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Could improved ties between Singapore and Beijing bring an end to city state's military links with Taiwan?

The visit of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to China could result in a decades-long military training programme between the city state and Taiwan – long a thorn in Beijing’s side – being put on hold, according to military observers and people familiar with the ...

S&P pours cold water on Beijing's upbeat economic narrative

S&P Global Ratings on Thursday cut China’s sovereign credit for the first time since 1999, pouring cold water on Beijing’s optimistic reading of its economic prospects. The US rating agency said the downgrade, from AA- to A+, reflected increased economic and financial risks in China ...

Chinese universities encourage professors, students to post online content that promotes 'socialist values'

China’s top universities are encouraging academics and students to write online articles promoting socialist values, with some offering authors the same academic credits they would get for papers published in journals. The policy, which follows calls made by President Xi Jinping late last year ...

Chinese robot dentist is first to fit implants in patient's mouth without any human involvement

A robot dentist has carried out the first successful autonomous implant surgery by fitting two new teeth into a woman’s mouth, mainland media has reported. Although there were human medical staff present during the operation, they did not play an active role while it was being carried out. The ...

S&P cuts China's sovereign credit rating on growing economic, financial risk

S&P Global Ratings on Thursday cut China’s sovereign credit by one notch, citing economic and financial risks raised by the country’s’ prolonged period of strong credit growth. The downgrade, from AA- to A+, is the second by an international rating agency this year. Moody’s ...

Fame academy, the Chinese college offering classes in how to become an internet celebrity

A college in southwest China has opened an “internet celebrity” programme for students who want to be live-streaming stars. Chongqing Institute of Engineering has already enrolled 19 students, mainly female, to be taught about how to present themselves online to attract viewers and ...

Number of obese schoolchildren in China could hit 50 million by 2030, study says

The number of overweight and obese Chinese schoolchildren could grow to 50 million by 2030 if measures are not taken to halt the upward trend, a university researcher said. According to the latest figures available, the number of schoolchildren – aged between seven and 18 – rose to 35 ...

Meet Jacinda Ardern, the Kiwi compared to Trump who is hoping to cut immigration ... but it's 'not about Chinese'

New Zealand’s next leader could be a young, whiskey loving woman who has been compared to both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US leader Donald Trump, but it’s her plans to tighten immigration rules that are likely to raise the most concern in China. With her large smile and ...

Stop looking to manufacturing to create jobs, Alibaba chief Jack Ma says

Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma, who wooed US President Donald Trump earlier this year with a pledge to help create one million new jobs in the United States by 2021, said people should stop looking to manufacturing to drive economic growth. While the rapid speed of technological change is ...

Does Fed's latest move add urgency to Beijing's financial rescue mission?

China has less time to defuse its debt bomb and address domestic financial risks after the US Federal Reserve set out a timetable to steadily increase interest rates and sell off bonds to shrink its balance sheet, analysts warned. Higher interest rates and returns would make the US dollar more ...

China says 'good preparations' should be made for Trump's visit

“Good preparations” should be made by China and the United States to ensure the success of US President Donald Trump’s visit to China later this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Vice-President Mike Pence. Trump will likely visit China in November as part of a trip ...

Shanghai's historic Jade Buddha Temple moved 30 metres to accommodate more visitors

Shanghai’s historic Jade Buddha Temple has been successfully moved 30 metres north from its original location through a painstaking feat of engineering. The delicate operation required the 2,000-tonne temple to be lifted by hydraulic jacks and moved whole along special rails at a speed of 3cm ...

Chinese hotel guests get prickly with manager after woman is injured by hedgehog that was hiding in her pillow case

A female hotel guest in central China was injured by a hedgehog that was mysteriously found in her pillow, according to media reports. Police were called to a hotel on the outskirts of Xi’an, Shanxi province on Wednesday morning to settle a dispute between the hotel landlord and a group of ...

China security chief calls for greater use of AI to predict terrorism, social unrest

China’s domestic security and intelligence chief has called on the country’s police to use artificial intelligence to improve their ability to predict and prevent terrorism and social unrest. Meng Jianzhu, head of the Communist Party’s central commission for political and legal ...

Ai Weiwei attacks latest Chinese crackdown on free speech and sees little hope Communist Party Congress will bring changes

Ai Weiwei denounced China’s crackdown on lawyers and free speech on Wednesday adding that he had little hope that the upcoming Communist Party Congress would lead to more freedoms. The dissident artist spoke while inaugurating an exhibition in the Swiss city of Lausanne that includes some of ...

