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Xinjiang cotton sparks concern over 'forced labour' claims

Rights groups claim Xinjiang products made using forced labour may be sold to Western brands.

Source: BBC News - China | 13 Nov 2019 | 1:39 pm(NZT)

Hong Kong protests: Rule of law on 'brink of collapse', police say

The warning from police comes as fierce clashes broke out on university campuses in the city.

Source: BBC News - China | 13 Nov 2019 | 6:15 am(NZT)

Hong Kong betting inquiry: Racing staff among 21 arrests in Operation Iron Triangle

Horse racing in Hong Kong is rocked by a corruption scandal with 21 people arrested as part of a crackdown on illegal betting.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 10:37 pm(NZT)

Protests explained in 100 or 500 words

All you need to know about the demonstrations in Hong Kong - the short and the long story.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:39 pm(NZT)

Swine fever devastates China's pigs

China's pigs are being devastated by African swine fever which has now spread throughout the country.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 1:16 pm(NZT)

Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?

The US-China over artificial intelligence is heating up, but some warn the US could be over-reacting.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 1:02 pm(NZT)

Jingye to invest £1bn and save 'thousands of British Steel jobs'

The Chinese company says it will invest £1.2bn in British Steel following rescue agreement.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:55 am(NZT)

Hong Kong protests: Two people in critical condition after day of chaos

A protester became the third to be shot by police, while a pro-Beijing supporter was set alight.

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:17 am(NZT)

China leads on super telescope

Chinese scientists have developed the first regional center prototype of the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest astronomical device.The prototype, developed by the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will help advance the construction and operation of the future SKA regional center, said An Tao, head of the SKA group at the SHAO.An article introducing the prototype was published in the latest issue of the academic journal Nature Astronomy.The SKA will be the largest and most advanced radio telescope ever built. It will combine signals received via thousands of small antennae spreading over 3,000 kilometers to simulate a single giant radio telescope with a total collecting area of approximately 1 square kilometer.The antennae will be installed in the southern hemisphere with the core stations in Western Australia and South Africa, offering the best view of the Milky Way and the least radio frequency interference.The SKA will be able to detect faint radio waves from deep space with its sensitivity about 50 times higher than any other existing radio instrument.Scientists will use the super telescope to study the evolution of the universe, understand the nature of gravity, explore the origins of life and the origins of cosmic magnetic fields, as well as search for extraterrestrial civilization.The SKA is expected to make revolutionary breakthroughs in the major frontiers of natural sciences.It will also produce the largest data flow ever seen in astronomy. Just the first phase of the SKA, accounting for only 10 percent of the full scale, will create data products with a growth rate of one exabyte per year once operational, requiring a computing capacity of at least 300 petaflops, according to An.The vast volume of the SKA data and diverse locations of science users require a coordinated network of geographically distributed SKA regional centers, said An.The construction of the SKA is planned to start next year and China, one of the founding members, is investigating the China regional center scheme, which will offer a platform for multi-disciplinary scientific research, in-depth data processing, long-term storage and advanced technique development, An said.He said the prototype is designed to provide scientists worldwide with necessary computing resources, high-quality data products and convenient technical support to conduct SKA early science and to understand the data challenges.The commissioning of the prototype is expected to take place in 2020. The pioneering work and practical operational experience of the prototype will be valuable for improving the design and future large-scale expansion of SKA regional centers, he added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Breakthrough in saving the nation’s salty lands

Chinese researchers have discovered that salty land may be reclaimed by freezing saline water over the soil in winter.In addition, they found that the desalination depth of saline ice meltwater into the saline-alkali soil was greater than that of salt-free ice, according to a recent study paper published in the European Journal of Soil Science.China has about 1.5 billion mu (100 million hectares) of saline-alkali land that lacks freshwater resources. This type of land restricts agricultural production and vegetation growth. Scientists have been trying to figure out how to turn barren, salty soil into arable land.Researchers from the Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences evaluated infiltration and soil desalination under melting saline ice into saline soil. They found that the infiltration of saline ice meltwater went deeper into the saline soil than fresh ice meltwater.Previously, the researchers developed a saltwater irrigation method to improve cotton yield in saline soils, based on the separation of saline and freshwater by melting saline ice.They used salty water with less than 15 grams per liter concentration to irrigate the saline-alkali land in winter.The saline water was frozen into ice on the top of the soil. When spring came, the saline ice melted and infiltrated into the saline soil gradually.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Returning home to pursue dreams from childhood

