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Beijing evicts Chinese domestic migrants in droves, prompting outcry

BEIJING --- Zhou Xinci left her hometown in China's struggling rust belt four years ago for Beijing with little more than the clothes on her back and a dream to one day save enough money to buy a home. That dream is now fast unraveling as Zhou, 35, watches as her neighbors -- other low-income Chinese migrants like her -- are being hurriedly evicted from their homes on the outskirts of the capital by the government. Authorities in Beijing have launched sweeping evictions of workers who have migrated from elsewhere in the country, triggering a public outcry over the treatment of people the city depends on to build skyscrapers, care for children and take on other lowly paid work. ...Keep on reading: Beijing evicts Chinese domestic migrants in droves, prompting outcry.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 28th, 2017

Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war

American cherries are tantalizingly sweet. They are so loaded with sugar and low on water that China’s home-grown cherries cannot compete on taste or texture. But this alone may not be enough, said Zhao Xiaoyu, a Beijing fruit merchant, who believes Chinese consumers will be biting into domestic cherries and lower quality fruit from elsewhere […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war

American cherries are tantalizingly sweet. They are so loaded with sugar and low on water that China’s home-grown cherries cannot compete on taste or texture. But this alone may not be enough, said Zhao Xiaoyu, a Beijing fruit merchant, who believes Chinese consumers will be biting into domestic cherries and lower quality fruit from elsewhere… link: Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy

BEIJING: Tit-for-tat tariffs on products worth tens of billions have left the US and China teetering on the brink of an all-out trade war, one Beijing can ill-afford with headwinds mounting for its economy. US President Donald Trump announced tariffs Friday on Chinese imports valued at $34 billion—with another $16 billion under consideration—prompting an immediate [...] The post China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

China needs to arm South China Sea islands — general

BEIJING, China --- China needs to build defensive structures on islands in the South China Sea to display its claim to sovereignty over virtually the entire crucial waterway, a leading Chinese general said Thursday. However, the vice president of China's Academy of Military Sciences, Lt. Gen. He Lei, declined to comment on aircraft deployments on artificial islands Chinese has built in the area, saying those were entirely China's domestic affair. "I don't think any country would want to make irresponsible comments about such matters," He said in a rare meeting with Chinese and foreign journalists on the sidelines of the annual session of China's ceremonial legislature, of which he ...Keep on reading: China needs to arm South China Sea islands — general.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

BEIJING, China --- For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it." The Disney bear's image has often been compared to Xi, prompting periodic blocks on the use of Pooh pictures online. Other online commenters wrote, "Attention, the vehicle is reversing" --- an automated announcement used by Chinese delivery vehicles --- suggesting that China is returning to the era of former dictator Mao Zedong or even imperial rule. ...Keep on reading: Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5

BEIJING --- Five people have died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. Local media reported that the residents died before dawn Wednesday after electric bike batteries plugged into a home-rigged charging system caught fire and belched noxious fumes into a three-story apartment building. The accident came a month after an inferno killed 19 in south Beijing, prompting a controversial safety campaign that included the sudden eviction of thousands of migrant workers from unregulated slums. The evictions, which Beijing officials argue are a precautionary measure, h...Keep on reading: Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

BEIJING---China announced tariff cuts on Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.   Beijing faces pressure from the United States, Europe and other trading partners for better access to its growing market. But the range of 187 products affected by the latest cuts was relatively small and it was unclear how China's trade balance might be affected.   Chinese leaders are in the midst of a marathon effort to nurture self-sustaining economic growth based on consumer spending instead of trade and investment. Foreign produ...Keep on reading: China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Xi Jinping heads to Africa to clinch China’s hold over the continent – CNN News

Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Africa this week as Beijing moves to further cement its role as one of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Chinese brands score big at Russia World Cup

BEIJING -- The national team wasn't there but that didn't stop Chinese companies orchestrating an advertising bonanza of unprecedented proportions at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

'KicksStalker: Dwyane Wade signs ‘lifetime’ deal with Li-Ning

MIAMI --- Dwyane Wade has a new contract --- with his shoe company. Wade and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning announced that the three-time NBA champion has signed a lifetime contract with the brand, which he has represented since 2012. The finalizing of that deal coincided with Wade and the company revealing his latest shoe, the "Way of Wade 7," at an event in Beijing on Wednesday. Wade appeared at the event with the company's CEO and namesake Li Ning, who is still revered in China for his gymnastics success. "This was something I needed to do from the standpoint of building something," Wade told The Associated Press in a phone interview from China. "That's what I set ou...Keep on reading: #KicksStalker: Dwyane Wade signs ‘lifetime’ deal with Li-Ning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Chinese envoy: Philippines not our province, not now, not ever

The Philippines has never been and would never be a province of China, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines said, as President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that Beijing did not ask Manila to cede even "one square" of its territory in exchange for its help......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Gov’t makes quiet protests on WPS – Palace

Malacaang on Monday denied that the government had not been protesting against China's aggression in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) following a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed 81 percent of Filipinos disapproved of official inaction on the sea dispute. In a radio interview, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government filed a protest every time Beijing violated Manila's sovereignty over the WPS, but it always did so quietly. Roque said all Filipinos should reject government inaction against Chinese aggression because the country could not allow its territory to be claimed by another state. "One hundred percent or 5 out 5 (Filipinos) should protest an...Keep on reading: Gov’t makes quiet protests on WPS – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown

BEIJING, China – At first glance, it may seem like just a black truck filled with bottles of water, but a closer look reveals a darker – or rather murkier – side to what's sloshing around inside. Its cargo of more than 500 bottles of Nongfu Spring, a ubiquitous Chinese brand, filled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

The clash: World Cup, Wimbledon men s finals could overlap

By Howard Fendrich and Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Roger Federer almost sounded offended when asked whether he would be concerned about Centre Court spectators paying too much attention to the World Cup final during the Wimbledon men's singles final. "I'm more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on," he quipped. "They'll hear every point, 'Wow, love-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon." "That's how important Wimbledon is to me," the eight-time champion said, before he was eliminated in the quarterfinals this week, "and to us over here." What's a viewer to choose this Sunday? The Wimbledon final between the man who beat Federer, Kevin Anderson, and Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic could be only about halfway done in London when the World Cup final between France and Croatia kicks off in Moscow. This year's soccer final starts at 11 a.m. EDT, an unusual time: nine of the 10 World Cup finals from 1978 through 2014 started in the 2-3:30 p.m. EDT range. The exception was the 2002 finale in Japan, which began at 7 a.m. EDT. "I'm sure the change they made was to maximize their audience worldwide, considering the time in China, Japan, Russia, all the other major countries," said former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson, now an industry consultant. The soccer game begins at 6 p.m. local time at Luzhniki Stadium, which is 5 p.m. in Paris and Zagreb. The shift appears aimed at soccer's ever-increasing Asian audience, with the start time at 11 p.m. in Tokyo and midnight in Beijing. Four of FIFA's 11 top-level partners and sponsors are Chinese companies. "The kickoff times for the FIFA World Cup were set in cooperation with a range of stakeholders and taking into account a number of aspects such as the global broadcast market and feasibility for the fans — both in terms of attending the matches and reaching a wide TV audience," soccer's governing body said in an email to The Associated Press. In the U.S., the soccer is on Fox and the tennis on ESPN. In Britain, the soccer is on both BBC1 and ITV, and the tennis on BBC1. Tennis would switch to BBC2 if the finals overlap. "In due respect to the All England Club, the finals of Wimbledon is a blip on the radar when you're talking about the World Cup final," Pilson said. "It's unfortunate, and it does hurt in the United States, where tennis has a significant audience." Dates for the World Cup final have ranged from June 10 to July 30, and each has been on a Sunday except for the first tournament in Uruguay in 1930, played on a Wednesday, and the 1966 tournament in England, which finished on a Saturday at Wembley. The Wimbledon's men's singles final was scheduled for a Saturday through 1981. The World Cup final has twice been the same day as the men's singles final, on July 8, 1990, in Rome, and on July 9, 2006, in Berlin. Those soccer matches started at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT), about two hours after the tennis ended: Stefan Edberg's 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Boris Becker in 1990, and Federer's 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 win over Nadal in 2006. The roots of this year's conflict go back six years. The All England Club announced in July 2012 that it would increase the time between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon from two weeks to three starting in 2015, allowing players extra time to adjust to the switch from clay courts to grass. FIFA's executive council announced World Cup kickoff times in December 2015. Wimbledon never had any intent to alter the start time of its final, traditionally about 2:10 p.m. local (9:10 a.m. EDT). Its large-screen videoboard on Henman Hill will remain tuned to tennis. Pressure for a shift would have increased had England beaten Croatia and advanced to its first final since winning the World Cup in 1966. "We're very comfortable with the long-term view that we take," said Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club. "We're not driven by short-term decisions, whether it be TV ratings or sponsorship. Wimbledon takes a long-term view. (The World Cup) is for this year. It's a one-year happening. And for the future, we'll still be at 2 o'clock on the Sunday. Nothing changes, from our point of view." ___ Fendrich reported from London......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Trade war: US sets tariffs on $200B Chinese goods

WASHINGTON -- The United States has escalated a trade war with China, threatening to impose fresh tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods as soon as September, sparking a furious reaction in Beijing. The latest shot in a spiralling trade conflict between the world’s top two economies came just….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Trade war: U.S. takes aim at $200B in Chinese goods

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States has escalated a trade war with China, threatening to impose fresh tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods as soon as September, sparking a furious reaction in Beijing. The latest shot in a spiraling trade conflict between the world's top two economies came ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas

BEIJING, China – An environmental pressure group claimed on Monday, July 9, that Chinese factories are illegally using ozone-depleting CFCs, which have recently seen a spike in emissions that has baffled scientists. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group said 18 factories in 10 Chinese provinces they looked into admitted to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Chinese tech giant Tencent plans US listing for music arm

BEIJING --- Tencent, China's most valuable tech company and the operator of the popular WeChat social media platform, says it plans to spin off its streaming music service on a US stock exchange. The company said in a statement issued through the Hong Kong stock exchange that the share price and other details of the stock offering in Tencent Music Entertainment Group have yet to be decided. Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s other businesses include WeChat and online games and video. Most of its activity is concentrated in its faster-growing home market in China but the company is gradually expanding abroad. Tencent Music competes in China with streaming services operated by Netease In...Keep on reading: Chinese tech giant Tencent plans US listing for music arm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy

WASHINGTON, United States --- The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy. The opening shots were fired just after midnight, when the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of imports from China, and Beijing promptly retaliated with duties on an equal amount of American products. It accused the U.S. of igniting "the biggest trade war in economic history." Because of this first round of hostilities, American businesses and, ultimately, consumers could end up paying more for such Chinese-made products a...Keep on reading: US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018