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Rape allegations against Richard Liu
JD.com founder attended boozy dinner on night of alleged rape, Caixin told / Caixin (paywall)
“JD.com Inc. founder and CEO Liu Qiangdong attended a boozy dinner at a Japanese restaurant the night he is alleged to have committed rape, sources told Caixin.”
Arrest of JD.com CEO came after night of wine and Japanese food in Minneapolis / WSJ (paywall)
“The arrest of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong last week in the U.S. on suspicion of rape followed a group dinner attended by Mr. Liu and the woman who alleges the assault, according to a person familiar with the woman’s account.”
“A group of about 20 people drank and dined at the restaurant Thursday night...The group brought their own bottles of wine and also spent about $1,900 on food, sake and other drinks, according to one of the people.”Bank deposits: Chinese savers and investors go back to savings accounts
China's $29 trillion ball of money rolls to a long-ignored haven / Bloomberg
“Bank deposits, shunned for years by the nation’s return-hungry masses, are suddenly looking attractive again as higher-yielding investments prove riskier than many had anticipated. China’s household deposits rose in July at the fastest annual rate in a year — an influx that analysts say may accelerate after the nation’s stock market sank at the quickest pace worldwide, hundreds of peer-to-peer lending platforms shuttered and companies defaulted on their debt at an unprecedented rate.”Huawei and chip making
Huawei guns for Nvidia with potential Microsoft AI chip deal in China / The Information (paywall)
“Microsoft and Huawei Technologies are discussing the possibility of the U.S. company using Huawei’s newly developed artificial intelligence chips for data centers in China.”Food safety
Chinese officials seize hundreds of kilos of expired meat and unlabelled fish in latest food safety crackdown / SCMP
“Officials in southwest China have seized hundreds of kilograms of expired meat and unlabelled fish as part of a food safety crackdown, local media reported. One business at a frozen market in Chongqing was found to have 200kg (440lb) of Australian beef — enough to make around 2,000 hamburgers — that was four months past its expiry date.”Plagues, floods, and the price of food 
China’s flood-hit farmers struggle as worries grow about rising food prices / SCMP
China finds African swine fever on four farms in single day / Reuters
“China reported four cases of African swine fever on Thursday alone, bringing the number of outbreaks to 13 since the virus was discovered in the country just over a month ago.”
China may face wider bans on pork as deadly pig virus spreads / Bloomberg (paywall)American tech companies failing in China
Twitter, Facebook bosses grilled by US senators over China deals / Inkstone
Facebook and Twitter defend Chinese partnerships amid US probe into foreign efforts to influence politics / SCMPMeituan-Dianping and on-demand services
Mobike owner Meituan confirms $4.3b IPO raise / Tech in Asia
China's Meituan Dianping to focus on domestic market after $4.4 billion Hong Kong IPO / Reuters
“There are plenty of opportunities in the overseas markets, but we have a very good customer base in China... We would like to be rooted in China and focus on the domestic market first,” said Meituan’s co-founder and chief executive, Wang Xing.
Meituan Dianping suspends ride-hailing expansion in China before IPO/ TechNode
“What happened: China’s on-demand service platform Meituan-Dianping said it would halt further expansion into China’s ride-hailing market as Didi Chuxing has been deeply strained over the murder of a passenger in late August”Tencent and games
China’s Tencent to limit minors’ video game usage / FT (paywall)
“Tencent has announced plans to introduce a new real name verification system to limit play time for younger users of its lucrative Honor of Kings video game, as the Chinese technology conglomerate battles escalating government scrutiny.”
State data to be used to limit child gamers in China / BBCBullet Messenger
In WeChat-dominated China, new messenger app scores sudden success / Reuters
“Bullet, developed by Beijing Kuairu Technology, says it amassed 5 million registered users within 10 days of its launch.”Coffee wars — Starbucks’ uppity new competitor
China’s coffee war moves up a notch as Luckin and Tencent ink strategic agreement / TechNode
“The two will reportedly collaborate on the marketing side of their businesses — which includes promoting the adoption and user engagement of WeChat Pay and exploring more ways to leverage WeChat mini program intelligent marketing tools as well as developing new retail solutions.Sports media
Streamer IQiyi’s sports platform raises $125 million in first month / Caixin (paywall)459 million people playing mobile games
A third of China’s population plays mobile games / Abacus

