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Pushing globe into easy pay mode www.chinadaily.com.cn

WeChat Pay expands internationally to catch up with, and possibly overtake, market leader Alipay

WeChat Pay, the mobile payment tool developed by internet major Tencent Holdings Ltd, is accelerating overseas expansion as it narrows the gap with first-mover Alipay in China's red-hot digital payment arena.

In its latest endeavor, the company has applied for a license in Malaysia to offer local payment services via the app. If it is approved, the license would allow local users to link their local bank accounts to WeChat Pay and make payment in the local currency, the Malaysian ringgit.

The push into the Malaysian market highlights Tencent's ambition to capitalize on a growing number of internet-savvy users who are getting used to making payments by phone. Tencent wants to vie for a bigger slice of the overseas markets wherever the Chinese tourists and the diaspora have a growing presence.

The development comes just days after both WeChat Pay and Alipay struck a deal with US digital payment firm Stripe earlier this month, allowing merchants who use the latter to process transactions to accept Chinese payment tools on their websites and apps.

Tencent has taken the payment service to the United States two months earlier through a partnership with Silicon Valley-based mobile payment startup Citcon.

Under the agreement, WeChat users in China can extend their cashless transactions for shopping and taxis when they travel abroad.

WeChat is quickly gaining momentum as its 938 million active users-more than double that of Alipay's 450 million-form the backbone of China's mobile banking market, which clocked transactions worth 18.8 trillion yuan ($2.77 trillion) in the first quarter of this year, according to Beijing-based consultancy Analysys.

WeChat Pay's share grew exponentially from low double-digit level just two years ago to 40 percent by the first quarter, while that of Alipay shrunk to 54 percent, according to Analysys.

Still it is playing the "chase and catch up" game with Alipay, with the latter having a wider global network for now. At the current stage, WeChat Pay is primarily targeting Chinese outbound tourists, who are becoming affluent and accustomed to the convenient "scan and pay" payment experience at home.

"The short-term target is still Chinese tourists," said Grace Yin, director of WeChat Pay's global operations, on the sidelines of a technology conference in Hong Kong. "The priority is nearby countries most frequented by them, such as those in Southeast Asia."

Currently, such cross-border transactions are available in 13 countries and regions, covering over 130,000 shops and supporting payments in 10 currencies. To beef up such capability, the internet giant also led a $13 million funding round in Australian cross-border payment firm Airwallex.

Thailand is on the list of countries where WeChat Pay has received a warm welcome. Bangkok's duty-free outlet King Power has seen sales significantly jump as more Chinese tourists adopted WeChat for payment, effectively shortening the long queue at checkouts, said the store's marketing manager Kuang Wei.

"(WeChat Pay) literally extends the shopping experience from China to Thailand…shoppers don't have to worry about exchange rate or even the language barrier-simply scan and pay," he said.

The store also publishes promotional ads and discount coupons through its WeChat official account, a service now being picked up by most merchants doing business in China as a gateway to customers.

In Japan, three quarters of stores inside Tokyo's Haneda Airport now accept WeChat as a payment option, boosting monthly revenue "by a large margin", said Takeshi Fujin, deputy senior executive officer.

"Duty-free stores and even taxis in Tokyo, which is a popular destination for Chinese travelers, can now be found using WeChat Pay," said Hunter Williams, partner of global consultancy Oliver Wyman.

"This follows the expansion of UnionPay's acceptance abroad," he said.

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Private Japan firm's rocket launch fails www.nhk.or.jp

The first rocket to be developed by a private Japanese firm has apparently failed to reach the target altitude.

Interstellar Technologies, based in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, launched the 10 meter-long, ethanol-powered rocket around 4:30 PM on Sunday from a site in the town of Taiki.

The company stopped receiving data about the rocket's location and speed about 80 seconds after liftoff, and sent a signal to shut down the engine.

The rocket apparently failed to reach the target altitude of more than 100 kilometers. It is believed to have fallen in the Pacific Ocean 8 kilometers from the launch site.

Public-sector rocket development in Japan is led by JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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SDF joins peacekeeping drill in Mongolia www.nhk.or.jp

About 1,000 troops from 26 countries are taking part in a peacekeeping exercise in Mongolia.

The participants include members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and US, British and Chinese troops.

Forty members of the Self-Defense Force took part in a civilian protection drill with US Marines on Saturday.

They encountered militants who were trying to abduct 2 children. The US Marines returned fire and rescued them.

Under national security legislation that took effect last year in Japan, members of the Self-Defense Forces are allowed to come to the aid of civilians, but so far they haven't faced that sort of situation.

In Saturday's exercise, the SDF members held rifles as they kept watch behind the Marines.

The Ground Self-Defense Force officer in charge of the drill, Michihiko Yufune, said the SDF can acquire knowledge and skills by taking part in exercises with countries that have experience in international peacekeeping operations.

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Putin orders the expulsion of 755 US diplomats in retaliation for Russia sanctions bill www.businessinsider.com

Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin said 755 US diplomats must leave Russia and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time, in a move Sunday that followed tough new American sanctions.

