China Eyes Banning Foreign Online News

The Chinese government will potentially block foreign current affairs content from being shown in the country, according to draft regulations from its National Radio and Television Administration.

The regulations, obtained Thursday by Reuters, will clamp down on what kinds of shows may be aired on domestic television stations or online video platforms. Current affairs shows were singled out as being barred from the country.

Also forbidden by the draft regulations were foreign content that contains violence, terrorism, incitement to crime, endangerment of social stability or material deemed harmful to national sentiment. The regulations also target film and animation. The Chinese government is in the midst of a push to restrict online content.

Source : VOA

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Asia Stocks Snap 10-Day Decline as U.S. Eyes China Trade Talks

Asian shares rose, with a regional benchmark poised to snap its longest losing streak in 16 years, on a report that the U.S. has asked China to resume trade talks.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.9 percent to 160.26 as of 4:28 p.m. in Hong Kong, as telecommunications and energy stocks led gains. The U.S. proposed to hold another round of trade negotiations with Beijing, just days after President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on nearly all goods from China. Most markets in Asia climbed with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and Japan’s Topix index pacing the rebound. Thailand’s SET Index climbed 2.1 percent as sentiment was boosted by progress in laws needed to hold a national election. India is closed for a holiday.

Source : Bloomberg

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China Eyes Australian Donkey Exports

The Northern Territory government in Australia says it has been approached by nearly 50 Chinese companies looking to buy land to start donkey farms. Demand for donkey products, especially donkey-hide gelatin is increasing in China, while global supplies are falling.

The Northern Territory government has bought a small herd of wild donkeys for its research station near the outback town of Katherine. Earlier this a month of delegation of Chinese business people visited the facility, and up to 50 companies from China have expressed interest in buying land to set up donkey farms.

It is estimated there are up to 60,000 wild donkeys in the Northern Territory. Donkeys were brought to Australia from Africa as pack animals in the 1860s, and many were released when they were no longer needed. For years feral donkeys have been considered a major pest by farmers.The animals trample native vegetation, spread weeds and compete with domestic cattle for food and water.

Now the authorities believe there are economic benefits in captive donkey herds.

Alister Trier, the head of the Northern Territory’s department of primary industry believes the donkey trade has a bright future.

“My feel[ing] is the industry will develop but it will not displace the cattle industry, for example, I just do not think that will happen.What it will do is add some diversification opportunities for the use of pastoral land and Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory,” said Trier.

In China, donkey skins are boiled down to make gelatin, which is then used in alternative Chinese medicines and cosmetics.

Animal rights campaigners are pressuring the authorities not to allow the live export of donkeys to China, claiming that conditions in transit would be cruel and unacceptable.

Activists also insist that donkeys’ health suffers when they are kept in large herds.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Australia wants the donkey skin trade stopped altogether because of concerns the animals are being skinned alive overseas and treated with extreme cruelty.

Source: voanews

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