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US blacklists Chinese company over Cambodia project

WASHINGTON/PHNOM PENH — The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese developer of a port, airport and resort complex in Cambodia, saying it was built on land seized from local people and there were “credible reports” it could be used to host Chinese military assets.

In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE — China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.

Philippines to prioritize coronavirus vaccine supply from Russia or China

President Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed on Monday to prioritize buying COVID-19 vaccines to be made available by Russia or China, while taking a swipe...

China would rather see TikTok US close than a forced sale...

Beijing opposes a forced sale of TikTok’s US operations by its Chinese owner ByteDance, and would prefer to see the short video app shut down in the United States, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Growing distrust of China brings $38-billion windfall for Taiwan

Taiwan sits squarely in the middle of the worsening dispute between Beijing and Washington, with many of its companies operating factories in China manufacturing...

Australian media’s last reporters in China flee

TWO Australian journalists based in China have fled the country as diplomatic relations between the trading partners worsen.

China plans cap on Ant’s lending rates to curb risk

CHINA’S financial regulators plan to cap the interest rates Ant Group can charge borrowers on quick consumer loans, a move that could curb the financial technology giant’s biggest revenue driver as it prepares for a mega initial public offering (IPO).

Reusable Chinese spacecraft lands successfully — state media

BEIJING — An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to a designated site on Sunday, marking a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper round-trips to space, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Pentagon worried about China’s nuclear ambitions

WASHINGTON — China is expected to, at least, double the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade from the low 200s now and is nearing the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Facial recognition and bathtime bookings: How China’s universities are reopening

BEIJING — As COVID-19 cases in China sink to new lows, the world’s largest population of university students is heading back to campus in a migration defined by lockdowns, patriotic education and cutting-edge surveillance equipment.

Philippines says won’t stop projects with China firms blacklisted by US

The Philippines will not halt infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by ally the United States and will make its own decisions, not those of a foreign power, the president’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Credit Suisse planning to double China headcount

CREDIT SUISSE Group AG plans to double its headcount in China over five years as the firm accelerates its pursuit of the nation’s wealthy, seeking to move past a scandal that’s engulfed once-favored client and Luckin Coffee Inc. founder Lu Zhengyao.

Durian growers ready for China GAP certification

DAVAO CITY — Durian growers in the Davao Region, including small-scale farmers, are ready for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification that will be required by China for exports.

US targets Chinese individuals, companies amid South China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military actions in...

China protests US spy plane incursion during military drills

HONG KONG — China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States, accusing it of sending a US U-2 reconnaissance plane into a no-fly zone over Chinese live-fire military drills on Tuesday, further ratcheting up tensions between Beijing and Washington.

China’s banks hire thousands in latest rescue mission

CHINA’S MEGA BANKS are ramping up their recruitment of fresh graduates as a record number enter the labor market, joining other state-owned firms in boosting employment even as lenders deal with plunging earnings and ballooning bad debt.

Beach holidays for some in China, belt tightening for others

The recovery in China’s consumption is moving in two different directions, with the wealthier shopping for luxury goods and taking holidays to the beach, while poorer households continue to cut back.

Mystery grows over virus spread via contaminated food packaging

Evidence shows that food is an unlikely route of transmitting the coronavirus across borders, but contaminated items continue to grab the spotlight, deepening the uncertainty over whether the $220-billion cold chain industry could be implicated in the spread of COVID-19.

China says frozen chicken wings from Brazil test positive for virus

Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government.

Google pulls 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation

Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the...

India widens China app ban to cover more from Xiaomi, Baidu

NEW DELHI — India has banned some mobile apps of Chinese companies such as Xiaomi Corp. and Baidu Inc., three sources told Reuters on...

US health chief to visit Taiwan, likely angering China

TAIPEI — US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a US official in four decades - a move likely to anger China, which claims the island as its own.

China’s Sinopharm to test potential COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Chinese drug company Sinopharm and Parana state have agreed to launch the fourth major COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil and will seek regulatory approval in the next two weeks, the Brazilian partners said on Wednesday.

