Hong Kong crackdown | Australia, US, UK, Canada criticize mass arrests

The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Canada issued a joint statement yesterday expressing “serious concern” about the arrest of 55 democracy activists and supporters in

Gov’t is said to censor local media coverage of Alibaba probe

China has ordered its domestic media to restrict their reporting on an antitrust probe into Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as speculation over the future of one of the country’s largest

Hong Kong | Wong questioned, US lawyer released in crackdown

Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested on a new charge under the national security law yesterday while an American rights lawyer who was detained in a sweeping

Hong Kongers call US violence a setback for democracy

Hong Kong residents from across the political spectrum condemned mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, 18 months after protesters stormed their own legislature to demand greater democracy, not the overthrow

EXPLAINER | Mass arrests chill democracy movement

The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date, is a clear sign of Beijing’s

Beijing criticizes US order against dealing with Chinese apps

China’s government yesterday accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hurt commercial competitors after President Donald Trump signed an order banning transactions with payment services Alipay and

Covid-19 | Dates, plans of WHO expert visit to China under negotiation

China said yesterday it was still negotiating with the World Health Organization the dates and itinerary for a visit by international experts looking into origins of COVID-19, after the head

Hong Kong police arrests 53 activists under national security law

Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents today (Wednesday) for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature

Xinhua urges end to long work hours in tech

China’s official Xinhua News Agency is calling for shorter work hours in the country’s tech sector following the sudden death last week of a young employee at a leading e-commerce

Hong Kong | Top judge cautious on calls for judicial reform

Hong Kong’s outgoing top judge said yesterday that calls for reform of the city’s judiciary cannot be based on dissatisfaction with court rulings, as pro-Beijing figures and state-owned media step

Where is Jack Ma, China’s e-commerce pioneer?

China's best-known entrepreneur, e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, made his fortune by taking big risks. The former English teacher founded Alibaba Group in 1999, when China had few internet users. Online payments

Hong Kong | Gov’t extends school closures until Lunar New Year

Hong Kong pushed back the re-opening of classrooms for more than a month as part of government measures to stamp out the spread of the coronavirus. The suspension of in-person classes

PMI | manufacturing recovery weakens in December

China’s manufacturing activity improved in December but at its weakest rate in three months as the economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic while its trading partners struggled with rising infections,

China Daily | China sheds light on global poverty eradication

  China has made historic achievements in eradicating absolute poverty. It was a problem that has plagued the Chinese nation for thousands of years. It is also a victory for humanity. In

Tsai credits Taiwan for virus wins, notes China’s threats

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday hailed the island’s progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic and growing the economy while facing military threats from China. In her annual New Year’s Day

Court sentences ten seeking to flee Hong Kong to prison terms

A Chinese court yesterday sentenced 10 pro-democracy activists and protesters who sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat to between seven months and three years in prison, in a case

EU and China to sign investment deal amid unease over rights

The European Union and China are set to sign a long-awaited business investment deal after seven years of intense discussions despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country. The

Covid-19 | Wuhan’s cases may have been ten times higher, study shows

The scale of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan early this year may have been nearly 10 times the recorded tally, a study conducted by China’s public health authorities indicates, leaving

Hong Kongers charged in China plead guilty, relatives told

Relatives of the 10 Hong Kongers accused of fleeing the city by speedboat during a government crackdown on dissent say they’ve been informed that their family members pleaded guilty, according

Hong Kong | Tycoon Jimmy Lai resigns as Next Digital chairman

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who was charged earlier this month with colluding with foreign forces under the city’s new national security law, resigned as chairman of Next Digital

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