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The coming crisis of China’s one-party regime
On Oct 1, to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic, Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech that unreservedly celebrates the Communist Party of China’s record since 1949.
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US, Australia to unveil plan today to improve rare earth mineral supply
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison are set to release a plan today aimed at securing the supply of rare earth minerals, a senior administrat...
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Apple is suffering an identity crisis with consumers in China
The trade war is taking its toll on Apple Inc, a new survey of Chinese consumer attitudes shows.
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Put money from Samurai bond to good use, suspend ECRL, says Jomo
KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent economist KS Jomo today urged Putrajaya to put the money from its Samurai bond loan to good use, suggesting that the billion-ringgit East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project be susp...
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Trade talks seen as unlikely to mend US-China divide
BEIJING, Sept 17 — US and Chinese officials will restart trade talks at the end of this week, but any agreement the world's largest economies carve out is expected to be a superficial fix.
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Trump favours 'whole deal' with China as two sides prepare for trade talks
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, even as he said an “easy” agreement would not be...
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Trump favours 'whole deal' with China, two sides prepare for trade talks
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim...
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Trump favours ‘whole deal’ with China, two sides prepare for trade talks
WASHINGTON, Sept 13 — President Donald Trump said yesterday he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact, even as he said an “easy” ...
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China’s Internet regulator orders online AI algorithms to promote ‘mainstream values’
Systems should direct users to approved material on subjects like Xi Jinping Thought, or which showcase the country’s economic and social development, Cyberspace...
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Report: Backlash could cost Xi’s Belt and Road US$800bil
HONG KONG: A new report suggested the backlash to China’s political and trade policies could shave as much as US$800bil off investment in President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), amid mounting concerns about the geopolitical price of doing...
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Philippines’ Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored
MANILA, Sept 11 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an inter...
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Duterte says China offering gas deal if maritime arbitration case ignored
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral aw...
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Greater support for private firms needed, Xi says
BEIJING: The importance of supporting the development of private businesses was highlighted at a key Party meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping on Monday.
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Hong Kong is the new Cold War's Berlin, declares activist Joshua Wong
Comparing the struggle of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, activist Joshua Wong (photo, above) told an audience in the German capital that his city was...
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China celebrates 70th National Day
OCTOBER is one of the most anticipated months for the Chinese as they celebrate the country’s birthday while enjoying a long seven-day golden holiday.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the foun...
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What China has and hasn’t done to address US trade gripes
NEW YORK: Deep differences separate Chinese and US negotiators on everything from market access to industrial subsidies as the two sides prepare to meet next month in...
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Hong Kong police fire tear gas after fending off airport protest
Hong Kong police prevented anti-government protesters from blocking access to the airport on Saturday, but fired tear gas for a second night running in the Chinese-ruled city’s densely populated dis...
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Kit Siang: Violence at World Cup match shows Malaysians’ true loyalties
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Malaysian football fans attacked by their Indonesian opposites during a football World Cup qualifier in Jakarta yesterday was an indicator of their common national identity re...
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Football match offers timely lesson on national identity, says Kit Siang
Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang (photo) has lamented the fan violence in last night's football match between Malaysia and Indonesia but says that it serves as a timely lesson for our national identit...
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Hong Kong braces for weekend protests as leader fails to appease activists
Hong Kong is bracing for more demonstrations this weekend, with protesters threatening to disrupt transport links to the airport as embattled leader Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of a controversial extrad...
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US, China more divided than ever as new trade talks loom
Senior US and Chinese officials have pledged to meet in October to settle their ongoing trade war but a lasting peace seems more elusive than ever.
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US, China more divided than ever as new trade talks loom
WASHINGTON, Sept 6 — Senior US and Chinese officials have pledged to meet in October to settle their ongoing trade war but a lasting peace seems more elusive than ever.
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US, China more divided than ever as new trade talks loom
Senior U.S. and Chinese officials have pledged to meet in October to settle their ongoing trade war but a lasting peace seems more elusive than ever.
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CLSA, BOCI among banks chosen for China pipeline giant
New York: China has chosen at least three banks to work on the formation of the planned national oil and gas pipeline company, according to sources.
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China’s most indebted firm is too big to fail
THERE’S a lot working against China’s most indebted property firm. China Evergrande Group is sitting on US$113.7bil in debt and its core profit fell 45% in the first half of the year.
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China seen heading for sub-6% economic growth as tariffs soar
BEIJING: Economists are downgrading their forecasts for economic growth in China again, to below a level seen as necessary for the Communist Party to meet its own goals...
