China in the News: March 17, 2021

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Daily news headlines about China from around the world (past 24 hours)

‘Just not going to happen’: US warns China over Australian trade stoush

US-China relations will not improve until economic coercion of Australia stops, says Biden’s ‘Asia tsar’ Kurt Campbell, who vows not to leave Canberra “alone on …Sydney Morning Herald20 hours ago

US tells China to improve ties with Australia: Official – The Jakarta Post

The Biden administration has told China that normalising relations with Australia is a precondition to Washington taking any substantial step towards improving …Jakarta Post13 hours ago

Encrypted messaging app Signal no longer working in China

Encrypted messaging app Signal appeared to no longer be working in China without the use of a virtual private network (VPN) as of Tuesday morning (local …ABC News17 hours ago

No Signal? Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China

Signal’s app appears to be the latest foreign social media *service* to cease working in China, where the flow of information is closely controlled. The move to …Al Jazeera English3 hours ago

China embraces coronavirus vaccine passports for overseas travel, but other countries foresee concerns

Tens of millions of vaccinated people in China have been given access to a special digital passport that could allow them to eventually travel abroad. But amid …ABC News10 hours ago

Pentagon Pushes For Bigger Effort To Deter China’s Growing Military Might

The Pacific Deterrence Initiative aims to beef up the military in the Pacific and work more closely with partners and allies. But some experts are cautious about …NPR1 hour ago

In his first trip to Asia, Blinken warns China not to use ‘coercion and aggression’ to get its way

The nation’s top diplomat slammed China’s sweeping use of “coercion and aggression” on the international stage and warned that the U.S. will mount pushback …CNBC5 hours ago

Trove of new coronaviruses detected among bats in China, study finds

A trove of new coronaviruses have been detected among bats in southern China, a study has found.9News17 hours ago

China suspected of cyber attack on Western Australia’s Parliament during state election

Western Australia’s parliamentary email network was hit by suspected Chinese hackers earlier this month as part of a massive global cyber-attack involving …ABC News6 hours ago

China tells Alibaba to sell off media assets in tech crackdown

Beijing has ordered e-commerce company Alibaba to sell off media assets including Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) as the Chinese …The Guardian2 hours ago

China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese jab

China is poised to ease border restrictions to allow some foreigners — including from the US, India and Australia — back in, provided they have taken a …Yahoo Finance Australia17 hours ago

Britain has one eye on trade with China, the other on its threats

London: Britain will seek more trade and direct investment from Beijing, despite a major review of its foreign and defence policy describing China as the “biggest …Sydney Morning Herald19 hours ago

China to construct commercial spaceport to support booming space industry

China is to establish a commercial spaceport in the coming years to support the rapid growth of private space activities in the country.SpaceNews8 hours ago

Vanguard suspends push for China fund licence

Vanguard has halted plans to obtain a fund management licence in China just months after moving its main Asia office to Shanghai, as the US group’s low-cost …Financial Times16 hours ago

Critics Raise Alarm Over EU-China Deal

An investment deal between China and the European Union restricts Europeans from investing in Chinese media and entertainment companies but does not …VOA Asia21 hours ago

Inter Milan Is Threatened by Challenges at Suning, Its Chinese Owner

HONG KONG — The new, high-rolling Chinese owner was supposed to return Inter Milan to its glory days. It spent heavily on prolific scorers like Romelu Lukaku …The New York Times1 hour ago

Iranian Oil Surge to China Hurts OPEC Efforts to Tighten Supply

(Bloomberg) — The torrent of Iranian oil that’s been gushing into China in recent weeks is crowding out imports from other nations and threatening to complicate …Yahoo Finance15 hours ago

Myanmar crisis drags China into chaos after factories torched

YANGON/BANGKOK — Attacks on Chinese-financed factories in Yangon have drawn an angry response from Beijing, which is being dragged into the mounting.Nikkei Asia16 hours ago

China’s Climate Ambitions Collide with its Coal Addiction

Beijing’s new development blueprint is meant to steer the country to carbon neutrality before 2060, but companies and regions dependent on the fossil fuel …The New York Times10 hours ago

China to foreign travelers: Take our coronavirus vaccine, enjoy a streamlined visa process in return

In the latest move by China to promote its coronavirus vaccines and flex its soft power, Beijing will offer some foreigners inoculated with Chinese-made doses …The Washington Post8 hours ago

