Tag: China

Huawei’s Reclusive Founder Rejects Spying and Praises Trump

BEIJING — To entrepreneurs in China, he is a legend akin to Steve Jobs. To United States officials, he is the secretive mastermind behind a company that is extending the Chinese government’s ability to infiltrate computer systems and data networks around the world. But for all his fame and power, Ren Zhengfei, the 74-year-old founder […]

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TikTok owner Bytedance unveils Snapchat clone Duoshan

On the heels of teen-focused social app TikTok’s skyrocketing popularity, parent company Bytedance today announced Duoshan, a standalone video-messaging app that borrows a page from Snapchat’s playbook. Duoshan, which is Chinese for “flashes,” allows users to record and send each other short videos that disappear after 72 hours. The company says it will initially focus on […]

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China Is a Dangerous Rival, and America Should Treat It Like One

The Trump administration has been clear about its view of China. A 2017 national security strategy document called China a “revisionist” power attempting to reorder international politics to suit its interests. It’s difficult to think otherwise given Beijing’s military buildup, its attempts to undermine American influence and power, its retaliations against American allies such as […]

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China Investigates Latest Vaccine Scandal After Violent Protests

BEIJING — Local officials in eastern China are investigating complaints that more than 100 children received expired polio vaccines after aggrieved parents protested violently over the weekend, the latest in a string of such vaccine scandals that have provoked anger nationwide. The government of Jinhu County in Jiangsu Province said on Friday that 145 children […]

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Gin’s Journey in Britain, From ‘Mother’s Ruin’ to a Hipster Drink

LONDON — Ever since European apothecaries began distilling gin and selling it as a cure-all in the 16th century, the juniper-flavored liquor has been revered as a medicine, vilified for fueling public disorder and consumed in a multitude of every-season cocktails. Now, it is stirring up a specialized tourist trade in the homeland of London […]

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Rethinking Free Trade Agreements in Uncertain Times

Jerri-Lynn here. In this short  post, Jomo Kwame Sundaram makes the case against the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – a free trade agreement originally intended to draw the US back into the Pacific region to counter the influence of China. To endorse  this agreement would have required Trump effectively to flip flop on […]

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Apple’s HomePod arrives in China for $414 on January 18

Apple has confirmed that HomePod, its Siri-enabled wireless speaker, will go on sale in China and Hong Kong on January 18. The Cupertino company revealed in December that it would bring HomePod to China in 2019, and it listed the HomePod on its local website. Today’s news, however, comes shortly after Apple slashed its Q1 outlook, blaming lower-than-expected […]

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Competing Against Chinese Loans, U.S. Companies Face Long Odds

KAMPALA, Uganda — Growing up in suburban Ohio, Rajakumari Jandhyala never imagined she would end up in the oil business, much less on the front line of America’s global competition with China. She spent two decades as a policy adviser on Africa, most recently as an aid official in the Obama administration. But in 2016, […]

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Huawei Fires Employee Arrested in Poland on Spying Charges

BEIJING — The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on charges of spying for the Chinese government, saying in a statement late Saturday that the worker had brought “disrepute” to the company. Huawei said that the alleged actions that the employee, Wang Weijing, had been accused of had […]

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Xiaomi’s first ‘slider’ phone, the Mi Mix 3, starts rolling out globally

The so-called “slider” phone was all the rage back in the nineties and noughties, a form factor that was designed to increase portability without compromising on functionality. But the ol’ slider is returning with aplomb, as manufacturers seek to maximize screen-size without resorting to the dreaded “notch.” Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is beginning the global […]

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Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown

SHANGHAI — One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation. Their offense: posting on Twitter. The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining a growing number of Twitter […]

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China’s Ambassador to Canada Blames ‘White Supremacy’ for Feud Over Arrests

BEIJING — China’s ambassador to Canada has said that “Western egotism and white supremacy” were behind calls for Beijing to release two detained Canadians, further straining relations between the countries after the arrest in Canada last month of a Chinese technology executive. The ambassador, Lu Shaye, wrote on Wednesday in an op-ed for The Hill […]

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U.S.-North Korea Summit Looks Imminent, South Korean Leader Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said Thursday that the visit to China this week by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, heralded an imminent second summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump to negotiate the terms of denuclearizing the North. Mr. Moon held his New Year’s news conference in […]

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Research Details How Junk Food Companies Influence China’s Nutrition Policy

Happy 10 Minutes, a Chinese government campaign that encouraged schoolchildren to exercise for 10 minutes a day, would seem a laudable step toward improving public health in a nation struggling with alarming rates of childhood obesity. But the initiative and other official Chinese efforts that emphasized exercise as the best way to lose weight were […]

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Tech We’re Using: To Cover China, There’s No Substitute for WeChat

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Li Yuan, a technology columnist in Hong Kong, discussed the tech she’s using. You write about Chinese tech. What tech tools do you rely on to do your job, and what do you like about them? It’s not an […]

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