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China propaganda app fraught with security concerns, says report
BEIJING, Oct 17 — A widely downloaded Chinese propaganda app that quizzes users on Communist Party heroes and military achievements may be “studying them right back” through data collection and ...
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China propaganda app fraught with security concerns, report
A widely downloaded Chinese propaganda app that quizzes users on Communist Party heroes and military achievements may be 'studying them right back'.
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Apple has a lot to lose if it crosses China's party bosses
Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police.
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'TikTok' denies censorship of users’ content amid call for US review of app over security concerns
'TikTok', which has a version for mainland China called 'Douyin', said it adheres to US laws, and that all its US data are stored in the country.
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Vietnam President says 2019 growth may beat official estimate
HO CHI MINH CITY: Vietnam’s economic expansion this year may exceed the higher end of an official estimate, President Nguyen Phu Trong said.
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Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing app
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11 ― Google yesterday removed from its online marketplace a mobile game that let people play as a Hong Kong protester, saying it violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts.
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Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 ― Apple today removed a Hong Kong map application used by pro-democracy protesters, saying it endangered police, after China warned the US tech giant to drop the app.
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TikTok’s Musical.ly deal needs US national security review, says senator
WASHINGTON, Oct 10 — Senator Marco Rubio yesterday asked a US national security panel to review TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s acquisition of Musical.ly, saying TikTok is used by t...
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China plans visa restrictions for US visitors with 'anti-China' links
China is planning tighter visa restrictions for US nationals with ties to anti-China groups, people with knowledge of the proposed curbs said, following similar US restrictions on Chinese nationals, a...
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Gamers call for boycott of Blizzard after Hong Kong protest ban
Activision Blizzard Inc is facing a fierce backlash and calls for a boycott after a unit of the American game company punished a player for supporting Hong Kong’s protest...
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KLCI down 0.55% as US-China trade tensions rattle region
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 9): The FBM KLCI was down 0.55% at the midday break, extending its loss as regional markets dropped on heightened US-China trade tensions.
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US indexes tumble as visa restrictions fuel US-China worries
NEW YORK, Oct 9 — US stocks ended down sharply and near the day's lows yesterday as news that the United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials overshadowed comments by Federal Re...
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Global markets fall as trade tensions rise further; Brexit battle hurts pound
NEW YORK: Stocks fell on Tuesday as U.S.-China tensions rose further ahead of high-level trade talks, while the British pound sank on reports that Brexit negotiations...
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The top five events investors will likely watch closely this week
Washington's latest accusation that China is dumping wooden cabinets and vanities on U.S. shores sums up the mood between the two warring sides as they head into...
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Malaysia-China trade value to grow stronger this year: Special Envoy
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-China trade is expected to grow stronger this year despite the global economic gloom, the US-China trade war and unstable currencies, said Malaysia Special Envoy to China Tan Ko...
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Hong Kong’s August retail sales hammered by summer of rage
HONG KONG, Oct 2 — Strife-torn Hong Kong has suffered a record slump in retail sales, data showed today, as the city reels from four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests.
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Hong Kong protesters target mainland and pro-Beijing businesses
Hong Kong anti-government protesters are increasingly focusing their anger on mainland Chinese businesses and those with pro-Beijing links, daubing graffiti on store fronts and vandalizing outlets in ...
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Taiwan condemns China's 'dictatorship' on 70th anniversary of communist rule
Taiwan's government today condemned China's "dictatorship" on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, saying the country was a threat to peace and was trying to find excuses for...
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Tencent’s China homage tops charts on eve of nation’s birthday
Tencent Holdings Ltd’s homage to modern China has topped the gaming charts days after its debut, riding a groundswell of patriotism as the Communist Party...
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Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon to halt protest
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks, broke government office windows and blocked a key road near the local headquarters ...
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Govt: Nation needs strong leadership
BEIJING: China needs the strong, unified leadership of the Communist Party or the country will “crumble”, the government said in a policy paper released ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.
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Hong Kong protesters trap leader for hours in stadium after 'open dialogue'
Hong Kong protesters chanting anti-government slogans trapped city leader Carrie Lam in a stadium for hours on Thursday after she held her first “open dialogue” with the people in a bid to end mor...
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HK public chastise leader Carrie Lam at first 'open dialogue'
Hong Kong residents turned on leader Carrie Lam on Thursday, criticising her for curbing electoral freedoms as she began the first “open dialogue” session with the public in a bid to end more than...
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Chinese ride-hailing company Didi makes stars of its Communist Party drivers
Party members among 21 million drivers to be given special red profiles on Didi app and allowed to advertise membership with dashboard stickers. Red Flag Steering...
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Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China’s 70th anniversary
BEIJING, Sept 25 — A futuristic airport that resembles a giant starfish opened in Beijing today, as China unveils another massive infrastructure project just days before it celebrates 70 years of Co...
