China in the News: February 26, 2021

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Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country. 8:05pm EST

Biden USTR nominee Tai vows to end trade ‘race to the bottom,’ counter China

Katherine Tai, President Joe Biden’s top trade nominee, backed tariffs as a “legitimate tool” to counter China’s state-driven economic model and vowed to hold Beijing to its prior commitments, while promising a sweeping new approach to U.S. trade. 7:40pm EST

U.S. has not made ‘final decision’ on participating in Olympics in China

The White House has not made a final decision on whether the United States will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said on Thursday, even as some Republicans call for a boycott. 4:13pm EST

New Chinese study finds milder variants of African swine fever virus

New variants of the African swine fever virus circulating in China appear to cause a milder form of the disease, making it less deadly but harder to detect and to bring under control, a study published this week showed. 12:11pm EST

China approves two more domestic COVID-19 vaccines for public use

China’s medical products regulator said on Thursday that it had approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for public use, raising the number of domestically produced vaccines that can be used in China to four. 10:28am EST

Exclusive: Sports retailer Fanatics enters China via venture with Hillhouse Capital

Fanatics Inc, the world’s biggest licensed sports merchandise retailer, said on Thursday it was expanding into China via a venture with private equity firm Hillhouse Capital Group, as the e-commerce platform considers a possible public listing. 8:58am EST

Former exec at China’s Kuaishou arrested for alleged graft

A former vice-president of Chinese online short-video sharing firm Kuaishou has been arrested for alleged corruption, the company said on Thursday, as executives from Chinese tech giants come under increasing scrutiny. 7:30am EST

China’s Suning.com says shareholders plan to sell up to 25% stake

Chinese retailer Suning.com said on Thursday shareholders plan to sell 20% to 25% of the company to unnamed buyers which might lead to a change in control as its parent seeks to raise cash. 7:28am EST

China’s Xiaomi adds manufacturing muscle in India to boost phone production

China’s Xiaomi Corp is enlisting more contract manufacturers to make its phones in India, adding heft in a country where it is already one of the biggest smartphone brands. 5:40am EST

China’s Xi trumpets ‘victory’ in campaign to end rural poverty

Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrated “complete victory” in the effort to eradicate rural poverty at a ceremony in Beijing on Thursday to mark a signature initiative of his eight-year tenure. 5:35am EST

Biden CIA nominee Burns to focus on ‘authoritarian adversary’ China

President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China – and countering its “adversarial, predatory” leadership – as the key to U.S. national security. 4:11am EST

China denies requiring U.S. diplomats to take anal swab tests

China’s foreign ministry denied on Thursday that U.S. diplomats in the country had been required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19, following media reports that some had complained about the procedure. 3:56am EST

Russia jails man for eight years for handing over secrets to China: TASS

A Russian court sentenced a man to eight years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of state treason for allegedly handing over secrets to China, the TASS news agency reported. 2:43am EST

ByteDance names head of China news unit as global TikTok R&D chief: sources

Beijing-based ByteDance plans to move the chief of its Chinese news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, Zhu Wenjia, to Singapore to head global research and development for its hit short video app TikTok, two people familiar with the matter said. The role is newly created and would be the first senior R&D position for TikTok. Zhu will be in charge of the app’s product and technologies including its recommendation algorithms, the people said. His position will be parallel to TikTok’s interim head, Vanessa Pappas, and will report directly to ByteDance founder and Chief Executive Zhang Yiming, they said. 12:48am EST

China confirms Xie Zhenhua appointed as new special climate envoy

Xie Zhenhua, who served as China’s chief negotiator during key climate meetings in Copenhagen and Paris, has been appointed the country’s new special climate envoy, the environment ministry confirmed on Thursday. 12:24am EST

China vows five-year plan dedicated to climate, but growth, security concerns weigh

China has promised to dedicate its new “five-year plan” to tackling climate change, but concerns about economic growth and energy security are expected to temper the country’s green ambitions. Feb 24 2021

Explainer: What to expect from China’s annual meeting of parliament

Thousands of delegates from across the country will gather in Beijing next week for the annual meeting of parliament, where China will announce goals for 2021 as well as its next five-year plan for economic development. Feb 24 2021

China target to allow air pollution to rise slightly in 2021 – environment ministry

China’s air quality targets for this year will be set at a slightly higher level than last year’s average, an official said on Thursday, after pollution fell significantly in the early part of 2020 due to coronavirus-related lockdowns. Feb 24 2021

China says U.S. undermining stability after U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait

The Chinese military criticised the United States on Thursday for undermining regional peace and stability after a U.S. Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait a day earlier. Feb 24 2021

Singapore’s first Chinese COVID-19 vaccines arrive ahead of approval

Singapore received its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech on Tuesday, its health ministry said, although the shot is still awaiting approval for use in the city-state. Feb 24 2021

