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Twitter, Facebook shut Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Twitter

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong. Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China. It said these accounts were just the most active portions of this campaign and that a “larger, spammy network” of approximately 200,000 accounts had been proactively suspended before they were substantially active. Facebook said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from ...

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Trump says US not ready to make trade deal with China

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday (local time) they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States. “We’re doing tremendously well, our consumers are rich, I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they’re loaded up with money,” Trump said on Sunday. But he was less optimistic than his aides on striking a trade deal with China, saying that while he believed China was ...

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China, Pakistan slam India’s move to change Kashmir’s special status

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to change the status of Kashmir ran into fierce opposition from China and its ally Pakistan on Tuesday as the disputed territory lay under a telecoms blackout to forestall protests for a second day. In a move to tighten its grip on Jammu and Kashmir, parts of which are claimed by Pakistan and China, India dropped a constitutional provision that allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority state to make its own laws. The changes imposed by Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government are the most sweeping in the nearly 30 years that India has ...

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China’s travel programme to Taiwan suspended

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MNA International Desk: A pilot programme that allows residents of 47 Chinese mainland cities to travel to the island of Taiwan on individual trips will be suspended from August 1 due to the current cross-Straits ties. The information was revealed through a notice issued by the Association for Tourism Exchange across the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday. Travel agencies such as Ctrip and CYTS told the Global Times that they have already received the notice. Zhang Hua, an associate research fellow of the Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the suspension is clearly ...

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China and US trade negotiators to meet in Shanghai July 30-31

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MNA Business Desk: Lead negotiators for China and the United States will meet in Shanghai on Tuesday for two days in the next round of trade talks, China’s commerce ministry confirmed. It would mark the first face-to-face meeting between US and Chinese trade teams since presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed at a G20 summit in Japan to revive talks to end their year-long trade war. The governments of the world’s largest economies have levied billions of dollars of tariffs on each other’s imports, disrupted global supply chains and shaken financial markets in their dispute over how China does ...

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PM to brief media on China visit Monday

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a press conference on Monday about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to China. The press conference will be held at PM’s official residence Ganobhaban at 4pm, PM’s speech writer M Nazrul Islam said. Sheikh Hasina went to China on July 1 on a five-day official visit. During her visit, Sheikh Hasina attended the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dalianon July 2 as well as held bilateral talks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijingon July 4 and 5 respectively. She ...

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Dhaka seeks Beijing support to convince Myanmar in Rohingya Repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday sought China’s support to convince Myanmar to start taking back their nationals from Bangladesh at the earliest. The Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladesh is ready to send back Rohingyas who are in the verified list. He raised the issue when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister at his office, reports UNB. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine State. ...

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Digital shipment platform launched for BD, China markets

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MNA Business Desk: An initiative has been launched to deal with “drop shipment” between Bangladesh and China as Bangladeshi businesses see a potential market for drop-shipping business with a big volume of transaction between the two nations. Former caretaker government adviser M Hafiz Uddin Khan inaugurated the service through doorping.com on Monday at a function in the city. Drop-shipping is a supply chain management method in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock but instead transfers the customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to ...

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China welcomes delay on US tariff increase

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MNA International Desk: China said on Saturday that it welcomed the release of language from the United State Trade Representative’s office (USTR) delaying a scheduled hike in US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Commerce, citing an unidentified official at China’s State Council Tariff Commission, China said that it was aware of the USTR’s announcement to maintain tariffs at 10 percent until further notice, and welcomed the step. The USTR released language to delay a scheduled hike in tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 ...

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China condemns Modi’s visit to disputed region

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MNA International Desk: China’s foreign ministry on Saturday condemned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the disputed north-eastern border state of Arunachal Pradesh, saying it “resolutely opposes” activities by Indian leaders in the region. Modi’s visit was part of a series of public meetings in the region aimed at garnering support for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Indian elections due by May. Despite recent efforts to improve bilateral ties in both countries, disputes over the mountainous Indo-China border – which triggered a war in 1962 – and the region that China claims as southern Tibet have ...

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China uses AI to prevent blindness

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Chinese hospital on Thursday launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are a major cause of blindness. Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province became the first to use the device, co-developed by China’s search engine Baidu and Sun Yat-sen University, to serve the general public. The instrument is capable of diagnosing three types of fundus disorders — diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It scans the eyes and generates a report in 10 seconds, all done without the need for an ophthalmologist to be present. With an accuracy rate of ...

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BD urges China to make Myanmar create Rohingya repatriation conditions

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh on Sunday has sought strong support from China and asked to make Myanmar create conditions for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday asked for China’s assistance regarding the matter when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met the minister at his office. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the repatriation return of Rohingyas. Instead the country is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment, as per UNB report. Ambassador Zhang said China ...

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China fights lavish weddings & extravagant gifts

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: The Chinese government has taken aim at the wedding industrial complex, calling for a “comprehensive reform” of the country’s increasingly expensive weddings. The ministry of civil affairs has called for an end to “extravagant wedding practices” like expensive wedding gifts, lavish ceremonies, and demands for increasingly high bride prices — money paid by the groom’s family to the bride’s parents. At a conference on wedding reform, officials from the ministry said weddings should “better reflect” the country’s values and goals and implement “Xi Jinping Thought,” the president’s much touted political ideology. Officials called current wedding practices a ...

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US demands regular review on trade reform of China

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MNA Business Desk: The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China’s progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal – and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations. A continuing threat of tariffs hanging over commerce between the world’s two largest economies would mean a deal would not end the risk of investing in businesses or assets that have been impacted by the trade war. “The threat of tariffs is not going away, ...