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Beijing opens glitzy 'starfish' airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary
BEIJING, China (AFP): A futuristic airport that resembles a giant starfish opened in Beijing Wednesday (Sept 25), as China unveils another massive infrastructure project just...
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China boosts govt presence at Alibaba, private giants
HONG KONG: The government of one of China’s top technology hubs is dispatching officials to 100 local corporations including e-commerce giant Alibaba Group...
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China steps up govt presence at Alibaba, private giants
HONG KONG: The government of one of China’s top technology hubs is dispatching officials to 100 local corporations including e-commerce giant Alibaba Group...
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Chinese state media hits out at Facebook for ‘suppressing voices of justice’ in Hong Kong
People’s Daily says Facebook gave ‘rioters special privileges to disseminate fake news’, while Global Times calls for it to be put on unreliable entity listIt comes after...
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Vietnam’s social media crowd swells with new entrant to take on Facebook, Google
HANOI, Sept 17 — A new social network has entered the already crowded field in Vietnam as the communist party squeezes US tech giants Facebook and Google with a new cybersecurity law.
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Trade talks seen as unlikely to mend US-China divide
BEIJING, Sept 17 — US and Chinese officials will restart trade talks at the end of this week, but any agreement the world's largest economies carve out is expected to be a superficial fix.
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China rebuff leaves HKEX isolated in bid for LSE
LONDON: The Hong Kong bourse’s unsolicited takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) suffered a further setback after China praised the British...
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Hong Kong protesters plan mall sit-ins after hill-top human chains
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan sit-ins at shopping malls and student rallies on Saturday after a night in which protesters took to the hills to form lantern-carrying human chains, the latest d...
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China prods state firms to boost investment in crisis-hit Hong Kong, say sources
SINGAPORE, Sept 13 — China has called on its biggest state firms to take a more active role in Hong Kong, including stepping up investment and asserting more control of companies in the financial hu...
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China’s Internet regulator orders online AI algorithms to promote ‘mainstream values’
Systems should direct users to approved material on subjects like Xi Jinping Thought, or which showcase the country’s economic and social development, Cyberspace...
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Hong Kong protesters hit pause button to mark September 11
Hong Kong activists called off protests on Wednesday in remembrance of the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and denounced a Chinese state newspaper report that they were planning "massive t...
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Jack Ma ends 20-year reign over Alibaba wealth creation empire
HONG KONG: Jack Ma is giving up the reins of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd after presiding over one of the most spectacular creations of wealth the world has ever seen.
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Russia's ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests
Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin (photo, above), has lost a slew of seats in the Moscow Parliament, RIA news agency said today, suggesting a tactical voting...
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China says will 'crush' any attempt at Hong Kong separatism
Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and any form of secessionism “will be crushed.” state media said on Monday, a day after demonstrators rallied at the US consulate to ask for help in bring...
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Hong Kong expects to see calmer days
If the government’s concession to protesters cannot restore calm in Hong Kong, the remaining option may be Beijing action.
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HK protesters stage fresh rallies
Protesters erect the Lady Liberty Hong Kong statue during the ‘No White Terror No Chinazi’ rally in Charter Garden, Hong Kong, China.
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Hong Kong braces for weekend protests as leader fails to appease activists
Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport as embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extrad...
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Hong Kong leader to meet media after killing extradition bill
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is expected to address the media on Thursday, a day after she withdrew a controversial extradition bill that has triggered mass protests and plunged the Chinese territory i...
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How important is Hong Kong to the rest of China?
Concerns over Hong Kong’s political and economic future are growing as pro-democracy protests drag on and turn increasingly violent, and China makes clear that forceful intervention is possible.
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'Dr M's filthiest parasite' – Kit Siang reveals venomous letters
Continuing his campaign against fake news and hate speech, Lim Kit Siang revealed that he received two letters yesterday, one in Chinese and the other, penned in English.
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China seen heading for sub-6% economic growth as tariffs soar
BEIJING: Economists are downgrading their forecasts for economic growth in China again, to below a level seen as necessary for the Communist Party to meet its own goals...
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China’s Xi says country facing a period of ‘concentrated risks’
BEIJING, Sept 3 — China is entering a period where it faces “concentrated risks” – economically, politically and diplomatically – and the country must be able to fight and win against those ...
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Hong Kong leader denies Beijing won't let her resign
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said today she has never asked the Chinese government to let her resign to end the city's political crisis, responding to a Reuters report about a voice recording of her sa...
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Road rage: How China's super-rich get noticed — the wrong way
Image grab from CNS TV, showing the woman Porsche driver slapping the other driver.
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Hong Kong retail sales drop by steepest in 3-1/2 years amid protests
HONG KONG, Aug 30 — Hong Kong’s July retail sales sank by the most since February 2016 amid anti-government protests that have gripped the Chinese-ruled city for months.
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Hong Kong violence becoming more serious, but gov't in control, says Lam
Violence in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests is becoming more ,but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the city’s embattled leader said on Tuesday.
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China state media blasts US after Trump threats
BEIJING, Aug 26 — Chinese state media today blasted the United States after US President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on goods from China and lashed out at China and ordered US companie...
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China to fight back against US tariff move
BEIJING: China will fight back against the latest U.S. step to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily said on Sunday amid an escalating...
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China to fight back against US tariff move
China will fight back against the latest US step to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily said on Sunday amid an escalating trade war between the world’s...
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Report: China to fight back against US tariff move
BEIJING, Aug 25 — China will fight back against the latest US step to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily said today amid an escalating trade war betwe...
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HK police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned
Hong Kong police on Sunday said they arrested 29 people after clashes overnight in which volleys of tear gas were fired to break up anti-government protests and as the Asian financial hub braced for f...
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YouTube finds influence campaign tied to Hong Kong protests
Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Thursday that its YouTube streaming video service had disabled 210 channels appearing to engage in a coordinated influence operation around the Hong Kong protests,...
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British consulate employee detained in China over prostitution
An employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in China for involvement in prostitution, China's state-backed Global Times newspaper said on Thursday.
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How China is spending big to push its official message through Facebook and Twitter
Beijing’s propaganda drive is facing increased scrutiny after recent crackdown by social media giants. Accounts show that China’s Internet regulator agreed a contract worth almost US$1mil with People’s Daily while hundreds of state media ads are running on Facebook.
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Chinese paper attacks Twitter and Facebook for shutting accounts
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc’s move to close accounts that the companies said were backed by China and attempting to manipulate news about the protests in Hong Kong drew swift backlash from Chinese state media and Internet users.
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China's Tianjin government orders Bohai Steel restructuring start by Sept, say sources
BEIJING, Aug 21 — The government of the Chinese city of Tianjin, the only shareholder of bankrupt Bohai Steel Group Ltd, is demanding that Bohai's creditors and strategic investor implement a bankru...
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China’s Great Firewall no barrier to ugly online battles over Hong Kong protests
As social-media-savvy activists run a grassroots public relations campaign, they have come up against nationalistic mainlanders egged on by state media. There is a clear dichotomy between how the movement has been portrayed on the Internet within and beyond the mainland.
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Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally
Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often...
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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine HK protests
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
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Trump: ‘Tiananmen Square’ crackdown in Hong Kong would harm trade deal
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 — US President Donald Trump yesterday warned China that carrying out a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters would harm trade talks between the tw...
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Hong Kong protesters throng streets peacefully in pouring rain
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares under torrential downpours in the eleventh week of what have been often viole...
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Vietnam says Facebook steps up local content restrictions
Facebook is restricting access to increasing amounts of content in Vietnam, a government official said on Aug 15, as the South-East Asian country ramps up a campaign to tighten access to the Internet.
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Rudderless rebellion: Inside HK protesters' anarchic campaign against China
Ah Lung spends his days working as a clerk for a Hong Kong shipping firm.
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Asian shipping pioneer, Malaysian Frank Tsao, dies aged 94
SINGAPORE: Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen-king (pic), the Shanghai-born entrepreneur who fled to Hong Kong amid the turmoil of the Chinese civil war and went on to build one of Asia’s biggest shipping empires, has died aged 94.
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Tycoon apologises for belittling Armed Forces
UALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — After tremendous backlash from all quarters, tycoon Koon Yew Yin has issued a public apology to the Malaysian Armed Forces over his statement that the military personnel did no...
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Chinese state media urge action, voice support for Hong Kong police after overnight clashes
Chinese state media called on Beijing on Wednesday to deal with protests in Hong Kong more decisively after a reporter from one of China's largest government-backed newspapers was caught up in overnig...
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HK airport grinds to halt - China likens protests to terrorism
Hong Kong’s airport halted flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruption, while China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to s...
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ByteDance brings Google-like search to China - With censorship
China’s ByteDance Ltd. launched a search engine that bears a striking resemblance to Google’s clean, uncluttered home page but produces heavily sanitized results in keeping with one of the world’s most rigidly censored internet regimes.
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Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants to rally, wave of protests planned
Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants are planning to rally on Friday night in support of protesters and to urge authorities to rebuild confidence in the government as escalating protests rock the Asi...
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China's Hong Kong PLA garrison releases video with scenes of 'anti-riot' exercise
As Hong Kong’s political crisis simmers amidst heated protests, China’s People’s Liberation Army in Hong Kong released a video showing footage of “anti-riot” exercises and its top brass warn...
