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Billionaire's Plan to Create 1M US Jobs Killed by Trade War

Jack Ma of Alibaba says 'this promise can't be completed'

(Newser) - Take your pick as to which of these statements from Alibaba founder Jack Ma is gloomier: He's going back on his pledge to create 1 million US jobs , and the US-China trade war that he blames for that plan's undoing is one that he believes could last two... More »

Amid Tariff Hikes, Beijing Appeals for Free Trade

'It is essential that we uphold the basic principles of multilateralism and free trade'

(Newser) - China's No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat US and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang's comments add to Beijing's effort to portray itself as... More »

Trump Fires Another Shot in China Trade War

He slaps tariffs on another $200B in goods

(Newser) - The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10%, beginning Monday of next week,... More »

Tourists' Hotel Check-In Is International Incident

Chinese trio arrives early in Stockholm, gets shown the door

(Newser) - Sometimes, arriving early for your hotel check-in results in scoring a bed ahead of schedule. And sometimes it leads to an international incident. The latter is true of a bizarre incident in Stockholm involving three Chinese tourists—an older couple and their grown son, reports the Guardian . The three arrived... More »

Amazon: Workers Taking Bribes From Desperate Sellers

Amazon employees, mainly in China, are offering data in exchange for money, sources say

(Newser) - To best hawk a product on Amazon, third-party sellers hope for a coveted spot on the site's first page of search results, a ranking that's boosted by positive reviews. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal those rankings could be affected by "illicit transactions" between sellers and Amazon... More »

X-Men Actress Vanished in China, Said to Be 'Under Control'

Fan Bingbing, rumored to be nabbed for tax evasion, got 0% 'socially responsible' rating

(Newser) - Academics at Beijing Normal University recently compiled a report ranking how "socially responsible" Chinese celebrities are, and China's highest-paid actress , Fan Bingbing, received a 0% rating—which would be eyebrow-raising enough, except that Fan has also gone missing. The BBC reports the 36-year-old X-Men actress, model, and singer... More »

Mother Nature Is About to Put Longest Sea Bridge to the Test

Super Typhoon Mangkhut will show what the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can withstand

(Newser) - At 34 miles, it's the world's longest bridge to cross a sea—an impressive $20 billion effort that will soon undergo its first major challenge from Mother Nature. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is right in the sights of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a powerful storm system that's headed... More »

Death Toll Hits 11 in China Vehicle Attack

Suspect wanted 'revenge on society'

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to 11 with another 44 people hospitalized after a man allegedly drove an SUV deliberately into a crowd in central China before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger and shovel, local authorities in China say The Hengyang city government says the suspect in... More »

Rat Wipes $190M Off Restaurant Chain's Value

Hotpot video went viral in China

(Newser) - Hotpot, a bubbling vat of broth in which diners dip pieces of meat and other morsels, is a beloved family meal in China, especially when the weather starts to cool down. But not when there's a rat in it. The Xiabu Xiabu hotpot chain saw its stock dive more... More »

China Has Stopped Accepting Applications From US Firms

Business group says it is retaliation for tariffs

(Newser) - Amid a worsening tariff battle, China is putting off accepting license applications from American companies in financial services and other industries until Washington makes progress toward a settlement, a business group says. The disclosure Tuesday is the first public confirmation of US companies' fears that their operations in China or... More »

Russia, China Flex Military Might Together

2 nations combine for huge war games

(Newser) - Russia launched a massive military exercise on Tuesday, its biggest since the Cold War, reports the BBC . That alone would be enough to make headlines, but another twist has cinched it: China is taking part in the war games as well—the first time Russia has invited any country beyond... More »

US May Make Rare Move Against China

White House considers penalties over human rights issue, the treatment of Uighur Muslims

(Newser) - President Trump has been quick to go after China on trade issues , but the New York Times reports his administration is poised to penalize Beijing on a human rights issue for perhaps the first time. The administration is considering sanctions in response to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, specifically... More »

China Waging War on Christianity

Activists say Beijing is burning Bibles, shutting churches, forcing the faithful to renounce

(Newser) - China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations, destroying crosses, burning Bibles, shutting churches, and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. The campaign corresponds with a drive to "Sinicize" religion by demanding loyalty... More »

Ford: Trump Is Wrong About Impact of Tariffs

'This car can now be BUILT IN THE USA,' he said

(Newser) - Ford says it isn't going to shift production of the Focus Active from China to the US, despite President Trump's thoughts on the matter. Trump boasted in a tweet Sunday that new tariffs on Chinese imports had forced the automaker to abandon plans to sell the Chinese-made Focus... More »

Principal Fired After Pole Dance at Kindergarten

China school official apologizes, but show she organized was too much

(Newser) - Hiring a pole dancer to perform for 500 kids age 6 and under probably isn't the best way to spice up the first day of the school year. Lai Rong, principal of the private Xinshahui kindergarten in Shenzhen, China, learned that the hard way Monday after approving a seductive... More »

Trump's Claim About Clinton and China Not Supported by FBI

Says there's no evidence of an email hack

(Newser) - The FBI said Wednesday that it has no evidence Hillary Clinton's private email server was compromised even though President Trump tweeted a news report that alleged the Chinese had hacked it. Trump tweeted Tuesday evening about a report in the conservative Daily Caller that said a Chinese-owned company operating... More »

Trump Says China Hacked Clinton Emails, Doesn't Elaborate

Says FBI, DOJ must respond or 'their credibility will be forever gone!'

(Newser) - President Trump once again tweeted about Hillary Clinton's emails, though this time with a twist: He claimed she was hacked by China. As some media outlets noted, Trump put forth no evidence backing his claim in the the tweets, made roughly two hours apart. They read:
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North Korea Calls America Two-Faced

Editorial cites 'secret' military drill, but US says that's 'far-fetched'

(Newser) - The rhetoric from North Korea toward the US is creeping back toward levels that existed before the June summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. An editorial in a state-run paper claims the US is staging air drills that simulate an invasion of Pyongyang in case denuclearization efforts fail,... More »

US-China Trade War Hits New Low

China releases video mocking US bacon, bourbon as billions in tariff hikes go into effect Thursday

(Newser) - The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other's automobiles, factory machinery, and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing's technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth. The increases came as envoys met... More »

US Pilots Face Even More Laser-Beam Attacks

A Wall Street Journal report says aircrews have seen a sharp uptick in laser pointers

(Newser) - Laser-pointer attacks are a serious and growing problem for US military pilots in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Pentagon is acknowledging for the first time just how much of a problem the simple devices have caused aircrews, predominantly in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where the bulk... More »

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