China in the News: March 2, 2021

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As economy rebounds, China parliament to address long-term pitfalls

China’s annual session of parliament will chart a course for economic recovery and unveil a five-year plan to fend off stagnation, as strategic rivalry with the United States spurs a shift to reliance on consumption and home-grown technology. 8:04pm EST

China’s Nio signals slowing EV deliveries as volumes rise

China’s Nio Inc on Monday forecast slowing growth for its electric vehicle deliveries in its current quarter, as the automaker ships higher volumes, sending its shares down 7% in extended trading. 7:24pm EST

Biden’s trade rep pick says she will fight Chinese trade barriers, including censorship

President Joe Biden’s U.S. trade representative nominee, Katherine Tai, said on Monday she would work to fight a range of “unfair” Chinese trade and economic practices and would seek to treat Chinese censorship as a trade barrier. 6:00pm EST

Venezuela approves use of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

Venezuela has approved the use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the South American country’s health ministry said on Monday, after it began administering Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine last month. 5:57pm EST

Analysis: China expected to favour green tech over coal in new five-year plan

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – China, which long targeted rapid industrial growth despite its environmental consequences, now aims to become the global leader in “low-carbon tech for a carbon-constrained world” as it unveils its new five-year plan this week, China analysts said. 3:17pm EST

U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China

A U.S. national security commission is recommending that American universities take steps to prevent sensitive technology from being stolen by the Chinese military, a sign of growing concerns over the security of academic research. 2:00pm EST

U.S. panel recommends export ‘choke points’ to prevent Chinese dominance in semiconductors

A U.S. national security commission on Monday recommended Congress tighten up “choke points” on chipmaking technology to prevent China from overtaking the United States in semiconductors in the coming years. 12:53pm EST

Mumbai power outage could have been cyber sabotage, says minister

A power failure that crippled India’s financial capital of Mumbai in western Maharashtra state last year could have been a case of cyber sabotage, a local minister said on Monday, as China denied a report that it was behind the outage. 11:31am EST

Polish and Chinese presidents discuss buying Chinese COVID vaccine – PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda has talked with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about buying the Chinese COVID-19 shot, his aide told state-run news agency PAP on Monday, as the country looked for ways to speed up vaccination of its residents. 10:01am EST

Chinese hackers target Indian vaccine makers SII, Bharat Biotech, says security firm

A Chinese state-backed hacking group has in recent weeks targeted the IT systems of two Indian vaccine makers whose coronavirus shots are being used in the country’s immunisation campaign, cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma told Reuters. 9:06am EST

Chinese blockchain firm SOS denies allegations by short-sellers

Chinese blockchain firm SOS Ltd on Monday called the allegations made by two short-sellers as “distorted, misleading and unsubstantiated” and claimed that social media accounts of some board members may have been briefly disabled or impersonated. 8:59am EST

China says Taiwan pineapple ban not about politics as war of words escalates

China on Monday denied accusations by Taiwan that a ban on pineapples from the island was about politics, saying it was purely a matter of biosecurity, in an escalating war of words that has added to existing tensions. 7:46am EST

China counters Uighur criticism with explicit attacks on women witnesses

China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of minority Muslim Uighurs in far west Xinjiang, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. 7:31am EST

Tokyo asks China to stop anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens

Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens as the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesman said on Monday. 6:04am EST

China’s furtive bitcoin trade heats up again, worrying regulators

Bitcoin’s 300% price surge since October has revived China’s grey market in cryptocurrency trading, putting regulators on alert over financial risks and capital outflows as volatility spikes. 5:38am EST

China moving ‘step by step’ in recertifying Boeing 737 MAX

China’s aviation regulator said on Monday its major safety concerns with the Boeing Co 737 MAX had to be “properly addressed” before conducting flight tests but it was studying a plan with U.S. planemaker for clearing aircraft to fly. 5:36am EST

China’s Inner Mongolia to end cryptocurrency mining, ban new steel, coke projects

China’s Inner Mongolia will end all cryptocurrency mining projects and stop reviewing new projects in industries which consume large amounts of energy, such as steel, coke and methanol production, as it attempts to meet energy efficiency targets. 5:31am EST

China to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

China has pledged to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, Afghan officials said on Monday, in a boost for an immunisation campaign begun last week. 4:42am EST

China says domestic competition hurting rare earth prices

China’s rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used in military equipment and consumer electronics, are being undersold due to “vicious competition” domestically and face low resource utilisation, the country’s industry minister said on Monday. 4:27am EST

Board meeting, Chinese asset sale plan lift Danone shares

Shares in Danone’s, which is expected to hold a board meeting on Monday amid shareholder pressure to improve governance and boost returns, rose 2% after it announced plans to sell its stake in Chinese dairy firm Mengniu. 4:22am EST

Chinese blockchain firm SOS denies allegations by short-sellers

Chinese blockchain firm SOS Ltd on Monday called the allegations made by two short-sellers as “distorted, misleading and unsubstantiated” and claimed that social media accounts of some board members may have been briefly disabled or impersonated. 8:59am EST

China says Taiwan pineapple ban not about politics as war of words escalates

China on Monday denied accusations by Taiwan that a ban on pineapples from the island was about politics, saying it was purely a matter of biosecurity, in an escalating war of words that has added to existing tensions. 7:46am EST

China counters Uighur criticism with explicit attacks on women witnesses

China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of minority Muslim Uighurs in far west Xinjiang, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. 7:31am EST

Tokyo asks China to stop anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens

Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens as the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesman said on Monday. 6:04am EST

China’s furtive bitcoin trade heats up again, worrying regulators

Bitcoin’s 300% price surge since October has revived China’s grey market in cryptocurrency trading, putting regulators on alert over financial risks and capital outflows as volatility spikes. 5:38am EST

China moving ‘step by step’ in recertifying Boeing 737 MAX

China’s aviation regulator said on Monday its major safety concerns with the Boeing Co 737 MAX had to be “properly addressed” before conducting flight tests but it was studying a plan with U.S. planemaker for clearing aircraft to fly. 5:36am EST

China’s Inner Mongolia to end cryptocurrency mining, ban new steel, coke projects

China’s Inner Mongolia will end all cryptocurrency mining projects and stop reviewing new projects in industries which consume large amounts of energy, such as steel, coke and methanol production, as it attempts to meet energy efficiency targets. 5:31am EST

China to provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

China has pledged to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, Afghan officials said on Monday, in a boost for an immunisation campaign begun last week. 4:42am EST

China says domestic competition hurting rare earth prices

China’s rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used in military equipment and consumer electronics, are being undersold due to “vicious competition” domestically and face low resource utilisation, the country’s industry minister said on Monday. 4:27am EST

Board meeting, Chinese asset sale plan lift Danone shares

Shares in Danone’s, which is expected to hold a board meeting on Monday amid shareholder pressure to improve governance and boost returns, rose 2% after it announced plans to sell its stake in Chinese dairy firm Mengniu. 4:22am EST Earlier

ATP roundup: Qualifier makes it to finals at Cordoba Open

Qualifier Juan Manuel Cerundolo defeated countryman Federico Coria in an all-Argentine semifinal Saturday to advance to the finals of the Cordoba (Argentina) Open.

Foreign journalists in China see ‘rapid decline in media freedom’: survey

China used coronavirus prevention measures, intimidation and visa curbs to limit foreign reporting in 2020, ushering in a “rapid decline in media freedom,” the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said on Monday. 3:48am EST

Britain scolds China over charging of Hong Kong activists

Britain on Monday scolded China for a decision to charge 47 Hong Kong politicians and activists for conspiracy to commit subversion under the National Security Law. 3:33am EST

Some local Beijing communities start giving elderly COVID-19 shots

Some local communities in Beijing have started giving COVID-19 vaccine doses to people older than 60, even as the city’s disease-control authorities publicly advises this age group against inoculation. 2:18am EST

China to develop tech to deal with misbehaving apps, plug personal information leaks

China will improve detection technologies to find information protection “loopholes” as more effort is being made this year to regulate the country’s huge mobile app market, the information technology minister said. Feb 28 2021

China’s factory activity growth slips to nine-month low: Caixin PMI

China’s factory activity expanded at the slowest pace in nine months in February as weak overseas demand and coronavirus flare-ups weighed on output, adding pressure on the country’s labour market, a business survey showed on Monday. Feb 28 2021

China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases vs six a day earlier

Mainland China reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Feb. 28, up from six cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Monday. Feb 28 2021

