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China says doctor behind gene edited babies acted on his own

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese investigation says the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law. The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that investigators in […]
Tags: Science, News, China, Ap, Beijing, Nation, Xinhua News Agency


U.S. Preparing Trump Order to Restrict Chinese Telecoms, Sources Say

The order, which hasn’t yet been presented to the president, would not mention companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. or ZTE Corp. by name and would not outright ban U.S. sales by the firms. Huawei is pushing to take a global leadership position in 5G, but many American officials suspect the company’s products could be used by Beijing to spy on Western governments and companies.
Tags: Science, Beijing, Huawei, ZTE Corp, Huawei Technologies Co


Trump to roll out long-awaited missile defense review

President Donald Trump will unveil a review of US missile defense capabilities Thursday that aims to counter threats from North Korea and Iran while adapting to ever more sophisticated weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Top among the concerns highlighted by the Missile Defense Review is the speed at which rivals, particularly Beijing and Moscow, are pushing ahead with new technologies such as hypersonic missiles that can thwart traditional defense systems. As a result, the Pen...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Russia, US, Iran, Beijing, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Missile Defense Review, China Top


The Promise of 5G Is the Problem With Huawei in Eyes of Critics

The vulnerability helps explain the rising tension between the U.S. and Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest technology company. Huawei is pushing for a global leadership role in 5G, but American officials suspect that would help Beijing spy on Western governments and companies. “Huawei’s significant presence in 5G creates a new vector for possible cyber-espionage and malware,” Michael Wessel, a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that advises Congress, s...
Tags: Science, Congress, Beijing, Huawei, U S, U S China Economic and Security Review Commission, Michael Wessel, Huawei Technologies Co China


Donald Trump's new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defence system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration's Missile Defence Review - the first compiled since 2010 - are expected to be released during President Donald Trump's visit on Thursday to the Pentagon with top members of his administration. In a throwback to Ro...
Tags: Asia, Science, Vladimir Putin, Congress, North Korea, China, Russia, US, America, Iran, Beijing, Ronald Reagan, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


The most heroic airline pilots of all time

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson, we recount the tales of heroic pilots who really earned their hefty salaries. 1. The Miracle on the Hudson January 15, 2009 Perhaps the best known incident of recent times, involving the most brilliantly monikered pilot. Chesley Sullenberger III, at the helm of US Airways Flight 1549, managed to land safely on the Hudson River after a flock of Canada geese disabled both the aircraft’s engines just 2,818 feet above the ground. All 155 pas...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, Science, Indonesia, La, Singapore, Tom Hanks, Beijing, Canada, Southampton, Heathrow, Qantas, Airbus, Harpercollins, Montreal, Detroit


China has culled more than 900,000 pigs due to African swine fever

China slaughtered almost 700 million pigs in 2017. African swine fever does not harm humans but is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine or cure. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing last month to "not conceal" information about the disease, after a dead pig was found on a beach on Taiwan's Kinmen island, which is about 10 km (6 miles) from the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen.
Tags: Science, China, Taiwan, Beijing, Tsai Ing, Kinmen


China signals more stimulus as economic slowdown deepens

China on Tuesday signaled more stimulus measures in the near term as a tariff war with the United States took a heavy toll on its trade sector and raised the risk of a sharper economic slowdown. The world's second-largest economy will aim to achieve "a good start" in the first quarter, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement, indicating the government is ready to counter rising pressure on growth. Surprising contractions in China's December trade and factory ...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, United States, National Development and Reform Commission NDRC


How China is radically reinventing urban architecture to go green

China is a land of contrasts. The rural parts of the country are known for beautiful, green expanses. China’s cities are breathtaking in a more literal sense. It’s common to see people on the streets wearing face masks to avoid breathing dangerously polluted air.  Large Chinese cities like Beijing consistently land in the “very unhealthy” range for air quality. This reputation for pollution — and the health consequences associated with it — is causing China to take quick action. On top of cleani...
Tags: Science, China, US, Beijing, Shanghai, Ubs, ESG, Shenzhen, World Economic Forum, Nanjing, Forest City, Stefano, FINRA, Guangxi, Liuzhou, Shijiazhuang


China to collect samples from moon this year

China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang'e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan. 3 and transmitted the first-ever "close range" image of the far side of the moon. China's National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that "lifted the mysterious veil" of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Chang, China s National Space Administration


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing

BEIJING (AP) — China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval.
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Beijing


China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side of moon

BEIJING (AP) — China’s space agency says it worked with NASA to collect data from the far side of the moon. The state-run China Daily said this was the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval. The deputy director of the national […]
Tags: Science, News, China, Nasa, Beijing, Nation, China Daily


Huawei's Poland Crisis Threatens to Intensify Spying Concerns

Huawei Technologies Co. cut loose a sales director arrested in Poland on suspicion of espionage, moving swiftly to distance itself from a case that may crystallize fears the telecoms giant helps Beijing spy on Western governments. Chinese’s largest technology company fired Wang Weijing, who was responsible for sales to public sector clients, saying the incident has brought Huawei “into disrepute,” without elaborating.
Tags: Science, Western, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, Huawei Technologies Co, Wang Weijing


Huawei Arrests in Poland Show How Trump Vs. China Tests Europe

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment for spying, something executives have denied. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.
Tags: Europe, Science, European Union, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, U S President Donald Trump


Poland Accuses Huawei Employee of Spying for China

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment for spying, something executives have denied. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.
Tags: Science, China, European Union, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, U S President Donald Trump


