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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

Chinese deputy governors, mayor fired over vaccine scandal

BEIJING --- Two deputy Chinese provincial governors and a mayor were fired Thursday by the ruling Communist Party after revelations of misconduct by a major producer of anti-rabies vaccine triggered a public outcry. The firings were announced following a meeting of the party's ruling Standing Committee led by President Xi Jinping. The government is scrambling to defuse public outrage that has been fueled by revelations regulators found possible misconduct last year but failed to take action. The revelation in July that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. falsified vaccine production records added to a string of politically damaging scandals over deaths and injuries due to f...Keep on reading: Chinese deputy governors, mayor fired over vaccine scandal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 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 […].....»»

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

Trade war escalates further

BEIJING — The trade war between the United States and China escalated further Tuesday, with Beijing announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals. The increases are in response to the US announcing it will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods starting next […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News11 hr. 29 min. ago

China vows to hit back as US hikes tariffs anew

WASHINGTON, D.C.: China on Tuesday vowed to retaliate against the United States and warned of “uncertainty” in trade talks after US President Donald Trump targeted another $200 billion in Chinese imports with tariffs starting next week. Trump ratcheted up pressure on Beijing as the new round of levies will bring the amount of goods hit… link: China vows to hit back as US hikes tariffs anew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

China vows to hit back as US hikes tariffs anew

WASHINGTON, D.C.: China on Tuesday vowed to retaliate against the United States and warned of “uncertainty” in trade talks after US President Donald Trump targeted another $200 billion in Chinese imports with tariffs starting next week. Trump ratcheted up pressure on Beijing as the new round of levies will bring the amount of goods hit [...] The post China vows to hit back as US hikes tariffs anew appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Pep confidant: the Barca great thriving in China s crazy second tier

This photo taken on September 15, 2018 shows Zhejiang Greentown headcoach Sergi Barjuan looking on during the Chinese second division football match between Zhejiang Greentown and Beijing BG in Han.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Asian markets sink on fears over new Trump tariffs on China

Asian markets sank on Monday following reports that Donald Trump is planning to hit China with another round of tariffs, dealing a blow to hopes for talks between the two economic giants. Traders sent regional equities surging on Thursday and Friday as it emerged that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had offered to meet officials from Beijing to avert an all-out trade war. However, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal said the president had decided to impose 10 percent levies on $200 billion of Chinese imports and could make an announcement in the coming days. That would come on top of the $50 billion already announced over the summer and would account for about half of ...Keep on reading: Asian markets sink on fears over new Trump tariffs on China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs – report

WASHINGTON, United States --- President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Both sides were preparing to hold new talks on their tariff dispute. Last week Trump told reporters such a move could come "very soon." The Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the matter who said the tariff level would likely be set at about 10 percent, below the 25 percent announced earlier this year. The two governments have already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods. Beijing has issued a list of another $60 billion of American products for retaliation if...Keep on reading: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs – report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

China s economy showing weakness as investment growth hits new low

The Chinese economy revealed fresh signs of softness Friday with data showing the pace of investment slowing to record lows while retail spending and industrial production stabilized. Beijing faces.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Chinese emperor’s apartments go on display in Athens

The private apartments of 18th-century Emperor Qianlong, one of the most renowned rulers in Chinese history, go on display in Athens Friday in a rare exhibition, organizers said. The exhibition at the Acropolis Museum will showcase over 150 works of art, ceremonial robes and furniture from the Qing emperor's private apartments in the Palace of Many Splendors at Beijing's Forbidden City, where he spent his youth as a prince, and wrote poetry. These include Qianlong's heated bed, his study, ritual dress, poetic texts, thrones, and theatrical costumes from private performances at the palace. "It is the largest Chinese exhibition ever hosted in Greece," Acropolis museu...Keep on reading: Chinese emperor’s apartments go on display in Athens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Three Chinese flags were raised at the Batasang Pambansa to welcome the arrival of several officials from China on Monday, September 10. The red flags of the Asian economic giant flapped in the wind alongside 4 Philippine flags raised in front of the House of Representatives building. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

China promises to retaliate if US imposes more tariffs

Beijing --- China's government says it will retaliate if Washington goes ahead with more tariff increases following President Donald Trump's comment that he was considering extending penalties to more Chinese imports. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Monday that Beijing "will definitely take countermeasures to safeguard its legitimate rights" if Trump goes ahead with a new round of tariffs. Beijing and Washington have imposed 25 percent import duties on $50 billion of each other's goods in a battle over technology policy. The Trump administration is poised to decide whether to extend that to another $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trump said Friday he was consideri...Keep on reading: China promises to retaliate if US imposes more tariffs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

China calls on US, NKorea to implement Singapore deal

BEIJING: China’s top legislator voiced hope that North Korea and the United States will implement their nuclear summit agreement as he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Chinese state media said Monday. Li Zhanshu, sent by President Xi Jinping to attend North Korea’s 70th anniversary parade on Sunday, said China was committed to… link: China calls on US, NKorea to implement Singapore deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018