国泰航空的麻烦 不止一个!背后的隐形豪门已富过六代

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国泰航空又出事了。这家公司过去几年出了不少事情。说到国泰航空,很多人可能并不真正了解。很多人可能以为这是一家中国公司,其实并不是如此。国泰航空背后三大股东,分别是太古集团、中国航空、卡塔尔航空,而真正占据控股地位就是太古集团了。

太古集团可是一家非常庞大的财团,业务种类非常繁多,涉及地产、航运、航空、饮料、工程等等。很多人可能不知道,在中国瓶装的可口可乐业务就是属于太古集团的。另外很多人喝咖啡会下的方糖也是太古生产的。在中国很多知名的地产项目也是太古集团开发的,比如说成都著名的远洋太古里,还有广州著名的太古汇。

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太古集团背后则是一个隐形豪门,那就是英国的施怀雅家族了,这个家族已经富过了六代人,可是如今你在全球任何一个财富榜上都看不到他们的名字。可是他们家族光是地产收租的收入每年就超过了100亿。整个家族至少资产得数千亿,甚至是更多。可是财富榜却始终无法追踪他们的财富。

100多年之前,中国还是处于清朝的时候,施怀雅家族就到中国经商了。那个时候英国是日不落帝国,很多英国人也随着英国的舰队在全球各地去做生意。事实上在200多年之前,施怀雅家族在英国的利物浦成立了公司,并且通过贸易生意积累家族的财富。

到了清朝末年的时候,施怀雅家族开始来到了远东发展,他们把中国的茶叶、陶瓷、丝绸等商品卖回到欧洲,赚取了巨额的利润。1866年,施怀雅家族收购了布鲁尔洋行,并且改名为太古洋行。

到了19世纪后期的时候,太古洋行控制的航运生意,已经成功控制了中国长江领域的上下游了。当时可以跟太古洋行对抗的只有中国本土的轮船招商局了。之后施怀雅家族又陆续进入了航空、地产、工程、饮料等等领域,获得了巨大的成功。

他们也把总部搬到了香港,并且在香港扎根发展。50年代之后,太古洋行已经跟怡和洋行等齐名,成为了香港有名的四大洋行。

利用香港人口暴涨的时候,太古也是积极投入房地产生意,在五六十年代赚得是盆满钵满。在房地产获得成功之后,他们又积极投资商业地产,开发了一系列优秀的商业物业,同时他们在80年代之后,把投资触角再次涉及内地。

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如今太古集团年营收超过了800亿,利润超过了300亿,依然是全球最大的财报之一。在太古集团的支持下,施怀雅家族也是成功富过了六代人。如今太古集团依然是施怀雅家族成员控制的。光是在地产板块,他们一年的租金就在120亿左右。

香港曾经大名鼎鼎的四大洋行,会德丰跟和记黄埔都被华资给收购了。会德丰在1985年被包玉刚给收购了。几年之前,包玉刚的女婿吴光正也把会德丰跟私有化了。和记黄埔则是在1978年被李嘉诚给收购了,成为了李嘉诚家族成功。

2015年的时候,李嘉诚把长江实业跟和记黄埔成功重组,变成了如今的长和集团跟长实集团。也就是说如今香港四大洋行的时代已经一去不返了,而且也就剩下怡和跟太古这两家公司了。

可是不得不说怡和跟太古依然是实力非常强大,每年的利润都是数百亿级别的。在中国本土也找不到几家可以跟他们对抗的私人企业了。

其实施怀雅家族这样的豪门才是真正的豪门,他们不会出现在财富榜上,但是他们却是真正的有钱,而从200多年前开始到现在,已经富了六代人了,在中国很难找不到这样的家族。

国泰航空的麻烦,不止一个

国泰航空这次惹上了大麻烦。5月22日有网友实名举报国泰航空空乘歧视非英语乘客,在其放出的一段视频中,有疑似为空乘人员的声音用英文说“如果你不会说毛毯的英文,那你就没办法拥有毛毯(If you cannot speak blanket, you cannot have it)”,周遭还传来疑似其他空乘的笑声。

在这之后,国泰航空从22日晚到24日,连发三条道歉声明,从一开始表示“将严肃调查处理”,到“暂停有关人员飞行任务”,再到“对涉事空中服务员予以解聘”,期间,国泰航空行政总裁林绍波公开致歉,全程用普通话表示将作全面检讨,但也难消众怒。

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一条毛毯、三位空乘、无数批评,就这样国泰航空再次深陷舆论漩涡。

其实过去几年,国泰航空可以说是热搜上的常客。一位知名电视主持人曾公开喊话国泰航空,“真是对不起这个名字……还是善意的提醒一句吧,no zuo no die”。

除了事件本身,外界对国泰航空还有许多好奇——这到底是谁的公司?过去三年活得如何?在国内航空公司中又属于怎样的存在?

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谁的国泰航空?

成立于1946年的中国香港,国泰航空在过去77年时间里一直以中国香港为总部。2019年以前国泰航空曾是全球第八大国际客运航空公司及第三大国际货运公司。

资产规模上,截至2022年末,国泰航空连同其附属公司共拥有222架飞机,旗下客运及货运航线前往全球38个国家和地区共计82个目的地,其中包括位于中国内地的14个目的地。

人员方面,国泰航空及其附属公司在全球有2.12万名员工,其中在香港雇有员工约1.74万人。

那么国泰航空的背后是谁?

最新数据显示,国泰航空最大股东是持股45%的太古股份,其次是通过众多公司合计间接持股29.99%的中国国航(国泰航空也持有中国国航16.26%的股权),且太古股份和中国国航为一致行动人,之后是持股9.99%的卡塔尔航空和持有6.47%优先股的香港财政司。

在持股比例最高的太古股份背后,是拥有180多年历史的英国太古集团,太古股份只是集团下属的一个投资控股公司,主要经营地产、饮料和航空三个重要业务板块。

2022年年报显示,太古股份全年收入914.77亿港元,净利润41.95亿港元,自2020年受外部环境影响大亏百亿后,正处于业绩逐步修复的阶段。

具体来看,太古地产板块拥有多个购物商场,包括香港太古广场和太古坊,是香港最大的商用物业业主和零售物业运营商之一,在内地的购物商场则遍布北京、广州、成都、上海、西安和三亚,比如大家所熟知的“三里屯太古里”“成都远洋太古里”“前滩太古里”“颐堤港”等等。

