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  • China declares victory over African swine fever but cover-up claims call success into question
    by Echo Xie,Keegan Elmer,Orange Wang on March 21, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    African swine fever is spreading and becoming more entrenched in China despite assurances that the situation has been brought under control according to industry insiders, with fears local authorities are covering up outbreaks while journalists are being ordered not to cover the story due to fear of spreading panic.According to the government, the virus has spread to all provinces apart from Tibet and Qinghai, just seven months after the first case was confirmed last August.While officia […]

  • Tesla sues engineer for allegedly stealing data and Autopilot source code before joining Chinese self-driving car firm Xiaopeng Motors
    by Reuters on March 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Tesla filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a former engineer at the company, claiming he copied the source code for its Autopilot technology before joining a Chinese self-driving car start-up in January.The engineer, Guangzhi Cao, copied more than 300,000 files related to Autopilot source code as he prepared to join China’s Xiaopeng Motors Technology Company Ltd, the Silicon Valley carmaker said in the lawsuit filed in a California court.Separately, Tesla lawyers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit […]

  • Cindy Yang, ex-spa owner accused of selling access to Donald Trump, speaks out to decry ‘unfair’ treatment
    by Owen Churchill on March 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    The Chinese entrepreneur accused of selling access to US government officials, including President Donald Trump, has broken her silence to defend herself. Cindy Yang spoke out as top Democrats called for an FBI investigation into the potential national security threats posed by her business practices.In a number of TV appearances on Wednesday, Yang, who was identified earlier this month as the former owner of a day spa allegedly offering sexual services, denied that she had any privat […]

  • Chinese labour rights activists detained as authorities try to shut down silicosis campaign
    by Mimi Lau on March 21, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have intensified their repression of labour activists, detaining at least two campaigners for migrant workers suffering from silicosis and other work-related health problems.Relatives of Wei Zili, the editor and co-owner of Shenzhen-based online labour news portal Xinshengdai, said the 31-year-old was taken from his parents’ home in Baiyun district in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, by police at about 1am on Wednesday.Founded in […]

  • Top Pentagon official to meet with Google amid China concerns
    by POLITICO on March 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by John Hendel on on March 21, 2019.A top Pentagon official again raised concerns today about Google’s business operations in China and said a meeting with the tech giant is on the books for next week.General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, revealed the meeting plans during an Atlantic Council event in Washington, where he revisited concerns that Google has backed away […]

  • US Treasury sanctions two China-based shipping companies over claims they helped North Korea evade international sanctions
    by Reuters on March 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    The United States on Thursday sanctioned two China-based shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade US and international sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme, the first such steps since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s summit meeting collapsed last month.The US Treasury also issued an updated advisory that listed 67 vessels that have engaged in illicit transfers of refined petroleum with North Korean tankers or were believed to have exported Nort […]

  • Europe wakes: why Beijing is on a mission to quell Brussels’ fears about China
    by Keegan Elmer on March 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    When Chinese President Xi Jinping lands in Europe on Thursday, China will have already sent one big signal that it is trying to improve ties with the 28-member European Union. In a reversal of last year’s arrangement, Beijing has scheduled the EU-China Summit before another top-level meeting between China and 16 countries in eastern and central Europe, a gathering known as the 16+1. Observers and diplomatic sources say the gesture indicates that Beijing is aware of EU unease about China’s […]

  • Debt-laden Italy eyes China’s belt and road, risking more than just the wrath of Donald Trump and the EU
    by Paola Subacchi on March 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Is China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”, as Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria says, “a train that Italy cannot afford to miss”? Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also thinks Italy should jump on board, saying the multibillion-dollar Chinese infrastructure plan is “an opportunity for our country”.  Italy’s government plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on the belt and road scheme during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s March 22-24 visit, making it the first founding European […]

  • Should China be worried about Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s bromance with Donald Trump?
    by Shi Jiangtao on March 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    China’s close relationship with Brazil could be under threat after the right-wing president of Latin America’s largest economy spoke of his desire for “a new era of closer ties” with the United States, analysts said.China loomed large during Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Washington this week, with his US counterpart Donald Trump keen to find a new ally to counter Beijing’s rising global influence amid an ongoing trade war and escalating geopolitical rivalry with the Asian giant.Bolsonaro’s trip to […]

  • US and China’s underwater rivalry fuels calls for submarine code of conduct to cut risk of accidents
    by Zhenhua Lu on March 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The increasing number of submarines various countries are deploying to the Indo-Pacific region has fuelled calls for an underwater code of conduct to reduce the risk of accidents in the busiest waterways.The warning comes as Asian Pacific countries are engaged in a submarine arms race, with an estimated 228 full-sized submarines operating in the East and South China Seas – a number that is expected to rise to 300 within a decade.Unlike other warships, submarines are by definition difficult to […]