11 January 2020

Greater China

  • Fudan University in Shanghai is considered one of China’s more liberal institutions. Photo: Reuters

    Changes to Fudan University charter stirs debate

    Dec 19, 2019 11:37am
    Changes to the charter of one of China’s top universities that dropped the phrase “freedom of thought” and added a pledge to follow the Communist Party’s leadership have sparked heated debate and a rare act of...
  • President Xi Jinping waves at children welcoming him upon his arrival at the Macau International Airport on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi Jinping starts 3-day visit to Macau as nearby HK seethes

    Dec 18, 2019 4:49pm
    President Xi Jinping begins a three-day visit to the gambling hub of Macau on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover to China, with security tight and some media barred entry as protests rock...
  • Taiwan internet celebrity 'Potter King' has come under fire in China after a video showed him addressing Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen as 'President'. Photo: Weibo

    How a video with President Tsai caused China trouble for a KOL

    - Dec 18, 2019 11:48am
    Taiwanese KOL “Potter King” is a young lad from Kaohsiung, known for his flirting techniques and sense of humor. With over 900,000 fans on his YouTube and Facebook pages, King drew the attention of short video...
  • US President Donald Trump has made 32 false or misleading claims every day since October, according to the Washington Post. Photo: AFP

    Chinese statistics and Trump’s lies

    - Dec 18, 2019 10:24am
    A lot has been said about the unreliability – if not outright doctoring –?of China’s economic statistics, particularly its GDP growth figures, which even Premier Li Keqiang has questioned. But it appears the United States hasn’t...
  • Importing more US soybeans and pork would help mitigate food inflation in China and thus ease the financial burden of the public. Photo: Xinhua

    Is the trade deal good for the average Chinese?

    - Dec 17, 2019 9:43am
    Although China and the United States have reached a Phase One trade deal, lots of Chinese goods will continue to face tariffs. The US continues to levy a 25 percent tariff on around US$250 billion worth...
  • Macau is gearing up for the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of the territory’s 20th handover anniversary celebrations. Photo: Reuters

    When a big guy visits a small city

    - Dec 16, 2019 1:55pm
    Don’t go to Macau this week. I say this because the atmosphere in the gambling enclave will be anything but relaxing in the next few days as the city prepares for a high-profile trip by Chinese...
  • Hong Kong Airlines has managed to keep its operations going thanks to a last-minute cash injection arranged by its key shareholder HNA Group, but the carrier’s prospects remain hazy. Photo: Reuters

    Troubles of HK Airlines and Taiwan’s Far Eastern Air Transport

    - Dec 16, 2019 11:45am
    Taiwanese carrier Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) suddenly ceased operations on Friday. Founded in 1957, FAT was the first carrier in Taiwan. It continued to control over half of the island’s domestic market even after China...
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on Friday at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China's diplomacy. Photo: Reuters

    US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust: China’s Wang Yi

    Dec 13, 2019 12:53pm
    China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States has seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim...
  • Refinitiv has been accused of bowing to Beijing's pressure and filtering out some Reuters content on Hong Kong protests from its Eikon terminals in China. Photo: Reuters

    Refinitiv blocked Reuters HK protests stories in China: report

    Dec 13, 2019 10:32am
    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters’ demands in a bid to defuse...
  • China is expected to announce some 'gifts' to Macau for being an obedient child, unlike Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    ‘Good boy’ Macau to win policy rewards from China: report

    Dec 12, 2019 4:23pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce a raft of new policies aimed at diversifying Macau’s economy and helping the territory reduce its reliance on the casino sector and develop as a financial center, Reuters reports. The...
  • China has an accumulated more than 300 million used and unrecycled tires, rising by as much as 13 million a year, an industry association said. Photo: Bloomberg

    China drafts rules to encourage tire recycling

    Dec 12, 2019 9:41am
    China will establish new specialist firms to re-use and recycle its spent rubber tires as it tries to tackle a mounting waste problem, Reuters reports, citing new draft guidelines released by the industry ministry. The rules,...
  • The ruling Democratic Progressive Party, led by Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, has begun a renewed push for the anti-infiltration bill ahead of the Jan. 11 elections. Photo: Reuters

    China: Taiwan anti-infiltration bill causing alarm for investors

    Dec 11, 2019 5:08pm
    Beijing said a proposed anti-infiltration bill in Taiwan which the government says is needed to combat Chinese influence is spreading alarm among the Taiwanese business community in China, Reuters reports. The legislation is part of a...
  • Waterdrop, founded by Shen Peng in 2016, has  been accused of employing aggressive marketing tactics. Photo:

    Tencent-backed crowdfunding site Waterdrop comes under fire

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:25pm
    Crowdfunding charity site Waterdrop, also known as Shuidichou, has come under fire after an online video revealed its aggressive marketing tactics. According to the viral video, the company has been dispatching employees to hospital wards in...
  • China has seen its auto industry sputter in recent months after heady growth earlier. Photo: Bloomberg

    China vehicle sales drop for 17th straight month in Nov

    Dec 10, 2019 3:20pm
    Auto sales in China fell for a 17th consecutive month in November, with the number of new energy vehicles (NEVs) sold contracting for a fifth month in a row, Reuters reports, citing data from the China...
  • Factory-gate prices in China have dropped for five months in a row, but consumer inflation has seen a spike. Photo: Reuters

    China producer prices fall for fifth month

    Dec 10, 2019 12:39pm
    Producer prices in China fell in annual terms for the fifth consecutive month in November while consumer prices spiked as food costs climbed, Reuters reports, citing official data released on Tuesday. The producer price index (PPI),...
  • A newly created entity is set to manage most of China's oil and gas pipeline infrastructure. Photo: Reuters

    China sets up state oil, gas pipe firm to boost competition

    Dec 10, 2019 9:43am
    China has set up a long-awaited national oil and gas pipeline company in an effort to boost competition for the infrastructure that has mainly been controlled by three state oil groups, Reuters reports, citing Beijing’s state...
  • Apple believes that two Chinese-born former employees in a trade secrets theft case present flight risks. Photo: Reuters

    Apple worries ex-staffers accused of IP theft will flee to China

    Dec 10, 2019 9:10am
    Apple told a US federal court on Monday that it has “deep concerns” that two Chinese-born former employees accused of stealing trade secrets from the company will try to flee before their trials if their locations...
  • Shohrat Zakir, deputy secretary of the Communist Party committee for China's Xinjiang and chairman of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China says some held in Xinjiang camps have ‘graduated’

    Dec 9, 2019 1:45pm
    People held in controversial training camps in Xinjiang have “graduated” and new students will have the “freedom to come and go”, the government of China’s far western region said on Monday, slamming foreign estimates of the...
  • A US legislative push that would require Washington to toughen its stance against China's alleged excesses in the Xinjiang region adds to the already strained relationship between the two nations amid a trade impasse. Photo: Reuters

    China warns US over Uighur bill

    Dec 5, 2019 9:34am
    China warned on Wednesday that US legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority will affect bilateral cooperation, Reuters reports. “Do you think if America takes actions to hurt China’s...
  • Hong Kong protesters hold a rally in front of the US consulate in Central on Sunday to thank the United States for the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Photo: Reuters

    China suspends US military visits to HK, sanctions US-based NGOs

    Dec 3, 2019 7:30am
    China said US military ships and aircraft will not be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several US non-government organizations for encouraging protesters to “engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts”, Reuters...