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TikTok US ban ruling to be made day after presidential elections

A US court will hear if it should go ahead with the ban on TikTok or not on the 4th of November, a day after the US elections. If allowed to proceed, the ban would come into effect on November 12. Donald Trump had announced a plan to block TikTok in August, but a ruling […]

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Business tycoon critical of President Xi Jinping sentenced to 18 years in jail on corruption charges

A business tycoon who is an outspoken critic of China’s President Xi Jinping has been sentenced to 18 years in jail on charges of corruption. Ren Zhiqiang was found “guilty of corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds” a Beijing court said according to Global Times. Zhiqiang was also fined US$ 620,000. Ren went missing […]

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Human rights activists ask International Olympic Committee to not hold 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

At least 160 human rights activists signed a letter calling for International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reverse its decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing allegations of widespread rights abuses by the Chinese government. The letter addressed to the IOC president Thomas Bach said that the actions of the Chinese central government in […]

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Auspicious phone number in China fetches $300,000 at online auction

A mobile phone number was sold for a whopping US$ 300,000 after hundreds of people vied online for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits. The number ends in five eights, a sought-after combination in China as the word “eight” in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for “prosperity”. The number was among […]

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United States approves fresh sanctions against Beijing for enactment of new security law

The lower house of the United States Congress, The United States House of Representatives, approved fresh sanctions against China after Beijing’s National Security Law was condemned globally. The unanimously passed legislature penalises banks that do business with the Chinese. The law passed by Beijing is described as “brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong […]

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Beijing’s outbreak strains traced back to South East Asia, Harvard study finds

Researches from Harvard University studying the strains of the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing in June suggest that strains may have originated in South or South East Asia. The study looked at the genetic sequencing data of three virus strains from patients in Beijing made public by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and […]

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Beijing’s new coronavirus wave of infections crashes sale of salmon and other seafood items

China’s appetite for salmon and other seafood has crashed this month, after a resurgence in coronavirus infections in Beijing was traced to chopping boards for imported salmon in a wholesale food market in the capital. Exporters all the way to Europe are feeling the pinch as the virus scare prompts supermarkets and e-commerce players such […]

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Coronavirus cases in Beijing will see ‘cliff-like’ drop this week: Chinese expert

Beijing will see a “cliff-like” drop in new cases in the current coronavirus outbreak by the end of this week with efforts to control the spread of infections in the Chinese capital underway, said an expert at the national health authority. The city of over 20 million people reported its first case linked to a […]

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Beijing tests 2.29 million people for coronavirus in 9 days

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended operations in Beijing after some of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus in the Chinese capital, where the city officials are conducting Covid-19 tests on millions, especially employees of restaurants, food delivery services and market vendors. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday that it had […]

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Low hygiene standards in food markets behind Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak

Low standards of hygiene in China’s wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in its food supply chain need to be urgently addressed after a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, a leading body of the ruling Communist Party said. The resurgence of COVID-19 in the country’s capital over the past week, infecting more than 100 people and […]

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Beijing-backed AIIB approves $750 million loan to India’s for coronavirus response

Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a loan of $750 million to help India battle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable households, the bank said on Wednesday. In a release, AIIB said that the loan, co-financed with the Asian Development Bank will be aimed at bolstering economic id for businesses, expanding […]

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At least 1,255 flights cancelled in Beijing amid fear of second wave

Beijing’s airports cancelled more than 1,200 flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on Wednesday as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a wholesale food market. The city reported 31 new cases on Wednesday while officials urged residents not to leave Beijing, with fears growing about a second […]