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Thursday, January 21, 2016
EU has 'deep concerns' about mainland China's detention of Europeans
The European Union's envoy to mainland China said Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about Beijing's detention of EU citizens, hours after state media broadcast the purported confession of a Swedish activist held by the mainland authorities.
Air in mainland 10 percent less polluted last year: Greenpeace
Average concentrations of air particulates in 189 mainland Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, according to a new Greenpeace report, a sign that pollution overall was decreasing even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads.
Two mainland Chinese soldiers were "co-conspirators" in a plot to steal U.S. military secrets, including designs for the F-35 stealth fighter and other warplanes, a Canadian newspaper reported Tuesday.
A deputy head of the Chinese Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office has been placed under investigation for apparent corruption amid renewed scrutiny of Beijing's policies toward the island following its election of a new independence-leaning president.
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Mainland's Taiwan office deputy head under investigation
Mainland China's central bank has pledged more than 600 billion yuan (US$91 billion) in funding support for banks to provide sufficient liquidity around the traditional Chinese New Year, when demand for cash surges.
Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) rose to nearly US$120 billion last year, official data showed Wednesday, as the world's second-largest economy sought to acquire foreign technologies, expand markets and diversify energy supply.
Chinese state energy giant CNOOC has cut its targeted output for 2016, the first such move in over a decade, as fears grow over the health of the Chinese economy and plunging oil prices.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Mainland China has confirmed that a missing Hong Kong-based bookseller, one of five men whose disappearance fueled fears of an erosion of the city's freedoms, is on the mainland, the city's government said.
Mainland Chinese authorities have formally stripped the ex-director of Shanghai's free trade zone of his official posts and accused him of graft including "trading power for sex," according to a statement on Tuesday.
The chairman of one of mainland China's most prominent clothing firms, Metersbonwe, has returned to work, the company said, a week after announcing his disappearance amid speculation he had been caught up in an insider trading investigation.
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