Eating up the rainforest: China’s taste for beef drives exports from Brazil

Sales rose by 76% last year and show no signs of slowing, fuelling an environmental crisis in the Amazon and Cerrado regions.The Guardian13 hours ago

China: Xinjiang camps take similar approach to US, UK, France

China’s Ambassador to the EU Zhang Ming said on Tuesday that his country’s “deradicalization centers” for Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang are “not …POLITICO.eu12 hours ago

Vanguard halts plan to seek mutual funds license in ‘crowded’ China market

U.S. money manager Vanguard dropped a plan to obtain a mutual funds license in China, citing a “crowded” market.CNBC14 hours ago

A year on, China traffic paints mixed picture of recovery

Chinese carriers saw their domestic passenger traffic in February nearly double year on year, although this was just half of traffic figures reported in 2019, before …Flightglobal15 hours ago

Fearing a Property Bubble, China Overhauls How It Sells Land

To tame a frothy real-estate market, China is turning to one of its root causes: the way land is sold in big cities.The Wall Street Journal9 hours ago

China To Issue Visas To Foreigners Who Have Taken Chinese-Made Covid Jab

China is poised to ease border restrictions to allow some foreigners — including from the US, India and Australia — back in, provided they have taken a …NDTV5 hours ago

Chinese FM blasts SK media for blaming China over sandstorm; China never blamed Mongolia for being possible source

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday refuted South Korean media reports claiming the sandstorm that blew into South Korea originated in China, saying …Global Times13 hours ago

Russia tried to help Trump in 2020, Iran tried to hurt him and China stayed out of it, says new report

Though Trump officials asserted that China sought to hurt Trump, a newly declassified intel assessment finds China didn’t try to influence the 2020 election.NBC News4 hours ago

Australia-China barley row escalates to World Trade Organisation dispute panel

Australia’s claim that China breached international trading rules by imposing tariffs on barley last year will be referred to a dispute panel to be established by the …ABC News21 hours ago

New High in Perceptions of China as U.S.’s Greatest Enemy

Americans’ perceptions of China as their country’s greatest enemy hit a new high; a record 63% see China’s economic power as a critical threat to U.S. vital …Gallup Poll15 hours ago

China to allow Indian travellers only if they take Chinese vaccines

The March 15 announcement will bring little relief as Chinese-made vaccines are not available in India.The Hindu17 hours ago

We will not back down under sanctions, China warns EU

China warned the European Union on Tuesday against planned EU sanctions for human rights violations, saying Beijing would not yield if Brussels interfered in …Reuters15 hours ago

China Stocks Crash Can Be Avoided. Just Don’t Expect a Rally

The government’s current priorities mean equities are unlikely to do anything exciting for a while.Bloomberg17 hours agoOpinion

Negative Views of China Harden in Canada on Arbitrary Detentions

Public opinion of China is becoming entrenched at a record low in Canada, with Beijing’s use of arbitrary detention and treatment of its minority Muslim …Bloomberg17 hours ago

Ukraine to Nationalize Defense Firm, Keeping China Out in a Nod to U.S.

Ukraine plans to nationalize a prominent aerospace manufacturer and cancel its acquisition by China, after the U.S. opposed the deal to keep critical defense …The Wall Street Journal7 hours ago

UBS Raises China GDP Call to 9% as Biden Stimulus Drives Exports

China’s economy will grow even faster than initially expected in 2021, driven by a strong rebound in the domestic economy and U.S. stimulus that should drive …Bloomberg17 hours ago

China Tycoon Who Lost $32 Billion Tries to Salvage an Empire

(Bloomberg) — Wang Jianlin used to be Asia’s richest person, busy expanding his Dalian Wanda Group Co. by acquiring trophy assets overseas, all aided by …Yahoo Finance14 hours ago

China’s CAID May Bypass Apple Privacy Changes; Google Lose Appeal Over Incognito Tracking

Chinese tech firms test Apple privacy workaround CAID; Google loses appeal against Incognito lawsuit; and UK jobs related to App Store grow.ExchangeWire12 hours ago

China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese COVID-19 jab

Chinese embassies in several countries have issued notices saying the country will open visa application to select people who have taken a China-made jab.CNA16 hours ago

China’s on a mission to dominate space internet

China is ramping up plans for government-sponsored satellites to beam internet from space, taking on U.S. rivals like SpaceX and Amazon in the race to own the …ampAxios14 hours ago

China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, …US Embassy in Georgia18 hours ago