China’s CanSino says first vaccines packaged in Mexico will be ready in March

The first batch of 2 million vaccines from China’s CanSino Biologics Inc , produced in Mexico, will be ready in the second half of March, the company said on Sunday. Feb 28 2021

Under shareholder pressure, Danone takes step to sell Chinese asset

Danone said on Sunday it was taking a first step towards selling off its stake in its Chinese dairy partner as the French food group faces pressure from shareholders to improve its performance and governance. Feb 28 2021

Philippines receives Chinese vaccine, but Duterte prefers another brand

The Philippines received its initial batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday in a shipment donated by China, a day before its inoculation drive is due to begin, but President Rodrigo Duterte will not be among the first to be vaccinated. Feb 28 2021

‘Moral imperative’ to reunite migrant families -DHS chief

During a White House press briefing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it was a “moral imperative” to reunite families separated under former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” border strategy, and said the Biden administration will consider bringing deported parents back to the United States. 01:24

Eight U.S. auto state governors urge Biden to press semiconductor firms on chip shortage

A bipartisan group of eight governors from U.S. auto states on Friday urged Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden to do more to press semiconductor firms to address a global shortage of automotive chips that has cut some vehicle production.

How the West became more like China

For years, the great and good have thought communist China would become more like the West. A frustrated Chinese middle class, fearful of arbitrary one-party …The Australian11 hours agoOpinion

Australia to bankroll $300m of Pacific infrastructure as China’s lending tapers off

Australia will pour hundreds of millions of dollars into strategically important infrastructure across the Pacific over the coming months to compete with China’s …Sydney Morning Herald7 hours ago

Japan asks China to stop performing anal swab tests for COVID on its citizens

Foreign governments are expressing concerns over anal testing as Beijing claims the controversial practice is more accurate than nasal or mouth swabs.ABC News3 hours ago

Chinese investment in Australia plunged by more than 60 per cent in 2020 as trade war rages

China’s bitter battle with Australia has cost us billions, with investment plummeting to a record low in 2020.NEWS.com.au14 hours ago

What should Australia do about Uyghur forced labour in China? | The Strategist

International momentum is building to formally censure China for human rights violations. The Netherlands parliament has now joined the Canadian House of …The Strategist21 hours ago

Did China rescue Australia from the 2020 recession?

Being so closely linked to one of the fastest growing countries in the world has given the Australian economy a massive boost for many years, but none more-so …Yahoo Finance Australia5 hours ago

China’s factory activity slows for third straight month

Subdued export orders slowed China’s factory activity in February to its weakest pace in nine months, dampening the country’s post-coronavirus economic …The Australian Financial Review19 hours ago

China warships conduct dangerous combat drill in secret sea

China has conducted a live-fire drill in a “far sea”, without saying where the dangerous exercise took place. But clues point to it being near a remote, disputed US …NEWS.com.au5 hours ago

Biden Putting Tech, Not Troops, at Core of U.S.-China Policy

(Bloomberg) — The Biden administration is moving to put semiconductors, artificial intelligence and next-generation networks at the heart of U.S. strategy toward …Yahoo Finance Australia5 hours ago

Coronavirus origin Wuhan: Grim fate of China’s COVID-19 whistleblowers

The devastating impact of China’s crackdown on anybody who dared speak the truth about what was happening at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic …NEWS.com.au18 hours ago

China developer default marks latest test in under-pressure sector

A Chinese property developer backed by the country’s largest insurance group has defaulted on a $530m bond in the latest test for the country’s debt-laden real …Financial Times21 hours ago

China urges global cooperation on rare earths in jab at US

BEIJING — Countries should work together to address the demand for rare-earth minerals and products, the Chinese industry and information technology.Nikkei Asia5 hours ago

No easy fix for Australia’s supply-chain dependence on China | The Strategist

The Australian and United States governments both ordered urgent reviews of their supply chains last week amid growing concern about their vulnerability to …The Strategist6 hours ago

North American groups seek to break China’s grip on rare earths supply

Three North American companies are setting up a rare earths supply chain to reduce dependence on China for the vital metals used in weapons, electric …Financial Times2 hours ago

China’s spending on research and development hits a record $378 billion

China’s National Bureau of Statistics said that R&D spend, which looks to develop new services or products, accounted for 2.4% of China’s gross domestic …CNBC13 hours ago

Erasing memory in China’s Tibet – The Interpreter

This article draws from the “Tibet: Colonialism with Chinese characteristics?” episode of The Little Red Podcast, which features interviews and chat celebrating …The InterpreterYesterday

China Manufacturing Stumbles as U.S. Takes Off

It isn’t entirely coincidental that manufacturing readings out of China are slowing while those out of the U.S. are soaring, but the situation may not last.The Wall Street Journal9 hours ago

Opinion | Is Hong Kong’s Security Law Bad for China?

