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Apple couldn't say no to the CCP in 2020 when the Chinese Government wanted an app banned, they removed it from the App Store.
Apple Complied With 100% of Chinese Government App Store Takedown Requests in 2020: Report
The world’s largest company acquiesced to 100 percent of App Store takedown requests made by the Chinese Communist Party in 2020, according to a new report published by Great Fire, a self-described China-based anti-censorship organization. ...
China Rolls out Private Pension Plan in Efforts to Tackle Economic Challenges Linked to its Aging Population
In a major move to address China’s growing elderly and aging population, Beijing has unveiled a private pension scheme that will allow people to invest their retirement funds into pension plan accounts. The scheme will...
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‘Unified National Market’ Push Exposes Steep Challenge of Reforming China’s Economy
On April 10, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese government’s State Council released an opinion document on “accelerating the construction of a unified national market.”  The opinion called for...
American rail carriers are cutting critical fertilizer, grain, and coal shipments as they struggle with staffing and logistics problems amid union wars.
US Rail Carriers Are Cutting Fertilizer, Grain, Coal Shipments
A major U.S. railway freight carrier has ceased business with one of the largest fertilizer producers in the country during the peak of planting season.  In an April 14 press release, CF Industries informed the...
Years of Surging Lithium Prices Show Signs of Turbulence as Electric Vehicle Makers Adapt
In the pursuit of sufficiently-powered vehicles, a market rally for lithium has caused a sharp increase in the price of the metal over the last year.  However, the spike in prices has shown its cracks...
Highly-Valued Opium Farming Banned in Afghanistan, Taliban Enforces Harsh Punishment Against Violators
On April 3, the Taliban government in Afghanistan implemented a repressive ban on the cultivation of drugs in the country. Those caught opposing the law are to be punished according to the Taliban’s interpretation of...
Joe Biden will allow E15 ethanol blended gasoline to sell in summer months to combat "Putin's price hike" and "genocide."
Biden Admin to Allow More Ethanol in Gasoline to Ease the ‘Putin Price Hike’
U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will relax a regulation preventing the sale of high-ethanol content gasoline during summer months in a bid to reduce consumer pump prices he says...
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‘Zero-COVID’ Lockdown in Shanghai Compounds Xi’s Political Dilemma
News analysis Over the past two years, cities and entirely provinces in China implemented economically and socially destructive “zero-COVID” lockdowns and other control measures to squash the virus. Shanghai, however, stuck to a milder “precise...
Oil Prices Fall 3% in Global Trade as US, China Adjust for Impact of Ukraine War
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues into its second month, oil prices edged lower this week after Moscow said it would reduce military operations near the capital of Ukraine and signaled willingness in considering a...