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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

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

Photo from Shutterstock

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