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China and Japan edging closer to a Xi-Abe meeting at Apec summit

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No progress on Sino-Indian border dispute during Xi Jinping visit, analysts say

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Role of constitution in spotlight again as party’s fourth plenum nears

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Which reigns supreme – the Communist Party or China’s constitution? The political elite have struggled for more than two decades to find an answer. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Microsoft postpones release of Xbox One in mainland China

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Microsoft, the US tech giant targeted in an anti-monopoly probe by Beijing, is delaying the release of its much-anticipated Xbox One game console on the mainland until the end of the year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China shuts almost 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown

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Fines and jail for GSK China bribery

China fines pharmaceuticals firm GSK $490m for bribery and jails executives, state media report

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Disappointed shoppers denied iPhone 6, despite night spent queuing

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Angry consumers gathered outside the Apple Store in Festival Walk on Friday morning after spending a sleepless night queuing, despite being told that the store would no longer accept walk-in buyers for the new iPhone 6. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Why Scotland’s independence vote matters for climate change

As you’ve no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out — 97 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.2 million people, are registered. Rugged, remote and sparsely populated as the country is, the actual ballots will take some time to be trucked, boated, helicoptered, and fully counted: Results are likely to come in early Friday morning, U.S. time. One of the big unknowns if Scotland votes “Yes” is what will happen to the U.K.’s climate and energy goals. The countries are interconnected and interdependent, relying on each other’s infrastructure (the wires, the interchanges, everything) and resources (oil, gas, and wind) to power their economies. How that pie gets carved up remains a source of debate and confusion. Here’s what we know (and what we don’t know) about what will happen to Scotland and the U.K.’s energy mix and their ability to reach renewable energy targets and to combat climate change if the two go their separate ways. Will the U.K. still be able to get 15 percent of its energy from renewables if Scotland leaves? Scotland produces a lot of green energy. It generates over a third of the U.K.’s renewable electricity, according to the latest government numbers. Carbon Brief, a London group that tracks climate policy, says that Scotland provides 43 percent of the U.K.’s wind capacity and 92 percent of its hydroelectric power. So, in theory, losing Scottish energy sources would make the power supply for the rest of the U.K. “less green,” the group says. That could be especially problematic given that European Union rules will require the U.K. to get 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020. “Without the windier onshore and offshore conditions in Scotland, the rest of theU.K.’s ability to meet the target might diminish significantly,” says Simon Moore, a senior research fellow at Policy Exchange, a think tank in London. But that may not actually happen. Moore thinks it’s likely that even if Scotland becomes independent, its energy market will remain tied to the U.K.’s. “Odds are that an independent Scotland and the remainder England and Wales would continue to operate an integrated electricity market — similar to the ‘Single Electricity Market‘ that is shared by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland,” he explains. Still, Moore warns that it’s far too early to know how this issue will be ultimately decided. “No decision has been made — and I doubt any more than preliminary thinking has begun — on how the target might be divided up if Scotland leaves,” he says. Who will pay for Scotland’s green energy sector if the U.K. stops subsidizing it? Scotland’s renewable energy development is subsidized by the entire United Kingdom — to the tune of £560 million (nearly $913 million) in the most recent tax year, according to Bloomberg. If the U.K. puts a stop to those subsidies — as it appears to be threatening to do — Scotland would have to get that money from somewhere else. According to the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change, Scotland would need to spend £1.8 billion (nearly $3 billion) to meet its goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Without the U.K. subsidies, the British government warns that the additional burden could be partly carried by Scottish rate payers. “Our analysis shows that Scottish consumers are up to £189 ($309) better off in the U.K. as the broad shoulders of the Union allow us to spread energy costs more evenly,” a department spokesperson said, as quoted by the BBC. DECC Secretary Ed Davey said in April that the rest of the U.K. would not have to “support an independent Scottish state’s energy costs to ensure its own security of supply.” The Scottish “Yes” campaign counters that they’ll be able to work out a deal that benefits both countries, with the U.K. continuing to fund renewable energy north of the border and, in return, importing some of that low-carbon electricity, according to Carbon Brief. Again, we’ll have to wait and see. Is North Sea oil and gas really the key to Scotland’s economic independence? The North Sea has been a source of oil and gas for the U.K. for four decades. The “Yes” movement argues that those resources will help ensure the financial security of an independent Scotland. According to Carbon Brief, the Scottish government says it would be entitled to 90 percent of future North Sea oil and gas tax revenue, and this has been a central feature of the “Yes” campaign. “The reality is North Sea oil and gas will be with us way beyond 2050,” Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister and the face of the “Yes” campaign, said during a televised debate. “Every other country in Europe would give its eye teeth to have North Sea oil and gas. It cannot be regarded as anything other than a substantial asset for Scotland.” But the amount of money Scotland can get from the sea is highly disputed. “The ‘Yes’ campaign estimates revenues from the North Sea in 2018 to be twice as large as the U.K. government does,” Moore said. And what’s more, he adds, the oil and gas field is in “sharp decline.” “The U.K. has gone from 100 percent self-sufficient to around 50 percent domestic gas production in less than a decade,” Moore said. “There may be some scope to develop new fields or scrape a few more drops out of old ones here and there as technology improves, but the broad trend is one of declining production volumes.” This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics

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US military contractors hit by hacks

A US Senate report suggests hackers associated with the Chinese government broke into computers of airlines and ships.

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Japan agrees to buy fewer eels from neighbours in bid to protect species

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Japan has agreed to cut purchases of juvenile eels from its neighbours by 20 per cent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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VIDEO: China’s online shopping revolution

The Chinese internet giant Alibaba is set to raise billions on the US stock exchange and is expected to be one of the biggest share offerings in history.

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Hong Kong animal rights campaigners call for end to Japan’s Taiji dolphin hunt

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong animal rights campaigners have spoken of their frustration and anger at seeing the yearly dolphin cull begin in Japan this week. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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PolyU professor’s traffic system wins Apec award after easing jams in Bangkok

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A Polytechnic University professor has won a prestigious prize for developing a traffic management system that has slashed commuting times in the highly congested streets of Bangkok. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China, Asean members eye stronger judicial ties to ease trade disputes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China and Asean members have called for a stronger mechanism to resolve trade disputes under their economic pact. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese man who had sex with virgin told to pay 30,000 yuan after lying he was single

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Villagers hit another roadblock in Sai Kung village

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Become a native English teacher in China, no questions asked

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Millionaires plan to leave, the less wealthy strive to stay

<!– google_ad_section_start –> While rich Chinese have millions to spend on investor-immigration schemes for a “better life” abroad, many less wealthy but equally ambitious young people are paying as much as 700,000 yuan (HK$881,400) for the privilege to reside in the coutnry’s capital Beijing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Singer who left six lovers to die by erotic asphyxiation executed in Hunan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A karaoke singer who killed six of his sex partners by hanging was executed last month, it was revealed this week. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chinese tourist hub Sanya wants to reclaim land for new airport projects

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Sanya is considering building a new airport by reclaiming land from the sea, to cope with the massive influx of tourists to the southern Chinese island resort. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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