太古股份的饮料业务同样规模可观,截至2022年末,其在大中华区、美国和柬埔寨的专营区域经销可口可乐公司系列产品,受众达到7.82亿人口,经销品类包括21种碳酸饮料品牌和37种非碳酸饮料品牌。

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2022年内太古可口可乐刚刚收购了柬埔寨及越南的可口可乐专营业务,将其瓶装业务扩展至东南亚,还重组了中国内地的不含汽饮料生产业务。

航空业务方面主要就是国泰航空及其附属公司,但近几年,受大环境等因素影响,始终是一个持续亏损的存在。

2017年以来太古股份饮料业务带来的收入逐渐成为业绩主力,2022年创收542.23亿港元,占比近六成,其次是137.88亿港元和138.28亿港元的房地产业务和航空业务,占比均在15%左右。

已有业务之外,太古公司还瞄准了私营保健服务领域,在年报中披露,“未来将继续在私营保健服务领域寻求投资机遇,特别在中国内地的主要城市群一带及东南亚。”

太古股份的这些收入,都从哪些地方赚来的呢?

按地区划分收入来源,太古股份2022年的收入中,有38%来自内地,19%来自香港,合计占比达到57%;如果剔除国泰航空和环球海洋业务,太古股份经常性盈利中则有46%来自内地,34%来自香港,合计占比达到80%。

在国泰航空2020年开始持续亏损的背景下,来自内地和香港的经常性溢利成为太古股份相当重要的业绩支撑。

截至当前,太古公司已经成为香港规模最为庞大、历史最悠久的雇主之一,在香港聘用超2.9万名员工,在内地的员工人数则超过3.5万人,全球员工接近8万人。

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亏损三年,最难的日子刚刚过去

就像全球众多航空公司一样,过去三年对国泰航空的打击也是巨大的。

业绩趋势来看,直到2019年,国泰航空收入虽有一定波动,但整体已基本稳定在千亿港元的规模,净利润方面有一定波动,但亏损年份也相对有限。

2020年受客观环境影响,国泰航空收入大跌56.13%,直接拦腰砍半,成本却居高不下,全年亏损218.79亿港元,这之后的2021年和2022年都属于收入挣扎上涨,亏损努力收窄的“回血”阶段。

年报显示,2022年下半年国泰航空业绩已有大幅改善,在产生正向现金流的同时还有所盈利,2022年12月,其可载客量已相当于上半年的八倍,但其实还只是2020年前的三分之一;可载货量则在2022年末达到2020年前的三分之二。

事实上,内地对国泰航空近几年的业绩有越来越高的重要性。

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由内地经香港枢纽前往澳洲、英国及美国等长途航点的过境客运量(尤其是学生),成为2022年国泰航空的重要客运来源。

资金方面,国泰航空2022年的带息债务整体规模有所减少,但182.77亿港元的流动资金相比146.43亿港元的流动带息债务,也只是小幅盈余,其整体债务净额与股东权益之比依然达到0.92,意味着每一元的股东投入,都对应着0.92元的带息债务。

年内国泰航空由经营活动产生的现金流量净额为178.36亿港元,如果要覆盖588.29亿港元的借款净额,需要3.3年才能还完,而这还是在2020年重组方案实施完毕的情况下。

2020国泰航空曾进行过一系列重组,过程中向香港特别行政区政府发行了195亿港元的优先股及分离认股权证,另由香港特别行政区政府提供78亿港元的过渡性贷款,同时向当时的股东增发117亿港元股份,这才免于破产度过了难关。

虽然目前仍处于业绩亏损、资金紧张的状态,但如果相比国内其他航空公司,国泰也不是最惨的。


▲(林绍波。图源/视觉中国)

以2022年和2019年的收入比较,国泰航空已经恢复至四成有余,高于国航、东航、海航30%-40%的水平,但次于南航、华夏航空、春秋航空和吉祥航空,居于中位。

对比当前亏损金额与总收入,国泰航空2022年净利润为-63.98亿元,净利率为-14.03%,是上述多家航空公司中亏损幅比率最低的。作为对比,国航、东航、南航的亏损金额均在300亿元以上,亏损幅度则在37%至78%之间。

所幸国内各大航空公司2023年以来的运营数据都在好转,国航、南航、东航和海航的最新一季报显示亏损已较上年同期有大幅收窄,国泰航空最新4月份客运量数据也显示,4月份载客138.12万人次,单日最高人次5.32万人,为2020年以来新高。

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只可惜业绩刚刚有明显好转,就发生了如此不愉快的事情。

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业绩和管理,都需要“重生”

事实上这已经不是国泰航空首次出现类似事件,2019年一位知名电视主持人就曾公开喊话国泰航空,“听说有些人一听到普通话就假装听不懂……no zuo no die”。

但多年过去国泰航空在这方面的管理显然并未有明显改善。

此次事件还有一个细节,即发布视频的博主表示,自己此次搭乘从成都飞往香港的国泰航空CX987航班,使用的机票其实是大湾区赠票。与此对应的,是2023年初香港机场管理局推出的活动,计划派发50万张机票给来自各地的旅客,其中就包括从成都飞往香港的航班。

目前经过多方督促整改,有网友表示自己乘坐24日国泰的航班时,乘务员已经在挨个问机上旅客要不要毛毯,播报则用的是英语、粤语和普通话。

过去几年,国泰航空可以说是热搜上的常客,且多与负面信息相关。

2020年10月,在因管理不善而在全球最佳航空公司排名中跌出三甲后,国泰航空宣布了重组计划,裁员规模达到8500个,占集团总人数的24%,这直接将香港失业率推升0.1个百分点。

在2022年年报开头的主席致函中,国泰航空主席贺以礼表示,“我们一直透过加强香港与内地,及世界各地的联系推动香港经济发展,角色举足轻重。”

在经济逐步恢复、旅客量快速上涨的当下,国泰航空显然正处于能够快速改善业绩的关键阶段,但如果从更长期的视角来看,如何在更大范围上进行“自我修复”,也是国泰航空需要面对的问题。

来源: 市界/担扑

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  中新网北京4月21日电 (记者 应妮)由人民音乐出版社、中国少数民族音乐学会联合主办的“立足中华民族音乐历史,铸牢中华民族共同体意识——《中国少数民族民间音乐与舞蹈》主题展示与出版座谈”日前在京举办。

