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Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets

Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets

Finance
TWO contests are under way in which titans holding billions in their thrall vie for global domination. One is unfolding on Russian football pitches and features the likes of Neymar and Harry Kane. The other is playing out on the smartphone screens of consumers in India, Indonesia, Brazil and other emerging economies. There, American online superstars such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are pitted against a Chinese dream team led by Alibaba and Tencent.The geopolitics of business means that the world’s biggest tech firms have swelled to combined market capitalisations of over $ 4trn without really going head to head. China blocked Google et al with its Great Firewall, preventing American firms (Apple is an obvious exception) from taking on Chinese rivals on the mainland. Chinese giant...
Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Science
An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China.The gibbon has already become extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age.Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink of extinction.The new gibbon, named Junzi imperialis, may be the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions, according to scientists led by the Zoological Society of London."All of the world's apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons - are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of hunting or habitat loss," said lead researcher Dr Samuel Turvey."However, the discovery of the re...
New species of extinct gibbon found in tomb of Chinese emperor's grandmother

New species of extinct gibbon found in tomb of Chinese emperor's grandmother

Science
June 21 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new extinct species of gibbon. The ape's skull was discovered inside the tomb of the grandmother of an ancient Chinese emperor. Lady Xia was the grandmother of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, who came to power in 221 BC and ordered the construction of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. The noblewoman's tomb was first excavated in 2004. Inside the tomb, researchers discovered several animal burial pits. New analysis of a 2,200-year-old ape skull recovered from one of the pits suggests Lady Xia kept as a pet a gibbon unlike any modern species. "Having gibbons as pets appears to have been common among Chinese royals during ancient times," Alejandra Ortiz, a researcher at New York University, told NPR. Though researchers we...
Chinese media mock Trump over tariffs

Chinese media mock Trump over tariffs

Business
Chinese media have mocked US President Donald Trump over plans to impose 25% tariffs on $ 50bn worth of Chinese goods, saying "wise men build bridges but fools build walls".Mr Trump announced the tariffs on Friday, accusing Beijing of intellectual copyright theft.China retaliated, saying it would impose an additional 25% tariff on 659 US goods worth $ 50bn.Stock markets fell after the announcements amid fear of a trade war.The US had earlier warned that it will impose even more tariffs should China retaliate. Mr Trump said the tariffs were "essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs."The Chinese product lines that have been hit range...
Donkeys stolen, skinned in Africa to feed Chinese demand

Donkeys stolen, skinned in Africa to feed Chinese demand

World
Dawn was just beginning to break when Joseph Kamonjo Kariuki woke to find his donkeys missing. The villager searched the bush frantically for the animals he depends on to deliver water for a living, but they were nowhere to be found. It was the village's children who led Kariuki to the ghastly remains: three bloody, severed donkey heads lying on the ground. "I was in shock," said Kariuki, 37, who is known in his Kenyan village of Naivasha as "Jose wa Mapunda" — "Joseph of the Donkeys" in Swahili. Kariuki believes his donkeys were the latest victims of a black market for donkey skins, the key ingredient in a Chinese health fad that's threatening the beasts of burden many Africans rely on for farm work and transporting heavy loads. From Kenya to Burkina Faso, Egypt to Nigeria, animal...