Growing up in a family of ordinary workers in the northeast China, Song Xiaolei had a wild dream in her childhood.“I wanted to be an attorney like the ones I saw in movies from Hong Kong and overseas,” she recalled. At that time, during school holidays, she would watch movies in a small flat after her parents left for work on bicycles.While childhood dreams are dismissed by many as mere fantasy, Song managed to work step by step toward her own.She chose to attend Jilin University for legal studies, before going to the UK to pursue her master’s and doctorate.Four years ago, Song turned down offers from several British companies and returned to China. She is now working in the Legal and Compliance Department of China Resources, a state-owned conglomerate that owns a variety of businesses across the country.Although she is not an attorney, the 32-year-old is living the life she envisaged: in her big apartment of 120 square meters in the financial hub of Shenzhen, with a car and a decent job just as she once saw in the movies.Song is among the young generation of Chinese who, after studying overseas, are seeing their dreams come true in their mother country.A bright future aheadIn 2014, a major Ipsos MORI survey across 20 countries found that Chinese people are the most optimistic about the future.According to the survey, 78 percent of young people polled in China felt their lives would be better than those of their parents, compared with 46 percent in India, 27 percent in South Korea, 26 percent in the United States and 22 percent in Britain.Five years have passed but the trend has not changed.Xinhuanet conducted a similar survey in April in 2019. Of nearly 2,000 Chinese college students polled, more than 90 percent had confidence in China’s future.Yu Shasha, 29, received three job offers during her five-year stay in South Korea but she turned them all down and came back to China.“China is developing fast and a lot of industries are taking shape, providing many opportunities for people like me to realize dreams,” she said.“I have liked entertainment since when I was young. I felt like I seized a valuable opportunity in a rapidly developing industry and my career prospect is more promising in China,” said Yu, who now works in an entertainment firm.“Our generation is different from our parents,” said Pan Xiangyue, who studied at the Australian National University before coming back to China earlier this year.“Our parents lived in a period when our country was poor and it was their efforts and dedication that helped create the economic miracle,” he said.Living in a better-off environment, Pan said young people like him see things differently from their parents. “We grew up after the reform and opening-up,” said the 25-year-old. “We witnessed the takeoff of China’s economy. The rapid development of our country gave us the confidence to have dreams and to realize them.”Simon Mander, senior partner from a firm providing Australian immigration advice AMVS Legal said that young Chinese tend to be more reluctant to immigrate than people who are older.Echoing Pan’s view, he said social development was definitely an important factor. “In the 1990s when I was in Nanjing, I think the train ran about five hours into Shanghai. Whereas now you can live in Nanjing and work in Shanghai, and come back in the evening.”China’s connection with the rest of the world has also been strengthened in the decades after opening-up, which has facilitated international business.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Lam urges people to stay calm

HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam yesterday condemned violent protesters who are relentlessly destroying Hong Kong society and called for people to stay calm. She made the remarks at a press conference yesterday after the recent escalation in protests, giving a statement on what is said to be one of the worst days of violence since protests erupted in the city in June. Violence is not the solution and will only trigger more violence, said Lam, stressing that escalating violence will not make government yield to pressure. “I am making this statement clear and loud here, that will not happen,” Lam said. In response to a question, Lam reiterated that it is Hong Kong’s priority to end the violence and restore order.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Protester shot, radicals set man on fire as mob fury escalates in HK