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China to collect samples from moon this year

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for the country’s ambitious space programme. ...

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Kim visits China posing alarm to US talks

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MNA International Desk: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his isolated country. The visit, confirmed by North Korean and Chinese state media, will likely lead to Kim’s fourth summit with Xi in the last year and comes amid plans for a second summit with Trump aimed at denuclearising the Korean peninsula. Kim held three summits last year with Xi, his most important ally, before and after summits with ...

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US, China agree to halt new trade tariffs

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MNA Business Desk: US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks, the US says. The two men met in Buenos Aires after the G20 summit for their first talks since a trade war erupted this year. China says they agreed not to impose any new trade tariffs after 1 January. At the summit earlier on Saturday, the G20 leaders agreed a joint declaration that notes divisions over trade but does not criticise protectionism. Ahead of the G20, Mr Trump had told US media he ...

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IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.7%

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MNA Business Desk: An upswing in economic risks due to rising trade tensions and debt levels has prompted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut its forecast for world growth for this year and next, reported news agency. With trade growth set to slow sharply amid a trade war between the United States and China, the IMF cut its outlook for global GDP by two-tenths to 3.7 percent for 2018 and 2019, according to the quarterly World Economic Outlook Report issued Monday. The revised estimates includes a worsening outlook for developing economies this year and next compared to the July ...

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China fines Fan Bingbing for tax evasion

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MNA Entertainment Desk: China’s taxation authorities fined A-list Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing more than 479 million yuan ($69.74 million) over tax evasion and ordered her to pay back more than 255 million yuan in taxes, reported news agency. Fan appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises with more than 62 million followers online in China. She dropped off the radar in June amid reports she was involved in an investigation into tax evasion in the film industry. Her vanishing act sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports she had been detained. A Chinese TV ...

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U.S. seeks North Korea denuclearized by 2021

North Korea

MNA International Desk: The United States said it was ready to recommence discussion with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to take to pieces its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took indeterminate actions. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited North Korea’s foreign minister to meet in New York next week, with the plan of completing its denuclearization by January 2021, after a Pyongyang summit between the leaders of the two Koreas. The United States appeared keen to seize on commitments by North Korean leader Kim ...

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Trump hits China with another $200b tariffs

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MNA Business Desk: US president Donald Trump on Monday defied warnings and escalated the trade confrontation with China, hitting the country with tariffs starting next week on another $200 billion in imports and threatening to target even more if Beijing retaliates. Trump said China had refused to change the unfair practices that hurt US businesses and workers. “For months, we have urged China to change these unfair practices and give fair and reciprocal treatment to American companies,” Trump said in a statement. “These practices plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy,” ...

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Typhoon slams into China after killing 59 in Philippines

Typhoon

MNA International Desk: Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 59 people in the northern Philippines, reported news agency. The world’s biggest storm this year felled trees and sent skyscrapers swaying in high-rise Hong Kong, injuring more than 200 people there before making landfall on the coast of Jiangmen city, in southern China’s Guangdong province. Provincial authorities said they evacuated a total of 2.37 million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media ...

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Beijing to reject trade talks if Washington imposes tariffs

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MNA Business Desk: The Chinese government may decline to participate in proposed trade talks with the United States later this month if the Trump administration moves forward with additional tariffs on imported Chinese goods, reported news agency. The US had proposed the talks, but at the same time moved forward with planning additional tariffs on some $200 billion of Chinese products. The report quoted one senior Chinese official saying the country would not negotiate “with a gun pointed to its head.” Other officials who advise the country’s leaders are suggesting China impose limits on the sale of parts and supplies ...

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Rohingya crisis reinforce China-Myanmar bonds

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) got a high octane boost last week, when Myanmar — facing the heat from the West because of the Rohingya refugee crisis — inked an agreement with Beijing to establish a cross border economic corridor. The 1,700-km corridor will provide China yet another node to access the Indian Ocean. Already Gwadar port — one of the terminal points of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — has become Beijing’s star gateway to the Arabian Sea. “The China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) can become a major factor in lifting the economies of ...

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BD to get more tariff reduction under APTA

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MNA Business Desk: The tariff-cut amendment of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) became effective Sunday, with China’s Ministry of Commerce saying it would facilitate regional economic integration in Asia, according to reports by Xinhua and Global Times. “The amendment will provide member countries new economic impetus, prompt continued trade increases, facilitate economic integration and help further materialise the Belt and Road Initiative,” the ministry said Sunday in an online statement. The six members of APTA – China, India, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Laos – will slash tariffs by an average of 33 per cent on 10,312 product categories. ...

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EU, China pledge to uphold global trade order

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MNA Business Desk: The European Union and China pledged on Monday to uphold a rules-based global trade system, making an oblique criticism of growing protectionism in Washington despite their own disagreements, reported news agency. The two sides held high-level economic meetings in Beijing as both face rising trade tensions with the United States. Brussels and Beijing recently announced new tariffs on US goods in retaliation for moves by the Trump administration. “Both sides agreed to resolutely oppose unilateralism and protectionism and prevent such practices from impacting the world economy and even dragging the world economy into recession,” said Chinese Vice ...

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Trump imposes tariffs on China

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MNA Business Desk: The US President Donald Trump on Friday announced fresh tariffs targeting tens of billions in Chinese imports, reported news agency. The new tariff will sparking immediate retaliation from Beijing and bringing the world’s two largest economies to the brink of an all-out trade war feared by markets and industry. Making good on a pledge to punish the alleged theft of American intellectual property, Trump warned in a statement of “additional tariffs” if China hits back with tit-for-tat duties on American goods and services exports. At least initially, though, the new tariffs will not cover the full $50 ...

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