China in the News: February 22, 2021

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Britain to challenge China at U.N. over access to Xinjiang

Britain will on Monday call for the United Nations to be given “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the Chinese region. 5:44pm EST

India, China complete troop pullout from lake area

Indian and Chinese troops have completed a pullout from a lake area on their disputed border in the western Himalayas, setting the scene for disengagement at other friction points, the two countries said on Sunday. 10:24am EST

Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China Sea

Taiwan’s air force scrambled for a second straight day on Saturday after a dozen Chinese fighter aircraft and bombers carried out drills close to Taiwan-controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea, the defence ministry in Taipei said. Feb 20 2021

China regulator finalizes guidelines on banks’ internet loan businesses

China’s bank regulator on Saturday tightened requirements on the internet loan business of commercial banks, amid heightened scrutiny of online lending by internet giants such as Ant Group Co, the finance arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Feb 20 2021

FTSE Russell to include 11 stocks from China’s STAR Market in global benchmarks

Index provider FTSE Russell will add 11 stocks from China’s STAR Market to its global benchmarks, according to a post on its website from Friday. Feb 20 2021

Mainland China reports eight new COVID-19 cases vs 10 a day earlier

China on Saturday reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the mainland for February 19, compared with 10 cases a day earlier, the health authority said. Feb 19 2021

U.S. alleges Stanford researcher concealed connection to Chinese army

A federal grand jury has indicted a Stanford University medical researcher for allegedly concealing and lying about her membership of the Chinese military. Feb 19 2021

U.S. concerned China’s new coast guard law could escalate maritime disputes

The United States is concerned by China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Feb 19 2021

At Biden’s G7 debut, leaders look beyond COVID to trade and China

Group of Seven leaders, who control a little under half of the world’s economy, on Friday sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies with free trade and to countering China’s “non-market oriented” policies. Feb 19 2021

China’s rise to define transatlantic ties, NATO chief says

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Friday for Europe, Canada and the United States to uphold the international rules-based order that Russia and China are challenging, and described Beijing’s rising power as a defining issue. Feb 19 2021

U.S. lawmakers set resolution condemning China over Hong Kong rights

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan resolution on Friday condemning actions by the Chinese government and local authorities in Hong Kong that they said violated rights and freedoms in the city. Feb 19 2021

G7 says to counter ‘non-market’ policies from China to ensure free trade

Group of Seven leaders on Friday said they would seek a collective approach to China to counter “non-market oriented” policies and practices and to ensure a fair multilateral global trade. Feb 19 2021

Chinese fighters buzz Taiwan’s air zone as it appoints new defence minister

Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Friday after eight Chinese fighter aircraft flew into the southwestern part of its air defence zone in another display of stepped-up military activity around the democratic island. Feb 19 2021

China reveals four soldiers killed in June 2020 border clash with India

China for the first time on Friday gave its detailed account of a bloody Himalayan border clash with Indian troops in June 2020, including how four of its soldiers died. Feb 19 2021

China hikes half-year rare earth output quotas to record level

China on Friday hiked its rare earth output quotas for the first half of the year by more than 27% to record levels, potentially easing concerns of supply shortages after a spike in prices. Feb 19 2021

Texas weather crisis deepens Chinese belief they’re ‘on right path’, says foreign ministry

China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that seeing the plight of Americans suffering in a severe winter storm that hit the state of Texas this week reinforced a belief among Chinese citizens that their country is “on the right path”. Feb 19 2021

Exclusive: Goldman, other financial firms add China staff, eyeing growth

(This February 10 story corrects paragraph 8 to show workforce of 100 targeted, not hires) Feb 18 2021

Hang Lung says property deal with U.S. consulate to proceed after China’s approval

Hong Kong developer Hang Lung Properties said its $331.5 million purchase of property owned by the U.S. consulate will proceed after gaining the approval from the Chinese central government. Feb 18 2021

Yellen says U.S. will keep tariffs on China in place for now

The United States will keep tariffs imposed on Chinese goods by the former Trump administration in place for now, but will evaluate how to proceed after a thorough review, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told CNBC on Thursday. Feb 18 2021

Biden to focus on COVID-19, China at G7’s Friday meeting – White House

U.S. President Joe Biden will discuss the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to rebuild the global economy in his meeting with G7 leaders on Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Feb 18 2021

India, China complete troop withdrawal from lake area of disputed Himalayas

Indian and Chinese troops pull out from a lake area on their disputed border in the western Himalayas, setting the scene for disengagement at other friction …ABC News2 hours ago

Pangong Lake: India and China complete pull-back of forces

India and China have completed the pull-back of troops from part of their disputed Himalayan border, a joint statement issued by the Indian defence ministry …BBC News5 hours ago

How China is devastating Australia’s billion-dollar wine industry

Hundreds of Australian wine producers who invested heavily in China’s wine boom are now facing an uncertain future.7NEWS.com.au13 hours ago

