Covid-19 | Chinese city lifts some restrictions after three-week lockdown

State media are reporting the Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown as authorities sought to stamp out

Economy | China’s trade surplus surges to record USD676.4b in 2021

China's politically volatile global trade surplus surged to $676.4 billion in 2021, likely the highest ever for any country, as exports jumped 29.9% over a

Britain, India launch talks on free trade deal amid uncertainty over Chinese ties

India and Britain yesterday launched talks on pursuing a free trade deal that is expected to boost bilateral trade by billions of dollars in one of

Beijing defends sweeping maritime claims after US criticism

China yesterday defended its “historical rights” to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing’s claims are almost entirely invalid.

Taiwan | Chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit $6 billion

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips, reported yesterday its quarterly profit rose 16.4% over a year earlier to $6 billion amid

China faces omicron test weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended yesterday as the government tried to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus’s easily transmitted omicron variant

Olympics | Organizers say met plan to popularize winter sports

A key concern when Beijing was bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games was the lack of a strong winter sports tradition in the country.  Organizers countered

Covid-19 | Tianjin orders more mass testing of residents

The northern Chinese city of Tianjin ordered a second round of COVID-19 testing of all 13 million residents yesterday following the discovery of 97 cases of

Aviation | US airlines say China is forcing them to cancel some flights

U.S. airlines say China has blocked more than a dozen recent and future flights from entering the country, which has been tightening already-strict COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Diplomacy | China and Russia block UN support for sanctions on Mali

Russia and China blocked the U.N. Security Council yesterday from supporting new sanctions on Mali for its military leaders’ decision to delay next month’s elections until

Hong Kong | ‘Patriots only’ legislature convenes first session

Hong Kong’s legislature convened yesterday for the first time since elections last month that were held under new legislation ensuring that only “patriots” who have proven

Maj. Gen. Peng Jingtang | Former Xinjiang official takes charge of Hong Kong garrison

China's military says the former head of internal security in the Xinjiang region will lead the People’s Liberation Army’s garrison in Hong Kong, in the latest

Covid-19 | Tianjin on partial lockdown after omicron found

State broadcaster CCTV said the government has divided Tianjin and its 14 million residents into three levels of restrictions, starting with lockdown areas where people are

Diplomacy | Beijing accuses US of inciting Lithuania over Taiwan

Beijing yesterday accused Washington of inciting Lithuania to “contain China” in a feud over the status of self-ruled Taiwan after U.S. officials expressed support for the

Diplomacy | Arab Gulf foreign ministers head to Beijing for meetings

Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states are visiting Beijing for meetings with officials from the world’s second largest economy, a leading consumer

Foreign Minister Wang in Sri Lanka to discuss Belt and Road

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Sri Lanka on yesterday seeking to advance Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative as the island nation tries to

Chinese immigrant attacked in NYC dies months later

A Chinese immigrant who was brutally attacked in April while collecting cans in East Harlem has died of his injuries, and his case is now deemed a

Filmmaker Zhang Yimou returns for Olympics opening ceremony

Renowned Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou is promising a simpler opening ceremony for next month’s Beijing Winter Games with a bold and unprecedented way of lighting

Tianjin testing all residents after Omicron found

The numbers are small, but the major port of Tianjin may be facing China’s first outbreak of omicron of any size, less than four weeks before

One of two Covid cases at Hong Kong party was false positive

One of two people who attended a large gathering with senior Hong Kong officials and was believed to be infected with COVID-19 turned out to be

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