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China’s Xi says country facing a period of ‘concentrated risks’
BEIJING, Sept 3 — China is entering a period where it faces “concentrated risks” – economically, politically and diplomatically – and the country must be able to fight and win against those ...
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China-US trade talk teams keeping 'effective communication'
BEIJING: Chinese and U.S. trade negotiating teams are maintaining effective communication, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, less than 48 hours before U.S...
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China’s Xi sees bigger role for joint development of offshore oil, gas with Philippines
SHANGHAI, Aug 30 — Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a “bigger step” in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can pro...
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Asian markets mixed but trade uncertainty lingers
HONG KONG, Aug 29 — Asian markets were mixed today but investors remain on edge over China-US trade talks and after a closely watched recession indicator hit a level not seen since just before the f...
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China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong
China’s military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, Chinese state media said today, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub...
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As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China
When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbours to a new level of br...
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Ringgit opens marginally lower against US dollar
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 ― The ringgit opened marginally lower against the US dollar from yesterday's closing in tracking the weakening of the Chinese yuan amid firmer oil prices, said a dealer.
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Ringgit tracks yuan lower as oil prices stabilise
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened marginally lower against the US dollar from Tuesday's closing in tracking the weakening of the Chinese yuan amid firmer oil prices, said a dealer.
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Recession may be the key to ending Trump’s trade war with China
IS a global recession now the best chance of forcing a resolution to the escalating trade conflict between the United States and China?
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Trump says China trade deal coming, Beijing calls for resolution
BIARRITZ, France/BEIJING: The United States and China sought to ease trade war tensions on Monday, with Beijing calling for calm and U.S. President Donald Trump...
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MediaTek to step up R&D investment, bet on 5G as more Chinese firms make their own chips
Taiwan-based MediaTek says it is stepping up investment in research and development and brand awareness as the semiconductor maker seeks to better compete in an environment where mainland Chinese firm...
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Recession may be key to ending Trump's trade war with China
LAUNCESTON, Australia: Is a global recession now the best chance of forcing a resolution to the escalating trade conflict between the United States and China?
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China says wants ‘calm’ resolution to US trade war
BEIJING, Aug 26 — China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through “calm” negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict, Vice Premier Liu He, who...
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China says wants 'calm' resolution to US trade war
BEIJING: China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through "calm" negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict, Vice...
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Trump says he won't stop Jerome Powell from resigning as Fed Chair
WASHINGTON, Aug 24 ― US President Donald Trump sharply criticised Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell yesterday and said he wouldn't try to stop the chief US central banker if he offered to resig...
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Answering Trump, UPS, FedEx and USPS say they already fight illegal drug shipments
NEW YORK, Aug 24 ― FedEx Corp, United Parcel Service Inc and the US Postal Service said yesterday they are already working to stop traffickers from using their services after US President Donald Tru...
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Hong Kong braces for fresh protests, Canada stops staff travel to mainland China
Hong Kong is bracing for more anti-government demonstrations and a "stress test" of its international airport this weekend, as protests in the Asian financial hub show no signs of abating and diplomat...
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Hong Kong gears up for fresh protests as activists target airport
Hong Kong braced on Friday for further demonstrations and a “stress test” of the city’s international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of anti-government protests showed no sign of...
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YouTube finds influence campaign tied to Hong Kong protests
Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Thursday that its YouTube streaming video service had disabled 210 channels appearing to engage in a coordinated influence operation around the Hong Kong protests,...
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How China is spending big to push its official message through Facebook and Twitter
Beijing’s propaganda drive is facing increased scrutiny after recent crackdown by social media giants. Accounts show that China’s Internet regulator agreed a contract worth almost US$1mil with People’s Daily while hundreds of state media ads are running on Facebook.
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Banks in Hong Kong condemn violence, urge restoration of 'harmony'
Some of Hong Kong’s biggest banks published full-page newspaper advertisements on Thursday calling for the preservation of law and order in the Chinese territory and condemning violence, as weeks of...
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Chinese paper attacks Twitter and Facebook for shutting accounts
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc’s move to close accounts that the companies said were backed by China and attempting to manipulate news about the protests in Hong Kong drew swift backlash from Chinese state media and Internet users.
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China cries foul over Facebook, Twitter block of fake accounts
China said on Tuesday it had a right to put out its own views after Twitter and Facebook said they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
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Confiscated Bejing skyscraper sold via online auction
BEIJING, Aug 20 — A Beijing skyscraper confiscated from a fugitive Chinese billionaire was sold in an online auction today for 5.18 billion yuan (RM3.07 billion), the latest twist in a salacious sag...