A POLICE officer shot a masked protester who tried to grab the officer’s gun in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire yesterday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since unrest erupted more than five months ago. Protesters, who had already begun a citywide day of action aimed at paralyzing the international financial hub, rampaged through train stations, barricaded streets and vandalized shops throughout the day. The footage of the shooting — broadcast live to Facebook by a bystander — showed a police officer drawing a pistol as he tried to detain a masked person at a junction that had been blocked by protesters. Another masked protester then approached the officer and tried to snatch his pistol. He was shot, quickly falling to the ground. Authorities said his injuries are not life-threatening. Kwok Pak-chung, regional commander of Hong Kong Island, said the move of opening fire was made to “protect personal and other residents’ safety” as the protester tried to grab the police officer’s gun during the confrontation. A masked assailant also doused a man with a flammable liquid and set him ablaze during an argument, with the horrifying scene captured on mobile phones and also posted online. Three videos were posted on messaging channels used by protesters showing a man in a green T-shirt arguing with people on a footbridge. A masked man dressed in black then throws a liquid over the man and sets him ablaze as crowds scatter and the victim frantically tries to remove his T-shirt. “In the most shocking incident, some rioters poured flammable liquid onto a person and set him on fire,” police spokesman John Tse told reporters at a press conference as the social media videos of the attack were played on a screen. “The man has been admitted to hospital and is in critical condition.” The incident took place in the northern area of Ma On Shan, around 20 kilometers from the central business district, he said. Tse said shortly before the attack, masked protesters had trashed the nearby Ma On Shan train station and investigators believe the man “chased the rioters.” “Afterwards he was beaten up and set on fire,” Tse said. A hospital authority spokeswoman said a man with burns had been admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital, the closest facility to Ma On Shan. “Continuing this rampage is a lose-lose situation for Hong Kong,” Tse said. Hong Kong has endured 24 straight weeks of increasingly violent rallies. Tensions in Hong Kong were already high following the death on Friday of a 22-year-old student who succumbed to injuries sustained from a fall in the vicinity of a police clearance operation a week earlier. After a weekend of clashes and huge vigils, yesterday’s chaos began with small groups of masked protesters disrupting subway stations and roads during the rush hour commute. But as footage of the shooting went viral, the protests snowballed. Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired in multiple districts. Police also used water canons to disperse protesters.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Port deal among 16 Sino-Greek contracts sealed

CHINA and Greece agreed yesterday to push ahead with a 600-million-euros investment by COSCO Shipping into Greece’s largest port, Piraeus, as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe. The agreement, part of 16 trade deals signed between Greece and China, came during an official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Athens yesterday. President Xi’s three-day state visit was the first by a sitting Chinese president in 11 years. The two countries have drawn closer since 2009 when COSCO won a 35-year concession to upgrade and run container cargo piers in Piraeus. COSCO Shipping bought a majority 51 percent stake in Piraeus port in 2016. COSCO plans to turn Piraeus port into the biggest commercial harbor in Europe, spending about 600 million euros (US$660 million) to boost operations, including mandatory investments of 300 million euros by 2022, which, once concluded, will allow it to acquire an additional 16 percent stake in the port. Xi met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis yesterday and the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding, stating their mutual will to overcome any obstacles in the implementation of COSCO’s investment in Piraeus, a Greek government official said. Both sides sought to play up Greece’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, saying it could become a hub for channeling goods from the world’s second-largest economy and top exporter into Europe. “We want to strengthen Piraeus’ transhipment role and further boost the throughput capacity of China’s fast sea-land link with Europe,” Xi said after meeting Mitsotakis. Xi visited Piraeus port yesterday. During a visit to Shanghai last week, Mitsotakis said he wanted Piraeus to become Europe’s No.1 port and that COSCO’s spending there could reach 1 billion euros. The European Investment Bank yesterday agreed to extend a 140 million euro (US$154 million) loan to help COSCO with its investment plan in Piraeus. A slew of inter-governmental agreements covering a wide range of fields have been signed, including a bilateral extradition bill, following Xi’s visit. Xi said that China also wanted to expand its investments in the energy, transportation and banking sectors. China’s State Grid holds a minority stake in Greece’s power grid operator ADMIE. Yesterday, State Grid expressed interest in taking part in ADMIE’s 1-billion-euro scheme to build an undersea power cable to link the island of Crete to the mainland by 2023. In the banking sector, Greece’s central bank Chief Yannis Stournaras met with executives of Industrial and Commercial Bank. The Bank of Greece has told the Chinese bank that it can set up a representative office in Greece. Another Chinese bank, Bank of China Europe, set up a branch in Athens this month. Following Greece visit, Xi will attend the 11th BRICS summit from November 13 to 14 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Suspended flight captain faces further punishment