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中国多地作家齐聚重庆 探讨新质生产力赋能文化传承

  中新网重庆4月21日电 (梁钦卿)“中华优秀传统文化与新质生产力——以大足石刻为中心”研讨会21日在重庆举行,来自重庆、四川、贵州、云南、西藏、山西等地的作家齐聚大足,深挖大足石刻中蕴含的优秀传统文化内涵与精髓,探讨优秀传统文化与新质生产力融合发展。

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桂江可能出现今年首次编号洪水

  中新网南宁4月21日电 (陈秋霞 周也茹)记者21日从广西壮族自治区水文中心获悉,受4月19日以来降雨影响,桂江干支流、贺江干支流、蒙江、洛清江及西江干流等江河出现2~7米的涨水过程,其中桂江下游及部分支流、贺江干支流等8条河流12个站点出现超警0.01~1.20米的洪水。

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东西问|黄桂秋:广西歌圩文化为何能唱响海内外?

  中新社南宁4月21日电 题:广西歌圩文化为何能唱响海内外?

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New Cold Wars review: China, Russia and Biden’s daunting task

David Sanger of the New York Times delivers a must-read on the foreign policy challenges now facing US leaders

Russia bombards Ukraine. Israel and Hamas are locked in a danse macabre. The threat of outright war between Jerusalem and Tehran grows daily. Beijing and Washington snarl. In a moment like this, David Sanger’s latest book, subtitled China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West, is a must-read. Painstakingly researched, New Cold Wars brims with on-record interviews and observations by thinly veiled sources.

Officials closest to the president talk with an eye on posterity. The words of the CIA director, Bill Burns, repeatedly appear on the page. Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, and Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, surface throughout the book. Sanger, White House and national security correspondent for the New York Times, fuses access, authority and curiosity to deliver an alarming message: US dominance is no longer axiomatic.

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和谐共生|长江、黄河流域是生态文明建设的主战场

  长江、黄河都是中华民族的母亲河,习近平总书记高度重视长江、黄河的生态保护,多次谆谆告诫:“保护母亲河是事关中华民族伟大复兴和永续发展的千秋大计”“长江、黄河流域是生态文明建设的主战场”等等。在第55个世界地球日到来之际,大象新闻与您一起,感受总书记对母亲河的深厚情怀。

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和谐共生 | 以自然之道 养万物之生

  党的十八大以来,以习近平同志为核心的党中央高度重视生态文明建设,提出了一系列新理念新思想新战略,一以贯之大力推进生态文明建设。新时代十年,我国生态文明建设发生了历史性、转折性、全局性变化。从漠河以北到南沙以南,从河海之下到高原之巅,四海之内、岁时轮转,万物生长繁衍、自在栖息,在习近平生态文明思想的指引下,祖国的山林湖海间书写着瑰丽壮伟的新时代《山海经》。

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上海黄浦新联会“换届” 揭牌成立“元创”专业服务团

  中新网上海4月21日电(范宇斌 王月华 王佳睿)20日,上海市黄浦区新的社会阶层人士联谊会(以下简称“黄浦区新联会”)二届一次会员大会在上海市黄浦区举行,选举产生第二届会长班子。

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唱歌谈戏吟诗 洪秀柱深大演讲期许两岸和平

  中新社深圳4月21日电 (记者 索有为)4月21日,中国国民党前主席、中华青雁和平教育基金会董事长洪秀柱在深圳演讲时,用两首歌、一出戏、一首诗串起整场活动,期许两岸要和平、要交流、要团圆。

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中科卫星空天信息产业基地“落户”合肥 集中签约一批重点项目

  中新网北京4月21日电 (记者 孙自法)记者4月21日从中科卫星科技集团有限公司(中科卫星)获悉,中科卫星空天信息产业基地当天在安徽合肥高新区举行开园活动,活动中,该产业基地揭牌,合肥高新区与中科卫星等一批中国科学院空天信息创新研究院(空天院)重点项目以及基地首批入驻项目集中签约。

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“翻译中国”研究启新篇 推动建立中国译学话语体系

  中新网上海4月21日电(记者 范宇斌)为深入探讨“翻译中国”的理论与实践问题,积极回应“翻译中国”事业和国际传播,并推动建立中国译学话语体系,外语教学与研究出版社(以下简称“外研社”)策划推出“翻译中国”研究丛书。方梦之学术思想研讨会21日在上海举行,并举行“翻译中国”研究丛书首部专著——《中国译学话语:建构与阐释》新书发布仪式。

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第六届中国青年马克思主义大会在昆明召开

  中新网昆明4月21日电 由中国青年马克思主义大会组委会主办,云南大学承办的第六届中国青年马克思主义大会日前在云南大学呈贡校区召开。来自全国各地的近300位专家和青年学子齐聚一堂,围绕“数字时代马克思主义理论的传承与创新”主题展开深入研讨。

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春耕正当时 厦门掀起太空种植热潮

  中新网厦门4月21日电 (杨伏山 周志凤)太空植物长什么样?太空蔬果能吃吗?它和普通的蔬菜、水果有什么区别吗?在第九个“中国航天日”行将来临之际,海峡两岸(厦门)太空植物种植活动启动仪式暨中国航天日主题活动,21日在诚毅科技探索中心拉开序幕,为海峡两岸青少年学生科普中国航天育种成就,同时面向民众陆续发放6款共计上万份太空种子盲盒。

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法兰西外籍院士谈中外文化交流:需要更多“摆渡人”

  中新网杭州4月21日电 题:法兰西外籍院士谈中外文化交流:需要更多“摆渡人”

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共赴春日之约 呼和浩特“锦绣北疆·花漾青城”赏花季开启

  中新网呼和浩特4月21日电 (记者 张林虎 刘文华)21日,“锦绣北疆·花漾青城”2024呼和浩特赏花旅游季系列活动正式启动,现场近6000名市民参与其中,共赴青城春日之约。

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石河子大学启动农田残膜污染治理项目

国家重点研发计划项目“地膜污染阻控与高效回收利用关键技术及产业化应用”4月20日在石河子大学召开项目启动会。史玉江摄   中新网新疆石河子4月21日电(史玉江)由新疆石河子大学陈学庚院士团队、温浩军研究员主持的国家重点研发计划项目“地膜污染阻控与高效回收利用关键技术及产业化应用”4月20日召开项目启动会,旨在从源头上解决我国农田地膜残留污染提供科技支撑。

