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Taiwan says China is 'out of control' as it loses El Salvador to Beijing

Taiwan vowed on Tuesday to fight China's "increasingly out of control" behavior after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the …

China

The Hole at the Heart of China’s Silk Road

Nobody pretends the People’s Republic of China is an entirely benign power, least of all its leaders in Beijing. Yet, even by the standards of what continues to be a remarkably repressive state, the stories that are emerging from behind the Great Firewall about the crackdown on Xinjiang’s Uighur …

Cracks appear in 'invincible' Xi Jinping's authority over China

No. 1 will rest while Ocean takes over the military Cryptic slogan on internet<p>Rumours have swirled in Beijing in recent weeks that China’s seemingly invincible leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble, dogged by a protracted trade war with the US, a slowing economy and a public health scandal involving …

China

Hong Kong insurance market lures well-educated mainland Chinese

HONG KONG (Reuters) - May Zhang, a 28-year-old from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, holds a master's degree in engineering from the University of Oxford, but now makes her living selling insurance in Hong Kong.<p>Drawn by lucrative pay, Zhang is part of a growing band of well-educated young …

Hong Kong

Someone Was Producing Tons of a Ozone-Destroying Chemical That Was Banned in 1987. Now We Know Who

A couple months back, scientists from around the world revealed a new mystery: somebody in East Asia was again producing banned chlorofluorocarbons …

At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown

At first, it just seemed cool.<p>When facial recognition cameras were installed at a century-old high school here in eastern China, students got in and out of campus, picked up lunch, borrowed books and even bought drinks from a vending machine just by peering into the cameras.<p>No more worrying about …

Artificial Intelligence

China’s Orwellian social credit system is expanding overseas

The system assigns Chinese citizens a social credit score based on their social, political, and economic behavior. A bad score affects a Chinese citizen’s ability to travel via train or plane and can even stop a person from getting a good job or staying at a nice hotel. The system works by using …

How China tried to shut down Australian media coverage of its debt-trap diplomacy in the Pacific

Five days before Australia's "60 Minutes" program aired a report on China's dept-trap diplomacy in the Pacific region, the show received an unusually aggressive phone call.<p>"Take this down and take it to your leaders!" the voice on the other end of the line shouted.<p>It was the voice of Saixian Cao, …

China

7 Genius Pieces of Compact Outdoor Gear

Origami Kayak<p><i>ORU Kayak Beach LT; $1,299</i><p>One usually wouldn’t describe kayaks as super portable, but ORU kayaks defy expectations. The collapsible …

U.S. weighs more South China Sea patrols to confront 'new reality' of China

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China's growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world's most volatile areas.<p>The Pentagon is weighing a more …

China warns US trade deals off if tariffs go ahead

BEIJING (AP) — China warned Sunday after another round of talks on a sprawling trade dispute with Washington that any deals they produce "will not take effect" if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead.<p>The warning came after delegations led by U.S. Commerce …

China

Chinese interference in New Zealand at 'critical' stage, says Canada spy report

A report released by Canada’s spy agency has warned that New Zealand, one of its closest allies, has been influenced at every level of society by the Chinese government, and that the situation has reached a “critical” stage.<p>The report states that New Zealand is viewed as “the soft underbelly” of …

China

US disregards Beijing's nonsense, says it can take down South China Sea islands

The US issued a stark warning to Beijing on Thursday, as Chinese militarization of the South China Sea creates a potential flashpoint in a longstanding battle for control of the Pacific.<p>For years, Beijing has dredged the South China Sea to build artificial islands in waters it claims as its …

Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president

<b>(CNN) —</b> Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer.<p>"All they get to do is write a report," Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. "They can't indict. At …

Donald Trump

BOMBSHELL: Mueller's FBI Worked Closely With Russian Oligarch, Possibly Broke Law, Report Suggests

A report released on Monday raises new and serious legal issues for special counsel Robert Mueller and provides evidence of a possible conflict of …

The Best Camera for Travel Photography (+ How to Pick One!)

Trying to pick the <b>best camera for travel photography</b> can be tough. There are just so many options to choose from these days! But don’t worry, we’ve …

Cameras

It Was A Company With A Lot Of Promise. Then A Chinese Customer Stole Its Technology

Massachusetts-based American Superconductor seemed to be riding high in early 2011, reaping strong sales and even praise from the White House for successfully cracking the Asian import markets.<p>Then, one day that April, employees were called to a meeting where they heard some very disturbing …

Intellectual Property

China says must control money supply to combat financial risk

BEIJING (Reuters) - China must strengthen regulatory oversight and control the overall amount of money supply to guard against mounting financial risks in the economy, a top economic official said on Sunday.<p>The land is covered after residents were required to move out from the low-cost dwellings …

Xi’s wretched turn to despotism is born of frailty. Dictatorship will begin to crumble | Will Hutton

Expanding economic power will be crucial to China, but can the new ‘empire’ thrive?<p>It was breathtaking even if inevitable. China has abandoned its constraints on one-party rule. In 1980 Deng Xiaoping, the author of the Chinese miracle, wrote into China’s constitution 10-year term limits for its …

You Might Not Like The President, But That Doesn't Mean He's Crazy

It’s never pleasant to live under the reign of a mentally ill ruler, whether it be Emperor Caligula (Rome), Mad King George III (England), or the fictional Mad King Aerys Targaryen (<i>Game Of Thrones</i>.) Today, some psychiatrists are questioning President Donald Trump’s fitness to hold office on mental …

China's development push in poor countries worries non-profits

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - China’s development push into poor countries is marginalizing the role of human rights bodies, green groups and other non-profits, making it harder for them to play their traditional role as a check on rampant development, advocates said.<p>China has embarked on one of …

After Bike Sharing Explodes In China, Local Authorities Now Move To Clamp Down

In recent years, China’s bike-sharing services have exploded in popularity, attracting tens of millions of daily rides with their dockless, easy-to-use bicycles. But going into the future, their growth prospects aren’t so certain — as regulatory hurdles keep mounting up.<p>Local authorities, worried …

China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence In Villagers in Far West

China’s state surveillance apparatus is trying out a new tool in one of its favorite test beds, the restive region of Xinjiang.<p>The Muslim-dominated …

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.<p>About three weeks earlier, …

China to cap overseas withdrawals using domestic bank cards

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign exchange regulator will cap overseas withdrawals using domestic Chinese bank cards at 100,000 yuan ($15,370) per year in an effort to target money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion, it said on Saturday.<p>An employee of the Industrial and Commercial …

China

Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang

Officials build database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged 12 to 65 in region home to 11 million Muslim Uighurs<p>Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>Officials are …

Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

The last time China pressured Hong Kong to scrap its curriculum in favor of one developed by China's Communist Party-led government, tens of thousands marched through the city chanting, "Down with national education!"<p>It was the summer of 2012, and the movement to stop Hong Kong's government from …

As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A 'Free Ride'

As the rates of the U.S. Postal Service continue on their precipitous ascent, how cheaply Chinese merchants are able to ship their products thousands of miles across the world to the United States has become emblematic of the stark trade imbalance between the countries as well as the disadvantages …

U.S. Postal Service

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mueller's ultimate target is Trump. Here's what could happen next

Earlier this week, the government revealed that a grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted a former Trump presidential campaign chairman and his former deputy and business partner for numerous felonies.<p>Both were accused of working as foreign agents and failing to report that status to the …

Anger as Chinese media claim harassment is just a western problem

State newspaper says China does not have Harvey Weinstein-type predators because ‘men are taught to be protective of women’<p>China’s flagship English newspaper has come under fire over the publication of a commentary claiming the type of sexual harassment allegedly perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein …