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Buhari Celebrates 50 Years Of Nigeria-China Diplomatic Relations
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Buhari Celebrates 50 Years Of Nigeria-China Diplomatic Relations

President Xi Jinping People’s Republic of China, Beijing, China. 28th January, 2021 LETTER OF FELICITATIONS “It is now 50 years since the establishment of Nigeria-China diplomatic relations, and I am delighted that the bilateral ties have achieved far reaching and fruitful results, on the basis of close coordination and mutual trust, bringing great benefits to our countries and peoples. “As celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Ox by all Chinese across the world commence on February 12th this year, on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I use this opportunity to extend my warmest and most sincere greetings and wishes to you and the Chinese people for a promising and auspicious Lunar New Year. Nigeria is very satisfied with the progres...
China’s economy grows 4.9% amid covid-19 pandemic
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China’s economy grows 4.9% amid covid-19 pandemic

The Chinese economy has grown as much as 4.9% in the last quarter of 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged all countries of the world.   China expanded 4.9% in the July-to-September quarter compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to government statistics released Monday by the Chinese Ministry of Finance.   The growth is much significant than the 3.2% increase that China recorded in the second quarter, when it managed to avoid recession caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. "China's economy continued its rapid rebound last quarter, with the recovery broadening out and becoming less reliant on investment-led stimulus," wrote Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist for Capital Economics, in a research note. "What's more, the month...
‘Beijing Will Strike Back If UK Steps Out Of Line’ – China Warns Britain
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‘Beijing Will Strike Back If UK Steps Out Of Line’ – China Warns Britain

Tensions between China and the UK continue to mount over plans for a new security law in Hong Kong, after Boris Johnson said he would allow Hong Kong residents citizenship in response to China's recent crack down Beijing has warned they will "strike back" against the UK as tensions continue to mount over a new security law. The law, in China, will alter Hong Kong's mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require its government to enforce measures to be decided later by Chinese leaders. China's ceremonial legislature, the National People's Congress, endorsed a security law for Hong Kong earlier this week that has strained relations with the UK and the US. The law led to Boris Johnson saying he is ready to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens if China imposes it...
Beijing Reports Dozens of new COVID-19 Cases Amid Fears of a Second Wave
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Beijing Reports Dozens of new COVID-19 Cases Amid Fears of a Second Wave

Beijing has recorded 36 new locally-transmitted Coronavirus cases, amid fears of a second wave in the Chinese capital. Officials said on Monday June 15, that they traced the cases to a major wholesale food market after almost two infection-free months. Another 36 cases were also recorded on Saturday. The country's Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called on officials to take "decisive measures", warning that the risk of further spread remained high. The general manager of the market has been dismissed, along with other local officials. Three other provinces, Liaoning, Hebei, and Sichuan have also reported confirmed or suspected cases connected to Beijing. According to China's National Health Commission, Beijing recorded one new virus case on Thursday and six on Friday.  On Saturd...
Beijing Shuts Food Market And Goes Into ‘Wartime Emergency Mode’ After Fresh Coronavirus Outbreak
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Beijing Shuts Food Market And Goes Into ‘Wartime Emergency Mode’ After Fresh Coronavirus Outbreak

A district of Beijing is on a "wartime emergency" footing and tourism has been banned in the Chinese capital after a spike in coronavirus cases centred around a food market has sparked fears of a fresh outbreak. The move comes amid mounting concern over a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eleven neighbourhoods around the wholesale market in the city's southwestern Fengtai district have gone into lockdown, where an official said it was in "wartime emergency mode". An official has said the area is in 'wartime emergency mode' The cluster was detected after throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district's Xinfadi market, proved positive for coronavirus, although none of them showed symptoms of COVID-19, according to the authorities. Officials have said more...
U.S And China Are On The Brink Of A New Cold War That Could Devastate The Global Economy
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U.S And China Are On The Brink Of A New Cold War That Could Devastate The Global Economy