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“治沙劳模”殷玉珍获第二届“贾思勰农业奖”杰出贡献奖

  中新网鄂尔多斯4月21日电 (记者 李爱平)记者21日从内蒙古自治区鄂尔多斯市乌审旗政府获悉,居住在该旗的中国“治沙劳模”殷玉珍斩获第二届“贾思勰农业奖”杰出贡献奖。

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2023年上海市民综合阅读率达97.49% 人均阅读超12本

  中新网上海4月21日电 (记者 王笈)“书香上海 阅见未来”——2024年世界读书日上海全民阅读主题活动21日在上海徐家汇书院举办。现场发布的《2023上海市民阅读状况调查》显示,2023年,上海市民综合阅读(含纸质阅读、电子书阅读、有声阅读、视频阅读)率达97.49%,稳定上升;上海市民年平均阅读量为12.37本,持续保持较高水平。

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巴布亚新几内亚总理马拉佩会见王毅:在任何情况下都坚持对华友好合作

  中新社北京4月21日电 当地时间4月21日,巴布亚新几内亚总理马拉佩在莫尔兹比港会见中共中央政治局委员、外交部长王毅,双方进行了亲切友好的交流。

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北京正筹建可重复使用火箭技术创新中心

  中新网北京4月21日电 (牛晴晴)今年2月3日揭牌的“北京市可重复使用火箭技术创新中心”正在形成筹建方案。该中心将重点开展三项建设内容:研发可重复使用火箭核心关键技术和共性技术、搭建共性技术服务平台、构建优质生态体系。

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“我把家乡唱给你听·海峡情”音乐颁奖盛典举行:在悠扬的歌声里,唱响海峡深情

  东南网4月21日报道(记者 曾群峰 卢金福 吴开兴)4月20日,由福建省委网信办联合省文旅厅、省文联主办,福建东南网承办的“我把家乡唱给你听·海峡情”两岸原创音乐作品评选活动颁奖盛典在福州举行。金兆钧、张明敏、叶佳修、陈建平、李春波等海峡两岸100多位音乐唱作人齐聚福州,见证“我把家乡唱给你听#8226;海峡情”颁奖荣耀时刻。

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Comicomment: Who is fanning disputes in South China Sea?

The United States and the Philippines will conduct joint military drills. It is noticed that the scale will exceed that of previous years, and the U.S. and the Philippines will also conduct exercises for the first time in disputed areas beyond 12 nautical miles from Philippine territorial waters.

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(W.E. Talk) Portraying the Beauty of Chinese Culture Through Translation

Though Sinology in Europe started only 200 years ago, European translations of Chinese literature appeared much earlier in the sixteenth century. Karl-Heinz Pohl feels that despite the role played by Sinology and translations in creating exchanges between China and the West, there is still an “asymmetry” due to the “hegemonic discourse” of the West, which has many misunderstandings and prejudices about China. However, translations can convey the “beauty” of Chinese culture to the West, remove misunderstandings and help both to hold exchanges and learn from each other.

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The rare earths mine becoming a bellwether for US minerals policy

Future of South Africa’s Phalaborwa site may depend on strength of Washington’s support

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Experts gather to discuss regional studies development

Experts and scholars convened at a seminar titled "Profound Changes and International Studies" held by Shandong University in Weihai, Shandong, on Apr. 20, during which they focus on regional country studies and international issues research under the centenary profound changes.

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Young Colombian: Chinese characters are unique, intriguing

Born in Columbia, Jorge Andrés Contreras works as an editor in a foreign language press in Beijing. He is proficient in Spanish, French, and English, and has been learning Chinese ardently since he arrived in Beijing for the first time in 2016.

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China releases world's first high-definition lunar geologic atlas

It is the first complete high-definition lunar geologic atlas in the world, providing basic map data for future lunar research and exploration.

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British businesses urged to seize China opportunity

China represents an opportunity, not a threat, for the United Kingdom, said diplomats, British business leaders, and local officials at a forum in Coventry, England on Thursday.

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Overcharged gas fees to be refunded in Chengdu

The market supervision administration of Chengdu, Sichuan province, issued a notice on Saturday about the investigation and verification of citizen-reported gas related problems, revealing that overcharged gas fees will be fully refunded by relevant gas enterprises.

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Foreign Minister calls for Palestine's admission as UN member

Admitting Palestine as a full member of the United Nations is a move to rectify long-standing historical injustices, as well as an obligation every UN member should fulfill, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

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China's 2nd homegrown large cruise ship enters shipyard for final assembly

A keel laying ceremony of China's second domestically-produced large cruise ship was held on Saturday morning in Shanghai, marking the onset of the vessel's hull structure assembly and another achievement of China's shipbuilding prowess, according to official sources.

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Deep sea exploration vessel docked in Nansha

China's first multi-functional scientific research and archaeological vessel for deep sea exploration and cultural relics docked in Guangzhou's Nansha district on Saturday.

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Suzhou a pillar in showcasing China's vibrant traditional culture

In Suzhou, Jiangsu province, history comes alive in every old building and winding alleyway, attracting a media buzz surrounding its success in preserving and utilizing its ancient charm.

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Chinese, Gabonese leaders exchange congratulations on 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Transitional President of Gabon Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema exchanged congratulations on Saturday on the 50th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic relations.

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China regulator publishes rules on mutual fund trading fees

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) on Friday published rules to regulate mutual fund trading fees, set to take effect on July 1, 2024.

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Colorful Guizhou wind blows to Paris

The opening ceremony of the Mountain Park Province · Colorful Guizhou Wind – 2024 Colorful Guizhou Culture and Tourism Paris Promotion Week event was held in Paris, France on Friday.

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US House passes bill that could lead to total TikTok ban

Bill – with updated language that extends deadline to a year for ByteDance to divest of TikTok – to go before Senate next week

The House of Representatives voted 360 to 58 on the updated divest-or-ban bill that could lead to the first time ever that the US government has passed a law to shut down an entire social media platform.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week and Joe Biden has said he will sign the legislation.

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Blinken to warn China over weapons-related exports to Russia

Washington considers sanctions on Chinese financial institutions, according to people familiar with the situation

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Chinese students in US tell of ‘chilling’ interrogations and deportations

As tensions with China rise, scientists at America’s leading universities complain of stalled research after crackdown at airports

Stopped at the border, interrogated on national security grounds, laptops and mobile phones checked, held for several hours, plans for future research shattered.

