China announces anti-dumping duties
China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Oct 29 that it will impose antidumping duties on ethanolamines imported from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand. In a final ruling on anti-dumping investigations into the imports, the ministry said domestic industries have been subject to substantial damages due to the dumping of these like products. Duties will be collected at rates ranging from 10.1 percent to 97.1 percent starting on Oct 30 for a five-year period, the ministry said. The ministry launched an anti-dumping probe into the products in October last year after receiving complaints from domestic producers. Ethanolamines are widely used in the production of surfactants, pesticides and pharmaceutical intermediates, chemical necessities and personal hygiene products. Apple Inc launched its new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini on Oct 30 at an event in Brooklyn, New York offering long-awaited updates to some of its popular devices. The tech giant unveiled what it is calling the biggest change to the iPad since its inception eight years ago. The new design eliminates the home button, pushes 11-inch and 12.9-inch “liquid retina” displays to the edges of the device and integrates face recognize to securely unlock it. The company also updated its high-tech stylus, the Apple Pencil. The pencil now magnetically attaches to the tablet to charge wirelessly, and has touch gestures for switching between digital drawing tools on the iPad. China Southern Airlines, the country’s largest carrier by passenger volume, is planning to make the new airport in Beijing the hub for more than 200 aircraft by 2025. On Oct 30, it took another step toward its goal by adding the first Airbus A330-300 aircraft assembled on a domestic production line to its fleet after it successfully touched down at Beijing Capital International Airport. The carrier aims to account for 40 percent of the passenger traffic at the new Beijing airport, which will be its second hub after Guangzhou, in Guangdong province, with its network of domestic and international flights.