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Trade war sees China’s provinces slash growth forecasts for 2019

From the coastal province of Jiangsu to central Henan, China’s provinces have downgraded their economic growth targets for 2019, as the cold reality of the trade war with the United States continues to bite. As of today, 12 of China’s 31 province-level divisions had published their annual growth targets, with eight of them reducing their growth targets for the year, according to the South China Morning Post’s review of local government reports. The country’s most populous province, Henan, home to the world’s largest…

Sunflowers serve as symbol of Japan’s post-disaster resilience in Emperor’s final poem reading

In the final annual New Year’s Poetry Reading Ceremony before his abdication, Emperor Akihito reflected Wednesday on sunflowers, which have become associated with a major earthquake in the nation.The choice of topic has been said to indicate his ongoing commitment those affected by the disaster.The 85-year-old Emperor is scheduled to retire on April 30 as the first living Japanese monarch to do so in about 200 years, ending his reign and the Heisei Era. His son Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed him the following…

U.S. and British navies conduct first joint military exercises in disputed South China Sea

U.S. and British warships have sailed together in the disputed South China Sea for the first time, in exercises likely to stoke anger in Beijing.The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted the operations in the strategic waterway over a period of six days from Friday through Wednesday, the The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.The statement said the warships “conducted communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common…

Hong Kong gov’t procured 190 Huawei products worth HK$1.76m amid global espionage row

The Hong Kong government procured 190 Huawei products worth HK$1.76million between February 2016 and November 2018, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang said on Wednesday. The news comes as the Chinese telecommunications giant faces accusations that their products could be used by Beijing for spying. In recent years, countries including Australia, Japan, and the United States have banned their government’s use of Huawei products, citing security concerns over intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.…
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