Huawei, China and the Unites States of America

Huawei, China and the Unites States of America

US President Donald Trump has said to reporters that Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China. Despite labelling Huawei as “very dangerous” for its equipment’s potential use by the Chinese military for surveillance purposes, Trump did not close the door on...

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Trump Administration announces new U.S. ‘Space Force’

Trump Administration announces new U.S. ‘Space Force’

On August 9th, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had the dubious distinction of being the one to announce the creation of the new sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the Space Force, which he said would debut in 2020. “The time has come to write the next great...

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Westminster School to open branches in China

Westminster School to open branches in China

Westminster School will set up six bilingual schools in China. This, Westminster says, will help fund bursaries for disadvantaged students in London. It is one of the biggest expansions of a UK school brand into China. They are being formed with the help of an education firm from Hong Kong,...

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Nobel Prize-winning Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died

Nobel Prize-winning Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died

China’s most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61. The Nobel Prize winner was serving an 11-year prison sentence. Born in 1955 in the city of Changchun, Liu Xiaobo is most known for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Among other things, he led...

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First direct freight train from China to London

First direct freight train from China to London

As part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s, One Belt, One Road plan to revive the ancient Silk Road, the first direct train to London departed the Chinese city of Yiwu on January 3 to arrive at London’s Barking Eurohub freight terminal 15 days later. This conveyance has the advantage of...

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China’s Digital Dynasty

China’s Digital Dynasty

In 1997 the People’s Republic of China decided to enact what is now called the ‘Great Firewall of China’ through law. Almost 20 years down the line, Beijing has become more adept at managing its citizens through the internet, and has mentioned plans of a national credit and behaviour score...

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China launches world’s largest radio telescope

China launches world’s largest radio telescope

At 500m in diameter, the world’s largest telescope is now operational. Located in China’s Guizhou Province the telescope features a reflector the size of 30 football pitches and took five years and $180 million to construct. It is called the Five-hundred- meter Aperture Spherical Telescope’s (FAST) and required the relocation of 8000 local...

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China plans manned moon radar

China plans manned moon radar

The Chinese government has unveiled plans to build a permanently manned radar station on the moon to monitor Earth.    The feasibility study which would cost $2.4 million and include a 50-metre-tall radar capable of monitoring larger sections of the Earth than conventional satellites, is being funded by China’s National...

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China joins the EBRD

China has had its application to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved, opening “up significant further opportunities for sustainable investment by Chinese groups” in Europe. Beijing’s recent request to become a shareholder of the bank, is part of Chinese President, Xi Jinping’s wider development strategy “One...

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World’s biggest animal cloning centre in China

Whilst the rest of the world makes up its mind on the ethics of cloning, China is steaming ahead with its plans to construct the largest animal cloning factory. Set to open in 2016, the £20.5 million centre will commercially recreate dogs, horses, and cattle.   The centre is a...

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