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Chinese police arrest 469 over inter-provincial drug trade

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The drug network was found by an anti-drug detachment under Huzhou City Public Security Bureau when examining evidence of previous drug cases and criminals, and a special task group was set up.

The drugs were from the provinces of Sichuan, Hubei, Guizhou and Guangdong in Central, Southwestern and Southern China, according to the investigation.

The Police said that the suspects were captured in multiple raids that took place in Zhejiang, Sichuan, Guizhou, Hubei, Anhui and Guangdong from mid April to June.

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United States withdraws plans to ban Chinese airlines

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The United States is withdrawing plans to ban Chinese airlines from flying to the country, after Beijing relaxed its rules for foreign carriers, broadcaster CNBC reported.

The United States will still have some restrictions on Chinese flights, the report said.

The dispute comes amid rising tensions between the two economic giants. In recent weeks, the countries have been at odds over the coronavirus pandemic and China’s Hong Kong policies.

The United States government had on Wednesday said Chinese passenger planes would be suspended from flying to the country as of June 16, according to an order issued by the Trump administration.

The Department of Transportation said the move was a response to the “failure” of China to “permit United States carriers to exercise the full extent of their bilateral right to conduct scheduled passenger air services to and from China.”

The United States said China had not allowed its carriers to resume flights to the country after pausing the routes because of the coronavirus

United States-Chinese relations have soured in recent months amid tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s move to impose new national security legislation for Hong Kong.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Chinese workforce solutions provider Quhuo files for United States IPO

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Quhuo, which provides operational solutions for consumer service businesses in China, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the United States stock market.

The company plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol “QH,” with an expectation to raise up to 35 million United States dollars, according to its prospectus filed late Thursday with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Roth Capital Partners, Valuable Capital, and Tiger Brokers are the joint bookrunners on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed.

Founded in 2012, the Beijing-based company has a presence in 73 cities across 26 provincial regions. It was the largest workforce operational solution platform in China as measured by the number of average monthly active workers in 2019, the company said in its prospectus, citing data from research firm Frost & Sullivan.

As of Thursday, the S&P United States Listed China 50 index, which is designed to track the performance of the 50 largest Chinese companies listed on United States exchanges by total market cap, stood at 3,708.04, marking a 5.22-percent gain for the month-to-date returns and a 17.07-percent increase for the year-to-date returns.

(XINHUA)

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UK TV audience feast on Chinese culture show during lockdown

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Lockdown rules are being relaxed in many parts of Britain, but cross-border travel is still largely limited. An increasing number of Britons are now turning to TV or online to watch China-related content.

China Hour, a program on Sky TV, has hit its record high viewing in Britain, offering Britons a special window to the oriental country and its culture during the lockdown.

Jointly run by China International Television Corporation (CITVC) and Dove Media Ltd UK, the ratings have shot up since the end of March when Britain began its lockdown. According to figures obtained by Dove Media, its March viewings saw a dramatic increase of nearly 70 percent compared to that of February.

Figures in April again went far beyond average, 2.5 times higher than the previous month. Broadcasting four hours a day on the Sky Showcase channel, the program reached a weekly average of 235,000 people in April. Per hour, the figure is much higher than popular channels such as Discovery History.

Given that people can hardly go out, let alone travel during lockdown, China Hour works with the China National Tourist Office in London on the “Visiting China online” campaign, offering audiences the opportunity to experience China from their comfortable living rooms.

China Hour embraced the opportunity when its British audience was staying home. On China Hour’s YouTube channel, viewing went up more than 60 percent. In April alone, the minutes watched reached as high as 11 million, said Kevin Sui, CEO of Dove Media.

“It is true that the lockdown contributed to a longer TV watching time among the public, however the increase was also attributed to the high-quality content from CITVC and our skilful schedules,” he added.

He disclosed that China Hour’s performance remains consistent in 2020, like it was in the second half of last year. While some classic programs stay popular, shows along with new themes have all been well received, including the Chinese New Year series, Silk Road series and some other cultural and travel programs.

Thanks to the team efforts in scheduling, promotion, translation and dubbing, the Chinese New Year special shows aired in January and February have achieved satisfactory figures, reflecting the audience’s keen interest in Chinese folk culture.

Among the most popular programs during the lockdown period are historical and cultural shows, including History of Great Wall, Furniture Chinese Style, the Legend of Bruce Lee, Chinese Garden, Tea: Story of a Leaf (UK localised version), as well as new programs such as Secrets of China, Chef Jamie’s Adventure and All about Embroidery. In addition, Xiaoji and the Dog, an animation series dubbed by Dove Media for the British market, also attracted a strong following from young audiences.

It is worth mentioning that the Lockdown Wuhan series broadcast in March and April attracted the audience’s special attention, playing a unique role in unveiling the Chinese narration of the epidemic to the world in this time of crisis.

While keeping the original style of the series, the team performed further editing of some details — from visual language to the proper way of wearing a mask, taking a full consideration of British audience’s receptiveness and TV viewing habits. The Lockdown Wuhan eventually received figures that is hard to achieve for a single episode program, getting an audience of around 30,000.

For the post coronavirus era, Sui said China Hour is committed to continuing to provide British audiences with a wider range of programs including a cooking show to teach how to prepare Chinese dishes out of ingredients in ordinary British kitchen.

Trevor Wicks, a senior financial advisor, said he switched to Sky solely for watching China Hour, and it helps him understand more about Chinese culture and history, as well as different parts of China.

“This has been a real help with my ongoing project in Shanghai,” he said.

(XINHUA)

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Zambia gov’t happy with increased Chinese investment: minister

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The Zambian government on Friday commended the Zambia-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone (ZCCZ) for its contribution towards increased trade and manufacturing sectors in the country.

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma said the ZCCZ, which has established the Lusaka East Multi-Facility Economic Zone, has played a pivotal role in increased investment.

The establishment of the zone, he said, has seen an increased number of Chinese firms coming to invest in the zone.

In remarks delivered when he toured the zone, the Zambian minister said the investment of about 140 million United States dollars in infrastructure and production service facilities at the zone has resulted in increased trade and manifesting.

Zambia, he said, has made progressive strides towards attaining its industrialization agenda, adding that the setting up of industries by several investors was an indication that Zambia was heading in the right trajectory.

About 26 firms are currently operating in the zone and have invested about 26 million dollars.

The Zambian minister urged the proponents of the zone to continue expanding their operations, adding that the government has put in place good investment policies.

Hao Yafei, vice general manager at ZCCZ, thanked the government for creating an enabling environment for investment.

(XINHUA)

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Chinese medical experts exchange virus fighting experiences with Peruvian doctors

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Peruvian doctors have consulted a visiting team of medical experts from China about their experiences in and knowledge on treating patients with the novel coronavirus.

During the encounter in the city of Arequipa on Wednesday, the team of four Chinese medical experts met with the regional governor, Elmer Caceres, as well as Health Ministry officials and representatives of local hospitals.

To effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic, China relied on three basic principles, which are diagnosis, isolation of the patient and treatment, said Guo Yi, deputy director of the Nanfang Hospital‘s medical department.

“You have to stop transmission at the source” and testing is the key, said Guo.

“The best way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is to make an early diagnosis of COVID-19 and put the patient in mandatory quarantine,” added Guo.

The Chinese experts toured Honorio Delgado Espinoza Hospital, which is now dubbed the COVID-19 Hospital, as it has become the regional treatment center.

The other members of the Chinese delegation are head of the pulmonology department Liu Laiyu, deputy director of the infectious diseases department Zhou Hao, and deputy director of the neurology department’s intensive care unit Wu Yongming.

Peru is one of Latin America‘s hardest hit countries, with 183,198 COVID-19 cases and 5,031 deaths as of Thursday.

The delegation arrived for a visit of approximately 10 days on May 23, at the invitation of the Peruvian government to help the country curb its outbreak.

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Thai agriculture ministry to join hands with Chinese e-commerce giant to tap into international online market

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Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Thursday told the media that it is in discussions with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group to tap into its online market, aiming to woo 260 million customers from 190 countries and regions.

“The ministry is coordinating with Alibaba company for the development of small and medium-sized agricultural entrepreneurship, farmers’ institutions and farmers to do business and sell Thai agricultural products to foreign markets on the Alibaba platform,” said Alongkorn Ponlaboot, the Ministry‘s advisor.

