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Foxconn cuts 50,000 contract jobs in China: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company’s building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) biggest iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group (2317.TW) has let go around 50,000 contract workers in China since October, months earlier than normal, Nikkei reported on Friday. The scale of the cuts is not necessarily deeper than previous years, it is simply significantly earlier, the report said, citing an industry source familiar with the situation. “It’s…

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China calls proposed U.S. legislation against Huawei, ZTE ‘hysteria’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that proposed U.S. legislation targeting Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications equipment companies was due to “hysteria”, and urged U.S. lawmakers to stop the bills. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a regular news briefing in Beijing. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], ZTE Corp or other Chinese firms that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws. The…

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Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China

Image copyright Police handout US officials say China is trying to influence US policymakers, steal secrets and spy on the US government. But how? The story of Kevin Mallory, a man who seemed to lead a typical suburban life in Virginia, provides the answer. FBI agents pointed their weapons at Jeremiah Mallory, a teenager standing in the doorway of his house one morning in June 2017, and told him to get on his knees. “They’ve got guns in his face,” says Patsy Clark, a family friend. They were looking for…

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On the autofarm: China turns to driverless tractors, combines to overhaul agriculture

Xinghua, China (Reuters) – A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board, chopping golden rice stalks and offering a glimpse of what authorities say is the automated future of the nation’s mammoth agricultural sector. Staff members taking part in the experiment on automated farming machinery load fertilizer onto an automated tractor near a field in Xinghua, Jiangsu province, China October 30, 2018. Picture taken October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Hallie Gu The bright green prototype was operating last autumn during a…

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Huawei founder says firm does not spy for China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Huawei’s [HWT.UL] founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday rejected claims his company is used by the Chinese government to spy and said he missed his daughter, who is being held by Canadian authorities, the Financial Times newspaper reported. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detained in Canada last month at the request of U.S. authorities who allege she misled banks about the company’s control of a firm operating in Iran. Huawei had “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”, the newspaper reported Ren…

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Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei has repeatedly been accused of being a proxy for the Chinese government, a claim it denies Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute. A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying charges. Huawei is under increasing scrutiny, with the US and others expressing concern its technology could be used…

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China to collect samples from moon this year

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. China’s lunar rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit 2 rolling onto the far side of the moon taken by the Chang’e-4 lunar probe is seen in this image provided by China National Space Administration January 4, 2019. Picture taken January 4, 2019. China National Space Administration/CNS via REUTERS The Chang’e-4 lunar…

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Canadian’s death sentence in China ‘horrific’, family says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to jail last year but had his case suddenly reviewed The family of a Canadian man who has been sentenced to death in China say their “worst fears” have been realised. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a 15-year jail term in November but, on Monday, a court said the sentence for drug smuggling was too lenient. The ruling is likely to worsen a diplomatic row between the countries. Last month Canada arrested a top official at the Chinese telecoms…

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Chang’e-4: First panoramic images from China moon lander

Image copyright CLEP Image caption Cylinder projection of Von Kármán crater from one of the lander’s cameras The Chinese space agency has released its first panoramic image of the lunar location where it landed spacecraft this month. The picture shows parts of the static lander and the robotic rover, which is now exploring the landing site at Von Kármán crater on the Moon’s far side. The Chang’e-4 mission was the first such attempt to touch down on the side of the Moon that we don’t see. The rover has just…

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China retailers slash iPhone prices after Apple sales warning

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Several Chinese electronics retailers including Alibaba-backed Suning (002024.SZ) and JD.com (JD.O) have slashed iPhone prices this week, after Apple (AAPL.O) recently blamed poor sales of the smartphone in the country for a rare revenue warning. FILE PHOTO: A new iPhone X is sold at an Apple Store in Beijing, China November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo The discounting, as steep as $118 for the recently launched 64GB iPhone XR, is the latest sign that Apple’s weak holiday sales in China may have extended to the current quarter.…

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