Many western scholars are nervous about travelling to China in the current political climate. But lately it is Chinese researchers working at US universities who are increasingly reporting interrogations – and in several cases deportations – at US airports, despite holding valid work or study visas for scientific research.

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Cradle of civilization: The Cangjie Temple

Cradle of civilization: The Cangjie Temple

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In numbers: China-Slovenia relations

In numbers: China-Slovenia relations

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Asia’s central bankers struggle to contain strong US dollar

Shifting US interest rate expectations put pressure on Japan’s yen and China’s renminbi

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Culture Fact: UN Chinese Language Day

Culture Fact: UN Chinese Language Day

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China stands for 'peaceful utilization of space'

China is committed to the peaceful utilization of space, the Ministry of National Defense said on Friday night, regarding the role that the country's Aerospace Force plays.

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Giant pandas may move to San Francisco

China and the United States are working toward transferring a pair of giant pandas to San Francisco in 2025.

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Scholars urge China-U.S. 'recoupling'

Leading scholars from China and the United States have worked extensively over the past two years to revive scholarly exchanges, which were suspended by the pandemic and affected by the "over-securitization" of U.S.-China relations.

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Foreign trade set to stay resilient this year

China's foreign trade, buoyed by the steady upturn of the domestic economy and an improved trading structure increasingly driven by high-tech and green products and export market diversification, will continue to exhibit resilience this year

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Report: Manipulation of aid brings profound disasters

Essentially, the report said US aid serves as a tool to maintain US hegemony by greedily exploiting developing countries.  US aid has served as a fig leaf for its military hegemony.

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Xi Jinping tightens grip on China’s military with new information warfare unit

Beijing launches restructuring of armed forces as it challenges US dominance in Pacific

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PwC’s Evergrande audits set to face new probe by Hong Kong regulator

Apparent whistleblower report cites concerns over firm’s work for collapsed Chinese developer

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FBI chief says Chinese hackers have infiltrated critical US infrastructure

Volt Typhoon hacking campaign is waiting ‘for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow’, says Christopher Wray

Chinese government-linked hackers have burrowed into US critical infrastructure and are waiting “for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow”, the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, has warned.

An ongoing Chinese hacking campaign known as Volt Typhoon has successfully gained access to numerous American companies in telecommunications, energy, water and other critical sectors, with 23 pipeline operators targeted, Wray said in a speech at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday.

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Apple removes WhatsApp from China store under pressure from Beijing

Internet regulator orders delisting of two Meta-owned apps over ‘national security concerns’

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Beijing half marathon winner thrown out after trio slowed to let him win

  • All four athletes disqualified and forced to return prize money
  • Special committee issues apology but steers clear of fix talk

Organisers have revoked He Jie’s first place in the Beijing half marathon last weekend after an investigation confirmed that three other runners had slowed down to let him win the race. All four were disqualified and had to return their medals and prize money.

Online users in China had shared the video from the final moments of Sunday’s race out of suspicion that it had been rigged. The footage showed three African runners letting He, China’s top long-distance runner, move ahead of them shortly before they were about to reach the finish line.

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Zhou Guanyu relishing home F1 debut after long road to Chinese GP

The Sauber driver has had a long wait to race on home soil and expectations are off the charts in Shanghai

There has been no little wait for the home crowd and their local hero Zhou Guanyu but what a moment it will be when, finally, this weekend he becomes the first Chinese driver to compete at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Already the star of a ­documentary, the only driver from China to compete in an F1 race is the main draw for a meeting that sold out in minutes.

This race has not been held since 2019 because of the pandemic and while the 24-year-old Zhou made his F1 debut in 2022, with the Alfa Romeo (now Sauber) team, he has had to wait till his third season to race on a track in the city where he was born and where he has never before competed in a single-seater.

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Shenyang Forest Zoo welcomes newborn animals

Shenyang Forest Zoo in northeast China has welcomed a number of newborn animals recently, including baby hippos, antelopes, monkeys, and lions. 

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Top three stripped of medals in Beijing half marathon

The top three finishers of the Beijing half marathon are stripped of their medals after an investigation into the controversial result.

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Xi presents flag to PLA's information support force

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has set up an information support force. Chinese President Xi Jinping presented a flag to the force at its establishment ceremony held on Friday in Beijing.

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Exploring special bond of UN Chinese Language Day and Grain Rain

The 15th United Nations (UN) Chinese Language Day, coinciding with Grain Rain, symbolizes the intertwined cultural legacy of Chinese characters and solar terms, boosting global appreciation for both Chinese language and culture.

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Apple removes WhatsApp and Threads from Chinese App Store

Company says Chinese government ordered it to remove two Meta-owned apps for ‘national security’ reasons

Apple has removed WhatsApp and Threads from its Chinese App Store after the Chinese government ordered it to do so for “national security” reasons.

Apple confirmed it had withdrawn the two apps – both owned by Meta, also the owner of Facebook – under instruction from the Cyberspace Administration of China, which regulates and censors China’s highly restricted internet and online content.

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China, U.S. to promote transfer of giant panda pair to San Francisco by 2025

China Wildlife Conservation Association and the San Francisco Zoo signed a cooperation intention agreement on Friday morning in Beijing, aiming to make sure a pair of giant pandas arrive in San Francisco by 2025.

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Prizes canceled for He Jie, three African runners suspected of cheating

The Beijing Half Marathon Organizing Committee announced on Friday to cancel the competition results of He Jie, Willy Mnangat, Dejene Bikila, Robert Keter.

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Opening of new flight routes benefits both sides of Taiwan Strait

The initiation of the west-to-east operation of the W122 and W123 routes that connect with the M503 route, effective Friday, benefits both sides of the Taiwan Strait, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said on Friday.

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Insights | American scholar: China's Overcapacity Threat is non-existent and lie told by U.S.

"The overcapacity threat described by the US is non-existent," noted Prof. Josef Mahoney from East China Normal University (ECNU).

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Insights丨Rupert Hoogewerf: Emerging industries accelerates China’s GDP growth

Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report Chairman and Chief Researcher, commented that emerging industries including new energy, semi-conductor, and artificial intelligence, are in full swing, reshaping the structure of wealth creation and accelerating China’s economic development.

