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Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving an eight-year sentence in the Xinjiang region, where up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained.A statement from Turkey's foreign ministry said they were being subjected to "torture" in "concentration camps".China described the comments as "completely unacceptable".The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-west Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities.Their language is close to Turkish and a significant number of Uighurs have fl...
China pledges 'tremendous' US soy purchases

China pledges 'tremendous' US soy purchases

Business
China has pledged to increase its purchases of US soybeans, as the two countries attempt to hammer out a trade deal.US President Donald Trump touted the promise, made at the end of two days of talks in Washington, as evidence that the two sides were making progress."Before we make a deal, it's a fantastic sign of faith," he said,But the president's top negotiator also warned many issues remained unresolved."At this point, it's impossible for me to predict success," US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said.Mr Trump, who said he hoped to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to hash out a final deal, was more upbeat."We have made tremendous progress," he said."That doesn't mean you're going to have a deal but there's a treme...
Apple signals price cuts as China pressures hit sales

Apple signals price cuts as China pressures hit sales

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By James Sillars, business reporter Apple has signalled lower iPhone prices may be on the way after its latest set of financial results confirmed falling sales.The figures covering its first financial quarter to the end of December were issued after the US markets closed and followed a revenue warning issued by the company earlier in the month which flagged weaker-than-expected China sales and poor phone upgrade numbers. Apple reported a 5% fall in overall revenue to $ 84.3bn - in line with its lower guidance and down 5% on the same period last year.But it said iPhone revenues - which make up the bulk of its revenue - were 15% lower.In an interview with the Reuters news agency, chief executive Tim Cook signalled that price rises to help account for the ex...
Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum.It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.Mr Trudeau said in a statement he had asked John McCallum to step down, but did not offer a reason.The detention of Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, angered China and soured Canada's relations with Beijing.Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, is accused by the US of evading sanctions on Iran. Both she and Huawei deny those allegations.What did Justin Trudeau say?In a statement, the Canadian prime minister said: "Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's ambas...