AN Air Guilin captain who was suspended after allowing a woman into the cockpit during a flight, faces further punishment after the nation’s civil aviation regulator said it was a deliberate violation. The captain violated regulations, caused safety risks and created a negative social influence, said Gu Xiaohong, a deputy director with the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Gu called it a “typical deliberate violation” yesterday and said the CAAC would impose further punishment on the captain and others involved after an investigation. A photo of the woman sitting in the cockpit making a V-sign sparked a backlash when it appeared on earlier this month. The woman’s caption said she was “thankful to the pilot and really so excited.” She later deleted the post. There were online calls for harsher punishment and stricter supervision of the pilot and crew as well as the woman, who, it was claimed, was in a relationship with the pilot. Air Guilin later confirmed the incident on January 4 on Flight GT1011 from Guilin in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province. The airline said it had suspended the pilot “for life” while other members of the flight crew had been banned pending further investigation. “Air Guilin has a zero-tolerance policy toward any unprofessional and improper acts that could endanger air safety,” the airline said in a statement and it pledged to enhance rigorous safety guidelines to prevent such an incident happening again. Another report released by the carrier said Xu Xin, its board chairman, had received a serious warning and was fined three months of performance payments. Other senior management, including the airline’s general manager, deputy general manager maintenance, a former safety supervisor and general manager of the light department were also punished. The carrier said it had suggested to CAAC to revoke the license of the captain, surnamed Su. Other crew members, including the copilot and a security guard, were suspended for a year and downgraded. “It is obvious that the captain had weak awareness of the regulation and flying safety, and neglected his safety duty to allow unqualified and unrelated people to enter the cockpit and even take photos,” Gu said. “The incident gives us a warning that stricter supervision should always be imposed,” he added. There were also calls for the woman to be punished.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

1.1m residents sign anti-violence petition

MORE than 1.1 million Hong Kong residents have signed an online petition as of yesterday morning, calling for an end to violence in Hong Kong. The campaign, initiated by the Safeguard Hong Kong alliance in October, is aimed at voicing their opposition to violence by black-clad masked rioters, and rallying public support for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and the police in stopping violence and restoring order. On Friday, Safeguard Hong Kong submitted a petition to the director of the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Office. Kennedy Wong, convener of the community group, said the escalating violence has discouraged many residents from standing up to speak out, and the online petition is to allow more residents to voice their demands. “We hope it can gather the positive energy in Hong Kong, and bring together those who support the HKSAR government and the police,” Wong said. Hong Kong residents should first support the law enforcement agencies in curbing violence, he added. The online petition also calls for the support of an anti-mask law, imposed by the HKSAR government last month in a bid to stop violence and chaos. Hong Kong has been recently plagued by “black violence.” The black-clad rioters ignore the anti-mask law and other laws, and continue to hide their identities, said an announcement issued by Safeguard Hong Kong on its website. The rioters arbitrarily set fire to properties, robbed shops, smashed shopping malls, beat residents and tourists, and Hong Kong was plunged into “black terror,” it said, adding that the work, study and life of Hong Kong residents are greatly affected. “The achievements accumulated by several generations of Hong Kong people will be destroyed (by the rioters),” it said. The rioters are destroying their home and their future, the netizen said, adding that freedom does not mean that it can be above the rule of law, and it cannot infringe on the freedom of others. “Don’t let the police shed tears while shedding blood,” netizen “Wing” said, adding that “the duty of the police is to arrest criminals, instead of being beaten, doxxed and attacked.” Netizen “KW” also expressed support for the police in strictly enforcing the law and hoped that the Safeguard Hong Kong alliance can organize more activities, so that the silent majority can speak out. The demands of the protesters are not the mainstream voice and public opinion, KW said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 12 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Alibaba sees strong sales as Singles' Day beats record