China’s President Xi Jinping trumpets ‘complete victory’ in campaign to end rural poverty

China’s government is celebrating President Xi Jinping’s “complete victory” in the country’s campaign to eradicate rural poverty.ABC News9 hours ago

China’s Xi declares ‘complete victory’ against rural poverty

China says about 98.99 million people in countryside have been lifted out of poverty in the last eight years.Al Jazeera English10 hours ago

Biden’s trade attack on China will reverberate around the world

President Joe Biden’s ordering of a 100-day review of vulnerabilities in America’s supply chains highlights the dependence the US, and other developed …Sydney Morning Herald21 hours ago

Trade dispute flares again as Australian wine blocked at Chinese ports

Chinese stores have been stocking imitations of popular brands over the past year, such as “Penfunils” and “Benfords”, and marketing them as Australian.Sydney Morning Herald18 hours ago

Chinese state media calls Australia a ‘gangster’ as trade war flares

China has accused Australia of being part of an “axis of white supremacy” because of our intelligence alliance with Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom …NEWS.com.au6 hours ago

China and India spruik their COVID-19 vaccines in a soft-power push across the world

Experts say Beijing and New Delhi are sending millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations abroad in the hopes of shoring up their international reputations and …ABC NewsYesterday

Retail traders’ hold on China’s stock market slips as institutions rise

Retail investors’ influence in China’s stock market is fading as institutional dominance grows, standing in contrast to a global surge in amateur trading that has …Financial Times1 hour ago

Fears for future of rock lobster fishing industry as China ban bites

Australia’s rock lobster fishing industry is facing a struggle for survival after it lost its key export ma…9NewsYesterday

China denies requiring anal swabs from US diplomats

US media claims diplomats were made to undergo anal swabs to test for coronavirus.BBC News12 hours ago

China pulls the plug on Australia’s biggest live reef fish exporter

Queensland’s multi-million-dollar coral trout fishery is in jeopardy after the country’s biggest live-fish exporter fails to have its export licence renewed in China.ABC News22 hours ago

China seems to be living up to trade deal pledges, Biden’s Agriculture secretary says

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes China is making good on promises it made as part of the phase one trade deal.CNBC1 hour ago

China says U.S. undermining stability after warship sails through Taiwan Strait

The Chinese military criticized the United States on Thursday for undermining regional peace and stability after a U.S. Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan …NBC News13 hours ago

Penfolds owner Treasury Wines sacks staff in China

Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates has sacked as many as 60 people from across its China wine business following the punishing wine tariffs imposed by …The Australian Financial Review18 minutes ago

What are China’s leaders saying about the South China Sea?

When China began three days of military exercises in the South China Sea’s Gulf of Tonkin back in January, some observers speculated that Beijing was testing …The Interpreter2 days ago

Chinese Australian fashion influencer Margaret Zhang appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue China

Experts say the 27-year-old can help ‘keep the good ties rolling’ between the two countries at a time of ‘political skirmishes’The Guardian14 hours ago

A2 Milk downgrades guidance as daigou-linked China sales sour

A2 Milk’s new boss is in for a challenge as one analyst questioned whether the milk and infant formula company had its ‘best days behind it’ after it booked a …Sydney Morning Herald20 hours ago

‘Wake-up call’: Business Council urges increase to foreign aid to counter China

Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says the Australian government needs to urgently boost its diplomatic and foreign aid footprint …Sydney Morning Herald21 hours ago

China to create ‘IT aircraft carrier’ through tech megamerger

BEIJING — China Electronics Technology Group looks to absorb a fellow state-owned enterprise and create what would be the country’s third-larges.Nikkei Asia2 hours ago

The rivalry between America and China will hinge on South-East Asia

DURING THEIR 45-year feud, America and the Soviet Union fought proxy battles all across the world. But the cold war was at its most intense in Europe, where …The Economist46 minutes agoOpinion

Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first …Reuters45 minutes ago

China’s Campaign to Crush Democracy in Hong Kong Is Working

Hong Kong, the freewheeling former British colony, has been brought to heel by a new national security law used to quell street protests, ban foreign lobbying …The Wall Street Journal10 hours ago

PM talks China with Japanese counterpart

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken to his Japanese counterpart about concerns stemming from the Myanmar coup and Chinese aggression in the region.7NEWS.com.au2 hours ago

China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have It

When COVID hit, a Chinese firm offered to set up testing labs in the U.S., which could have given it access to DNA data. The U.S. says this is part of China’s effort …NPRYesterday

Here’s what we know about planetary protection on China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft will attempt to land on Mars this spring, but will the mission carry Earthly contamination with it to the surface?Space.com7 hours ago

China blocks more than 23,000 litres of Australian wine as spat continues

Batches of wine from Penfolds and Badger’s Brook Estate are the latest Australian products to be stopped at Chinese ports, reportedly over labelling issues.South China Morning PostYesterday

Chinese £3,200 budget electric car takes on Tesla

The mini electric vehicle being made by China’s biggest carmaker is now outselling Tesla two to one.BBC News22 hours ago

India beats China at its own game in vaccine diplomacy battle

India’s huge capacity to make coronavirus vaccines is helping the country take on China in the battle to gain political influence across the developing world.Mint19 minutes ago

China’s Tianwen-1 lowers its orbit around Mars to prepare for rover landing

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has trimmed its orbit around Mars to allow the spacecraft to analyze the chosen landing region on the Red Planet.Space.com13 hours ago

A U.S. strategy paper on China draws a tepid response in Beijing

“The Longer Telegram” and its call for stringent U.S. policy on China caught the attention of many in Washington, but only a passing public response in Beijing.CNBC2 days ago

China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

The landmark case has sparked debate as it shines a spotlight on housewives’ unpaid labour.BBC News2 days ago

U.S. has not made ‘final decision’ on participating in Olympics in China

The White House has not made a final decision on whether the United States will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, President Joe Biden’s …Reuters6 hours ago

China offers 1st glimpse inside Chang’e 5 moon rock sample

China has revealed the first images of lunar samples from its Chang’e 5 mission following a meeting between China’s president and mission representatives.Space.com13 hours ago

China guides its self-driving startups into the fast lane

HONG KONG/ PALO ALTO, U.S. — When AutoX said in December that it had become the first Chinese company to test fully self-driving vehicles on open roa.Nikkei Asia4 hours ago

Some of China and Japan’s biggest firms are setting ambitious hydrogen growth targets

Large firms in China and Japan are moving to assert early dominance in the nascent global hydrogen market as part of their decarbonisation goals.Stockhead6 hours ago

FAO supports China-Latin America and the Caribbean partnership to boost agri-food systems – World

Director-General QU Dongyu speaks at China-CELAC Forum on Agriculture. 5 February 2021, Mexico City/Beijing/Rome – The Director-General of the Food and …ReliefWeb4 hours ago

Biden’s CIA nominee says US colleges should cut ties with China-backed Confucius Institutes

President Biden’s pick for CIA director appeased GOP lawmakers Wednesday after he suggested Confucius Institute programs should be barred from U.S. public …Fox News1 hour ago

China lays down another marker in the offshore wind sector, accounting for half of last year’s installations

Europe is the largest market for offshore wind, but the Asia-Pacific region is catching up.CNBC9 hours ago

China approves two COVID-19 vaccines

China’s National Medical Products Administration says it has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for public use, increasing the number of domestic vaccines …The Canberra Times8 hours ago

India’s firmness, Xi Jinping’s political goals, explain China’s withdrawal in Ladakh

A great deal has already been written by Indian experts on the decision by the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army to “disengage” in Ladakh, starting …The Indian Express2 hours agoOpinion

China, unlike India, has adapted western ideas to suit its needs

Thinking for yourself rather than trying to live up to the expectations of the West seems to be the key to the tremendous growth that China represents today.The Indian Express23 hours agoOpinion

Security co-operation ‘vital to counter China’, says Japanese ambassador

Japans new ambassador has praised the Morrison governments strategic approach to the South China Sea and declared expanding Australian-Japanese …The Australian12 hours ago

Leaving Hong Kong after China’s clampdown: where are people thinking of going and why? – The Conversation Weekly podcast

Plus new research finds a way to speed up the search for dark matter. Listen to episode 4 of The Conversation Weekly.The Conversation UK13 hours ago

China military watch | The Strategist – 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 Strategist14 days ago

Doubts about the WHO COVID inquiry fuel China’s advantage

A highly anticipated global inquiry, more than a dozen investigators, a fortnight of inspections at ground-zero of the virus that sent borders up around the world, …Sydney Morning Herald14 days ago

Disgust at China’s state-sponsored ‘Uyghurface’ in Wellington

Wellington’s mayor is the latest New Zealand politician to be used as a propaganda tool in China’s campaign against Uyghur Muslims.Newsroom8 hours ago

Markets watch China’s upcoming Phase 1 purchases

China could meet its 2021 Phase 1 agreement target for agricultural imports from the United States, and that would do wonders for crop prices, says an.Western Producer3 hours ago

China using woke talking points as ‘propaganda’ against west

China is using all of the typical ‘woke’ talking points as “propaganda” against western alliances after a state-owned propaganda mouthpiece declared the Five …Sky News Australia13 hours ago

Army chief Naravane says Beijing’s South China Sea strategy ‘won’t work with us’

Army chief Gen MM Naravane cited the example of the South China Sea where China militarised some of the islands .Naravane said this strategy will not work …Mint15 hours ago

Biden CIA nominee Burns to focus on ‘authoritarian adversary’ China

President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China – and …Reuters16 hours ago

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