20 January 2019

Greater China

  • A court in the Chinese port city of Dalian is set to hold an appeal hearing of a Canadian man held on drug smuggling charges, according to reports. Photo: Bloomberg

    Canadian faces appeal hearing in China drugs case

    Dec 28, 2018 9:04am
    A Chinese court will hear the appeal of a Canadian citizen held on drugs charges on Saturday, in a case that could further test the tense relations between Beijing and Ottawa, Reuters reports. The high court...
  • China has warned domestic online financial information providers not to distort fiscal and monetary policies or put out any content that undermines the nation’s financial stability. Photo: Bloomberg

    China online financial info providers receive new content rules

    Dec 27, 2018 10:08am
    China’s cyber watchdog has issued new regulations for domestic financial information providers, in an apparent crackdown on online content deemed detrimental to the country’s financial stability, Reuters reports. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) was quoted...
  • There are stories galore of Chinese youth who speak only Putonghua and hence are unable to communicate with grandparents who speak only the dialect of their region. Photo: Bloomberg

    China: Language bonds

    - Dec 24, 2018 2:19pm
    It is often said that the United States and the United Kingdom are two allies with a special relationship largely because they speak a common language. And yet, this idea of a “common language” cannot be...
  • The National People’s Congress Standing Committee is said to be considering a new draft law on foreign investment to replace three existing laws. Photo: Reuters

    China said to plan new unified foreign investment law

    Dec 24, 2018 9:41am
    China could introduce a new law on foreign investment to replace three existing laws on joint ventures and wholly-owned foreign firms, according to reports. A draft law on foreign investment has been submitted to the National...
  • Tesla has adjusted its vehicle prices again in China, this time for the Model 3. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla cuts Model 3 prices in China

    Dec 24, 2018 9:07am
    Tesla has slashed prices on its Model 3 electric car in China, marking the third time in the last two months that it has adjusted vehicle prices in the country. According to Tesla’s Chinese website, prices...
  • Following the arrest of its CFO in Canada, Huawei has seen an outpouring of support in China, with some businesses offering discounts to Huawei phone users. Photo: Reuters

    Nationalism with benefits

    - Dec 20, 2018 2:26pm
    As most mainland Chinese feel their telecoms equipment firm Huawei is being unfairly targeted by Western powers, we are witnessing a new upsurge in nationalist sentiment in the country. And the immediate beneficiary of such “patriotic”...
  • China's central bank says it will implement targeted policy measures in a more precise and effective way to support the economy. Photo: Reuters

    PBoC unveils targeted tool to spur lending to small firms

    Dec 20, 2018 9:41am
    China’s central bank on Wednesday rolled out a targeted policy tool to spur lending to small and private firms, in the latest step to support the slowing economy, Reuters reports. The targeted medium-term lending facility (TMLF)...
  • Greater Bay Area represents a grand vision to integrate Hong Kong and Macau with nine Guangdong cities and help turn the region into a world-class tech and creative hub, among other things, but accomplishing the goals won’t be easy.  Photo:

    Can the Greater Bay Area really rival Silicon Valley?

    - Dec 20, 2018 9:00am
    What exactly is the Greater Bay Area? Those who came up with the concept are branding it as China’s answer to America’s Silicon Valley. Hong Kong and mainland leaders proudly boast it will rival and replace...
  • Hundreds of ofo users line up outside the company's Beijing headquarters to ask for deposit refunds. The bike-sharing operator is asking users via a Weibo post to be a bit more patient. Photo: China Daily, ofo

    Ofo under pressure as millions of bike riders demand refunds

    Dec 19, 2018 1:00pm
    While coping with fierce competition, Chinese bike-sharing giant ofo has been contending with disputes over unpaid debt, rumors of mass layoffs, and senior management shuffles in recent months. And on Tuesday, hundreds of ofo users formed...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Premier Li Keqiang attend an event marking the 40th anniversary of China's "reform and opening up" at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi urges implementation of reform but offers no new measures

    Dec 18, 2018 4:28pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for the unswerving implementation of reforms on Beijing’s terms but offered no new specific measures in a closely watched speech marking 40 years of market liberalization, Reuters reports. In...
  • Carrie Lam briefs President Xi Jinping on the latest economic, social and political situation in Hong Kong. Xi said at the meeting in Beijing Monday that the central government fully endorses the performance of the Lam administration. Photo: HK Govt

