‘My parents left me at a Chinese orphanage because I had spinal trouble. Now I want to track them down’ 

A Chinese preschool teacher who made her way to the United States after being abandoned in a orphanage as a young girl has started a search to find her birth parents.
Dang Miaomiao overcame her tough start in life – she was probably abandoned as an infant due to the fact that she was born with scoliosis, a medical condition that affects the curve of the spine – to win a place at an American college, where she was able to continue her studies thanks in part to sponsorship from an…
Source: SCMP – China

Remarks on election ban for those calling for end to ‘one-party dictatorship’ is not official statement, Beijing envoy says

Beijing’s top man in charge of Hong Kong affairs has said a senior local politician’s remarks on election eligibility were not “official statements” though he understood why he said them.

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was referring to a warning last week by Tam Yiu-chung, that anyone calling for an end to “one-party dictatorship” would be at risk of being disqualified from running for ­local office…
Source: SCMP – China

Beijing has more weapons to use against US in a trade war, Chinese analysts say

On Thursday, the White House announced plans to introduce tariffs on US$60 billion worth of Chinese imports. The following day, Beijing hit back, saying it would levy 15 per cent tariffs on 120 types of US products, including fruit, wine and steel pipes, worth US$977 million, and 25 per cent tariffs on a further eight other categories of goods, including pork and recycled aluminium, worth US$2 billion, if the tit-for-tat spat was not resolved.
On Saturday, China’s former Finance Minister…
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Apple boss Tim Cook appeals for calm heads as China, US teeter on brink of trade war

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Saturday called for “calm heads” and more open trade, amid rising fears of a trade war between the United States and China.

Tensions between the world’s two largest economies flared this week when US President Donald Trump unveiled plans on Thursday to slap tariffs on potentially up to US$60 billion worth of Chinese goods.

China’s Commerce Ministry on Friday urged the United States to “pull back from the brink”, saying…
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China should not seek high growth as financial risks mount, warns government official

China should focus less on rapid economic growth and more on the quality of its economy, given the dangers from already accumulating financial risks, a senior Chinese Communist Party official warned on Saturday.
In the past 30 years, China had created a miracle of high-speed growth, Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs, said at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing.
“Over the next 30 years, China can create…
Source: SCMP – China

Silk Street video stirs debate on Beijing’s famous knock-off market

A video posted on YouTube showing an American bargaining with saleswomen at Beijing’s Silk Street has prompted a fresh round of debate on the famous knock-off market in the Chinese capital.
The man, who claimed to be new to the city and posted the video under the username Collin Abroadcast, filmed his experience of shopping at the market in central Beijing last weekend. It has been viewed more than 1.7 million times in less than a week.
A clip from the video featuring an aggressive…
Source: SCMP – China

US politicians may face voters’ ire as China hits US farm products over Donald Trump’s tariffs

US President Donald Trump risks destabilising businesses across America and sparking further retaliation from China by using tariffs as a response to alleged theft of trade secrets, warned a US Democratic lawmaker from Washington state, China’s biggest US trading partner. 
Rick Larsen, a US House Representative from the second congressional district in the northwestern US state, said Trump’s attempt to punish China by hitting it with US$60 billion of punitive tariffs “is…
Source: SCMP – China

US asks China not to implement ban on foreign garbage

The United States asked China on Friday not to implement a ban on imports of scrap materials, after the world’s top scrap buyer abruptly shut the door to many types of waste, throwing the global recycling industry into turmoil.
China told the World Trade Organisation last July that it would stop accepting shipments of rubbish such as waste plastic and paper as part of a campaign against “foreign garbage”.
The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries said at the time that the…
Source: SCMP – China

US and South Korea ‘very close’ to trade deal as Donald Trump’s metals tariffs begin, mainly aimed at China 

The US and South Korea are close to a resolution on trade disputes, US President Donald Trump said as his administration initiated punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, part of an escalating trade war with China, which has begun retaliating.
“The deal with South Korea, according to [commerce secretary Wilbur] Ross and [US Trade Representative Robert] Lighthizer, is very close to being finished,” Trump said, referring to a revised bilateral trade pact known as Korus….
Source: SCMP – China

Wang Qishan calls for ‘strategic’ relations with Manila in diplomatic debut

Xi Jinping’s trusted ally Wang Qishan made his diplomatic debut as vice-president on Friday, calling for a “strategic” approach to relations during a meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in Beijing.
It was his first meeting with a foreign dignitary since he returned to the political spotlight during China’s annual legislative sessions that finished on Tuesday. Lawmakers endorsed him as vice-president during the meetings, and controversially…
Source: SCMP – China

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