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BUSINESS AND TECH:

Huawei ban in New Zealand
New Zealand says Huawei ban not because it's Chinese / AFP
“New Zealand denied on Thursday (Nov 29) that telecommunications giant Huawei was banned from a 5G network rollout because it is Chinese, saying the problem it faced was a technological one. Wellington also dismissed suggestions its intelligence services came under pressure from allies in the ‘Five Eyes’ spy network…”
Huawei for dummies: China's tech company and why it's been banned by our spies / Stuff (New Zealand)Huawei success in Africa
Transsion and Huawei among top 3 bestselling phones in Africa / TechNode
“As China’s smartphone market comes out of its fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines, domestic companies are increasingly placing their bets elsewhere. Besides other parts of Asia , one area of planned growth has been Africa, a recent report by tech research firm IDC shows.”Concerns about ZTE’s business in Venezuela
China’s ZTE cheated on deal with US, senators tell White House / SCMP
“Two senior US lawmakers known for their opposition to China’s telecommunications giant ZTE warned key members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet on Wednesday that the company’s business in Venezuela may have violated the terms of a settlement agreement it struck with the US government.”Housing market
Evergrande: China’s biggest property developer faces debt crunch / FT (paywall)
China’s housing market slumps but rates ease / FT (paywall)
China’s mounting pressure to unshackle real estate / FT (paywall)Volatility in tech
China's fintech revolution is potentially 'a very big risk,' says finance president/ CNBC
“The sheer number of fintech firms setting up in China has the potential to become ‘a very big risk,’ according to the president of financial investment platform Phoenix Finance.”
Sequoia's Neil Shen is very bullish on China's tech industry but warns of 'bumpy road' / SCMP
“The tech industry will also continue to grow by disrupting and gaining market share from traditional industries, though it will be a ‘bumpy road,’” says Neil Shen, founding partner of Sequoia Capital China.Swine fever fallout
China mulls stockpiling pork to support farmers hit by swine fever / Reuters
“China may soon buy pork for its state reserves to support farmers struggling to sell their pigs amid an African swine fever epidemic that has ravaged the nation's hog herd, according to people who attended a government meeting this week.”Drone-maker DJI releases new camera
Chinese vloggers praise DJI’s new Osmo Pocket handheld camera / TechNodeSouth Korea tech concerns
South Korea charges 11 with selling Samsung technology to China / Bloomberg (porous paywall)
“South Korea charged nine people and two companies of illegally selling Samsung Electronics Co.’s bendable screen technology to a Chinese rival...The names of the companies and individuals weren’t disclosed.”Electric cars
China's electric vehicle monitoring raises surveillance fear / AP
“China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens.”
Production and sales of NEV in China up over 70% as of Sep 2018 / China Internet Watch
“Production and sales of new energy vehicles (NEV) in China reached 734.6 thousand units and 721.5 thousand units for the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 73.05 percent and 81.05 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.”High-speed rail in underwater tunnel
China green lights first underwater high-speed railway / CNN
“The proposed underwater tunnel will be a part of the 77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan (Yong is the nickname of Ningbo) to boost tourism and create a two-hour-commute zone within China's Zhejiang Province.”Tax-free living
Why only 2% of Chinese pay any income tax / Economist (porous paywall)

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

Islamophobia on WeChat
China's most popular app is full of hate / Foreign Policy (porous paywall)
“WeChat groups have become a major vector for anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.”Rights in Hong Kong
Beijing exceeded its power when altering Hong Kong oath laws, Court of Appeal hears / Hong Kong Free Press
“Beijing overstepped its powers when it ruled that Hong Kong lawmakers should be disqualified over their invalid oaths of office, the Court of Appeal heard on Wednesday.”
Chinese constitution should apply in Hong Kong and Basic Law is only a supplement, Beijing legal scholar Wang Zhenmin argues / SCMP
“A Beijing legal scholar has argued that the Chinese constitution should apply in Hong Kong while the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution, was only a supplement and an adaptation of the national one.”
Hong Kong trials might threaten basic rights / Taipei TimesGene-edited babies
China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies / Reuters
“The Chinese government on Thursday (Nov 29) ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies.”
Work on gene-edited babies blatant violation of the law, says China / Guardian
China suspends all projects of gene-edited baby scientist He Jiankui, and says those involved will be punished / SCMP
“China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has ordered research institutes to suspend all the scientific projects of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies.”
Tech Thursday: Cutting CRISPR Corners / World of Chinese
What is gene editing? Who’s doing it? And is it right? Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s controversial experiment explained / SCMPXinjiang
Where is China's missing photographer Lu Guang? Hong Kong press club calls for answers / SCMP
“Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club has called on Chinese authorities to confirm the whereabouts of missing award-winning Chinese photojournalist Lu Guang, saying it is ‘deeply concerned’ over his disappearance from China’s western Xinjiang region.”
Beijing’s Long Struggle to Control Xinjiang’s Mineral Wealth / ChinaFileActor arrested
Jiang Jinfu: Chinese actor held on domestic violence charge / BBC
“Popular Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu has been arrested in Japan following allegations that he had abused his former girlfriend Haruka Nakaura. Mr Jiang, star of films including A Wedding Invitation, was filmed handing himself in to the Japanese police. A warrant for his arrest was issued the day before.”Dissenters and detainees
Chinese '709' campaigner banned from seeing detained lawyer husband wins human rights award / SCMP
Dead Souls review – monumental study of China's political brutality / Guardian
“Cooking was evidently a key skill for postwar China’s political dissenters – a good proportion of the interviewees in Wang Bing’s monumental oral history of Jiabiangou “re-education” camp survived only because of the extra scraps they scrounged working in the kitchens.”
Canadian couple recounts ‘survival story’ of their detention in China / Globe and MailTaiwan
Taiwan Olympic committee relieved at IOC response / Focus Taiwan
“The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) was relieved to learn on Thursday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not discuss Taiwan's eligibility at its upcoming board meeting in Japan.”
China urges Taiwan authorities to lift barriers on cross-Strait exchanges / China Daily
“The Chinese mainland will expand exchanges with Taiwan if the island removes obstacles hindering cross-Strait communications, a mainland spokesman said on Wednesday (Nov 28) after many newly elected county and city heads said they expect more cooperation with the mainland to boost their economy.”Official corruption
How grass roots Chinese official used fake invoices and correction fluid to embezzle 35 million yuan / SCMP
“An official who pocketed more than 35 million yuan from China’s special funds for poverty relief using the simplest of tricks to embezzle money meant for the poor worked right under the noses of his bosses for 11 years.”Chemical explosion aftermath
Chinese villagers near site of truck blast that killed 23 people say their air is good and their weather is fine / SCMPMilitary might
Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?/ Popular Mechanics
“China hasn’t fought a war in more than forty years, a fact that haunts the modern-day People’s Liberation Army as it grows to fit the country’s new great-power status.”
China aims to defeat the US Air Force without firing a shot. Here's how. / AirForceTimes
“The People’s Liberation Army Air Force , or PLAAF, tends to copy, while China’s missile and space programs are more frequent innovators.”
China protests third US Navy transit through Strait / Taipei Times
“China again warned the US against stoking military tensions after two US warships on Wednesday sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the third such show of force this year. The US sailed an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and a Henry Kaiser-class fleet replenishment vessel through the Strait, according to the US Naval Institute, an independent organization that tracks naval affairs.”Environmental leadership and enforcement
China urged to lead way in efforts to save life on Earth / Guardian
“With the US absent, Europe distracted and Brazil tilting away from global cooperation, the onus has shifted towards Beijing, the diplomats said after two weeks of slow-moving talks.”
1,122 people held accountable in China's environmental overhaul / Xinhua
“By Monday night, inspection teams sent by the central government had received 36,031 public complaints concerning 26,857 cases in the provinces of Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, Anhui, Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Shaanxi.”Expanding the Party’s influence
Xi Jinping targets grass roots in push to extend Communist Party control / SCMP
“Commercial buildings, business districts and dedicated marketplaces in China are now required to set up Communist Party branches, joining a long list of economic and social institutions where the party is extending its reach.Chinese social media in American politics
How a Chinese immigrant used WeChat to win a seat in the Maryland statehouse / Washington PostForeign affairs
China's Legacy in Sri Lanka's Civil War Gives It a Diplomatic Edge / The National Interest
Panama the new flashpoint in China's growing presence in Latin America / Guardian

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:

Getting a move on
Hundreds caught cheating in China marathon / BBC
“Almost 250 runners in a half marathon were caught cheating when traffic cameras captured them taking shortcuts through bushes. Organisers of the race in Shenzhen, China, also discovered 18 runners wearing fake bibs and three runners they described as ‘impostors.’”
China employees fined for walking fewer than 180,000 steps / BBC
“Staff members were penalized more the further away from the target they were.”
Chinese workers docked pay for walking less than 6,000 steps a day but they find a hack / SCMPLost in the pollution haze
Heavy smog leaves elderly couple lost and wandering Nanjing for 9 hours / SCMP
“An elderly couple became lost and wandered around Nanjing for nine hours while the city was cloaked in smog on Tuesday, reported Jiangsu Broadcasting Network on Wednesday. The unnamed couple went out at around 9 a.m. to do their grocery shopping and got lost when the heavy smog made all the neighborhood buildings look the same, according to the report.”Epilepsy
Early detection of epilepsy in children via deep learning computer science technique / ScienceBlog.comIllness as art
Young artist finds creative way to pay hospital bills with portraits of ailing father / SCMP
“A 21-year-old woman in northeast China has found a creative way to help pay for, and cope with, her father’s cancer treatment — selling moving portraits of his life in hospital.”HIV/AIDS
In the dark about safe sex: HIV/AIDS spreads among China's elderly / SCMP
“HIV and AIDS infection rates are rising among elderly Chinese, due to a lack of understanding about safe sex and a reluctance to discuss it with doctors, a Shanghai-based online news outlet reported on Tuesday.”Paleogeology 
Bulk of southern China was under sea about 400 mln years ago: study / Xinhua
“The study shows that the South China Plate covers today's Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guangdong provinces, Chongqing Municipality, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the southern part of Jiangsu Province, northern Vietnam, as well as the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.”

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