Bian Kong, or border control, is now a buzzword in reports about restrictions on Chinese tycoons and prominent political dissidents. Photo: Xinhua

China’s mysterious ‘Bian Kong’ system that can bar anyone from entering or leaving the country

  • The controversial border control system is based on ‘vague’ laws and has been accused of being subject to political overreach
  • Cryptocurrency billionaire Justin Sun was placed on the list in June 2018 but still somehow managed to leave China and travel to the US in October
Topic |   China economy

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Bian Kong, or border control, is now a buzzword in reports about restrictions on Chinese tycoons and prominent political dissidents. Photo: Xinhua
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Of the US$300 billion, mobile phones make up the largest portion at US$44.8 billion, followed by laptops at US$38.7 billion, toys at US$11.9 billion, and video game consoles at US$5.4 billion, according to US International Trade Commission figures. Photo: AP

Donald Trump ‘declares war on Christmas’, as new trade war tariff leaves firms with little room to manoeuvre

  • The US president plans to impose 10 per cent tariff on US$300 billion of Chinese goods despite having agreed a ‘truce’ with Xi Jinping at the end of June in Japan
  • Goods targeted for September 1 increase are often given as Christmas gifts, including mobile phones, laptops, toys, and video game consoles
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Of the US$300 billion, mobile phones make up the largest portion at US$44.8 billion, followed by laptops at US$38.7 billion, toys at US$11.9 billion, and video game consoles at US$5.4 billion, according to US International Trade Commission figures. Photo: AP
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