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China pledges to increase opportunities for foreign companies as it seeks to boost its economy

Mar. 01, 2024 11:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Vice President Han Zheng pledged Friday to provide more opportunities for foreign companies in China as the government tries to restore confidence in the world's second largest economy. Han told an audience of American business people in Beijing that the...

Stock market today: Asia stocks rise follow Wall Street climbs to more all-time highs

Feb. 29, 2024 23:54 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks gained Friday, after U.S. stocks climbed to all-time highs Thursday. U.S. futures edged higher and oil prices advanced. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.7% to 39,850.00. Japan’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.4% in January,...

China's manufacturing activity contracts for 5th straight month despite policy support

Feb. 29, 2024 23:52 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Manufacturing in China contracted for a fifth consecutive month in February, according to an official survey of factory managers released Friday, reflecting persistent weakness in the economy ahead of annual legislative meetings where officials are expected to boost policy...

Biden orders US investigation of national security risks posed by Chinese-made 'smart cars'

Feb. 29, 2024 14:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing potential national security risks, the Biden administration says it will investigate Chinese-made “smart cars” that can gather sensitive information about Americans driving them. The probe could lead to new regulations aimed at preventing China from...

Fired scientists in Canada failed to acknowledge links to China, newly released records say

Feb. 29, 2024 04:39 AM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two scientists at a high-security infectious disease laboratory in Canada lost their jobs after reviews found they failed to protect sensitive material and information and did not acknowledge links with China, newly released records show. The scientists,...

How Chinese science fiction went from underground magazines to Netflix extravaganza

Feb. 29, 2024 03:54 AM EST

CHENGDU, China (AP) — For a few days in October 2023, the capital of the science fiction world was Chengdu, China. Fans traveled from around the world as Worldcon, sci-fi’s biggest annual event, was held in the country for the first time. It was a rare moment when Chinese and...

Hong Kong's plan for a new national security law deepens fears over eroding civil liberties

Feb. 28, 2024 22:47 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong moves toward enacting a new national security law, four years after Beijing imposed a similar law that all but wiped out dissent and vocal pro-democracy media in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, concerns are spreading among the city's international business and...

Hunter Biden in defiant deposition blasts GOP, insists he did not involve his father in business

Feb. 28, 2024 20:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden was defiant Wednesday in a closed-door deposition on Capitol Hill, blasting a Republican impeachment inquiry into his father and the family's business affairs as a “house of cards” built on “lies” as he faced a battery of probing questions from lawmakers. ...

Biden acts to better protect Americans' personal data such as health records and finances

Feb. 28, 2024 15:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is signing an executive order aimed at better protecting Americans' personal data on everything from biometrics and health records to finances and geolocation from foreign adversaries like China and Russia. The move allows the Department of...

Tuvalu's new government commits to continued diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of Beijing

Feb. 28, 2024 07:57 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tuvalu’s new government on Wednesday committed the tiny South Pacific island nation to continued diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of switching to Beijing, but said it plans to renegotiate a security pact recently struck with Australia in response to China’s...