18 September 2019

Greater China

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    A tour of a smart energy enterprise in Sichuan

    - Aug 23, 2019 12:47pm
    Every year, the Endeavour Education Centre arranges a summer tour on power and energy for Hong Kong teachers, and this year the group visited a hydroelectric power facility in southwestern China’s Sichuan province. While many believe...
  • China is seeking to expand its influence on the global stage, including in matters pertaining to conflict resolution between individual nations. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can China play conflict mediator for neighbors?

    - Aug 22, 2019 9:00am
    As world attention focused on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, India all of a sudden moved to strip the special region of Jammu and Kashmir of the autonomy guaranteed to it in India’s constitution since independence...
  • China has a thriving gay scene in major cities, but there has been little sign that the ruling Communist Party will legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Reuters

    China parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

    Aug 21, 2019 1:03pm
    Limiting marriage to between a man and a woman will remain China’s legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from activists. Taiwan’s parliament passed...
  • China plans to carry out further reforms in Shenzhen, aiming to make the city a world leader in competitiveness. Photo: Reuters

    What does the new Shenzhen reform plan mean for Hong Kong?

    - Aug 21, 2019 10:40am
    China’s State Council has unveiled a detailed plan for wide-ranging reforms to be implemented in Shenzhen. The plan was released against the backdrop of a series of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Some observers have speculated...
  • Chinese paramilitary vehicles are parked at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen near the border with Hong Kong on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    State Council calls for Shenzhen integration with HK, Macau

    Aug 19, 2019 11:26am
    China’s State Council has called for greater development of the southern city of Shenzhen and the integration of its culture and economy with neighboring Hong Kong and Macau. The directive comes as anti-government protests in Hong...
  • Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen has proposed a more than 8% increase in military spending for the coming year. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid China tension

    Aug 16, 2019 9:47am
    Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Thursday amid rising military tensions with neighboring China, Reuters reports. President Tsai Ing-wen’s cabinet signed off on an 8.3 percent increase in military...
  • Ambassador Liu Xiaoming:  “We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of the Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly.” Photo: Reuters

    China won’t ‘sit on its hands’ if HK protests intensify: envoy

    Aug 16, 2019 9:43am
    China will use its power to quell Hong Kong protests if the situation deteriorates further after some protesters have shown signs of terrorism, Chinese Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming said. US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, urged...
  • Facing heat over the sale of T-shirts bearing messages related to the Hong Kong protest movement, Amazon said it will continue to respect local laws where it does business. Photo: Reuters

    Amazon faces China online backlash over T-shirts with HK slogans

    Aug 16, 2019 9:18am
    Chinese social media users directed their fury at Amazon on Thursday after discovering T-shirts on its website sporting slogans that support anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, Reuters reports. The hashtag “Amazon T-Shirts” became the fourth-top trending...
  • Artificial intelligence can empower hospitals and doctors with better diagnostic abilities. Photo: Xinhua

    Some solid AI developments in China

    - Aug 15, 2019 12:31pm
    We’ve witnessed the rapid development of artificial intelligence in China over the last couple of years. China, in fact, is now leading the world in certain key AI technologies thanks to policy support. In the matter...
  • Demonstrators apologize on Wednesday for violent incidents and chaos at the Hong Kong airport the previous day. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters express remorse after airport clash

    Aug 15, 2019 9:27am
    Hong Kong’s protesters expressed remorse after a peaceful sit-in at the city’s airport turned violent on Tuesday night, prompting a backlash from authorities and criticism from many citizens.  “We’re deeply sorry about what happened yesterday,” read...
  • China is the world’s biggest importer of gold, sucking in around 1,500 tons of metal worth some US$60 billion last year. Photo: Bloomberg

    China curbs gold imports as trade war heats up: report

    Aug 15, 2019 9:27am
    China has severely restricted imports of gold since May in a move that could be aimed at curbing outflows of dollars and bolstering its yuan currency as economic growth slows, Reuters reports. The world’s second-largest economy...
  • Chinese authorities will be concerned over July economic data, which showed marked weakening in industrial output and retail sales growth, among other key indicators. Photo: Reuters

    China industrial output growth falls to 17-year low

    Aug 14, 2019 12:03pm
    China reported a slew of weak economic data on Wednesday, including a slide in industrial output growth to a more than 17-year low, as the country grapples with a US trade war. Industrial output grew 4.8...
  • A police officer fires pepper spray at anti-government protesters during clashes at the airport in Hong Kong on Tuesday night. Photo: Reuters

    HK airport resumes flights after clashes, mass protests

    Aug 14, 2019 8:47am
    Hong Kong airport resumed operations on Wednesday, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the city. About 30 protesters...
  • Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last colonial governor, has called for reconciliation and understanding to help restore peace and stability to Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Chinese intervention in HK would be a ‘catastrophe’: Patten

    Aug 13, 2019 4:31pm
    Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten on Tuesday cautioned against Chinese intervention in the city, which has been wracked by anti-government protests for more than two months, warning that such action would be a catastrophe....
  • Carrie Lam appears to fight back tears as she defends her government’s handling of the extradition bill-related protests during a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Violent protests pushing HK ‘into the abyss’: Carrie Lam

    Aug 13, 2019 3:47pm
    Violent protests have pushed Hong Kong into “a state of panic and chaos”, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, warning that recovery will take a long time. “Hong Kong, as an open, free, very tolerant, economically...
  • China must be 'very careful and very respectful' in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trudeau urges China to be careful in responding to HK protests

    Aug 13, 2019 10:36am
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said he was very worried about events in Hong Kong, which has a large Canadian population, and urged Chinese authorities to handle the protests there with tact, Reuters reports....
  • Reduced government subsidies have affected sales of new energy vehicles in China. Photo: Bloomberg

    China new-energy vehicle sales drop for 1st time in over 2 years

    Aug 13, 2019 9:53am
    Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China fell 4.7 percent in July from a year earlier, the first drop in more than two years, Reuters reports, citing data from an auto industry association. NEV sales...
  • Analysts expect the People's Bank of China to cut banks’ reserve requirement ratios further in coming months, on top of six reductions since early 2018. Photo: Bloomberg

    China new loans dip more than expected in July

    Aug 13, 2019 9:38am
    China’s banks extended surprisingly fewer new yuan loans in July, while growth of money supply and total social financing also slowed, raising pressure on the central bank to ease policy further to support the slowing economy....
  • A sign outside an English language school in Beijing. Chinese authorities have been pushing for 'eradication of foreign influences' from the nation's schools. Photo: Reuters

    Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China: report

    Aug 13, 2019 9:36am
    Arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have soared this year amid a broad crackdown defined by new police tactics and Beijing’s push for a “cleaner”, more patriotic education system, Reuters reports, citing lawyers, schools...
  • Passengers queue at check-in counters on Tuesday as the Hong Kong airport reopened a day after flights were halted due to a mass sit-in by anti-government protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong airport reopens after unprecedented closure

    Aug 13, 2019 9:00am
    Hong Kong airport reopened on Tuesday following an unprecedented closure the previous day after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the arrival and departure halls of the main terminal. Announcing the reopening, the airport operator, however, warned...