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Taiwan opens new office for Hong Kongers after security law

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services in Taipei will, among other tasks, handle applications from Hong Kongers seeking to stay in Taiwan for 'political reasons'

DAY 1. Riot police deploy pepper spray at journalists as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

China releases genome from Beijing virus cluster as cases near 200

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Chinese authorities share the genome data of the latest outbreak with the World Health Organization and international scientific community.

WRAPPED. A mother and daughter wearing raincoats and masks wait for their flight at the airport in Beijing on June 18, 2020.  Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing schools closed again as city finds 31 more virus cases

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'The epidemic situation in the capital is extremely severe,' Beijing city spokesman Xu Hejian warns

CLASS. A teacher wearing a face mask speaks in a classroom as the school reopens after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Jiashan county, China, on April 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Mass virus testing in Beijing after new cluster triggers lockdowns

Jun 14, 2020 - 1:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Authorities impose lockdowns on a very small part of the city that includes 11 residential estates near the market which supplies most of the city's fresh produce

CAPITAL. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus cross a street in the financial district in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

New virus cases raise fears in Chinese capital, schools delay return

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The two latest patients are employees of the China Meat Research Center, one of whom had traveled to Qingdao in east China within the past two weeks

NEW CASES. People wearing face masks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Pompeo says Trump to act on alleged spying by Chinese students

May 29, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Chinese students 'shouldn't be here in our schools spying'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. With Pompeo at the helm, the State Department has requested budget cuts of more than 11-percent over FY2019 and both Republicans and Democrats were critical of the request. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Fearful of virus return, Beijing turns into virtual fortress

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Beijing imposes a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for COVID-19

CO-WORKERS. A group of company employees wearing face masks sit outside an office building in Beijing on April 10, 2020. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing 2022 Olympics faces 'special situation' after Tokyo delay

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Brace for back-to-back Olympics as the Tokyo Summer and Beijing Winter Games tip off just 6 months apart

WINTER RUN. Italy's Patrick Rastner and Ludwig Rieder take a corner in the double's luge training during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A US Pacific Fleet tweet confirms the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer, transited the strait

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. A view of the deck of the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer of the US Pacific Fleet, as it sails through the Taiwan Strait March 26, 2020. Photo from Twitter of US Pacific Fleet

Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Zhang Qiang, a city government official, says those landing from 'non-epidemic countries' will also have to stay at home for 14 days

QUARANTINE. Passengers wear face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they arrive from an international flight at Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing on March 11, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The US Justice Department says Anming Hu hid his ties to Beijing University of Technology while he taught and did research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CHARGED. File photo of Anming Hu. Photo from University of Tennessee Knoxville

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The US Justice Department is taking aim at a number of Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing industrial and other secrets to boost China's economy and defense sectors

LOGO. The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Beijing has criticized countries for imposing bans on arrivals from China over the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 78,000

BEIJING ARRIVALS. This picture taken on February 3, 2020 shows police officers wearing protective face masks at Beijing's Capital International Airport in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Beijing mobilizes masses in 'people's war' against coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:27 AM

'Those who do not declare their fever are enemies,' proclaims a banner on a building in Yunmeng

XI. A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Women spark outrage by driving in Beijing's Forbidden City

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The Palace Museum says it is 'deeply shocked and sincerely apologizes to the public'

China's wrong approach to its strategic dilemma

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:13 AM

China has valid strategic concerns in the South China Sea, but its way of addressing them has involved violating the territorial and resource rights of its neighbors

U.S. calls on China not to interfere in Taiwan election

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The top US diplomat for Asia says that tensions between Beijing and Taipei have historically risen whenever Taiwan goes to the polls

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (2nd L) and former premier William Lai (R) display a certificate after registering as presidential and vice presidential candidates for the upcoming election at the Central Elections Committee in Taipei on November 19, 2019. - Taiwan will elect a new president and parliament on January 11. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

6 months of sacrifice: Hong Kong's protesters remain defiant

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters say they aren't backing down

(FILES) In this file photo taken on early July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong before the flag raising ceremony to mark the 22nd anniversary of handover to China. Some of them have lost their jobs, suffered life-changing injuries and even been forced into exile. But six months into Hong Kong's demonstrations, pro-democracy protesters say they aren't backing down. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

China condemns U.S. navy sail-by in disputed South China Sea

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The US Navy says the USS Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat ship sailed near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed the Paracel Islands

DISPUTED WATERS. This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/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

Jeremy Lin says playing for China 'always on my radar'

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After winning an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, Jeremy Lin turns his focus on leading the Beijing Shougang Ducks in the Chinese pro league

FRESH START. Former NBA player Jeremy Lin graces the introductory press conference held by his new team Beijing Shougang Ducks. Photo by STR/ AFP/China Out

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

Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The newly opened Beijing Daxing International Airport in China is about the size of 100 football pitches

People walk inside the new Beijing Daxing International Airport during its first day of operation in Beijing on September 25, 2019. - The futuristic new airport in Beijing, which is expected to become one of the busiest in the world, was opened by China's President Xi Jinping on September 25. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

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

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

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

China tech firm eyes IPO for gay dating app Grindr

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The move comes as China and the US restarted talks to resolve a bruising war which includes a side skirmish in technology.

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

China says army can be deployed at Hong Kong's request

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Article 14 of Hong Kong's garrison law says the city's authorities may ask, 'when necessary', the central government for assistance from the garrison 'in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief'

FREE HONG KONG. A protester holds up a sign related to the recent political events and demonstrations in the territory, during the first half of the friendly football match between English Premier League club Manchester City and Hong Kong side Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Li Peng, the 'Butcher of Beijing', dies aged 90

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Li Peng dies of an unspecified illness in Beijing after he fails to respond to medical treatment late Monday, July 22

LI PENG. Former Chinese premier Li Peng – known as the 'Butcher of Beijing' for his role in the Tiananmen Square killings – died aged 91, the state broadcaster said on July 23, 2019. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

Protests pile pressure on Hong Kong's already-stressed youth

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'These students are gambling their youth to defend this place, it's very fragile,' says pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong

HONG KONG YOUTH. Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong's parliament was stormed

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Many of the current generation of largely young protesters proudly repeat the phrase 'be like water', a philosophy of adaptability and unpredictability espoused by martial arts master and local legend Bruce Lee

Protesters prepare to leave the main chamber of the government headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019, after they stormed into the building hours before, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong police fired tear gas early on July 2 to regain control of the city's parliament after thousands of protesters occupied and ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

First charges against Hong Kong anti-government protester

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities have vowed to hunt those behind the unrest that has plunged the semi-autonomous city's Beijing-backed government into crisis

DEFACE. A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after protesters broke into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Anti-government protesters stormed Hong Kong's parliament building late on July 1 after successfully smashing their way through reinforced glass windows and prizing open metal shutters that were blocking their way. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China halts Canadian meat exports over fake certificates

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:35 AM

China's embassy in Ottawa said a customs investigation – launched after the discovery of traces of a banned feed additive – reveals that up to 188 forged documents had been provided to Chinese officials

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