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  • A soybean harvest in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province, on Sept. 17. China announced punitive tariffs of 25% on imports of U.S. soybeans in April in response to the Trump Administration levying a 25% import tax on about $60 billion worth of Chinese exports. Photo: VCG_Gallery: China's Year in Pictures
     
     
    A soybean harvest in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province, on Sept. 17. China announced punitive tariffs of 25% on imports of U.S. soybeans in April in response to the Trump Administration levying a 25% import tax on about $60 billion worth of Chinese exports. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: China’s Year in Pictures

Trade friction, pig panics, murky experiments and deadly monsoon winds

12.21.2018
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A soybean harvest in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province, on Sept. 17. China announced punitive tariffs of 25% on imports of U.S. soybeans in April in response to the Trump Administration levying a 25% import tax on about $60 billion worth of Chinese exports. Photo: VCG
ZTE Corp. establishes a presence at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Shanghai on June 28. The U.S. Commerce Department has reached a deal with ZTE Corp., reversing the ban on its sourcing parts from the U.S. ZTE must change its board and management, pay a fine of $1 billion and deposit $400 million in escrow as well as obeying a U.S. compliance team. Photo: VCG
On May 12, police recovered from a Zhengzhou, Henan province canal the body of a man believed to have murdered a flight attendant after picking her up through Didi Chuxing's Didi Hitch carpooling service. The killing touched off a safety-scandal for the ride-hailing service. Photo: IC
Changsheng Bio-Technology’s freeze-dried rabies vaccine is sealed at a disease control and prevention center in Huangshan, Anhui province, on July 23. The company, based in Northeast China’s Jilin province, was accused of producing and selling nearly 500,000 substandard doses of its vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. It was also accused of fabricating data on a rabies vaccine that is primarily given to babies. Photo: VCG
Pigs that drowned in a flood lie littered along the muddy roadside Kouzi village in Shouguang, Shandong province. The flood, which was triggered by tropical storms Yagi and Rumbia, killed 13 people and left three missing in the Shandong city of Weifang. About 173,500 people in the city of 9 million were displaced, according to the city government. Direct economic losses exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). Photo: Ding Gang/Caixin
The aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, on Sept. 17. City officials raised their storm alert to T10 — the highest level — as Typhoon Mangkhut landed on Hong Kong. With winds of 200 kilometers (123 miles) per hour the typhoon left an official death toll of 134 across the Philippines and China. Photo: VCG
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen against the sunset in Hong Kong. The bridge-tunnel system, which is the world’s longest cross-sea project, has a total length of 34 miles and opened on Oct. 24. Photo: VCG
More than 70 rescue boats scrambled on Oct. 28 after a bus plunged 164 feet off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Southwest China’s Chongqing. All 15 people on board were killed. Footage later showed a fight between the driver and a passenger had caused the crash. Photo: VCG
Chinese researcher He Jiankui speaks at the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong on Nov. 28. He copped almost universal scorn when he claimed to have helped produce the world’s first human babies genetically edited with CRISPR, when he claimed to have removed a gene from a pair of twins before they were born in an effort to make them HIV-resistant. Photo: VCG
Workers disinfect a pig farm after an outbreak of African swine fever in Tongzhou, Beijing, on Dec. 4. China’s first case of the disease, which is often fatal in pigs but does not affect humans, was revealed in the Shenbeixin district of Shenyang on Aug. 1. The disease has spread rapidly through the country and has been found in 22 provinces and provincial-level regions. Photo: Ding Gang/Caixin
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, arrives at a Vancouver parole hearing accompanied by a security guard on Dec. 12. Meng was granted bail on a staggering $7.46 million bond in the high-stakes case that has rocked Canada-China relations. U.S. authorities will now make the case for her extradition to face charges of alleged sanction-busting fraud. Photo: VCG
Tech giants personified — Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Tencent’s Pony Ma— received awards from the state for their contributions in a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up in Beijing’s Great Hall of People on Dec. 18. Baidu’s Robin Li also received an award. Photo: VCG

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