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David Kirton

In China's 'Little Africa,' a struggle to get back to business after lockdown

26 Jun 2020

GUANGZHOU, China Mohammed has spent several weeks sleeping in his cramped trading booth in one of Guangzhou's export centres after being kicked out of his apartment and forced into quarantine in April, but the Tanzanian trader says he is content to be in China.

U.S.-China tech war bigger risk than coronavirus, EU chamber chief says

18 Jun 2020

GUANGZHOU, China The coronavirus has disrupted supply chains and demand across the global economy, but it is the prospect of Europe becoming a casualty in the U.S.-China tech war that keeps the president of the European Chamber in China "awake at night".

China's giant Canton Fair goes virtual, with teething pains

16 Jun 2020

SHENZHEN, China China's oldest and biggest trade expo opened online for the first time this week to make up for lost face-to-face trading in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, though some buyers and sellers complained of teething problems.

Crunch time for China's robot startups as pandemic brings pain and opportunities

15 Jun 2020

SHENZHEN, China With glowing blue eyes and trusting feline features, a new robot cat by Chinese startup Elephant Robotics seems happily oblivious to the worries of CEO Joey Song as he shows it off at the company's lab in Shenzhen.

As China's factories feel economic blues, band of workers tell their story through rock music

29 May 2020

SHENZHEN, China Wang Zongxing hoped that opening a restaurant would lead to an easier life after 14 years of working long hours in Shenzhen's factories, but serving the spicy noodles of his central China hometown was never his dream. | Video

Huawei calls U.S. move to curb chips supply 'arbitrary', expects business impact

18 May 2020

SHENZHEN, China Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] in its first official response to the Trump administration's move to curb its access to global chip supplies called it "arbitrary" and said its business would be impacted. | Video

Treatment of Africans in southern China sparks diplomatic backlash

16 Apr 2020

GUANGZHOU, China Huddled under a highway bridge with a small bag of belongings, a 19-year old student from Ivory Coast was desperately dialling his few contacts in China.

Prominent China lawyer quits ZTE board after media reports of sexual assault probe

10 Apr 2020

SHENZHEN, China A prominent Chinese lawyer who served on the board of telecoms equipment giant ZTE Corp has resigned after several news articles in state-backed media reported that he was under investigation for alleged sexual assault.

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