APRNEWS - Still, the 35-minute-long meeting was the culmination of more than 10 collective hours of meetings Blinken held with Wang Yi, China’s top foreign policy official and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, and may at least stop the downward spiral in bilateral relations.
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APRNEWS - Safeguard Defenders, an Asia-focused rights group based in Spain, has published two reports since September alleging that Chinese authorities have established 102 overseas police stations in 53 countries, including Japan.
China has dismissed the allegations and on Thursday its foreign ministry denied that such police stations existed.
APRNEWS - Among the latest outbreaks in China, Guangzhou's is the largest, with new daily infections of COVID-19 topping 5,000 for the first time and fuelling speculation that localised lockdowns could widen.
Videos widely shared on Twitter showed noisy scenes in Guangzhou's Haizhu district of people charging down streets and remonstrating with white hazmat-suit-clad workers.
This decision comes following regulatory restrictions imposed by China, aimed more specifically at the digital sector.
Earlier this month, video game distributor Epic Games announced that it would suspend the Fortnite version specific to China, where violent, obscene or politically sensitive content is strictly regulated. In order to avoid any addiction, in August the authorities imposed a drastic limit of three hours of video games per week for those under 18.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to sell billions of dollars of bonds, in what will be a test of investor appetite after the e-commerce giant’s recent run-ins with Chinese authorities.
In a brief statement late Tuesday, Alibaba said it planned to issue dollar debt, including some bonds to fund sustainability-related projects, subject to market conditions. It said the deal’s total size hadn’t been fixed, nor had the bonds’ maturities, interest rates or other terms.
The World Health Organization gave China its support and understanding to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people while clinical trials were still underway, a Chinese health official said on Friday.
China launched its emergency programme in July, having communicated with the WHO in late June, according to Zheng Zhongwei, a National Health Commission official.
Ethiopia has agreed to purchase 1.5 million coronavirus testing kits that will be manufactured at a factory in the African country that has been newly built by China's BGI Group, China's state media agency Xinhua said late on Tuesday.
China's ByteDance Ltd is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok as Oracle Corp ORCL.N and Walmart Inc WMT.N take stakes in the short-video app's business to address U.S. security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter.
Oracle will take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global and store all its U.S. user data in its cloud to comply with U.S. national security requirements, the companies said on Saturday. Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5% stake.
APRNEWS - Trading companies Vitol and Unipec are sending around 700,000 tonnes of contaminated Russian oil to Asia in an attempt to place the barrels rejected by buyers in Europe, according to trading sources and ship tracking data.
APRNEWS - The United States must show sincerity if it is to hold meaningful trade talks, China said on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump dramatically raised the stakes with a potentially devastating blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei.