EU seeks to raise the drawbridge on companies that get foreign subsidies

May 5, 2021
It's an attempt to gain leverage over China.
European leaders are increasingly worried that China’s state-dominated economic system is threatening companies in their own countries.
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The human labor behind artificial intelligence

May 4, 2021
Behind every artificial intelligence project is lot of intensive human labor. Marketplace speaks to data labelers in central China.
Data labeling firms like this one in Henan province are the new factory floor of the digital age.
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A Biden presidency won't change what many Chinese exporters are doing

Nov 18, 2020
Chinese exporters have found ways to deal with the extra U.S. tariffs and those plans are not set to change under President-elect Joe Biden.
Changjian Shoe factory has moved much of its shoe production for the U.S. market from China to other countries in Southeast Asia in order to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.
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China's economy is bouncing back, but for how long?

Oct 19, 2020
Consumers helped push GDP 4.9% higher in the third quarter. But they may not be able to do much more.
Commuters wear face masks to protect against COVID-19 during rush hour in Beijing on Oct. 15.
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The one-child policy is history, but rules in China still restrict families

Oct 13, 2020
Some Chinese couples aren't interested in having more than one child, while unmarried woman aren't allowed to have children at all.
Zhuang Mengyi left a good job in Beijing to raise her son in the cheaper countryside.
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New Chinese export rules make TikTok sale more complicated

Aug 31, 2020
China updated its export rules in a way that could delay the sale of TikTok.
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Trump officials plan to delist Chinese companies that don't meet audit standards

Regulators want access to financial audits of Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.
The Trump administration is recommending a plan that Chinese companies with shares traded on U.S. stock exchanges must submit to audits or else give up their listings. Pictured: The New York Stock Exchange.
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China's economy rebounds from COVID-19, growing 3.2% in the second quarter

That makes it the first major economy to rebound since COVID-19 hit.
For comparison, China's economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020.
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In China, chasing debt after the COVID-19 lockdown

Jun 23, 2020
Delayed payments are a normal part of doing business in China. That works OK when the economy is bustling — but not anymore.
A recent survey showed 66% of Chinese firms had clients delay payments last year. Then the pandemic hit.
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In China, a battle over national security law and a commitment to the U.S. trade deal

May 22, 2020
Also making news: China’s premier Li Keqiang broke from tradition and did not announce an economic growth target.
A security guard wears a protective mask as he stands after the opening of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on May 22, 2020 in Beijing, China.
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