The relationship between the US and China was already teetering close to the edge of a cliff before COVID-19, but the pandemic pushed it right off. The dynamic between Beijing and Washington has become so contentious in the coronavirus era that China experts now say the two major powers have stumbled into the early days of a new Cold War that could prolong the pandemic, exacerbate the economic devastation linked to the virus, and weaken the world’s ability to thwart common threats. “We’re essentially in the beginnings of a Cold War,” Orville Schell, director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society , told Insider. “We are on a downward slide into something increasingly adversarial with China.” “The consequences of the breakdown in US-China relations is going to ...
China Struggles To Block EU’s Report Alleging That Beijing Was Spreading Disinformation About COVID-19 Outbreak
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China Struggles To Block EU’s Report Alleging That Beijing Was Spreading Disinformation About COVID-19 Outbreak

China struggled to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, according to four sources and diplomatic correspondence reviewed by Reuters. The report was eventually released, albeit just before the start of the weekend Europe time and with some criticism of the Chinese government rearranged or removed, a sign of the balancing act Brussels is trying to pull off as the coronavirus outbreak scrambles international relations. The Chinese Mission to the EU was not immediately available for comment and China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to faxed questions about the exchange. An EU spokeswoman said “we never comment on content or alleged content of internal diplomatic contacts and communication with...
Germany sends China £130bn bill for ‘coronavirus damages’
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Germany sends China £130bn bill for ‘coronavirus damages’

GERMANY has rattled China after joining the United Kingdom, France, and the United States in a rare attack after Berlin called out Beijing’s responsibility for the global pandemic and even issued a £130bn invoice. The country has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing “owes” Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Recent attacks come amid findings that Beijing appeared to cover up the true scale of the crisis, as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery. On Saturday, Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic. ...
Fearful Of Coronavirus Return, Beijing Turns Into Virtual Fortress
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Fearful Of Coronavirus Return, Beijing Turns Into Virtual Fortress

Beijing has virtually walled itself off to outsiders with drastic measures to protect China’s seat of power against the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from other regions. After largely getting the outbreak under control, China has banned foreigners from entering the country as authorities fret over an increase in cases imported from abroad — though most have been Chinese citizens. But Beijing has gone a step further, imposing a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for COVID-19 — a measure not required in other cities. Beijing, of course, is not like any other Chinese city. The ruling Communist Party postponed its once-a-year congress, known as the “two sessions”, in March and experts s...
Air Peace 14-Hour Flight To China, Breaks Nigerian Aviation’s Record
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Air Peace 14-Hour Flight To China, Breaks Nigerian Aviation’s Record

Air Peace, Nigeria’s foremost airline today made another history as its Boeing 777-200ER (P4 5-NBVE) landed in Beijing, China, after a 14-hour direct flight. According to a satellire image, the plane landed at 14:18pm local time, not long ago this night (Nigerian time). The Air Peace is in China to airlift the Federal Government’s medical supplies for the fight against COVID-19. This is the first time a Nigerian airline would be doing a direct non-stop 14 hours flight to China. Another history is made today, April 7, 2020 as this satellite Image shows Air Peace Boeing 777-200ER(P4 5N-BVE) that landed in Beijing, China at 14:18pm for the airlift of FG's medical supplies for the fight against COVID-19
#COVID19: Air Peace Makes 14-Hour Direct Flight To China
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#COVID19: Air Peace Makes 14-Hour Direct Flight To China

Air Peace, Nigeria’s foremost airline today made another history as its Boeing 777-200ER (P4 5-NBVE) landed in Beijing, China, after a 14-hour direct flight. According to a satellire image, the plane landed at 14:18pm local time, not long ago this night (Nigerian time). The Air Peace is in China to airlift the Federal Government’s medical supplies for the fight against COVID-19. This is the first time a Nigerian airline would be doing a direct non-stop 14 hours flight to China.
COVID-19: China Says It Has Sold Nearly Four Billion Masks Abroad
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COVID-19: China Says It Has Sold Nearly Four Billion Masks Abroad

China has sold nearly four billion masks to foreign countries since March, officials said Sunday, as they tried to stem widespread fears over the quality of medical exports. Despite Chinese cases dwindling, Beijing has encouraged factories to increase production of medical supplies as the pandemic kills over 60,000 globally and parts of the world face a protective equipment shortage. China has exported 3.86 billion masks, 37.5 million pieces of protective clothing, 16,000 ventilators and 2.84 million COVID-19 testing kits since March 1, customs official Jin Hai said, with orders to more than 50 countries. She added the country’s medical supply exports were valued at 10.2 billion yuan ($1.4 billion). However numerous nations — including the Netherlands, the Philippines, Croa...
James Bond Cancels China Publicity Tour Over Fear Of Coronavirus
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James Bond Cancels China Publicity Tour Over Fear Of Coronavirus

A publicity tour for the 25th installment of the ‘James Bond’ film series, which was scheduled to hold in Beijing, China, has been canceled over fears of coronavirus. The producers of ‘No Time to Die’, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance in the blockbuster series, have announced the cancelation of their publicity tour of China as cinemas as the country battles to curtsil the deadly coronavirus. The Sunday Times reports that an estimated 70,000 cinema screens across China have remained closed in a development that took a toll on the film business from Shanghai to London. ‘No Time to Die’ is produced by Eon Productions and directed by Cary Fukunaga.
China Confirms New Coronavirus Can Spread Between Humans
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China Confirms New Coronavirus Can Spread Between Humans

A mysterious respiratory virus that has killed at least three people and sickened more than 200 in China can be transmitted between humans, a Chinese government-appointed expert has said, fueling fears about the possibility of a deadly epidemic as millions prepare to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday. Zhong Nanshan, head of the team set up by China's National Health Commission to investigate the pneumonia-like virus, confirmed that at least two cases had been spread from person to person and medical staff had also been infected. Authorities had previously said that the new strain of coronavirus, which was traced by health officials to a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was primarily passed from animals to humans. But at least two people have become infected...
China Completes It’s £9 Billion Mega Airport In Beijing After 4 Years
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China Completes It’s £9 Billion Mega Airport In Beijing After 4 Years

China has completed its new mega airport in Beijing after four years of construction, three months ahead of its planned grand opening. The £9 billion mega airport called ‘the Golden Phoenix' with the world's largest terminal building the size of 144 football pitches will operate at full capacity in 2025, with four runways and the potential to receive 72m passengers per year. Measuring at 1.03 million square meters - about the size of 144 football pitches - the Beijing Daxing International Airport will be the world's largest airport terminal, according to Xinhua News. See more:
Nelly Mbonu To Represent Nigeria At Miss Tourism International In China
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Nelly Mbonu To Represent Nigeria At Miss Tourism International In China

Ex-Beauty Queen Nelly Mbonu, has been selected to represent Nigeria at Miss Tourism International, in China. The pageantry will be hosted in Beijing, China’s capital in September, 2019. Miss Tourism International aims to promote global awareness in areas such as culture, tourism, historical heritage, preservation of the environment and world peace among others. Miss Mbonu came to limelight after clinching on the prestigious Face of Igbere Crown in early 2013, a title she held until late December. Face of Igbere is a pageant which focuses on community building and giving back to the community. It seeks to educate and empower young women. It also aims to give them the opportunity to build their self-confidence, self-image and to showcase their talent in the pageant industry. ...
Chinese Doctor Ling Zhipei Performs Remote Brain Surgery On Patient 3,000km Away
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Chinese Doctor Ling Zhipei Performs Remote Brain Surgery On Patient 3,000km Away

A Chinese doctor, Dr. Ling Zhipei has performed the first ever brain surgery over a 5G mobile network, according to Chinese media. A patient with Parkinson's disease allegedly had an implant put in their brain by a doctor who was more than 1,800miles away (3,000km). Using 5G technology, Dr Zhipei remotely implanted a neuro-stimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, moving instruments in PLAGH hospital in Beijing. The patient was in a clinic on the other side of the country, on the southern Hainan Island. Allegedly, the surgery that ended successfully lasted for three hours. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well and is recovering. The technology used for this pioneer surgery is based on a computer that uses a next generation 5G net...
Usain Bolt Retires From Football After 2 Matches
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Usain Bolt Retires From Football After 2 Matches

Usain Bolt retires from football after failing to agree a contract with Australian side Central Coast Mariners late last year after a trial. “I don’t want to say it wasn’t dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn,” he said. “It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was must different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted.” MySportDab report Bolt, who won Olympic sprint gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, said he will now focus on his business endeavors. “I’m just doing many different things… the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and tr...
FOCAC: Nigeria Has Benefited $5BN Over In Projects – President Buhari
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FOCAC: Nigeria Has Benefited $5BN Over In Projects – President Buhari

Nigeria's partnership with China through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has resulted in the execution of vital infrastructure projects across the country, valued at over $5 billion in the last three years of the current administration.   President Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday in Beijing at the FOCAC Round Table meeting, attended by African leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Highlighting specific projects under FOCAC, the President said through the Chinese support, Nigeria has impressively addressed significant challenges in the areas of infrastructure, human capacity development, power, transport, agriculture and humanitarian assistance.   According to him, ''For Nigeria, our partnership with China through the FOCAC platform, has resulted in ...
Here’s What President Buhari Said At The Opening Ceremony Of The High-Level Dialogue Between Chinese And Nigerian Leaders In Beijing
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Here’s What President Buhari Said At The Opening Ceremony Of The High-Level Dialogue Between Chinese And Nigerian Leaders In Beijing

President Buhari who is currently in China delivered an opening speech today at FOCAC.   According to the Nigerian leader, 'China is today, the largest investor in the sub-region in both private and public sectors covering areas such as infrastructure, energy, agriculture, mining, healthcare. China also provides significant assistance in emergency humanitarian aid and response to climate change'.   See his full speech below... On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), I wish to express our appreciation to the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the warm hospitality extended to our delegations since our a...
Pictures From The Opening Ceremony Of The 2018 China-Africa Summit
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Pictures From The Opening Ceremony Of The 2018 China-Africa Summit

Heads of state and government from Africa are currently in Beijing for the 2018 edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation #FOCAC 2018. Ministers from Africa met with their Chinese counterparts on Sunday and today the opening ceremony of the forum took place in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Here are pictures from the event.  
Asisat Oshoala Meets Buhari In China
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Asisat Oshoala Meets Buhari In China

Nigerian female football star Asisat Oshoala has met her country's President Muhammadu Buhari in China where they interacted and also gave a speech. President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Beijing Saturday, September 1, to attend the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) holding between September 3 and 4, 2018. Asisat Oshoala who currently plays for Chinese side Dalian Quanjian F.C was at the Nigerian Embassy in Beijing where she told President Buhari about an event on Sports that will happen in December. ''There is a big event coming up in December between the Chinese Football Federation and the Lagos state Government,'' the 23-year-old striker said at the Embassy. Asisat shared photos of the new home on social media while advising her followers to be ...
China Loans Nigeria $328 Million To Boost Telecoms
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China Loans Nigeria $328 Million To Boost Telecoms

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived in Beijing, China for the 7th Summit of the Forum on China —Africa Cooperation. China’s Exim bank will lend Nigeria $328 million towards improving the west African country’s telecoms infrastructure, Nigeria’s presidency said on Saturday, at the start of a six-day visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to the country. Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa's largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the continent's largest economies. The agreement, the latest in a number of Chinese loan facilities to Nigeria since Buhari took office in 2015, comes as Beijing seeks to deepen its ties in Africa.
China’s Xi Jinping Defuses Trade War With US, To Cut Tariffs
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China’s Xi Jinping Defuses Trade War With US, To Cut Tariffs

