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U.S. delays Huawei ban for 90 days

May 21, 2019 - 10:37 AM

A Commerce Department filing says the 90-day delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an action with major implications for US and Chinese technology firms

HUAWEI BAN DELAYED. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announces new criminal charges against  Huawei with (L-R) acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray at the Department of Justice January 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

'Game of Thrones' finale delayed in China due to ‘transmission medium problems’

May 21, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The finale disappears from Tencent Video, the only legal video streaming platform in China for the show

Photo: Courtesy of HBO

EU firms 'caught in crossfire' of U.S.-China trade war

May 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The clash between Beijing and Washington does not benefit European companies, contrary to what some might have hoped at the beginning of the dispute last year, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

China warns U.S. against trade harm over Huawei ban

May 16, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The spat over Huawei adds to the uncertainty over efforts to revive a deal that would end a bruising US-China trade war after the two sides exchanged fire with tariff hikes in recent days

HUAWEI BAN. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. File Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Trump ramps up battle against Huawei

May 16, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,' says Huawei in a statement

5 killed in Shanghai building collapse

May 16, 2019 - 2:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) The accident occurs at around 11:30 am in a central Shanghai neighborhood, trapping around 20 people, according to fire rescue officials

COLLAPSE. Members of a rescue team carry out a survivor of a building collapse in Shanghai on May 16, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman

May 16, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(4th UPDATE) Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrest 'recently,' but did not provide a date, and adds he had no information about where they were being held

DETAINED. This file picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holding photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. File photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

May 15, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Previously, most editions of Wikipedia – besides the Chinese language version, which was reportedly blocked in 2015 – were available, the Open Observatory of Network Interference says in a report.

The Baloch vs Beijing: Pakistani militancy targets Chinese investment

May 15, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'We warn China to stop her exploitative projects in Balochistan and do not support Pakistan in the genocide of Baloch people, otherwise, we would respond with more attacks,' says their message to media

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China outlines 3 disagreements in U.S. trade talks

May 13, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'We have a consensus in lots of areas but to speak frankly there are areas we have differences on, and we believe these concern big principles,' Chinese Vice Premier Liu He says

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waves as he leaves the Office of the United States Trade Representative after tariff negotiations in Washington DC on May 9, 2019.  File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

China fires back at U.S. with tariff hike on goods worth $60 billion

May 13, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes after the latest round of US-China trade negotiations ended without a deal, and after Washington increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods

Trump warns China not to retaliate against U.S. trade tariffs

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Trump also addresses Chinese President Xi Jinping and warns companies would leave China if a trade deal was not reached

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a South Lawn event to honor the Boston Red Sox May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

May 10, 2019 - 2:33 PM

US President Donald Trump makes no move to hold off on the tariffs – dashing hopes there might be a last-minute reprieve as trade negotiations continued

US-CHINA TRADE. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. blocks China Mobile, citing national security

May 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The decision brings the Chinese telecoms giant's 8-year effort to crack the US market to an end

CHINA MOBILE. US regulators on May 9, 2019, denied a request by China Mobile to operate in the US market and provide international telecommunications services, saying links to the Chinese government pose a national security risk. Photo by Pau Barrena /AFP

U.S.-China trade talks resume; Trump says deal still 'possible'

May 10, 2019 - 7:30 AM

US and Chinese representatives return to the bargaining table amid a sudden flare-up in hostilities, while President Donald Trump is still hopeful of salvaging a trade deal

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waves as he leaves the Office of the United States Trade Representative after tariff negotiations in Washington DC on May 9, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Wife of jailed China rights lawyer pleads to see him

May 03, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'My concern is that from the time he was arrested, no one has seen Wang Quanzhang, not even the lawyers that we hired,' his wife Li Wenzu says

U.S., Chinese negotiators hold 'productive' trade talks

May 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He meets with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ahead of possibly decisive talks in the US next week

TRADE TALKS. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (R), US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (C) and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose before they proceed to their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 1, 2019. Photo by Andy Wong/AFP

Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition plan

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The demonstration comes after 4 prominent leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement were jailed for their role in organizing mass pro-democracy protests in 2014

PROTESTS. Activists march along a road during a protest in Hong Kong on April 28, 2019, against a controversial move by the government to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi aims to soothe Belt and Road fears

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:35 PM

In a speech kicking off a Belt and Road Initiative summit, Xi Jinping also offers soothing remarks to the US over subsidies, the yuan, and trade as the two sides head into fresh high-level talks next week

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE. Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to soothe concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump says he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to Hong Kong's beleaguered democracy movement

L-R) Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, sociology professor Chan Kin-man, law professor Benny Tai, Raphael Wong, Lee Wing Tat, Shiu Ka Chuen and other pro-democracy campaigners enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019, to find out if they face jail for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. They are among nine activists facing rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 protests calling for free elections for the city's leader. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative has divided Europe, and Washington has called it a 'vanity project,' but a growing number of nations are signing up despite warnings about debt and opaque deals that favor Chinese firms

WANG YI. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations – report

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:13 PM

An Amazon spokesperson says the company is looking to focus more on cross-border sales in China

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese pharmaceutical plant accident kills 10

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Sparks from a pipe being welded at Qilu Tianhe Huishi Pharmaceutical Co. in eastern Shandong province cause a substance to catch fire and give off the smoke that suffocated and killed 10 people

Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Already considered a serious sport in many parts of the world, arm wrestling has generally been viewed in China as a testosterone showdown between inebriated bar patrons

This photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows participants competing in the 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open in Shanghai. More than 100 pullers took part in the recent 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open, which calls itself the first in China under the auspices of the Professional Armwrestling League's international ranking system. MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP

6 killed as train derails, hits house in China

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:52 PM

At around 10:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10, the 25-car train derailed from an escape siding and overturned, hitting a house in Gongyi, Henan province in China

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

China and North Korea open new border crossing

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The new highway border crossing opens in the northeastern city of Ji'an on Monday, April 8, complementing its 3 existing ports with the North, the city says in a statement

BORDER CROSSING. This photo taken on April 8, 2019 shows a tour bus driving past the border between China and North Korea as it makes its way to North Korea, in Ji'an in China's northeastern Jilin province. Photo by AFP

Taiwan president says U.S. trade deal would boost security

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the US and Taiwanese economies are 'complementary' and that a trade pact could provide a model for the Indo-Pacific region

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

Heaven sent: Taiwan honors dead with lavish paper models

Apr 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Burning paper offerings has long been seen as a way to send ancestors gifts that they can use in the afterlife

Taiwan paper model >>> This picture taken on March 7, 2019 shows Chiang Yueh-lun of Cheng Ke Paper Art adding the finishing touches to a traditional-style paper model, used as an offering for the dead, at a showroom in Banqiao district in New Taipei City. The practice of burning offerings originated in Taoism, a leading faith in Taiwan, with the gifts primarily offered at funerals, death anniversaries and during key festivals when ancestors are honoured. SAM YEH / AFP

China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries. Because China as it is today is a threat for the whole world,' Liao Yiwu says as his latest book, 'Bullets and Opium', is published in France

PATRIOT. File photo of Chinese dissident poet Liao Yiwu. Photo from

Cell phone 'Tower of Babel' highlights China e-waste problem

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The phones are rigged to a metal frame and synchronized so their screens will flash in various colors

E-WASTE. Tons of discarded computer parts, old cellphones and other electronic devices fill up landfills.

3 detained over China chemical blast that killed 78

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Three employees from Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, whose facility was involved in the blast, had 'significant responsibility' for the accident, according to a statement on the Yancheng government's official Weibo account

CHEMICAL BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Knife attacker kills 2 at primary school in China

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Police detain a 31-year-old male suspect, surnamed Zheng, from the town of Baijiapingzhen, where the primary school is located

Chinese woman arrested at Trump resort with malware on thumb drive

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:44 AM

An arrest document says a Chinese woman carrying multiple cellphones and thumb drives bearing malware was arrested at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while the president was staying there

Chinese firefighters contain forest fire after 30 dead

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained around midday on April 2, though some areas are still burning, says Wu Song, county chief of Muli, according to Xinhua

RESCUING FIREFIGHTERS. Chinese soldiers board on a helicopter in Chengdu in China's southwestern Sichuan province on April 1, 2019, as they prepare to rescue firefighters trapped by a forest blaze in Muli County. Photo by AFP

30 firefighters die battling China forest fire

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The firefighters die tackling a forest fire in remote mountains in China's Sichuan province

New Zealand PM touts 'important' China ties amid Huawei spat

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Ardern says her visit to Beijing aims to 'underline the importance' she placed on ties with China – New Zealand's largest trading partner

ARDERN AND KEQIANG. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) listens to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) during a signing ceremony after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 1, 2019. Photo by Laurent Fievet and Naohiko Hatta/AFP)

China lists fentanyl as controlled substance in U.S. gesture

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:22 PM

China is suspected of being the main source of a painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin that has caused record overdose deaths in the United States

U.S.-China trade talks open in Beijing

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The two sides have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods since last year, hitting a slew of businesses ranging from manufacturers to farmers in both countries

TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) listens as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks while they line up for a group photo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 15, 2019. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

3 hurt, suspect dead in explosive attack at China police station

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) The attacker sets fire to the Shenyang Public Security Bureau's traffic police department before setting off an explosive device made with gunpowder

Taiwan leader says Hong Kong crackdown on democracy an omen

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:17 AM

On her stopover in the US, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says what is happening in Hong Kong 'reflects that democracy is inherently incompatible' with the Chinese Communist Party

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China expels ex-Interpol chief Meng from Communist Party

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Meng Hongwei, who served as the vice minister of public security, vanished in September 2018 during a visit to China from France, and was later accused of accepting bribes

MENG HONGWEI. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2017, Meng Hongwei gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

U.S. envoy for North Korea visits Beijing – official

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Stephen Biegun's visit to Beijing overlaps with the arrival of an unidentified high-ranking North Korean, reports South Korea's Yonhap news agency

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019 US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

China's Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Xi Jinping stresses that 'a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world'

XI IN EUROPE. Princess Charlene of Monaco (upper left), the wife of China's President Peng Liyuan (upper right), Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) leave after their meeting at the Monaco Palace on March 24, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Rescuers are looking for 28 people who are still missing, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing Yancheng mayor Cao Lubao

RESCUE. Paramilitary police officers and a medical staff transfer an injured man as smoke rises from an explosion site behind them in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

6 dead as car hits crowd in China, police kill driver

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The early morning incident occurs in Zaoyang City in Hubei Province