Friday.Continue reading...Read more
China Lunar New Year spending tops pre-Covid level
Figures for the start of the Year of the Dragon show millions of people made trips during the break.Read more
‘It’s legalised robbery’: anger grows at China’s struggling shadow banks
Investors in one of the country’s ailing financial trusts have realised that the state may no longer always protect them
Wang Jin felt sure that he could invest in Sichuan Trust, an institution that was part of one of what he describes as the “four pillars” of China’s financial system: banks, securities, insurance and trusts. Promised a return on his investment of 8.3%, he handed over 1.6m yuan (£178,000) in 2019. “The trust had a state licence, so we believed in its integrity,” Wang (not his real name) recalls.
Unluckily for him, in May 2020, the company said that it would be unable to repay 20bn yuan of investments. Protests ensued, with hundreds of middle-aged investors gathering outside the headquarters in Chengdu to demand their money back. By the end of the year, the local government had taken over the firm, which was reported to have a shortfall of more than 30bn yuan on its books, although the company said the sum was closer to 25bn.Continue reading...Read more
From beehive to kitchen table: UK beekeepers call for new law to trace honey’s origin
British producers to back EU’s proposed regulations to stop trade in adulterated honey
Britain’s beekeepers are backing proposed new rules to combat fraud in the supply chain, ensuring a jar of honey can be traced on its journey of up to 5,000 miles from the beehive to the shop shelf.
The European parliament has agreed new labelling rules and a project to establish a traceability system for honey from harvesting to the consumer. The proposed rules are part of an overhaul of the “breakfast directives”, including the honey directive.Continue reading...Read more
China, Russia and Cambodia top list of regimes targeting critics in exile
The five biggest perpetrators of transnational repression last year also included the governments of Myanmar and Turkmenistan, according to report
Scores of attacks, including assassinations, abductions and assaults, were perpetrated by 25 governments last year against people outside their borders, new analysis reveals.
Data from the Washington DC-based pro-democracy organisation Freedom House reveals that the governments of Russia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Turkmenistan and China were the biggest five perpetrators of transnational repression in 2023.Continue reading...Read more
Authors ‘excluded from Hugo awards over China concerns’
Leaked emails reveal organisers of leading science fiction and fantasy awards flagged works of a ‘sensitive political nature’
Leaked emails from the organisers of the prestigious Hugo awards for science fiction and fantasy suggest several authors were excluded from shortlists last year after they were flagged for comments or works that could be viewed as sensitive in China.
In January the Hugo awards published the statistics behind the 2023 awards, which were held as part of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in the Chinese city of Chengdu in October. The data showed that the New York Times bestseller RF Kuang and the young adult author Xiran Jay Zhao were among authors who had received enough nominations to be on the ballot in their respective categories but were deemed “not eligible” by the award’s administrators, without further explanation.Continue reading...Read more
China holds citizen on spying charges after she did ‘admin’ work for US company
Case of Emily Chen, who did a few months’ work for US logistics firm, highlights ‘deteriorating’ climate for foreign firms
China has detained one of its citizens on spying charges after she did some work for a US company, in a case that experts say highlights the potential risks of working for foreign businesses in the country.
Emily Chen, 50, disappeared after flying into Nanjing Lukou international airport in December on a visit from Doha, where she lives.Continue reading...Read more
Beijing condemns Taiwan after two Chinese fishers die in speedboat crash
The vessel capsized while being chased by Taiwan’s coastguard near the Kinmen islands, in what China called a ‘malignant incident’
Beijing has condemned Taiwanese authorities after two Chinese fishers drowned while being chased by Taiwan’s coastguard off the coast of the Kinmen archipelago.
The Kinmen islands lie within a few miles of China’s Fujian coast and are controlled by Taiwan.Continue reading...Read more
Genetics journal retracts 18 papers from China due to human rights concerns
Researchers used samples from populations deemed by experts and campaigners to be vulnerable to exploitation, including Uyghurs and Tibetans
A genetics journal from a leading scientific publisher has retracted 18 papers from China, in what is thought to be the biggest mass retraction of academic research due to concerns about human rights.
The articles were published in Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine (MGGM), a genetics journal published by the US academic publishing company Wiley. The papers were retracted this week after an agreement between the journal’s editor in chief, Suzanne Hart, and the publishing company. In a review process that took over two years, investigators found “inconsistencies” between the research and the consent documentation provided by researchers.Continue reading...Read more
China cancels Argentina games amid Messi backlash
Chinese officials call off two Argentina friendlies after Lionel Messi failed to turn out for Inter Miami in an exhibition match in Hong Kong.Read more
North Koreans working in China 'exploited like slaves'
An estimated 100,000 North Koreans are posted abroad, where they earn valuable foreign currency.Read more
China anti-fraud app could monitor Tibetans - report
Research groups say an app aimed at stopping scams could be used to monitor Tibetans.Read more
Snowstorms disrupt Lunar New Year travel in China
Freezing weather has come in the middle of the "largest annual human migration".Read more
Shenzhou-17 taikonauts send Spring Festival greetings from space
9 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-17 crew members extended their Spring Festival greetings via video from space on Friday, the Chinese Lunar New Year's eve.Onboard the country's space station, the three taikonauts, Tang Hongbo, Tang Shengjie and Jiang Xinlin, expressed their wishes for the prosperity of the motherland and all Chinese people.Read more
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