US warns vs planting mystery seeds from China

US FEDERAL AGENCIES are investigating suspicious and unsolicited packages of seeds that have been arriving at addresses across America and appear to come from China.

China’s northeast cluster spreads to Beijing as resurgence grows

BEIJING reported one new coronavirus case on Tuesday, its first in 21 days, reflecting the fragility of the Chinese capital’s success at stamping out infections earlier this month.

China takes control of the US consulate in Chengdu

CHENGDU, China — China said it had taken over the premises of the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday after ordering the facility be shut in retaliation for being ousted from the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.

China June pork imports jump 128.4% year-on-year

BEIJING (Reuters) - China imported 400,000 tonnes of pork in June, customs data showed on Thursday, up 128.4% from the same month a year earlier, as a months-long buying spree continued as importers try to help plug a domestic shortage.

China launches independent mission to Mars

WENCHANG, China — China successfully launched an unmanned probe to Mars on Thursday in its first independent mission to another planet, a bid for global leadership in space and a display of its technological prowess and ambition.

China says UK citizenship pathway for HK residents violates int’l law

SHANGHAI - A new British policy allowing Hong Kong residents to claim British citizenship is a violation of international law and interferes with China’s internal affairs, China’s embassy in London said on Thursday.

COVID-19, China policy may dent Duterte rating

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s popularity may get dented for the first time by his pro-China policy combined with his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a political analyst.

Trump ends HK special status, cites ‘oppressive’ China actions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to Hong Kong’s (HK)special status under US law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the former British colony.

A spate of bank runs breaks out in China, fueled by...

Social media-fueled rumors about banks collapsing are popping up at an unprecedented frequency in China, forcing regulators and even the police to step in to calm depositors.

The virus is still sapping China’s $6 trillion power to consume

Three months after China started to emerge from its coronavirus restrictions, its army of shoppers that help power the global economy are still nervous of travel, reticent to spend, and forming habits that may change the face of consumption permanently.

Wuhan shows world how economies may recover after the virus

THREE MONTHS after it reopened its economy, Wuhan’s uneven recovery offers a glimpse of the hard road back to normality for cities after containing the coronavirus.

The virus has trapped $111 billion of luxury spending in China

Jeff Meng, a 25-year-old watch lover from a well-heeled Guangdong family, had 160,000 yuan ($22,800) burning a hole in his pocket. He could not find the Rolex Daytona watch he wanted, dubbed “panda” for its black-and-white face, anywhere in China.

Beijing brings virus resurgence under control with targeted plan

BEIJING reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time in 26 days, a sign the resurgence that ignited fears of a second wave in China looks to have been brought under control for now.

City in China’s Inner Mongolia warns after suspected bubonic plague case

BEIJING — Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, one day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.

TikTok distances from Beijing in response to India app ban

NEW DELHI — Social media app TikTok distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters.

China’s worsening floods highlight extreme weather threat

Weeks of torrential rain in southern China have left millions of people without homes and caused billions of yuan in economic losses, with environmental groups warning the extreme floods are likely to become more common.

China passes HK security law

HONG KONG/BEIJING — China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago.

India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps citing security concerns

India banned ByteDance Ltd.’s viral short-video service TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, citing threats to its sovereignty and security as relations between the world’s two largest populations worsened.

Global coronavirus cases approach 10 million

BEIJING — Global coronavirus cases neared 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the...

Apple will remove thousands of unlicensed iPhone games in China

Apple Inc. will start removing thousands of mobile games lacking government approval from its App Store in China next month, closing a loophole that the likes of Rockstar Games have relied on for years.

China considering further relief as deadline for $211-billion debt nears

IN THE BATTLE to keep millions of China’s smaller businesses afloat, banks are counting on being allowed another round of exceptions for borrowers falling behind on payments.

Philippines accuses Beijing of pointing naval radar gun at sea

THE Philippine military on Thursday accused China of pointing a radar gun at one of its navy ships that prompted the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to protest the aggression.