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Chip war: Japan and Netherlands expected to join US in ban on tech exports to China

Washington officials appear to confirm deal to restrict export of semiconductor manufacturing technology to ChinaA Washington official has made the most direct comments by a US authority to date acknowledging the existence of a deal with Japan and the Netherlands for those countries to impose new restrictions on exports of chipmaking tools to China.“We...

Chinese owner of Lotus Technology to list a stake in US via blank cheque firm

EV maker and R&D arm of car group owned by Geely planning to join Nasdaq in deal with Spac backed by Bernard ArnaultThe Chinese owner of Lotus is to list a stake in a division of the luxury sports car group in the US as part of deal with a firm backed by the world’s richest man.China’s Geely said on Tuesday that it plans to merge electric carmaker...

China attacks ‘unscrupulous’ US after reports of further crackdown on Huawei

Beijing reacts angrily to reports that Washington has moved to restrict American exports to hi-tech companyChina has reacted angrily to reports that the United States has stopped approving licences for American companies to export most items to China’s hi-tech company Huawei, accusing the US of deliberately targeting Chinese companies under the pretext...

All countries must help prevent ‘catastrophic’ war amid China-US tensions, Australian minister says

In a speech in London, Penny Wong calls on ‘all countries’ to examine how they use power and networks to avoid conflictGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Australian foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, was to call on all countries to play their part to prevent a “catastrophic” war in the Indo-Pacific region.Amid...

Leaked EU plan reveals response to US and Chinese green subsidies

Draft plan to loosen state aid rules follows Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and Chinese subsidiesThe EU executive will loosen state aid rules and propose a new “European sovereignty fund” later this year, in response to the controversial US Inflation Reduction Act and China’s “unfair” green subsidies.A leaked European Commission plan underscores...

China claims Covid wave is ‘coming to an end’ as tourism and factory activity rebound

Government figures, which cannot be verified, showed big rises in travel and hospitality activity during lunar new year compared to the same time last yearChina’s wave of Covid is “coming to an end”, health officials have claimed, saying there had been no sign of a new surge from the lunar new year holiday period, despite a big increase in travel compared...

China winds back online study ban after students left scrambling to get to Australia

Students can seek exemption from rule if they cannot get a flight or a visa in time, Chinese government saysFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Chinese government has wound back its snap ban on recognising online degrees obtained from foreign institutions...

Chinese province ends ban on unmarried people having children

Sichuan measures aim to encourage more people to have children after population fell for first time in 60 yearsA Chinese province of more than 80 million people will lift restrictions on unmarried people having children and remove caps on the number of babies as part of a national drive to increase the country’s birth rate.Sichuan’s health commission...

Australia vows to keep raising human rights concerns with China despite ambassador’s warning

Xiao Qian implies resumption of dialogue conditional on Australia taking a ‘constructive attitude’ and not ‘trying to smear China’Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Australian government has vowed to keep raising human rights concerns “at the highest...

Visa delays await Chinese students returning to Australia after sudden ban on online learning

Rush to return for beginning of first semester of university presents challenges for visa approvals, flights and accommodationGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastMore than 40,000 university students have been left scrambling to make it to Australia in time for the new semester after the Chinese government announced...

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