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Trump picks Iowa Gov Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China - transition official | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump picks Iowa Gov Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China - transition official | Reuters

By Dominique Patton and Steve Holland | BEIJING/NEW YORK BEIJING/NEW YORK President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a transition official said on Wednesday, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second-largest economy by speaking to Taiwan's president.The appointment of Branstad may help to ease trade tensions between the two countries, the world's two biggest agricultural producers, diplomats and trade experts said. It also suggests that Trump may be ready to take a less combative stance towards China than many expected, the experts said.The New York real estate developer, who defeated Hillary Clinton in last month's election, has said he intends to declare China a currency manipulator when he takes office on Jan #United States #Governor #Hillary Clinton #markets #chinese #lifestyle
Factbox: Companies who's suppliers may source tin from a rebel Myanmar mine | Reuters

Updated : Nov 28, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Factbox: Companies who's suppliers may source tin from a rebel Myanmar mine | Reuters

YANGON More than 500 companies list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms that indirectly buy tin ore from a mine operated by an ethnic armed group in Myanmar, a Reuters examination of the supply chain found. The Man Maw mine is controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), which the United States placed under sanctions for alleged narcotics trafficking.That potentially puts companies at risk of violating sanctions that forbid "direct or indirect" dealings with blacklisted groups. The world's No. #Middle East #United Kingdom #Sweden #Taiwan #chinese
Nepal detains Tibetan refugees in crackdown as China's influence grows | Reuters

Updated : Nov 15, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Nepal detains Tibetan refugees in crackdown as China's influence grows | Reuters

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nepali police have detained 41 Tibetans trying to cross the border into India, officials said on Tuesday, in a crackdown on people fleeing the disputed region where opposition to Chinese control persists.The detention comes as China strengthens its foothold in Nepal, rapidly building roads and hospitals while becoming a major aid donor and trading partner to the Himalayan nation.Fewer than 200 Tibetans arrived in 2013, trekking for days to cross treacherous mountainous passes to reach Nepal before seeking political asylum in India - down from an annual average of 2,000 before 2008.Human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch say Nepal faces intense Chinese pressure to limit the flow of Tibetans crossing the border and restrictions have helped stem the number of those fleeing Tibet.Police officer Rajendra Bista said the Tibetans were stopped on Monday at Dhangadi, 430 km (270 miles) southwest of Kathmandu as they travelled on a bus to India where the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, lives in exile. "They did not possess passports nor had they any other travel documents," Bista told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Dhangadi. "We have taken them into custody and handed (them) over to immigration authorities."Basudev Ghimire, director at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu, said the refugees, including Buddhist nuns and monks, were being brought back to the Nepali capital where an investigation would be conducted on how they had entered Nepal."If they are genuine refugees they may be handed over to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees #Economy #China #Middle East #markets #Argentina #chinese
Pakistani PM welcomes first large Chinese shipment to Gwadar port | Reuters

Updated : Nov 13, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Pakistani PM welcomes first large Chinese shipment to Gwadar port | Reuters

GWADAR, Pakistan Pakistan's prime minister and army chief welcomed on Sunday the first large shipment of Chinese goods through the renovated port of Gwadar, part of a trade link between western China and the Arabian Sea.The deep-water port in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan is key to the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that also encompasses roads and energy projects."Pakistan is located at the intersection of three engines of growth in Asia - South Asia, China and Central Asia," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said at a ceremony on Sunday."CPEC will help in integrating these regions into an economic zone offering great opportunities for people of the region as well as investors from all over the world."Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif also attended Sunday's ceremony at the port, which is expected mostly to see imports of building materials in the next year before eventually becoming a gateway for goods from western China's Xinjiang province. The port ceremony came a day after a bomb in another part of Baluchistan killed at least 52 people at a Muslim shrine in an attack claimed by Islamic State. #United States #India #China #science #markets #chinese #lifestyle
China moves to bar Hong Kong activists as fears grow over intervention | Reuters

Updated : Nov 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

China moves to bar Hong Kong activists as fears grow over intervention | Reuters

By Venus Wu and Sue-Lin Wong | HONG KONG/BEIJING HONG KONG/BEIJING China's parliament passed a ruling on Monday that effectively bars two elected Hong Kong pro-independence politicians from taking office, Beijing's most direct intervention in the territory's legal and political system since the 1997 handover. #China #Middle East #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Hong Kong #chinese
Indonesian police quell mass protest by hardline Muslims | Reuters

Updated : Nov 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Indonesian police quell mass protest by hardline Muslims | Reuters

By Johan Purnomo and Fergus Jensen | JAKARTA JAKARTA Indonesian police quelled a mass protest by tens of thousands of hardline Muslims on Friday, firing tear gas and water cannon into crowds demanding the resignation of the Christian governor of Jakarta, who they said had insulted the Koran.A police spokesman said one person died and 12 were hurt.Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, but most follow a moderate form of Islam and protests on such a large scale are rare. Critics say the protest was whipped up by an extremist group that latched on to political tension ahead of February's election for the governorship of Jakarta, the country's capital, and was allowed to grow because the government failed to rein it in.Police said the number of demonstrators in central Jakarta swelled to about 150,000 in the hours after Friday prayers as they congregated around the palace of President Joko Widodo #Business #markets #Crime #United Kingdom #chinese #lifestyle
Philippine fishermen put Duterte diplomacy to test, visit disputed shoal | Reuters

