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February 13, 2017
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Trump backs 'One China' policy in call with Xi



Washington (AFP) Feb 10, 2017
President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington's "One China" policy in what he said Friday was a "very warm" conversation with Xi Jinping, in an apparent effort to ease tensions after angering Beijing by questioning a major plank of Sino-US relations. "We had a very, very good talk last night, and discussed a lot of subjects. It was a long talk," Trump told a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side. During the phone call, the new Republican president pledged to ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
Chinese, US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea: US
A Chinese military aircraft had an "unsafe" encounter with a US Navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, the US Pacific Command said Friday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US, Japan say defense pact covers disputed Senkaku islands
US President Donald Trump offered Japan assurances Friday that mutual defense agreements cover the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by China as the Diaoyus. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi
President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said, weeks after receiving a letter of congratulations from the leader of the Asian giant. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China says both sides will lose from conflict with US
Beijing has played down the prospects of conflict with the United States over the South China Sea in the wake of aggressive rhetoric by Donald Trump's administration, saying both sides would lose. ... more
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NUKEWARS
S. Korean theme park in China halted amid missile tension
A South Korean conglomerate has been forced by Chinese authorities to suspend a multi-billion-dollar theme park project, as tensions grow over the deployment of a US missile defence system. ... more
FARM NEWS
China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet
Chinese authorities are investigating a banquet where government officials may have feasted on endangered pangolins, considered the most trafficked mammal on earth, after posts about the meal drew outrage on social media. ... more
EPIDEMICS
At least five infected with HIV at Chinese traditional medicine hospital
At least five patients at a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in China were accidentally infected with HIV, officials said Thursday, as authorities moved to censor online discussion over the incident. ... more
SINO DAILY
China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival
Carrying the golden statue of a revered ancient general, villagers in eastern China dash wildly through waterlogged fields in a mud-spattered celebration of a local rebel adored for stealing from the rich to give to the poor. ... more
THE PITS
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal
The mayor of Beijing said the city would move to improve air quality across the region by taking a dramatic step away from the use of coal. ... more


Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates

TRADE WARS
China exports surge tainted by fears of trade turmoil
Chinese exports surged more than forecast in January, data showed Friday, in a fresh sign of improvement in the world's number two economy as leaders prepare for possible trade stand-offs with US President Donald Trump. ... more
CAR TECH
China jails ex-chairman of auto giant FAW for bribery
The former chairman of Chinese auto giant FAW was jailed Thursday for taking more than a million dollars in bribes, in the latest penalty meted out to a top executive of a state-owned firm. ... more
TRADE WARS
China tightens controls on Bitcoin trading platforms
Chinese bitcoin trading platforms risk closure if they breach new controls on the virtual currency, the central bank said Thursday, as authorities step up efforts to curb the flow of money offshore. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
EU to phase out China solar panel duties
The EU said Wednesday it aimed to phase out anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports after 18 months, ending a bitter dispute with one of its largest trading partners. ... more

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China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Struggling retailers seek silver bullet in Amazon era
Want a coffee while you shop? A glass of wine? Those are just few of the gimmicks being rolled out by retailers as they fight to boost store traffic - and ensure their survival in the Amazon era. Stores are testing artificial intelligence programs to guide shoppers through their aisles, and swipe-right, swipe-left games, that borrow from dating apps to offer them personalized pickings. ... more
In the US, Trump ushers in era of dramatic deregulation

China tightens controls on Bitcoin trading platforms

China exports surge tainted by fears of trade turmoil

Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
China data and US banks propel equities higher

No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China

China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown

Chinese, US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea: US
A Chinese military aircraft had an "unsafe" encounter with a US Navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, the US Pacific Command said Friday. The two planes came within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of each other during Wednesday's incident near the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by both the Philippines and China, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis. ... more
Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ: sources

China says both sides will lose from conflict with US

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Raytheon, Utilidata to provide cybersecurity for power utilities
Raytheon is collaborating with Utilidata to deliver defense-grade cybersecurity capabilities to power utilities. In a statement announcing the partnership, Raytheon says power utility companies have expressed interest in upgrading their cyber defenses. To deliver this capability, Utilidata is to provide threat detection and response technologies, while Raytheon will supply automation, t ... more
Japan taps Elbit subsidiary for cybersecurity training help

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

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Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
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Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new QUT study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Over the past decade the profile of Queenslanders acquiring solar PV has changed significantly based on a study by QUT Dr Jeff Sommerfeld investigating the ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

US, Japan conduct test of joint missile
The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Friday' ... more
U.S. Air Force test-launches Minuteman III missile

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

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Canada taps General Dynamics for armored vehicle upgrades
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada received a $308 million contract to upgrade 141 Light Armored Vehicles for the government of Canada. The contract supports Canada's Light Armored Vehicle III Upgrade Program, which seeks to provide the country's military with updated ground-based platforms. General Dynamics says the upgrades will improve the vehicles' performance and survivability ... more
U.S. Marines set to receive new ultra-light Utility Task Vehicles

Driver training system for Ajax vehicles wins approval

Orbital ATK to complete development of new tank ammo

Pentagon seeks to rent space in Trump Tower
The Pentagon wants to rent space in Trump Tower in New York for equipment and military personnel accompanying President Donald Trump during his stays there, it confirmed Wednesday. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron are still living in Trump Tower and the real estate tycoon-turned-president plans to make regular visits. US presidents are accompanied around-the-clock by militar ... more
Tales of woe from US military ahead of likely spending boost

US military leaders depict shortfalls ahead of likely spending bonanza

Russia to sell off stake in gun-maker Kalashnikov

Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency in conjunction with a non-US-owned competitor. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, stands to benefit from robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites (RSGS) te ... more
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams

500 years of robots go on show in London

Philippines to review mines closure order
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The P ... more
Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

Coal ash selenium found in fish in NC lakes

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Taiwan economy rallies thanks to electronics demand
Taiwan's economy notched up its best performance in almost two years in the final quarter of 2016, with strong demand for electronics offsetting a plunge in mainland tourists, according to official data released Wednesday. Growth was 2.58 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, the fastest expansion since the first quarter of 2015 when the economy grew 4.01 percent. It was ... more
Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration

Taiwan tells Beijing to grow up over Trump ceremony row

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan
The US general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan warned Thursday that he needs thousands more troops and accused Russia of seeking to prop up the Taliban rebels. US-led forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for 16 years, making it already America's longest-ever war, but General John Nicholson told Congress: "I believe we're in a stalemate." The question of whether to double down i ... more
US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

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