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Ex-China Development Bank chairman probed over discipline violations
BEIJING, July 31 — The former party boss and chairman of China Development Bank, Hu Huaibang, is being investigated for suspected serious violations of discipline, the Central Commission for Discipl...
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Beijing orders Arabic, Muslim symbols taken down
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China will boost economy but won’t use property market for stimulus, says Politburo
BEIJING, July 30 — China will step up efforts to boost demand and support the economy, but will not use the property market as a form of short-term stimulus, a top decision-making body of the ruling...
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Beijing reiterates support for Hong Kong's Lam, police
China reiterated on Monday its support for Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam (above), and its police, and called on Hong Kong people to oppose violence following another weekend of clashes between protes...
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Beijing to make announcement on Hong Kong unrest
Hong Kong bore the scars on Monday of another night of violent protests, with hard hats, umbrellas and water bottles littering some central streets, as Beijing was set to make an announcement on the A...
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Hong Kong protests knock investor confidence in city’s shares
HONG KONG: Hong Kong property stocks are turning into the biggest casualties of the city’s escalating street protests as investors worry about the economic impact and Beijing’s response.
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Protesters flock to Hong Kong airport as crisis simmers on
Thousands of protesters calling for democracy and some chanting “free Hong Kong” converged on the Chinese-ruled city’s airport yesterday as travellers were told to avoid protest areas in the ter...
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Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, leading political figure, dead at 82
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who came to leverage a rare level of political influence in Cuba for someone outside the Communist Party and played a key role in the island's now defunct detente with the United States, has died Friday at the age of 82.
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Baidu is investigating search results that mocked Xi’s policy
Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc is investigating how online searches for a doctrine espoused by President Xi Jinping led users to a video clip that appeared to poke fun at the policy, people familiar with the matter said.
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Hong Kong police criticised over failure to stop attacks on protesters
Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members at a train...
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US had 'very good talk' with China, in-person talks may follow, says Trump
WASHINGTON, July 20 ― US President Donald Trump said yesterday that US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had a very good talk with his Chinese counterpart, amid signals from China that officials coul...
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China gives school pupils smart watches to track their location using its satellite navigation system BeiDou
The watches send parents their children’s real-time movements, to within 10 metres. It is the latest application of the country’s self-developed navigation system that aims to rival the American-developed GPS.
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Hong Kong retailers forecast sharp drop in sales as protests rock city
HONG KONG, July 16 — Hong Kong retailers said today they expect sales for July and August to drop by double-digits from a year earlier due to protests that have gripped the Chinese-ruled city for mo...
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China says will freeze out US companies that sell Taiwan arms
The China government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with United States firms selling arms to Taiwan, China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday, declining to give details of the sanctions i...
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China says no cooperation with US companies that sell arms to Taiwan
BEIJING, July 15 — China’s government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry said today, declining to give details of the san...
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HK protesters, police clash over Chinese traders
Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Saturday in a town near the boundary with mainland China where thousands rallied against the presence of Chinese traders, seizing on another grievance follo...
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Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target
HANOI: Americans are buying solar panels from Vietnam like never before, but local manufacturer IREX Energy JSC isn’t celebrating.
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Chinese woman caught on camera faking road accident in bid to win compensation
Passers-by watch as would-be victim runs alongside truck, throws herself under its wheels to feign being knocked off her bicycle. Police say woman had had a business dispute with driver of vehicle and wanted revenge.
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From Iron Lady to lame duck
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s apologies and explanations for a doomed extradition bill have failed to quell political tension and her departure is now seen by many in the Chinese-ruled city as merel...
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Wife of former Interpol chief sues agency for failure to protect
The wife of the former head of Interpol, who was detained in his native China, said yesterday she had sued the global police cooperation agency for failing to protect his family and complicity in what...
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Britain denies supporting violent Hong Kong protests
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (photo, above) said yesterday that he had not backed violent protests in Hong Kong after Chinese state media blamed "western ideologues" for fomenting unrest in t...
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Chinese state media blames 'Western ideologues' for HK protests
Chinese official English-language newspapers blamed meddling by Western governments on Thursday for unrest in Hong Kong amid an escalating diplomatic spat between China and the United Kingdom over pro...
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After a day of violent protests, Hong Kong starts to make arrests
Hong Kong police said on Wednesday they had arrested 12 people in connection with incidents on July 1, although it was unclear if they were among protesters who smashed their way into the city’s leg...
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Calm returns to Hong Kong after violent protests
A tense calm descended on Hong Kong early on Tuesday, hours after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who had stormed the legislature, in chaotic scenes, to protest against an ext...
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Fresh protests erupt as HK braces for annual rally to mark handover
Hundreds of protesters faced off with riot police early on Monday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule, ahead of an annual rally that is expected to draw huge crowds amid widesprea...
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