Updated : Nov 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Philippine fishermen put Duterte diplomacy to test, visit disputed shoal | Reuters

By Karen Lema | SUBIC, Philippines SUBIC, Philippines On his first voyage as captain, Philippine fisherman Joel Banila was more worried about being battered by Chinese coastguard ships than he was about the impending storm on the horizon in the South China Sea.His was one of the first boats to gamble on the big catches on offer in and around the disputed Scarborough Shoal since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made surprise overtures towards China, which sees the area as its sovereign territory.For four years, Chinese ships have blockaded the tranquil lagoon rich in fish stocks and forced fishermen from the Philippines to travel further for smaller catches, reflecting tensions in the South China Sea where several countries have overlapping claims.Frosty relations between China and the Philippines have improved markedly, however, as Duterte shifts away from traditional ally the United States and closer to Beijing, and some fishermen have decided to take a calculated risk."I felt a bit nervous because it was my first time serving as captain," 32-year-old Banila told Reuters, a day after making the 10-hour, 124-mile journey back to the shores of the northwest Philippines."We heard what happened before, that they (Chinese ships) ram the boats, so I was moving slowly around the shoal but nothing happened."There has been considerable confusion at sea since Duterte's diplomatic shift, with China's foreign ministry saying this week that the situation at Scarborough Shoal "has not changed and will not change".Philippine officials said fishermen could return, but confirmed no agreement had been reached when Duterte visited Beijing two weeks ago in search of investment, trade, and unimpeded access to the shoal.Duterte's outreach has stunned the region, coming just months after an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled in favour of the Philippines in a case it lodged in 2013 to challenge not only China's control of the rocky outcrop, but the legality of its manmade islands and vast maritime claims. "We heard there was a (Philippine) boat there, so we also tried go to Scarborough," Banila said.MIXED MESSAGES The situation is far from certain at the shoal, which the arbitral ruling said should be shared by all claimants, and no one country had sovereign rights to it. #United States #Middle East #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #chinese #graphics
German EU commissioner accused of racism after remarks about Chinese | Reuters

Updated : Oct 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

German EU commissioner accused of racism after remarks about Chinese | Reuters

BERLIN Germany's EU commissioner has tried to play down remarks about Chinese and gay marriage that critics described as clearly racist and discriminatory.In a speech to businessmen held in Hamburg last week, Guenther Oettinger, the senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, used the derogatory term Schlitzaugen - slit eyes - to describe people from China and other Asian descent."That was a somewhat sloppy remark that was in no way meant to be disrespectful to China," Oettinger told the newspaper Die Welt, without apologising for it. Instead, the EU commissioner defended himself against accusations of racism."You have to see the broader context in which I made my remarks. #India #China #markets #chinese #article
German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip | Reuters

Updated : Oct 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip | Reuters

By Michael Nienaber | BERLIN BERLIN China is strategically buying up key technologies in Germany while protecting its own companies against foreign takeovers with "discriminatory requirements", German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday.Gabriel, also vice chancellor and leader of Germany's Social Democrats, heads to China next week after having ratcheted up tensions with Beijing by putting the brakes on the latest Chinese takeovers of German technology companies.In a guest column for Die Welt newspaper, Gabriel urged the European Union to ensure a level playing field and adopt a tougher approach with China."Nobody can expect Europe to accept such foul play of trade partners," Gabriel wrote, adding that Germany was one of the most open economies for foreign direct investments.In China, on the contrary, foreign direct investments by European companies are being hampered and takeovers are only approved under discriminatory requirements, he said."But China itself is going on a shopping tour here with a long list of interesting companies - with the clear intention of acquiring strategically important key technologies."Under German law, the government can block takeovers only if they jeopardise energy security, defence or financial stability.Gabriel is pushing for a Europe-wide safeguard clause which could stop foreign takeovers of firms whose technology is deemed strategic for the future economic success of the region. #United States #India #Business #european #chinese #german
Democrat minority politics send Chinatown plumping for Trump, other Asians may follow suit

Updated : Oct 26, 2016

By : RN Bhaskar

Category : World

Democrat minority politics send Chinatown plumping for Trump, other Asians may follow suit

Most Asian communities in the US, including the Chinese, may vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, and not Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, thanks to the minority politics by the Democratic party #Barack Obama #Donald Trump #Hillary Clinton #California #Democratic Party #Voting #indian #chinese #Chinatown #Proposal #State #Obamacare #Scholarship #merit #Mexican #Minority Vote #2016 US Presidential election #US Election Demographics #community politics #meidcare #demographic representation