Amazon bans TikTok from employees’ phones, citing ‘security risks’

Amazon has requested employees remove the TikTok video sharing app from their mobile devices by July 10 over “security risks”, according to a memo to employees seen by Reuters.“Due to security risk, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email. If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this...

Donald Trump says phase two US-China trade deal unlikely at this point

US President Donald Trump said a phase two trade deal with China is not under consideration, saying the relationship between Washington and Beijing is “severely damaged”.“I don’t think about that,” Trump said when asked on Friday about the possibility of a second round of trade agreements with China. “The relationship with China has been severely damaged.”Trump’s comments – made to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way...

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang petitions to overturn subversion verdict

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has filed a petition with the Chinese judiciary seeking to overturn his guilty verdict of subversion against the state, saying it was fabricated and based on a false accusation.Wang has also filed suits against individual police and court officials who handled his case for wrongful trial, defamation and torture.Wang, who was released in April after being held for nearly five years, wrote...

Hong Kong protests: legal scholar convicted over role in rallies keeps university job, for now

A legal scholar found guilty of creating a public nuisance during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations has cleared the first steps of a review by his university into whether he should be fired, the Post has learned.But Benny Tai Yiu-ting could still be sacked from his tenured job as an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) during the final round of the inquiry.Tai, 55, was sentenced...

Hong Kong police raid office of poll organisers involved in coming opposition primary, over suspected data leak from 2013 project

Hong Kong police on Friday raided the office of poll organisers involved in the opposition’s primary election a day before the event, aiming to remove computers over a recently alleged data leak from a project seven years ago.A spokesman from the force said officers from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau searched an office in Wong Chuk Hang on Friday afternoon after receiving reports about a suspected...

Data privacy concerns weigh heavily on China’s AI leadership ambitions amid US trade sanctions

China must strike a delicate balancing act to advance artificial intelligence development, while ensuring the technology’s ethical application, according to industry officials, following recent US sanctions against local AI enterprises over data privacy and human rights violations.“Data governance is a major challenge we are facing in this era, not only in the field of artificial intelligence but also in platforms with more extensive information applications,” said Xue Lan,...

China vows ‘reciprocal action’ against critics of Xinjiang policies after US sanctions move

China has vowed to retaliate with “reciprocal” measures against institutions and individuals critical of its policies in Xinjiang, after Washington announced sanctions on Chinese officials it deems responsible for human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the far western region.“In response to the wrongful move by the US, China has decided to take reciprocal action against institutions and individuals who have acted egregiously on Xinjiang affairs,” foreign ministry...

E-commerce giant Alibaba sets five-year goal of serving over a billion customers in China

Alibaba Group Holding, Asia’s largest company, outlined its goals on Friday, as it released its first annual report since a secondary listing in Hong Kong last year.The Hangzhou-based e-commerce giant aims to serve more than a billion consumers in China and facilitate consumption worth more than 10 trillion yuan (US$1.4 trillion) through its platform in the next five years, Daniel Zhang Yong, Alibaba’s chairman and chief executive, said...

Hong Kong third wave: school heads prepared for half-day classes, social distancing to stay in place amid Covid-19 surge

Hong Kong school heads have said they are prepared for half-day classes and social-distancing measures to remain in place in September as the Education Bureau announced moving up this year's summer break to next week amid the resurgence of local Covid-19 cases.Primary and secondary school principals who spoke to the Post are also concerned about whether pupils could make up for lost time and catch up with the...

Chinese officials bemoan ‘significant catch-up’ needed with US on chipmaking, as industrial decoupling looms

China must redouble efforts to improve its hi-tech production capabilities – particularly in semiconductor manufacturing – to safeguard national development in the face of increased pressure from the US, Chinese officials and experts have said.The world’s second largest economy must reduce gaps in the supply of key technologies and components, and consider replacing imports with indigenous development to offset US restrictions, said former industry minister Li Yizhong...

Coronavirus: Beijing’s economic recovery from June outbreak offers hope ahead of China GDP release

The sight of more than a dozen patrons sitting on stools outside a popular barbecue restaurant on Beijing’s famous Gui Jie food street waiting to be seated is not only good for China’s services industry, but also offers hopes that it can maintain a delicate balance between containing the coronavirus and growing its economy.This typical scene on a normal Wednesday evening would have been unthinkable last month when...

Li Ka-shing’s £1 billion scheme to build 3,500 homes on former royal dockyard site in London gets green light after 15 years

CK Asset Holdings, the developer founded by Hong Kong’s best known tycoon, has been given the green light from the UK government to start work on a £1 billion (US$1.26 billion) project offering 3,500 homes in London 15 years after it bought the site.Approval for the first phase of the development in Deptford, southeast London, came within days of Prime Minister Boris Johnson offering Hongkongers a path to...
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