The world's biggest online shopping day beats the previous record set in 2018

Source: BBC News - China | 12 Nov 2019 | 4:57 am(NZT)

Hong Kong protester's shooting by policeman livestreamed on Facebook

A Hong Kong news outlet livestreamed the moment a policeman shot a protester during a demonstration.

Source: BBC News - China | 11 Nov 2019 | 10:56 pm(NZT)

After 3 years, young workers move out

An overwhelming majority of Chinese workers say many young people changed their jobs within their first three years of working, according to a recent survey by the China Youth Daily.The Beijing-based newspaper reported that about 90 percent of the 1,984 people surveyed noted job changes.More than 65 percent believed the choice was a result of low pay and benefits, the survey showed.It said other contributing factors included a lack of interest in the specific post, bleak prospects for promotion and high work pressure.In response to such frustrations, nearly 70 percent of respondents suggested new employees should understand that surmounting difficulties was also a process of learning, according to the survey.“Apart from employees’ self-adjustment, employers should offer proper career guidance to new starters and help them develop a career growth plan,” Wang Ting, a professor on human resource development from the China University of Political Science and Law, said.The survey was based on respondents working in state-owned enterprises, wholly foreign-owned companies, public institutions, private companies and joint ventures.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Rare amber holds prawn from 22m years ago

Chinese researchers have identified a rare piece of amber containing an ancient shrimp dating back around 22 million years.Researchers from the Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nankai University and the Institute of Oceanology under the CAS discovered the specimen in Mexico.Formed in the early Miocene, about 22 million years ago, it sheds light on the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Gulf of Mexico then.It is rare to see aquatic organisms preserved in amber.And this is the first time a caridean shrimp has been discovered in an amber fossil, according to the team.According to Li Xinzheng from the Institute of Oceanology, the shrimp, very similar to the current living genus Palaemon, lived in an estuary.The specimen offers insight into the adaptive evolution of caridean shrimp, as well as the transition of aquatic organisms from marine to freshwater environments, said Huang Dawei from the Nankai University.The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.The ancient specimen is currently stored at the PaleoDiary Museum in Beijing.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Probe into road crash that killed 7 in Jilin

Seven people were killed and another seven injured yesterday in a road accident in northeast China’s Jilin Province, according to local transport and health departments.The accident happened about 3pm in the southeastern suburbs of the city of the provincial capital Changchun, when a minibus on a road from the downtown area to Shuangyang District collided with a concrete truck.As of about 6pm yesterday, seven people were dead and the seven injured had been sent to hospital.Investigations are continuing.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Recall of 550,000 cars over airbag fault

Changan Ford Automobile Co Ltd, a joint venture between China’s Changan Automobile and American automaker Ford, on Friday started to recall 547,876 vehicles due to safety risk of airbags.The recall involves 344,872 Mondeo models manufactured between January 4, 2013, and October 11, 2016, and 203,004 Edge models produced between September 4, 2014, and June 9, 2017, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website.Defective airbags were equipped with inflators not containing desiccant. When the airbags deploy, airbag inflators of the affected vehicles may rupture, spewing out shrapnel and posing risks to drivers and passengers, said the administration.Changan Ford will replace the defective airbags free of charge, it said.Meanwhile, BMW and BMW Brilliance Automobile decided to recall 67 vehicles in the Chinese market from December 16 over defective engine, according to China’s market regulator.The recall, filed by BMW, involves 18 imported cars including BMW 730Li and Z4 manufactured between February 12 and May 29, 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement.BMW Brilliance Automobile, a joint venture between BMW and Chinese car maker Huachen Auto Group will recall 49 home-made BMW 325is and 325Lis, which were made between May 21 and September 24, 2019.The defective balance shafts in these cars may cause oil leaks and even lead to unintended engine stop in extreme cases, posing saftey risks.The automakers promised to replace engines for all affected vehicles free of charge.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Natural disasters hit

Natural disasters affected about 23.1 million people in China last month, with 21 killed and 304,000 relocated, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management. Destroying houses and damaging crops, natural disasters caused direct economic losses of 19.77 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion) in October. The country was mainly hit by drought and typhoons last month, while earthquakes, cold, snow and forest fires also caused damage. But the impact of natural disasters last month was the lowest in five years.(Xinhua)

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Anhui raises emergency level as drought drags on

East China’s Anhui Province on Saturday raised its drought emergency response to level III as the worst dry spell in decades showed no signs of abating.The dry conditions are threatening many areas with short water supplies and high risks of forest fire.The third-highest level in the four-tier emergency response system was activated after scarce rainfall brought moderate drought to most areas south of the Huaihe River in Anhui and severe drought to the Dabie Mountains and some areas along the Yangtze River, according to Anhui’s emergency management department.The department said the latest drought, which started in September, worsened as it continued into November.It demanded that local governments initiate full-scale mobilization to explore emergency water sources and preserve seedlings through irrigation.From August 12 to October 28, the average rainfall in the province was 60 percent less than normal. That was the second-lowest level since 1961, the provincial meteorological department said.The drought has affected over 1 million residents and damaged 400,000 hectares of crops.It has inflicted a direct economic loss of 1.6 billion yuan (US$227 million), the department said earlier this month.“The forest is so dry that it takes only one cigarette butt on the ground and 30 seconds for it to burst into flames,” said Chu Maofa, a township official in Yuexi County in the hard-hit Dabie Mountains.Chu said the drought has killed large tracts of local forest and some farmers already had difficulty accessing drinking water.But he said the biggest looming danger was forest fires.China’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Emergency Management on Thursday allocated 418 million yuan (US$59.7 million) for drought relief in seven regions, namely Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing.The central government has activated a level-IV emergency response — the lowest in China’s four-tier national emergency response system.And it has deployed over 400 teams in disaster-hit areas for drought prevention and disaster relief, the MEM said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Stabbed HK candidate returns to campaigning

WHEN Junius Ho reappeared at his street stand for election campaign yesterday, many Hong Kong residents gathered to cheer him on. The candidate of Hong Kong’s upcoming district council election was attacked and stabbed during campaigning days ago. Gathering around Ho’s street stand yesterday, dozens of people chanted slogans in support of him, and held banners calling for end to violence and restoring peace in Hong Kong. Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was stabbed in the chest by a male with a knife in Tuen Mun district last week when he was campaigning for re-election in the district council. Two of his colleagues also sustained injuries in the attack. Two days after being discharged from hospital, Ho returned to his street stand yesterday, telling his supporters that he would not be intimidated by the violent attack and would continue to serve the community. Curbing violence and chaos is the top priority for Hong Kong at the moment, he said, pledging to stand out and take actions in this regard. “I will fight to the end against those who want to mess with Hong Kong,” he said, appealing to electors to make a rational choice in the district council election and to make joint efforts to end the current unrest in Hong Kong. Hailing Ho for his courage to speak up for the community, a Hong Kong resident surnamed Chan said that many people in Hong Kong share an abhorrence of the recent acts of violence and vandalism by rioters as well as a hope for strict law enforcement and restoration of social order. The knife attack against Ho was not only a life-threatening crime but also blatant election violence, the 23-year-old man said, expressing hope that more people will heed Ho’s appeal and jointly bring back stability and prosperity to Hong Kong. Several black-clad, masked young men tried to disturb Ho’s campaign yesterday, but were driven away by his supporters. Ho is not the only candidate that fell victim to the election violence recently. On the same day when he was stabbed, a member of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council was beaten by violent radicals with sticks. The district council election is scheduled for November 24.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

New round of vandalism in HK

VIOLENT protesters gathered in various districts of Hong Kong yesterday, setting up barricades on roads, vandalizing subway facilities and destroying shops. A large group of black-clad radicals thronged into the Mass Transit Railway station of Sha Tin and damaged facilities from gate and ticket machines to advertising boards. Due to the violent incident, Sha Tin MTR station was closed. A Maxim’s Cakes shop and a Maxim’s Palace restaurant outside the station also fell victim, with gates broken and glass walls smashed. Some facilities of a nearby shopping mall New Town Plaza were destroyed. Another group of radicals in black put barricades on Heung Sze Wui Road near On Ting Stop in Tuen Mun. Some also assembled in Festival Walk, a shopping center in Kowloon Tong, and committed vandalism. Police arrived at the shopping center to stop the vandalism but were assaulted by rioters, and the suspects under arrest escaped during the process, according to a statement of the police. The violent acts have forced a couple of shopping malls to close earlier. MTR stations including Ma On Shan station also suspended services. So did several light railways. As the night fell, large groups of radical protesters gathered on streets in Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok, obstructing traffic and setting fire on barricades. Having given repeated warnings in vain, police officers resorted to minimum necessary force to carry out dispersal and arrest actions.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 11 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Hong Kong student's death sparks impromptu protests and vigils

Alex Chow died in hospital on Friday after falling from a ledge in a car park during protests.

Source: BBC News - China | 9 Nov 2019 | 3:39 am(NZT)

China facial recognition: Law professor sues wildlife park

A university professor is suing a wildlife park for introducing facial recognition, in a landmark case.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Nov 2019 | 10:41 pm(NZT)

9 drug dealers sentenced

Nine drug dealers were sentenced yesterday for producing and trafficking fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, in north China’s Hebei Province. Two principal criminals, Liu Yong and Jiang Juhua, were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and life imprisonment, respectively, for the crime of selling and producing drugs, according to the Intermediate People’s Court of Xingtai, a city in Hebei. The court said they had manufactured and sold around 11.86 kilograms of fentanyl and 19.1kg of other drugs. Meanwhile, another seven defendants, convicted of illegally selling drugs, were handed jail terms ranging from six months to life imprisonment. The drugs, drug-making raw materials and tools involved in the case will be confiscated, and all of the illegal gains will be confiscated, the court said. Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid, 50 times more potent than heroin.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Nov 2019 | 5:00 am(NZT)

TikTok: Should we trust the Chinese social-media video app?

US lawmakers are worried about TikTok's Chinese ownership, despite its data-protection assurances.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Nov 2019 | 1:28 am(NZT)

Why China's rise exposes Australian vulnerabilities

Australia is navigating a row with China but has long failed to scrutinise itself, writes Kerry Brown.

Source: BBC News - China | 7 Nov 2019 | 3:06 pm(NZT)

Nanjing Massacre survivor dies at 102

YANG Guizhen, a Nanjing Massacre survivor, passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 102. Yang’s death has reduced the number of registered survivors to 81. Ten survivors died this year, according to the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders. The Nanjing Massacre took place when Japanese troops captured the city on December 13, 1937. Over six weeks, they killed about 300,000 Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers in one of the most barbaric episodes of World War II. After the Japanese troops captured Nanjing, Yang, then a 20-year-old, hid in an underground cave to escape persecution, according to her testimony. The Chinese government has preserved the survivors’ testimonies, recorded in both written and video documents. The documents on the massacre were listed by UNESCO in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 7 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