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Convicted driver executed for deliberate car rampage, manslaughter

The Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, applied the death penalty to Wen Qingyun in accordance with the execution order issued by the Supreme People's Court.

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China keeps positive relations with soybean exporters

China has maintained good trade relations with major soybean exporting countries, and soybean buyers in China make procurement decisions independently, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Friday.

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Insights丨Collaboration remains key to bilateral industrial communication: German scholar on bilateral ties

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's recent visit to China has attracted global attention. Commenting bilateral cooperation concerning renewable energy and manufacturing new energy vehicles in a recent interview with China News Network, Hans-Josef Fell, president of think tank Energy Watch Group, suggested German companies continue to invest in the massive, burgeoning Chinese market, while calling on Chinese counterparts to follow suit in Europe.

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Activation of M503's connecting routes to benefit passengers across the Taiwan Straits, facilitate personnel exchanges: Taiwan Affairs Office

The M503 flight path's connecting routes of W122 and W123 from west to east has been activated starting Friday, a move that safeguards the rights and interests of passengers and is beneficial for people from both sides of the Taiwan Straits.

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'Overcapacity' a new tactic in Western economy war against China: analysts

The U.S. is largely waging an economic war against high-tech sectors in China in an excuse of "overcapacity," said Benjamin Norton, founder and editor-in-chief of Geopolitical Economy Report, in his recent video published on X.

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Tunnel boring machine Yongzhou installed in E China

Photo shows the installation site of tunnel boring machine Yongzhou at the construction site of the world's longest undersea high-speed railway tunnel in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 18, 2024.

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4th China International Consumer Products Expo concludes

The fourth CICPE concluded in Hainan on Thursday. Over 370,000 visits were made during the six-day expo, which hosted 4,019 brands from 71 countries and regions.

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Centuries-old tree blooms in Hangzhou

Catalpa bungei tree is a species of catalpa native to China and has been cultivated in China for centuries. Its flowers are arranged in a corymb and covered with pink spots.

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China Post issues commemorative stamps of Chengjiang Fossil Site

The Chengjiang Fossil Site in southwest China's Yunnan was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, China's first World Heritage site for paleontological fossils.

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Can TikTok's owner afford to lose its killer app?

Sell or be banned - TikTok's US operations, by some estimates, could fetch up to $100bn.

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Why a deluge of Chinese-made drugs is hard to curb

Thousands of Chinese companies are making synthetic opioids and shipping them around the world.

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U.S. Section 301 Investigation against China a repeated mistake: spokesperson

In response to the United States initiating Section 301 Investigation against China, a ministry spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday that the country will take necessary measures to protect its rights and interests.

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Drilling begins on 15.5 km high-speed railway tunnel

Shield tunneling began on the Suzhou East Tunnel high-speed railway project in East China on Thursday, marking a milestone in the construction of the country's longest urban high-speed railway tunnel, said China Railway's 14th Bureau Group, which is building the tunnel.

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Financial literacy highlighted for investors

Banks, brokerages, fund companies and third-party fund distributors are increasingly investing in improving and increasing the outreach of investor education, a recent report showed.

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Yuan's share hits record high in global payments in March: SWIFT

The share of the yuan in global payments rose to a record high in March, remaining the world's fourth most active currency ahead of the Japanese yen.

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China refutes U.S. 'debt trap' accusations

China refutes U.S. 'debt trap' claim, says international creditors account for big chunk of developing countries' debts

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Shenzhou XVI crew members awarded for explorations

The Shenzhou XVI crew members Jing Haipeng, Zhu Yangzhu and Gui Haichao received awards from the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council, and the Central Military Commission, China Central Television reported on Thursday.

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HK anticipates May Day holiday tourism boom

Tourism in Hong Kong is expected to get a shot in the arm during the Chinese mainland's May Day holiday, with the city planning to launch a raft of activities and strengthen collaboration with the mainland to attract visitors.

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Philippines urged to honor Gentleman's Agreement on Ren'ai Jiao

China will continue to adhere to the "gentleman's agreement" that was sealed during the previous Philippine administration in "managing the situation on the ground, maintaining peace and preventing conflicts" at the Ren'ai Jiao in the South China Sea.

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Denmark vows to restore gutted landmark

The city and district mayors of the Danish capital Copenhagen have issued a joint statement saying that one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Old Stock Exchange, will be restored to its full glory after a devastating fire.

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Chinese cities sinking under their own weight

Extracting ground water for growing urban populations causes half of China's big cities to sink.

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UK firms may be barred from funding emerging tech in hostile countries

Minister says move being considered over concerns UK money could finance projects that undermine national security

Ministers are considering blocking British investors from funding emerging technologies in hostile countries if they believe the technology could pose a threat to UK security, the deputy prime minister has said.

Oliver Dowden said on Thursday the government would consult on curbing British investment abroad, after becoming concerned that money from the UK could be used to finance projects that could undermine national security.

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Five of the best books to understand modern China

From a poetic memoir of social repression to a study of the lasting impact of the Cultural Revolution – these titles are a good place to start if you want to know more about the country and its people

It is the world’s second-biggest economy, the next big threat to global security and a country ruled by an authoritarian regime that is increasingly making its power felt beyond its borders. But the most important part of China is the population of 1.4 billion diverse, tricky and resilient people whose choices are often very distant from the decision-makers in Beijing. These books are an introduction to the forces that have shaped China’s recent past and the people living in its present.

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UK proposes crackdown on foreign security risks to university sector

Deputy PM says government will examine new curbs around technology sharing and call in vice-chancellors

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Germany’s doomed China strategy

The corporatist spell must soon break

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US, Japan and South Korea seek to limit dollar’s rise

Tokyo and Seoul voice ‘serious concerns’ after currencies hit by shift in interest rate expectations

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In Numbers: China's economic indicators in Q1 of 2024

In Numbers: China's economic indicators in Q1 of 2024

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Chinese youth ramp up efforts in culture protection

Younger generations in China show keen interest in cultural elements, from traditional dancing to costumes, echoing President Xi Jinping’s remarks on culture protection.

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Blurred [sovereign debt restructuring] lines

Would an official sector creditor by any other name be treated as sweetly?

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Australia plans for a ‘less certain’ future in Asia — one where the US may not remain the dominant force

The US talks of Aukus as ‘binding’ the allies for decades to come, but Richard Marles says Australia must become more ‘self-reliant’

Australia’s defence overhaul has accelerated some projects and cut others and has already prompted a plea from China to abandon a “cold war mentality”.

