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South China Sea dispute: Top Philippines diplomat’s shocking F-bomb rant against China

The Philippines has taken the gloves off in its dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea, with its top diplomat dropping the F-bomb as he demanded the withdrawal of Chinese vessels near the Scarborough Shoal. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr took to Twitter, calling China an “ugly oaf” and demanding it “get the f*** […]

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China’s new nuclear power stations could be used to make weapons-grade plutonium

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox China's new nuclear power stations could be used to make weapons-grade plutonium, it has been claimed. The country is developing fast breeder reactors and reprocessing facilities as it seeks to reduce dependence on coal, a top source […]

Economy

Has China's economy fully recovered from Covid-19?

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s economy expanded by a dizzying 18.3 per cent in the first three months of 2021 from a year earlier, sealing its status as Covid-19’s “first in, first out” economy. It was the only major economy that showed an increase in gross domestic product (GDP) last year after successfully controlling the spread […]

Economy

China economy grows at record 18.3% in first quarter, slightly missing expectations

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s economy grew at a record pace in the first quarter, official data showed on Friday (April 16), expanding 18.3 per cent from a year earlier as the recovery from the coronavirus slump accelerated. The growth in gross domestic product (GDP) was slower than the 19 per cent forecast by economists in […]

Business

Accessing China’s Xinjiang Cotton Fallout

LONDON — China’s crackdown on companies that decline to back down from removing Xinjiang cotton from their supply chains due to alleged forced labor claims by Western nations continued to brew over the weekend. H&M’s blackout treatment is now being extended from online removals from e-commerce, mapping and ride-hailing platforms to at least six physical […]

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Boy, 13, accused of luring neighbour, 6, to ‘brutal’ death before hiding body

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox A 13-year-old boy has been accused of luring a six-year-old neighbour to his “brutal” death before hiding the body. The teenager is alleged to have tricked the victim, known by the surname Wang, into his house in […]

Business

China's Ant Group CEO Hu departs amid regulatory-driven revamp

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s Ant Group Chief Executive Officer Simon Hu has stepped down from his role, the company said on Friday, as the fintech giant is being pushed by regulators to revamp operations after its failed $37 billion initial public offering (IPO). Hu, who was named the chief executive of the Alibaba Group Holding […]

Business

Online Channel, China Helped Valentino Weather Pandemic in 2020

MILAN – Solid growth in its e-commerce channel, which climbed 62 percent, and a brisk retail performance in Mainland China helped Valentino weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, which drove revenues down 28 percent. In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, the Rome-based couture house reported sales of 882 million euros, compared […]

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China ramps up war fears with fighter jets over Taiwan in clear shot to Joe Biden

China ‘reinforcing tensions with US in South Sea’ says expert Military aircraft from China flew over the Pratas Islands, which guard to the southern approach to the Taiwan Straits, over the weekend. Bombers capable of dropping nuclear warheads and fighter jets were used in offensive operations over the South China Sea. Mr Biden’s US State […]

Economy

China becomes only major economy to avoid Covid-19 recession in 2020

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s economy grew at a faster-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter of last year, ending a rough coronavirus-stricken 2020 in remarkably good shape and remained solidly poised to expand further this year. The gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 6.5 per cent, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday (Jan […]