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 2021-01-26 18:18 

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Biden's commerce secretary nominee backs use of tariffs and export limits against Chinese firms...

US President Joe Biden's nominee to head the country's Commerce Department told senators on Tuesday that she would use punitive tariffs and export restrictions against China, but stopped short of a specific commitment to keep existing sanctions ag...

 2021-01-26 18:00 

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Coronavirus: PM Boris Johnson takes 'full responsibility' as Britain's deaths top 100,000...

More than 100,000 people have died in Britain after contracting the coronavirus, a year into Europe's deadliest outbreak, figures from the government showed on Tuesday.Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, a...

 2021-01-26 17:13 

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Netherlands sees worst riots in four decades over coronavirus curbs...

The Netherlands faced its worst civil unrest in four decades after a third night of rioting against a government curfew aimed at curbing the pandemic, just weeks before a national election.Police arrested 184 people after incidents in Amsterdam, Rotterdam...

 2021-01-26 16:00 

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The Unexpected Benefits of Distance Learning...

[Sponsored Article]Looking back, describing 2020 merely as a 'difficult' year is to understate massively the unexpected events and challenges, which every citizen across the world has had to face. All businesses and enterprises have had to re-exam...

 2021-01-26 15:59 

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Xi charms Moon as China and US compete for an ally in South Korea...

Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed on Tuesday to "promote high-level exchanges" between the two countries in a development likely to be greatly scrutinised by Western powers seeking to draw Seoul into an ...

 2021-01-26 15:53 

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Son of Chinese coronavirus victim wants meeting with WHO experts in Wuhan...

A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization (WHO) expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government.China approved the visit by ...

 2021-01-26 15:13 

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Facebook News launches in Britain as company eyes investments in news...

Facebook has rolled out the Facebook News feature for users across the United Kingdom, the only destination outside the United States to get the feature.Facebook News comes as a tab in the Android or iOS version of the Facebook app that will feature news ...

 2021-01-26 15:00 

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Climate change offers US and China a chance to cooperate. Will they take it?...

China could offer to transfer technology and give financial help to poor countries in a joint effort to fight climate change with the US, Chinese observers have said.Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden has made the fight against climate change one of hi...

 2021-01-26 14:39 

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National security law: Chinese state-run media blasts new Hong Kong Bar Association head for two days in a row over comments...

Beijing's state-run media has hit out at the new head of the Hong Kong Bar Association for the second day in a row, accusing him of having "lost professionalism and rationality" over remarks suggesting he would seek changes to the city's n...

 2021-01-26 14:39 

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Coronavirus: Chinese human rights lawyers repeat campaign to honour Wuhan whistle-blower Li Wenliang...

A group of Chinese human rights lawyers have revived a campaign to honour the Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was disciplined for warning colleagues about the Covid-19 outbreak before dying of the disease.The group, a loosely organised online chat group whi...

 2021-01-26 14:32 

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Vietnam's Communist Party poised to pick new leaders in secretive congress...

Vietnam's secretive, twice-a-decade political transition began on Tuesday, with the Communist Party poised to select its future leaders who will have to contend with an increasingly assertive China and ramped-up trade tensions with the United States.T...

 2021-01-26 14:27 

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China sends Guangdong anti-corruption chief to take on similar role in Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office...

Beijing has transferred Guangdong province's anti-corruption chief to take a similar role in its top office overseeing Hong Kong and Macau affairs.Shi Kehui will take up the role following the retirement of Pan Shengzhou, who reached the official reti...

 2021-01-26 14:21 

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Britain's G7 'democracy summit' not an anti-China coalition with Joe Biden, says EU diplomat...

The G7 summit scheduled this year in Britain, which the British government has expanded and presented as a summit between 10 leading democracies, will not be a coalition against Beijing, the European Union's ambassador to China Nicholas Chapuis has sa...

 2021-01-26 14:13 

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Authorities reject claims a forest in China was destroyed to make way for vineyards...

Provincial authorities on Tuesday rejected claims that a forest in China's arid northwest has been razed to make way for vineyards, after an investigation prompted by media reports and a public outcry.But environmental group the China Biodiversity Con...

 2021-01-26 14:11 

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Bank of East Asia appoints retail loans chief to lead Greater Bay Area office to drive cross-border wealth management business...

Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong's biggest family-run bank, has appointed its head of retail lending Christine Lo to lead its Greater Bay Area (GBA) office, as the bank looks to forge closer collaboration across its operations in the region to capture new...

 2021-01-26 14:00 

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Coronavirus: China National Biotec Group vouches for its vaccine against mutant strains spreading overseas...

A Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is effective against coronavirus variants, including the mutated strain found in Britain, the chairman of China National Biotec Group has told state media Xinhua after vaccine developers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna also said t...

 2021-01-26 13:47 

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Hong Kong man arrested over use of fake parking ticket on car to throw off police...

Hong Kong police have arrested a man accused of placing a fake ticket on his illegally parked car to mislead officers into thinking the vehicle had already been booked.The case came to light when an officer on patrol found a Suzuki that was parked illegal...

 2021-01-26 13:39 

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Hong Kong should reintroduce rent controls for subdivided flats, says task force, with some members wanting to limit what landlords can charge...

Rent controls for subdivided flats which were scrapped 17 years ago should be reintroduced and a standard contract imposed as measures to protect poorer families, according to a group looking at regulating the sectorThe Post has been told the government-a...

 2021-01-26 13:15 

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Hitting or scolding your child will soon be illegal in China, but will the new law stick?...

China will soon join dozens of other countries in banning parents from spanking their children.While corporal punishment was outlawed in China in 1986, the practice remains widespread, particularly in rural areas. A new family education law prohibits the ...

 2021-01-26 13:06 

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Hong Kong policeman who admitted defrauding force's credit union over HK$450,000 in loans told to expect jail term...

A Hong Kong police sergeant who admitted to defrauding the force's credit union over HK$450,000 (US$58,000) in loans and placing bets with an illegal bookmaker on local horse races was told to expect a jail term, as a magistrate remanded him behind ba...

 2021-01-26 13:05 

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Stop hoarding coronavirus vaccines, South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa tells rich nations...

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday urged wealthy countries not to hoard surplus doses of Covid-19 vaccines, saying the world needed to come together to fight the pandemic.South Africa has recorded nearly half the coronavirus deaths in Afri...

 2021-01-26 13:00 

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Global economy to grow 5.5 per cent in 2021 after 3.5 per cent contraction in 2020, IMF forecasts...

The world economy will grow by 5.5 per cent this year, reversing the 3.5 per cent contraction that it saw in 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects in its latest global economic forecast.Growth will also be boosted by the continued strong ec...

 2021-01-26 12:39 

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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte resigns in bid to seek new government...

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday in the hope of forming a new government after weeks of turmoil in his ruling coalition, leaving Italy rudderless as it battles the deadly coronavirus pandemic.President Sergio Mattarella accepted C...

 2021-01-26 12:30 

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Biden China policy should keep trade policy and national security apart to avoid Cold War: ex-US commerce chief...

China and the United States should keep trade dealings and national security issues on separate tracks to avoid full-blown decoupling, according to Carlos Gutierrez, a former US Commerce Secretary.Combining trade and investment with geopolitics and nation...

 2021-01-26 12:00 

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Huawei's exit from premium smartphone market 'a last resort' amid US sanctions, analysts say...

Huawei Technologies Co is not expected to divest its premium smartphone business except as "a last resort", according to analysts, a day after the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant denied that it plans to sell its flagship P and Mate bran...

 2021-01-26 11:46 

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US, Chinese militaries' South China Sea posturing continues into Joe Biden era...

Warplanes from the United States and China flew in proximity on Tuesday and a Chinese military drill was held as an American aircraft carrier group entered the contested South China Sea, suggesting the military rivalry of the Donald Trump presidency would...

