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China's rare-earth exports drop by 44% in July amid pandemic


China witnessed a steep decline in rare earths exports in July as the global epidemic resulted in weak demand.


TikTok to establish European data center in Ireland amid US crackdown

Chinese-developed video-sharing platform TikTok confirmed with the Global Times Thursday that it will establish a new European data center in Ireland, its first in Europe, a move that analysts said displays the company's determination to strengthen data security and pursue overseas expansion, despite the US' mafia-style crackdown on the short video app.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 18:18:41

China, US to hold rare trade talks

When Chinese and US trade officials hold talks over the phase one trade agreement next week as reported, they will likely highlight the progress and emerging challenges in implementing the first major deal between the two countries since US President Donald Trump came to office, Chinese experts said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/5 19:03:41

Huawei to spend $360 million on optical industry

Huawei and its industry partners have released their "Starlight Plan," proposing on Wednesday to invest 2.5 billion yuan ($360 million) in the construction of an industry ecosystem for an all-optical network, or F5G (fifth-generation fixed communication network), in the next five years.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 15:20:05

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo withdraws from Indian sports sponsorship amid hostile sentiment: reports

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo is reported to have pulled out of sponsoring the Indian Premier League 2020 after disagreement with India's authorities over a discount, following an array of problems for Chinese businesses in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 15:08:40

Chinese analysts lambast Pompeo's expanded 'clean network'

The US State Department's expansion of its so-called “clean network” initiative, which just surfaced a few days ago, reeks of McCarthyism, which was long ago put in its grave by the peoples of the world, and is more like a pipe dream and a manifestation of a certain madness going on in the US, Chinese analysts said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 14:48:40

Guangzhou international airport introduces facial recognition service

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has introduced a new facial recognition service to simplify and speed up and check-in, security and boarding processes. The airport is the first in the country to launch such a service.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 14:20:02

China welcomes all foreign businesses: spokesperson

China will as always welcome companies from other countries to invest and operate in China, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/8/6 11:15:49

China to strengthen copyright protection to adapt high-tech developments

China's Supreme People's Court, the country's top court, is seeking public opinion on plans to strengthen copyright and copyright-related protection, especially rights protection in cyberspace.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 2:04:30

Traditional Chinese medicine producer receives award from SCO leader

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General Vladimir Norov delivered a special award on Wednesday to a Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) producer Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical Co for its contribution to the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in SCO member states, marking a growing recognition of the TCM and its role in treating the disease not only in China but overseas.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/6 1:06:04

iPhone doesn't list Beidou navigation network, but it will soon: BDS spokesperson

Apple's iPhone is the only smartphone on the Chinese market that doesn't list in its functions supporting the BeiDou Satellite Navigation System (BDS), but it will soon, predicted Ran Chengqi, BDS spokesperson and director general of China Satellite Navigation Office, according to a report by the China Business Journal on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/5 23:41:47

Beijing authorities find poor face masks; Honeywell masks have label issue

Beijing's market supervision and administration department found 16 batches of defective face masks on Wednesday, including foreign brands made by Honeywell, Airwalker and Dr. Hoffmann.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/5 23:07:43

Fosun and BioNTech jointly begin phase I clinical test of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine in China

Shanghai-based pharmaceutical company Fosun Pharma and Germany-based BioNTech SE jointly announced on Wednesday that they have began phase I clinical tests of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine in China. The first 72 participants have been dosed with BNT162b1.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/5 21:32:26

New GBA intercity rail plan set to boost economic growth in Hong Kong, Macao

A massive intercity rail plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been revealed. It will provide a much-needed boost for cities in one of the world's biggest metropolitan areas, particularly the two special administrative regions (SARs) which are in dire need of a tailwind to fend off a coronavirus-induced recession.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/5 20:53:41