November 18, 2019

Europe ‘pushed off Beijing’s radar’ in China’s drive to seal US trade deal

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By Catherine Wong From South China Morning Post Concerns mounting among European businesspeople about lack of progress on EU-China investment agreement, head of EU business group says Cancellation of Chinese vice-premier’s Brussels trip reflects ‘lack of face-to-face engagement’ with bloc China’s all-consuming focus on sealing a US trade dealforced its top trade negotiator to cancel a […]

China anniversary: Hong Kong protester shot by live round

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From BBC An activist involved in anti-government protests in Hong Kong has been shot in the chest by police during a clash. The incident came as thousands of people demonstrated in defiance of a protest ban for the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China. Though people have been shot by rubber bullets in previous […]

Take-off for the world’s largest Oktoberfest: Lufthansa flights featuring the biggest ‘Trachten’ crew of all time

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Cabin crews in folk costume on A380 flights from Munich to Beijing and Los Angeles  Leberkäs’, pretzels and Weißwurst: Oktoberfest comes to the Lufthansa lounges Just in time for the Oktoberfest in Munich, Lufthansa’s Trachten- crew is getting ready for takeoff. This year, the world’s largest crew in folk costume will take off in Lufthansa’s […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

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From BBC Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the highly controversial extradition bill which has triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June but Ms Lam stopped short of scrapping it. Full withdrawal […]

Trade war reflects US fear of China’s state-led economic model, says member of Beijing’s political elite

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By Frank Tang From South China Morning Post Kong Dan, the former chairman of the state-owned Citic Group and Everbright Bank, urges Beijing to stick to its development path over adopting a western model Speech at Moganshan Research Institute comes at a time when US and Chinese negotiators are said to be near an agreement […]

Beijing ‘won’t allow Taiwan reunification to be postponed indefinitely’

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By Minnie Chan From South China Morning Post Cai Peihui, representing self-ruled island at legislative session, also says mainland will not hesitate to ‘liberate’ Taiwan if it declares independence Another delegate, Huang Zhixian, tells panel independence-leaning parties ‘are not qualified’ to talk to Beijing about ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing will not put off reunification […]

China counts on tax cuts to buoy business in tough economic times ahead

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By Jane Cai From South China Morning Post As growth slows and the trade war bites, Beijing aims to reduce levies on key sectors such as manufacturing to keep people employed and ensure social stability Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a sombre outlook for the year ahead but offered hope in the form of cuts […]

Chinese FM urges closer ties with Caribbean countries

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From Xinhua BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for closer ties with Caribbean countries on Thursday. Wang made the remarks when meeting with representatives from Caribbean countries that have diplomatic ties with China. Wang said China and the Caribbean countries had fostered a paradigm of relations of […]

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He handed greater clout for Washington talks in bid to end trade war

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By Teddy Ng, Kinling Lo From South China Morning Post Xi Jinping delegates authority to Liu through special envoy status to show Beijing means business as fresh talks begin Possible memorandum of understanding to be discussed as clock ticks towards March 1, when tariff truce ends China’s Vice-Premier Liu He will hold talks with top […]

Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit

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By Laura Zhou Zhou Xin From South China Morning Post Beijing has suggested the next China-US summit take place on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan next month, following suggestions from the White House that US President Donald Trump is eager to meet with his counterpart, Xi Jinping, sooner than later. “He wants to meet […]