Hong Kong | No information on reported detentions in Taiwan: Lam

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said yesterday that Taiwan has not disclosed information about the reported detentions of five Hong Kongers who may have attempted to flee there by boat

US envoy accuses China of insincerity toward Southeast Asia

A U.S. official accused China yesterday of bullying and insincerity in its dealings with Southeast Asian nations, but said Washington isn’t forcing the region to choose sides between the two

Shenzhen | Police confirms it detained 12 Hong Kongers at sea last month

Chinese authorities have confirmed the criminal detention of 12 Hong Kongers who were allegedly attempting to travel illegally to Taiwan by boat last month, while the foreign ministry in Beijing

UN rights chief decries racism in US, keeps eye on Hong Kong

The U.N. human rights chief appealed yesterday for “urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism” in the United States, and encouraged Hong Kong authorities to “monitor closely” the enforcement

US ambassador to China to step down next month

The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies. Terry

Merkel leads EU talks with Beijing looking to ease tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top European Union officials and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks Monday focused on trade, trying to reinvigorate slow-moving discussions on an investment agreement and building

Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

China’s Defense Ministry yesterday blasted a critical U.S. report on the country’s military ambitions, saying it is the U.S. instead that poses the biggest threat to the international order and

Briefs | Relatives urge Beijing to return 12 detainees to Hong Kong

  Relatives of 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities called Saturday for their family members to be returned to the territory, saying their legal rights were being

China says Mars probe stable, but no word on reusable spacecraft

China’s Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said

China starts testing Covid-19 nasal spray vaccine

The newest Covid-19 vaccine candidate to start human testing is the first where volunteers won’t get a painful injection. Instead, they’ll receive a spray through the nose. China last week approved

China denounces US visa revocations as racial discrimination

U.S. move to revoke the visas of about 1,000 Chinese students amounts to “outright political persecution and racial discrimination,” China’s foreign ministry said yesterday. The statement from spokesperson Zhao Lijian came

China says ambassador hacked in ‘like’ of pornographic tweet

The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom has demanded that Twitter investigate after its ambassador's official account liked a pornographic post on the social media platform. A human rights advocate on

Hong Kong police arrest 15 on suspicion of stock manipulation

Hong Kong police have arrested 15 people on suspicion of manipulating the stock price of media tycoon Jimmy Lai's company Next Digital and making millions in profit. The arrests today (Thursday)

Social Media | Australian prime minister criticizes TikTok suicide video

Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media

Beijing alleges Australia raided homes of Chinese reporters

Australian agents in June raided the homes of four journalists working for Chinese state media and seized their electronics, citing possible violations of Australia’s anti-foreign interference law, China’s foreign ministry

Chinese police deny use of force, detention of US reporter

Local authorities in China’s Inner Mongolia region have denied they used force or detained an American reporter when she was questioned at a police station last week. The Los Angeles Times

ASEAN talks tackle pandemic, sea feud amid US-China rivalry

Southeast Asia’s top diplomats held their annual talks by video yesterday to discuss the immense crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic and rising tensions in the South China Sea amid

Winter Olympics | Beijing accuses human rights groups of politicizing sports

Beijing is to host the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to move the games because of alleged human rights violations. A coalition of human rights groups

Xi takes virus victory lap as pandemic rages elsewhere

President Xi Jinping hailed China’s success in suppressing the deadly pandemic first discovered on its soil, even as confirmed infections globally raced toward the 30 million mark. In a pomp-filled ceremony

Australian media’s last reporters in China flee amid tensions

Two Australian journalists based in China have fled the country as diplomatic relations between the trading partners worsen. Bill Birtles, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Beijing correspondent, and Mike Smith, the Australian

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