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Why is Hong Kong's China extradition plan so controversial?

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:49 PM

A briefer on the proposed Hong Kong extradition law

NO. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

30 years after Tiananmen, U.S. says hopes dashed as China defends crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salutes the 'heroic protest movement,' which he says still stirs 'the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

China says US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan

May 31, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'The US recently often played the Taiwan card, in a vain attempt to use Taiwan to contain China. This is purely wishful thinking,' says a Chinese defense ministry spokesman

Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany

May 23, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Ray Wong and Alan Li – who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the Hong Kong's worst violence for decades – are the first dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city to receive such protection

This handout courtesy of Ray Wong taken in June 2018 and released on May 22, 2019 shows activists Ray Wong (L) and Alan Li posing for a photo in Berlin. The two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection. Ray Wong and Alan Li -- who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the city's worst violence for decades -- were due to stand trial on riot charges but fled Hong Kong in November 2017. Handout / COURTESY OF RAY WONG / AFP AFP

Beijing slams U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

China's foreign ministry says the Chinese navy asked the US vessels to leave after they entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha

CHIGUA REEF. This undated handout photo released by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the alleged reclamation by China on what is internationally recognized as the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, otherwise known as the Mabini Reef by the Philippines and Chigua Reef by China. AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA)

Duterte flies to China amid West PH Sea controversies

Apr 24, 2019 - 4:02 PM

This is President Rodrigo Duterte's fourth visit to China since he assumed office in 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) raise a toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

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

Dalai Lama 'doing much better,' should leave hospital in few days – spokesman

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) A representative of the Dalai Lama says he is in New Delhi for a doctor's visit, and is 'doing much better'

AILING. File photo of the Dalai Lama. From Wikipedia

U.S. officials order Chinese company to sell Grindr – report

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

US officials fear people with security clearances who use the app could be blackmailed by Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources

GRINDR. This picture taken on March 27, 2019 shows the Grindr app on a phone in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

Locsin hits West, praises China in 1st Beijing trip

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:37 PM

'I speak for my country which wants to see much to hope for, and nothing to fear from the rise of a new power,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Chinese carmakers show goods in Geneva as sales tank at home

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

New Chinese players come out in force this year in Europe's biggest annual car show, which has typically been a showcase for luxury cars from historic manufacturers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 5, 2019: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster sports car debut at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com

Beijing's Forbidden City in historic light show

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The Forbbidden City is set to celebrate the Lantern Festival with another light show

A light show inside the Forbidden City is seen during a cultural event celebrating the Lantern Festival, the end to the Lunar New Year festivities, in Beijing on February 19, 2019. - The event marks the first time the Forbidden City has been lit up at night in 94 years since opening to the public. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

U.S. team in Beijing for trade talks after IMF 'storm' warning

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Deputy trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish leads the US delegation in preparatory meetings, according to the White House on Monday

TRADE TALKS. US Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) and members of his negotiation team leave a hotel ahead of a meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing on February 11, 2019. Photo by NICOLAS Asfouri/AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks with a chill in the air

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The two sides have just a month remaining in a 90-day truce declared in December in the trade war

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He lead their delegations as they begin trade negotiations in the Diplomatic Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The top trade officials are beginning two days of face-to-face trade talks to end a monthslong trade war between the worlds two largest economies. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP  CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Australia demands China treat detained national 'fairly'

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Yang Hengjun – a novelist, democracy advocate and former Chinese diplomat – is detained and charged with 'espionage' upon arriving in China from the United States

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From facebook.com/yanghengjun

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defense because it is completely at odds with the facts,' says the chief judge

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. China confirmed on December 13 that two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. GREG BAKER / AFP

Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A male suspect using a hammer is brought 'under control' and the wounded pupils are admitted to hospital

Police investigators carry bags of evidence out of an elementary school where an attack took place in Beijing on January 8, 2019. Twenty children were wounded in an attack at the elementary school in Beijing on January 8 with three suffering serious injuries, local authorities said. GREG BAKER / AFP

U.S. negotiators in Beijing for trade war talks

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The American delegation in Beijing includes officials from the Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy departments

TRADE WAR TALKS. Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) leaves a hotel with his negotiation team in Beijing on January 7, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Xi Jinping vows to press ahead with economic reforms but makes clear that Beijing will not deviate from its one-party system or take orders from any other country

40 YEARS. A general view shows the celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's 'reform and opening up' policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Bishop from China's underground Catholic church steps down – state media

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The bishop's decision to step aside follows a rare visit by an official Vatican delegation to Beijing

CATHOLICISM IN CHINA. Robes used by clergy are seen in a room in a Catholic church in China's central Henan province on August 13, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing lashes out at U.S. for South China Sea sail-by

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The Pentagon says the sail intends to 'challenge excessive maritime claims' by China and to 'preserve access to waterways as governed by international law'

