Sri Lanka, China discuss loan from Beijing to cover debts

Sri Lanka’s government said yesterday it is discussing obtaining another loan from Beijing to repay some of its debt to Chinese banks after China told the

Beijing districts placed under lockdown as cases mount

Beijing began testing millions of residents and shutting down residential and business districts yesterday amid a new outbreak of COVID-19. While only 70 cases have

Kazakh president, Chinese defense minister agree to strengthen military cooperation

  Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe voiced common readiness yesterday to step up bilateral cooperation. At

Gov’t promotes coal in setback for efforts to cut emissions

China is promoting coal-fired power as the ruling Communist Party tries to revive a sluggish economy, prompting warnings Beijing is setting back efforts to cut climate-changing

Hong Kong to allow intl’l travelers from May

Hong Kong government said non-residents who are vaccinated and have a negative virus test will be allowed to fly in again starting May 1. That eases

Shanghai erects metal barriers in fight against Covid-19

Volunteers and government workers in Shanghai erected metal barriers in multiple districts to block off small streets and entrances to apartment complexes, as China hardens its

Hong Kong Disney opens as Covid eases; Shanghai deaths rise

Hong Kong relaxed pandemic restrictions yesterday, with Disneyland and museums reopening and night time restaurant dining resuming as the city’s worst COVID-19 outbreak appears to be fading.

Chinese man gets 20 years in Rwanda for whipping a local man

A court in Rwanda sentenced a Chinese businessman to 20 years in prison for torture after he was filmed beating a local man last year. Sun

Report: Chinese credit card processor rebuffs Russian banks

China's credit card processor has refused to work with banks in Russia for fear of being targeted by sanctions over its war on Ukraine, cutting off

Xi urges talks to settle disputes, opposes sanctions

Chinese leader Xi Jinping yesterday said his government supports talks to resolve international disputes and opposes “wanton use” of sanctions. Xi’s remarks confirm that China

Shanghai allows four million out of homes as virus rules ease

Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes yesterday as anti-virus controls that shut down China’s biggest city eased, while the International Monetary

YouTube takes down leader candidate’s channel

YouTube yesterday took down the campaign channel of Hong Kong’s sole candidate to become its next leader, John Lee, citing compliance with U.S. sanctions imposed against

US officials heading to Solomons over China pact worries

The U.S. is sending two top officials to the Solomon Islands following a visit last week by an Australian senator over concerns that China could establish

Philippines ambassador to Beijing ‘Chito’ Sta. Romana dies

The Philippines’ ambassador to China, Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, has died while in quarantine for COVID-19. He was 74. Sta. Romana was a longtime

Shanghai reports first deaths in current outbreak

Shanghai authorities yesterday reported the first COVID-19 deaths in the latest outbreak in China’s most populous and wealthiest city. All three people who died were

Economy grows still-weak 4.8% in January-March

Chinese leaders face pressure to shore up sinking economic growth after Shanghai and other cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, threatening to disrupt global

China sending up next space station crew in June

China will launch three more astronauts to its newest space station in June after the latest crew returned this weekend following a six-month stay in orbit, an official

Shanghai releases more from virus observation amid lockdown

Shanghai released 6,000 more people from the central facilities where they were under medical observation to guard against the coronavirus, the government said yesterday, though the

John Lee secures nominations for leadership race

Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official John Lee said yesterday he had formally registered his candidacy in the election for the top job after securing 786

Trade Chinese March exports grow despite virus; imports flat

China's exports rose 15.7% over a year ago in March while imports were flat amid disruption due to coronavirus outbreaks as the ruling Communist Party enforces

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