Why Beijing's tight grip on the economy is bad news for the yuan

This year’s rally in the yuan ended last week after the People’s Bank of China scrapped a reserve requirement on a derivative of the currency that was aimed at curbing depreciation. Nevertheless, market players are confident Beijing will ensure there is no sharp reversal in the ...

China's polluting factories run around the clock while villagers are told to cut household emissions

Every day at 4am, Liu Caixia, 37, takes her tiny jianbing cart to the bustling Handan Iron and Steel factory in heavily polluted Hebei province. Together with other breakfast vendors, she makes the Chinese-style crepe, with flour, egg and spring onions, for steel workers emerging from the night ...

China to halt new projects in pollution 'red zones'

China will halt major projects in regions with high levels of pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday, underscoring an environmental crackdown that is starting to hit businesses around the country. Chinese authorities will roll out a new pollution alert system for ...

Why Singapore is a vital cog in China's foreign policy

Singapore has played a significant role in Beijing’s foreign affairs even though it did not establish official diplomatic relations until 1990 – the last Southeast Asian nation to do so. Relations between Singapore and China have faced turbulence over the past few months over the South ...

Grim news from the front line of China's battle against air pollution

On a Tuesday afternoon, thick white steam billows from glass factories scattered across Shahe, an industrial town in Hebei, China’s most polluted province. With a choking, sour smell in the air, dozens of children and their parents swarm out of a primary school on bicycles and motorcycles. ...

China's bitcoin miners in limbo after Beijing shuts down exchanges

In a remote corner of northwest China, Wang Hongyi plans to set up a bitcoin “mining farm” with 1,000 computer servers, hoping to take advantage of low electricity and operating costs to cash in on the boom. He’s one of many Chinese investors seeking to profit from the popularity ...

US judge dismisses claim that sparked race to claim fugitive Guo Wengui's luxury flat

A New York judge dismissed a case brought against China’s fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui in the US state by a hedge fund linked to Hong Kong’s Pacific Alliance Investment Management Limited. The case filed on behalf of Cayman Islands-based Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund LP, a unit of ...

Trump's China visit will help settle trade disputes, Chinese ambassador says

US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to China will help to settle trade and other disputes between the two countries and may pave the way for more American investment in a massive regional infrastructure initiative, China’s ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai said. “The two ...

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong in surprise meeting with China's anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong found time to meet anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan on Wednesday during a hectic three-day visit to China – to the surprise of many China watchers and apparently even to Wang himself. Lee is visiting the country ahead of its important Communist Party ...

Has China overplayed the Kushner card in dealing with the White House?

The cancellation of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s trip to China has again cast a spotlight on the role of America’s first family in Beijing’s relations with Washington. Pundits have questioned Beijing’s wisdom in setting so much store in the couple when dealing with US ...

China's Communist Youth League says Twitter accounts opened in its name are fake

The Communist Party’s youth wing will ask Twitter to close down all accounts recently opened in its name on the social media platform, saying it did not set them up. “We reserve the right to take any other legal action against ,” the Communist Youth League of China’s ...

Home loan rates for first-time buyers rise as Beijing tries to curb property market

Home loan rates are going up in Beijing and other big Chinese cities as the government tries to discourage people from buying property with huge loans. The rate increases target new borrowers – those with existing mortgages will not be affected. China’s big four state banks – the ...

China's new middle class swaps karaoke for cruise holidays and thrilling rides, survey shows

China’s new middle class are increasingly turning away from leisure activities such as singing karaoke to seek novel experiences such as cruise holidays and thrilling rides in theme parks, according to a survey by consultancy OC&C. “What becomes apparent is the pivot towards newer ...

From trade to trains, China and Singapore boost their economic ties

Economic cooperation between China and Singapore is expected to expand as Beijing rolls out its sprawling belt and road trade plan to boost infrastructure and trade links from Asia to Africa and Europe. The two countries recorded US$66 billion in two-way trade last year, representing 13 per cent ...

Chinese authorities seek to get tough on online dating scams with fresh move to target fake identities

The Chinese authorities have announced a crackdown on the use of fake identities to sign up for online dating sites amid concerns about widespread marriage scams targeting China’s 200 million singles. According to a set of new guidelines published by the government on Monday, dating sites will ...

'Fund of funds' seen as the saviours of China's mutual fund sector

China’s mutual fund industry may be charting a new course in future, into the fund of funds market, echoing the regulator’s calls to increase institutional buying on what remains the country’s largely arcane stock market. An FOF is essentially one mammoth fund holding a portfolio ...

Two divers' bodies recovered in reservoir in China

Two missing divers’ bodies were found in a reservoir in northern China on Tuesday, Chinese media reported. Xu Haiyan and Sun Hao are believed to have been killed by someone using an electrical device to stun and catch fish in the water. The pair went missing earlier this month when they went ...

China restates support for Venezuela's Maduro in wake of Trump's UN threat

China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations. At least 125 people have been killed in four months of protests ...

Shanghai police turn to facial recognition software to catch misbehaving cyclists

Shanghai traffic police are now using facial recognition technology to identify bike users who are filmed violating traffic laws, local media reported on Wednesday. Following the launch of a new “electronic police” unit by the city’s Municipal Public Security Bureau, traffic police ...

South Korea to miss out on Chinese tourists' big Golden Week spending as political tensions linger

South Korea is likely to miss out on a share of the estimated 590 billion yuan that Chinese tourists will spend both overseas and at home during the eight-day national day holiday period that begins on October 1, because of political tensions between the two countries. South Korea’s decision ...

The cold, calculated logic behind North Korea's missile tests

North Korea did it again. Within two weeks of a test of what it claimed to be hydrogen bomb – an act that earned its second round of United Nations sanctions in just two months – it launched another intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan. Compared to its first overflight in ...

China's 'most beautiful' library ordered to shut over claims it provided pirated material and obscene content

A library once selected as China’s most beautiful has been shut down by the authorities for allegedly providing pirated books and erotic content, local media has reported. Readers have complained recently online that the collection in Liyuan Bookhouse in suburban Beijing largely consisted of ...

Group of fishermen 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan

A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island’s latest abuse case involving migrant workers. Fishing and boat company owners were among 19 people charged on Monday in the ...

Chinese universities 'limiting admission of North Korean students' as nuclear crisis escalates

Some Chinese universities are restricting the admission of North Korean students and even blacklisting their scholarship applications as the nuclear weapons crisis escalates on the Korean peninsula, according to several college enrolment officers. One recruitment official at a university in Beijing ...

Xi demands 'strong hands' to maintain stability ahead of Communist Party congress

Stability is an absolute principle that needs to be dealt with using “strong hands”, Chinese President Xi Jinping has told security officials ahead of next month’s key congress of the ruling Communist Party. The stability-obsessed party brooks no challenge to its rule and always ...

China launches campaign to protect foreign intellectual property rights as US probes alleged thefts

China has launched a four-month campaign to protect the intellectual property rights of foreign businesses, a move that may alleviate a major concern among foreign investors on the mainland and appease Washington ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing. The Trump administration ...

How China's 'river chiefs' are cleaning up the country's polluted waterways

In Jiapu, a small textile town on the shore of Lake Tai in eastern China, large rolls of freshly woven cloth are piled in front of nearly every household, leaking chemicals into the ground. The lakeside town is interlaced with small rivers, including the Qinjiabanggang. Today it looks dark green, ...

Chinese, Vietnamese Communist parties have 'shared destiny', says Beijing

China and Vietnam’s Communist parties have a “shared destiny” and there is great potential for economic cooperation, a senior Beijing official said on Tuesday on a visit to Vietnam, which has clashed with China over the South China Sea. Although both nations are under Communist ...

Donald Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea over nuclear programme during UN address

US President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly, threatened the “total destruction” of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive towards nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the ...

Trump pulls punches with China by avoiding criticism over North Korea nuclear crisis in UN speech

In a speech to the United Nations defined by a threat to “totally destroy North Korea”, President Donald Trump struck a mixed tone on China. Trump avoided naming Beijing as an enabler for what his administration considers to be the most pressing global security threat. The same went for ...

China hopes to 'energise' relations with Singapore, Asean, Li Keqiang tells Lee Hsien Loong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomed Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Beijing on Tuesday, saying he hoped to “inject new energy” into China’s ties both with the city state and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Singapore will assume chairmanship of the ...

Donald Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea over nuclear programme during UN address

US President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly, threatened the “total destruction” of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the ...

Spring is coming earlier to the Tibetan plateau and it could affect the lives of millions

The time snow starts to thaw and grass starts to turn green in the heart of Tibetan plateau is over a week earlier now than in the 1960s, according to a new study by Chinese scientists. The researchers warned that the early arrival of springtime on the Tibetan plateau could have an impact across ...

Beijing shrugs off tough talk from Trump's top trade negotiator

Harsh criticism of China’s economic model and trade practices by US President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator is just bluster and there is no real threat of a trade war, Chinese researchers say. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer – who served under then president Ronald ...

Central bank official says China keen to promote use of yuan in commodity pricing

China is keen to raise the profile of its currency in the pricing of commodities, according to a central bank official. The country is studying the “market rules and mechanisms of pricing commodities in yuan satisfy demand from domestic and overseas investors,” Pan Hongsheng, deputy ...