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Beijing's 'Silicon Hutong' becomes a free-trade zone

Beijing’s 'Silicon Hutong' becomes a free-trade zone

(ATF) Officials in Beijing’s Haidian District – often referred to as ‘Silicon Hutong’ like the US’ Silicon Valley, as it is home to many top universities and hi-tech firms – have issued a raft of policies aimed at boosting the area's IT sector.City officials have agreed on 38 policies in …

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China opens Central Financial Court in Beijing

China opens Central Financial Court in Beijing

(ATF) China moved this week to set up a financial court in Beijing, after about two dozen judges were appointed by the city legislature last week. The new court is the second of its kind in China – it comes after the Shanghai Financial Court, which was set up in …

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Rise in home prices a further test for China's regulators

Rise in home prices a further test for China's regulators

(ATF) Home prices are a delicate issue in China, partly because there is a massive bubble of debt lingering under the property market that needs to be gently deflated this year, without creating a major repercussions for the economy and the party. So, it was a slight surprise to see …

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Biden nominee offers China no relief on tariffs and trade tension

Biden nominee offers China no relief on tariffs and trade tension

(ATF) China's hopes for ending tensions with Washington suffered a blow on February 25 when the new administration's nominee for US Trade Representative said tariffs were a valid negotiating tool and vowed to hold Beijing to its commitments. Katherine Tai also told a Senate committee scrutinising her nomination that there …

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Chinese officials begin crackdown on real-estate speculation

Chinese officials begin crackdown on real-estate speculation

(ATF) As has been said at numerous high-ranking meetings, China is entering a ‘new era,’ and one of the key goals of this is affordable housing, starting with tier-1 cities.Land sales have been a cash cow for local governments, as shown on Thursday when the Ministry of Finance announced the …

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Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

(ATF) Officials in the Chinese capital said on Wednesday (Jan 20) they would track down anyone who has entered the city from overseas in the last six weeks after reporting the biggest daily jump in new Covid-19 cases in more than three weeks.The measures to be enforced in Beijing come …

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Indian court cracks down on fireworks

Indian courts crack down on firecrackers

(ATF) Traditionally Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – is a season for celebrating victory of light over darkness, and good over evil. It is also a time when the skies turn hazy with pollutants from the millions of fire-crackers that are traditionally set off as a part of …

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