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China bans popular cartoons and other TV shows produced for children

China banned comics, cartoons and other TV shows primarily produced for children that contain any mention of violence, blood or vulgarity. TV channels must “resolutely resist bad plots,” and instead only broadcast “excellent cartoons with healthy content and promote truth, goodness and beauty,” said the authority in a statement on its website. “Children and adolescents […]

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China ‘bullies’ Taiwan by sending 24 warplanes into air defense zone

Taiwan accused China of  ‘bullying’ after Beijing sent 24 warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the third-largest incursion in the past two years of heightened tensions. PLA aircrafts, bombers, fighter jets, anti-submarines and early warning control planes entered Taiwan’s ADIZ in two groups – 19 planes and a second fleet of 5 jets. […]

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Evergrande: Chinese real estate giant strikes deal over bond interest payment

Chinese real estate giant Evergrande has said it has struck a deal over a bond interest payment which is due on Thursday. The amount due for the domestic bond is estimated to be nearly $36 million. The announcement will offer some relief to investors concerned over the company’s debt crisis. However, the world’s most indebted developer […]

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Jan Hecker: Germany’s ambassador to China dies two weeks into the job

Germany’s ambassador to China Jan Hecker, has died suddenly at 54, after only a few weeks in his position, according to a statement released by the consulate on Monday. Hecker had worked as a foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel before taking up his ambassadorial posting in Beijing on August 24. “We are […]

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Nineteen Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan’s airspace

Taiwan claims a large incursion of Chinese military jets flying into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China’s air force near the island. […]

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Tech World

China limits children’s online gaming to three hours per week

Kids and teens under 18 years old in China will only be allowed up to three hours per week to play online video games, China’s video game regulator said. The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8:00pm to 9:00pm on Fridays, weekends and legal […]

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China expresses ‘opposition and condemnation’ after US warship transits through Taiwan Strait

China protested the passage of a US Navy warship and coastguard through the waters between China and Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by Beijing. A statement by China’s defence ministry on Saturday called the move provocative and said it showed the United States is the biggest threat to peace and stability and creator of security […]

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s political ideology to be integrated into school and university education

The Chinese education system will introduce the political ideology of the President Xi Jinping in its national curriculum. The ideology would be integrated from primary school up to university. In a statement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said it aimed “to cultivate the builders and successors of socialism with an all-round moral, intellectual, physical and […]

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China to ban karaoke songs that endanger national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity

China is all set to ban karaoke songs that contain “illegal content”, the nation’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced. Songs that fall under this category include those that endanger national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity. Those who provide content to karaoke venues have been urged to review the songs and flag up to the […]

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Alibaba sacks manager accused of sexually assaulting employee amid social media backlash

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding sacked a manager who allegedly sexually assaulted a female employee and will establish policies to prevent sexual harassment, Chief Executive Daniel Zhang said on Monday. The manager – at Alibaba’s City Retail unit, which offers grocery delivery from local supermarkets – “has been fired and will never be rehired,” […]

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Chinese gaming companies slide as state media labels them ‘electronic drugs’

The stock prices of China’s biggest online gaming firms slipped after a state media outlet called them “electronic drugs”. Tencent and NetEase shares fell more than 10% over the past two days. Investors are increasingly concerned about Beijing cracking down on firms. The state media’s Economic Information Daily said many teenagers had become addicted to […]

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China’s tech crackdown on local giants wipes off billions

China’s tech giants have been subjected to severe scrutiny by its government over the past few months. The government’s rectification program is aimed to take down unfair competition issues, interoperability and to fine and penalise companies for violations inorder to build a healthy, safe and orderly industry which supports high standards of quality and development. […]