On Sunday, the Hong Kong authorities charged 47 pro-democracy activists with “conspiracy to commit subversion” against the Chinese government under the …The New York Times14 hours agoOpinion

Criticism of Five Eyes points to flaws in China’s strategic thinking | The Strategist

This week, an editorial in the Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times alleged that the almost 80-year-old Five Eyes alliance of Australia, Canada, New …The Strategist3 days ago

Bitcoin rises after China region declares war on crypto mining

China’s Inner Mongolia has banned cryptocurrency mining and declared its intention of shutting all such projects by April, spurring fears the world’s No.Mint1 hour ago

China said to speed up move to more survivable nuclear force

WASHINGTON (AP) — China appears to be moving faster toward a capability to launch its newer nuclear missiles from underground silos, possibly to improve …Associated Press20 hours ago

Copying China’s Online Blockade

How other countries’ efforts to control the internet compare with China’s Great Firewall.The New York Times7 hours ago

India Suspects China May Be Behind Major Mumbai Blackout

NEW DELHI—Indian officials are investigating whether cyberattacks from China could have been behind a blackout in Mumbai last year. State officials in …The Wall Street Journal9 hours ago

Who will be the battery powerhouse? China, Japan and the West compete

TOKYO — The shimmering salt crystals on the shores of Qarhan Salt Lake in western China’s Qinghai Province formed at the bottom of an ancient se.Nikkei Asia5 hours ago

China ‘thwarts work of foreign reporters’

China is increasingly cracking down on the work of foreign journalists, according to a survey of reporters in the country. China’s Foreign Correspondents’ Clu…The Canberra Times6 hours ago

China Charges Ahead With a National Digital Currency

The electronic Chinese yuan is now being tested in cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. No other major power is as far along with a homegrown …The New York Times5 hours ago

China’s aging population is a bigger challenge than its ‘one-child’ policy, economists say

Authorities have recently rolled back the one-child policy. But economists say other changes are needed for boosting growth as China’s population rapidly ages.CNBCYesterday

DeSantis and Florida GOP target China after CPAC

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and top GOP lawmakers unveiled legislation on Monday to create new guidelines for universities, state agencies and even local …POLITICO6 hours ago

China’s Nio signals slowing EV deliveries as volumes rise

(Reuters) – China’s Nio Inc on Monday forecast slowing growth for its electric vehicle deliveries in its current quarter, as the automaker ships higher volumes, …Yahoo Finance Australia26 minutes ago

China Task Force Begins Work; DOD Makes Progress on COVID-19

The China Task Force is engaged in a sprint to identify priorities for the Defense Department with regards to the near-peer, the Pentagon press secretary said.,Department of Defense4 hours ago

China not ready to allow the Boeing 737 Max back in the air

Beijing isn’t ready to follow the United States in allowing Boeing’s 737 Max back into the air.ABC News13 hours ago

Japan’s top retailer Aeon imports tech lessons learned in China

TOKYO — The livestreaming event hawking model trains was a hit. An employee at Japanese hobby shop chain Popondetta showed off a variety of.Nikkei Asia8 hours ago

Xi Mobilizes China for Tech Revolution to Cut Dependence on West

For U.S. politicians, China’s potential to dominate sensitive cutting-edge technologies poses one of the biggest geopolitical threats of the next few decades.Bloomberg4 hours ago

Jack Ma personifies the contradiction of China’s ideology

Imagine if Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates disappeared from public view and it was automatically assumed they had been arrested on the orders of President Joe Biden …Financial Times44 minutes ago

China’s rare earths facing ‘race to the bottom’ due to underpricing

China’s rare earths exports hit a five-year low in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic-stricken overseas demand and rising supply in domestic industries.South China Morning Post19 hours ago

China hackers did not penetrate grids: Govt

Red Echo, a hacker group affiliated with the Chinese government, repeatedly targeted the control rooms that manage India’s critical power grids in a massive …Mint7 hours ago

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