Didi’s Hitch to relaunch in 7 cities

RIDE-HAILING platform Didi Chuxing is relaunching its Hitch service on November 20 in seven cities — Beijing, Changzhou, Harbin, Nantong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. The service sparked controversy after the deaths of two passengers last year, both murdered by Hitch drivers, one of whom was executed in August. The Ministry of Transport suspended the service last year. Didi said a trial operation will limit all trips to a distance of 50 kilometers in downtown areas of the seven cities. Male passengers can book a ride from 5am to 11pm every day and females from 5am to 8pm. Didi said it had completed a comprehensive review of passenger safety. Anyone registering to be a Hitch driver will have to pass a police identity check. Anyone with a poor credit reference system record won’t be eligible. Furthermore, both passengers and drivers will be able to rate trips anonymously. Drivers receiving frequent adverse comments will be rejected.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 7 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

China, France sign deals worth US$15b, defend Paris climate pact

CHINA and France signed contracts totaling US$15 billion during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, a Chinese government official said yesterday. Deals were struck in the fields of aeronautics, energy and agriculture, including approval for 20 French companies to export poultry, beef and pork to China. They also agreed to expand a protocol for poultry exports reached this year to include duck and geese as well as foie gras, and to work on a protocol allowing France to export pig semen to China, said a statement from Macron’s office. Among other deals, France’s Total will set up a joint venture with China’s Shenergy Group to distribute LNG by truck in the Yangtze River Delta. The two countries also agreed to reach an agreement by the end of January on the cost and location of a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility to be built by Orano, formerly known as Areva. Chinese President Xi Jinping met Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He pledged to work jointly with Macron to further advance the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, looking out on the world, the future and the people, and keep the partnership at the forefront of major-country relations. Citing some successful projects including the No. 1 and No. 2 power units of Taishan nuclear power plant which have provided a successful model for the construction of third-generation nuclear power plants around the globe, Xi said the two countries have published the list of the second batch of industrial cooperation projects. French companies are eagerly looking forward to taking the opportunity of China’s expanded opening-up, further entering into the Chinese market, expanding exports of agricultural products to China, and strengthening cooperation in areas such as aviation, aerospace, and civilian nuclear energy, as well as sci-tech innovation and finance, he said. The Chinese government has just successfully issued 4 billion euro-denominated sovereign bonds in Paris. The two countries have also completed negotiations on an agreement of geographical indications between China and Europe. The sovereign bonds is of great significance to France, Macron said, pledging to keep the French market open to Chinese companies. He said France is ready to advance the alignment of the BRI with the EU’s Euro-Asian connectivity strategy and jointly promote the green development of the Belt and Road. The Chinese president called for further cooperation on large-scale projects, saying that China is ready to deepen the entire industrial chain cooperation with France in the nuclear energy field, encourage China’s enterprises to explore new cooperation with France not only within the two countries, but also in third-party markets, and strengthen joint research and development on nuclear base and high-tech technologies. Xi said he hoped the new cooperation in aviation, aerospace and other fields could be well implemented. “We should expand the opening up of the two-way markets. China is willing to expand two-way trade and investment with France, improve trade and investment liberalization, and jointly uphold market rules and the principle of fair competition,” Xi said. He said he hoped that France will put into action its words of not adopting discriminatory policies against China. “China is willing to import more high-quality and safe French agri-food products and carry out all-round agricultural cooperation in accordance with market demand,” Xi said, noting that more efforts should be made to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the intellectual property rights field and support the early conclusion of an ambitious and balanced China-European Union investment agreement. ‘Irreversible’ climate pact Xi Jinping and Macron both declared that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible,” showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. The joint declaration came at the end of Macron’s visit to China, which started on Monday in Shanghai and included talks on trade and the Iranian nuclear issue. Major powers expressed regret and concern after President Donald Trump went ahead with the pullout from the Paris accord despite mounting evidence of the reality and impact of climate change. Washington presented its withdrawal letter to the United Nations on Monday, the first possible date under the accord negotiated by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, making the world’s largest economy the sole major outlier from the agreement. Xi and Macron reaffirmed “their firm support for the Paris accord which they consider as an irreversible process and a compass for strong action on climate.” “The isolated choice of one or another is not enough to change the course of the world. It only leads to marginalization,” Macron said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 7 Nov 2019 | 5:05 am(NZT)

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