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Fun’s Over: China’s Shared Sex Dolls Snuffed Out

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BEIJING- China’s rentable sex dolls have been yanked off the market and the firm responsible for them has apologised, just days after the “shared girlfriends” began strutting their silicon stuff. Chinese sex-products retailer Touch said in a statement on Monday that it “will actively explore healthier and more harmonious ways to diversify people’s sex lives”.…

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China Cracks Down On Pyramid Scams After Deaths

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Beijing – China’s latest crackdown on pyramid schemes was prompted by three shocking deaths: one young man who was beaten, another who was found dead in a pond, a third left to die on a road. Like elsewhere in the world, the scams have proliferated in China as fraudsters trick people into thinking they can…

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China, Russia Must Take Direct Action Against N. Korea

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WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch. “China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,” Tillerson said in a statement. He said China supplies…

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China ‘To Offer Malaysia Radar, Rocket Launchers Based In Johor’

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KUALA LUMPUR — China will offer Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system, to be based in Johor, reflecting the widening defence and trade ties between the two countries in the South China Sea region, The Malaysian Insight reported sources as saying on Wednesday (Aug 9). The low-interest offer will be made by a…

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China Warns India Over ‘Military Build-Up’ In Doklam

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  CHINA says India has been building up troops along its side of the border and demands an “immediate withdrawal” amid an increasingly tense standoff in a remote frontier region high in the Himalayas. The standoff, on a plateau that lies at the junction between China, India, and Bhutan, is one of the worst border…

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China-India Border Spat Casts Shadow Ahead Of BRICS Summit

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BEIJING – China is taking an increasingly tough line on a border row with India amid a rising crescendo of nationalism in state media, and President Xi Jinping looks set for an awkward encounter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a multilateral summit next month. Diplomats say Beijing would like to resolve the border issue…

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For Pakistanis, China ‘Friendship’ Road Runs One Way

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  TASHKURGAN – The China-Pakistan Friendship Highway runs over 1,300km from the far western Chinese city of Kashgar through the world’s highest mountain pass and across the border. For China, the two-lane thoroughfare symbolises a blossoming partnership, nourished with tens of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment. But for many Pakistani businessmen living and working…

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China Calls For Early Resumption Of Talks On Korean Peninsula

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  WASHINGTON – China on Wednesday called for an early resumption of talks on the Korea Peninsula nuclear issue and reaffirmed its commitment to resolving the issue through negotiations, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. China and the United States began to talk about diplomatic and security issues on Wednesday. The dialogue was one of four…

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China To Mediate Between Pakistan And Afghanistan

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  ISLAMABAD – Chinese foreign minister would visit Pakistan and Afghanistan in a bid to defuse tensions between the two countries, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Pakistani foreign affairs adviser as saying on Thursday. “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will first visit Kabul and then Islamabad in a next few days,” Aziz told Voice of…

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Chinese Jets Intercept US Surveillance Plane

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WASHINGTON – Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180m of the American aircraft, US officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 240km southeast of Hong…

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Malaysia Will Receive Enormous Benefit From China’s OBOR

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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has repeated his confidence that Malaysia will receive enormous benefit from China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. He said this was due to the existence of interconnection, especially between China and Central Asia, China and Europe, China and Southeast Asia, as well as between…

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Of Sovereignty, Alibaba And Durian Diplomacy

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BEIJING – San ren yi tiao xin, huang tu bian cheng jin. This is a Chinese proverb which says that if people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold. Making Malaysians a people of one heart — a united and confident society — is one of the biggest challenges for Malaysia…

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China Bans Muslim Beards And Veils

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NO long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. China is intensifying its crackdown against what it deems religious extremism in the far-west province of Xinjiang, which is home to 10 million Muslims. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of…

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Premier Li Says China Will Resolutely Oppose Taiwan Independence

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China will resolutely oppose and contain Taiwan independence, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island. China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, whose ruling Democratic Progressive Party espouses the island’s formal…

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Trump Meets China’s Top Diplomat Amid Tensions

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WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump, who has attacked China on issues from trade to the South China Sea, held his first face-to-face talks with a member of the Chinese leadership on Monday, and the White House said it was a chance to discuss shared security interests and a possible meeting with President Xi Jinping.…

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U.S. Urges China To Use ‘All Tools’ To Moderate North Korea’s Behaviour

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BONN, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged China to do all it could to moderate North Korea’s destabilising behaviour after Sunday’s ballistic missile test by Pyongyang, Tillerson’s spokesman Mark Toner said. Tillerson made the comments during his first meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of…

