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China, Brexit, the Philippines: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) America’s expanded antimissile efforts, China’s shrinking population, and the economic costs of climate change. Here’s the latest:

NEW YORK TIMES

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

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

Staff at a Chinese company are forced to CRAWL on the street after 'failing to hit their annual targets'

Workers from a Chinese company have been forced to crawl on the street after failing to reach their annual targets, sparking an outcry among web users. The staff were on all fours as they made their way through the busy traffic of Tengzhou yesterday afternoon, according to local reports.

DAILY MAIL

Chinese schools scanning children's brains to see if they are concentrating

Headbands that monitor concentration by reading brain signals have been trialled on thousands of Chinese schoolchildren. The devices could soon be used on millions of students across China, according to the US tech company which designed them.

THE INDEPENDENT

China's crackdown on Christians continues

.- A campaign by the Chinese government to 'Sinicize' religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far west of the country, and the closing of underground churches to the east.

CATHOLICNEWSAGENCY.COM

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

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

China sprouts plants on the moon for the first time ever

China's Chang'e 4 lunar probe hit headlines earlier this month after it successfully landed on the far side of the moon in a world first. Now seeds carried by the lunar lander have sprouted, marking the first instance of biological matter growing on the moon.

CNBC

China's trade data 'will get nastier,' economist says

Policymakers have vowed to roll out stimulus programs in coming months. While economists see a recovery eventually, they say imports and exports have further to fall in the near-term.

BUSINESS INSIDER

China On the Moon! A History of Chinese Lunar Landings and Probes in Pictures

What a difference a decade makes. Only 10 years after China sent its first lunar spacecraft on an orbital mission, the nation accomplished something nobody has managed to do before: plunk a lander, Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon. Read here about the Chinese missions since 2009 and what the p

SPACE.COM

Deadpool Celebrates China Debut by Dissing Wolverine, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Batman

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) dissed his “boring” superhero colleagues in a video ahead of his bringing Once Upon a Deadpool to China, marking the Merc with the Mouth’s debut in the Middle Kingdom.

COMICBOOK

China exchanged data with NASA for its historic Moon landing

China exchanged data with NASA for its recent historic mission to land a probe on the far side of the Moon, officials said Monday. The Chinese space agency's deputy director, Wu Yanhua, said NASA shared information about its lunar orbiter satellite in hopes of monitoring the landing of China’s Chang

FOX NEWS

China's exports shrink most in 2 years, raising risks to global economy

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s exports unexpectedly fell the most in two years in December, while imports also contracted, pointing to further weakness in the world’s second-largest economy in 2019 and deteriorating global demand.

REUTERS

US companies are overly blaming China in profit warnings to ease expectations, Invesco suggests

It's a region of the world that's a source of jitters, but Invesco sees opportunity. The firm's chief global market strategist, Kristina Hooper, lists China as a top investment play despite earnings warnings from U.S. multinational companies. They've been citing the trade war with the U.S. as a majo

CNBC

Here's why Apple's China situation is at 'code red,' and why it needs to take dramatic action to plug up a key weakness in the business

Apple needs to cut the price of its iPhone XR in China by as much as 20%, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a research note Monday. The phone costs about $960 in the country, an example of Apple's "pricing hubris," he said.

BUSINESS INSIDER

China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

China's bold moon-exploration plans don't stop with the pioneering Chang'e 4 mission, which made the first-ever soft landing on the lunar far side on Jan. 2. The State Council Information Office of China (SCIO) held a press conference Monday (Jan. 14) to discuss that epic touchdown, and to give an o

SPACE.COM

Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes

The Amazon Echo competitor, which launched in mid-2017, is already available to Chinese buyers through third-party channels like “daigou”, or shopping agents who bring overseas products into China. What separates the new model is that it supports Mandarin, the official language on Mainland China and

TECHCRUNCH

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

Chinese police ordered to focus on quashing popular uprisings and 'maintaining social control'

The central role of China’s police force is to protect the Communist Party regime from popular uprisings, the country’s most senior police official has said. Speaking in an address marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of modern-day China, public security minister Zhao Kezhi said that “mainta

THE INDEPENDENT