Hong Kong looks at easing travel for vaccinated residents: Lam

Hong Kong is looking into making it easier for vaccinated residents to travel to encourage more people to get inoculated, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a statement on Saturday. “We

Analysis | Hong Kong vaccination drive struggles to gain public trust

Hong Kong’s sudden suspension of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is another blow to a vaccination program already struggling against a wall of public distrust. Hong Kong on

China attacks foreign clothing, shoe brands over Xinjiang

China’s ruling Communist Party is lashing out at H&M and other clothing and footwear brands as it retaliates for Western sanctions on Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in

Facebook finds hacking operation targeting Uyghurs, no links to Chinese gov’t

Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said yesterday , adding that

China bashes US over racism, inequality, pandemic response

China lashed out yesterday at the U.S. over racism, financial inequality and the federal government’s response to the coronavirus in an annual report that seeks to counter U.S. accusations of

Airbnb asked to drop Olympic ties over rights issues

Airbnb Inc. is being asked to drop its sponsorship connections to next year’s Beijing’s Winter Olympics by a coalition of 150 human-rights campaigners. The coalition is headed by groups that oppose

China, Russia officials meet in show of unity against EU, US

The foreign ministers of China and Russia affirmed their countries’ close ties at a meeting yesterday, amid intense criticism and new Western sanctions against them over human rights. Wang Yi and

South China Sea | US backs Philippines in standoff over reef

The United States said yesterday it’s backing the Philippines in a new standoff with Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, where Manila has asked a Chinese fishing flotilla to

Eight activists jailed in Shenzhen returned to Hong Kong

Eight activists detained at sea as they sought to flee Hong Kong by speedboat have finished serving jail sentences in China and were handed over yesterday to authorities in Hong

NYU Shanghai seeking answers after police detain nine students

New York University said yesterday it was seeking more information from Chinese authorities after nine students from its Shanghai campus were temporarily detained in what appeared to be police dragnet

Second Canadian goes on trial in Beijing on spying charges

A second Canadian citizen held for more than two years on spying charges in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a senior executive of the telecoms giant Huawei went on

BioNTech vaccine uptake jumps in Hong Kong as younger residents qualify

BioNTech SE’s Covid vaccine was in high demand in Hong Kong on Friday, with 15,700 people receiving a dose on the first day all adults ages 30 and over became

Aviation | Gambler who bet millions on AirAsia wants everyone to notice

When Stanley Choi became one of AirAsia Group Bhd.’s biggest shareholders a month ago, he did so with no intention to pursue the aggressive tactics favored by activists in Europe

China slams US plan to expel phone carriers in tech clash

China’s government yesterday called on Washington to drop efforts to expel three state-owned Chinese phone companies from the United States in a new clash over technology and security. The Federal Communications

China seeks Biden-Xi summit in April if Alaska talks succeed

Beijing is seeking a meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping next month if the first high-level U.S.-China talks in Alaska this weekend are productive, according to people familiar with

Blinken urges Beijing to convince North Korea to denuclearize

  America’s top diplomat yesterday pressed China to use its “tremendous influence” to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, hours after the North said it will ignore U.S. offers

Covid-19 | Taiwan, Pacific ally Palau to open travel bubble next month

Taiwan and the Pacific nation of Palau will launch a travel bubble next month, allowing people to travel between the islands without a COVID-19 quarantine. Palau is one of Taiwan’s remaining

On the Road to Alaska | US sanctions 24 mainland, Hong Kong officials ahead of talks

The U.S. sanctioned an additional 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials over Beijing’s ongoing crackdown on political freedoms in the semi-autonomous city, just ahead of the Biden administration’s first face-to-face

Media | Ma’s SCMP joins Hong Kong press groups facing China control

As news broke that China is pressuring Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to sell the South China Morning Post (SCMP), surprised employees pondered the future of Hong Kong’s main

Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past

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