The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s representative in Hong Kong has hit back at comments by the United States government on the disqualification of two pro-independence lawmakers in the city, saying foreign governments must not interfere in the country’s internal affairs. Source South China Morning Post
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The increasingly rapid adoption of industrial robots on Chinese production lines is set to hasten the fall in manufacturing employment. Among companies that intend to purchase robots in the coming 12 months, 72.7% said this would mean job losses, according to a Financial Time. Source: CHina Economic Review
China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday. The development is likely to be welcomed by the German government. Source: Reuters