Hong Kong cardinal, Taiwan at papal funeral, but not Beijing

The attendance of both the former bishop of Hong Kong and an adviser to Taiwan’s leader at this week’s funeral for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI highlights

Beds run out at Beijing hospital outbreak brings more sick

Patients, most of them elderly, are lying on stretchers in hallways and taking oxygen while sitting in wheelchairs as COVID-19 surges in China’s capital Beijing.

EU, Beijing heading for collision over China’s Covid crisis

The European Union and China yesterday moved closer to a political standoff over the COVID-19 crisis, with Beijing vehemently rejecting travel restrictions some EU nations

Chinese regulators approve capital expansion for Ant Group

Chinese regulators have said e-commerce giant Alibaba’s finance affiliate Ant Group can raise $1.5 billion for its consumer finance unit in an important step forward after the

Beijing threatens response to ‘unacceptable’ virus measures

The Chinese government blasted COVID-19 testing requirements imposed on passengers from China and threatened countermeasures against countries involved, which include the U.S. and several European nations.

Troubles aside, Xi says China on ‘right side of history’

China “stands on the right side of history,” the country’s leader Xi Jinping said last weekend in a New Year’s address that came as questions swirl

Philippines’ Marcos Jr. heads to Beijing amid sea disputes

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. flew to China yesterday for a three-day state visit, saying he looks forward to his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as

Lack of info on China’s Covid-19 surge stirs global concerns

Moves by the U.S., Japan and others to mandate COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving from China reflect global concern that new variants could emerge in its ongoing

US to sell Taiwan anti-tank system amid rising threat

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of an anti-tank mine-laying system to Taiwan amid the rising military threat from China. The department yesterday

Philippines’ Marcos seeks agreements in China amid tensions

The Philippines says President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. hopes to sign a number of agreements during a visit to Beijing next week that comes amid ongoing territorial disputes

EU assesses impact China’s rollback of Covid measures

  The European Union is assessing the increase in COVID-19 cases in China following Beijing’s rollback of its strict anti-infection controls in an attempt to streamline

China to resume issuing passports, visas as virus curbs ease

China says it will resume issuing passports for tourism in another big step away from anti-virus controls that isolated the country for almost three years, setting

SAR scraps vaccine pass, Covid-19 tests for travelers

Hong Kong will scrap some of its COVID-19 restrictions, including PCR tests for inbound travelers and vaccination requirements to enter certain venues, the city’s leader said

Taiwan extends compulsory military service to one year

Taiwan will extend its compulsory military service from four months to a year starting in 2024, Tsai Ing-wen said today (Tuesday), as the self-ruled island faces China's military, diplomatic and

Companies welcome end to China quarantines for visitors

Companies welcomed China's decision to end quarantines for travelers from abroad as an important step to revive slumping business activity while Japan on Tuesday announced restrictions on visitors from the

China to scrap Covid-19 quarantine for incoming passengers

China will drop a COVID-19 quarantine requirement for passengers arriving from abroad starting Jan. 8, the National Health Commission announced in the latest easing of the country’s once-strict virus-control measures.

China limits how it defines Covid deaths in official count

China only counts deaths from pneumonia or respiratory failure in its official COVID-19 death toll, a Chinese health official said, in a narrow definition that limits

Beijing human rights activist immobilized by Covid-19 app

Wang Yu, hailed by the U.S. as an International Woman of Courage, has already been arrested, imprisoned and politically harassed for her work as a human rights

Australia’s foreign minister to meet counterpart in Beijing

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said yesterday she will meet with her counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing this week as Australia and China mark 50 years of

Two Covid-19 deaths reported in Beijing as virus surges

Chinese health authorities yesterday announced two additional COVID-19 deaths, both in the capital Beijing, that were the first reported in weeks and come during an expected

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