China state TV raps Kohler, BMW for using facial recognition

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state TV has criticized bathroom fixtures brand Kohler and automaker BMW for the use of facial recognition technology on visitors to …The Associated Press12 hours ago

Vanguard Hits Pause on Fund Ambitions in China

American financial giant Vanguard Group has suspended plans to launch a mutual-fund business in China. The Malvern, Pa., firm told staffers in recent days that …The Wall Street Journal1 hour ago

China sandstorm: Beijing’s biggest sandstorm in 10 years

The Chinese capital was choking on sand and dust on Monday as the biggest sandstorm in nearly a decade swept over the city.9News23 hours ago

M&A Report 2021: China

2020 proved to be a year of two halves in China. In Q1 and Q2, the market suffered the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in a dramatic way. However, Q3 and …International Financial Law Review14 hours ago

US to China: ‘stop Aust economic coercion’

Beijing must stop its economic coercion of Australia before the US grants China any improvement in relations, President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific Coordinator K…The Canberra Times4 hours ago

China’s tech giants test way around Apple’s new privacy rules, US airline CEO optimism

US airlines are optimistic about the industry after more people flew in the US this past weekend than any time since the start of the pandemic, and companies are …Financial Times20 hours ago

China’s Landbridge mulls return to ASX boards for gas play WestSide

Ma-ri-a!!! Oil and gas explorer and developer WestSide could be heading back to the ASX boards. James Davies. Nevermind the Broadway musical smash, …The Australian Financial Review13 hours ago

China’s military modernisation poses Taiwan threat, say US officials

Chinas accelerated military modernisation poses a clear and growing threat to Taiwan, and US intervention might only risk intensifying pressure from Beijing, US …The Australian16 hours ago

How China built the world’s largest arch dam in just four years

The speed of Baihetan’s construction has raised eyebrows, in a country where rapid infrastructure building is the norm.South China Morning Post13 hours ago

NZ must stand up for human rights in China

EDITORIAL: We can’t say we didn’t know. Over the past five years, numerous academic and media reports have documented the Chinese government’s …Stuff.co.nz8 hours agoOpinion

Exclusive: Investors value China’s Ant Group at over $200 billion after IPO halt – sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Some of Ant Group’s global investors have valued the Chinese fintech firm at over $200 billion based on its 2020 performance, said …Reuters10 hours ago

America needs new mechanisms to compete with China in space

At the strategic level, China is blending civil, defense and commercial segments to advance its access to and capabilities in space. While other countries …DefenseNews.com14 hours agoOpinion

China slams ‘cliques’ targeting certain countries

ANKARA. China on Monday slammed what it termed the “forming of cliques” targeting certain countries. In an era of globalization, forming “cliques” with …Anadolu Agency21 hours ago

China moves swiftly to rein in problematic online sector

Chinese market regulators moved swiftly to crack down on illegal activities in the country’s burgeoning online e-commerce platforms by releasing a series of …Global Times10 hours ago

Xi Focus: Walk the talk: Xi leads China in fight for carbon-neutral future – Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) — Almost half a year after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to make the country carbon-neutral before 2060, the roadmap to …Xinhua11 hours ago

Why Modi, Jaishankar believe in the strong China model and trashing Western reports

The coronavirus pandemic taught Modi a key lesson in realpolitik – that the rules are different for the strong and powerful.ThePrint17 hours agoOpinion

China’s chip industry brings high hopes to Shanghai trade show

TAIPEI — With supply shortages and a crackdown from Washington, China’s up-and-coming chipmaking sector has rarely seemed under such pressure — and.Nikkei Asia21 hours ago

China tells state firms in Myanmar to evacuate non-essential staff

In a notice seen by the South China Morning Post, the State Council’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (Sasac) ordered …video_youtubeSouth China Morning Post15 hours ago

Vanguard suspends plans to launch China fund management firm

Vanguard Group has abandoned plans this year to establish a fund management company in China . About six months ago, the firm said it would apply for a …Pensions & Investments10 hours ago

How China is building nightmarish surveillance state with cameras checking emotions and tracking ‘social credit’

Big Brother-like mass state surveillance is being developed by China with streets full of cameras that can monitor citizens’ emotions and track their “social credit” …NEWS.com.au23 hours ago

Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence, #20

Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Welcome to this week’s issue of China Briefing’s Belt & Road Initiative Weekly Investor Intelligence round up. In this week’s edition, we …China Briefing15 hours ago

