China 

China targets steel industry as latest front in its war on pollution

China has shifted its focus in the battle for clean air to the steel industry after cutting emissions from coal power plants, the former top polluter.On Sunday, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and four other ministries released a joint directive intended to ensure steel mills in the country’s most polluted regions meet “ultra-low” emission standards by 2025.The announcement cited a leading environmental scientist’s estimate that the measure could reduce particulate emissions in areas… Source link

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Terry Gou to step back from ‘front line’ at iPhone assembler Foxconn as it expands into India, AI

Terry Gou Tai-ming, the billionaire founder and chairman of iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group, plans to step back from day-to-day operations, making room for younger management to run the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer.A spokesman for Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, said Gou aims to sharpen his focus on the company’s strategic direction, denying earlier reports that he aims to resign or retire.“I’m already 69 years old. I hope to pass down my 45… Source link

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Cyclist hit by truck near Mustafa Centre after filtering in front of it, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A female cyclist was injured after a collision with a truck near Mustafa Centre in Little India early Monday morning (April 8). The police said they were alerted to an accident involving a bicycle and a truck along Syed Alwi Road towards Jalan Besar at 1.06am. The cyclist, a 44-year-old woman, was conscious when taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The Straits Times understands that her injuries were not life threatening. A video of the aftermath of the incident and dashcam footage have made their rounds online. The…

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Gardens by the Bay murder: Woman’s body remained in front seat hours after she was killed, Singapore News

The man left the woman’s body in the passenger seat till the next morning while the car was parked somewhere inside a Yishun condominium. The next day, the man continued driving around aimlessly – with the body next to him – thinking of what to do until he decided to burn the body in the afternoon. Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock, 50, who is accused of murdering Chinese national Cui Yajie, told the High Court yesterday (March 19) – the fifth day of his trial – of what he did after…

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‘No second choice’: Liu He, China’s man on the front lines of the trade war talks with the United States

Nine months ago, Liu He, the top economic aide to President Xi Jinping, told state media that China and United States had agreed during talks in Washington not to fight a trade war.His words were short lived as only a few days later US President Donald Trump unexpectedly decided to impose trade sanctions on China and start a prolonged economic battle between the world’s two largest economies.Last week, Liu, carrying the title of special envoy in addition to those of chief trade negotiator and… Source link

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Huawei is just the start: 5G will be a central front in the US-China war for technological supremacy

Washington-led opposition to the involvement of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the roll-out of 5G technology is just an early skirmish in what will be a long struggle for technological supremacy between China and the United States. The stakes are high, with national security concerns and the lure of big profits going hand in hand. The US National Security Strategy, published in December 2017, bracketed China with Russia, contending that both “challenge American power, influence, and interests… Source link

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Donald Trump’s pick to head the World Bank means US-China rivalry has a new front: development aid

US President Donald Trump and his nominee to lead the World Bank, David Malpass, have an issue with the manner in which the bank and other multilateral development banks do business. Specifically, Malpass objects to the size, intrusiveness and entrenched interests within these institutions, and the very idea that such banks, which are supposed to be all about promoting development and alleviating poverty, continue to lend to the world’s second-largest economy, with the world’s largest aggregation of foreign exchange: China. While China has been busy becoming the leading de facto…

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