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This Isn't Salmon —Except in China

Authorities have thrown up their hands, ruled rainbow trout can be called salmon

(Newser) - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the new mantra for rainbow trout in China, which for years have been mislabeled as salmon and which now are getting an official shrug from authorities on that mislabeling. Even though a recent media expose revealed the fish... More »

Scholar's Vanishing Points to 1M Held in 'Secret Camps'

Rahile Dawut disappeared in China 8 months ago

(Newser) - Rahile Dawut hasn't been seen for eight months—and some are calling it proof of China's intensifying crackdown on the Uighur ethnic minority, the New York Times reports. A 52-year-old academic, Dawut wrote and lectured across the country about Uighur folklore, shrines, and music, and even received official... More »

China Warns US Navy Plane: 'Leave Immediately'

Reconnaissance aircraft was flying over man-made islands in South China Sea

(Newser) - The last time a CNN crew got to fly over the South China Sea with the US Navy was in 2015, when a stern warning was issued by China's military to keep away from what it says is China's territory. On Friday, CNN got another "rare look"... More »

US Ship Sailed in Circles for a Month Over Tariffs

The Peak Pegasus may finally be able to rest its wings

(Newser) - A soybean-laden US cargo shipped that was cheered on as it sped from Seattle to Dalian, China, in hopes of arriving before a 25% tariff went into effect on July 6 didn't just not make it. The Peak Pegasus spent a month sailing in circles while still carrying its... More »

'Gambling Mecca' Is About to Become Richest Place on Earth

Macau is set to surpass Qatar, per a new IMF ranking

(Newser) - A "gambling mecca" is set to oust Qatar as the richest place on Earth, per the International Monetary Fund's newest stats. Bloomberg reports that the IMF's World Economic Outlook database has pegged Macau as the planet's wealthiest place, with its economy on track to reach the... More »

SC Company Laying Off All but 8 Workers Over Tariffs

Element Electronics says it's trying to get the products off the list

(Newser) - As the China-US tariff volley continues—China on Wednesday announced a 25% tariff on an additional $16 billion worth of US goods in retaliation for our similar move, reports CNBC —the consequences have become real for one South Carolina company. The State reports TV-maker Element Electronics is citing the... More »

China Steps Up Crackdown on Christianity

Suppression is worst since 1982

(Newser) - Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country... More »

12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC

(Newser) - A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found... More »

Girl Taken From Airport 'May Be in Danger': Cops

She left Reagan National Airport with a woman

(Newser) - A Chinese girl believed to have been abducted Thursday from Reagan National Airport in Virginia is still missing. Jinjing Ma, 12, is a "critical missing juvenile," authorities said Friday during a press conference, the Washington Post reports. "It's really important that the community recognizes this child... More »

In Game of Chicken, China Announces $60B Tariff Plan

Warns US to expect countermeasure if US follows through with trade threat

(Newser) - As Trump administration officials mull a possible 25% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods—up from the original 10% tariff being bandied about—China is taking its own steps in the newest round of trade threats. Bloomberg and CNBC report on joint statements from China's Ministry of Finance... More »

Google Accused of 'Gross Attack' on Internet Freedom

Company reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship

(Newser) - Google is looking to reenter the Chinese market it exited in protest over government censorship in a move critics say is nothing short of hypocritical. According to the Information and Intercept , Google has presented to Chinese officials two mobile apps—one for internet searches, one focusing on news aggregation—that... More »

Our $200B Threat Against China May Get Bigger

Bloomberg reports White House is considering an additional 25% tariff, not 10%

(Newser) - The US in early July hit $34 billion of Chinese goods with an extra 25% tariff; China responded in kind. CNN reports round two could see the US slap tariffs on another $16 billion in goods as soon as this week, but it's a much bigger figure that's... More »

3 Biggest US Airlines Cave to China's 'Orwellian' Demand

The way they refer to 'Taiwan' on their websites will now be more to China's liking

(Newser) - The White House originally called the request "Orwellian nonsense," but the three biggest US airlines appear to have caved to a demand from China on references to Taiwan. Ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by Beijing, Delta, American, and United will alter the way they refer to Taiwan... More »

China's Most Expensive Film Just Bombed

Producers pull 'Asura' after a disastrous opening weekend

(Newser) - The movie is called Asura, and it's seen as the first attempt by China's burgeoning film industry to put out a genuine Hollywood-style blockbuster. One problem: The $110 million movie did so poorly in its weekend debut—it pulled in a mere $7.1 million—that producers yanked... More »

Plane Drops 20K Feet Thanks to 'Vaping' Co-Pilot

Seems the Air China pilot tried to hide the smoke

(Newser) - An Air China co-pilot apparently forced his plane to descend about 20,000 feet when he flicked the wrong switch to hide his vaping from passengers, CNN reports. Chinese aviation officials say the co-pilot, who remains unnamed, tried to shut off air recycling fans to prevent smoke from spreading to... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

Apple Employee Allegedly Stole Self-Driving Car Tech

Zhang Xiaolang was arrested as he was about to leave for China

(Newser) - A former Apple engineer was arrested as he was about to board a flight from San Jose to China Saturday, accused by US prosecutors of stealing tech secrets from the firm with the plan of passing them along to a Chinese startup, the Washington Post reports. Zhang Xiaolang, once a... More »

US Just Ramped Up Trade War With China

White House announces another $200B in products to be hit with tariffs

(Newser) - The US-China trade war is here—and it's escalating rapidly. US authorities rolled out a list Tuesday of some $200 billion in Chinese goods that could be hit with 10% tariffs by September, Deutsche Welle reports. The list of more than 6,000 product lines includes food products and... More »

Cheap Chinese Insulation May Answer Ozone Mystery

Banned chemical still in wide use, says new report

(Newser) - Earlier this year, scientists could not figure out why an illegal, ozone-killing chemical had suddenly resurfaced in a big way. Now, a report released Monday by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency has identified the culprit: cheap insulation made in China. The EIA found that lots of Chinese manufacturers are adding... More »

Trump's Tariffs Hit China, China Fires Back

But Asian markets weren't rattled by the tit-for-tat

(Newser) - The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing announced it was retaliating against American goods in a technology dispute between the world's two biggest economies that President Trump says he is prepared to escalate. Washington imposed 25% tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, a... More »

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