Chinese ‘polar bear hotel’ opens to full bookings, criticism

A hotel that bills itself as the world’s first “polar bear hotel” has opened in China’s far northeastern Heilongjiang province, drawing both guests and criticism for its …CNN18 hours ago

Why UBS Thinks China Growth Could Rebound to 9% This Year

Even if the country’s leaders are feeling a little modest these days, a sharp rebound in economic activity for China in the early months of this year hasn’t gone …Barron’s3 hours ago

Pick a side: China and Japan are giving dual citizens an ultimatum

Some Asian nations are cracking down on dual citizenship. The Chinese, for instance, are encouraged to report people who secretly hold two passports.Insider17 hours ago

China busts $770 million refined oil smuggling ring in massive swoop

China foiled criminals seeking to smuggle nearly 1 million tonnes of refined oil worth 5 billion yuan ($770 million), with officials seizing 11 ships and detaining …Economic Times9 hours ago

China books 1.16 mil mt of US corn, first big flash sale in weeks

Chinese buyers booked 1.16 million mt of US corn for delivery in the 2020 21 marketing season, the first such large daily flash sale reported since January, the …S&P Global9 hours ago

AFL-CIO urges U.S. to block imports of solar products from China’s Xinjiang

The leader of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, is calling on the Biden administration and Congress to stop imports of solar products from China’s …Reuters21 hours ago

Week of prayer declared for China

CARDINAL Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, has set aside May 23-30 as a week of prayer for …Catholic Leader17 hours ago

China’s O-Film apparently cut off from Apple supply chain

HONG KONG — Chinese camera and touch module supplier O-Film Group will lose a substantial purchase order from an unidentified overseas client, the co.Nikkei Asia6 hours ago

China to expand highway network nearly 50% by 2035

DALIAN, China — China plans to extend by 47% the total length of its national expressway system by 2035 to support regional economies, but the projec.Nikkei Asia22 hours ago

China Mobile Considers A-Share Listing After U.S. Removal

(Bloomberg) — China Mobile Ltd. is considering an A-share listing after the country’s largest wireless carrier was removed from the New York Stock Exchange …Yahoo Finance Australia20 hours ago

After an initial failure, How China is now winning the vaccine diplomacy in Latin America

Beijings ability to mass-produce vaccines and ship them to countries in the developing world — while rich countries, including the United States, are hoarding …Economic Times17 hours ago

UK wants positive China links but values come first, says foreign minister

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday that Britain would like a positive relationship with China but not at the expense of upholding its values.Reuters UK16 hours ago

WHO Points To Wildlife Farms In Southern China As Likely Source Of Pandemic

A member of the World Health Organization investigative team says wildlife farms in southern China are the most likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic.Vermont Public Radio14 hours ago

China’s energy transition plan ‘underwhelming,’ may cool green financing hype

The absence of an emissions cap and more aggressive peak-carbon policies in China’s energy transition roadmap for 2021-2025 is likely to cool enthusiasm for …S&P Global21 hours ago

U.S. tells China to improve ties with Australia: U.S. official

The Biden administration has told China that normalising relations with Australia is a precondition to Washington taking any substantial step towards improving …Reuters UK18 hours ago

Vijay Prashad Warns Biden Is “Doubling Down” on Trump’s Anti-China Cold War Policy

Beijing has accused the U.S. of perpetuating a Cold War mentality as President Joe Biden and senior administration officials shore up alliances in the Pacific …Democracy Now!8 hours ago

China vows crackdown on sand mining on Yangtze

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has launched a crackdown on illegal sand mining operations on the Yangtze river, which have made large parts of central China …Reuters23 hours ago

US brings strategic weight to Quad as China airs contempt

Scott Morrison may be forecasting a new dawn in the Indo-Pacific with the arrival of the Quadrilateral meeting of Australian, Japanese, Indian and US leaders, …The Australian11 hours ago

U.S.-Chinese Rivalry Is a Battle Over Values

On the campaign trail, U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to put values at the heart of his administration’s China policy. Since entering office, he has called on the …Foreign Affairs Magazine10 hours ago

China’s wolf warrior goes after foreign media, East Asia News & Top Stories

Foreign correspondents based in China have been subjected to heightened levels of antagonism from the authorities.. Read more at straitstimes.com.The Straits Times9 hours ago