    Lam wins high praise from Xi during duty trip to Beijing

    Dec 18, 2018 3:59pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor during a meeting held in Beijing Monday afternoon, lauding her for her work over the past year.  Lam led the Hong Kong government well,...
  • Responding to a Czech government agency warning against Chinese telecoms equipment firms, Huawei said “there are no laws or regulations in China to compel Huawei, or any other company, to install ‘mandatory back doors’”. Photo: Reuters

    Czech cyber watchdog warns against use of Huawei, ZTE products

    Dec 18, 2018 9:21am
    The Czech Republic’s cyber watchdog on Monday warned the nation’s network operators against using software or hardware made by Chinese telecoms equipment firms Huawei and ZTE, Reuters reports. The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency...
  • Guests attend a ceremony marking the first delivery of a Boeing 737 Max passenger airplane to Air China at the Boeing Zhoushan completion center in Zhoushan, China, on Dec. 15. Photo: Reuters

    Boeing opens 737 completion plant in China

    Dec 17, 2018 9:32am
    Boeing opened its first 737 completion plant in China on Saturday, a strategic investment aimed at building a sales lead over arch-rival Airbus in one of the world’s top travel markets, Reuters reports. The US planemaker...
  • A worker stands at a construction site of a railway bridge being put up by a Chinese firm in Laos under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative. China has been accused of saddling developing nations with debt they will never be able to repay. Photo: Bloomberg

    Sino-US conflict moves to Belt and Road

    - Dec 13, 2018 9:00am
    The Cold War between Beijing and Washington is moving into new areas. Among them, one pertains to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. “China has been engaging in...
  • In quite a few areas, Xi Jinping appears to be dismantling Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, not implementing them. Photo: Reuters

    Is Xi Jinping living up to the spirit of reform and opening up?

    - Dec 10, 2018 3:46pm
    Forty years ago this month, the Communist Party of China, led by Deng Xiaoping, issued a clarion call for reform. Deng, who had emerged as the country’s strongman two years after the death of Chairman Mao...
  • Electronic payments via Alibaba Group’s Alipay or Tencent Holdings’ WeChat have become increasingly popular in China. Photo: CNSA

    Rejecting physical cash is illegal, PBoC warns vendors

    Dec 10, 2018 11:47am
    China’s central bank on Monday warned that rejecting cash as a form of payment was illegal, saying such practices could eventually cause the loss of confidence in physical money and was unfair to those not accustomed...
  • Fresh university graduates submit resumes to a recruiter at a job fair. With the sluggish economic growth, education officials call the situation facing new grads "complicated and severe". Photo: Xinhua

    China’s university graduates surpass HK population

    - Dec 7, 2018 1:56pm
    Some 8.34 million university students in China are expected to graduate next year, up 1.7 percent or 140,000 from the current school year, according to the Ministry of Education. That’s a record high. While it underscores...
  • A D&G video ad (inset) featuring a Chinese woman struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks has come under fire from mainland netizens and celebrities who called it racist and insulting. Photo: CNSA/YouTube

    When dealing with impertinence, don’t lose your sense of humor

    - Dec 7, 2018 1:06pm
    A recent advertising campaign mounted by Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has provoked a firestorm of controversy in the mainland. The online video ad, which features a Chinese woman struggling to eat spaghetti, pizza...
  • Fentanyl is legally used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anesthesia. However, it is also abused as a recreational drug due to its rapid onset and powerful effects. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    China’s crackdown on fentanyl

    - Dec 5, 2018 4:41pm
    China has pledged to stem the supply of the opioid fentanyl flowing into the United States, according to a statement from Washington on the results of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi...
  • Many young mainlanders feel left out in China's rapid economic growth. They feel "qiou". Photo: Bloomberg

    And the Chinese Character of the Year award goes to…

    - Dec 5, 2018 1:16pm
    Nothing is worse than being poor. And it is doubly unfortunate if you are poor and ugly. Lest I be accused of being offensive and discriminatory, let me hasten to explain that I am simply relating...

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