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February 08 2018


China's police get face-recognizing glasses ahead of New Year - CNET

How much surveillance is too much? That's a question being asked in China, with some police officers in the country now getting glasses equipped with facial-scanning technology, state-run media reports . The glasses, issued to officers at a highly populated train station in the Henan province, are part of a security push leading up to Chinese New Year .

February 07 2018


Mercedes-Benz hits pothole in China with Dalai Lama post

Mercedes-Benz has become the latest major global brand to offer a public apology after upsetting the Chinese government on a sensitive subject. The carmaker apologized Tuesday for hurting "the feelings" of Chinese people by quoting the Dalai Lama in a post on its Instagram account.


Rescue efforts continue after Taiwan quake kills 4

Rescuers are seen entering a building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018. Rescue workers are searching for any survivors tra... .


China tries to charm tech-savvy Taiwanese youth as political ties fray

A start-up incubator on the outskirts of Shanghai is laying out sweeteners for budding entrepreneurs: Free office space, subsidized housing rent, tax breaks and in some cases, cash of up to 200,000 yuan . The center, formally called the Jinshan Cross Strait Youth Entrepreneurship Base, is part of the new face of China's approach towards Taiwan, the self-ruled island Beijing considers a wayward province and over which it claims sovereignty.


Apple to build a second data center in China: Xinhua

Apple Inc will build its second data center in China at Ulanqab City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the local government. A man looks at the screen of his mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in Shanghai, China on July 30, 2017.

February 06 2018


China unveils radio telescope to listen to oldest sounds in universe

The task facing the international astronomers that gathered in China to see a prototype radio telescope dish unveiled on Tuesday is big. So ambitious, that no one nation can tackle it alone.


UPDATE 1-China's Geely buys shares in Germany's Daimler - sources

Chinese carmaker Geely has bought shares in German car and truck maker Daimler , two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the Chinese owner of Volvo cars seeks to strike an alliance over electric cars technology. The size of the stake is unclear but likely to be below 3 percent, as that level would require Geely to make a regulatory disclosure in Germany.


Swedish minister condemns China as missing bookseller row escalates

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee stands next to a placard with a picture of missing bookseller Gui Minhai, in front of his book store in Hong Kong Sweden has condemned China's "brutal" detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, escalating a stand-off sparked two weeks ago when Chinese agents seized the Hong Kong-based bookseller as he travelled with Swedish diplomats. Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom questioned the rule of law in China and characterised Mr Gui's detention on January 20 on a Chinese train as "contrary to basic international rules on consular support".


China says senior foreign policy adviser to meet Tillerson

China's senior foreign policy adviser will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later this week, state media reported, amid concerns over North Korea and growing trade tensions. The official Xinhua News Agency gave no further details in its report late Monday, but the meeting between Tillerson and Yang Jiechi comes as both sides are upping pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.


Abbas' government sued over alleged CIA-backed wiretapping

File - In this Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A former Palestinian intelligence chief and the head of the West Bank bar association have sued the government of President Mahmoud Abbas after a 37-page document by an anonymous whistleblower alleged the two men, along with thousands of other officials, politicians, opposition figures and militants, were targeted in a large-scale wiretapping operation backed by the CIA.


Guangdong-born academic was regarded as one of China's two great sinologists

Professor Jao Tsung-i, one of Hong Kong's most distinguished scholars of Chinese civilisation and oriental studies, died on Monday night. He was 100.


China Surpasses U.S. as Largest Crude Oil Importer

Graph Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly and Weekly Petroleum Status Report, China General Administration of Customs, based on Bloomberg, L.P. China took the crown as the world's largest crude oil importer in 2017, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration press release. China imported 8.4 million barrels per day, and the United States imported 7.9 million barrels per day.

February 05 2018


China's Hawaii has a gambling plan and here are potential winners

Beijing's ambitions to bring more tourists and gambling to an island billed as China's Hawaii is sparking visions of a rapid transformation for an important provincial region. The plan for Hainan includes allowing gambling on the island, relaxing visa rules and building a new airport to draw foreign cash to the southern Chinese province, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.


53-vehicle pileup kills four in China

Beijing, Feb 5 - Four people died in a 53-vehicle pileup on a freeway in China's Yunnan province on Monday, the police said. The pileup occurred at 6.10 a.m. on the freeway that connects provincial capital Kunming with Chuxiong, also in Yunnan, Xinhua reported.


China's Okay Airways Plans China IPO Around 2021, Executive Says 2 hours ago

Okay Airways Co . is planning to sell shares in an initial public offering in its home country around 2021 and use the proceeds to help finance aircraft purchases.


8 killed in gas leak at southern China steel mill

Local authorities say eight people were killed and 10 injured after gas leaked from a pipeline at a steel mill in the southern province of Guangdong. The Shaoguan city government said in a post on its microblog that the leak occurred at 3 a.m. Monday at the Shaoguan Iron and Steel company's Songshan plant.


Controversial China book may get parliamentary protection

Key members of federal parliament's national security committee are backing a move to use the committee's powers to publish an explosive book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia. Committee chair and Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and deputy chair Anthony Byrne, a Labor MP, are among those supporting the move despite the potential for diplomatic fall-out, according to multiple sources.


8 killed in gas leak at southern China steel mill

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Photographer documents the plight of China's left-behind kids

"Cherish life in afterlife. Mom committed suicide after arguing with dad when I was 11. I miss her!" wrote Li Guojun 14 years old, at Majiawan elementary school, Longmen county.

February 04 2018


Chinese police can nab suspects in real time with new body cameras

Beijing-based start-up estimates that between 3,000 and 4,000 police officers in China are currently equipped with its body cameras Police officers across China could soon be equipped with 720-degree body cameras that come loaded with facial and gesture recognition technology, allowing them to identify wanted suspects in real-time. Body cameras have been in use for more than a decade, and today are commonly worn by police officers around the world.

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