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Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt at a record pace — and experts say it could spark a worldwide crisis

The sheer scope of debt levels in China is leading to fears that the country could be teetering on the edge of a crisis. A "startling" number of Chinese companies are relying on new borrowing to cover the interest on existing loans, according to Pantheon Macroeconomics.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Forget the F-14 Tomcats: China's Navy Just Released Their Very Own Version of Top Gun (Sort Of)

Cue in the J-15 fighters shown launching from the ski-jump deck of the Liaoning and then maneuvering gracefully over the Pacific. I will make an unpatriotic confession. I like the Chinese version of "Top Gun" better.

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG

China's Moon Plants Are Dead

The moon is a lifeless world once again. The cotton plants that sprouted on the moon's far side aboard China's Chang'e 4 lander are dead, done in by the bitter cold of the lengthy lunar night, GBTimes reported today (Jan. 16).

SPACE.COM

Canadian Sentenced to Death in China for Drug Smuggling Will Appeal

HONG KONG — A Canadian man sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling intends to appeal, one of his lawyers said Wednesday, as a diplomatic rift between Canada and China deepened and information emerged about the man’s past drug convictions.

NEW YORK TIMES

Europe's move to impose steel tariffs tips over another domino in Trump's trade war with China

The EU opted to make previously temporary steel tariffs permanent Wednesday matching US tariffs on imports. The move highlights that protectionism is spreading and Donald Trump's trade war with China is entrenching itself into global economy.

BUSINESS INSIDER

China Grew a Plant on the Moon. It’s Already Dead.

In 2012, Newt Gingrich proposed a space program that would put a colony on the moon by 2021; that same year, startup Mars One announced its hope to get a little civilization up and running on Mars by 2023. More recently, Elon Musk published a paper on “making humans a multi-planetary species,” and h

SLATE

Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei ban

SHERBROOKE, Quebec (Reuters) - Canada’s government on Friday dismissed China’s warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security.

REUTERS

China's first plant to grow on the moon is already dead

Beijing (CNN)The first plant to be grown on the moon by humans is likely dead already, Chinese scientists said Thursday. Just days after China revealed a cotton seed had sprouted on a lunar lander and become what was possibly the first plant life to grow on Earth's nearest neighbor, scientists ended

CNN

Dow jumps more than 350 points after China offers a way to eliminate US trade imbalance

Stocks rose on Friday as investors cheered potential progress in trade negotiations between China and the U.S. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 360 points, led by gains in Caterpillar and Boeing. The S&P 500 climbed 1.4 percent, trading out of correction territory, as the materials and industri

CNBC

Hong Kongers could be jailed for disrespecting China’s anthem

THE BOOS can be heard around Mong Kok stadium, the home of Hong Kong’s football team. Some young supporters clad in red home jerseys cup their hands around their mouths, amplifying their displeasure. Such scenes are common anywhere when a player is penalised. But the rowdy fans on this brisk October

THE ECONOMIST

Stocks close higher for fourth day as optimism mounts over U.S.-China trade

The stock market closed higher Friday, extending its winning streak to a fourth session, on media reports that stoked hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Optimism over a potential bilateral deal helped to offset worries about the prolonged partial government shutdown and mi

MARKETWATCH

China Is Losing The Trade War In Nearly Every Way

China is still the world’s No. 2 economy and is still the monster of emerging markets, but regardless of those bonafides, Xi Jinping’s country is losing the trade war in nearly every way imaginable.

FORBES

Valuations for China stocks are 'very, very attractive' now: Fidelity

China's economy is growing at a slower pace than before, but its stock market has emerged as one of the best places in Asia to invest in, according to global investment house Fidelity International.

CNBC

First plants ever grown on moon have now died, says Chinese scientist

Just 24 hours after releasing photographs of the first ever plants grown on the moon, China has revealed the tender green shoots have fallen victim to the pitiless vacuum of space.

THE INDEPENDENT

US Army reportedly planning to send signal to China with first missile test in Okinawa

The U.S. military reportedly is set to conduct its first missile test around the Japanese island of Okinawa later this year amid increasing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

FOX NEWS

China's soybean imports show American farmers have more to fear than the trade war

China's soybean offtake is about 37 percent lower than during the first few weeks of 2018, according to tanker-tracking firm ClipperData. Soybean prices have rallied on hopes the United States and China will resolve their ongoing trade dispute.

CNBC

Canadian's death sentence leaves Beijing and Ottawa trapped in a crisis

Hong Kong (CNN)There's no easy way out in the darkening diplomatic feud between China and Canada over the detention of a Huawei executive -- even as a man's life now hangs on the outcome.

CNN

Oil sinks on China slowdown fears; natural gas surges 5%

Oil futures declined sharply Thursday, tracking lower moves in most global equity benchmarks, as fear of a China-led demand slowdown gripped investors. West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery CLG9, -1.89% fell $1.16, or 2.2%, to $51.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, a day

MARKETWATCH

China's New 'Great Wall' Can Stop Missiles Too Fast for Any Defense System, Expert Says

China has developed a sprawling underground defense complex capable of intercepting missiles often described as being too fast for any existing defense system, a leading expert has claimed.

NEWSWEEK

Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander

A hint of a cotton plant is growing on the moon, inside China's lunar lander, scientists in China say. Photos released on Tuesday by Chongqing University, in collaboration with the China National Space Administration, show the small, green shoot from a cotton seed reaching out of a latticed containe

NPR