Beijing said to order carriers to bar personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, shutting a

China takes lead in Pacific shipping after USD6.3b deal

China is the new leader of shipping trade to the Americas. State-owned Cosco Shipping Holdings Co.’s USD6.3 billion offer to buy Orient Overseas International Ltd. would create

Hospital: Liu Xiaobo in critical condition

The hospital treating imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo said yesterday his condition is now critical and doctors are in “active rescue” mode for China’s best-known

Aircraft carrier celebrated on Hong Kong port call 

China’s sole operating aircraft carrier arrived on its first port call to Hong Kong on Friday as part of efforts to stir patriotism amid commemorations of the city’s handover from

Foreign doctors deem ill Chinese Nobel laureate OK to travel

Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said yesterday that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate would be able to safely travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting

G20 summit | Himalayan stand-off makes it an awkward meeting for Xi and Modi

Things might have been a little awkward when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw each other on the sidelines of the

Nature | Watchdog says Chinese town is major ivory smuggling hub

An environmental watchdog group says its investigation has found that a little-known town in southern China is a major hub for ivory smuggling by organized criminal gangs. The

UNESCO | Gulangyu island joins world heritage list

Gulangyu island in east China’s Fujian Province, famous for its varied architecture and multicultural history, was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list Saturday. The

China trade with North Korea up but imports down sharply 

China’s trade with North Korea has risen despite Beijing’s promise to enforce U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, but Chinese purchases of most North Korean exports have

Liu Xiaobo’s ill health worsens

China’s ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s health is further deteriorating as abdominal fluid accumulates, said a friend and the Chinese hospital that is treating him, adding

Panda diplomacy | Xi presents two giant pandas to Berlin zoo

Chinese President Xi Jinping officially presented two giant pandas to Berlin’s zoo on Wednesday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bamboo-munching newcomers would be “special ambassadors” for the

The Buzz | HK seizes USD9m worth of ivory in Malaysia shipment

Hong Kong customs officials say they have seized more than USD9 million worth of ivory this week in the city’s biggest haul in 30 years.

Hong Kong | Lam has veiled dig at predecessor in unity call

Hong Kong’s new leader distanced herself from her predecessor’s fraught relationship with lawmakers, vowing better communication as she sought to break years of political deadlock. Five days

Opinion | China’s electric cars are actually pretty dirty

Could China, the world’s largest automobile market, help address the threat of global warming if it went completely electric? The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems.

Foreign experts invited to treat Nobel laureate Liu

China has agreed to allow liver cancer experts from the U.S., Germany and other countries to join a medical team treating imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu

Work starts on second railway to Tibet

Work is underway on China’s second railway line to Tibet that will wind through some of the world’s most mountainous and inhospitable territory and likely take the better

Offbeat | A fifth of divorces in Taiwan are transnational couples

As of May this year, the proportion of total divorces in Taiwan that involved one Taiwanese partner and a foreigner has continued to fall as in the previous six

China, Germany step up as U.S. retires from world leadership

The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time.