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US only issues 145 visas to Chinese mainland students in July due to 'political restrictions' and 'declining popularity'

Latest statistics from the US authorities show that only 145 US student visas (F-1) were issued to Chinese mainland residents in July this year, accounting 0.7 percent of the same period last year.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 18:46:52

China's Y-20 cargo planes hone strategic power projection capability in Russian drills

China has deployed groups of domestically developed Y-20 large cargo aircraft for transporting heavy equipment including infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers to Russia for the first time, as all Chinese forces that will participate in Russia's Kavkaz-2020 strategic military drills starting next week arrived in the country on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 17:43:40

China urges US to stop restrictions on Xinjiang cotton exports

China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday excoriated the new US restrictions on imports of cotton and apparel produced in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, painting US allegations of forced labor as fabrication and political manipulation and calling on Washington to stop using Xinjiang affairs to undermine China-US business cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 17:15:39

China's J-20 fighter jets show superiority over previous generation counterparts

Despite being heavily outnumbered, a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) pilot scored a 17:0 victory against opponents with a newly commissioned fighter jet in a recent combat exercise. Many clues suggest that the aircraft the pilot flew was likely the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet. If the speculation turns out to be true, the exercise result again demonstrated the absolute superiority the J-20 has over its previous generation counterparts, media and experts said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 16:56:33

Illegal border crossings from Myanmar trigger lockdown; Ruili to begin citywide tests

The illegal border crossing from Myanmar to China of six people prompted at least eight prefectures and 25 counties that border Myanmar in Southwest China's Yunnan Province to enter "wartime status," including the city of Ruili, which is now under lockdown.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 10:20:13

China's COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for public in November

Ordinary Chinese residents could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as November, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control revealed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 11:36:04

China's retail sales return to growth in August, signaling healthy momentum

China's retail sales returned to growth in August for the first time this year, and a slew of August economic data released on Tuesday indicated potential for stronger growth for the nation in the fourth quarter, shoring up the world's second largest economy to head for an annual expansion despite a global economic recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 10:07:47

Nation conducts second seaborne space launch

China conducted its second seaborne space launch early Tuesday morning, with a Long March-11 solid propellant light launch vehicle lifting off from a mobile floating platform in the Yellow Sea, in waters off the coast of East China's Shandong Province.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/15 9:45:49

Ambassador Branstad to leave Beijing, fails to soothe strained China-US ties

The US Embassy to China on Monday confirmed to the Global Times that Ambassador Terry Branstad will retire and leave Beijing in October after three years as the US envoy to China, when China-US relations underwent unprecedented tensions and confrontations. Chinese analysts said Branstad's departure shows that despite his personal intention to soothe tensions, he failed to repair the increasingly rocky ties.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 19:00:51

Chinese navy escorts Indian oil tanker in dangerous waters amid strained ties

The Chinese navy on Saturday successfully escorted an Indian oil tanker carrying 31 Indian crew members to a designated sea area in the Gulf of Aden and received a thank-you note from the tanker's captain, the Global Times learned on Monday. The escort came amid the recently strained diplomatic ties between China and India on the border dispute.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 23:25:16

What role will China's algorithm tech play in China-US strategic competition?

As TikTok was reported to have rejected selling its core algorithm technology to a US firm after its parent company ByteDance said it would strictly follow the new Chinese regulations over restrictions on exports of certain technologies, experts told the Global Times on Monday that competitive algorithm technologies of some Chinese tech giants are becoming a new target of the US in its war against China's tech rise.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 23:14:46

KMT cancels delegation to Straits Forum

The Kuomintang (KMT), an opposition party in the island of Taiwan, announced on Monday that it will not send a delegation to attend the Straits Forum that is scheduled to be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, because it felt "insulted" after a mainland TV news program said the KMT is asking the mainland for peace amid the intense cross-Straits situation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 21:28:40

Surveys see China-India estrangement

Tensions between China and India have escalated to frightening heights since June. How do Chinese scholars assess the trajectory of China-India relations? What prompted these constant provocations from India against China? The Chengdu Institute of World Affairs last week conducted a survey with 185 Chinese scholars who either study India or international relations. The Global Times now presents these exclusive results, together with statistics from an earlier survey launched by the Global Times and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations among 1,960 Chinese from August 17-20.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 20:39:20

PLA launches more than 30 sea drills amid US, Taiwan exercises

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced new maritime exercises in the Yellow Sea on Monday, as the US launched the Valiant Shield exercises around Guam, and the island of Taiwan started the computer-aided war games phase of the Han Kuang drills, with media saying both the US and Taiwan drills are aimed at the PLA.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 18:48:40

TikTok likely to nail compromised sale deal or choose a 'multi-party' loss situation: experts

As the deadline set by the Trump executive order threatening closure of Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok draws close, it is likely that TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance would choose partnership or partial sale to a US firm instead of a wrapped-up buyout including its core algorithm technologies, experts told the Global Times on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 14:28:40

HK informs families of violations of 12 residents, guarantees legal aid

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu stated that Hong Kong police and immigration authorities have contacted the families of 12 Hong Kong residents suspected of entering the Chinese mainland illegally and explained to them the related laws and regulations. He added that one of those arrested is suspected of violating the national security law for Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 17:55:50

China supports firms to protect themselves, after TikTok reportedly turns away bids

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it supports Chinese businesses to protect own rights and interests, after some media reports said that TikTok's US operations will not be sold to US tech giants Microsoft or Oracle.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 17:12:31

Cartoon of Modi slaughtering avatars of Chinese apps slammed as promoting terrorism

A politoons video produced by India Today that depicts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shooting enemies representing Chinese apps has been slammed by Chinese netizens as terrorism and provocation of national sentiment against China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/14 15:56:03