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

Formaldehyde in Beijing apartments?
Formaldehyde fears in China's property boom / BBC
“The recent death of a flat-dweller in Beijing has flagged up concerns about formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance widely used in construction. The man, identified only as Mr Wang, died of leukaemia in July, three months after moving into a new apartment. His wife is suing the rental app that advertised the property, alleging that it made him ill.”North Korea
New envoy for North Korea to visit South Korea, China, Japan / Washington Post
“The State Department announced Thursday that Stephen Biegun will visit South Korea, China and Japan between Sept. 10 and Sept. 15.”
Top Chinese official makes surprise visit to N. Korea's embassy / Yonhap
“Wang Yang, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee and chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is the highest Chinese official ever to attend the North's national day reception.”
DPRK leader calls for further efforts toward denuclearization / XinhuaTaiwanese in Japan
Taiwanese evacuated from Typhoon Jebi only if they agreed they’re Chinese – mainland media / SCMPTaiwan-U.S. politics
US senators introduce legislation to punish Taiwan allies who switch sides, accusing Beijing of ‘bullying’ / SCMP
“The legislation, titled the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, was introduced on Monday by Republican Senators Cory Gardner and Marco Rubio, and Democrats Ed Markey and Bob Menendez, according to a press release published on Wednesday on Gardner’s official website.”
“The Taipei Act authorises the US State Department to downgrade US relations with any government that takes adverse actions with regard to Taiwan. It also authorises the State Department to suspend or alter US foreign assistance, including foreign military financing, in such circumstances, the press release continued.”
US-Taiwan council risks Beijing’s anger by inviting Taipei minister to defence industrconference / SCMPFather and son lob Molotov cocktails to resist demolition
Father and son threw petrol bombs at Chinese government workers / SCMP
“A father and son have been jailed for violently resisting the government-backed demolition of their home on the outskirts of Beijing with pepper spray and Molotov cocktails, according to mainland media reports. The pair, surnamed Wang, were each handed 14-month prison terms by Shijingshan District Court on Wednesday afternoon for refusing to allow the execution of government orders.” Watch a video of the homemade weapons in action on Twitter, via journalist Kathleen McLaughlin, who comments, “This is the China I know.”Afghanistan — defense cooperation 
Afghan troops to train in China, ambassador says / Reuters
“China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Beijing said, describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbor. Afghanistan has also requested that China provide Afghan security forces with combat helicopters.”Pakistan
China's foreign minister to visit Pakistan tomorrow to hold talks with new govt / Economic Times of IndiaChina in Southeast Asia
Chinese influence on rise in East Timor? ‘Nonsense,’ says former president José Ramos-Horta / SCMP
“Nobel Peace laureate and former president of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta, says claims of growing Chinese presence in the country are exaggerated.” East Timor began diplomatic relations with China in 2002, shortly after it won independence from Indonesia.Hong Kong freedom-of-speech controversies
British government sounds warning on freedom of speech in Hong Kong / SCMP
“Report delivered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said most provisions of the Sino-British Joint Declaration had been implemented faithfully, but it had ‘concerns’ over pressure on city’s rights and freedoms.”Call the police via WeChat 
Shanxi police rolls out new safety feature on WeChat / TechNode
“Shanxi police have introduced a new in-app safety feature on WeChat. According to local media reports (in Chinese), the new feature, accessed via the Shanxi police official WeChat account, allows people to not only report incidents of crime and emergency to the police but also upload images, audio and video recordings which could be useful evidence later on.”

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:

Yu Hua on China’s changes
‘Human impulses run riot': China's shocking pace of change / Guardian
“Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. China’s leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime.”Human trafficking
6 years gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity / AP via Washington Post
“Marip Lu is among dozens of women from her state alone in Myanmar to be trafficked to China. The Myu Shayi women’s group says the average number of known victims from Kachin state has jumped from about 35 annually to 50 last year… Human rights workers say the phenomenon, known as ‘bride-trafficking,’ is a direct consequence of the country’s former one-child policy, which skewed the nation’s gender balance for decades.”#MeToo at work 
China’s online #MeToo is changing the offline world, even if just a little / TechNode
“The number of the general public who are concerned with the subject is decreasing, but the discussion is still going on among the core members,” Teresa Xu, a volunteer at an NGO battling sexual harassment, told TechNode. She added that “after #MeToo started, more companies have come to consult [the NGO] about anti-harassment training and policies at the workplace.”Art in Guangzhou
Guangzhou’s singularity festival showcases vibrant independent art from across China / Radii China
“Over 100 artists from Greater China converged on Taigucang Wharf in Haizhu District, Guangzhou for Singularity Festival last weekend. The event was highly anticipated by locals, fans and artists alike, with long lines circling the old dockland building over the festival’s three day run. A plethora of great Southern Chinese artists, predominantly from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, were in attendance.”Fashion trends
Chinese women redefine sexy – and create a booming market at home for feel-good bras / SCMP
“Chinese women are increasingly saying goodbye to push-up bras… Sales of wireless bras — part of ‘athleisure’ fashion — have shot up 70 percent in the past year in China.Endangered animals and traditional medicine
Consider alternatives to pangolin scales, traditional Chinese medicine professors urge at conservation conference in Hong Kong / SCMPThe gators of Guangzhou
2-meter-long crocodile captured in Guangzhou river / That’s GuangzhouHong Kong history
Ho Ming-sze: Influential Hongkonger who fought Japanese, and brought city’s tycoons and China’s Deng Xiaoping together dies, aged 95 / SCMPRape
Shanxi woman’s adoptive family suspected of rape / Sixth ToneSchool safety
Statistics showing drop in school crime misleading, experts say / Caixin (paywall)
“The number of crimes committed in Chinese schools has seen a two-year decline, a new report shows. But experts say the problem continues to be serious, and the new figures may not fully reflect reality.”Returning to China as an adult
‘I am an expat in the country I was born in’ / FT (paywall)
Yuan Yang, the FT journalist who wrote her story here, calls it “the most personal story I have written for @FT — the story of how I came to be here, then rather far away for most of my life, then back here in China again.”Bad guards in Guangxi
Chinese thieves steal US$900,000 in jewellery as oblivious guard keeps watch outside shop / SCMPEducation
Chinese parents are paying a high price for free education / Sixth Tone

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