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China Faces Challenges in Containing Swine Flu Infection

VOA News/Joyce Huang The Year of the Pig is getting off to a rough start in China as the world's largest consumer of pork and home to half the world's pigs struggles to contain the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Recent incidents, where traces of the virus were found in samples of frozen pork dumplings, suggest the outbreak is more widespread than has been reported, analysts said. They add that the disease could have devastating socioeconomic consequences for both Chinese consumers and the global pig industry. Latest outbreaks Over the weekend, food safety regulators in southern Hunan…
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China Reports Record Trade Surplus with US, Amid Signs of Slowing Economy

VOA News China’s trade surplus with the United States rose dramatically in 2018, despite a tit-for-tat tariff war with the that has roiled global markets. The surplus stood at a record-high $ billion, compared to $ billion recorded the year before. Data released Monday by China’s customs bureau shows the country’s exports to the grew more than 11 percent in 2018. Imports from the United States rose only slightly ( percent). But the data also revealed that exports slowed by percent last month, as the administration of President Donald Trump imposed a series of stiff tariffs on billions of dollars…
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US Delegation Arrives in Beijing for Trade Talks

VOA News A trade delegation has arrived in Beijing. The group is in China to hold two days of talks, beginning Monday, focusing on how best to carry out an agreement reached by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to postpone new tariff hikes. On December 1, the two leaders agreed to complete talks about technology, intellectual property and cyber theft issues within 90 days, and hold off on new tariffs in the meantime. officials have said that if the talks fail to produce a satisfactory agreement Washington will increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from…
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China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute. Report author Justin Bronk says Beijing asks few questions when selling the technology overseas. “Because the United States in particular has refused — apart from the cases of the and France — to export armed models of its iconic Predator and Reaper series of armed drones, China has sort of stepped in to fill that gap. And while its offerings such…
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Truce in Trade War After Trump-Xi Dinner in Argentina

VOA News/Steve Herman BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — The world’s two largest economies, the and China, have agreed to a small truce in their escalating trade war after a meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping following the G-20 summit. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after the plane departed Argentina, said his agreement made over dinner with Xi, will go down “as one of the largest deals ever made. … And it’ll have an incredibly positive impact on farming, meaning agriculture, industrial products, computers — every type of product." Trump agreed that he will leave the tariffs…
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US Vice President: China ‘Meddling in America’s Democracy’

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The United States is making its most pointed allegations yet that China is targeting the American political system, claiming it is an attempt to undermine the administration of President Donald Trump by employing power in more proactive and coercive ways. “China wants a different American president,” said Vice President Mike Pence in a speech on Thursday, accusing Beijing of “meddling in America’s democracy.” The remarks come a week after Trump accused the Chinese government of attempting to interfere in the midterm elections, to be held next month, and the president said details would be released…
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US Objects to China’s Internet Restrictions

VOA News The "remains deeply concerned with China's long-standing restrictions on freedom of expression online," a State Department official said Thursday, reacting to Google's reported plan to relaunch its search engine in China. "We strongly object to all efforts by China to force companies to block or censor online content as a condition for market access," the official said. Google shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing government attempts to "limit free speech on the web." But a company whistle-blower who spoke to the online publication The Intercept said Google was in the advanced stages of launching a…
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Culture

Today In History: February 12 1912

On February 12, 1912, Hsian-T’ung, the last emperor of China, is forced to abdicate following Sun Yat-sen’s republican revolution. A provisional government was established in his place, ending 267 years of Manchu rule in China and 2,000 years of imperial rule. The former emperor, only six years old, was allowed to keep up his residence in Beijing’s Forbidden City, and he took the name of Henry Pu Yi.
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US Navy Admiral: North Korea Biggest Worry in Volatile Asia

Associated Press YOKOSUKA, JAPAN— Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin talked to reporters Friday about two of the biggest challenges the military faces in Asia: North Korea and the South China was his first such meeting with the media since assuming command of the Navy's 7th Fleet last September. He spoke aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The 20,000-sailor strong 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka, Japan, covers a region from India to the international dateline in the Pacific Ocean. The Korean Peninsula Aucoin wouldn't get into specifics, but he said the Navy is monitoring the situation closely following North Korea's…
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China Pours More Scorn on French Journalist Being Forced Out

Associated Press December 28, 2015 BEIJING —China said Monday that it would impose new restrictions on media reports about domestic terrorism, as it continued to deride a French journalist being forced to leave the country after questioning Beijing's claims about the terrorist threat it official Xinhua News Agency said the restrictions are mandated under the country's new anti-terrorism law passed over the weekend, but gave few details. "The various restrictions intend to prevent copy-cat crimes, protect frontline anti-terror workers and keep society from the harm of hearsay," Xinhua said. "It is for the common good that foreign media outlets in…
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