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Beijing dismisses Soros' anti-China remarks as 'meaningless'

Beijing dismisses Soros' anti-China remarks as 'meaningless'China dismissed remarks from George Soros as “meaningless” on Friday, after the billionaire investor called President Xi Jinping the “most dangerous opponent” of free societies and warned against Beijing’s high-tech surveillance regime. Soros “confused right and wrong in a meaningless statement, and it is not worth refuting”, said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing. “In today’s world, it is clear who is opening doors and building roads, and who is closing doors and building walls,” she said.



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Microsoft's Bing is blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate

Microsoft's Bing is blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalateMicrosoft's Bing search enginehas been blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate. Attempts to open cn.bing.com has resulted in an error message for users since Wednesday. "We've confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a brief statement, hours after saying the company was investigating the matter. China's Communist authorities operate an online censorship apparatus known as the "Great Firewall", which blocks a slew of websites including Facebook, Twitter and several foreign media outlets. It was not clear whether or not Bing had joined the list of prohibited websites, or if its China service was experiencing technical difficulties.  The wording of the US company's statement "means Microsoft received no government order, but China has the power to block a URL and that may be what happened," said independent US tech analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group. "China has been aggressive in terms of controlling the media, 'censorship' is kind of their middle name. If there were searches going on providing results the Chinese government didn't like, it wouldn't surprise me if they blocked the site," Enderle said. But the analyst said it could also be a "hack gone wrong".  China's cyberspace administration did not immediately return a request for comment. Technology intelligence – newsletter promo – EOA China's Great Firewall can be circumvented by using a virtual private network (VPN), which can hide a user's IP address. In 2017, Apple removed some apps that would allow internet users to use VPNs in China after Beijing issued new regulations to crackdown on the services.  While its rival Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010 after rows over censorship and hacking, Bing has continued to operate in the country along with Microsoft-owned Skype.   On Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media site, people complained about the lack of access, with some speculating that Bing too had been "walled off". Others aired their dissatisfaction about having to use Baidu, China's largest domestic search service. "Even Bing requires a VPN now, how exhausting," wrote one user. "Our country is amazing, even the obedient Bing has been walled off, while Baidu flourishes," said another. "Thank you wise party leaders!" China has tightened policing of the internet in recent years, shuttering 26,000 "illegal" websites in 2018 alone and deleting six million online posts containing vulgar content, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month. Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp, which has over 1bn users globally, was blocked by Chinese authorities in 2017. Bing complies with Chinese censorship rules, but its link to US tech giant Microsoft might have put it in the government's crosshairs as Beijing and Washington spar over trade and tech issues. Google China analysis puff However, Bing has come under some scrutiny after an investigation by online safety company AntiToxin found that some images of child pornography would come up in search results. Microsoft called the results "unacceptable" and has since removed the illegal images.  Tsui also noted that there is growing concern over China's slowing economy, and that June will see the highly sensitive 30th anniversary of the violent suppression of democracy protests in Tiananmen in 1989. "Beijing needs to look like they are in charge and in power," he said.  China's censorship measures are known to hide information around domestic affairs from its citizens too. Numerous "censorship factories" are operated in the country, where thousands of citizens are paid to erase sensitive information from the internet, such as the occurrence of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.  The United States and China are locked in a bruising trade war, with US accusations that China steals technological know-how among the core disagreements. Washington has also led efforts to blacklist Chinese telecoms giant Huawei internationally over security concerns, and one of the company's top executives, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada last month over fraud allegations on a US request. The two sides are scheduled for new trade negotiations next week.



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North Korea leader arrives in Beijing after warning of alternate path to U.S. talks

North Korea leader arrives in Beijing after warning of alternate path to U.S. talksNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his isolated country. Rough cut – no reporter narration.



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Beijing detains Canadian as tensions soar over exec arrest

Beijing detains Canadian as tensions soar over exec arrestA Canadian national was confirmed as being held in China on Tuesday, intensifying a diplomatic stand-off over the arrest of a top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, as a judge in Vancouver considered her bail application. Michael Korvig, a former diplomat who served in Beijing, was reported as having been detained as Meng Wanzhou was due in court for a bail hearing on US charges of violating Iran sanctions.



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China's Xi calls for Moscow and Beijing to unite to fight protectionism

China's Xi calls for Moscow and Beijing to unite to fight protectionismChinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that Russia and China should work together to oppose trade protectionism and what he called unilateral approaches to international problems, a veiled reference to U.S. foreign policy. Xi made the comments at a news conference in Vladivostok in Russia’s far east after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an economic forum. “In a rapidly changing international situation with growing instability and unpredictability, cooperation between Russia and China takes on even more importance,” said Xi, according to a transcript on the Kremlin’s website.



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Taiwan cafe chain that irked Beijing vanishes from food platforms

Taiwan cafe chain that irked Beijing vanishes from food platformsA Taiwan coffee chain that faces pressure in China after serving the island’s president has disappeared from Chinese meal-ordering platforms, as Beijing warned it would oppose any businesses that support Taiwanese independence. 85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs of China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan following a visit to one of its stores in Los Angeles this week by Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.



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Ai Weiwei Says Chinese Government Has Demolished His Beijing Studio

Ai Weiwei Says Chinese Government Has Demolished His Beijing StudioChinese authorities began demolishing one of Ai Weiwei's Beijing studios



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Hong Kong press club pressured by Beijing to cancel talk

Hong Kong press club pressured by Beijing to cancel talkHong Kong’s leader joined mainland China Sunday in urging the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club to cancel a planned speech by a Hong Kong independence advocate whose party is threatened with a ban. “We respect the international media and respect the Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s activities in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, expressing “regret” at the planned event. “I hope our friends in the FCC will also respect that the Hong Kong SAR is an inseparable part of the People’s Republic of China,” she said, noting that its historic club building was government-owned.



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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Hit a Beijing Monastery as #MeToo Movement Grows in China

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Hit a Beijing Monastery as #MeToo Movement Grows in ChinaHe allegedly told nuns having sex with him was part of their study of Buddhist doctrine



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'Frank' trade discussions in Beijing: US commerce secretary

'Frank' trade discussions in Beijing: US commerce secretaryUS Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Sunday trade talks have been “friendly and frank” as the US and China continued with a second day of negotiations in Beijing aimed at deescalating tensions between the two sides. The discussions are intended to ease tensions after Washington said it would follow through with tariffs on Chinese imports despite a truce reached between the two sides in the US last month. “Our meetings so far have been friendly and frank, and covered some useful topics about specific export items,” Ross told the Chinese trade team led by Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s right hand-man on economic issues.



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