Microsoft tops site visits
Google overtook Yahoo as the second-most popular Internet destination for Web surfers worldwide last month, while Microsoft held on to the top spot, ComScore reported on Thursday. Slightly more than 736 million people around the world traveled the Internet last month, with 475,262 going to Yahoo online properties, industry tracker ComScore reported. Microsoft Web sites were visited by 501,720 people, the rating tally said.
Mesa, Shenzhen team up
US regional airline Mesa Air Group Inc and a Chinese carrier yesterday signed a deal to create the first joint-venture airline catering to the booming local travel market. The new carrier will start service ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, flying to 11 Chinese cities with 50-seat regional jets, Mesa and its partner, Shenzhen Airlines Ltd, said in a joint statement. Shenzhen Airlines will have majority control of the new carrier, the airlines said. They did not disclose financial details, adding that they have not decided on a name for the venture.
Deal struck on ore prices
Brazilian and Chinese firms have agreed to a 9.5 percent increase in iron ore prices for next year in a surprisingly swift deal that analysts said yesterday would set the benchmark for global contracts. Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, the world's largest iron ore producer, announced on its Web site overnight on Thursday that it had secured a 9.5 percent price hike from China's biggest steelmaker Shanghai Baosteel Group Corp. The price rise will come into effect for the fiscal year starting April 1.
FORCED LABOR: Customs officials have seized a 11.8 tonne shipment of products made from human hair on suspicion they were produced by people facing human rights abuses Federal authorities in New York City on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said that 11.8 tonnes of hair products worth an estimated US$800,000 were in the shipment. “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in
JUST QUESTIONS: Expelled reporter Ai Kezhu said that every member of Southeast Television had complied with the law and had not appeared on any talk shows Two Chinese reporters yesterday left Taiwan after the government revoked their accreditation and ordered them to leave amid a probe into allegations that several Chinese media outlets have set up studios and produced political talk shows in Taiwan. The two reporters — Ai Kezhu (艾珂竹) and Lu Qiang (盧薔) — worked for Fujian Province-based Southeast Television and arrived in Taiwan in December last year. The Mainland Affairs Council has launched an investigation after local media reported that Chinese broadcasters — including China Central Television, Southeast Television and FJTV — had set up studios in Taipei and produced political talk shows. Council Deputy Minister
UPTICK IN NUMBERS: The Taipei deputy mayor said the city has services to assist new immigrants, but has established an office specifically to help those from Hong Kong The Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office today officially opens, where it is to provide humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers, after Beijing yesterday passed a controversial national security law for the territory. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed dismay over China’s passage of the law, saying that Beijing has broken its pledge to allow Hong Kong to maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years following its handover from the UK. “I feel extremely disappointed [about the law’s passage], which means China did not keep its promise to Hong Kong,” Tsai said in Taipei. Beijing’s “broken promise” also
‘SIGNAL TO ALLIES’: The US Navy’s exercises are not in response to those carried out by China, the commander of the strike group led by the USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ said Two US aircraft carriers were yesterday conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the US Navy said as China also carried out military drills that have been criticized by the US Department of Defense and neighboring states. China and the US have accused each other of stoking tension in the waterway at a time of strained relations over everything from COVID-19 to trade to Hong Kong. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan were carrying out operations and exercises in the South China Sea “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the navy said in a statement. It did not say exactly