Author: BakChiZai

China and Russia vow to ‘deepen trade in soybeans’ after tariff war kills US crop exports

As China looks to diversify its soybean supply away from the United States, Commerce Minister Zhong Shan agreed with Russian counterparts to “deepen trade in soybeans and other agricultural products” during a meeting this week.Zhong, a recent addition to Beijing’s negotiating team in trade war talks with Washington, met with the Russian minister for economic…

The detention of an Iranian oil tanker is a test case for Western hypocrisy about the global order

On July 4, British Royal Marines, police and customs agents in the British territory of Gibraltar set off an international controversy when they seized Grace 1, an Iranian oil supertanker flying a Panama flag. United States national security adviser John Bolton hailed the move as “excellent news”; Iran called it an act of “piracy”.Now, the…

‘Storm Area 51’: it started as a joke, but the US military isn’t amused

The truth is out there, and there are grand plans to find it.As of Thursday, 1.6 million people had RSVP’d to a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”.As the name suggests, the plan is to storm Area 51 – the notorious Nevada military base associated with extraterrestrial conspiracy theories.“We…

Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen ‘leaving in a coffin no matter what’, lawyer says as jury weighs death penalty

Federal jurors on Wednesday were deliberating the fate of an Illinois man who was found guilty of the gruesome murder of a Chinese graduate student two years ago, and will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.Brendt Christensen, 29, was found guilty last month of the abduction and murder of Zhang…

Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen ‘leaving in a coffin no matter what’, lawyer says as jury weighs death penalty

Federal jurors on Wednesday were deliberating the fate of an Illinois man who was found guilty of the gruesome murder of a Chinese graduate student two years ago, and will decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison.Brendt Christensen, 29, was found guilty last month of the abduction and murder of Zhang…

‘Children as political hostages’: US and Russia trade accusations over denial of visas to teachers at Moscow school

The United States and Russia on Wednesday accused each other of using children as political hostages after dozens of teachers at an English-language school in Moscow patronised by the children of Western diplomats were left without visas.US ambassador Jon Huntsman said 30 teachers who had been due to arrive in Moscow next month had not…

The US is hurting its universities and itself, when it shuts the door on research partnerships and innovation

Foreign firms have noticed Chinese companies’ rapid transition from imitators to innovators, a shift highlighted in the South China Morning Post’s China internet Report 2019. But some governments, especially that of the United States, have responded with bans and other barriers which they justify on the grounds of national security. In addition to targeting private…

The US is hurting its universities and itself, when it shuts the door on research partnerships and innovation

Foreign firms have noticed Chinese companies’ rapid transition from imitators to innovators, a shift highlighted in the South China Morning Post’s China internet Report 2019. But some governments, especially that of the United States, have responded with bans and other barriers which they justify on the grounds of national security. In addition to targeting private…