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a major bid to reduce trade tension with United States promised on Tuesday to open the country’s economy further and lower import tariffs on products including cars. While most of the pledges were reiterations of previously announced measures, for which foreign business groups say implementation is long overdue, Xi’s comments sent U.S. stock futures, the dollar and Asian shares higher. Xi said that China will sharply widen market access for foreign investors, a chief complaint of the country’s trading partners and a point of contention for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which has threatened billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods. The speech at the Boao Forum for Asia in the southern province of Hainan had been widely anticipa...
Kim Jong Un Makes First Ever Foreign Trip Since Taking Office, Meets Xi Jinping Of China
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Kim Jong Un Makes First Ever Foreign Trip Since Taking Office, Meets Xi Jinping Of China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first ever trip outside the borders of his country since taking office, visiting China, Punch reports. Kim met with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing at his invitation, ahead of his meeting with South Korea and U.S. leaders. Speaking at the banquet, Kim said he’s had successful talks with Jinping, and their relationship is a strategic and “only right” choice. He said: I have had successful talks with General Secretary Xi Jinping on developing relations between the two parties and the two countries, our respective domestic situation, maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and other issues. Both Comrade Chairman and I have personally experienced and witnessed the development of China-DPRK relationship. This is a strategic ...
Chinese 2nd Division Club Throws Out Victor Anichebe
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Chinese 2nd Division Club Throws Out Victor Anichebe

Former Nigerian and Everton striker Victor Anichebe has been released by Chinese second division club, Beijing Enterprises. The 29-year-old former Nigerian international joined Beijing in June 2017 after his year-long deal at relegated Sunderland was not extended. He scored twice in 11 league games for the ambitious team, who only managed to finish eighth last year in the Chinese second division. Anichebe has previously featured for Everton and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League in England. He has also been capped by Nigeria at U23 level, playing at the Beijing Olympics where Nigeria lost in the football final to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.
No Gender Discrimination At wWork In Nigeria – Chris Ngige
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No Gender Discrimination At wWork In Nigeria – Chris Ngige

The Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has dispelled the fear of gender-based discrimination in Nigerian workplaces as expressed by the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Article IV Consultation Team. The Minister spoke while receiving an IMF team led by its Economist, Western 1 Division, Africa Department, Mrs Monique Newiak, on courtesy visit. According to him: “The fears you are expressing about gender-based discrimination in terms of work does not exist in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, Nigeria has implemented the Beijing Women Convention in 1995, and we do not believe that the female should be regarded as underdogs.” Ngige insisted that the Nigerian Constitution, Section 16, 2D, made provision for the government as a state ...
China Waives Visas For Visitors From 53 Countries
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China Waives Visas For Visitors From 53 Countries

China on Thursday waived visas for visitors from 53 countries  to Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei for up to six days, state media said on Thursday. People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said that visitors must enter and exit from one of six ports. According to the Economic Times, the waiver goes into effect from Thursday and will impact Germany and other members of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen area, as well as the US, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Beijing, the capital of China, is a major tourist hub as the home of the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and other important historical monuments. Beijing and Tianjin previously allowed visa-free travel for up to 72 hours for certain nationalities. The same arrangement continues in ...
Chinese Auto Giant To End Petrol Vehicle Sales By 2025
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Chinese Auto Giant To End Petrol Vehicle Sales By 2025

One of China’s largest state-owned automakers has said it will phase out sales of all petrol vehicles by 2025, as Beijing considers taking all fuel-burning cars off the country’s roads. Beijing Automotive Group Co (BAIC) chairman Xu Heyi said over the weekend the company will phase out sales of conventional cars in Beijing by 2020 and nationwide by 2025, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The decision only applies to cars the company makes itself and will not affect vehicles it makes in partnership with South Korea’s Hyundai and Germany’s Daimler. The news comes as Beijing debates a nationwide ban, though a date for entirely eliminating petrol vehicles has yet to be announced. For now China has put in place a series of carrots and sticks to compel carmakers to produce more f...
Teacher Accused Of Abusing Children At Kindergarten
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Teacher Accused Of Abusing Children At Kindergarten

