Life and death in Apples forbidden city

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In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves The sprawling factory compound, all grey dormitories and weather-beaten warehouses, blends seamlessly into the outskirts of the Shenzhen megalopolis. Foxconns enormous Longhua plant […]

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Panama cuts formal ties with Taiwan in favour of China

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Joint statement between President Juan Carlos Varela and Beijing says Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinas territory Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a major victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory. Panamas president, Juan Carlos Varela, announced the change […]

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Ruff justice: Chinese city institutes ‘one dog policy’

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Owners with more than one canine in Qingdao must give others to an adoption agency under controversial new law For decades, China harshly enforced its one-child policy through forced abortions and hefty fines. Now the government in one Chinese city is seeking to exert control over another segment of the population, limiting households to one […]

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North Korea a ‘clear and present’ threat, says US defence secretary

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James Mattis says Washington is encouraged by Chinas efforts to restrain Pyongyang but will not accept Beijings militarisation of South China Sea The United States is encouraged by Chinas efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijings militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, US defence secretary, James Mattis, said on […]

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China’s ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia

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Prices of raw ivory in Vietnam have fallen, which traders are linking to Chinas announcement of its domestic ivory ban, according to new research The price of raw ivory in Asia has fallen dramatically since the Chinese government announced plans to Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) have been visiting traders in Hanoi over the last three […]

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Activists investigating Ivanka Trump’s China shoe factory detained or missing

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Three men from New York-based rights group China Labor Watch were looking at conditions at plant where Trump shoes are assembled A labour activist working undercover investigating abuses at a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes has been detained by police and two others are missing, raising concerns the companys ties to the US […]

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China arrests Taiwanese activist ‘for subverting state power’

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Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing. The case has strained already poor relations […]

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India is world’s most populous nation with 1.32bn people, academic claims

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Yi Fuxian says 1.29bn Chinese are outstripped by 1.32bn Indians. But his findings are disputed with one demographer calling them sloppy Claims that India may already have overtaken China as the worlds most populous nation have sparked consternation among demographers. campaigning against Beijing s draconian family-planning laws, and picked up by newspapers in both China […]

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