Ray of hope: A school for the visually impaired in rural China

Hebei Province, China – Deep in the polluted flatlands of Hebei Province in northern China, Mengjie School for the Blind is home for around 100 visually impaired students from rural regions. “I am determined and confident that I can provide blind people with the skills they need to enter society. They don’t need to be…

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U.S. Won’t Resume Trade Talks Without Firm Proposal From a Wary China

The U.S. is refusing to resume trade negotiations with China until Beijing comes up with a concrete proposal to address Washington’s complaints about forced technology transfers and other economic issues, officials on both sides of the Pacific said. The impasse threatens to undermine a meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China that…

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Automation could accelerate China’s scientific rise, close gap with U.S.

New advances are taking automation to the highest end of human endeavors, offering scientists a shot at some of the most intractable problems that have confounded them — and along the way tipping a global balance to give upstarts like China a more level playing field in the lab. What’s going on: A combination of…

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Axios China

China’s #MeToo movement may be fledgling, but it’s starting to rise, according to American author Leta Hong Fincher, who recently authored “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.” Why it matters: The U.S. recently had its 1-year-anniversary of the start of #MeToo, but the global momentum of the movement has had mixed results. China — considered…

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The U.S. straight-arming of China

For decades, the U.S. and China have circled uneasily as current and future global superpowers. Now, President Trump’s continued escalation of actions against Beijing threatens to push the two powers close to direct conflict. Driving the news: This week, the U.S. took perhaps its most provocative action yet, springing a trap in Belgium that captured…

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U.S. to Strengthen Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China

U.S. officials Thursday imposed new restrictions on nuclear exports to China after concluding that Beijing was seeking to illicitly acquire the technology to bolster its military and to undermine U.S. industry. The policy change is the latest bid by the Trump administration to thwart China’s pursuit of critical U.S. technology, following a recent measure to…

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U.S. garlic growers are in love with the China trade war

American farmers are livid with President Trump’s tariffs. But not garlic growers. Reeling after a quarter-century-long war with Chinese garlic farmers, they are thrilled with a trade war that they say could finally give them the advantage on U.S. turf. Why it matters: Chances are if you’re cooking with garlic (or, less commonly, using it…

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Suspicious disappearances test West’s ties to Saudi Arabia, China

Two men with large international profiles and powerful enemies vanished. Two repressive regimes were reportedly responsible. What we know: Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and insider-turned-critic who wrote a Washington Post column from exile, vanished after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday. Two days later, Interpol President Meng Hongwei was reported missing while…

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Interpol’s Chinese President Reported Missing in China

The president of Interpol was reported missing after traveling home to China, according to French authorities investigating his disappearance. French officials said the wife of Meng Hongwei, who heads the international police organization but doesn’t oversee day-to-day operations, contacted French police Thursday night to say she hadn’t heard from him since he left France for…

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