A teacher, accused of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten, and a woman blamed for spreading rumours about the case, have been detained, state media said on Wednesday. The case prompted a nationwide inspection of kindergartens. The 22-year-old female teacher allegedly used sewing needles to discipline children who would not sleep, Xinhua news agency said. Reports last week of children being sexually molested, pierced with needles and given unidentified medicine at RYB Education New World Kindergarten caused a national outrage, but some of the claims turned out to be untrue. The investigation was complicated by the absence of CCTV footage. Footage of the class where children were allegedly pierced with needles had been damaged due to frequent power outages, Xinhua said....
US Stands With Japan Against North Korean Menace – Donald Trump
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US Stands With Japan Against North Korean Menace – Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said America stood with ally Japan against the North Korean “menace”. Speaking after a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Trump repeated his mantra the “era of strategic patience” was over, and that the two countries were working to counter the “dangerous aggressions” of the North Korean regime. He said that Washington would work with Tokyo to sort out problems on trade between the world’s biggest and third-largest economies. Trump is on the second day of a 12-day Asian trip that is focusing on both trade and North Korea’s nuclear missile programs. Abe told the same news conference that Japan backed Trump’s stance that “all options” are on the table when it comes to North Korea, saying the two countries were “100 perce...
China Says Has Agreement With Vietnam On Managing South China Sea Dispute
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China Says Has Agreement With Vietnam On Managing South China Sea Dispute

China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, following an ugly spat over the summer between the two communist neighbors. The countries have long been at loggerheads over the strategic waterway, through which more than $3 trillion in cargo passes every year, with Vietnam having emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s claims to the majority of the regional sea. A scheduled meeting between their foreign ministers in August was canceled on the sidelines of a regional gathering in Manila amid an argument about militarization in the South China Sea and island-building. Hanoi and Beijing, however, have sought to get relations back on track, with a top Chinese leader telling his ...
Butragueno Takes Sting Out Of Real Madrid Visit To Girona
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Butragueno Takes Sting Out Of Real Madrid Visit To Girona

"We will go to play a game with the idea of winning, we're a football club and we talk about football," said Butragueno after it became known the club would not use their own branded coach on the trip for questions of security. "The only thing we want is to win this game, make people happy any play well," said the former player in China, where he participated in an promotion event in Peking. He said "this is not the first time" the bus has not been used, "we don't have to give it added importance".
Rafael Nadal Battles Into Shanghai Semi-Finals
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Rafael Nadal Battles Into Shanghai Semi-Finals

Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday after the world number one was forced to fight past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3. The Spaniard, who has never won the Shanghai showpiece, is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of triumphs on the trot, having been crowned US Open and China Open champion in recent weeks. The 16-time Grand Slam winner saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions. Top seed Nadal, 31, grabbed the crucial break of serve in the ninth game of the first set and there was nothing between them as they entered a tense second-set tie break. Nadal got the mini...
Trump May Be Dangerously Overconfident In US Missile Defenses Against North Korea
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Trump May Be Dangerously Overconfident In US Missile Defenses Against North Korea

President Donald Trump gave an interview to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night where he discussed the North Korean crisis and perhaps a dangerous overconfidence in US missile defenses. Asked about the threat North Korea's nuclear and missile programs pose to the US, Trump said the issue should have been handled in previous administrations, and praised China for its cooperation with a US-led sanctions push against Pyongyang. But Trump also seemed to put faith in a not-so-reliable element the US's defense against North Korea. "We build the greatest military equipment in the world," Trump told Hannity. "We have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time, and if you send two of them, it's going to get knocked out." The exact missile defense system refere...
British Human Rights Activist Benedict Rogers Barred From Entering Hong Kong
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British Human Rights Activist Benedict Rogers Barred From Entering Hong Kong

A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Benedict Rogers, who is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party’s human rights commission, arrived from Bangkok in the morning but was stopped by immigration, according to media reports. “They gave me no explanation at all,” he told the Guardian by phone before arriving back in Thailand Wednesday. “I feel very shocked. I feel it is yet another example of, if not the death then the death throes of ‘One country, two systems’,” he added. Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 under a “One country, two systems” formula intended to protect its freedoms and way of life. Hong Kong’s immigration department...
Hong Kong Leader Lays Out Vision In Maiden Policy Address With Tax Cuts, Subsidized Housing
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Hong Kong Leader Lays Out Vision In Maiden Policy Address With Tax Cuts, Subsidized Housing