But as the dust settles on a plan to increase overall military spending, the Albanese government has also sent some significant signals on how it sees the future of the Indo-Pacific region – and these aren’t exactly how Australia’s top security ally, the US, might see things.

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Say hi to Tong Tong, world's first AGI child-image figure

Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence (BIGAI) created the world's first virtual child-image figure named Tong Tong, based on artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology.

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Shanxi apricots exported to Russia for first time

A batch of 5,428 kilogram fresh apricots produced in Yuncheng, north China's Shanxi Province have been exported to Russia, the first overseas export of this fruit in the province, according to Shanxi customs.

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First batch of participating companies for 7th CIIE unveiled

The first batch of 252 companies and institutions to be present at the 7th China International Import Expo was unveiled on Thursday, when the exhibition embraced its 200-day countdown.

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Insights | Accompanying journalist in Scholz's delegation finds China's changes 'overwhelming'

As his three-day China trip was nearing its end on Tuesday evening, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visited the Goethe-Institut China, a German cultural center in Beijing, and a typical Beijing-dish restaurant within the 798 Art District and interacted with representatives from the cultural and social sectors.

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Chinese yuan fourth biggest payment currency

The Chinese yuan has ranked as the world's fourth biggest payment currency for the fifth month in a row as of March, accounting for 4.69 percent of global payments by value, according to global financial messaging platform Swift.

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Iran oil exports hit 6-year high as west prepares sanctions

Surge in crude sales to China exposes limits of US and EU attempts to rein in Islamic republic

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Blast at chemical plant kills two, injures four

Two people died and four were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant of Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group in Ningxia Hui autonomous region on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

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Jakarta-Bandung high-speed network sees over 2.5 mln passenger trips

More than 2.5 million passenger trips were undertaken on the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway as of Wednesday, marking the first six months of its operation, according to China Railway International, which oversees the line's operation.

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PBOC governor, Fed chairman hold meeting

Governor of the People's Bank of China Pan Gongsheng met with U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the sidelines of the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group on Wednesday in Washington.

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China’s ‘red circle’ law firms rush to tap other markets

Mainland’s biggest firms opening offices in Asia, US and Africa as they seek to challenge international rivals

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Chinese, German banks issue first batch of $140 mln funds

The China Development Bank and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg have issued the first batch of 1 billion yuan ($140 million) of funds.

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China downsizes holdings of U.S. treasury bonds to $775 billion: data

China's holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds fell to $775 billion in February, a drop of $22.7 billion from a month earlier, the second decrease this year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Wednesday.

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China sounds warning after Philippines and US announce most expansive military drills yet

Exercises starting on Monday will be the first to be held outside Philippines’ territorial waters, and come amid a rise in tensions in the South China Sea

Philippine and US forces will carry out their first ever military exercises outside the south-east Asian country’s territorial waters, in a move China has said will only lead to greater insecurity in the South China Sea.

The annual Balikatan or “shoulder-to-shoulder” drills – which will run from 22 April to 10 May – will involve 16,700 soldiers simulating retaking enemy-occupied islands in areas facing Taiwan and the South China Sea.

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Nasa chief warns China is masking military presence in space with civilian programs

Bill Nelson told Capitol Hill lawmakers that China has been ‘very, very secretive’ about its space progress, warning ‘we are in a race’

The head of Nasa has warned of China bolstering its space capabilities by using civilian programs to mask military objectives, cautioning that Washington must remain vigilant.

“China has made extraordinary strides especially in the last 10 years, but they are very, very secretive,” Nasa administrator Bill Nelson told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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The West says China makes too much. Its workers disagree

Migrants are caught in China's manufacturing battles with the West, as Beijing tries to save its economy.

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China is moving towards full monetary independence

The country needs to inflate away its high debt burden

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Xi: Respect and care for the elderly

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Sijiqing Nursing Home in Haidian District, Beijing on New Year Eve in 2014.

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Biden calls for tripling tariffs on Chinese metals

It is the latest protectionist policy to be embraced by the White House in an election year.

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141 million entries, exits recorded in the first quarter of 2024 in China

In the first quarter of this year, China’s national immigration authorities cumulatively inspected more than 141 million entries and exits, registering a year-on-year increase of 117.8%.

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Boeing whistleblowers cite planes' safety issues

Two Boeing whistleblowers testified Wednesday before two separate U.S. Senate committees on how the company builds airplanes and the safety of those planes.

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China-Egypt relationship 'at its best', says envoy

China and Egypt are now at the peak of their bilateral relationship after a golden decade of leapfrogging development, and more progress is expected to be made as they continue to deepen cooperation.

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China receives 38 cultural relics returned from U.S.

The U.S. returned 38 pieces of Chinese cultural objects to China on Wednesday.

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Storm dumps heaviest rain ever recorded in UAE

The United Arab Emirates, usually known for its hot and sunny weather, reportedly saw over 100 mm of rain in a 24-hour period in some places, marking a 75-year record since records began in 1949.

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Panda strolls in flowers

Giant panda Bai Tian plays among a sea of Chinese violet cress at Beijing Zoo, April 17, 2024.

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Zhongguancun tech forum to focus on AI

China's upcoming 2024 Zhongguancun Forum, which will focus on cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, is expected to be more international than previous events, officials said on Wednesday.

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Smart translator boosts trade at Canton Fair

Smart translators have turned into a boon for Chinese exporters and foreign buyers as far as cross-language communications services go at the China Import and Export Fair.

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Philippines urged to stop provocations

Ahead of joint military drills by the Philippines and the United States next week, China urged the Philippines on Wednesday to refrain from bringing countries outside the South China Sea into regional issues.

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Efforts called for on students' mental health

A recent high-profile case concerning three middle school boys who allegedly killed a classmate has sparked discussions on the mental health of left-behind children in China.

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Biden to triple taxes on Chinese steel and block Japanese takeover of US Steel

President touted plan during speech on Wednesday in Pennsylvania, where union support could prove crucial

Joe Biden announced plans to triple tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum and promised to block the acquisition of US Steel by a Japanese company during a speech to steelworkers on Wednesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where union support could prove crucial in the November general election.