The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 -- the same number Moscow has in the US.

"More than a thousand people were working and are still working" at the US embassy and consulates, Putin said in an interview with Rossia-24 television. 

"755 people must stop their activities in Russia."

Putin added that an upturn in Russia's relations with Washington could not be expected "any time soon".

"We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better," he said.

"But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it's not for any time soon."

On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Iran and North Korea are also targeted in the sanctions bill.

The law now goes to President Donald Trump who had made an improvement in ties with Russia a plank of his election campaign.

Moscow on Friday ordered the US to slash its number of diplomats in Russia to 455 and froze two embassy compounds -- a Moscow summer house and a storage facility in the city -- from August 1.

In December, the then US president Barack Obama ordered out 35 Russian diplomats and closed down two embassy summer houses that Washington said were being used by Moscow for espionage.

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Tesla's Musk hands over first Model 3 electric cars to early buyers www.reuters.com

FREMONT, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the Model 3 had over half a million advance reservations as he handed over the first 30 to employee buyers, setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the company's strategy to become a profitable, mass market electric car maker.

Outside Tesla's Fremont, California factory, Musk showed off the $35,000 base vehicle with a range of 220 miles (350 km) on a charge that marks a departure from the company's earlier luxury electric cars.
Musk took to the stage driving a red Model 3, and said Tesla has produced 50 of the vehicles so far, including 20 for testing purposes.
Hours before the event, Musk acknowledged it would be "quite a challenge" to build the car during the early days of production.
"We're going to go through at least six months of manufacturing hell," Musk told journalists.
The over half a million reservations are up from about 373,000 disclosed in April 2016. Customers pay $1,000 refundable deposits for the car, which is eligible for tax credits.
Any new buyers would likely not receive their car until the end of 2018, Musk said.
A longer-range version of the car is priced at $44,000 and will drive 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge. The cars feature a streamlined dashboard devoid of buttons or knobs, with a 15-inch touchstream display to the right of the driver.
Tesla faces major hurdles living up to the Model 3 hype. The 500,000 vehicles Tesla vows to produce next year are nearly six times its 2016 production.
Were Tesla to produce and sell 500,000 cars per year, the company would likely outsell the BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus brands in the United States.
Production delays and quality issues marred the launches of Tesla's Model S and Model X vehicles, and the company blamed production problems for a shortfall during the second quarter of this year.
Musk has said a simpler Model 3 design will greatly reduce potential assembly-line problems.
Tesla has burned through over $2 billion in cash so far this year ahead of the launch.
A troubled Model 3 launch could heighten the risks for the company, while a steady delivery of Model 3s could generate a stream of cash that would allow Tesla to avoid going again to the capital markets to fund its operations.
Tesla's share price has surged 54 percent since January in anticipation of the Model 3 launch, and Tesla's pricey valuation now exceeds that of traditional rivals like General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co.
Until now, Tesla has operated as a niche producer of luxury electric vehicles, with a charismatic, showman CEO who regularly interacts with fans on his Twitter account.
Now loss-making Tesla is trying to move into a different league, building vehicles in high volume for customers able to pay only a few thousand dollars more than the average price of a conventional car or truck sold in the United States.
The Model 3 is part of Musk's broader plan to build a clean energy and transportation company that offers electric semi-trailer trucks, rooftop solar energy systems and large-scale battery storage systems.

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Justice ministry to work with UAE Interior ministry www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs plans to sign a memorandum of cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates.

Justice Minister S.Byambatsogt discussed this issue with the UAE Ambassador Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Tunaiji on Friday, July 28.

The memorandum will open possibilities of long and short-term training program for police and law enforcement officers, enhancement of crime prevention facility, and expansion of cooperation.

Moreover, Mongolia in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates will realize projects on fight against money laundering, drugs and human trafficking.

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Starbucks to own 100% of its China stores after buyout deal www.bbc.com

 
Starbucks is to take full ownership of all its China outlets, after agreeing to buying out its joint venture partner for $1.3bn (£994m).
The deal will see it acquire the 50% stake it does not already hold in 1,300 stores in Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Starbucks already fully owns the other 1,500 outlets in China - its fastest-growing market outside of the US.
The coffee giant said the buyout was its biggest ever acquisition.
The announcement came as Seattle-based Starbucks announced net income fell 8.3% to $691.6m for the three months to July - only just matching market expectations.
The company also announced plans to close all 379 of its Teavana stores by the middle of next year because they had been "persistently underperforming".
Starbucks bought the tea brand for $620m in 2012, and plans to continue carrying the products in its main Starbucks stores.
Starbucks shares fell 5.5% to $56.24 in after-hours trading.
Chinese dreams
The latest results are the first under new chief executive Kevin Johnson, who took over from co-founder Howard Schulz in December.
Mr Johnson described the China buyout as part of the firm's "long game" to deal with cooling growth in the US.
The world's largest coffee chain is being affected by a reduced footfall in America's malls and high streets, as more consumers turn to shopping online or buying from meal kit sellers and convenience stores.
Same-store sales in the US rose by 5% last quarter. In China, there was 7% growth.
License deal
Starbucks already has a presence in 130 Chinese cities and hopes to expand its 2,800 stores to more than 5,000 outlets by 2021.
There are nearly 600 stores in Shanghai alone, the largest number of any city globally.
Meanwhile, Starbucks said it was offloading its 50% stake in all 410 outlets in Taiwan, meaning they will be fully owned by its joint venture partners. who pay the US firm license fees.
The firm made a similar move with its Hong Kong and Macau operations in 2011.
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Mongolia to draft science-based food safety policy www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ General Agency for Specialized Inspection will organize the fifth conference on food safety this October.

