Vancouver police investigate break-in attempt at family home of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou; suspects fled after being confronted by resident

Vancouver police are investigating an attempted break-in at the family home of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, adding a fresh layer of intrigue to the international furore over her arrest in this west-coast Canadian city at the request of Washington nine days ago.

Police spokesman Constable Jason Doucette said that just before 5.30am on Sunday, a 911 call was received about a home being broken into on West 28th Avenue, in the expensive neighbourhood of Dunbar.

“The suspects…
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Don’t ask why US acted against China’s Huawei. Ask: why now?

Anyone who thought last Saturday’s agreement between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to suspend punitive tariff increases on US imports from China signalled a de-escalation of the countries’ economic cold war got a rude shock last week. On Wednesday it emerged that the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei had been arrested in Vancouver airport at the request of US authorities on suspicion of breaking American sanctions against…
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Hong Kong-listed Chinese steelmaker Tiangong confident of US anti-dumping duty repeal, shrugs off trade war

Hong Kong-listed Chinese maker of high-speed steel and cutting tools Tiangong International said on Saturday it would appeal against an anti-dumping duty imposed by the United States, as it moves to bolster its exports to America amid the US-China trade war.
In January 2017, Chinese steelmakers were hit with combined punitive import tariffs of 319.27 per cent – a 251 per cent countervailing surcharge and a 68.27 per cent anti-dumping duty. In August, Tiangong became the only Chinese…
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Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be a child of China’s constitution, but it has come of age

Three hundred Hong Kong schoolchildren gathered last week for a law lecture with a difference. The city’s leader also attended the class, along with ministers. The teacher was Shen Chunyao, a senior official from the Chinese government and his topic was the importance of China’s constitution. 
The forum was organised to mark National Constitution Day. It was intended to further understanding of the constitution and its relationship with Hong Kong’s own de facto…
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Taiwan’s leader is asking for more misery at the polls if she plays the ‘America card’, analysts warn

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen – stung by her party’s crushing defeat in last month’s local elections – could be in for another disappointment at the polls in 2020 if she tries to win a second term as the self-ruled island’s president by playing the “America card”, analysts have warned.
Given that voters in the island’s local elections expressed their deep dissatisfaction with Tsai’s record on local issues ranging from pension plans to labour…
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Forget Trump-Xi trade war ‘truce’, the US-China rivalry is just getting started

A tariff war truce, declared by President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping at the end of their summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last weekend, could help de-escalate the months-long, spiralling trade spat between the world’s two largest economies.

While the agreement not to introduce new punitive tariffs may have opened the door to further talks, it will still be a challenge for negotiators to craft a comprehensive solution to a host of simmering issues within the 90-day…
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Smile, say hi and don’t ride elephants: Chinese tourists being taught how to behave by Shanghai video maker

Chinese tourists may not always have a glowing reputation, but a Shanghai man is making an impact with videos that encourage his compatriots to be responsible travellers.
The nine-minute documentary Black Elephant, which is about cruel training of elephants in the tourism industry in Thailand, has been viewed online more than 100 million times, mostly by Chinese audiences, since its release in early 2017.
Many viewers said they were shocked by what is revealed in the video and pledged not to…
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Lion Air disaster: just a blip in Asia’s runaway air travel boom?

Asia is set for a boom in air travel, according to a range of forecasts, but the eye-popping predictions have also brought concerns about congested airports, a lack of pilots and flight safety.
The rise of Asia’s aviation sector – described as “unprecedented long-term growth” by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – is being driven by middle class travellers from China and India, the emergence of new players like Indonesia and Vietnam, and intense…
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Chinese Arabic school to close as areas with Muslim populations are urged to study the Xinjiang way

The imminent closure of a 34-year-old Arabic language school in China’s northwestern province of Gansu has raised fears that draconian religion policies adopted in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are applied to other Muslim-populated areas.
Pingliang Arabic School, a charity that caters to underprivileged students, has been told by city education officials to close by December 17 and send its 200 students and 20 teachers home.
Coalition of scholars calls for added pressure on Beijing…
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China summons Canada envoy over ‘unconscionable and vile’ detention of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

China on Saturday summoned the Canadian ambassador over the “unconscionable and vile” detention of telecom giant Huawei’s chief financial officer in Vancouver, state media reported, in Beijing’s latest angry response to the hot-button case.
Meng Wanzhou has been held since December 1 in Canada on an American extradition request and faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran.
Huawei CFO ‘committed fraud to skirt Iran sanctions…
Source: SCMP – China

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