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Graphic asset for Marker # of Day — 74: That’s how long it’s been since Chinese billionaire Jack Ma was last seen in public.
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74 days: That’s how long it’s been since Chinese billionaire Jack Ma was last seen in public.

On October 24, at the Bund Summit in Shanghai, the co-founder and former chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba gave a speech in which he criticized China’s regulatory framework. This invoked the ire…

Number of the Day

Marker Number of the Day: 425 million vacations taken by Chinese travelers during the recent Golden Week holiday period.
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425 million: That’s how many domestic trips Chinese travelers took during the recent Golden Week holiday period, according to a Bloomberg report citing figures from the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. That puts this year’s holiday travel at 80% of what it was last year before the pandemic.

While…

Employees at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China on May 26, 2010. Photo: Qilai Shen/Getty Images

An interesting thought experiment emerged when Trump hastily banned TikTok in the United States and sent it on a hunt for an American buyer: What would happen if President Xi Jinping cited similar security reasons and forced Apple to sell its China operations?

Apple’s soaring share price would come crashing…

Number of the Day

1 in 5 — How many cotton garments sold globally include materials 
produced by forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province
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One in five: That’s roughly how many cotton garments in the global apparel market include cotton or yarn that can be traced back to forced labor in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, according to End Uyghur Forced Labor, a human rights coalition.

Xinjiang accounts for one-fifth of the world’s cotton…

No Mercy No Malice

CNN: “Section4, the online education startup founded by NYU professor Scott Galloway, is in discussions to acquire TikTok.”

It. Could. Happen.

Hey, why not? The probability that Section4 will absorb the social platform is only slightly less likely than Microsoft or Twitter, or anybody else acquiring it. Expect several other…

A woman worker assembles earphones for export in a factory in Suining in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Dec. 17, 2019.
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On March 2, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report entitled “Coronavirus: The World Economy at Risk.” The report is heavily focused on China and how the country’s projected slow growth of under 5%, due to stagnating industrial production and consumer demand — and the outbreak…

Photo: Sheng Jiapeng/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images

With a new trade deal, the U.S. and China have agreed to stand down, but look for the war to go on, with the potential to rattle trade and markets across the globe for years and perhaps decades.

In announcements in the capitals of both countries, President Trump and a…

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