Alongkorn said the ministry and Alibaba had earlier named the project “Thai Agriculture going Forward to the World Market with Alibaba.com.”

He said there are hundreds of successful Thai entrepreneurs using the Alibaba platform as a channel to sell Thai products to the world market.

More than half of the Thai entrepreneurs launch their agricultural products onto the Alibaba platform. The agricultural products include cassava, rice, black garlic, pineapple, corn, as well as processed agricultural products from black garlic and sugar.

According to Stephen Kuo, Asia-Pacific head at Alibaba.com, more than 170,000 products from Thailand are already on the platform.

“And many more new Thai entrepreneurs also express interest to showcase their products on Alibaba platform,” Stephen Kuo said.

Thailand’s top five product categories are food and beverage, agriculture, beauty and personal care, apparel, and home and garden.

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Zambia minister encourages deepened exchanges among Zambian, Chinese youths

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A senior Zambian government official says Chinese work culture should be inculcated in Zambian youths for enhanced national development, encouraging youths of the two countries to have more exchanges.

Emmanuel Mulenga, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development said Thursday that the Chinese hard-working culture should be indoctrinated in Zambian youths to have a strong generation for strengthened development.

“We (are) looking forward to having youths mentored with Chinese work culture,” he said in an interview.

Mulenga said the ministry is focused to have Zambian youths go for online exchange programs during this period when the world is faced with the challenges of COVID-19.

According to the minister, Zambia will continue to work with China in various youth development programs for continued national youth education projects.

Nathan Mulenga, a student in Luanshya in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, said the government is trying, by all means, to educate the youths through various programs in conjunction with other countries such as China.

He called on Chinese youth groups to consider partnering with Zambian youths groups for education exchange programs in various fields such as technology.

China is a good model for Africa in terms of furthering national development that is beneficial starting with the youths, he said.

Mulenga is hopeful that the Chinese youths will have more technology exchange programs with their Zambian counterparts.

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Unidentified gunmen abduct Chinese expatriates in Ebonyi -Police confirm

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Police Command in Ebonyi have confirmed abduction of two Chinese expatriates working in a mining site in Ihietutu, Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi by unknown gunmen.

The abducted Chinese nationals are employees at Greenfield Metals Nigeria Limited which specialises in lead and zinc mining.

Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) confirmed the abduction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday in Abakaliki.

She said that the victims were allegedly abducted on Wednesday, June 3 at the mining site.

She however, explained that the police were yet to establish the motive behind the abduction, adding that preliminary investigation had commenced.

She said: “We got the information yesterday, a detachment of our tactical team was  despatched to the area with a view to unraveling the true situation and also to rescue the victims.

“The team is yet to return to furnish us with relevant information about the incident.

But, I can confirm to you that we received a distress call from the area yesterday informing the police of an alleged abduction of two Chinese working in a mining site at Ihietutu in Ishiagu community.

“We are waiting for information from our men before we can make informed comments on the motive behind the alleged abduction.

“For now, we cannot say if the abduction was for ransom purposes or not because the abductors are yet to establish contacts with the company.”

She however, urged non Nigerian nationals working in any part of the state to ensure that they move about with armed security guards to prevent attacks and molestations from criminals and possible kidnapping or abduction.

Mr Henry Ahanaotu, the Chairman and Managing Director, Greenfield Metals, told NAN that the hoodlums abducted their victims at mining pit at ‘Ajirija’ mining site 300 meters from the company’s Life-Camp after shooting severally into the air to deter any resistance.

He said that a formal report on the incident had been lodged at the police command in the state, adding that the abductors were yet to establish contact with the company.

“The unidentified persons bearing sophisticated arms stormed our mining pit at Ajirija and shot severally before whisking their victims away.

“We are yet to establish the identity of the abductors or where they came from.

NAN recalls that kidnappers in March invaded the company’s Life-Camp at ‘Ugwuajirija’ and kidnapped two Chinese nationals, who later regained their freedom after an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Namibian president commissions isolation facility built by Chinese firm

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Namibian President Hage Geingob inspects the isolation facility built by a Chinese firm at Windhoek Central Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia, on June 3, 2020. Geingob on Wednesday inaugurated a 12-bed isolation facility built by a Chinese firm to help Namibia contain the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Tirivangani Masawi/Xinhua)

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