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China growth lifts Asia as virus persists and US election nears

BEIJING/SEOUL — Asia is starting to see signs of economic recovery as it rides on the back of an upturn in China, which is entering a new expansion phase less than a year after it recorded the world’s first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

World Bank sanctions Chinese engineering firms in Zambian power project

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said on Wednesday it has sanctioned a Chinese state electric engineering group and its subsidiary over fraudulent practices in...

China launches crackdown on mobile web browsers, decries ‘chaos’ of information

SHANGHAI — China’s top cyber authority said on Monday it would carry out a “rectification” of Chinese mobile internet browsers to address what it called social concerns over the “chaos” of information being published online.

China sees surge in asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, highest in 7 months

SHANGHAI — China reported the highest number of asymptomatic COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases in nearly seven months, following a mass infection of an unknown origin in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

Packed bars and mask-less catwalks: With COVID curbs fading, China set...

BEIJING — Over the weekend, crowds packed a former industrial warehouse in Beijing as China Fashion Week got underway, with models strutting mask-less on a square runway and guests oblivious to social distancing norms.

China and Germany heading for superpower status as US influence wanes,...

MOSCOW — The era when the United States and Russia decided the world’s most important questions is in the past, President Vladimir Putin said...

China and US economies diverge over coronavirus response

WASHINGTON — The United States and China dealt with the spread of the devastating coronavirus pandemic in vastly different ways, and that split is...

Impossible Foods launches in Asian grocery stores as it aims to...

HONG KONG - Impossible Foods’ faux beef burgers will be sold in grocery stores in Hong Kong and Singapore, the company said as it vies to bolster its presence in Asia and before entering the potentially lucrative mainland China market.

Palace: China should be allowed to hire citizens in bridge projects

CHINESE nationals should be allowed to work on local infrastructure projects funded by China, according to the presidential palace, after reports that Chinese building workers had been hired in two government bridge projects.

PHL won’t give up arbitral win over joint exploration

THE Philippines maintained it will not set aside its arbitral win against China over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea just to proceed with joint oil and gas development, the country’s energy chief said on Monday.

China’s economic recovery quickens as consumption returns

BEIJING — China’s economic recovery accelerated in the third quarter as consumers shook off their coronavirus caution, although the weaker-than-expected headline growth suggested persistent risks for one of the few drivers of global demand.

Frozen food package polluted by living coronavirus could cause infection, China’s...

BEIJING — China’s disease control authority said on Saturday that contact with frozen food packaging contaminated by living new coronavirus could cause infection.

China’s quiet experiment let millions view long-banned websites

IN A QUIET EXPERIMENT of just two weeks, China provided millions of people access to long-forbidden foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram. The trial appears to signal the Communist government is moving toward giving the country’s citizens greater access to the global internet — while still attempting to control who sees what.

Active enforcement against foreign bribery down sharply since 2018

WASHINGTON — Active enforcement against foreign bribery has dropped sharply since 2018, and three places — China, Hong Kong and India — did not open a single foreign bribery investigation from 2016 to 2019, a new report by watchdog Transparency International found.

China ends virus-free streak as new cluster in port city emerges

CHINA reported a new cluster of coronavirus infections in the eastern port city of Qingdao, snapping a streak of over two months without local transmission, underscoring the risk of resurgence in countries that have achieved near-eradication of the pathogen.

China to maintain ‘normal’ monetary policy

CHINA WILL MAINTAIN “normal” monetary policy for as long as possible, according to the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) Governor Yi Gang.

PHL, China to open ‘fast-track lane’ for key sectors’ staff

THE PHILIPPINES and China have agreed to set up reciprocal “fast track” lanes for human resources in key industries such as infrastructure and trade amid the coronavirus pandemic, Manila’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday.

Here’s what could happen if China invaded Taiwan

Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party has threatened to invade Taiwan for more than seven decades. Now fears are growing among analysts, officials, and investors that it might actually follow through over the next few years, potentially triggering a war with the US.

Beijing asks frozen food importers to shun countries with severe coronavirus

BEIJING — China’s capital called on importers on Monday to shun frozen food from countries suffering from severe novel coronavirus outbreaks after several cases of imported seafood products testing positive for the virus.

Duterte stance on China too late, analysts say

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s tougher stance on China might be a case of being too little, too late, according to political analysts.

If world handles climate like COVID-19, UN chief says: ‘I fear...

NEW YORK — The United States, China, and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic...

Yuan decouples from Asian peers as two-speed recovery takes hold

COUNTING on China as an anchor of strength has been a good tactic for traders of Asia’s emerging currencies. That link is losing traction as recovery paths from the coronavirus pandemic diverge.

China has a new richest Person, with Jack Ma dethroned

A bottled-water and vaccine tycoon has become China’s wealthiest person in a day also marked by massive losses among the world’s tech elite. Zhong Shanshan’s...

Duterte’s tough stance on China may signal end of friendly ties

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his most forceful defense of a 2016 United Nations (UN) ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China, in a move that could signal the end of friendly ties with its neighbor, analysts said.

US-China tensions flare at UN as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing...

NEW YORK — US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation.

Duterte gets tough on China, leaning back to old ally America

After years of shifting the Philippines closer to China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte appears to be leaning back toward the US. The 75-year-old leader on...

Facebook removes Chinese accounts active in Philippines and US politics

Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it had removed a network of inauthentic Chinese accounts that were interfering in Asian and American politics, including some that...

MacroAsia, China firm miss Sangley filing anew

MACROASIA CORP. and its partner Chinese firm are again asking the Cavite government to give them more time to complete the final requirements for the $10-billion Sangley Point International Airport after they missed the deadline, the provincial governor said.

China air force video seems to show attack on US base

BEIJING — China’s air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, as regional tensions continue to rise.

Why is Taiwan-China tension rising and what are the risks?

TAIPEI — China sent numerous aircraft close to Taiwan during two days of drills from Friday, causing the island’s air force to scramble, as Beijing expressed anger at the visit of a senior US official to Taipei.

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.