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Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally
Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often...
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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine HK protests
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
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Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest
US Vice-President Mike Pence (photo, above) urged China on Monday to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws and repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that it would be harder for Washington ...
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Huawei To Get 90 More Days To Buy From US Suppliers; President Trump Not Keen On The Deal
Not too long after the US government’s initial ban on Huawei, the former is allowing the company to buy products from American suppliers once again.
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US set to give Huawei 90 more days to buy from American suppliers
SINGAPORE: The US Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from US companies so that it can service existing customers.
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Alibaba and the US$15bil question
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s political unrest is posing a dilemma for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on the timing of its planned US$15bil listing in the city, with sources saying China’s biggest e-commerce company is now considering several timetables.
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Hong Kong protesters throng streets peacefully in pouring rain
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares under torrential downpours in the eleventh week of what have been often viole...
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Alibaba and the US$15b question: Amid Hong Kong’s protests, when to list?
HONG KONG, Aug 17 — Hong Kong’s political unrest is posing a dilemma for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on the timing of its planned US$15 billion (RM62.6 billion) listing in the city, with sources say...
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US to extend Huawei’s partial reprieve on supply curbs, say sources
SINGAPORE, Aug 17 — The US Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from US companies so that it can service ex...
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Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned
The boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony after Beijing targeted the airline over staff in...
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Oil heads for weekly gain as trade war headlines whipsaw market
SINGAPORE: Oil headed for its first weekly gain this month as trade war news continued to whipsaw the market against the backdrop of rising US stockpiles and a weakening global demand outlook.
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Wall Street opens higher on hopes for trade war relief
NEW YORK, Aug 16 — US stocks muscled higher at the open today as investors found relief in hope for progress in the US-China trade war, and housing data offered enough good news not to ruin the part...
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Ringgit leads Asia forex higher on market reforms
TOKYO: Most emerging Asian currencies advanced on Friday, led by the Malaysian ringgit which was buoyed by a series of central bank measures to deepen onshore markets.
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Trump does not want to see violent crackdown by China in HK
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would not want to see China violently suppressing protesters in Hong Kong.
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Trump says China talks ‘productive’; Beijing vows tariff retaliation
MORRISTOWN, Aug 16 — US President Donald Trump said yesterday that US and Chinese negotiators were holding “productive” trade talks and expected them to meet in September despite US tariffs on o...
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China warns it could quell HK protesters, Trump urges Xi to meet them
Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and US President Donald Trump urged his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, t...
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Asia Stocks to Slip After Rocky U.S. Session
(Aug 16): Stocks in Asia looked set to drop after another tumultuous session on Wall Street and further declines in Treasury yields, on heightened trade uncertainty and fears of a slowing global econo...
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China to counter latest US tariffs as Trump vows deal on US terms
BEIJING/WASHINGTON: China on Thursday vowed to counter the latest U.S. tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods but called on the United States to meet it halfway on a potential trade deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump said any pact would have to be on America's terms
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Chinese forces drill near Hong Kong
Armoured personnel carriers, water cannons parked in Shenzhen Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen.
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BRI: engagement with countries needed to ensure affordability
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 15): Active engagement with participating countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is needed to ensure the infrastructure being developed is in line with the affordabi...
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Trump panics and rushes into Xi’s arms
IT ONLY took a small taste of what a U.S. recession might be like for President Donald Trump to suggest that he wants a trade deal with China after all.
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BRI: Engagement needed to ensure development is affordable
Active engagement with participating countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is needed to ensure the infrastructure being developed is in line with the affordability of the respective co...
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Engagement with BRI countries needed to ensure affordability
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 15): Active engagement with participating countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is needed to ensure the infrastructure being developed is in line with the affordabili...
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Mustapa: Engagement with Belt and Road member countries crucial to ensuring mutual benefit
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Active engagement with participating countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is needed to ensure the infrastructure being developed is in line with the affordab...
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Belt and Road Initiative will bring inclusive development to Asia, says envoy
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 14): China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will bring about new prospects for inclusive development in Asia, said China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian.
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Belt and Road initiative will bring inclusive development to Asia, says envoy
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will bring about new prospects for inclusive development in Asia, said China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian.
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China sticking to September US trade talks after tariff delay
BEIJING: Chinese officials are sticking to their plan to visit Washington in September for face-to-face trade meetings, people familiar with the matter said, signaling that talks remain on track for now despite an abrupt escalation in tariff threats this month.
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Chinese state media urge action, voice support for Hong Kong police after overnight clashes
Chinese state media called on Beijing on Wednesday to deal with protests in Hong Kong more decisively after a reporter from one of China's largest government-backed newspapers was caught up in overnig...
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US to delay China tariffs on some products, including laptops, cell phones
WASHINGTON, Aug 13 — The Trump administration will delay imposing a 10 per cent tariff on certain Chinese products, including laptops and cell phones, that had been scheduled to start next month, th...
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Christine Lagarde's biggest challenge is Germany
Christine Lagarde is still to be confirmed as the European Central Bank’s next president, but work is already piling up on her desk.
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Class dismissed: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China
Arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have soared this year, lawyers, schools and teachers say, amid a broad crackdown defined by new police tactics and Beijing’s push for a “clean...
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HK airport grinds to halt - China likens protests to terrorism
Hong Kong’s airport halted flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruption, while China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to s...
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‘Multi-racial PSB fighting for better Sarawak for all’
Wong (front row, sixth left) and association officials jointly cut the anniversary cake to mark the auspicious occasion.
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Hong Kong stocks end lower as protests threaten to dent economy
Hong Kong stock market started the week on a soft footing on Monday, amid weeks of violent protests that threatened to weigh on the Asian financial hub's economy.
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ByteDance brings Google-like search to China - With censorship
China’s ByteDance Ltd. launched a search engine that bears a striking resemblance to Google’s clean, uncluttered home page but produces heavily sanitized results in keeping with one of the world’s most rigidly censored internet regimes.
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Oil declines as trade tensions continue to stoke demand fears
Oil dropped as U.S. President Donald Trump said planned trade talks with China next month could be called off, stoking concerns the deepening dispute will damage global growth.
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The real danger behind US currency manipulation charges against China
THE Chinese government doesn’t generally get – or deserve – much sympathy, but you almost have to feel for Beijing on this one.
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Downturn to hit Hong Kong like a 'tsunami', warns city's leader
Hong Kong’s protests are hitting its economy, the city’s leader Carrie Lam said on Friday, echoing warnings from business leaders including powerful local property developers, as about 1,000 mostl...
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Hong Kong facing worst crisis since handover: senior China official
Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned to China from British rule in 1997, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday amid more anti-government protests...
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Chinese Foreign Ministry slams US 'interference' in Venezuela
An order by US President Donald Trump to freeze the Venezuelan government’s assets and cut off its funds is an act of “gross interference” and a violation of the norms of international relations...
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Silk Road sweeteners: China woos Myanmar's ruling party with junkets
The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule.
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China’s Star Market turns dozens of founders into billionaires, some investors nurse losses
This article is co-written by Zhang Shidong.
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China dismisses Trump agri purchase claim, says honouring pledges
BEIJING, Aug 5 — Beijing is honouring its pledges to purchase US agricultural products, state media cited China’s state planning body saying, dismissing an accusation from US President Donald Trum...
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Oil prices fall as trade war concerns hit demand outlook
Oil prices fell on Monday on renewed global economic growth concerns after US President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a trade war with China with more tariffs, which could limit fuel demand in t...
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Strike grips Hong Kong as leader warns protests challenge China's sovereignty
Hong Kong's embattled leader warned on Monday that protests gripping the Asian financial centre are a challenge to China's sovereignty as strikes crippled transport across the city and led to the canc...
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Hong Kong protesters seek to shut down city with general strike
Hong Kong was bracing for major disruptions to business on Monday as a general strike threatens to paralyse parts of the Asian financial centre, with more than 100 flights already cancelled, amid a br...
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Oil prices regain ground after plunge on Trump’s tariff vow
LONDON, Aug 2 — Oil prices rose around 2 per cent today, regaining ground after their biggest falls in years on US President Donald Trump’s vow to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.
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Police arrest eight as HK gears up for another weekend of protests
Hong Kong police said today they had arrested eight people, with a leading pro-independence figure reportedly among them, after seizing weapons and suspected bomb-making material as the city braces fo...
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Trump vows new tariffs on China, says Xi moving too slow on trade
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining US$300 billion of Chinese imports starting Sept 1, after negotiators failed to make progress in US-China tr...
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Trump: US to slap 10pc tariff on US$300b more in Chinese goods
WASHINGTON, Aug 2 — President Donald Trump announced yesterday he will hit China with punitive tariffs on another US$300 billion (RM1.24 trillion) in goods, escalating his trade war after accusing B...
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