 2021-01-26 11:41 

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Elderly Hongkonger gets suspended jail term, HK$1,000 fine for attacking pigeons...

An 84-year-old Hong Kong man has been given a suspended jail sentence and fined HK$1,000 (US$130) for hitting two wild pigeons in anger after their faeces landed on him.Fanling Court heard retiree Tsui Ping-kwan "cruelly beat" the birds with a 60c...

 2021-01-26 11:21 

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Japan joins calls for Russia to release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, protesters...

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday urged Moscow to release Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and peaceful protesters from detention, joining the United States and the European Union in expressing concerns over the crackdown....

 2021-01-26 11:00 

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China-New Zealand relations: upgrade to free-trade agreement eliminates nearly all trade tariffs...

China and New Zealand have completed a review and expansion of their free-trade agreement a month after Beijing and Canberra abandoned an opportunity to do the same.China's commerce minister, Wang Wentao, and New Zealand's minister for trade and e...

 2021-01-26 10:58 

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Climate change: Modi, Widodo among Asian leaders to commit to global goals at summit...

Asian leaders from India's Narendra Modi to Indonesia's Joko Widodo and China's vice-premier, Han Zheng, have issued a unified pitch for governments to prioritise aid for vulnerable nations and communities to deal with the immediate effects of...

 2021-01-26 10:34 

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Suspected serial burglar arrested from Hong Kong public housing flat...

A 53-year-old man accused of stealing HK$70,000 (US$9,000) in cash and valuables from Hong Kong flats over three months was arrested on Monday during what police said was his 10th burglary.The suspect was detained as he committed his latest offence in a f...

 2021-01-26 10:30 

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How the Covid-19 vaccines compare and who can get them...

Millions of people in dozens of countries have started to receive Covid-19 vaccines as part of the effort to fight the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 100 million people worldwide. It is the fastest vaccine development in history and one of the...

 2021-01-26 10:00 

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US-China tech war: Beijing's top policy official lays out strategy to address Washington's 'stranglehold' over China...

A high-ranking official within the inner circle of the ruling Chinese Communist Party has said China must embrace a "whole country" approach and mobilise the nation's private businesses to reduce reliance on foreign technologies amid ongoing U...

 2021-01-26 10:00 

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Early signs from Biden White House of more balanced China policy ahead...

Two issues are probably of greatest concern to Beijing when it comes to President Joe Biden his administration's stance on Taiwan, and how it chooses to interpret his predecessor's Indo-Pacific strategy.It is still too early to tell exactly what W...

 2021-01-26 09:58 

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam doubles down on opposition to predecessor's calls for chief executive election to be scrapped...

Hong Kong's current and former leaders continued to trade barbs at a distance on Tuesday, with Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor doubling down on her assertion that the city's mini-constitution would need to be amended for the chief executive to be chose...

 2021-01-26 09:57 

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China and New Zealand sign upgraded free-trade agreement...

China and New Zealand on Tuesday signed a deal to upgrade a free-trade pact to give exports from the nation greater access to the world's second-largest economy.The pact comes as Beijing seeks to establish itself as a strong advocate of multilateralis...

 2021-01-26 09:16 

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Coronavirus impact left Hong Kong with trade deficit of HK$342.2 billion last year as exports dropped 1.5 per cent and imports 3.3 per cent, new figures show...

The coronavirus pandemic hammered Hong Kong's trade and logistics sector in 2020, driving exports down 1.5 per cent year on year, but industry groups are optimistic a rebound is in store as the city leverages growing domestic consumption in mainland C...

 2021-01-26 09:15 

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WeChat's value surpasses Ferrari as Covid-19 pandemic upends businesses and buoys technology brands from Apple to Tesla...

The global coronavirus pandemic boosted the brand value of China's largest technology companies last year, even as it decimated livelihoods and economies the world over, according to a report by the British consultant Brand Finance.The brand value of ...

 2021-01-26 08:30 

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China's GDP growth targets should be scrapped to help put cap on local government debt, top central bank adviser says...

China should permanently stop setting annual economic growth targets, as its overall level of borrowing and debt is rising at the fastest rate since 2009, following the global financial crisis, according to a senior adviser to the country's central ba...

 2021-01-26 08:00 

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As India and Indonesia vaccinate millions against Covid-19, fake news and conspiracy theories are gaining ground...

From India to Indonesia, fake news, fear and conspiracy theories surrounding Covid-19 vaccinations are gathering momentum as governments embark on mass inoculation drives against the virus which has killed over 2.1 million and infected nearly 100 million ...

 2021-01-26 07:40 

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Twitter bans My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, who insisted Donald Trump won US election...

Twitter has banished My Pillow Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell, the bedding company honcho who courted controversy after persistently tweeting Donald Trump was the real winner of the US presidential race.The company decided to ban Lindell permanently...

 2021-01-26 07:07 

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Hong Kong fourth wave: Carrie Lam promises downscaled, 'ambush-style' Covid-19 lockdowns in future...

Hong Kong's leader has vowed that future Covid-19 lockdowns will retain the element of surprise and operate on a smaller scale than the one in Yau Tsim Mong district, which she hailed as a success despite news of the screening exercise leaking, allowi...

 2021-01-26 07:01 

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Tear gas fired as Indian farmers' tractor rally breaches barricades around New Delhi on Republic Day...

Thousands of Indian farmers, many on tractors, breached police barricades to launch a protest march into New Delhi on Tuesday as the government held its main Republic Day military parade.Police imposed one of their largest security operations in years to ...

 2021-01-26 06:42 

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China-US tensions: meet us halfway to build trust and ease conflict, former Chinese vice-premier urges Biden...

A former Chinese vice-premier urged the newly inaugurated United States President Joe Biden to "meet China halfway" to rebuild trust and restart dialogue to ease the "unprecedented predicament" of strained relations between the major power...

 2021-01-26 06:30 

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For Japan's Covid-19 vaccine tsar Taro Kono, will a successful vaccination drive put him one step closer to prime ministership?...

He has anointed Pokemon and Hello Kitty as special envoys to promote the city of Osaka for the 2025 World Expo, and has a notoriously sweet tooth, with macarons a particular favourite but Japan's Taro Kono also has a combative streak, with some compar...

 2021-01-26 05:55 

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Hong Kong court tosses fugitive ex-lawmaker Ted Hui's bid to undo phone-snatching conviction...

A Hong Kong court has thrown out an appeal bid from fugitive former lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung, who had sought to clear his name for snatching a phone from a public officer three years ago.Mr Justice Wilson Chan Ka-shun on Tuesday dismissed Hui's appea...

 2021-01-26 05:05 

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Securities investments between US and China reach US$3.3 trillion in 2020, says report...

American and Chinese investment in each other's corporate securities reached US$3.3 trillion in 2020, despite political headwinds on both sides, according to Rhodium Group.Given the size of the two countries' economies, "there would be room fo...

 2021-01-26 05:00 

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Gorilla in US zoo recovering from Covid-19 after antibody therapy...

An elderly gorilla was recovering from a serious case of Covid-19 after he was treated with cutting-edge synthetic antibodies, the San Diego Zoo said.Veterinary surgeons were identifying which animals to inject with the zoo's limited supply of vaccine...

 2021-01-26 04:39 

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Apollo CEO Leon Black to resign after review of Jeffrey Epstein ties...

Leon Black said on Monday he would relinquish his chief executive post at Apollo Global Management following an independent review of his ties to the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.The review, conducted by law firm Dechert, foun...

 2021-01-26 04:30 

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As Biden gets into gear, could a Federal Reserve interest rate rise be on the cards?...

It is a time of great change in the United States as the presidency of Joe Biden finally gets into gear. With an urgent need to defeat the Covid-19 crisis and repair the US' beleaguered economy, Biden's administration will leave no stone unturned ...

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