Why protesters in Myanmar are targeting Chinese factories and restaurants

Many protesters believe China supports the Tatmadaw – despite Beijing’s denial – and are sceptical of Chinese investments in the country.video_youtubeSouth China Morning Post22 hours ago

Alibaba-Backed Robo Adviser Seeks to Tame China Day Traders

(Bloomberg) — Kelvin Lei and Don Huang spent several months huddled in a corner of a Hong Kong university library, but they weren’t cramming for any exam.Yahoo Finance16 hours ago

U.S. lawmakers seek 20% boost in foreign affairs budget, with eye on China

Four Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday proposed an increase of $12 billion in the country’s foreign affairs budget, hoping to prod President Joe Biden to …Reuters8 hours ago

Cbus dumps stake in controversial Chinese miner Shenhua

The superannuation fund for construction workers, Cbus, has sold its small stake in controversial Chinese miner Shenhua, which is set to destroy Aboriginal …Sydney Morning Herald19 hours ago

Podcast: Senreve CEO Coral Chung Shares Secrets to Online Success in China

Below is a transcript of this Alicast, edited for clarity. Julie Huang: Here on Alicast, one of the themes we like to focus on is how young brands are growing and …Alizila15 hours ago

What Switzerland can do about the US-China rivalry

This spring, Switzerland will unveil its first foreign policy strategy on China, its third-largest trading partner. It will come at a time when the United States is …swissinfo.ch16 hours ago

China shares edge higher as consumer stocks recover; Hong Kong gains

SHANGHAI: China’s blue-chip shares edged higher on Tuesday, recovering from a sharp drop in the previous session, as consumer staples and financial stocks …Economic Times18 hours ago

Japan urged to respect China’s bottom line on Diaoyu Islands, manage signpost farce

The Japanese government knows well China’s unwavering determination to safeguard its national sovereignty, Chinese experts commented, following recent …Global Times13 hours ago

Why China’s tech megacity is at risk of being a high-income trap

Soaring labour expenses and a real estate bubble have already made Shenzhen less attractive to manufacturers planning to build new plants.South China Morning Post23 hours ago

China’s largest solar-plus-flow battery project will be accompanied by VRFB ‘gigafactory’

Large-scale Vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology looks set to be deployed at a 100MW solar energy power plant in China, two years after a …Energy Storage News15 hours ago

First Sign of the Wobbles in Chinese Data? – ShareCafe

Detailed production data for January and February (combined) – especially that for crude steel – adds to questions about whether China’s current economic …ShareCafe11 hours ago

Baidu chip unit reported at $2B valuation; China dominates AI, report finds

The Baidu Apollo fleet consists of 500 vehicles, with open-road tests conducted in 30 cities around the world. The company’s Robotaxi *service* has carried …FreightWaves23 hours ago

China, Digital And Youth Boost Burberry, Prada And Luxury Fashion

U.K. luxury fashion retailer Burberry has upgraded its full-year profit forecast, driven by a robust recovery in demand for its luxury goods in China and South …Forbes18 hours ago

Aussie wine wins major Chinese award

A South Australian wine has won a major award in China at a time when the country has imposed big import tariffs on Aussie products.The West Australian19 hours ago

China’s Tech Crackdown Continues

On the menu today: China’s tech crackdown, Dalio’s dollar doom, Ashworth’s response, and a look at China’s advantages in entrepreneurship.National Review6 hours ago

Chinese Communist Party has goals. India needs to have its own, not just respond to aggression

China is yet to respond to the Quad’s joint statement. But one thing is clear, India’s national security strategy must change.ThePrint19 hours agoOpinion

How Chinese Dramas Helped Me Build a Relationship With My Sister

After our mom died, I turned to her beloved pastime for comfort. It opened up a new way to communicate with my family.The New York Times15 hours ago

Amazon Hiring Head Of UK Originals; Paddington Heads To China; Sky, Guardian Team For Modeling MeToo Doc — Global Briefs

Amazon Hiring Head Of UK Originals Amazon is on the hunt for a UK head of originals, according to a job advert posted by the streaming giant. The successful …Deadline7 hours ago

China Evergrande’s EV firm partners Tencent unit to develop smart vehicle OS

China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group Ltd said on Monday it will form a joint venture with a unit of technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd to develop a …Reuters22 hours ago

China’s State Council appoints, removes officials – Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) — China’s State Council announced the appointment and removal of officials Tuesday. Zuo Li was appointed as vice minister of …Xinhua17 hours ago

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