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Chinese national pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets: US Justice Dept

Washington [US]): A Chinese national pleaded guilty in a US court to stealing trade secrets from Monsanto agribusiness corporation to benefit Beijing, the Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday (local time). “Xiang Haitao, 44, a Chinese national formerly residing in Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit economic espionage,” the Justice Department said.“According to court documents, Xiang conspired to steal a trade secret from Monsanto, an international company based in St. Louis, for the purpose of benefitting a foreign government, namely the People’s Republic of China,” it added. Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said: “Despite Xiang’s agreements to protect Monsanto’s intellectual property and repeated training on his obligations to do so, Xiang has now admitted that he stole a trade secret from Monsanto, transferred it to a memory card and attempted to…


Income Tax department conducts searches on Chinese mobile and Fintech companies across country

New Delhi [India]: In a major crackdown on Chinese mobile companies, the Income Tax department is conducting searches on leading Chinese mobile companies across the country.Mobile companies including Oppo, Xiaomi and One Plus are being covered in this search, sources told ANI on Wednesday. More than two dozen premises are covered in the search which started on Tuesday.“Raids are ongoing in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Greater Noida, Kolkata, Guwahati, Indore and some other places,” sources told ANI.Sources told ANI that some fintech companies are also covered in this search.Chief Executive Officers of these companies are covered in this search and currently, they are being interrogated by the Income Tax sleuths.Further, sources informed that the search was conducted on the intelligence inputs of huge tax evasion by these Chinese mobile firms. They were under the radar for a long time and when the income tax department…


Neither accepted illegal Chinese occupation, nor accepted unjustified claims: India on Pentagon report

New Delhi [India]: India on Thursday said that it has never accepted illegal construction activities undertaken by China along the border areas and added that New Delhi has stepped up the creation of border infrastructure, including roads and bridges.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi made these remarks during a press briefing, in response to a question on the Pentagon report that mentioned a village was built illegally in Arunachal Pradesh. “China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas, including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over decades. India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims,” Bagchi said.Bagchi said that India has always conveyed strong protest to such construction activities through diplomatic means and will continue to do so in future.“The government has also stepped up border…


Chinese COVID-19 vaccine seen as less effective in latest study

Washington DC [US]: The COVID-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm was less effective than others at preventing infection, hospitalization and death, according to a new study.A report published by The Wall Street Journal stated that this study, conducted by the kingdom of Bahrain and Columbia University researchers, especially holds true among people over 50. This comes as Chinese vaccines have become a major factor in Beijing’s diplomacy manoeuvres, especially in developing countries with fewer resources.The WSJ report stated that despite high levels of inoculation with the Sinopharm vaccine, Bahrain in May started giving booster shots to vulnerable citizens using a different shot made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. “It now also offers booster shots for other vaccines,” the report added.According to the study, all the vaccines administered since December in Bahrain–which also include Covishield, and the Russian-made Sputnik V–were effective in combatting the…

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Two children killed, Chinese national injured in blast targeting convoy in Pakistan’s Punjab

Punjab [Pakistan]: Two children were among at least five people who were killed as a suicide bomber blew himself up targeting a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals on the Gwadar expressway in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. At least 30 people, including a Chinese national, was also injured in the incident that took place on Friday evening according to media reports. A convoy comprising four vehicles carrying Chinese nationals “with integral security details of Pakistan army and police contingent” was targeted on East Bay Expressway in Gwadar. The targeting took place along the coastal road near a fishermen’s colony, the ministry said in a statement.As per Dawn, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Majeed Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack.Dawn citing sources reported that the Chinese nationals, who were working on the under-construction East-Bay Expressway, were returning to their camp when the vehicle was hit by the blast. “One…

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Chinese mainland reports 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

Beijing, Aug 12: The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 38 in Jiangsu Province, 10 in Hubei, seven in Hunan, and three each in Henan and Yunnan, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Thursday. Also reported were 20 new imported cases, including five each in Shanghai, Guangdong and Yunnan, three in Guangxi, and one each in Fujian and Sichuan. Two suspected cases arriving from outside the mainland were newly reported in Shanghai on Wednesday. No deaths related to COVID-19 were newly reported, the commission added.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping: “Will Never Allow Any Foreign Force To Bully Or Oppress Us”

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for building a strong military to defend the country and warned that the Chinese people will never allow any foreign force to “bully, oppress, or subjugate them”, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party. Addressing the centenary celebrations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the historic Tiananmen Square here, Xi in over an hour-long address also said that integrating Taiwan with the Chinese mainland is a historic mission of the ruling party. “SAFEGUARDING NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY” “No one should underestimate the great resolve, the strong will, and the extraordinary ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “We must accelerate the modernisation of national defence and the armed forces,” Xi, 68, said in his address telecast live by the official television…