Boris Johnson declares he is ‘fervently Sinophile’ as UK woos China

The UK is seeking to strengthen its economic and trade links with China after Boris Johnson stated he was “fervently Sinophile” and determined to improve ties …The Guardian4 hours ago

China’s state broadcaster applies to France for right to air in Europe

China’s state broadcaster has turned to French authorities in an attempt to regain its right to broadcast in Europe, after a UK regulator revoked its licence to air …Financial Times10 hours ago

Rise of China puts nuclear power option back on table

The frequent incursions of Chinese fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace invites two conclusions. The least likely is that Chinas air force has a dodgy navigation …The Australian11 hours agoOpinion

China bombers carry out drills amid fears of ‘full-blown military bases’

China has carried out aircraft and bomber drills near Taiwan-controlled islands amid concerns China is constructing a new military base.Yahoo News Australia20 hours ago

White House: China And WHO Need To ‘Step Up’ On Investigation Into Origin Of Pandemic

National security adviser Jake Sullivan says he has concerns over the data China has provided to the World Health Organization regarding the origins of the …NPR5 hours ago

Fury at China in Myanmar as protesters accuse Beijing of orchestrating military takeover

An extremely uncomfortable situation for China is unfolding on its doorstep — as a troubled nation rises up against its new rulers. The southeast Asian nation of …NEWS.com.au18 hours ago

If it will put this man in jail, China will stop at nothing

That Beijing wants to put Martin Lee in jail illustrates the Chinese regime’s contempt for the law.The Washington Post11 hours agoOpinion

China’s political elite prepare to meet at key moment for Xi’s grand vision

Next month’s major political set piece will take on special significance this year as it coincides with the Communist Party’s centenary.South China Morning Post9 hours ago

China tightens online lending rules in fresh blow to Jack Ma’s Ant Group

China’s banking regulator has tightened rules governing how online lending platforms fund their loans, a move that analysts say could hit the valuation of Jack …Financial Times11 hours ago

China Deploys Covid-19 Vaccine to Build Influence, With U.S. on Sidelines

Beijing and its companies are assembling a chain of airplanes, warehouses and trucks to deliver refrigerated doses to the developing world, the latest link in its …The Wall Street Journal7 hours ago

Chinese military to build new-type training system amid external threats

The Chinese military announced on Saturday that it will build a new type of training system that would improve military training in all respects, strengthen the …Global Times11 hours ago

Commentary: Taiwan is becoming the biggest test in US-China relations

US President Joe Biden must demonstrate resolve yet bolster communication channels with China and manage the signature of interactions with …CNA1 hour ago

China’s Coal Supply Crisis Means High Prices, Blackouts

Voice of America is an international news and broadcast organization serving Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East …VOA Asia2 days ago

‘China is motoring ahead’: Australian mining giants ride Beijing’s cash splash

China’s building boom has provided a gift for Australia’s mining giants who were steeling themselves for huge disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sydney Morning Herald3 days ago

Britain to challenge China at U.N. over access to Xinjiang

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will on Monday call for the United Nations to be given “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in …Reuters1 hour ago

How China’s green finance slowdown threatens global climate ambitions

Contrary to China’s grand climate ambitions, the work to bring its financial system in line is slowing down. The decentralised financial system in China has, …South China Morning Post4 hours agoOpinion

Op-Ed: Biden sought to rally U.S. allies in Munich, but unity will prove difficult as China’s influence grows

What lurked beneath this moment was a recognition among U.S. and European officials of just how hard it will be to slow China’s authoritarian momentum.CNBCYesterdayOpinion

Australia’s skilled visa allocation to Hongkongers has more than doubled since China’s crackdown

Exclusive: Data obtained by SBS Chinese under the Freedom of Information Act has found there was a sharp rise in the number of permanent residency visas …SBS1 hour ago

China’s plan to transform robotics market falls behind target

Robots made by Chinese companies accounted for about 39 per cent of domestic sales last year, below Beijing’s goal for local companies to supply half the …South China Morning Post2 days ago

China military watch | The Strategist

As tensions rise over China’s recent aggressive air patrolling across the Taiwan Strait, and concern mounts that Beijing may stage a provocation to coerce Taipei …The Strategist10 days ago

‘Constructive’ diplomatic contacts over Irish man detained in China

Taoiseach asks Chinese premier for review of O’Halloran’s case ‘on compassionate grounds’The Irish Times4 hours ago

China’s trade sanctions on Australian agriculture force farmers to find new markets

Farmers who fell victim to the multi-billion-dollar China-Australia trade spat are seeing signs of hope as they find new customers for their produce.ABC News8 days ago

China detains three bloggers for ‘insulting’ PLA soldiers who died in Galwan Valley clash

Among the arrested was Qiu Ziming (38), an investigative journalist formerly with The Economic Observer.The Hindu10 hours ago

Border tensions: funds from China down to a third of 2019

Continuing tensions at the border and measures adopted by the government to check investments by Chinese firms and funds have significantly impacted the …The Indian Express45 minutes ago

Is China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Working in Southeast Asia?