China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.
Tags: Science, China, Ap, Beijing


China shows first panoramic photos of the far side of the moon

China has released panoramic photos of the far side of the moon after a Chinese spacecraft made the world’s first successful landing there earlier this month. The China National Space Administration has published 360-degree panoramic photos taken by a camera installed atop the Chang’e 4 probe, showing the gray, pock-marked surface of the moon. The images were transmitted via the Queqiao satellite, allowing scientists to conduct a preliminary topographical analysis of the landing site, Chinese st...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, US, Earth, Beijing, Moon, Sichuan, Chang, South Pole Aitken, China National Space Administration, Van Karman


China says trade talks with U.S. made progress on forced tech transfers, IP rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States made progress during their recent trade talks over structural issues such as forced technology transfers and intellectual property rights, China's commerce ministry said on Thursday.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, United States, Reuters China


Intelligent males may make female birds swoon: study

Male birds are often the ones with the most vibrant feathers, or the most elaborate songs, but researchers said Thursday that what female birds could really appreciate is a male who shows his intelligence. The report in the journal Science aligns with one of Charles Darwin's old theories, which held that mate choice could contribute to the evolution of intelligence. "Our study demonstrates that direct observation of cognitive skills can affect mate preference," said the study, authored by rese...
Tags: Science, Beijing, Charles Darwin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Leiden University


Oil rises 3 percent on U.S.-China trade talk optimism

Oil prices climbed around 3 percent on Wednesday as the extension of U.S.-China talks in Beijing raised hopes that the world's two largest economies would resolve their trade standoff. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $51.36 per barrel at 1500 GMT, up $1.58, or 3.17 percent, the first time this year that WTI has topped $50. International Brent crude futures were up $1.63, or 2.78 percent, at $60.35 per barrel.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, U S China, International Brent


Oil prices surge on hopes of successful U.S.-China trade talks

Oil prices rose on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous session on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.29 per barrel as at 0131, up 51 cents, or 1 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were up 42 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $59.14 per barrel.
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, International Brent


U.S. oil prices rise above $50 on trade talk hopes

U.S. crude oil prices on Wednesday rose above $50 per barrel for the first time in 2019 on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.14 per barrel as at 0021, up 36 cents, or 0.7 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade.
Tags: Science, Washington, Beijing, International Brent


Chinese New Year celebrations could further spread deadly African swine fever outbreak

Increased consumption of pork during China's upcoming New Year festivities could lead to fresh outbreaks of African swine fever, a viral disease that can wipe out whole herds of animals, an expert in veterinary medicine has warned. China has been fighting the highly contagious disease since August last year, with around 100 farms reporting outbreaks and at least 200,000 pigs culled. Last week a modern mega-farm, with some 73,000 pigs, reported an outbreak of the fever - the largest farm to d...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, China, Beijing, Belgium, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Heilongjiang, Ministry of Agriculture, City University, Pfeiffer, Vietnam Laos, Dirk Pfeiffer, Prof Pfeiffer


Billions of Xiaomi Shares Are About to Be Unlocked for Sale

It’s been painful: Xiaomi has dropped to HK$11.10 from a listing price of HK$17, sinking 7.5 percent Tuesday as JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave up its buy recommendation on the stock. More than 3 billion shares will be unlocked, equal to about 19 percent of those outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Touted by bankers last year as China’s answer to Apple Inc., Beijing-based Xiaomi sought a valuation that would have made it the most expensive smartphone maker in the world.
Tags: Science, China, Bloomberg, Beijing, Xiaomi, Apple Inc, JPMorgan Chase Co


Bitcoin Mining Chip Maker Canaan Considers U.S. IPO

Bitmain Technologies Holding Co., the largest maker of specialized mining chips for the industry, and smaller rival Ebang International Holdings Inc. also filed for Hong Kong IPOs last year. Beijing-based Canaan, founded in 2013, sells computer equipment under the “Avalon” brand with fast customized chips that win digital coins by solving complex math problems.
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Beijing, Canaan, Bitcoin Mining Chip Maker Canaan Considers U S IPO, Bitmain Technologies Holding Co, Ebang International Holdings Inc


China gives long-awaited GM crop approvals amid U.S. trade talks

The United States is the world's biggest producer of GM crops, while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola. U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing's slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. The approvals, announced on the agriculture ministry's website, were granted while a U.S. trade delegation is meeting with its counterparts in the Chinese capital this ...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, United States, Gm


China hands out long-awaited GM crop approvals amid U.S. trade talks

The United States is the world's biggest producer of GM crops while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola. U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing's slow and unpredictable process of approving GM crops for import, another component to the trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. The approvals, announced on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, were granted while a U.S. trade delegation is meeting with its ...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, United States, Gm, Ministry of Agriculture


China has 'good faith' to fix trade issues as talks with U.S. resume

China has the "good faith" to work with the United States to resolve trade frictions, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday as officials of the world's two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. U.S. officials are meeting their counterparts in Beijing this week for the first face-to-face talks since U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in December to a 90-day truce in a trade war that has roiled global markets. Trump said on Sunday tha...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, Trump, Foreign Ministry


U.S., China can reach trade deal 'we can live with': U.S. Commerce secretary

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that "we can live with" as officials from the world's two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. Ross told CNBC the immediate trade issues would be easiest to tackle while enforcement issues and structural reforms, such as intellectual property rights and market access, would be more challenging to resolve. "I think there's a very good chance that we will g...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, Cnbc, Ross, U S Commerce, Wilbur Ross



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