China’s National Supervisory Commission: fresh, bigger fears over reach of new anti-corruption super agency

The unbridled power and reach of China’s anti-corruption super agency have exceeded the initial fears of lawyers and academics in the four months since the new controversial system was introduced.
When Beijing set up the National Supervisory Commission in March, the most contentious issue was the commission’s power to detain anybody for investigation for up to six months without access to a lawyer.
But a recent case in the central Chinese province of Hunan has exposed how the…
Source: SCMP – China

Can Beijing use China-US trade dispute to boost economic ties with other countries?

China’s tit-for-tat trade dispute with the United States provides it with the ideal opportunity to push ahead with free-trade agreements with other countries, according to a former senior government official and industry analysts.
“China should accelerate FTA [free-trade agreement] talks to counter the US pressure,” said Wei Jianguo, a former vice-minister for commerce.
“It is also a good time to hold more talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]…
Source: SCMP – China

Airbus and Boeing hide identity of US$35.4 billion Chinese buyers as trade war creates minefield for international companies

Airbus and Boeing usually don’t miss a chance to celebrate their biggest orders at the annual air shows – typically, top executives will trumpet them loudly at signing ceremonies staffed with a phalanx of smiling flight attendants.
Not this year. On the first three days at the Farnborough expo taking place outside London, Airbus has cloaked the identity of the customer behind US$24.4 billion in orders at list prices. Boeing followed suit regarding deals struck for planes valued at…
Source: SCMP – China

Donald Trump is trying to woo Vladimir Putin, but Xi Jinping has already won his heart

In the race to woo Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping is beating Donald Trump, political analysts have said.
Trump’s quest to kindle a bromance with the Russian president has made some Americans squirm. His gushy performance in Helsinki, expressing confidence in Putin instead of US intelligence agencies, ignited outrage across the political spectrum in America.
Trump claims US intelligence ‘loved my press conference’
But while Trump’s charm offensive might cause…
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Beijing slammed for using ‘carrot and stick’ coercion to change Taiwanese ‘status quo’ by top island official

Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief has denounced China’s “carrot and stick strategies” as an attempt to coerce the self-ruled island into changing the “status quo”, but has said Taipei is willing to settle its differences with Beijing in “good faith” via dialogue.
Chen Ming-tong, Taiwan’s minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, told a Heritage Foundation event in Washington on Wednesday that China has repeatedly sought to pressure Taiwan…
Source: SCMP – China

What China can do to win a trade war? A Beijing think tank offers its top tips

China should spur private investment and consumption at home and ally with the European Union and Japan to help win a trade war against the US, a Chinese think tank has said, as Washington and Beijing engage in tit-for-tat tariffs.
In a report on Tuesday, Renmin University’s National Academy of Development and Strategy also said China should increase the dependence of multinationals on the Chinese market “by importing their products to China or enabling their localised production…
Source: SCMP – China

Beijing’s new Zaha Hadid-designed airport to showcase latest facial recognition technology

Beijing’s new US$12 billion airport, which is designed to handle up to 100 million passengers a year at full capacity, will feature cutting-edge surveillance technology to ease bottlenecks in security and immigration screening.
Chinese artificial intelligence start-up Yitu is preparing a bid to provide its facial recognition technology to the airport, while its close rival SenseTime Group is also expected to compete for the contract.
The new Zaha Hadid-designed airport is situated about…
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What Hong Kong crackdown on pro-independence party means for freedom in the city

An unprecedented move by Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday to ban a small-time pro-independence party is being seen as a warning against separatist politics in keeping with the “red line” drawn by Beijing, but critics have raised the alarm over the perceived threat to freedom of speech and expression in the city.
Lau Siu-kai, vice-chairman of semi-official think tank The Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said the Hong Kong National Party was not a significant…
Source: SCMP – China

Shanghai remains investment destination of choice as reforms attract US$21.5b in first half

The Shanghai city government is hoping the rebound in foreign inflow of capital in the first half will continue for the rest of year as it ploughs ahead with efforts to further open up the market.
In the first six months of the year, contracted foreign funds, an indicator of future commitments of capital, grew 18.1 per cent to US$21.5 billion in Shanghai, as the premier commercial hub signed more than 2,100 projects with overseas investors in the period, according to figures released by the…
Source: SCMP – China

Former US intelligence officer pleads not guilty to accusations he tried to sell secrets to China

A former US intelligence officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to sell secrets to China.
Ron Rockwell Hansen entered his plea in a federal court in his home state of Utah on Friday.
Judge Paul Warner has ordered him held without bail pending trial.

The case was moved from Washington, where 58-year-old Hansen was arrested in June after allegedly meeting with an FBI informant and discussing selling US military plans to Chinese intelligence. Authorities say he was on his way to board…
Source: SCMP – China

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