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Japan says man held in China after alleged spying reports

Oct 21, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'The Japanese embassy in China confirmed that a Japanese man in his 40s was detained by Chinese authorities in Beijing in September for (allegedly) violating Chinese laws,' Yoshihide Suga says

Beijing says no one can stop Taiwan 'reunification'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM

China will not stop its efforts towards 'realizing the complete reunification of the motherland,' Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe says at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing

ASSERTING REUNIFICATION. China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe addresses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 2, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Hands tied and paralyzed: Hong Kong leader struggles to end crisis

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The major steps taken by Beijing-backed city leader Carrie Lam fail to deal a decisive blow against protests, with some actions fanning the flames further

CARRIE LAM'S PROBLEMS. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Over the last 4 months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds for police and protesters

This picture taken on October 6, 2019 shows Indonesian migrant worker Marsanah (C) sitting with her friends on their day off at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. There are more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, often toiling for little pay and living in cramped conditions. But over the last four months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds between police and protesters. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 AM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign government or individuals have the right to interfere,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. - Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

China: An imperial power in the image of the West?

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:01 PM

This series of articles seeks to provide some clarification on a number of these questions, to provide a guide with which we can formulate a strategy to deal with this big, threatening, yet in many ways, still mysterious neighbor

Universal Studios park in China to have facial recognition tech

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The facial recognition technology is part of a host of services owned by Alibaba which will be integrated into Universal's theme park

NOW WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION. American and Chinese officials attend the gala opening of Universal Studios' new theme show in Beijing on September 16. Photo by Stephen Shaver/AFP

China signs deal to 'lease' Tulagi island in the Solomons

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The leaked papers reveal the Solomons' Central Province made a 'strategic cooperation agreement' on Tulagi island, which has a natural deep water harbor, with the China Sam Group on September 22

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns – report

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:38 PM

While the Communist Party advertises it as /a way for citizens to prove their loyalty and study their country, the app's maintainers are studying them right back,' The Open Technology Fund says

STUDY TO MAKE CHINA STRONG. This photo taken on February 20, 2019 shows a phone app called "Xuexi Qiangguo" or "Study to make China strong" with an image of China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

2 Americans detained in east China

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The detentions of Jacob Harlan and Alyssa Petersen come amid diplomatic and trade tensions between China and the United States

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves before reading her speech

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was to unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech on October 16 aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Prague, Beijing scrap 'sister city' deal over Taiwan row

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Prague said Beijing demands it respect the 'One China' policy on Taiwan as a precondition for lending a panda to Prague zoo. The panda never arrived.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2017, giant panda Meng Meng enjoys some bamboo in her enclosure at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. - The zoo announced on August 27, 2019 that Meng Meng is pregnant and will give birth to at least one baby within the upcoming two weeks. (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP)

India-China summit confirmed, with just 2 days to go

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping are set to have an 'informal summit' this week, with confirmation occurring at short notice

INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS. This handout photo taken on July 26, 2018 and released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg. File photo by PIB/AFP

Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:55 PM

China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in the process

STANDARDIZED GRAVES. This photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows a new cemetery built on the outskirts of Aksu, Xinjiang where bodies from a destroyed Uighur graveyard were moved.  Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China warns Apple against 'reckless' support of Hong Kong protesters

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:08 PM

An opinion piece in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, highlights a transport app available on Apple's store that it alleges helps protesters identify police in Hong Kong

CHINA WARNS APPLE. A man takes pictures using the latest iPhone model outside an Apple store in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on September 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests – leader

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Carrie Lam tells reporters that while she believes the city's authorities can cope with the unprecedented troubles, China could be called upon if the situation becomes 'so bad'

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman (L) holds her mobile phone as a group of masked protesters run past while vandalising the Diamond Hill station in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 7, 2019.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces the move, saying the United States 'cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China'

SANCTION.  File photo of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Sit-in at school of Hong Kong protester shot by police

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The international finance hub is reeling from the shooting, the first time a demonstrator has been struck with a live round in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests

Riot police fire projectiles against protesters in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong defies China anniversary with 'Day of Grief' rallies

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Hong Kong is on edge as protesters vow to overshadow Beijing's festivities, stepping up nearly 4 months of protests pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability

CHINA ANNIVERSARY PROTESTS. Protesters take part in a rally in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong unrest looms large

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:05 AM

'Unity is iron and steel. Unity is a source of strength,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech on Monday, the eve of celebrations

Chinese troops take part in a rehearsal in front of a screen shows the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China ahead of a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Strife-torn Hong Kong braces for China anniversary day violence

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:39 PM

The ongoing unrest in Hong Kong threatens to upstage National Day festivities in China as the semi-autonomous city boils with public anger over the erosion of its special freedoms

BURNING DEBRIS. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Factory fire kills 19 in east China

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The fire breaks out on Sunday, September 29, at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province

Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Taiwan remains a sore point to this day among party leaders in Beijing, and the emergence of a growing Taiwanese identity is a headache for Beijing's plans

REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows 100-year-old Kuomintang army veteran Hsiang Pi-chien at the Tainan Veterans Retirement Home in Tainan. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

At least 36 killed, 36 hurt in China road crash

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The accident is caused by a flat tire on the left front wheel of the bus, according to a preliminary investigation

Hong Kongers start days of rallies ahead of China's birthday

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Democracy protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong are determined to take the shine off the festivities to mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China

A man posts handbills and notes to help create a new "Lennon Wall" in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, as activists mark the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement", a failed 79-day occupation that called for universal suffrage. Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP

China foreign minister tells the U.N. protectionism risks causing global recession

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'The lessons of the Great Depression should not be forgotten,' Wang Yi tells the United Nations General Assembly in New York

WANG YI. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 27, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ghosts of China's past haunt former capital Nanjing

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Nanjing locals still remember when Mao Zedong's Nationalist rivals controlled China from their city, and some hint at dismay over its lost stature

This picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows tourists walking past a portrait of nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen at the Nanjing Chinese modern history museum, which once housed the presidential palace of the Republic of China from 1927 to 1949, in Nanjing, China's Jiangsu province. The eastern city of Nanjing contains vestiges of China's past that represent an inconvenient truth for the government today: the Chinese world has not always revolved around the Communists and Beijing.  STR / AFP

U.S. says China agrees to 'full cooperation' against fentanyl

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Jim Carroll, the director of National Drug Control Policy, says he is 'absolutely convinced' President Xi Jinping is 'committed' to combating opioid traffickers

China then and now: the PRC at 70

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Here are some of the key ways in which China and its citizens have changed since the PRC was founded on October 1, 1949

EAST IS RED. This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. AFP Photo

China plans triumphant 70th anniversary despite headwinds

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The anniversary is meant to showcase China's extraordinary rise from the ravages of war and famine to a modern, powerful nation state whose economic and military muscle is viewed by many with increasing concern

This photo taken on September 8, 2019 shows children painting an image of the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on a wall in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, during an event to celebrate the upcoming anniversary on October 1. STR / AFP

Amnesty International says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'In an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong's security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests,' says Amnesty International

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Train derails in Hong Kong during rush hour

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) MTR suspends subway services between two stations on the line. Intercity services to mainland Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Dongguan and Beijing are canceled for the day.

DERAILED. Rescue workers investigate the scene of a passenger train that derailed during the rush hour outside Hung Hom railway station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong festival mooncakes get a protest makeover

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Naomi Suen's mooncakes are a contemporary political twist on a gift traditionally given during the annual mid-autumn festival at a time when Hong Kong is convulsing with unprecedented unrest

DELICIOUS, DEFIANT. This picture taken on September 10, 2019 shows mooncakes, adorned with a popular slogan from recent pro-democracy protests, being prepared for the annual mid-autumn festival at a bakery in Hong Kong.  Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong denies he's a separatist

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:22 AM

'Some brand me as a separatist. But just let me make it clear: Hong Kong is asking for election system reform. We just hope to elect our own government. We just hope to elect the chief executive of Hong Kong,' Wong says

NOT SEPERATISTS. Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (right) and Glacier Kwong during a press conference at the Bundespressekonferenz, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Michele Tantussi/AFP

Taiwanese man investigated in China over 'state security'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The investigation against Lee Meng-chu comes amid unrest in Hong Kong and persistent tensions between China and the self-ruled democratic island of Taiwan

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Security guards patrol below surveillance cameras on a corner of Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Protestors boo Hong Kong anthem during football World Cup qualifier

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Ear-splitting booing all but drowns out 'March of the Volunteers', the anthem the semi-autonomous territory shares with mainland China, at what was Hong Kong's first home game after a summer of upheaval

People turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem at the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying football match between Iran and Hong Kong at Hong Kong Stadium on September 10, 2019. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

'Braves' on the frontlines of Hong Kong's protests

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:18 AM

A culture has built up around Hong Kong's 'braves' who are hailed by supporters as heroes and reviled by their opponents as nihilists

This photo taken on August 31, 2019 shows protester 'Ryan' (L) having his mask adjusted by a friend outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. The 19-year-old bespectacled student is one of what Hong Kong protesters have dubbed "the braves" -- hardline pro-democracy activists who have embraced violence and specialise in fighting police. Hong Kong's unprecedented protests were sparked by a proposed bill allowing extraditions to the authoritarian mainland. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Taiwan leader meets Solomons envoy to shore up ties over China

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Solomon Islands are among only 17 countries that maintain official ties with Taiwan, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vowed to review the relationship

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Riot police deployment thwarts Hong Kong airport protest

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:08 AM

A large deployment of police at key bus, ferry and rail links across the city appears to deter protesters from arriving en masse

FIERCE STAND. A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Trump bullish on China tariffs, but aide warns of long haul

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:39 AM

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow cautions the trade war could be a drawn-out contest resembling the Cold War under president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s

BULLISH ON CHINA TARIFFS. US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Canada's Justin Trudeau says China uses detentions as political tool

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The Canadian Prime Minister says: 'we need to figure out how to engage with them, but we also have to be clear-eyed about it, that China plays by a very different set of rules and principles than we do in the West'

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his opening remarks during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses his intent to remain a vital partner of the ASEAN for the years to come. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hong Kong: A timeline of mounting protest

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here's a summary of the still simmering Hong Kong protest movement

SIMMERING.Students attend a school boycott rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 2, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts spread disinformation for years – think tank

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the 940 suspended Twitter accounts had conducted 'blunt-force influence' campaigns for 'at least two years'

Hong Kong protesters appeal to German leader Merkel before China visit

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong and the 'Hongkongers in Germany Concern Group' write German Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter asking her to cancel her trip to China

PRO-DEMOCRACY. (From left) Hong Kong lawmaker Eddie Chu, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and Luo Wen-jia, Secretary General of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), attend a press conference at the DPP headquarters in Taipei on September 3, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Beijing says it 'firmly' supports Hong Kong leader

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

China's government expresses support for Carrie Lam after Reuters news agency releases a recording of her telling business leaders last week she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. File Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

8 schoolchildren killed in China, suspect arrested – official

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Officials did not say how the students were killed, but schools have been hit by a number of knife attacks in China in recent years, forcing authorities to step up security

Arrests jump in China's Xinjiang amid crackdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:19 AM

One in 5 arrests made in China in 2017 took place in Xinjiang, although the region is home to just 2% of the country's population, data from the local prosecutor's office show

This photo taken on June 5, 2019 shows a "media interview area" set up near the Idkah mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan in Kashgar, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the enormous square outside of the main mosque in Kashgar was cordoned off, with reporters forced into a "media interview area" on the outer edges of the square as worshippers filed into the mosque -- whereas in previous years devotees gathered in crowds outside GREG BAKER / AFP