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Xi says to reject protectionism, open up Belt and Road

BEIJING, (AFP): Chinese President Xi Jinping urged dozens of world leaders on Saturday to reject protectionism and invited more countries to participate in his global infrastructure project after seeking to ease concerns surrounding the programme. Addressing 37 leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia..

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China’s Borrowing Buys Time For Economic Growth Monday, April 22nd, 2019

China narrowly avoided a drop in its economic results for the first quarter with a record surge in bank loans following complaints from small businesses that tax cuts provided little relief. Last week, officials hailed the government's economic efforts as the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)..

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Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, (AFP): US electric auto maker Tesla said Monday it had launched an investigation after a video circulating in China showed one of its cars suddenly burst into flames in a garage in Shanghai. The security camera footage has become on the hottest topics on China's Twitter-like Weibo..

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Malaysia revives massive China-backed project Friday, April 19th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP): Malaysia will revive a $34 billion Chinese-backed transport and property development that was abandoned in 2017, the prime minister said Friday, adding the project would contribute to Beijing's global infrastructure drive. The announcement came after the countries agreed this..

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Woman sues Chinese billionaire Liu for alleged rape

By AMY FORLITI, MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu,..

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‘This Has Been Delayed For Too Long’ Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Rushan Abbas, a former broadcaster for RFA’s Uyghur Service and the director of the U.S.-based Campaign for Uighurs exile group, recently testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington about rights violations in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region..

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China Adds Coal Capacity Despite Pledge to Cut Monday, April 15th, 2019

After years of cutting overcapacity in the coal industry, China appears to be reversing course, raising environmental concerns as the government spurs economic growth. On March 26, Reuters reported that China added 194 million metric tons of coal production capacity last year, citing a statement..

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Six killed as train derails, hits house in China Friday, April 12th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) : Rescuers have recovered the bodies of six people in central China after a cargo train carrying aluminium ore hurtled off the tracks and crushed a house, local authorities said on Friday. At around 10:00 pm on Wednesday the 25-car train derailed from an escape siding and..

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China’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West Thursday, April 11th, 2019

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe’s cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter..

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