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Chinese President Xi Jinping touts himself as the leader for the 'new era' in party congress speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping touts himself as the leader for the 'new era' in party congress speech

2017-10-19 08:13:47, abc.net.au

During his mammoth three-and-a-half-hour speech at the opening of the party congress yesterday, Xi Jinping announced that China had entered "a new era". While there were no grand policies revealed, it was a forceful culmination of his policies and thoughts of his first five years in power. The speech was much bolder and more confident than any that the last two presidents Jiang Zemin or Hu Jintao had delivered

 

Politics & Government

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets

2017-10-19 06:08:57, siouxcityjournal.com

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth stayed relatively stable in the latest quarter, buoyed by strength in retail spending and exports, giving the ruling Communist Party a boost as it prepares to appoint President Xi Jinping to a new term as leader. Growth edged down to a still-robust 6.8 percent compared with a year earlier in the three months ending in September, down marginally from the previous quarter's 6

 

Sports

Malaysia bow out to China in world junior mixed team final

Malaysia bow out to China in world junior mixed team final

2017-10-15 02:47:54, thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: A meltdown in the singles resulted in Malaysia losing to China again in the mixed team final at the World Junior Cham-pionships. Malaysia had planned to topple the badminton giants by winning two singles and one doubles. Instead, they went down 3-1 to hand China their 12th title at the Among Rogo sports arena in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, yesterday. Malaysia began on the right track when Man Wei Chong-Pearly Tan Koong Lee put up a fantastic show to beat Fan Qiuyue-Li Wenmei 21-12, 9-21, 21-17 in the mixed doubles

 

Business

China central bank Governor Zhou says likely to retire soon

China central bank Governor Zhou says likely to retire soon

2017-10-19 08:11:28, reuters.com

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Thursday that he is likely to retire soon, confirming an earlier Reuters report. “Either way it’ll be soon,” Zhou said on the sidelines of the Communist Party Congress, when asked whether he would retire this year or next. Sources with ties to the leadership and close the central bank had told Reuters that Zhou is likely to retire around the time of the annual session of parliament next March

 

Technology

China builds Tianhe-3, the world's first exascale supercomputer, says scientist

China builds Tianhe-3, the world's first exascale supercomputer, says scientist

2017-10-19 11:45:32, straitstimes.com

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China is developing and building the Tianhe-3, the world's first exascale supercomputer, a leading scientist said. When completed it will be capable of a quintillion (a billion, billion; or 1 followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second. It will be 10 times faster the current world leader, China's Sunway TaihuLight, and will "become an important platform for national scientific development and industrial reforms", Mr Meng Xiangfei, head of the applications department of the National Supercomputer Centre, told reporters on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

 

Health

3D printing – the latest in heart disease treatment - ASEAN/East Asia

3D printing – the latest in heart disease treatment - ASEAN/East Asia

2017-10-15 02:47:09, thestar.com.my

Beijing: The lab at Guangdong General Hospital, a joint project with a company in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, was established to promote the further development of 3D printing technology. About 6.7 million structural heart disease patients in China need surgery, with the disease featuring a wide range of individual differences, complex treatment plans and difficult surgeries, according to Zhuang Jian, the hospital’s president and an expert in cardiovascular medicine

 

Society & Culture

Rohingya man a refugee again after 40 years - ASEAN/East Asia

Rohingya man a refugee again after 40 years - ASEAN/East Asia

2017-10-19 02:48:43, thestar.com.my

Kutupalong: Nearly four decades ago, Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Fazol, 41, is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing

 

Travel & Recreation

Hainan Airlines plans charter flights to Tahiti

Hainan Airlines plans charter flights to Tahiti

2017-10-19 04:12:44, radionz.co.nz

The Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines plans to have three charter flights to Tahiti this month as part of its first foray into French Polynesia. The Tahiti aiport company said the first Airbus was due this weekend via Auckland and was bringing in the company's top managers. It said a second plane, a Boeing Dreamliner, was then due from Hong Kong. The flights come amid talks of a possible regular service between China and Papeete

 

Media & Information

Chinese social media block profile pic changes during 19th Party Congress

Chinese social media block profile pic changes during 19th Party Congress

2017-10-18 13:45:13, straitstimes.com

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese tech companies have prevented social media users from changing profile pictures and user names amid heightened security as a key Communist Party conclave opened Wednesday (Oct 18) in Beijing. The move hit users of the ubiquitous Chinese social media platforms WeChat, QQ, Weibo and even Alibaba's payment platform Alipay, though it appeared only to affect those with accounts registered on the mainland

 

Life & Style

Play Lounge, the Chinese Colette ?

Play Lounge, the Chinese Colette ?

2017-10-19 12:03:44, parismodestv.com

A new generation of concept store born in China, blending in vogue designers, high tech products and art. With an interview with the founder, Mrs Ning Wang. Find more fashion and lifestyles videos on http://www.parismodestv.com, your fashion editorializer.

 

Motoring

Chinese Internet giant Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus

Chinese Internet giant Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus

2017-10-18 10:00:08, straitstimes.com

LAGUNA BEACH, UNITED STATES (AFP) - Baidu chief executive Robin Li on Tuesday (Oct 17) said the Chinese Internet giant will have a self-driving bus on the road soon as it races for a lead in autonomous vehicles. Baidu is collaborating with an array of companies on autonomous cars, and is working with a large bus maker in China to have a self-driving bus running a route by next year, Li said in an on-stage interview late Tuesday at The Wall Street Journal D

 

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