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe


Blast kills 22 outside China factory in Olympic city

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:01 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The blast ignites other vehicles, leaving charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars scattered on a road as firefighters work at the scene

China bars U.S. citizens from leaving over 'economic crimes'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The New York Times says, Chinese-born mother Sandra Han and her children, Cynthia and Victor Liu, were prevented from leaving the country after they arrived in June

STOP. File photo of Chinese police officer. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

For dropping Taiwan, Panama is Xi Jinping's next diplomatic destination

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:12 PM

China is the second major user of the Panama Canal after the United States

CHARM OFFENSIVE. File photo of recent Manila visitor Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but causes deadly hemorrhagic fever in domesticated pigs and wild boar

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US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Taiwan navy gets two new warships as China tensions grow

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vows the island would not 'concede one step' in defending itself

TURNOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (left) poses with a model of one of the island's new frigates during a ceremony to commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates from the US into the Taiwan Navy, in the southern port of Kaohsiung on November 8, 2018. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

Trump, Xi eye G20 talks after 'very good' phone call

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) The phone call comes as tensions between the world's two biggest economies are rising on several fronts, including commerce and security

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

China army to do 'whatever it takes' to retain Taiwan

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,' says Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

MASSIVE PARADE. Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. Photo by stringer/AFP

Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China 'seriously challenging' peace, says Taiwan president

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'As Taiwan is on the frontline of the Western Pacific, we are naturally subject to tremendous pressure,' says President Tsai Ing-wen in speech marking Taiwan's National Day

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Protest in Hong Kong over China suppression

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The pro-democracy protest comes a week after Hong Kong banned a pro-independence party on the grounds it was a threat to national security

  Protestors take part in a National Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on October 1, 2018. Thousands marched in Hong Kong on October 1 against suppression by Beijing as fears grow that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are seriously under threat. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China shuts down prominent Christian church

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church – housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the north of the capital – after its Sunday afternoon service, says church pastor Jin Mingri

China's trade surplus with U.S. hit new record in August

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The tariffs do not appear to have dented the appetite for Chinese-made products in the United States

Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Donald Trump threatened to slap another more tariffs on all imported Chinese goods, says another $200 billion 'could take place very soon'

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19 dead in fire at China hot springs hotel

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) State media says an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire

FIRE. A fire started in a hotel in Harbin, capital of the northeastern Heilongjiang province. Image from Shutterstock

Mahathir to renegotiate or cancel mega-projects during China trip

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian leader rails against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak

Mantan PM Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad. FOTO oleh Regina Safri/ANTARA

2 PH start-up teams win global awards

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Philippine start-up teams Arooga Health and Phinix bag two of the five 2018 Asia-Pacific Youth SDG Innovative Awards in China

Chinese man sets off explosive outside U.S. embassy

Jul 26, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion is set off by a man from China's Inner Mongolia region surnamed Jiang, police say, adding that his injuries are not life-threatening

US EMBASSY. Security officials (C, in black) work at the scene of a blast outside the US embassy in Beijing on July 26, 2018 following a blast near the embassy premises. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific lists Taiwan as part of China

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Even United States carriers are expected to change their listings of Taiwan, despite a White House statement in May that called China's demands 'Orwellian nonsense'

TAIWAN CONTROVERSY. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Yellow robots deliver snacks to homes in China

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:04 AM

To get a delivery via the 'little yellow horse,' the customer selects the desired products, taps in the address and pays via their phone

ROBOT DELIVERY. A woman picks up groceries delivered by a Zhen Robotics delivery robot at a residential compound during a demonstration of the robot in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters go into service amid China tensions

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:44 PM

In a move likely to rile Beijing, Taiwan commissioned 29 US-made Apache AH-64E, also known as the 'tank killer'

Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The mobile exhibition by an artist known as 'Nut Brother' features bottles of Nongfu Spring filled with contaminated drinking water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's northwest Shaanxi province

DIRTY WATER. This photo taken on July 12, 2018 shows a woman looking at polluted water in a mineral water bottle at a roving exhibition created by Chinese performance artist Nut Brother, known for his advocacy work on environmental and social issues, in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong jails top independence leader for 6 years

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Edward Leung is convicted for his involvement in Hong Kong's so-called Fishball Revolution, the city's worst protest violence for decades

PRO-INDEPENDENCE. In this file photo taken on January 18, 2018, pro-independence protestor Edward Leung arrives at the High Court before facing rioting charges in Hong Kong, for his part in the 'fishball riots' that took place in February 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Live-fire drills begins with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold – by force if necessary

LIVE DRILL. A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang drill at the Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

MH370 search to end next week – Malaysian minister

May 23, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people – mostly from China – on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing

SEARCH IS OVER. A young girl holds a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur on March 3, 2018 for 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane’s disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout