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3Novices:China will ‘remain wary’ of US trade policy despite Bannon’s departure from White House

Beijing will remain vigilant for signs of aggressive trade practices from the United States despite the departure from the White House of Steve Bannon, the chief strategist who advocated an “economic war with China”, Chinese observers said.
“The departure of Bannon could be seen as a move that weakened [the conservative base], but that would be temporary as there are other hardliners in the White House who support a tough trade stance on China,” said Lu Xiang, a…
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3Novices:Europe urges Beijing to be ‘open and inclusive’ in its plans for industrial expansion

China must be “completely open” if it is to succeed in becoming a leading centre for manufacturing, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday.
Speaking at a road show in Beijing to promote the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, chamber president Mats Harborn said: “It is very important that [the] Made in China 2025 initiative is completely open and inclusive to the whole world.”
China orders ministries to open up more of economy to…
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3Novices:Two women jailed over illegal abortions carried out in Hong Kong public housing flat

Two women were jailed 10 to 17 months by a Hong Kong court on Monday for their roles in illegal abortions performed in a Lam Tin public rental housing flat where a pressure cooker was used to sterilise surgical instruments.
Li Shuk-fan, a 75-year-old unemployed woman, admitted in High Court to two counts of conspiracy to use an instrument with intent to procure a miscarriage.
Li, who was responsible for conducting the surgeries and who claimed to have 30 years of experience as an “…
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3Novices:‘Be vigilant with your talent’ organisations warned as Hongkongers’ desire to emigrate higher than global average

A recruitment expert has warned organisations to protect their talent as Hongkongers’ willingness to emigrate for a job overseas is higher than the global average, a survey has found.
Human resources company Randstad recently polled 13,200 people from 33 places worldwide, including about 400 people from Hong Kong. The poll showed that 56 per cent of respondents in Hong Kong would be willing to leave the city for a job they desire, compared with the global average of 50 per cent –…
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3Novices:Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting on Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.
The 12 bongs from the famous bell rang out for midday in front of a hushed crowd of over a thousand people assembled in Parliament Square to mark the longest silence in its 157-year history.
“I can see it from where I live. I do live my life by it. I’m 72 and I’m worried it might be…
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3Novices:Chinese human rights activist Jiang Tianyong to go on trial for subversion

A Chinese human rights advocate who defended blind activist Chen Guangcheng and lawyer Gao Zhisheng is due to stand trial on subversion charges in central China on Tuesday.
Jiang Tianyong is expected to appear in the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court in Hunan province on Tuesday morning as authorities wrap up prosecutions of legal activists netted in the sweeping “709” crackdown two years ago
In a show of support for Jiang, the wives of two other 709 activists left Beijing…
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3Novices:Inviting young people into advisory bodies not enough to engage Hong Kong’s alienated youth: former minister

Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary has urged the government to evaluate the problems behind young people’s grievances, engage dissidents and empower them on community affairs.
Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, who was also the minister in charge of the city’s youth policy from 2002 to 2007, questioned the plan by officials to connect with young people by upgrading its Commission on Youth and recruiting 20 to 30 young advisers in its official think tank, the Central Policy Unit….
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