US-China trade talks resume in Washington from Tuesday: W. House Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - US-China trade talks aimed at ending a damaging tariff war will resume from Tuesday in Washington, the White House has announced. The last set of talks ended Friday in Beijing with no deal, though US President Donald Trump said the discussions were going "extremely well" and..

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US-China trade talks: what’s under debate Monday, February 18th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - US and Chinese officials wrapped up days of trade talks in Beijing on Friday with plans to resume negotiations in Washington this week as the world's top two economies try to smooth out their thorny trade dispute. US President Donald Trump said the talks were going "extremely..

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Ethnic Kazakh Man Who Fled China Sent Back to Thailand

Authorities in Uzbekistan have sent an ethnic Kazakh man with Chinese nationality back to Thailand in spite of Beijing's attempts to have him repatriated, RFA has learned. Businessman Qalymbek Shahman, 41, initially fled China, which has incarcerated an estimated one million or more ethnic..

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The giant Chinese companies shaping the world’s industries Sunday, February 10th, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): It was fear of being dominated by a Chinese behemoth that sparked an attempt by large French and German rail companies to join forces to create an European industrial champion. The merger by Alstom and Siemens was vetoed by the EU on Thursday (Feb 7), but concerns about the..

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Long, strange trip: How US ethanol reaches China tariff-free Thursday, February 7th, 2019

NEW YORK, (REUTERS): In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia. Two months later - after a circuitous journey that included a ship-to-ship transfer and a stop in Malaysia - its cargo arrived in China, according to shipping data analysed by Reuters and..

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China Slammed in Global Freedom, Democracy Report Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

China's incarceration of more than one million Turkic Muslims in camps, and indefinite rule by its increasingly authoritarian president are among a number of global threats to democracy, according to a new report from the independent watchdog Freedom House. China is increasingly seeking to export..

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China’s GDP Estimates Challenge Policy Makers Monday, February 4th, 2019

The most serious problem for China's slowing economy may be that the government doesn't know how serious it is. For years, some economists have taken China's official economic data with a large dose of salt, citing government efforts to project stable growth through good times and bad, as well as..

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China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China's corruption watchdog on Saturday (Feb 3) said it had disciplined more than 80 officials linked to a vaccine scandal last year that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs. Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology - a major Chinese manufacturer of..

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US spies elevate China rivalry to war of ideologies

WASHINGTON, (AFP): In a move that could harden Washington's posture toward Beijing for years, the US intelligence community has characterised relations with China as a global ideological showdown that will not be doused by trade deals or commercial theft crackdowns. US spy chiefs abruptly shifted..

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China’s Belt And Road Initiative Blackened by Coal Friday, February 1st, 2019

As China's massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) spreads to countries around the world, energy analysts say the government has been ducking responsibility for the environmental effects. President Xi Jinping's signature trade infrastructure and development policy launched in 2013 has grown..

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China Jails Human Rights Website Founder For Five Years Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei on Tuesday handed down a five-year jail term to the founder of a human rights website after finding him guilty of subversion. Citizen journalist and rights activist Liu Feiyue, who founded the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, was jailed..

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Size Matters: The Demise of the A380 Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy..