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May 27, 2024, 1:58 p.m.
AI tutor apps from China are reshaping U.S. study habits
AI tutor apps from China are reshaping U.S. study habits
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AI tutor apps, particularly from China, are changing how students in the U.S. study by providing affordable and personalized assistance,… Continue reading AI tutor apps from China are reshaping U.S. study habits The post AI tutor apps from China are reshaping…

AI tutor apps from China are reshaping U.S. study habits

AI tutor apps, particularly from China, are changing how students in the U.S. study by providing affordable and personalized assistance, as reported by TechCrunch. One key to the success of these AI tutor apps has been linked to their cost-effectiveness. The expense of one month of traditional tutoring could cover a year's subscription to an AI app, according to the report. The presence of Chinese homework apps in the U.S. market is partly due to a strategic pivot after China's 2021 crackdown on its own tutoring industry. The debate over AI's role in education continues, but the appeal of these apps in the United States is said to be driven by their affordability and personalized approaches to teaching. Notably, a quarter of the top 20 education apps in the U.S. App Store now use AI to provide instant homework assistance. According to a Tyton Partners report, nearly half of college students in the U.S. are already using AI educational apps.

May 27, 2024, 1:58 p.m.
From wild to domesticated: Scientists reveal 100,000 years of continuous rice evolution
From wild to domesticated: Scientists reveal 100,000 years of continuous rice evolution
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According to a study published in Science, researchers have used phytolith analysis and other methods to reveal the continuous evolutionary history of rice from wild to domesticated over an astonishing span of 100,000 years, providing new evidence for underst…

From wild to domesticated: Scientists reveal 100,000 years of continuous rice evolution

According to a study published in Science, researchers have used phytolith analysis and other methods to reveal the continuous evolutionary history of rice from wild to domesticated over an astonishing span of 100,000 years, providing new evidence for understanding the development of human society and the origins of agricultural civilization, and confirming that China is the birthplace of rice. Questions such as when humans began to explore wild rice and how the process of domesticating wild rice occurred have long been the focus of various disciplines. Finding long-preserved identifiers that could distinguish wild and domesticated rice in the Yangtze River basin since the last glacial maximum and uncovering the processes and mechanisms of human collection and domestication of wild rice remained key challenges in this research. By establishing the threshold for distinguishing wild rice from domesticated rice based on the proportion of bulliform phytoliths with fish-scale facets, they set standards for identifying wild and domesticated rice. The researchers suggested that wild rice was already widespread in the lower Yangtze region about 100,000 years ago, setting the stage for subsequent rice use and domestication. About 11,000 years ago, the proportion of domesticated rice phytoliths increased rapidly, reaching domestication thresholds and marking the origin of rice agriculture in East Asia. Citation: From wild to domesticated: Scientists reveal 100,000 years of continuous rice evolution retrieved 28 May 2024 from https://phys. org/news/2024-05-wild-domesticated-scientists-reveal-years.

May 27, 2024, 11:35 a.m.
Weapons are on the way, U.S. lawmakers tell Taiwan during visit
Weapons are on the way, U.S. lawmakers tell Taiwan during visit
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Weapons that Taiwan has ordered from the U.S. are coming, a senior U.S. lawmaker said, as a bipartisan House delegation met with the island’s new president.

Weapons are on the way, U.S. lawmakers tell Taiwan during visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Weapons that Taiwan has ordered from the U.S. are coming, a senior U.S. lawmaker said Monday, as a bipartisan House delegation met with the Beijing-claimed island's new president. Taiwan, a self-ruling democracy that rejects China's sovereignty claims, has complained of delays in the delivery of U.S. weapons seen as crucial in defending it against potential invasion by Beijing, which has not ruled out using force in achieving its aims. Speaking at the news conference, Taiwan Foreign Minister Lin Chia-lung told the U.S. lawmakers that the joint military exercises last week were China's "Way of welcoming this delegation" and that "Your visit in this critical time is a powerful gesture." China objects to visits to Taiwan by delegations of foreign lawmakers like the one led by McCaul, whom Beijing sanctioned after a similar trip in April 2023. The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday that the U.S. lawmakers' visit violated the U.S. commitment to maintain only unofficial relations with Taiwan and that it had lodged "Solemn representations." "China firmly opposes military ties between the U.S. and Taiwan, opposes arming Taiwan and urges relevant U.S. lawmakers to stop playing the Taiwan card," spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular news briefing in Beijing. Young Kim, R-Calif.; Joe Wilson, R-S. C.; Andy Barr, R-Ky.; Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif.; and Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa. McCaul added that the U.S. would continue to support Taiwan no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election in November, President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump.

May 27, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Wealthy Chinese influencers are being banned from social media for flaunting lavish lifestyles
Wealthy Chinese influencers are being banned from social media for flaunting lavish lifestyles
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A social media influencer dubbed "China's Kim Kardashian" lost access to his accounts after China launched a crackdown on wealth displays in April.

Wealthy Chinese influencers are being banned from social media for flaunting lavish lifestyles

Flaunting a lavish lifestyle to promote materialism can get you thrown off social media in China. Since April, China has been busy cracking down on influencers who promote ostentatious lifestyles as a means of gaining profit. China's internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China, launched a campaign last month to discourage social media users from "Deliberately showcasing a lavish lifestyle built on wealth," the Financial Times reported. Weibo's list of conduct that could see influencers barred includes showing off luxury homes and cars to promote products, flaunting large amounts of cash, and posting minors using luxury goods to "Attract traffic and hype." In 2021, China launched similar measures to curb influencers posting "Unethical" content. The Cyberspace Administration of China announced at the time that celebrities could no longer "Show off wealth" or "Extravagant pleasure" on social media. China has also clamped down on influencers posting fabricated stories online.

May 27, 2024, 10:28 a.m.
China is pumping another $47.5 billion into its chip industry
China is pumping another $47.5 billion into its chip industry
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China is setting up its largest-ever state investment fund for the semiconductor industry amid rising tensions with the US over the technology.

China is pumping another $47.5 billion into its chip industry

With investments from six of the country's largest state-owned banks, including ICBC and China Construction Bank, the fund underscores Chinese leader Xi Jinping's push to bolster China's position as a tech superpower. With its Made in China 2025 road map, Beijing has set a target for China to become a global leader in a wide range of industries, including artificial intelligence, 5G wireless, and quantum computing. The latest investment vehicle is the third phase of the China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund. Hua Hong Semiconductor, China's second largest chip foundry and a supplier for Huawei, has gained 13%. The first phase of the fund was set up in 2014 with 138.7 billion yuan. In 2022, the country's anti-graft watchdog launched a crackdown on the semiconductor industry, investigating some of China's top figures in state-owned chip companies. The new chip fund is not only a defensive move to counter Western sanctions, but also part of Xi's long-held ambitions to make China a global leader in technology. Last year, China's Huawei shocked industry experts by introducing a new smartphone powered by a 7-nanometer processor made by SMIC. At the time of the Huawei phone launch, analysts could not understand how the company would have the technology to make such a chip following sweeping efforts by the United States to restrict China's access to foreign technology.

May 27, 2024, 9:42 a.m.
The World Games 2025 logo
The World Games 2025 logo
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The World Games 2025 logo was designed by John Fairley after an international logo contest for the Chengdu sports event.

The World Games 2025 logo

In December 2023, the Chengdu 2025 Organising Committee initiated a national contest to create the logo, mascot and slogan of The World Games 2025. The logo designed by British designer John Fairley won with 55,679 votes, and on May 17th 2024, after joint review by the OC and the IWGA, The World Games 2025 logo was unveiled. "My logo design draws inspiration from the Chinese peony, the panda, a Chinese knot, arrows, and the world, seamlessly intertwining to represent The World Games in Chengdu's essence." "The panda bear, revered as a Chinese national treasure and adored worldwide, encapsulates the host country's identity and cultural significance. Integrating the panda's face into the logo establishes a strong connection to Chengdu whilst evoking a sense of familiarity and affection among audiences globally." "This combination effectively represents the spirit of the Games, Chengdu and the rich traditions of China. I hope that it captures the values of unity, diversity, and cultural heritage while also being visually appealing and memorable, making it a fitting representation of the Chengdu World Games in 2025.". While I'm no fan of open calls for design submissions, because as designers our ideas are our most valuable product, I can certainly appreciate the craft in individual entries. As a side-note on the design contest approach, the contest terms are particularly harsh as they seemingly rule-out the ability for contributing designers to showcase their work.

May 27, 2024, 9:38 a.m.
China holds rare summit with U.S.-allied South Korea and Japan
China holds rare summit with U.S.-allied South Korea and Japan
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China’s premier agreed to revive cooperation with South Korea and Japan, but issued a veiled rebuke against their growing security ties with the United States.

China holds rare summit with U.S.-allied South Korea and Japan

SEOUL, South Korea - China's premier agreed Monday to revive three-way cooperation with South Korea and Japan in the face of shared challenges, but issued a veiled rebuke against the two countries' expanding security cooperation with the United States. In a joint news conference after the meeting, Li said China wants to cooperate with South Korea and Japan on economic issues, especially on supply chains and the restart of talks on a three-way free trade deal. Despite the seemingly amicable mood of the meeting Li at one point expressed Chinese uneasiness about Japan and South Korea's moves to beef up their security partnership with the U.S., which Beijing views as an attempt to form a bloc to contain China. The expansion of military drills among South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have also drawn protests from China. North Korea has said it needs spy satellites to better monitor South Korea and the U.S. and enhance the precision-attack capabilities of its missiles. After meeting with Li on Sunday, Kishida also told reporters that he expressed serious concerns about the situations in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and China's northwestern Xinjiang region. "China, Japan and South Korea should appropriately handle sensitive issues and points of difference, and take care of each other's core interests and major concerns," Li said.

May 27, 2024, 7:40 a.m.
China, Japan, and South Korea to push free trade talks
China, Japan, and South Korea to push free trade talks
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Chinese Premier Li Qiang described a trilateral summit in Seoul as a "new beginning." Along with steps towards a free trade agreement, the three countries also reaffirmed their goal of a denuclearised Korean peninsula.

China, Japan, and South Korea to push free trade talks

Leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea said Monday they want to speed up negotiations to reach a free trade deal. Economic integration between China, Japan and South Korea comes as the US calls for its allies to shift supply chains for key products, such as semiconductors, away from China. South Korea's Yoon said the leaders agreed to build a transparent and predictable trade and supply chain environment but did not elaborate. Japan and South Korea are Washington's top regional security partners in northeast Asia. Beijing views Japan and South Korea's efforts to enhance security partnerships with the US as an attempt to contain China. China is North Korea's only military ally and its largest trade partner. Along with Russia, China has advocated for easing UN sanctions on North Korea.

May 27, 2024, 7:36 a.m.
S Korea, China, Japan vow to ramp up cooperation in rare summit
S Korea, China, Japan vow to ramp up cooperation in rare summit
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Top leaders from South Korea, China and Japan discussed regional stability in their first meeting in five years on Monday, as they vowed to ramp up three-way cooperation. The summit brought together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Premier Li Qia…

S Korea, China, Japan vow to ramp up cooperation in rare summit

Top leaders from South Korea, China and Japan discussed regional stability in their first meeting in five years on Monday, as they vowed to ramp up three-way cooperation. While North Korea was not officially on the agenda for the talks, Kishida said after the meeting that the three countries confirmed that its denuclearisation would be in their "Common interest". China is North Korea's largest trading partner and a key diplomatic ally, and it has long resisted condemning Pyongyang for its weapons tests, instead criticising joint US-South Korea drills for raising tension. Yoon, who took office in 2022, has sought to bury the historical hatchet with former colonial power Japan in the face of rising threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. South Korea and Japan are key regional security allies of China's arch-rival the United States, but are eager to improve trade and ease tensions with Beijing, experts say. The three leaders said they had decided to ramp up three way cooperation, including holding summits more regularly. Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully launched its first reconnaissance satellite last November in a move that drew international condemnation, with the United States calling it a "Brazen violation" of UN sanctions.

May 27, 2024, 7:07 a.m.
EU-China EV tariffs: German carmakers fear backlash
EU-China EV tariffs: German carmakers fear backlash
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The EU could soon follow the US and impose duties on imports of Chinese electric vehicles. That's set off alarm bells among German auto CEOs who fear reprisals from Beijing.

EU-China EV tariffs: German carmakers fear backlash

The European Union is expected to publish a provisional list of planned import duties on Chinese electric vehicles in June, following an investigation launched last October into whether Chinese carmakers have received market-distorting subsidies to the detriment of EU carmakers. If the EU goes ahead with imposing tariffs, how high would they need to be to have a perceptible impact and deter Chinese EV exporters? The EU is assessing its potential countermeasures based on World Trade Organization rules which puts the probable scope of tariffs at 15-30%. EU imports of EVs from China jumped from $1.6 billion in 2020 to $11.5 billion in 2023, accounting for 37% of all EV imports in the bloc, the Rhodium Group said. German carmakers, who are extremely reliant on the Chinese market, are particularly vociferous in their opposition to EU countermeasures out of fear they could prompt swift Chinese retaliation. "Over half of Chinese car sales in Europe are from non-Chinese companies. Tariffs are protective measures that essentially harm us. The market share of Chinese manufacturers in Germany and Europe is less than 1%. Europe is not being flooded with Chinese products and out of fear we are trying to close the borders." There's a growing fear among European carmakers that punitive measures targeting China could set off a spiral of tit-for-tat reprisals. In a statement posted on X, the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU lobby group, said it had received information that the Chinese government could impose tariffs as high as 25% on imported cars with large engines.

May 27, 2024, 7:05 a.m.
South Korea, China, Japan Vow To Ramp Up Cooperation In Rare Summit
South Korea, China, Japan Vow To Ramp Up Cooperation In Rare Summit
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The summit brought together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul for the countries' first trilateral talks in nearly five years, partly due to the pandemic, but also once-sour ties.

South Korea, China, Japan Vow To Ramp Up Cooperation In Rare Summit

Leaders from South Korea, China and Japan reaffirmed their goal of a denuclearised Korean peninsula Monday, during a rare summit at which they also agreed to deepen trade ties. The summit brought together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul for the countries' first trilateral talks in nearly five years, partly due to the pandemic, but also once-sour ties. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has previously condemned North Korea's nuclear tests, and supported sanctions aimed at curbing its weapons development. China has consistently called for the denuclearisation of the entire Korean peninsula, while pointing the finger at US-South Korea joint military drills for escalating regional tensions. The press briefing in Seoul and the joint statement "Clearly showed the difference of opinions," between the three countries on the issue of North Korea, Lee Dong-gyu, Asan Institute Research Fellow told AFP. Reaching a quick consensus on how to handle Kim Jong Un's regime was always going to be difficult, he said "Because there have been differences in diplomatic and security positions in each country," he said, pointing to the backdrop of geopolitical tension between the US and China. Yoon, who took office in 2022, has sought to bury the historical hatchet with former colonial power Japan in the face of rising threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. South Korea and Japan are also close regional security allies of China's arch-rival the United States - but are also eager to improve trade and ease tensions with Beijing.

May 27, 2024, 6:36 a.m.
US Lawmakers Affirm Support For Taiwan Against China's 'Aggression'
US Lawmakers Affirm Support For Taiwan Against China's 'Aggression'
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A senior US lawmaker affirmed on Monday Washington's support for Taiwan against Chinese "aggression", on the first congressional visit to the self-ruled island since it swore in a new president.

US Lawmakers Affirm Support For Taiwan Against China's 'Aggression'

A senior US lawmaker affirmed on Monday Washington's support for Taiwan against Chinese "Aggression", on the first congressional visit to the self-ruled island since it swore in a new president. McCaul on Monday condemned those "Intimidating military exercises", saying they showed China was "Not interested in taking Taiwan by peaceful means". Lai thanked the lawmakers for their support, saying he hoped the US Congress would "Continue to assist Taiwan in strengthening its self-defence capabilities". The United States switched its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, but Washington remains the island's most important ally and supplier of military hardware. US President Joe Biden has said he does not support Taiwan's independence but also that he would back sending forces to defend the island. The US Congress in April allocated $8 billion in military support for Taiwan, enraging Beijing which warned it would only increased the "Risk of conflict". Asked Monday on how quickly the US was getting military support to Taiwan, McCaul admitted: "I'd like to see it faster."

May 27, 2024, 5:29 a.m.
China is flexing its missile arsenal in a new simulation for a mass Taiwan attack as the US watches Beijing's Rocket Force closely
China is flexing its missile arsenal in a new simulation for a mass Taiwan attack as the US watches Beijing's Rocket Force closely
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China's Eastern Theater Command released a simulation video on Friday that mixes CGI and live footage to show a coordinated attack on Taiwan.

China is flexing its missile arsenal in a new simulation for a mass Taiwan attack as the US watches Beijing's Rocket Force closely

China's Eastern Theater Command on Friday released a simulation video of its missile forces carrying out a mass attack on Taiwan, boasting its land, sea, and air launch capabilities. The 70-second hype video used a mix of computer-generated animation and live footage to depict warships, land-based rocket launchers, and jet fighters launching waves of missiles at the island. The video is one of China's most pointed public messages yet on its missile capabilities in a Taiwan scenario. Beijing's missile forces have developed rapidly in recent years, alarming US officials who are now scrutinizing its arsenals and assets. Taiwan, recognizing the Chinese missile threat, has been stocking up on US-manufactured Patriot missiles. Friday's missile video was released in tandem with China's series of joint live-fire drills around Taiwan beginning Thursday, its largest such exercise in over a year near the self-governed island. The "Joint Sword" exercise lasted two days, according to Chinese authorities, who said it was a coordinated effort by its land, sea, air, and missile forces as "Punishment" for "Separatist" acts in Taiwan.

May 27, 2024, 4:36 a.m.
China urges South Korea, Japan to uphold free trade at three-way summit
China urges South Korea, Japan to uphold free trade at three-way summit
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Chinese Premier Li Qiang says three countries should view each other as 'partners and opportunities for development'.

China urges South Korea, Japan to uphold free trade at three-way summit

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May 27, 2024, 3:28 a.m.
US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week
US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week
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Lloyd Austin's visit is a sign that Washington is seeking to re-engage the new look leadership in Phnom Penh, in a bid to draw the country out of China's orbit.

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Cambodia early next month in a bid to engage the country's new-look leadership, amid concerns about its heavy reliance on China. In a statement on Friday, the Defense Department said that Austin will travel to Phnom Penh on June 4 after attending the Shangri-La Dialogue defense forum in Singapore, where he will meet "With other counterparts from across the Indo-Pacific region," and hold his first meeting with Dong Jun, the Chinese defense minister. The Defense Department did not offer much detail about Austin's visit to Cambodia, except that he would meet with "Senior officials." The Financial Times, quoting three U.S. officials, said that Austin will meet Prime Minister Hun Manet, son of the former leader Hun Sen, who took over from his father last August. U.S. fears appeared to be confirmed by the fact that two Chinese warships have been docked at the base since December, though Phnom Penh says that they are there for the Golden Dragon military exercises, which will end later this week. Austin's visit suggests that the U.S. is seemingly hoping for the adoption of a new and more realistic policy toward Cambodia, recognizing that the country's intimate proximity to China is in some senses a by-product of Washington's heavy emphasis on democratic and human rights issues since the end of the Cold War. While the jury is out on whether Manet is any more of a liberal than his father, he does not appear to harbor the prickliness and resentment that colored Hun Sen's perceptions of the U.S. As one U.S. official put it to the FT, "We remain clear-eyed about some of our concerns in Cambodia, but at the same time we see the arrival of the new leadership allowing us to explore new opportunities." In a thread on X yesterday, Chansambath Bong, a Cambodian PhD scholar at the Australian National University, argued that the U.S. had little chance of coaxing Cambodia away from China, but that there were ways that it could help arrest the downward trajectory in relations.

May 27, 2024, 3:21 a.m.
South Korea, China, Japan Leaders Meet For Rare Summit
South Korea, China, Japan Leaders Meet For Rare Summit
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South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders met in Seoul Monday for their first trilateral summit in nearly five years, after nuclear-armed North Korea announced plans to put another satellite into orbit.

South Korea, China, Japan Leaders Meet For Rare Summit

Chinese and Japanese leaders met in Seoul Monday for their first trilateral summit in nearly five years, after nuclear-armed North Korea announced plans to put another satellite into orbit. Just ahead of the summit, North Korea informed the Japanese Coast Guard of an imminent satellite launch window, confirming a recent South Korean intelligence assessment that Pyongyang would try to put another military reconnaissance satellite into orbit. North Korea is barred by multiple UN resolutions from tests using ballistic technology. China is North Korea's largest trading partner and a key diplomatic ally, and it has previously resisted condemning Pyongyang for its weapons tests, instead criticising joint US-South Korea drills for raising tension. "Nevertheless, this meeting is important because it is the only regular communication channel where the leaders of South Korea and Japan, both allies of the United States, can meet with the Chinese leader," it said. Seoul should use the trilateral meeting "To overcome the limitations of the tilted diplomacy with Washington and Tokyo and reconstruct the framework of trilateral diplomacy of South Korea, China and Japan, which has been out of favour for some time," The Hankyoreh said. Nuclear-armed North Korea launched its first reconnaissance satellite last November in a move that drew international condemnation, with the United States calling it a "Brazen violation" of UN sanctions.

May 27, 2024, 2:46 a.m.
Trade tops agenda at summit between China and U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan
Trade tops agenda at summit between China and U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan
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Leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea met for the first three-way talks in four years on Monday in Seoul, as they try to revive trade and security dialogues hampered by global tensions. Chinese Premier Li Qiang, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and …

Trade tops agenda at summit between China and U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan

Leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea met for the first three-way talks in four years on Monday in Seoul, as they try to revive trade and security dialogues hampered by global tensions. Chinese Premier Li Qiang, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will adopt a joint statement on six areas including the economy and trade,.

May 27, 2024, 2:41 a.m.
Will Chinese EV makers leverage declining sales to limit losses?
Will Chinese EV makers leverage declining sales to limit losses?
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The cutthroat price competition in China in the past year has pressured many local automakers, resulting in significant losses. Some companies might have accepted their falling EV sales and withdrawn from the price war, a strategy to improve their losses.

Will Chinese EV makers leverage declining sales to limit losses?

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May 27, 2024, 1:36 a.m.
In pricey Hong Kong, residents flock to China for cheaper dining, shopping
In pricey Hong Kong, residents flock to China for cheaper dining, shopping
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Shenzhen is attracting Hong Kongers in droves with its superior entertainment options at a fraction of the cost.

In pricey Hong Kong, residents flock to China for cheaper dining, shopping

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May 27, 2024, 12:22 a.m.
Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan to resume trilateral meeting to revive cooperation
Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan to resume trilateral meeting to revive cooperation
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Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan were set to meet Monday for their first trilateral meeting in more than four years as they seek to improve long-complicated relations that are key to regional peace.

Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan to resume trilateral meeting to revive cooperation

SEOUL, South Korea - China's premier agreed Monday to revive three-way cooperation with South Korea and Japan in the face of shared challenges, but issued a veiled rebuke against the two countries' expanding security cooperation with the United States. China is suspected of avoiding fully implementing U.N. sanctions on North Korea and sending clandestine aid shipments to its impoverished, sociality neighbor to stay afloat and continue to serve as a bulwark against U.S. influence on the Korean Peninsula. In a bilateral meeting with Li on Sunday, Yoon asked China to contribute to promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula, while speaking about North Korea's nuclear program and its deepening military ties with Russia. Kishida referred to China's military assertiveness in the South China Sea, clampdowns on pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and human rights abuses against minorities in Xinjiang. Last week, China also launched a large military exercise around Taiwan to show its anger over the inauguration of the island's new president who refuses to accept its insistence that Taiwan is part of China. On Monday, Li still didn't respond directly to the outside accusations against the Chinese actions in the South China Sea or surrounding Taiwan. Analysts say China likely thinks any further strengthening of the South Korea-Japan-U.S. security ties would not serve its national interests.

May 26, 2024, 11:01 p.m.
A flood of cheap Chinese exports is putting the entire global economy at risk, France's finance minister warns
A flood of cheap Chinese exports is putting the entire global economy at risk, France's finance minister warns
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“We have an issue with the economic model in which China is producing more and more cheaper industrial devices because it could be a threat not only for the EU, not only for the US, but for the global world economy.”

A flood of cheap Chinese exports is putting the entire global economy at risk, France's finance minister warns

The entire world economy is at risk from a glut of cheap Chinese exports, France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in tandem with a barrage of joint criticism from the Group of Seven. "We have an issue with the economic model in which China is producing more and more cheaper industrial devices because it could be a threat not only for the EU, not only for the US, but for the global world economy," Le Maire said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. Meanwhile the EU is nearing the end of an electric-vehicle subsidy investigation that is likely to lead to defensive measures against China's auto exports. Le Maire said at the G-7 meeting that member countries need to strengthen information exchange and establish a shared assessment of China's industrial practices. A key priority is Artificial Intelligence, where France intends to preserve its leadership in Europe. "We will see what are the options of cooperation between Mistral and Microsoft," Le Maire said. "For the time being, Microsoft is investing in France, is opening data centers in France and investments of Microsoft in France are most welcome."

May 26, 2024, 9:59 p.m.
Huawei is BACK!!! Reclaims the No. 1 spot in the Chinese smartphone market after over three years
Huawei is BACK!!! Reclaims the No. 1 spot in the Chinese smartphone market after over three years
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In a remarkable comeback, Huawei has regained the top position in China’s smartphone market after over three years, according to the latest data from Canalys. ... The post Huawei is BACK!!! Reclaims the No. 1 spot in the Chinese smartphone market after over t…

Huawei is BACK!!! Reclaims the No. 1 spot in the Chinese smartphone market after over three years

In a remarkable comeback, Huawei has regained the top position in China's smartphone market after over three years, according to the latest data from Canalys. In the first quarter of 2024, Huawei's smartphone shipments reached 11.7 million units, accounting for a 17% market share and a staggering 70% year-over-year growth. History of Huawei's fall Huawei's fall from the top spot in the smartphone market was a gradual process driven by a combination of external factors and internal challenges. In 2019, the U.S. government placed Huawei on the Entity List, effectively banning American companies from doing business with the Chinese tech giant. As the Hongmeng operating ecosystem continues to expand, Huawei has gradually become the third-largest operating system for smartphones and other edge computing devices in the Chinese market, poised to challenge the duopoly of Android and iOS. Competition Heats Up in China's Smartphone Market While Huawei's comeback is impressive, other smartphone manufacturers are not sitting idle. The American company ranks fifth with 10 million units shipped, a year-over-year decrease of 25%. Conclusion Huawei's return to the top of China's smartphone market is a testament to its resilience and innovation. As the smartphone market in China continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how Huawei and other manufacturers adapt to the changing landscape and compete for market share in the coming years.

May 26, 2024, 9:48 p.m.
Taiwan president extends goodwill after China drills, US lawmakers arrive
Taiwan president extends goodwill after China drills, US lawmakers arrive
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Taipei, Taiwan — Taiwan President Lai Ching-te extended goodwill toward and offered cooperation with China on Sunday following two days of Chinese war games near the island, as a group of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taipei. China, which claims democratically …

Taiwan president extends goodwill after China drills, US lawmakers arrive

Taiwan President Lai Ching-te extended goodwill toward and offered cooperation with China on Sunday following two days of Chinese war games near the island, as a group of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taipei. China, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, carried out the military drills Thursday and Friday, calling them "Punishment" after Lai's inauguration speech on Monday which Beijing called another push for the island's formal independence. China has repeatedly lambasted Lai as a "Separatist." Lai rejects Beijing's sovereignty claims and says only Taiwan's people can decide their future. The first group of U.S. lawmakers to visit Taiwan since Lai took office arrived on the island Sunday for a four-day visit, led by Michael McCaul, the Republican chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Taiwan is a thriving democracy. The U.S. will continue to stand by our steadfast partner and work to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait," McCaul said in a statement. Over the past four years, China has staged regular military activities around Taiwan as it seeks to pressure the island's government. On Sunday, Taiwan's defense ministry said the garrison on Erdan islet, part of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands that sit next to China's Xiamen and Quanzhou cities, had discovered a "Crude" cardboard box containing paper with political slogans on it, written in the simplified Chinese characters used in China.

May 26, 2024, 9:46 p.m.
Kishida conveys concern to Li about China military activities
Kishida conveys concern to Li about China military activities
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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he conveyed Japan's "serious concern" to Chinese Premier Li Qiang in their talks on Sunday about China's recently increasing military activities, days after it conducted two days of drills around Taiwan. Ki…

Kishida conveys concern to Li about China military activities

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he conveyed Japan's "Serious concern" to Chinese Premier Li Qiang in their talks on Sunday about China's recently increasing military activities, days after it conducted two days of drills around Taiwan. China has called its military exercises a "Strong punishment" for those seeking the island's independence. The military drills followed last Monday's inauguration of Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te, whom China denounces as a separatist. China's Foreign Ministry said Li told Kishida that Taiwan is the "Core" of Beijing's interests and a "Red line" that must not be crossed. With Japan requesting China to analyze effects of the water release from a scientific perspective, Kishida said he agreed with Li that the two countries will accelerate talks on the issue at the working level. Kishida also said he called for the removal of a buoy installed by China within Japan's exclusive economic zone near the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, claimed by Beijing, in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. On the regional security front, Kishida and Li exchanged views on how to address issues related to North Korea, which has been developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

May 26, 2024, 9:40 p.m.
In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That
In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That
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Beijing could be a winner as Taipei rushes to pass new law.

