China

'Strategic' risks to Australia from China trade plan

The ABC has confirmed the heads of the immigration and defence departments were among those opposed to Beijing's ambitious 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, firmly advising the Turnbull Government earlier this year not to join it.

Several government sources said the Chinese plan also provoked a schism inside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with trade bureaucrats broadly in favour of joining while the diplomatic corps was reticent.

Diplomat's China speech renews Australia university debate

Frances Adamson, Australia's chief foreign affairs bureaucrat, called for debate not to be stifled in classrooms.

It follows recent claims of embassy influence on campuses - dismissed as "smear" by Chinese diplomats in June.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said students should think critically.

PNG tourism market grows in China

This was evident during the interview with James Qian, the agent at the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority office in Shanghai, China.

The office has been in existence for three years now.

Qian says initially, not many Chinese were aware of PNG. But this has changed now, with visitor numbers to PNG increasing yearly.

“China people love to travel. Most prefer spending their holidays overseas. So this provides a good opportunity for PNG,” he said.

Qian said 2018 will particularly be a good year for PNG.

Celebrating freedom

“Freedom was won without any bloodshed,” says the PNG Nanjing students’ vice president, Maxwell Komonga.

Komonga was speaking during their 42nd PNG independence anniversary commemoration on Friday (September 16th) in Nanjing City of China.

“Let’s all celebrate with one heart and spirit,” he said.

“United we stand as patriotic Papua New Guineans.”

Over 40 people from PNG, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and Kiribati attended the event.

China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.

"Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency

China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total.

Both the UK and France have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

Chinese debate medical rights after pregnant woman's suicide

The 26-year-old woman, surnamed Ma, jumped from a hospital window in northern Shaanxi province on 31 August. The child she was carrying was also killed.Huo Junwei, a doctor at the Yulin Number One hospital, told China Economic Daily that Ms Ma "left the ward twice and told her family that the pain was unbearable, and that she wanted a caesarean section, but the family were not willing to allow the procedure."Her husband, surnamed Yan, refutes this, telling Beijing Youth Daily that "we did not disagree to a caesarean".

 

'Risky delivery'

Chinese man jailed for selling VPNs that bypass Great Firewall

China's Supreme Court has sentenced Deng Jiewei from Dongguan in Guangdong province, close to Hong Kong, to nine months in prison for selling virtual private network (VPN) software through his own small independent website.

VPN encrypts users' Internet traffic and routes it through a distant connection so that web surfers can hide their identities and location data while accessing websites that are usually restricted or censored by any country.

Teen's death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

The 18-year-old had allegedly sustained multiple injuries, and the centre's director and staff members have been held by police, according to reports.

The incident took place earlier this month in eastern Anhui province.

China has seen a proliferation in so-called "boot camps" aimed at treating internet and gaming addictions.

Some are known for their military-style discipline and have been criticised for overly harsh practices.

'Completely covered with scars'

Chinese mother tries to mail her baby to an orphanage

The baby is currently in a stable condition at a hospital in the southeastern city. Fuzhou police said in a statement the mother, surnamed Luo, was in custody for suspected child abandonment as investigations continue.

Luo placed the baby girl inside several black plastic bags and then refused to let a courier inspect the contents of her package when he arrived to pick it up, local media reported.

Facebook finds way into China

It's dubbed the Colorful Balloons app, and, according to the Chinese app store's description, it works similarly to Facebook's (FB, Tech30) Moments app.

"Colorful Balloons can group users' phone pictures and videos based on time, locations and characters. It can help you create albums and share them with friends and family," the description reads.

The story was first reported by The New York Times and person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNNMoney that it is a Facebook app. But the Facebook name is nowhere to be seen.