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Hong Kong airport resumes operations with over 200 flights still cancelled


Hong Kong International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, a day after protests forced the cancelation of all flights.

Air China said it had cancelled 14 flights to and from Hong Kong on Tuesday and Wednesday, and more such flights might be affected.

The airline has increased its capacity for flights between Beijing and China's southern city of Shenzhen.

Airport Authority Hong Kong has advised passengers to pay attention to the latest flight information through the airport's website and its mobile app. (Xinhua)


China's FDI inflow rises 7.3 pct in January-July


Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland expanded 7.3 percent year on year to 533.14 billion yuan in the January-July period, the Ministry of Commerce announced Tuesday.

In U.S. dollar terms, FDI inflow grew 3.6 percent year on year to 78.8 billion dollars during the period, the ministry said.

FDI in July alone reached 54.82 billion yuan, up 8.7 percent year on year.

During the past seven months, a total of 24,050 new foreign-funded enterprises were founded.

Investment in high-tech industries climbed 43.1 percent year on year to account for 29.3 percent of the total FDI, among which the high-tech service sector received 97.39 billion yuan, up 63.2 percent. (Xinhua)


China to review anti-dumping duties on optical fibers from India


China's Ministry of Commerce said it will review anti-dumping duties on single-mode optical fibers from India ,which are due to expire.

The review was made in response to applications by domestic producers who said harms on the local industry would continue should the duties be scrapped.

Single-mode optical fibers from India are subject to anti-dumping duties ranging from 7.4 percent to 30.6 percent.

Single-mode optical fibers are used to make telecommunications equipment. (Xinhua)


1 killed, at least 2 including Chinese national injured in Sydney knife rampage


A woman was killed and at least two others were injured after a man brandishing a knife went on an apparent stabbing rampage in Sydney's Central Business District on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Consulate-General of China in Sydney confirmed that a Chinese national had been injured during the attack.

Although it is still not clear if all the incidents are linked, all three attacks occurred in close proximity.

Footage posted on social media shows the man yelling and waving the large knife, before being apprehended by members of the public.

Bystanders including a firefighter used implements such as chairs and a crate to restrain the offender before authorities arrived on the scene. (Xinhua)


Outrage as Trump administration weakens endangered species law


The Trump administration finalized rollbacks to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

It’s a law supported by a large majority of Americans and credited with saving the gray wolf, bald eagle and grizzly bear.

The move was met with anger by environmental groups and Democratic politicians, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Two states announced they would take legal action.

Amendments include removing a rule that automatically conveys the same protections to threatened species and endangered species, and allowing information on economic impact to be gathered when making determinations on how wildlife is listed. (AFP)


ByteDance launches new search engine in China


ByteDance, the fast-growing Chinese unicorn behind the popular short video app TikTok and news aggregator Toutiao, has further expanded its business map by launching a new search engine in China, challenging Baidu's dominance in the sector.

The domain for the new search engine, Toutiao Search, sits within the company’s flagship product Toutiao. 
The company said on social media last month it was looking to hire people to work with its search engine team, and had hired technical experts from Google, Baidu and Bing. 
It said the search engine would offer content from ByteDance-owned apps, including Toutiao and the Chinese version of TikTok, as well as the wider web.  (CGTN)


Australia announces a $2b investment in special forces for military threats


And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a multibillion-dollar investment in new equipment for the nation's special forces.

Morrison said two billion dollars will be invested in the special forces over 20 years to better respond to threats, including that of terrorism.

Special forces are elite units of the Navy and Air Force. (China Daily)


And that’s People’s Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)