Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: report

SYDNEY, (AFP) - China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday that angered Beijing. The investigation by Fairfax Media and commercial broadcaster Channel Nine..

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Markets rise despite US-China war of words Monday, November 19th, 2018

LONDON, (AFP) - Global stocks rose Monday, despite a war of words between Donald Trump's vice president Mike Pence and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, dealers said. Europe's major markets climbed as traders shrugged off Brexit and Italy jitters, while Paris also gained despite a massive slump in..

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Solih sworn in as Maldives president, replacing pro-China leader Sunday, November 18th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated Saturday as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections. Solih, 54, emerged as common opposition candidate as all key dissidents were either jailed..

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U.S. in China trade talks again, demands ‘change of posture’ Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Roberta Rampton, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said on Tuesday that the United States welcomed the resumption of talks with China on trade, while Vice President Mike Pence warned Beijing to change its behaviour so as to avoid a new cold war with the..

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China Revokes Business License of Independent Think-Tank Unirule Monday, November 12th, 2018

Authorities in the Chinese capital have revoked the business license of a liberal economics think-tank, saying it had carried out "illegal online education activities." The move comes after a police raid sealed off the premises of the Unirule Institute of Economics in July, and after its executive..

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Repeated Blows to Free Speech Spark Outcry in Hong Kong Saturday, November 10th, 2018

A second venue in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, after immigration authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to enter the city under its visa-free visitor program. "I was let through. No problem," Ma said via his Twitter account after landing in..

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UN Experts Call For Release of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyers Thursday, November 8th, 2018

As the United Nations urged Beijing to release prominent detained rights lawyers, authorities in China's southwestern region of Guangxi raided a legal consultancy set up by attorneys struck off by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, RFA has learned. Human rights experts at the U.N. currently..

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China’s Private Companies Seek State Support Monday, November 5th, 2018

Major setbacks for China's private sector have driven many companies into the safety of state financing and control, posing problems for reform policies that could last for years. On Oct. 20, the South China Morning Post published a detailed account of the "privatization in reverse, or..

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Chinese State Media Reporter Charged with Assault After Fracas Friday, October 26th, 2018

A reporter for the Chinese Communist Party's state broadcaster has been charged with common assault after a confrontation with organizers and volunteers at a fringe event of the ruling Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last month. A video of the incident posted by the rights group Hong..

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Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left..