Many observers have discussed how China is using its COVID-19 medical aid as a means to improve its soft power, or even to exert geopolitical control …The Diplomat2 days ago

China’s Yield Appeal Catapults Yuan to the Global FX Big League

The Chinese renminbi’s accelerating transformation from a sleepy backwater of the foreign-exchange market into a currency fit to rival global peers has traders …Bloomberg35 minutes ago

Residents in Chinese city vent frustration after more than 40 days in lockdown

Gaocheng, a district of the Hebei capital Shijiazhuang, went into lockdown in early January and many complain they are still trapped in their homes.South China Morning PostYesterday

IAN BIRRELL: Row erupts over ‘cover-up’ of China’s Covid death toll

IAN BIRRELL: The official data shows a fall of more than 150000 people receiving state payments in China in the first quarter of last year.Daily Mail19 hours ago

‘Name it for what it is’: MPs implore PM to label China’s treatment of Uighurs a genocide

Federal MPs are making their case to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join them in voting to label China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims a genocide ahead of …CTV News12 hours ago

Water Wars: Chinese Military Takes Aim While Biden’s China Strategy Takes Shape

A Chinese simulated strike on a U.S. aircraft carrier, naval operations in the South China Sea and Biden’s ally-focused China strategy.Lawfare4 days ago

China Censors the Internet. So Why Doesn’t Russia?

The Kremlin has constructed an entire infrastructure of repression but has not displaced Western apps. Instead, it is turning to outright intimidation.The New York Times16 hours ago

Disengagement process with China complete after 9 rounds of talks: Rajnath Singh

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the disengagement process between India and China is complete “after nine rounds of military and …Hindustan Times7 hours ago

China’s clampdown on Jack Ma’s Ant boosts rivals

China’s crackdown on Jack Ma’s Ant Group is boosting rival lenders that charge much higher interest rates, raising fears that Beijing’s drive to lower credit risk …Financial Times3 days ago

150 regional jobs on line in wind farm stoush over Chinese steel

More than 150 regional jobs are at risk because a multinational has chosen to use cheaper imported steel, likely from China, instead of local product to build a …The Age2 days ago

Allegations of shackled students and gang rape inside China’s detention camps

Hong Kong (CNN) On the first day of her new teaching job at a Chinese government-run detention center in Xinjiang, Qelbinur Sidik said she saw two soldiers …CNN 2 days ago

US lobster exports to China rebounded in 2020 – Portland Press Herald

Maine’s lobster industry sees the boost as a positive sign in a year of declining international trade caused primarily by the coronavirus pandemic. By Hannah …Press Herald12 hours ago

South China Sea: Satellite images show China building ‘full-blown military bases’ on artificial islands

Amid tensions in the South China Sea, images show China building ‘military bases’.New Zealand Herald16 minutes ago

How Chinese courtyard housing could help older Australian women avoid homelessness

Australia urgently needs housing types that meet the needs of older women facing homelessness. One such model is Chinese siheyuan courtyard housing, …ABC NewsYesterday

Satellite images reveal China’s unusual weapon amid Taiwan tensions

China is waging a subtle war against its island neighbour – deploying an unusual tactic as it looks to expand its regional empire.Yahoo News Australia13 days ago

China coast guard vessels enter Japan waters near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) — Two Chinese coast guard vessels entered Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands on Sunday for the second day in a r.Nikkei Asia20 hours ago

Bill Gates: US faces ‘tricky’ task working with China on climate change

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates told Yahoo Finance that U.S. environmental diplomacy with China poses a “tricky” task for the Biden administration, which …Yahoo Finance11 hours ago

China implements invasive quarantine rules amid fear of holiday coronavirus outbreak

China is enforcing strict new measures, including anal swab testing, as COVID-19 cases surge ahead of Lunar New Year, a time of high travel for the country.ABC News27 Jan

China’s Gen Z consumers drive growth of domestic brands as spending power rises

China’s Gen Z cohort is notably more globally minded and enthusiastic about “Made in China” products, said L Catterton’s Charlotte Chang.CNBC5 days ago

China’s box office roars while Hollywood remains on mute

China’s box office was off to a roaring start during the crucial Lunar New Year holiday while the majority of cinemas remain closed in North America, …Financial Times9 days ago

Trafficking dreams – Why China’s Didi can succeed where Uber has struggled | Business

To glimpse the future of the ride-hailing business, look east.The Economist2 days ago

How Jin Liqun Charted an Independent Course for China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Born two years before Mao Zedong’s Communist Revolution, Jin Liqun was “sent down” by the party to help rural peasantry as a young man, and spent his teens …TIME3 days ago

Citigroup Executive Pulls James Bond Stunts to Woo China’s Rich

(Bloomberg) — A man in a tuxedo sits at a mountaintop bar. His phone buzzes and he springs into action, stepping into ski boots and racing down the slopes.BNN58 minutes ago

China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defence industry

China is exploring limiting the export of rare earth minerals that are crucial for the manufacture of American F-35 fighter jets and other sophisticated weaponry, …Financial Times6 days ago

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