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  • Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi's move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state.

    Travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, the state-owned English-language China Daily newspaper reported, citing the China Association of Travel Services.

    China’s FAW Group aims to double its annual sales of Chairman Mao Zedong’s carmaker of choice, Hongqi, or Red Flag, to 200,000 units this year and grow them further to 1million cars in the next decade

    In an interview to the ruling Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, about China's diplomatic achievements in 2019, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi mentioned post-Pulwama tensions and Beijing's attempts to bring peace between India and Pakistan.

    Soros has used his annual Davos speech as a platform to criticise the social media giant in the past. In 2018, he compared Facebook to a gambling company that fosters addiction among users, and last year reiterated the need to regulate technology firms. "Facebook basically has only one guiding principle: maximise your profits irrespective of what harm it may do to the world," Soros said on Thursday.

    Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen has won a second term, signaling strong voter support for her tough stance against China.

    Three Republican Senators have tabled a legislation in the US Senate to prevent World Bank from lending to China on projects that would be used against religious and ethnic minorities.

    China's economic growth cooled to its weakest in nearly 30 years in 2019 amid a bruising trade war with the US, and more stimulus is expected this year as Beijing tries to boost sluggish investment and demand.

    Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on Saturday, while her Democratic Progressive Party maintained its majority in the legislature. The result has been seen as a strong rebuke of China's policies toward Taiwan, a former Japanese colony which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949.

    President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term over the weekend with a record 8.2 million votes, an outcome that was seen as a forceful rebuke of China's ongoing campaign to isolate the self-ruled island. China's leadership had made no secret of its desire to see Tsai turfed out because she and her party refuse to acknowledge their view that the island is part of a "one China".

    In Australia, it was reported Sunday that China offered a Melbourne-based car dealer a bribe to run as a parliamentary candidate before he was found dead in March. The previous day, media reports said that a man who spied for China in Hong Kong and Taiwan offered intelligence information to Australia and wanted political asylum.

    China’s large-scale investment in Cambodia has won strong support from the Hun Sen government. However, the influx of Chinese people and money has affected the lives of local people and caused dissatisfaction.

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