China’s supply chain gets hit after US ban on imports from Xinjiang

After finding out that the Chinese products are produced with forced labour, the US imposed a ban on Xinjiang imports, which hit China’s supply chain. In 2021, the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA) was signed into law, under which the US government assumes that anything made even partially, in the Chinese manufacturing hub of … Read more

China’s 2021 trade surplus rises to record $676 bn, highest ever for any country

China’s politically volatile global trade surplus surged to $676.4 billion in 2021, likely the highest ever for any country, as exports jumped 29.9% over a year earlier despite semiconductor shortages that disrupted manufacturing. The country’s monthly trade surplus in December swelled 20.8% over a year earlier to a record $94.4 billion, customs data showed Friday. … Read more

It’s China vs. Walmart, latest Western brand entangled in human rights dispute

Beijing has attacked the retailer over Xinjiang, after similar moves against Intel, Adidas and H&M A New Year’s Eve salvo from Beijing accusing Walmart Inc. of “stupidity and shortsightedness” has driven home a stark challenge for Western businesses in one of their most promising markets: As governments ratchet up accusations of human-rights violations in China, … Read more

China is imposing quarantines of up to 7 weeks for cargo ship crew, and it’s bad news for the supply chain

China is imposing mandatory quarantines of up to seven weeks for returning Chinese seafarers. Crew changes are getting more difficult due to stricter government requirements, says the Global Maritime Forum. Ships are rerouting to work around China’s restrictions, prolonging shipments. China’s strict COVID-19 quarantines are making it difficult for ships to change crews, contributing to … Read more

China fines tech giants for failing to report 43 old deals

China’s market regulator on Saturday said it was fining companies including Alibaba, Baidu and JD.com for failing to declare 43 deals that date as far back as 2012 to authorities, saying that they violated anti-monopoly legislation. Enterprises involved in the cases would be fined 500,000 yuan ($78,000) each, it said, the maximum under China’s 2008 … Read more

Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China

LinkedIn is the only major U.S.-owned social network operating in China. Microsoft is pulling the plug on LinkedIn in China nearly seven years after its launch and will replace it with a stripped-down version of the platform that would focus only on jobs. LinkedIn is the only major U.S.-owned social network operating in the country, … Read more

China sends 56 jets into Taiwan defence zone in another record incursion

Taiwan urged Beijing to stop “irresponsible provocative actions” after 56 Chinese warplanes crossed into its air defence zone on Monday in yet another record incursion. The defence ministry said it scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings after 36 fighter jets, 12 H-6 nuclear-capable bombers and four other planes entered its southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ). … Read more

China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV

China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality. President Xi Jinping has called for a “national rejuvenation,” with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under … Read more