Biden touted the plan during a visit to the United Steelworkers union headquarters in Pittsburgh, the heart of the American steel industry, where he said “the backbone of America has a steel spine” and promised to keep US Steel as a “totally American-owned, American-operated” company.

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TikTok ban bill put on faster track through US Congress

Move to bundle divest-or-ban measure with foreign aid could compel Senate to act against Chinese-owned app

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IMF warns fiscal deficits could dent global economy

Also in this newsletter: UK inflation dips, AI demand hits electricity supplies, the rise of ‘Quit-Tok’

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Biden’s polite Trumpism on China

Communication matters precisely because the structural problem between the pair is probably insoluble

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China warns west of ‘survival of the fittest’ as manufacturing boosts economy

Trading partners fear factory boom could trigger supply shock after first-quarter data affirms Xi’s industrial strategy

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Biden calls for tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel

US also to probe Chinese shipbuilding as president’s re-election campaign fights for votes in Pennsylvania

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Australia increases defence spending by $32bn in response to China build-up

Labor government commits to spending rises to pay for Aukus and long-range missile capabilities

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China’s Pacific influence under scrutiny as Solomon Islands votes

Incumbent Manasseh Sogavare’s development and security pact with Beijing has stoked western concerns

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A glow-up for China’s state-owned enterprises

Beijing reforms unloved SOEs to win back investors

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US and China defence ministers in first significant contact since 2022

Pentagon says Lloyd Austin stressed importance of freedom of navigation in call with Dong Jun

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China reforms its unloved state-owned enterprises to win back investors

Stocks are faring well compared with wider market as authorities judge management on share price performance

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German chancellor urges Xi Jinping to press Russia to end Ukraine war, saying ‘China’s word carries weight’

Olaf Scholz says Chinese president agreed to back June peace talks that Russia is not attending while Xi says efforts for a resolution must involve both sides

Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, says he has urged Xi Jinping to press Russia to end its “senseless” war in Ukraine and that the Chinese president has agreed to back a peace conference in Switzerland.

Scholz said after a meeting with Xi in Beijing on Tuesday that “China’s word carries weight in Russia”.

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Solomon Islands election: voters head to polls that could decide future of China security ties

Election closely watched for any impact on Pacific country’s relationship with Beijing, while voters focus on struggling health and other services

Solomon Islanders have voted in a national election, the first since the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, struck a security pact with China in 2022 and drew the Pacific Islands nation closer to Beijing.

The outcome of Wednesday’s election will be closely watched by the US, China and Australia for its potential impact on regional security, although Solomon Islands voters will be focused on struggling health services, education and inadequate roads, opposition parties said.

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The killer whale trainers who still defend captivity: ‘I’m an endangered species myself’

The 2013 documentary Blackfish turned orca trainers into pariahs in the US. Now some are hitting it big in China

Some people spend a long time deciding what they want to do in life. Hazel McBride feels lucky that she’s always known. As a child in Scotland, she watched a VHS tape of Free Willy on repeat. That was the first time she felt a connection with killer whales. The second time was at age eight, on a trip to SeaWorld Orlando in 2000. Shamu was the animal world’s greatest celebrity, and in the US, SeaWorld ads were ubiquitous. Kids wanted to see the killer whales, and after they saw them, they told their parents they wanted to become killer whale trainers. McBride actually did it.

It wasn’t easy. Scotland didn’t have a SeaWorld, or warm water, or anywhere, really, where McBride could get experience with marine mammals. She had horses she cared for, and she was on the national swim team – a modest start. She sent out volunteer applications to local zoos and worked with California sea lions at a safari park. She reached out to trainers online and one told her a psychology degree would help, so she got one.

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Chinese internet amused by building that looks like sanitary pad

The blueprint of North Nanjing train station has attracted reaction for all the wrong reasons.

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Beijing half marathon hit by controversy as China’s He Jie allowed to win

  • Investigation launched after trio appear to let He cross line first
  • Kenya’s Willy Mnangat says they were all hired as pacemakers

Organisers of the Beijing half marathon are investigating the men’s race after two Kenyans and one Ethiopian runner appeared to deliberately allow China’s He Jie to win.

Footage of the final few hundred metres of the race seemingly shows Robert Keter and Willy Mnangat of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Dejene Hailu Bikila slow down and gesture in front of them, encouraging He to pass and take the lead.

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Undersea ‘hybrid warfare’ threatens security of 1bn, Nato commander warns

Underwater infrastructure vulnerable to Russian threats, says V Adm Didier Maleterre, after suspected sabotage of gas pipelines

The security of nearly 1 billion people across Europe and North America is under threat from Russian attempts to target the extensive vulnerabilities of underwater infrastructure including windfarms, pipelines and power cables, a Nato commander has warned.

V Adm Didier Maleterre, the deputy commander of Nato’s Allied Maritime Command (Marcom), said the network of underwater cables and pipes on which Europe’s power and communications depend were not built to withstand the “hybrid warfare” being pursued by Moscow and other Nato adversaries.

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German chancellor urges Chinese industry bosses to play fair in EU market

Olaf Scholz says European cars should have equal access to Chinese customers

The chancellor of Germany has urged industry bosses in China to play fair by not overproducing cheap goods or infringing copyright rules.

Speaking on a three-day visit to China, where he is travelling with leading business representatives and three government ministers, Olaf Scholz said he, in turn, would encourage the European Union not to be driven by self-interested protectionism, in which governments restrict international trade to help domestic companies.

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China influencer's pages shut down over fake story

Thurman Maoyibei's accounts have vanished after it was found that she fabricated a viral video.

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China will have 300 million pensioners. Can it afford them?

The country is running out of time to build enough of a fund to care for its growing number of elderly.

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Netflix's 3 Body Problem, a billionaire and a 'despicable' murder

Xu Yao, who worked on the Netflix adaptation, poisoned his colleague Lin Qi over a business dispute.

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Is TikTok really a danger to the West?

Calls in the US for a ban on TikTok have reignited the global debate about its cyber-security risks.

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More couples are saying 'I do' in China

The number of newlyweds rises for the first time in nine years as authorities try to reverse record-low birth rates.

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Complete research system with multitude functions created at botanic garden in Yunnan

An aerial drone photo taken on March 28, 2024 shows the Lijiang Alpine Botanic Garden with the Yulong Snow Mountain, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Lijiang Alpine Botanic Garden of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, is located in the Yulong Snow Mountain.

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