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

Legislators must consider not only the law's objectives - for example, enhanced legislative oversight - but also the law's potential externalities. Does the law contain loopholes that undermine its intent? Might it enable individuals or organizations to weaponize the law for nefarious ends? Taiwan lacks the formal mechanisms for the legislature to conduct proper oversight of the executive; the right kind of law would strengthen Taiwan's democratic system. There are two fatal flaws with how the Legislative Yuan is pursuing these reforms: the speed and the details. Shortly after the president's inauguration, the Legislative Yuan determined that these legislative oversight laws are urgent priorities. Taiwan has thrived without these laws for decades. The Legislative Yuan should have learned an important lesson from that experience: elected officials must listen to the public not only on election day, but during the legislative process, to build consensus and enshrine laws that have public support.

May 26, 2024, 8:14 p.m.
OpenAI's Chinese problem
OpenAI's Chinese problem
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We have expressed concern over the quality of training and source materials for Chinese AI and LLMs.  Less than a week ago, we examined "AI based on Xi Jinping Thought (5/21/24), which may be considered as an attempt to "purify" what goes into Chinese AI.  It…

OpenAI's Chinese problem

previous post |. "We have expressed concern over the quality of training and source materials for Chinese AI and LLMs. Less than a week ago, we examined"AI based on Xi Jinping Thought, which may be considered as an attempt to "Purify" what goes into Chinese AI. It turns out that there really is a problem, and it is affecting not just China's own AI efforts, but is infecting ours as well. OpenAI's latest blunder shows the challenges facing Chinese AI models:Finding high-quality data sets is tricky because of the way China's internet functions. "It's an embarrassing thing to see as a Chinese person. Is that just how the quality of the [Chinese] data is? Is it because of insufficient data cleaning or is the language just like that?" says Zhengyang Geng, a PhD student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. If OpenAI and search engines such as Google want to include China in the world wide web of information flow, they have no choice but to mine what is available on the Chinese internet, and I would have to say not much that isn't Chinese or is permitted by the paranoid Chinese government. It's half a joke, and half a serious point about the two biggest problems in training large language models to speak Chinese: the readily available data online reflects either the "Official," sanctioned way of talking about China or the omnipresent spam content that drowns out real conversations. Among the few long Chinese tokens in GPT-4o that aren't either pornography or gambling nonsense, two are "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" and "People's Republic of China." The presence of these phrases suggests that a significant part of the training data actually is from Chinese state media writings, where formal, long expressions are extremely common. Still, there are many people living outside China who want to use AI services in Chinese.

May 26, 2024, 7:56 p.m.
Foodwise S01E01 HDR 2160p UHDTV H265-CBFM
Foodwise S01E01 HDR 2160p UHDTV H265-CBFM
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With the distinctive food of China as the main theme, the Travelogue team explores the story and people behind iconic dishes. Season 1, Episode 01 – "Beijing"From the local delicacies of Beijing's Ox Street, to latest hangouts and contemporary cuisine of the …

Foodwise S01E01 HDR 2160p UHDTV H265-CBFM

With the distinctive food of China as the main theme, the Travelogue team explores the story and people behind iconic dishes. Season 1, Episode 01 - "Beijing"From the local delicacies of Beijing's Ox Street, to latest hangouts and contemporary cuisine of the Chinese capital hosts Tianran He and Eva May offer a taste of Beijing and the fascinating stories and people behind them.

May 26, 2024, 6:45 p.m.
South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders discuss cooperation, North Korea as they gather in Seoul
South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders discuss cooperation, North Korea as they gather in Seoul
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SEOUL, May 26: South Korea’s president reportedly called for a greater Chinese role in addressing concerns about North Korean nuclear threats during a meeting with the visiting Chinese premier on Sunday on the eve of a trilateral meeting involving Japan’s lea…

South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders discuss cooperation, North Korea as they gather in Seoul

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May 26, 2024, 6:45 p.m.
Woman To Serve About Seven Years Behind Bars for Laundering Bitcoin Proceeds of $6,400,000,000 Fraud: Report
Woman To Serve About Seven Years Behind Bars for Laundering Bitcoin Proceeds of $6,400,000,000 Fraud: Report
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A Chinese woman charged for her role in laundering the proceeds of a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme is now reportedly behind bars. According to Reuters, Wen Jian was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison on Friday after jurors found her guilty …

Woman To Serve About Seven Years Behind Bars for Laundering Bitcoin Proceeds of $6,400,000,000 Fraud: Report

A Chinese woman charged for her role in laundering the proceeds of a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme is now reportedly behind bars. According to Reuters, Wen Jian was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison on Friday after jurors found her guilty of one count of money laundering in March. Prosecutors say that Wen converted Bitcoin into cash and property to hide the source of money that was purportedly stolen from nearly 130,000 investors in a $6.4 billion wealth scheme that took place in China between 2014 and 2017. Wen allegedly served as the front person who helped convert the stolen funds into Bitcoin to take them out of China. Wen denied the money laundering accusations, saying she did not have knowledge of criminality linked to Bitcoin. Judge Sally-Ann Hales says there is no indication that Wen was involved in the underlying fraud, but reportedly told the 42-year-old that "No doubt that you knew" she was dealing with criminal property. The confiscated BTC is now worth around $4.2 billion at Bitcoin's current price of $69,227.

