Covid-19 | Hong Kong loses shine amid tough coronavirus restrictions

The bustling, cosmopolitan business hub of Hong Kong may be losing its shine among foreign companies and expatriates with its stringent anti-pandemic rules requiring up to

The Buzz | China’s November exports rise 21.4% but growth eases

China’s exports rose by double digits in November but growth declined, while imports accelerated in a sign of stronger domestic demand. Exports rose 21.4% over a year

The Buzz | China attacks potential US diplomatic boycott of Olympics

China yesterday threatened to take “firm countermeasures” if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused

China’s communists bash US democracy before Biden summit

China's Communist Party took American democracy to task, sharply criticizing a global democracy summit being hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of

Hong Kong | New Catholic bishop hopes to foster healing

The new head of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese expressed hope this weekend that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing

Defense Austin: Allies, innovation key to US competition with China

The Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific region in order to

BRI | Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China’s poor southwest to foreign markets but piles

US defense chief slams Beijing’s drive for hypersonic weapons

America’s defense chief rebuked China yesterday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases

WTA: Loss of China events over Peng could go past ‘22

The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of

Breaking News | China clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again: report

China's aviation regulator cleared the Boeing 737 Max today (Thursday) to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal

China calls on citizens to leave eastern Congo after attacks

China yesterday urged its citizens to leave three provinces in eastern Congo as violence intensifies in the mineral-rich region. A posting from the Chinese Embassy in Kinshasa on the WeChat online

State Council | 85% of citizens will use Mandarin by 2025

China is launching an aggressive campaign to promote Mandarin, saying 85% of its citizens will use the national language by 2025.  The move appears to

Beijing lashes out at Abe over former leader’s Taiwan warning

China lashed out at Shinzo Abe yesterday after the former Japanese prime minister warned of the serious security and economic consequences of any Chinese military action against the self-ruled island. Chinese

China to donate 600 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Africa

China has pledged to donate 600 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to Africa as the world grapples with the unequal distribution of the shots between rich and poor countries. Chinese

Chinese team reports racial abuse at table tennis worlds

Chinese officials’ formal complaint of racist abuse toward one of their players at the table tennis world championships in Texas was taken “very, very seriously,” the sport’s governing body said. A

PMI | Manufacturing improves as power shortages ease

China’s manufacturing activity rebounded in November as orders improved and power shortages eased, a survey showed yesterday. An industry group and the national statistics agency said a monthly purchasing managers’ index

Virus origins | Fauci fires back at Cruz over Covid claims about Chinese lab

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, blasted Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting that Fauci be investigated for statements he made about COVID-19 and said the criticism by

Taiwan | Baltic lawmakers meet Tsai to step up cooperation, Beijing protests

Lawmakers from all three Baltic states met with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen yesterday in a sign of further cooperation between European Union nations and Taiwan. It is the first joint visit

Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone

Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone over the weekend, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the self-ruled

US lawmakers visit Taiwan; China conducts military patrols

Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm America’s “rock-solid” support for the self-governing island that is claimed by

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