Local experts encourage regional integration for economic recovery

The fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China finished at the end of October, during which the Party leadership’s proposals for formulating the

Zhang Zhan | Court sentences lawyer who reported on outbreak to four years

A Chinese court yesterday sentenced a former lawyer who reported on the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison on charges of “picking fights and provoking

Covid-19 | Chinese vaccines are poised to fill gap

With rich countries snapping up supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, some parts of the world may have to rely on Chinese-developed shots to try to conquer the outbreak. The question: Will

Lin Qi | Shanghai police say suspect detained in games tycoon’s death

Police in Shanghai say they have detained a suspect in the case of the death by possible poisoning of the billionaire founder of a Chinese video game company that makes

Covid-19 | Morocco acquires 65 million vaccine doses from China, UK

Morocco announced it has acquired 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm and Britain’s AstraZeneca, as the north African kingdom prepares to launch a COVID-19 vaccination program that

China orders Ant Group to rectify businesses

  Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, the world’s largest financial technology company, to rectify its businesses and comply with regulatory requirements amid increased scrutiny of anti-monopoly practices in the country’s

Law | Beijing lowers age of criminal liability to 12 for some crimes

China has lowered the age of criminal responsibility for some serious crimes from 14 to 12, as it looks to combat juvenile crime committed by children. Under an amended law, children

Debunked COVID-19 myths survive online, despite facts

From speculation that the coronavirus was created in a lab to hoax cures, an overwhelming amount of false information clung to COVID-19 as it circled the globe in 2020. Public health

Space Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth yesterday with the first fresh rock samples from the moon in more than 40 years, offering the possibility of new insights into the

Luckin Coffee to pay $180 million fine in fraud case

China’s Luckin Coffee has agreed to pay a $180 million penalty to settle accounting fraud charges, the Securities and Exchange Commission says. The SEC charged the company with defrauding investors by

Hong Kong | Financial authorities unveil plan for climate disclosures, stress tests

Hong Kong’s two main financial authorities outlined a plan for increased climate disclosures and stepped up management of risks linked to climate change for banks and fund managers in the

Tan Weiwei | Forceful lyrics on domestic violence strike chord in China

Quarrel, rape, adultery. Tricky, greedy, sycophantic. Chinese singer Tan Weiwei chants each word methodically in a two-line string of vulgarities and insults. The 16 words in her new song share something

Gov’t charges HK activists over attempted flight to Taiwan

China has charged Hong Kong activists detained for more than three months over their attempt to flee to Taiwan. Two people were charged with organizing an illegal border crossing and another

Australian PM says China coal ban would breach WTO rules

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday that China would be violating World Trade Organization rules and a bilateral free trade agreement if it banned Australian coal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was replying

Alibaba, Tencent unit fined under anti-monopoly law

China’s market regulator yesterday said it fined Alibaba Group and a Tencent Holdings-backed company for failing to seek approval before proceeding with some acquisitions. It also is launching a review of

Trump raises China concerns as reason to veto defense bill

President Donald Trump offered a new rationale yesterday (Macau time) for threatening to veto the annual defense policy bill that covers the military’s budget for equipment and pay raises for

Hong Kong | Lai charged with endangering national security

Hong Kong media tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was charged with colluding with foreign forces under the city’s sweeping new national security law and denied bail in a

Authority says two Canadians have been indicted, tried

China’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday that two Canadians who have been held for two years in a case linked to a Huawei executive have been indicted and put on trial,

Digital Minister: Taiwan to guard privacy

Taiwan plans to create an independent agency to enforce digital privacy, a Cabinet minister says, tackling an increasingly urgent issue as countries step up surveillance during the pandemic. Taiwan is one

Authorities to sanction US officials, curb some diplomat travel

China said it will sanction more U.S. officials and place new travel restrictions on American diplomats in retaliation for measures taken by the Trump administration over Hong Kong. Chinese Foreign Ministry

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