Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

A Hong Kong court today (Friday) sent five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing a march during the 2019

Xi vows to hold ‘safe, simple, splendid’ Olympics

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to hold a successful Winter Olympics next year in Beijing, responding to challenges the event faces from the coronavirus pandemic. “With the active support and participation

Hong Kong | Schools devote a day to China’s national security

Hong Kong marked its first National Security Education Day since last year’s imposition of sweeping national security legislation by Beijing, as the government ramps up efforts to overhaul the school

Gov’t tries to mend US ties by ramping up talks with firms

China is taking more direct steps to mend relations with U.S. investors, ramping up its communication with businesses in an environment of heightened economic tensions between the two nations. Officials from

Beijing says Biden-backed visit raises tensions over Taiwan

China criticized the U.S. for sending a group of former officials to Taiwan, saying the move will only add to mounting tensions. Two former deputy secretaries of state, Richard Armitage and

Kerry heads to China for climate talk between top two emitters

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is heading to China for talks between the world’s two biggest carbon emitters ahead of President Joe Biden’s climate summit of world leaders. Kerry has began

China-drafted electoral reform bill introduced in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill was introduced in the city’s legislature yesterday, setting in motion changes that will give Beijing greater control over the process while reducing the number of

Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over reef dispute

The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and said their

Strait Tensions | China sends 25 warplanes near Taiwan in biggest drill this year

China’s air force sent 25 fighters and bombers over the Taiwan Strait, escalating military pressure on the government in Taipei as it boosts ties with the U.S. Beijing deployed 14 J-16

Taipei launches shipbuilding program amid China threats

Taiwan launched an amphibious transport ship yesterday that’s the first from its new naval shipbuilding program begun as China escalates its threats to use military force to annex the island

CDC Director refutes interpretation of ‘low protection rate’ of Chinese vaccines: Global Times

The Director of the Chinese Center of Disease Control (China CDC) refuted claims by some media outlets and overseas social media platform users that the director “admitted” Chinese COVID-19 vaccines

Covid-19 | Low efficacy of shots sows concern on global rollout

Concern is mounting that China’s Covid-19 vaccines are less effective at quelling the disease, raising questions about nations from Brazil to Hungary that are depending on the shots and the

Gov’t fines Alibaba USD2.8 Billion after monopoly probe

China slapped a record $2.8 billion fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. after an anti-monopoly probe found it abused its market dominance, as Beijing clamps down on its internet giants. The

US sanctions Chinese computer makers in widening tech fight

China’s government on Friday criticized the Biden administration’s curbs on access to U.S. technology for its supercomputer developers and said sanctions “only strengthen China’s determination” to invent its own. The sanctions

Covid-19 | Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to

Currency | Yuan erases year’s gains against dollar while PBOC steps aside

China’s yuan is hurting after months of standing tall against the dollar. In March, the currency gave up all its 2021 gains and then some. There are signs a short-term retreat

China protests transit of US destroyer through Taiwan Strait

China yesterday protested the passage of a U.S. destroyer through the Taiwan Strait in the latest move as both nations increase their naval activity in the region. China tracked and monitored

Beijing blasts Taiwan over efforts to help ally Paraguay get vaccines

China slammed Taiwan over its efforts to help one of its few remaining allies get coronavirus shots, the latest squabbling over vaccines between the two sides of the strait. “We have

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington

Hong Kong | Activists plead guilty to joining democracy rally

Three veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including well-known publisher Jimmy Lai, pleaded guilty yesterday to taking part in an unauthorized rally that led to violence between police and participants. The

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