Hong Kong will trim company profits tax and build more government subsidized flats for struggling families, the city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in her maiden policy address on Wednesday, laying out priorities for the next five years. To bolster Hong Kong's regional competitiveness and help small and medium sized enterprises, Lam said the Asian financial city would cut company profits tax to 8.25 percent from 16.5 percent for the first HK$2 million of earnings. "In the face of competition from other economies as well as the rise of protectionism in recent years, Hong Kong is facing increasingly grave challenges. We must develop a high value‑added and diversified economy," Lam said. The Hong Kong leader also said she would address the city's astronomical housing prices by seeking t...
Taiwan President Pledges To Defend Freedoms Despite China Pressure
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Taiwan President Pledges To Defend Freedoms Despite China Pressure

President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Tuesday to defend Taiwan's freedom and democracy amid growing pressure from giant neighbor China, using a National Day speech to warn that the self-ruled island would not bow to pressure. China considers proudly democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Relations with Beijing have deteriorated sharply since Tsai, who leads the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office last year, with China suspecting she wants to push for the island's formal independence, a red line for Beijing. China has cut off a regular dialogue mechanism with Taiwan, ramped up military drills around the island and stepped up international pressure to limit Taiwan's diplomatic footprint. ...
Chinese Watchdog Says 1.34 Million Officials Punished For Graft Since 2013
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Chinese Watchdog Says 1.34 Million Officials Punished For Graft Since 2013

BEIJING (Reuters) – China's anti-graft watchdog said roughly 1.34 million lower-ranking officials have been punished since 2013 under President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Xi, who is preparing for a major Communist Party leadership conference later this month, has made an anti-graft campaign targeting "tigers and flies", both high and low ranking officials, a core policy priority during his five-year term. China is preparing for the 19th Congress later this month, a twice-a-decade leadership event where Xi is expected to consolidate power and promote his policy positions. Those punished for graft since 2013 include 648,000 village-level officials and most crimes were related to small scale corruption, said the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on Sunday. While...
US Probes North Korea’s Willingness To Talk
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US Probes North Korea’s Willingness To Talk

Washington has opened channels to North Korea to find out if the regime is ready to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday. Speaking after a day of talks with China’s President Xi Jinping and top diplomats, Tillerson told reporters that US officials are in touch with Pyongyang. The disclosure follows an escalating war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, and Tillerson issued a call for calm. Asked how he could know whether the North would even contemplate responding to new sanctions by coming to the table, the US envoy said: “We are probing, so stay tuned.” Washington has no diplomatic ties with Kim’s autocratic regime, and has been leaning on Beijing to rein in its neighbour’s behav...
Don’t Blame Us For North Korea – China
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Don’t Blame Us For North Korea – China

China condemned North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, but said it was “irresponsible” to blame Beijing for regional tensions after Washington urged it to rein in its ally. After the North’s latest test, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to use the oil it supplies to North Korea as leverage to pressure the isolated nation into reconsidering its nuclear programme. But Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing had made “enormous sacrifices at a great price” by implementing UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea. “The core lies in a conflict between the DPRK and the US. The focal point of the contradiction is not China,” Hua told a regular news briefing, using the acronym for the North’s official name. “China ...
Urbano Cairo: Why Not Play Torino-Juventus In Beijing
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Urbano Cairo: Why Not Play Torino-Juventus In Beijing

The idea of hosting some Premier League, Liga or Serie A matches in the Far East has been suggested several times, while the Italian Super Cup is already regularly played abroad. “Why not play Torino-Juventus in Beijing? Now everything is possible, it’s all feasible, there’s no need to be scandalised by anything,” Cairo told Radio 24. “Football is global now, but clearly you also have to look after and preserve the fact that most Toro fans want to see their team in their stadium. “Perhaps there could be a less important fixture played abroad, one that doesn’t mean quite so much to the fans. “We must be open to solutions that could be advantageous, while maintaining respect for the fans who have been tied to the club for decades. “It’s important to keep everything open to give a real p...
China’s Xi rges Healthy India Ties After Border Spat – Report
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China’s Xi rges Healthy India Ties After Border Spat – Report

Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Tuesday to move past a tense border dispute with India, telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the two nuclear-armed neighbours should pursue “healthy, stable” relations, according to China’s state media. The exchange occurred on the sidelines of the just-ended summit of BRICS emerging economies hosted by Xi in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen. Xi told Modi that “healthy, stable bilateral ties” were “in line with the fundamental interests” of the neighbours, the official Xinhua news agency said. “China is willing to work with India on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence which were put forward by both countries to improve political mutual trust, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and push Sino-Indian ties along a r...
China’s Tighter Drone Rules Send Enthusiasts Flocking To School
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China’s Tighter Drone Rules Send Enthusiasts Flocking To School

A buzz fills the sky above a flight base in northern Beijing, as pilots practise take-offs and landings ahead of tests to qualify for a license – to fly drones. Drone enthusiasts in China, the world’s top maker of consumer unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are scrambling for licenses after the government adopted strict rules this year to tackle incidents of drones straying into aircraft flight paths. “A drone is not a toy,” said Yang Nuo, the principal of the drone training school in the Chinese capital, who expects more students to sign up in a drive to boost flying skills. “It involves complicated aerial theoretical knowledge.” Gao Huiqiang, 32, said his construction company told him to seek a license. “Since the laws on drones are tightening and a legal framework is being bui...
North Korea Leader Kim Begging For War – US
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North Korea Leader Kim Begging For War – US

The United States says North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war” following the rogue state’s most powerful nuclear test to date. The American ambassador the UN, Nikki Haley, said her country did not want a conflict with the Pyongyang regime but its patience was “not unlimited”. Addressing the UN Security Council, Ms Haley said “enough is enough” on North Korea and warned that its approach of imposing “incremental” sanctions against the secretive nation had not worked. The US envoy urged the 15-member council, which is discussing the crisis, to adopt the “strongest possible measures”. According to South Korea’s defence ministry, the North appears to be preparing for the launch of ballistic missiles, possibly intercontinental. It comes after the rogue state detonated...
Taiwan’s Prime Minister Resigns
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Taiwan’s Prime Minister Resigns

Taiwan’s Premier Lin Chuan resigned on Monday in a move aimed at reviving dwindling public support for the government of President Tsai Ing-wen. Tsai’s office announced in a statement that Lin tendered his resignation on Sunday, saying that he had “accomplished his periodic tasks”, and it was approved by the president. Speculation was rife that Lin would be replaced. The government’s popularity has been hit by a series of controversial policies, ranging from holiday cuts to pension reforms, as well as by worsening relations with China. Beijing has cut all official communication with Tsai’s government since she took office in May last year. Her Democratic Progressive Party, which traditionally leans towards declaring formal independence from China, has refused officially to accept ...
China Bans New Business Ventures By North Koreans
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China Bans New Business Ventures By North Koreans

China’s commerce ministry has banned North Korean nationals from setting up new businesses in the country, enforcing recent UN sanctions as Washington urges Beijing to do more to curb its ally’s nuclear ambitions. The ban, effective immediately, came as Pyongyang launched three short-range missiles on Saturday according to the US military, reviving tensions days after President Donald Trump said the isolated regime was starting to show Washington some “respect”. Beijing has been under pressure from Washington to rein in its neighbour, which relies heavily on the Asian giant for its economic survival, and the ban is the latest attempt by China to dispel US concerns over its close ties with Pyongyang. China, which is the recipient of some 90 percent of North Korea’s exports, earlier...
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Chinese Crime Writer Arrested For Murders 22 Years Ago

Life may be stranger than fiction for an award-winning Chinese crime writer who has been arrested in connection with a quadruple-homicide that took place more than two decades ago. For 22 years, police in eastern Zhejiang province tried to crack the cold case of how a family ended up dead in the guesthouse they ran. They filled stacks upon stacks of notepads with possible suspects and leads, only to learn earlier this month that the answer may have been hiding in plain sight at the local bookstore. According to a police statement, Liu Yongbiao, a 53-year-old author, was arrested last week at his home in neighbouring Anhui province along with a villager with the surname Wang. They have been charged with and confessed to the murders. Authorities told The Paper, a Chinese publicat...

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