Tag Archives: China

Major U.S. airlines expand flight cancellations to China and Hong Kong | CNN

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced more flight cancellations to China on Saturday as coronavirus cases rise rapidly.

Delta said it will suspend flights between the United States and China starting on Sunday until at least April 30, according to a press release.

That’s four days earlier than it had initially planned. Delta’s last China-bound flight leaves on Saturday, February 1 and its last returning flight from China to the United States leaves on Sunday.

Delta moved the date up after the US State Department warned this week that people should not travel to China due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in December.

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Coronavirus outbreak is ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ WHO declares | Live Science

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the new coronavirus outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, officials announced today (Jan. 30).

The news comes as the case count and death toll from the virus have soared in recent days. As of Thursday (Jan. 30), there were 7,736 cases and 170 deaths in China, as well as 98 cases in 18 other countries, the WHO said.

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Alibaba’s FlyZoo hotel uses facial recognition check in tech | Fast Company

Alibaba has created the hotel of the future and it’s wild, wonderful, and just a little creepy. FlyZoo, which is reportedly a Chinese pun for “must stay,” is a 290-room ultra-modern boutique hotel in Hangzhou, China that lets guests play with technology, check in with ease, and spend the night in the future for a low price of around $205—and at the cost of your privacy.

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Apple blames China as it cuts forecast | BBC News

Apple has rattled investors with news that its sales have been slowing, blaming economic weakness in China.

In a surprise disclosure, the iPhone maker said it anticipated revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) for the three months to 29 December.

In November it forecast sales of at least $89bn – a prediction that had already disappointed investors.

Apple’s share price sank more than 7% in after hours trade, extending its more than 28% slide since November.

The festive season is typically Apple’s strongest quarter.

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China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers | TechCrunch

There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last week at a private event in San Francisco that “I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America.”

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Shanghai Auto Show 2017: Pictures | Business Insider

Over the past decade, China has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the automotive universe. For most car makers, the Middle Kingdom is either first or second on its list of priorities. Thus, it is only fitting that the 2016-2017 auto show season would come to a conclusion in China’s most cosmopolitan city.

The Shanghai motor show presents Chinese consumers with an opportunity to see the latest and greatest offerings from around the world. At the same time, the world’s press has the chance to evaluate the newest developments from China’s growing contingent of automakers.

The 2017 Shanghai Auto Show is open to the public until April 28 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

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China is behind the latest bitcoin craze | Business Insider

Bitcoin had a great 2016. The cryptocurrency rallied 120% to $952, threatening to break the $1,000 mark for the first time. While bitcoin has seen a consistent bid throughout the year, its 57% gain (in US dollar terms) over the past three months has been particularly impressive.

So what’s behind the move?

China.

In his latest edition of “Greed & Fear,” CLSA’s Christopher Wood notes, “Daily turnover in Shanghai-based BTC China, the world’s largest bitcoin exchange by volume, has risen from around Rmb1bn in late September to a peak of Rmb27.8bn on 22 December and Rmb16.4bn on Wednesday (see Figure 11) while the Bitcoin price has risen by 70% over the past three months to Rmb6,927.”

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China is crushing the U.S. in ‘economic warfare’ | Money CNN

It’s China 1, USA 0 when it comes to so-called “economic warfare.”

As China has risen to become the world’s No. 2 economy, it has repeatedly used its business and financial clout to get what it wants on the world stage, say foreign policy experts Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris.

When Norway gave Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, China dramatically scaled back its salmon purchases from Norway and halted trade talks. When tensions escalated between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, China let Philippine bananas rot in its ports.

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China to End One-Child Policy, Allowing Families Two Children | The New York Times

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party brought to an end the decades-old “one child” policy on Thursday, when leaders announced that all married couples would be allowed to have two children in a bid to reverse the rapid aging of the labor force.

The announcement came after the party’s Central Committee concluded a four-day meeting in a heavily guarded hotel in western Beijing where the committee approved proposals for China’s next five-year development plan, which starts next year.

“Improve the demographic development strategy,” said the official communiqué, or summary, of the meeting issued through the Xinhua news agency. “Comprehensively implement a policy that couples can have two children, actively taking steps to counter the aging of the population.”

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Bitcoin could split in debate over currency’s future | BBC News

A row over changing the software that produces bitcoins could split the virtual currency, core developers say.

Bitcoin XT, a new version, is currently being recommended by the currency’s chief scientist, Gavin Andresen.

And its developer, Mike Hearn, says its adoption essential to ensure the currency can cope with growing demand.

But some, including a large number of bitcoin miners in China, are resisting XT because of how it might affect control over the currency.

Bitcoin’s blockchain – a digital ledger of all transactions made with the currency – is currently made up of 1MB blocks.

Bitcoin XT would enable these blocks to grow to 8MB.

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