The ‘National Enquiry Laboratory on Food Safety’ academic conference will be held on October 13 with an aim to determine a food and drug safety policy based on science, research and facts.

The conference agenda includes topics such as research on food, bio preparations and raw materials, quality and safety study, challenging issues, plant protection, environmental study and radiation safety.

Scholars and researchers are invited to submit their academic articles and presentations before August 10.

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Glencore snaps up 49pc of Hunter Valley Operations in $US1bn deal www.theaustralian.com

UPDATE: Glencore has confirmed it had struck a $US1.139 billion deal to buy 49 per cent of the Hunter Valley Operations coal mines from Yancoal Australia and Mitsubishi.

The deal, which is conditional on approvals and the completion of Yancoal’s acquisition of Rio Tinto’s operating stake in HVO as part of a $US2.69bn deal struck last month to buy all of Rio’s Australian thermal coal, is expected to be completed within six months.

Under the deal, revealed by The Australian this afternoon, Glencore has also agreed to subscribe for $US300 million of Yancoal shares in an equity raising to fund Yancoal’s Rio purchase.

Glencore will be the exclusive marketing agent for HVO coal sales into Japan, South Korea and all other countries except China, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Swiss miner and trader Glencore is close to finalising a $US1 billion deal to take a 49 per cent stake in the Hunter Valley Operations that Rio Tinto is selling to Chinese-backed Yancoal Australia as part of its exit of Australian thermal coal

The deal would give Glencore, who Yancoal last month beat in a late bidding auction for Rio’s Coal & Allied assets in New South Wales, access to marketing rights and cost savings that can be achieved with its neighbouring mines.

It would also extend Glencore’s position as the nation’s biggest miner of thermal coal, which is used in power stations.

For Yancoal, it gives access to the same cost savings and means it will not have to raise as much equity to complete its $US2.69bn purchase of the mines from Rio.

It is understood Glencore has agreed to buy a 16.6 per cent stake in the Hunter Valley Operations from Yancoal and a 32.4 per cent stake off Japanese trader Mitsubishi.

The deals are all subject to finalisation of Yancoal’s $US2.69bn purchase of Rio’s Coal & Allied operations in the Hunter Valley, which include HVO and the Mt Thorley-Warkworth mine (which is not thought to be part of the deal).

The price is not known, but based on a $US710 million deal Yancoal struck last month to buy Mitsubishi’s 32.4 per cent stake, it would be worth about $US1.1bn.

Glencore and Yancoal would jointly operate the mine and share marketing rights.

Yancoal went into a trading halt this morning “pending an announcement to the market in relation to a possible major transaction”, while its Hong Kong-listed, Chinese-controlled partner Yanzhou Coal said its board had approved the transfer of a 16.6 per cent interest in the Hunter Valley operations joint venture to an unnamed third party.

The Australian understands the third party is Glencore, which unsuccessfully tried to outbid Yancoal for the Rio assets, pushing the price up by $US240m from the original deal struck with Yancoal.

Glencore has also agreed to buy a Mitsubishi stake that Yancoal had previously agreed to buy.

Yanzhou also said it would also establish a joint venture to operate and manage the assets.

Neither Yancoal nor Glencore would comment further on the deal.

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UNDP, SDC and parliament hold a project board meeting www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The board meeting of a project by UNDP, SDC and the Parliament took place on July 27, Thursday.

The ‘Strengthening of Local Self-Governing Bodies in Mongolia’ project is being-co-implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Mongolian Parliament.

N.Enkhbold, Head of Parliamentary Standing committee on State Structure opened the meeting which addressed a report on project operations in the first half of 2017, and revision to the project operations in 2017.

In the first half of 2017, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Academy of Governance within the scope of an objective to institutionalize national training programmes for local elected representatives. Members of local Citizens’ Representative Khurals will be attending capacity-building training programmes. Moreover, the Cabinet Secretariat will be in charge of running the www.khural.mn website of Citizens’ Representative Khurals.

Then, Ts.Tsolmon, Secretary-General of Parliamentary Office briefed the meeting attendees about revisions to the project operations which became, according to him, necessary after some changes made to project finance. The revision proposal was given a nod by the board members.

UNDP Resident Coordinator Beate Trankmann, SDC Director Gabriella Spirli and corresponding Mongolian officials were present at the meeting.

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