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China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - US officials.

China, in an early test of US President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two US officials said.

- Stuff - NZ

Tillerson affirms importance of constructive China ties - State Department | Reuters.

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with China's top diplomat on Tuesday and affirmed the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship, and the two agreed on the need to address the threat posed by North Korea, the State Department said.Tillerson and Yang Jiechi, China's state ...

- Firstpost - IN

How one Chinese region shows risks of relying on heavy borrowing | Reuters.

By David Stanway | SHENYANG, China SHENYANG, China A flurry of construction in the Chinese city of Shenyang belies a regional economy in crisis, a striking example of the increasingly diminishing returns from a policy of investing heavily in infrastructure to prop up economic activity.A new exhibition center has just opened ...

- Firstpost - IN

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials | Reuters.

By Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.The development is likely to ...

- Firstpost - IN

India, China should make special efforts for counter-terrorism: Jaishankar.

, Feb. 22 : Talking to the Chinese media here on Tuesday, Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that counter-terrorism is one area in which China and India should make special efforts together."China has a very strong, principled position on counter-terrorism. We hope the position China already has will be ...

- Sify - IN

Chinese State Councilor urges strengthening cooperation over phone call with U.S. State Secy.

, Feb. 22 : Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in his phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday urged China and the United States to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in a bid to push forward bilateral relations.Yang noted that in a phone conversation earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

- Sify - IN

Tillerson affirms importance of constructive U.S.-China ties.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with China's top diplomat on Tuesday and affirmed the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship, and the two agreed on the need to address the threat posed by North Korea, the State Department said.

- Reuters - US

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials.

WASHINGTON - China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

- Reuters - US

THE MOBILE PAYMENTS IN CHINA REPORT: What the US can learn from China's enormous success in mobile payments.

BI IntelligenceThe US payments ecosystem is in the midst of a shift toward mobile, and countless new and old stakeholders are attempting to accelerate this migration, which is moving at a glacial pace relative to other markets globally. But mobile payments can rise to the mainstream. For companies seeking to build out a ...

- Business Insider - US

Lawmakers Seek Tighter Scrutiny of Chinese Investment in U.S.

Lawmakers from both parties are mounting efforts to bolster scrutiny of surging Chinese investment in the U.S., emboldened by President Trump's anti-China rhetoric on trade.

- Wall Street Journal - US

An Impossible Bargain for Seoul.

China's subtle economic retribution in the wake of plans for a U.S. antimissile system presents Seoul with a stark choice none of America's partners in the region want to make.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Meitu's new phone uses AI to snap better selfies

Chinese selfie app and smartphone company Meitu has unveiled its newest flagship, and it's all about making you look better. The T8 includes a front-facing camera with optical image stabilization and dual-pixel phase detection autofocus simila...

- Engadget - US

The National Zoo's Giant Panda, Bao Bao, Has Left for China

The 3-year-old cub was popular in Washington

- TIME Magazine - US

AP Top Stories February 21, 2017

Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 21st: Trump administration tightens immigration enforcement; California issues more flood warnings; Milo Yiannnopoulos resigns from Breitbart and Bao Bao is on her way to China.         


Bricks used in precarious parking of car

A Chinese motorist's bizarre parking effort is improvisation at its finest.

- Stuff - NZ

Bao Bao the panda departs to new home in China from National Zoo

BEIJING, Feb 22 — Bao Bao, the 3-year-old giant panda who rose to fame while growing up on live video at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, left for her new home in China yesterday under a long-standing breeding and research...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Watch out for upcoming Chinese manufacturer Vernee at 2017 Mobile World Congress

PARIS, Feb 22 — The annual Mobile World Congress can be a great opportunity to discover new mobile device manufacturers. This year, Chinese electronics firm Vernee will be heading to the event in Barcelona, Spain for the first time to present...

- The Malay Mail - MY

These new leaked photos appear to reveal more details about Samsung's Galaxy S8

Leaked photos supposedly showing the upcoming Galaxy S8 seemingly confirm rumors about the device's large display and narrow top and bottom borders. The photos, which were first reported by SamMobile, were leaked on Twitter from a source who allegedly works at a Chinese protective film manufacturer. To see the larger ...

- Business Insider - US

Box Office Top 20: 'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades' stay on top

NEW YORK " Holdovers "The Lego Batman Movie" and "Fifty Shades Darker" led the North American box office for a second week, while Matt Damon's "The Great Wall" " a hit in China, where it was made " struggled in its domestic debut.Warner...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Bao Bao the panda leaves National Zoo

One of the zoo's giant pandas departed the National Zoo, heading for China.

- ABC News - US

Washington Zoo's panda Bao Bao on nonstop flight to China to join breeding program

Bao Bao left the zoo Tuesday morning in a special crate and began her 16-hour flight to Chengdu, China on Tuesday afternoon from Washington D.C.

- National Post - CA

The Ratings Game: Apple's stock surges to another record after Morgan Stanley boosts price target

Apple's stock to another record close, after Morgan Stanley raised its price target and earnings estimates on the smartphone giant, citing optimism for sales in China.

- Marketwatch - US

Raja Mandala: Getting Down to Work with Trump

India must follow the lead of Russia and China and realistically engage with President Trump.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Chinese Minister Urges US to Avoid 'Trade War'

China's commerce minister appealed to Washington on Tuesday to negotiate disputes and avoid a "trade war" that he warned would hurt both sides.

- Newsmax - US

From ammonite to ammolite: Alberta miner looks to put 'rarest gemstone in the world' on the map

Executives at Korite plan to increase annual production in 2017, following the expansion of their ammolite mine, and recently signed a deal with a Chinese distributor

- Financial Post - CA

Rooney could leave in next few months, says Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation that Wayne Rooney’s 13 years at Old Trafford are drawing to a close by admitting his captain could leave before next season. Rooney, 31, has lost his status as a certain starter for club and country in an injury-hit campaign, leading to suggestions he ...

- City AM - UK

In first official comments, Beijing voices displeasure with U.S. carrier patrols in South China Sea

China voiced its opposition Tuesday to freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea by foreign countries that it says threaten its sovereignty — the first official comments by Beijing since a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the strategic waterway. “China always respects the freedom ...

- The Japan Times - JP

India, China gear up for tough negotiations

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar said that India remained "strongly committed" to maintaining good relations with China, but without making any compromises on its stand on major issues of differences between the Himalayan neighbors.

- Times Of India - IN

Apple hits another all-time high as Morgan Stanley predicts future iPhone with 'longer battery life'

APShares of Apple closed at an all-time high on Tuesday after a positive research report from Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty. Apple closed at $136.68 on Tuesday, up 0.71%. The previous closing high, $135.72, was set last Friday. The stock also hit a record intraday high on Tuesday. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty ...

- Business Insider - US

It's detox time for politicians in Punjab

Politicians in Punjab, who sweated it out during the chilly winter months, are now unwinding as D-day approaches. While some opted for naturopathy and detox sessions, others are on a tour of the US, Bangkok, Dubai and Hong Kong. From film shoots and book launches to big fat Punjabi weddings, the 'netas' are making good use ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

The next iPhone may take care of all your storage worries

Get ready to say goodbye to those annoying "Storage Full" messages. The iPhone 8 with two different storage options,64GB and 256GB,according to a new report from Chinese research firm Trendforce. That means the basic model is double the 32GB offered as the lowest storage tier for the iPhone 7. SEE ALSO: Unlocking the iPhone ...

- Mashable! - US

China's state tabloid warns South Korean company over THAAD

Elizabeth ShimFeb. 21 -- A blunt editorial published in a Chinese state tabloid suggested South Korean conglomerate Lotte should abandon its businesses.

- UPI - US

Watch live: Giant panda Bao Bao leaves National Zoo for China

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo will say goodbye to giant panda Bao Bao, who is headed to her new home in China. Bao Bao, 3, will be welcomed aboard the FedEx Panda Express for safe travels to Chengdu, China, on Feb. 21.         


D.C. zoo says bye bye to Bao Bao the giant panda

The National Zoo in Washington has said its final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo packed up the American-born panda Tuesday for a one-way flight to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program.         


Publicis Media rolls out NextTechNow globally for clients

Publicis Media has expanded its end-to-end service, NextTechNow, which pairs clients with tech start-ups to Shanghai, Singapore, Warsaw and Dubai.

- Brand Republic - UK

In 'snub over one-China', Beijing turns deaf ear to Taipei's call to send back phone scam suspects

Beijing has repeatedly ignored Taipei’s request to return roughly 400 Taiwanese detained over alleged offshore telecom scams over the past year, in a snub to the island’s independence-leaning president, according to ­observers. Analysts said Beijing was unlikely to return any of the detainees if President ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Foxconn to hire its biggest intake of Chinese college graduates

Foxconn, the biggest assembler of electronic devices for Apple, is to recruit 12,000 college graduates plus 6,000 students who have completed their studies at vocational schools in China this year. It marks the biggest college recruitment campaign undertaken by the giant electronics firm, which employs more than a million ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Chinese 'breast-enhancing' coconut drink rapped over inflated claims

Can a coconut drink boost a woman’s bust size? That is what an advertisement for a popular beverage in China seems to suggest. The online advert for the drink Coconut Palm has been criticised for its “unsophisticated” language and unsubstantiated claims, according to Chinese media. The advert, produced by ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Elderly Chinese thief sold stolen iPhone for a pittance as it 'had only one button'

An elderly Chinese man stole an Apple iPhone 6 Plus which can cost at least US$785 new in China, but immediately sold it for the equivalent of US$29 because there was “only one button” on the handset, according to a news website report. The man, who is nearly 70 and whose full name was not given, stole ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Safe sex, risky act: three in 10 imported condoms fail China quality checks

Trying to practise safe sex in China might be a risky act – after more than 30 per cent of imported condoms checked last year failed quality checks and many were found with holes, according to the authorities. Among spot checks conducted on 133 batches of imported condoms, 43 – or 32.3 per cent of them – ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Trump administration expands social media checks to cover Chinese visitors

The Donald Trump administration is seeking to check the social media presence of Chinese visitors by asking visa holders to disclose information about their favourite social media platforms and user names. Since November, Chinese nationals holding 10-year US visas have been required to complete Electronic Visa Update System ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Region in China's restive Xinjiang orders tracking of vehicles as anti-terror measure

Chinese authorities have ordered all motor vehicles in Bayingol prefecture in far western Xinjiang to be installed with mandatory satellite tracking devices, in the latest tough anti-terror measure targeting the ethnically divided region. China has been stepping up already tight security in restive Xinjiang after a rise in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Special delivery: US-born panda cub Bao Bao bound for China

The National Zoo in Washington is packing up its American-born panda cub Bao Bao for a one-way flight to China where the three-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding programme. The cub won’t have to worry about finding overhead bin space or dealing with a talkative seatmate on the 16-hour, non-stop flight from ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Viral video shows angry Chinese driver hitting, hurling abuse at traffic police

A video of a Chinese man violently resisting arrest for a traffic violation and spewing vitriol at police officers has gone viral in recent days. The man’s vehicle was stopped in Weifang, Shandong province, last Wednesday after police noticed that his licence plate had been blurred to evade being identified by traffic ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Award-winning scientists give up US nationality to become Chinese citizens, state media reports

Two eminent scientists have given up their US nationality to become Chinese citizens, according to a state media report. The men are Yang Chen-ning, 94, a Nobel Prize for physics laureate in 1957, and Andrew Yao Chi-chih, 70, who won the prestigious Turing prize for computer science in 2000, state television said on ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Beijing sees first snow this spring as temperatures drop across northern China

Beijing had its first spring snow this season on Tuesday, as a cold front spread across northern China. The National Meteorological Centre issued a yellow alert for snow at 10am, forecasting heavy snow in southern and eastern Hebei province, eastern Henan province and parts of Shandong province till early afternoon on ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Trade friction with US can be 'resolved amicably, says Li Keqiang

Disputes with the Trump administration can be settled amicably and a “trade war would benefit nobody”, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. Despite Trump’s promises to raise duties on Chinese goods, Li said Beijing has a “stable, optimistic outlook” on trade with the United States. Li took the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Musician who brought classics to communist China dies aged 99

The eminent Chinese musician and conductor Huang Feili died at his home in Beijing on Monday at the age of 99. Huang will be remembered for giving up a promising career in the West to return to communist China to help build musical institutions from scratch, a move he looked back on with mixed feelings. Huang was born into ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Who's that 39-year-old paying HK$1.4 billion for three office floors?

Ye Jianming isn’t a name that rings many bells. But it will, considering what he’s achieved so far in a country where the state firms take all. He is the sole private entrepreneur to win a stake in an Abu Dhabi onshore oil concession – which has a lifespan of 40 years – with 4 per cent. British ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

In pictures: nannies take baby steps at Chinese academy

Women training to be qualified nannies, or Ayis as they called in China, practise their skills with plastic babies in Beijing. The Ayi University training programme teaches childcare, early education, housekeeping and other domestic skills. The eight-day course costs US$250, and successful participants obtain a ...

- South China Morning Post - HK