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China COVID-19 testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery. Throughout the Chinese city in January, thousands of people waited in hours-long lines for hospitals, sometimes next to corpses lying in hallways. But most couldn’t get the…

US Election: China declines to acknowledge ‘Biden victory’

President Xi Jinping of China China declined Monday to congratulate Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election, saying the outcome of the vote was still to be determined. While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and has launched several legal challenges, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris…

Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold...

In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Among the targets was Prof David Montgomery, one of America’s most…

Uncertainty pushes gold price to record $1,926 per ounce

In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a customer puts gold bars on the basket for sell to a gold shop in Bangkok, Thailand. The price of gold surged more than $30 on Monday, July 27, 2020, to over $1,926 per ounce. PHOTO: AP The price of gold surged to a record above $1,926 per…

UK universities accused of overreliance on fees from Chinese students

Britain’s universities rely too heavily on tuition fees from Chinese students, according to a Conservative-backed thinktank that wants the government to replace them with increased funding for domestic students taking “high value” degrees. The report by Onward, a thinktank supported by Tory MPs and donors, claims there are “well-founded fears” that China’s Communist party and…

UK universities urged to adopt risk management strategy with China

Universities in the UK have been urged to adopt a risk management strategy for any dealings with China amid concerns that academics are self-censoring because of fears about the consequences of offending the Chinese authorities. Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese studies at King’s College London, said accusations of self-censorship regarding work on China had intensified…

China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

China on Wednesday opened a new office for its intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new security law, transforming a hotel into the force’s headquarters. The new base is a hotel overlooking the city’s Victoria Park, a location that has hosted pro-democracy protests for years, including…

East Side: 24 Things to Do in 24 Hours in Beijing,...

With a population of over 20 million people, the things to do in Beijing are endless, and the city is never empty. If you only get one day to experience the capital of China, follow this itinerary to get the most out of these 24 hours. Get ready for this amazing cultural journey. CHECK OUT…

ALU/Alibaba Business School GET Global Challenge 2020 (14,000 USD of business...

Application Deadline: May 4, 2020 The African Leadership University in Collaboration with the Alibaba Business School Global Ecommerce Talent Programme is organizing the Africa edition of the GET Global Challenge 2020. The Challenge is themed: Digital Solutions during COVID-19 and beyond. The Africa edition is a part of the larger Global competition hosted by Alibaba Business School…

Coronavirus: China’s economy preserves momentum of development– Consul-General in Lagos

Chu Maoming, China’s Consul General in Lagos, Chu Maoming said that despite pressure on  China’s economy  in the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak, the country’s economy has maintained its momentum of growth. Maoming however said the epidemic and relevant quarantine measures have a negative impact on the economy to some extent. “Factories suspended production…

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