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US Declares China Among World’s Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

The United States on Tuesday declared China as among the world’s worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, placing it alongside countries the U.S. has long disparaged – Iran, North Korea and Syria. The annual U.S. State Department report downgraded China to its lowest Tier 3 rating, saying it has not met “the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.” The U.S. credited Beijing with taking “some steps” to address human trafficking. But it said local officials in Xinjiang “coerced…

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New US Ambassador to China says North Korea a Top Priority

The new U.S. ambassador to China has said that stopping the threat posed by North Korea will be a top priority, along with resolving the U.S.-China trade imbalance, according to a video message to the Chinese people released on Monday. Terry Branstad, a former Iowa governor, has been described by Beijing as an “old friend” of China. Branstad was confirmed on May 22 as President Donald Trump’s new ambassador to China but his arrival date has yet to be announced. “Resolving the bilateral trade imbalance, stopping the North Korea threat,…

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US to Declare China as Among World’s Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

The United States is set to declare China as among the world’s worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, placing it alongside countries the U.S. has long disparaged — Iran, North Korea and Syria. The designation, expected to be formally announced by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, could further aggravate tensions between Washington and Beijing at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump had sought to enlist Chinese President Xi Jinping in an effort to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. Why the downgrade? Last week,…

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China Takes Delivery of First Shipments of American Beef in 14 Years

China let through the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years on Friday, after the two nations agreed to resume the trade in May, state media reported. The imports were brought in by Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd from U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods Inc., China National Radio (CNR) reported on Friday, citing Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. China officially allowed U.S. beef imports from Tuesday this week after the two sides settled the conditions for exports last week. Under the new rule, boneless and bone-in…

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US, EU Urge China to Limit Food Import Control

Food exporters including the United States and European Union are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say would hamper access to its fast-growing market.   The group, which also includes Japan and Australia, sent a joint letter to Chinese regulators asking them to suspend a proposed requirement, due to take effect Oct. 1, for each food shipment to have an inspection certificate from a foreign government. They say that would disrupt trade and ask Beijing to follow global practice by…

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China Leapfrogs U.S. in Critical Strategic Technology

David Goldman, PJ MediaThe year’s most important news story probably never made it into your news feed. Nonetheless it might change your life forever. For the first time, China has demonstrated that it is far ahead of the United States in a critical new technology, namely quantum communications. A Chinese satellite succeeded in transmitting so-called entangled photons to earth stations. That’s the high-tech equivalent of sending a message in undeveloped photographic film: If you try to read it, the light will destroy it. The Chinese breakthrough has huge implications for…

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US Officials Push China to Act on North Korea After Student’s Death

The United States has urged China during high-level talks in Washington to put more pressure on North Korea to rein in that country’s nuclear and missile programs. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the meeting Wednesday that China had “a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.” North Korea topped the agenda at the talks after a U.S. student imprisoned by the communist country died this week. The talks included Tillerson and U.S….

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[In Depth] Close relative of Neandertals unearthed in China

Ever since their discovery in 2010, the extinct ice age humans called Denisovans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like. In a paper published on p. 969 of this issue, a Chinese-U.S. team presents 105,000- to 125,000-year-old fossils they call "archaic Homo." They note that the bones could be a new type of human or an…

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Asian shares scale 1-1/2-year peak on China trade, Trump's tax cut talk

Top Stories: TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares rallied to an 18-month peak on Friday, as investors cheered upbeat Chinese trade data and strong gains on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to unveil a major tax announcement to lower the burden on businesses. Asian shares scale 1-1/2-year peak on China trade, Trump's tax cut talk

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