May 26, 2024, 6:39 p.m.
Chinese and Japanese leaders in South Korea for their first trilateral meeting since 2019
Chinese and Japanese leaders in South Korea for their first trilateral meeting since 2019
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After their arrivals in Seoul on Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are to hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss ways to promote cooperation and other issues, according to South Korea…

Chinese and Japanese leaders in South Korea for their first trilateral meeting since 2019

Leaders of China and Japan arrived in Seoul to meet separately with South Korea's president on Sunday, a day before they gather for their first trilateral meeting in more than four years. After their arrivals in Seoul on Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are to hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss ways to promote cooperation and other issues, according to South Korean officials. Some experts say North Korea's nuclear program - which poses a major security threat to South Korea and Japan - will likely be discussed among the three leaders though it's unclear whether and how much they would publicize the contents of their discussions. Since 2022, North Korea has been engaged in an unprecedentedly provocative run of weapons tests to build powerful nuclear missiles capable of hitting key sites in the mainland U.S., South Korea and Japan. In response, South Korea, Japan and the U.S. have expanded their trilateral security partnership, but that has drawn rebukes from China and North Korea. South Korean and Chinese officials also expressed hopes that the trilateral meeting would enhance three-way cooperation. China has always sent its premier, the country's No. 2 official, to the trilateral leaders' meeting since its first session in 2008.

May 26, 2024, 5:12 p.m.
China talks security, business with US allied South Korea, Japan
China talks security, business with US allied South Korea, Japan
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Chinese Premier Li Qiang and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol agreed to initiate diplomatic and security dialogue and resume free trade talks, while tensions around Taiwan were discussed with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. This occurred ahead of t…

China talks security, business with US allied South Korea, Japan

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May 26, 2024, 5 p.m.
Mini PC maker AOOSTAR unveils OCuLink graphics and storage docks
Mini PC maker AOOSTAR unveils OCuLink graphics and storage docks
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Chinese mini PC maker AOOSTAR’s product lineup includes compact computers with features like discrete graphics, OCuLink ports for high-speed peripherals, and unusual designs that allow you to use a mini PC as a network-attached storage device, among other thi…

Mini PC maker AOOSTAR unveils OCuLink graphics and storage docks

Chinese mini PC maker AOOSTAR's product lineup includes compact computers with features like discrete graphics, OCuLink ports for high-speed peripherals, and unusual designs that allow you to use a mini PC as a network-attached storage device, among other things. Now the company has revealed plans for several upcoming OCuLink-enabled accessories that let you add extra storage or discrete graphics to an existing mini PC. Storage dock. Want more storage for a mini PC with an OCuLink port? AOOSTAR is working on an external storage dock that provides four M.2 2280 slots. The company has released several pictures of the upcoming storage dock, including some showing that it fits comfortable beneath an AOOSTAR GEM10 mini PC, which suggests that it's thinner than that little computer, but about the same length and width. Thanks to the OCuLink port, this dock should support data transfer speeds up to 63 Gbps, but there's also a USB4 port that could allow you to use the dock with devices that don't have OCuLink ports, although speeds will most likely top out at around 40 Gbps. eGPU dock. AOOSTAR also plans to launch an external graphics dock that lets you add discrete graphics to any OCuLink-enabled PC. The dock has a built-in 400 watt power supply and a PCIe x16 interface that will let you connect just about any recent single-slot graphics card with power consumption up to 250 watts. A third product is an external graphics dock with an AMD Radeon RX 7650M XT GPU. AMD hasn't actually announced that GPU yet, but it's expected to be an updated version of the Radeon RX 7600M XT mobile GPU that's already available in similar graphics docks like the ONEXGPU and GPD G1. Pictures show that this model will have USB-C, USB-A, and two 3.5mm audio jacks on the front.

May 26, 2024, 2:24 p.m.
China talks security, business with U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan
China talks security, business with U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan
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SEOUL/TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) -Chinese Premier Li Qiang agreed with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sunday to launch a diplomatic and security dialogue and resume free trade talks, and discussed tensions around Taiwan with Japanese Prime Minister Fumi…

China talks security, business with U.S.-allied South Korea, Japan

SEOUL/TOKYO/BEIJING -Chinese Premier Li Qiang agreed with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sunday to launch a diplomatic and security dialogue and resume free trade talks, and discussed tensions around Taiwan with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The leaders held bilateral meetings in Seoul a day before the first summit by the three Asian neighbours in.