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Maximising returns: Chinese steel mills to ramp up output before curbs bite again

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MANILA/SHANGHAI China's steel producers are eager to unleash their mills' capacity when this winter's output curbs end next month, hoping for a repeat of last year's record profits based on high margins and less competition as outdated plants were closed.

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As China's Year of the Dog begins, imperial Pekingese breed is scarce 19 Feb 2018

BEIJING For centuries, owning the flat-faced Pekingese dog was a luxury to be enjoyed only by China's royal family. | Video

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Philippines' Duterte plays down China military facilities in disputed sea 19 Feb 2018

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought on Monday to allay fears about China's construction of military bases on manmade islands in the South China Sea, saying these were built to defend against America rather than confront neighbouring states.

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Alibaba, Tencent rally troops amid $10 billion retail battle 19 Feb 2018

SHANGHAI China's tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers' digital wallets.

Australia, U.S., India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative - report 19 Feb 2018

SYDNEY Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported on Monday, citing a senior U.S. official.

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Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow 19 Feb 2018

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Danish toymaker Lego is hoping to build a following with Chinese parents by promoting its place in the classroom as well as the toy box.

U.S. urges Malaysia to protect minority Muslims sought by China 17 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON The United States urged Malaysia on Friday to offer temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims whose extradition is being sought by China.The U.S. State Department said it had called on Malaysia to allow the U.N. refugee agency access to the Uighurs - among a group of 20 originally from China who escaped from Thailand last year - to determine their eligibility for international protection and eventual resettlement in a third country.

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U.S. Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminium 17 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminium imports from China and other countries ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas, according to proposals released on Friday.

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China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come 17 Feb 2018

GUANGHE, China For some in China's ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives.

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Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations 16 Feb 2018

SHANGHAI A skit on China's widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online. | Video