China records first population fall in decades as births drop

For the first time in decades, China has fewer people than it did at the start of last year, according to official figures released yesterday.

Rounding off Africa tour, Qin visits Egypt

China’s chief diplomat was in Cairo over the weekend for talks with Egyptian and Arab League officials, marking his last stop in a multi-leg trip to

China reports 60,000 deaths, says peak passed

China this weekend reported nearly 60,000 deaths in people who had COVID-19 since early December, offering hard numbers for an unprecedented surge that was apparent in overcrowded hospitals and

China’s trade surplus swells to $877.6b as exports grow

China's trade surplus swelled to a record $877.6 billion last year as exports rose despite weakening U.S. and European demand and anti-virus controls that temporarily shut

FM Qin on Africa visit sidesteps call for UN council seat

China's new foreign minister, Qin Gang, has sidestepped a new call by the African Union for permanent representation on the U.N. Security Council during his visit to

2022 auto sales rise 9.5% but growth weakening

China's auto sales rose 9.5% last year as electric vehicle purchases nearly doubled, but demand in the global industry’s biggest market slumped in December, foreshadowing weaker growth

Chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit up 78%

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips for smartphones and other products, said yesterday its quarterly profit rose 78% over a year earlier

Japan, S. Korea protest China visa stoppage

Japan and South Korea defended public health restrictions on travelers from China yesterday, a day after China stopped issuing new visas in both countries in apparent retaliation.

China renews threat against Taiwan as island holds drills

China renewed its threats yesterday to attack Taiwan and warned that foreign politicians who interact with the self-governing island are “playing with fire.” A spokesperson

China economy recovering but hampered by virus outbreaks

Wang Jian is anxious to get back to work teaching basketball to children now that China has lifted anti-COVID-19 restrictions. But his gym in the eastern

Pilot’s lawyer says US extradition attempt is ‘political’

The U.S has accused a former military pilot of illegally training Chinese military pilots, and is trying to extradite him from Australia. But the pilot’s lawyer

Lawyers for jailed publisher ask to meet UK PM

Lawyers for a jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy publisher have asked for an urgent meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a leading member of his international legal

German, Lithuanian lawmakers show support in visit

Lithuanian lawmakers on a visit to Taiwan took aim at China yesterday, saying the world’s second largest economy tried to use all sorts of measures to

China suspends visas for South Koreans in apparent virus retaliation

China suspended visas today (Tuesday) for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers.

China holds large-scale joint strike drills aimed at Taiwan

The Chinese military held large-scale joint combat strike drills starting Sunday, sending war planes and navy vessels toward Taiwan, both the Chinese and Taiwanese defense ministries said. The

Pfizer’s Paxlovid not included in China’s national insurance

China’s health care authorities declined to include Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment drug in a national reimbursement list that would have allowed patients to get it at a cheaper

New foreign minister Qin heads to Africa for first trip

China’s new Foreign Minister Qin Gang is starting his term with a weeklong trip to five African countries, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday. Qin, who until

Travelers rush to take advantage of China reopening

After years of separation from his wife in mainland China, Hong Kong resident Cheung Seng-bun made sure to be among the first in line following the

WHO worried about surge of Covid in China amid lack of info

The head of the World Health Organization said yesterday [Macau time[ the agency is “concerned about the risk to life in China” amid the coronavirus’ explosive spread

Philippine leader cites stable ties on visit to Beijing

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has cited stable ties with China during a visit to Beijing in which he has sought to downplay territorial disputes in

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