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Wife of Missing Interpol Head Says He Texted Her Knife Emoji

She says Meng Hongwei's message means he's in danger

(Newser) - The saga of missing Interpol chief Meng Hongwei continues as his wife reveals he sent her a text message consisting of just a single emoji: that of a knife. Per AFP , Grace Meng relayed the jarring information to a group of reporters in Lyon, France, where the global police agency... More »

Odd: a Chinese Jailbreak. Odder: the Media Reporting It

There's a $15K reward for Zhang Guilin and Wang Lei

(Newser) - Looking to make a quick $15,000? Find these two fugitive prisoners for Chinese authorities. In what the BBC calls a "rare" event, Wang Lei, said to be in his mid-30s, and Zhang Guilin, in his late 30s or early 40s, broke out of the Lingyuan Third Prison in... More »

'Made in China' May Have High-Tech Spying Implications

Bloomberg reports Beijing implants tiny devices in electronics destined for US

(Newser) - Beijing seems to have figured out a relatively simple way to spy on government contractors and some of the biggest businesses in the US: Implant tiny microchips in the tons of electronic equipment being assembled in China and destined for America. A story by Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the US... More »

China Orders X-Men Actress to Pay Massive Fine

'I am unworthy of the trust of society,' Fan Bingbing says in social media post

(Newser) - Chinese tax authorities have ordered X-Men star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over one of the country's highest-profile entertainers since she disappeared from public view three months ago, the AP reports. Of the total amount, Fan is being... More »

Trump Opens UN Security Council Meeting With Accusation

Accused China of trying to interfere in our midterms

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to meddle in the 2018 elections in a bid to keep him down. While opening a UN Security Council meeting, Trump put it like so, per the BBC : "In my remarks yesterday to the United Nations General Assembly, I laid out... More »

China Won't Let Navy Ship Dock in Hong Kong

Tensions seeping into military arena

(Newser) - A rep for the US Consulate in Hong Kong ended her statement on an optimistic note: "We have a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect that will continue." But that track record won't involve a port call in October. In... More »

'Trade War Now a Reality' After Latest Moves by China, US

China imposes new tariffs on $60B of US imports, accuses US of 'trade bullyism'

(Newser) - China imposed new tariff hikes on US goods on Monday and accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that's weighing on global economic growth. The General Administration of Customs said it started collecting additional taxes of 5% and 10% on a... More »

Hong Kong Government Bans Pro-Independence Party

Move raises fears Beijing is tightening grip

(Newser) - Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party will be prohibited from operation, the... More »

Vatican, China Make Breakthrough Deal

They make a 'provisional agreement' over disputed bishops

(Newser) - The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics, the AP reports. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in recent... More »

Eric Schmidt: Internet Could Split in 2 by 2028

He says there could be a 'real danger' of censorship under new regime

(Newser) - Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt suspects there will be two separate Internets a decade from now—and you're not going to be able to Google "Tiananmen Square massacre" on one of them. Schmidt, who led Google from 2001 to 2011, told the audience at an event in San... More »

US Slaps China With Sanctions for Buying Arms From Russia

Military agency bought Russian aircraft, missiles

(Newser) - A Chinese military agency and its director are facing US sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday. China's Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a "significant transaction" involving the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and surface-to-air missiles, State Department spokeswoman Heather... More »

Billionaire's Plan to Create 1M US Jobs Killed by Trade War

Jack Ma of Alibaba says 'this promise can't be completed'

(Newser) - Take your pick as to which of these statements from Alibaba founder Jack Ma is gloomier: He's going back on his pledge to create 1 million US jobs , and the US-China trade war that he blames for that plan's undoing is one that he believes could last two... More »

Amid Tariff Hikes, Beijing Appeals for Free Trade

'It is essential that we uphold the basic principles of multilateralism and free trade'

(Newser) - China's No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat US and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang's comments add to Beijing's effort to portray itself as... More »

Trump Fires Another Shot in China Trade War

He slaps tariffs on another $200B in goods

(Newser) - The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10%, beginning Monday of next week,... More »

Tourists' Hotel Check-In Is International Incident

Chinese trio arrives early in Stockholm, gets shown the door

(Newser) - Sometimes, arriving early for your hotel check-in results in scoring a bed ahead of schedule. And sometimes it leads to an international incident. The latter is true of a bizarre incident in Stockholm involving three Chinese tourists—an older couple and their grown son, reports the Guardian . The three arrived... More »

Amazon: Workers Taking Bribes From Desperate Sellers

Amazon employees, mainly in China, are offering data in exchange for money, sources say

(Newser) - To best hawk a product on Amazon, third-party sellers hope for a coveted spot on the site's first page of search results, a ranking that's boosted by positive reviews. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal those rankings could be affected by "illicit transactions" between sellers and Amazon... More »

X-Men Actress Vanished in China, Said to Be 'Under Control'

Fan Bingbing, rumored to be nabbed for tax evasion, got 0% 'socially responsible' rating

(Newser) - Academics at Beijing Normal University recently compiled a report ranking how "socially responsible" Chinese celebrities are, and China's highest-paid actress , Fan Bingbing, received a 0% rating—which would be eyebrow-raising enough, except that Fan has also gone missing. The BBC reports the 36-year-old X-Men actress, model, and singer... More »

Mother Nature Is About to Put Longest Sea Bridge to the Test

Super Typhoon Mangkhut will show what the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can withstand

(Newser) - At 34 miles, it's the world's longest bridge to cross a sea—an impressive $20 billion effort that will soon undergo its first major challenge from Mother Nature. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is right in the sights of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a powerful storm system that's headed... More »

Death Toll Hits 11 in China Vehicle Attack

Suspect wanted 'revenge on society'

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to 11 with another 44 people hospitalized after a man allegedly drove an SUV deliberately into a crowd in central China before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger and shovel, local authorities in China say The Hengyang city government says the suspect in... More »

Rat Wipes $190M Off Restaurant Chain's Value

Hotpot video went viral in China

(Newser) - Hotpot, a bubbling vat of broth in which diners dip pieces of meat and other morsels, is a beloved family meal in China, especially when the weather starts to cool down. But not when there's a rat in it. The Xiabu Xiabu hotpot chain saw its stock dive more... More »

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