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World's Longest Sea Bridge Brings China Closer to Hong Kong

World's Longest Sea Bridge Brings China Closer to Hong KongThe $ 15 billion, 55-kilometer (34-mile) bridge, which Xinhua says is the world’s longest sea link, opens for business at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is tipped to carry some 29,000 cars and trucks daily between Zhuhai on the mainland and Hong Kong, a former British colony. It also envisions a better marriage between China’s industrial might and its one-party state and the liberal, capitalist bastions of Hong Kong and Macau, which have their own passports, currencies, trade policies, courts and civil rights. The Greater Bay Area could serve as a new growth engine for the capital markets of Hong Kong, the casinos of Macau, formerly a Portuguese colony, and nearby Shenzhen, the economic powerhouse one of Xi’s predecessors, Deng Xiaoping, built on their doorstep almost four decades ago.



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China says US fabricated spy case 'out of thin air'

China says US fabricated spy case 'out of thin air'China has rejected US espionage claims against a Chinese national arrested in Belgium and extradited to America as mere fabrications plucked “out of thin air,” adding further pressure between Beijing and Washington. The US Department of Justice charged Xu Yanjun on Wednesday for conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from major US aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a top jet engine supplier for US military aircraft. Mr Xu, a director for China’s intelligence and security agency, appears to have been lured to Belgium as part of a dramatic global sting operation, according to the 16-page indictment. Mr Xu, who thought he would attend a meeting to receive proprietary information about jet fan blade designs, was instead arrested under a US warrant on April 1 and extradited this week to face charges in America. “US aerospace companies invest decades of time and billions of dollars in research,” said Bill Glassman, an attorney for the US justice department. “In contrast, according to the indictment, a Chinese intelligence officer tried to acquire that same, hard-earned innovation through theft.” Tensions between the US and China have heightened significantly amidst a trade war. The Trump administration has also accused China of implementing a military, economic and political campaign to undermine Washington and bolster Chinese influence – claims that China continues to deny as “unwarranted” and “ridiculous.” Mr Xu’s case – the first time the US has extradited a suspected Chinese spy – indicates the US is unlikely to back down on China anytime soon. For years, the US has indicted in absentia alleged Chinese spies amid growing allegations and evidence that Beijing has been using espionage and hacking to modernise its country. “This unprecedented extradition of a Chinese intelligence officer exposes the Chinese government’s direct oversight of economic espionage against the United States,” said Bill Priestap, an assistant director with the FBI. There is “zero” chance Beijing will ever allow extradition of its citizens from its own soil, said Scott Harold, Asia Pacific policy director at nonprofit think tank RAND Corp. The US and China do not have an extradition treaty, and Chinese authorities generally always deny allegations of spying and hacking as it did again on Thursday. US officials insist such activity, however, is rampant and damaging to American security interests. Mr Xu, for instance, invited US engineers and experts at key companies on all expenses paid trips to present talks in China, asking them to meet local scientists and to bring specific documents with them.  Such technical experts are often targets for Chinese hacking and spying given their proximity to proprietary information, and Mr Xu’s activities should not come as a surprise. “In a world where everything is connected … you can be hacked; it can be stolen,” said Mr Harold. “This case is not an isolated incident. It is part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense,” said John Demers, a US justice department assistant attorney general. “We cannot tolerate a nation’s stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower.” Another Chinese national was arrested last month for allegedly providing information about American defence contractor employees in efforts to recruit them as informants.



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China promises not to weaken yuan, criticizes US concern

China promises not to weaken yuan, criticizes US concernBEIJING (AP) — China promised Tuesday not to weaken its currency to boost exports during a tariff fight with Washington and rejected U.S. concern about the yuan's sagging exchange rate as groundless and irresponsible.



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China says detained former Interpol chief accused of bribery

China says detained former Interpol chief accused of briberyBEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities scrambled to contain a public relations mess over the disappearance of the former Interpol president during his trip home to China, saying Monday that he was being lawfully investigated for bribery and other crimes.



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China Accuses Detained Ex-Interpol Chief of Bribery and Other Crimes

China Accuses Detained Ex-Interpol Chief of Bribery and Other CrimesChinese authorities say they are investigating the former president of Interpol for bribery and other crimes



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Pence accuses China of interfering in US policies, politics

Pence accuses China of interfering in US policies, politicsVice President Mike Pence accused China of trying to undermine President Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic and foreign policies.



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The Latest: Interpol aware officer is reported held in China

The Latest: Interpol aware officer is reported held in ChinaPARIS (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of the president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei (all times local):



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French police investigate Interpol chief, missing on home visit to China

French police investigate Interpol chief, missing on home visit to China“France is puzzled about the situation of Interpol’s president and concerned about the threats made to his wife,” the ministry said. It was not clear why Meng, 64, who was named Interpol’s president two years ago, had traveled to China. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed source as saying Meng had been taken for questioning as soon as he landed there, but it also was not clear why.



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'We will not stand down,' VP Pence warns China

'We will not stand down,' VP Pence warns ChinaVice President Mike Pence criticized China for its militarization of the South China Sea and its political interference in the U.S. and around the world.



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The US military's close call with China

The US military's close call with ChinaA Chinese warship sailed 135 feet from the bow of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur on Sunday.



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