Some good news on China’s air pollution fight, but it comes with a warning

An American study has found that one element of China’s anti-pollution campaign appears to be working, although it offered some scepticism and suggested that the Chinese government take further steps to reduce the incentive for polluters to manipulate data.

The paper, “Quantifying coal power plant responses to tighter SO² emissions standards in China”, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

China to snuff out small-scale coal…
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Chinese flight attendant who tried to smuggle dozens of turtles from LA pleads guilty

US federal prosecutors say a flight attendant for a Chinese airline has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle nearly two dozen spotted and box turtles in a carry-on bag from Los Angeles to China.
The US Attorney’s Office says Huaqian Qu, a Chinese national, entered his plea Thursday to a charge of conspiracy.
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced July 23.

Officials say Qu and a fellow flight crew member with China Eastern Airlines tried to unlawfully export a total…
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US defence chief Jim Mattis visiting Beijing at ‘critical time’ for China-US military ties

China and the United States are moving to contain military tensions and the risk of misjudgment, with US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis heading to Beijing next week.
The visit comes after Mattis rebuked Beijing this month for its military build-up in the South China Sea amid worsening ties between the nations, and analysts say both sides recognise the need to step up communication to keep the situation from spiralling out of control.
Mattis announced on Wednesday that he would go to Beijing…
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The controversial Chinese college entrance exam opening doors at more American universities

When education authorities across China begin releasing results on Friday for the biggest exams in the country’s academic calendar, the scores will not only decide entry into Chinese universities – they will open more academic doors in the United States.
China’s controversial college entrance exam, or gaokao, is gaining acceptance in the US as an indicator of better future academic performance.
Fake fingerprints and electronic erasers: how China’s innovative cheats tap…
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Fight over controversial Hong Kong rail checkpoint moves to High Court as lawyer warns it could prompt Beijing intervention

The fight over the controversial joint checkpoint arrangement at Hong Kong’s express rail terminus has shifted from the Legislative Council to the High Court – a move that could lead to intervention from Beijing.
Two applications for a judicial review of the passage of the so-called co-location bill, which was passed in an atmosphere of acrimony last week, have been filed, with three more expected on Friday.
Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes earlier warned that the legal…
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US defence chief Jim Mattis to head to China amid Taiwan, South China Sea turmoil

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will visit China next week as tensions rise between the two countries over Taiwan and the South China Sea.
Mattis said on Wednesday that he would visit Beijing and then Seoul next week, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan confirmed that Mattis was “travelling to the region next week”, adding that details of the trip would be released on Friday.
Military ties between the United…
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Trump weighing plan to curb Chinese investment in more than 1,000 U.S. companies

This story is being published by the South China Morning Post as part of a content partnership with POLITICO. It was reported by Doug Palmer and Nancy Cook and originally appeared on politico.com on June 20, 2018.
New U.S. investment restrictions could restrict Chinese access to over 1,000 U.S. companies in technology and other sectors that the administration has deemed vital to U.S. national security, an administration official told POLITICO.
The administration is expected to release the new…
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China to open university in Tianjin to train workers for nuclear power industry

Beijing plans to set up another university dedicated to nuclear power technology to address a chronic skills shortage as the country tries to develop its nuclear energy industry and reduce its reliance on coal.
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), a state-owned nuclear power developer and operator, signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Friday with northern Chinese megacity Tianjin that included establishing a nuclear industry university with master’s and doctorate programmes….
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ‘must investigate Huawei’s influence on American universities’

The White House and US Congress are at odds over whether to save Chinese telecoms giant ZTE, which has been accused of threatening national security. But that is not the only Chinese company in lawmakers’ sights.
Huawei, another Chinese “national champion” technology firm, is drawing scrutiny for its partnerships with American colleges and universities in areas of technology that the Chinese government is trying to dominate.
US lawmakers call on Google to reconsider Huawei…
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US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to assess espionage threat of ZTE at urging of senator

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been urged by a US senator to address whether his department believes that Chinese telecoms giant ZTE poses an espionage threat to the United States.
Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, posed the question at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday concerning the recent deal by the Trump administration that saved ZTE from the brink of collapse and requested a written answer within a week from the commerce department to clarify its position on…
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