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China has lashed out at the Five Eyes intelligence alliance after it urged Beijing to reverse the disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong’s de facto parliament.

In a press release launched on Wednesday, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada known as China’s actions “a transparent breach of its worldwide obligations beneath the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration”.

It added that “the disqualification guidelines seem a part of a concerted marketing campaign to silence all important voices”. China’s international ministry responded on Thursday by expressing “agency opposition” to what it known as “irresponsible” interference in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Final week, Beijing empowered the Hong Kong authorities to ​expel lawmakers​ who have been “unpatriotic” from the territory’s legislative council. The facility was used to oust 4 opposition lawmakers, prompting the resignation of many of the politicians within the pro-democracy camp. (FT)

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Within the information

Wirecard’s Braun says regulators to not blame Markus Braun, the previous chief government of the disgraced funds firm, instructed MPs that German regulators and politicians have been not to blame for the fall of the company, and that he hoped prosecutors would reach tracing its lacking billions, as he refused to reply even easy questions. (FT)

China’s first negative-yielding sovereign bond spurs rush The €4bn euro-denominated offering, which drew about €18bn value of orders, gave massive institutional traders an opportunity for larger yields than in Europe, the place central financial institution easing has pushed rates of interest to file lows. (FT)

The Chinese language economic system has picked up on the nation’s containment of the Covid-19 pandemic in contrast with Europe and the US © Bloomberg

Brexit talks go digital Negotiations are to switch to a virtual format after a member of the EU workforce grew to become contaminated with Covid-19, with time working brief for the 2 sides to finalise an settlement. Get the newest with the newest Brexit briefing newsletter. Join here. (FT)

Joyy shares plunge after Muddy Waters assault Shares within the Chinese language know-how group fell as much as 26 per cent on Wednesday after a short-seller labelled its livestreaming web site a fraud, in a transfer that’s more likely to additional harm investor confidence in US-listed mainland web teams. (FT)

Asia housing crunch South Korea is changing accommodations and workplaces into rental items to ease supply shortages amid rising public discontent over surging rents and home costs. In the meantime, in Beijing, Covid has introduced China’s high-growth rental industry to its knees. Zillow browsing could be the escape we all need. (FT, NYT)

The worth of an condominium within the South Korean capital has risen greater than 50% since 2017 © REUTERS

BuzzFeed buys HuffPost BuzzFeed has acquired HuffPost from the telecoms group Verizon, within the newest transfer to consolidate the ailing digital media sector. Verizon’s media arm will maintain a minority stake in BuzzFeed, and the teams will syndicate content material throughout one another’s websites and associate on promoting initiatives. (FT)

Australian troops accused of 39 murders in Afghanistan Particular forces have been allegedly concerned in “blooding”, the place commanders made junior troopers execute prisoners to realize a primary kill, an inquiry by defence chiefs has discovered. (FT)

Trump marketing campaign to press forward with authorized challenges Donald Trump’s authorized advisers, led by Rudy Giuliani, vowed on Thursday to file extra lawsuits difficult the outcomes of the presidential vote, whereas dismissing calls to offer proof supporting their claims that Democrats stole the election. Mr Trump has turned his consideration to election boards answerable for certifying outcomes. (FT, AP)

Pompeo makes unprecedented go to to West Financial institution US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has visited a Jewish-owned winery within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution on Thursday, turning into the primary prime US diplomat to go to the sprawling settlements condemned as unlawful by the worldwide neighborhood. (FT)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and his spouse Susan arrive in Israel on Wednesday © VIA REUTERS

The day forward

G20 summit World leaders will meet just about starting on Saturday when they are going to be buoyed by the prospect of vaccines bringing their very own crises to an finish. The summit may additionally result in new pandemic initiatives for poorer countries. (FT)

UK Equal Pay Day The gender pay hole will likely be prime of thoughts on Friday, which researchers say marks 2020s equal payday, calculated by the full-time imply common gender pay hole — 11.5 per cent this 12 months. (Unbiased)

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What else we’re studying

Why monetary literacy issues We not dwell in a world of paternalistic employers, nanny states and pleasant financial institution managers, writes the FT’s deputy editor Patrick Jenkins. Because the financial local weather worsens, the FT’s new financial literacy foundation goals to assist enhance cash administration abilities for probably the most susceptible. FT editor Roula Khalaf introduces the brand new initiative. (FT)

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‘Monetary distress has already engulfed many individuals amid the financial fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns which have accompanied it’ © Nathalie Lees

Defiant ladies tackle ageing autocrats The election of Maia Sandu as Moldova’s first lady president illustrates a development that extends throughout central and japanese Europe, writes Tony Barber. More and more, feminine opposition leaders and activists are spearheading the drive for political change in authoritarian, intolerant and misgoverned states. (FT)

Economists trade Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s chief economist, says governments should prioritise well being spending and scaling up options to finish the pandemic, in the latest in our series of conversations between FT commentators and main economists. (FT)

Biden’s dilemma on world democracy Joe Biden could be suggested to make things better at house earlier than re-embracing world democracy, writes Edward Luce. In the meantime, Anne-Marie Slaughter argues there’s a strategy to preserve America globally engaged. Meet the quantity cruncher behind Mr Biden’s marketing campaign success: Jennifer O’Malley Dillon. Plus, the women in politics who could lead on the financial restoration. (FT, nineteenth*)

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon ran the Biden marketing campaign principally from her attic in Washington DC. © Andre Chung/Washington Publish/Getty

China wakes as much as the necessity for a greener weight loss program The nation accounts for nearly a third of global meat consumption, and the per-capita quantity is rising. However as China’s management prioritises meals and the surroundings, and campaigners make inroads, the urge for food is rising for alternate options. Learn extra in our Sustainable Food and Agriculture particular report. (FT)

Synthetic intelligence is reshaping finance Barclays tie-up with Amazon in Germany reveals how the know-how is upending the sector, writes Gillian Tett. It could possibly be useful as a strategy to “democratise finance”, however potential prices embrace AI program embedding bias, together with racism, into resolution making. (FT)

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How central banks ought to tackle local weather change Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann, writing in the FT, rejected requires the European Central Financial institution to make use of its €3.5tn bond-buying programme to tackle climate change, saying “it’s not as much as us to right market distortions and political actions or omissions”. In the meantime, UK analysis blames excessive email for carbon emissions. (FT)

Who’s a superb pandemic enterprise? Chewy is. Maybe the one ones happier than our furry associates getting additional walks and treats whereas people spend extra time at house, are these within the enterprise of feeding four-legged members of the family. Chewy, the net pet provide firm, has experienced extraordinary growth in the course of the pandemic. (Bloomberg)

Illustration of the day

EasyJet posts first loss in 25 years as boss urges more state support