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Banknote Shows Mao Zedong With An Extra Mole

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CHINA: Does Mao Zedong have a big mole near his mouth, or not? That’s what a man in central China was left wondering about after he found the image of the late leader sporting an extra mole on the watermark of a 100-yuan banknote he had withdrawn from the bank. The man from Wuhan, Hubei…

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Why Trump Can’t Bully China

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CAMBRIDGE: As US President Donald Trump proceeds to destabilise the post-war global economic order, much of the world is collectively holding its breath. Commentators search for words to describe his assault on conventional norms of leadership and tolerance in a modern liberal democracy. The mainstream media, faced with a president who might sometimes be badly…

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Family Of Girl Killed In China Amusement Park Ride Accident To Get RM562k

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CHONGQING: The family of the 14-year-old girl who was killed after she was thrown off a swing ride at an amusement park will be compensated, the authorities said a day after the tragic Feb 3 accident. According to news outlet China Global Television Network (CGTN), Gan Tian’s father on Saturday signed an agreement with Zhaohua…

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Liow: Dr Mahathir Is Playing Race Card Against China

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BENTONG: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has resorted to playing the race card with his negative remarks on investments from China, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The MCA president said such foreign investments, which are crucial for Malaysia’s growth, had been spun into a racial issue by the Opposition, undermining bilateral relations.…

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China To Crack Down On Censor-Busting Services

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China is cracking down on the hi-tech ways citizens avoid official scrutiny of what they do online. The nation’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to “clean up” unauthorised internet connections. The 14-month campaign will target the virtual private networks (VPNs) and dedicated lines many use to go online. All these types…

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Hisham: Look Beyond ‘Childish’ Notions To Resolve South China Sea Disputes

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia on Monday called on all parties to “look beyond tired and childish notions of winners and losers” in resolving South China Sea territorial disputes. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pic) said Malaysia firmly and unequivocally believed that these disputes can only be resolved through diplomacy and via multilateral institutions such as…

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Zahid: China Willing To Transfer Border Control Technology

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KUNMING (Yunnan Province, China) – China has expressed its willingness to transfer its border control technology to Malaysia in assisting the latter to strengthen its relevant agencies. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia could learn a lot from China, particularly in Yunnan Province which controls its borders with neighbouring Laos,…

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Online Fury In China Over 92-Year-Old Woman Kept’ In Pigsty

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GUANGXI: Netizens in China have expressed their anger over the treatment of an old woman after photos showing her being kept in a pigsty were shared on social media. The 92-year-old woman, surnamed Yang, has been living in a pigsty “for years” in the southern Guangxi region of China, according to reports. Photos have been…

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Doctors Use Smartphone Lights To Deliver Baby In Car Outside Hospital

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BEIJING: Chinese doctors used lights from smartphones to deliver a healthy baby boy in the dark after a woman went into labour in the back of a car outside a hospital, mainland media reported. The baby had already started to appear as the woman arrived outside Zhongshan People’s Hospital, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, early on…

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China Navy Confirms Carrier Conducted Drills In South China Sea

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China’s sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the navy said, days after neighboring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 nautical miles south of the island amid renewed tension between the two sides. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier and accompanying warships sailed round the east coast of Taiwan…

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China Says Party Control Over Religion In Tibet Will Only Increase

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BEIJING (Reuters) – The Communist Party’s control over religion in Tibet can only increase, the region’s top official was quoted as saying on Thursday, vowing to step up efforts to expose the “sinister intentions” of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Chinese troops marched in and took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing…

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China Says Corruption Campaign Has Gained ‘Crushing Momentum’

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China’s fight against corruption has gained “crushing momentum” and huge progress has been achieved, with no let up expected next year, the ruling Communist Party said. Since assuming office four years ago, President Xi Jinping has waged war on deep-seated graft, warning like others before him that the problem is so bad it could affect…

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China Renews Calls For Tighter Cyberspace Security: CAC

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China’s top cybersecurity body reaffirmed its commitment to heightened cybersecurity surveillance on Tuesday, calling for increased scrutiny of local and foreign technology used in industries deemed critical to the national interest. A strategy document, released by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), laid out the framework for a controversial cybersecurity law released in November, which…

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China Says Space Programme Must Help Protect National Security

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s space programme must help protect the country’s national security, but China is dedicated to the peaceful use of space and opposes a space arms race, the government said in a policy paper issued on Tuesday. President Xi Jinping has called for China to establish itself as a space power, and it…

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