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Hainan Province scraps local GDP targets to save beaches

Often dubbed the Hawaii (or Florida) of China, Hainan Island has seen an explosion in tourism and…

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WeChat issues official electronic Chinese identification cards

China’s most popular, all-purpose app, WeChat, is poised to extend its…

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In ‘debt bondage’ to China

In what he describes as a “predatory approach,” Indian author and scholar Brahma Chellany says China has been turning its…

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Is Didi now worth more than Uber?

After beating out Uber on its home turf in 2016, China’s ride-sharing unicorn Didi Chuxing is ramping…

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Here comes the petro-yuan

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywall) that “China is preparing to launch its own yuan-based oil futures contract, a…

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China to launch world’s largest financial market for carbon emissions

Officials in Beijing announced on Tuesday a blueprint for opening the world’s largest financial market for carbon emissions, a…

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Tencent buys stake in bricks-and-mortar supermarket chain

The South China Morning Post reports that internet giant Tencent has agreed to buy a 5 percent stake for…

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Can anything stop ‘Gray rhino’ HNA’s overseas spending spree?

Faced with falling bond prices and unwillingness by foreign banks to do business with it, HNA this week sought…

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China ‘body searches’ mobile games for violence and obscenity

Pictured: Honkai Impact 崩坏3 (bēnghuài), one of the games punished for inappropriate content. All story links in Chinese unless otherwise…

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Roadblocks for foreign self-driving cars

As Chinese authorities work toward establishing new rules for road-testing self-driving cars, foreign auto manufacturers are worried that Beijing…

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Google ‘tiptoes’ back into China

Google stopped operating its China-based search engine in 2010 in protest against censorship and alleged hacking by the Chinese…

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Quitting coal ain’t easy: China’s heating crisis

The government’s ill-timed campaign to restrict coal use as winter approached continues to backfire. This week, authorities were forced…

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Music streaming: Tencent owns 10 percent of Spotify

Tech in Asia reports on Tencent’s latest global play: a deal to invest in the popular Swedish music…

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Lego wins its first copyright case in China

Lego, the brand name manufacturer of children’s building blocks, has won its first intellectual property rights case in China….

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China plastic trash ban to boost U.S. business

“China is upending the global plastics market,” says Bloomberg, the result of a new ban on  accepting plastic…

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