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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

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

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

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. 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

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

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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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

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

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

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 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

Taiwan president watches naval drill as China tensions grow

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Tsai Ing-wen boards the Kee Lung destroyer to supervise as troops practice defending against an attack on the northeastern port of Suao

NAVAL DRILL. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen smiles during a press conference at the Keelung destroyer at the Suao navy harbour in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist banned from vote

Jan 27, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Agnes Chow, 21, a former leader of the mass Umbrella Movement protests of 2014, had her nomination rejected because she supports self-determination for the semi-autonomous city

BANNED. Pro-democracy Demosisto party member Agnes Chow speaks to passing pedestrians in Hong Kong on June 4, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

Chinese 'love' Trump's Mandarin-speaking granddaughter

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Donald Trump shows Xi Jinping a video of his granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, greeting 'Grandpa Xi and Grandma Peng (Liyuan)' with several Mandarin ballads and a recitation of ancient Chinese poetry

Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget

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Washington approves $1.3-B arms sale to Taiwan

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Taiwan thanks the US for its continued commitment under the legislation and says the deal increases Taiwan’s confidence and ability to maintain the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait

ARMS SALE. Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan. Trump file photo from courtesy of CBS News; Tsai file photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Duterte set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing

May 08, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia meet with Filipinos in Hong Kong and join the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

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Mar 22, 2017 - 12:34 PM

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Satellite images appear to show Vietnam dredging on disputed reef

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands where Vietnam has a lighthouse shows several vessels in a carved out embankment on the reef s edge

DREDGING WORK. This satellite image taken on November 30, 2016 and released on December 9, 2016 by US-based Planet Labs shows dredging work (C below) on a small reef under Vietnamese control in the South China Sea. Image by Planet Labs/AFP

Divide and rule by Beijing throws ASEAN into disarray

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:00 PM

ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy but divisions have never been starker with Beijing blamed for driving a wedge between members

ASEAN SUMMIT. Laos is hosting the 49th AMM and the 23rd ARF, a meeting between the foreign ministers of the ASEAN members countries and its 3 dialogue partners aimed to strengthen political, cultural and discuss the solution of global economic, including human trafficking and the South China Sea territory dispute. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Bus fire kills 30 in central China – Xinhua

Jun 26, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Official news agency Xinhua says the bus driver has been detained by authorities

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Beijing pins Hong Kong riot on 'radical separatists'

Feb 14, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The riot that left police officers hurt showed elements of terror Zhang Xiaoming says

China braces for worst cold in 30 years

Jan 21, 2016 - 6:37 PM

Around 90 of China will face below freezing temperatures in the next 4 days

China's lowest growth for 25 years: What does it mean?

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Take a look at how the Chinese economy s growth affects other countries

Tsai heading for victory in Taiwan polls

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:31 AM

UPDATED Democratic Progressive Party s Tsai Ing wen is way ahead with 58 1 of half way votes versus rival Eric Chu of the ruling party with 32 5

CASTING VOTES. Voters cast their vote for local elections at a polling station in New Taipei City, Taiwan, 29 November 2014. Photo by David Chang/EPA

Toxic smog brings nightmare 'white Christmas' to Beijing

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:31 PM

In this kind of weather can Santa Claus even find Beijing? a social media user writes

WHITE CHRISTMAS? Beijing residents woke up to a 'white Christmas' on December 25 morning but with the sky covered by thick toxic smog rather than snow. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing issues second red alert ahead of smog

Dec 18, 2015 - 12:46 PM

It will be the second time the highest level alert has been issued since the city established a pollution warning system in 2013

SMOG ALERT. A view of the China Central Television (CCTV) Tower (3-R) and other buildings shrouded in smog in Beijing, China, 08 December 2015. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Levels of PM2 5 – particles which can penetrate deeply into the lungs – reach more than 15 times recommended levels

HEAVY SMOG. This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use. Photo by AFP

Beauty queen in Miss World standoff with China over rights

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin says that China is keeping her from competing in the international pageant because she might speak out on Beijing s rights record

ANASTASIA LIN. Miss World Canada 2015 says that China is preventing her from competing in the international pageant because they fear she might speak on Beijing's rights record. Screengrab from Instagram/missworldcanada

Philippines hits out at Chinese lighthouses in disputed sea

Oct 19, 2015 - 8:32 PM

These actions are obviously intended to change actual conditions on the ground and aimed at bolstering China s territorial claim in the South China Sea the Philippines foreign affairs department says

CHINA’S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May of China’s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The massacre often referred to as the Rape of Nanjing is an exceptionally sensitive issue in the often tense relations between Japan and China with Beijing charging that Tokyo has failed to atone for the atrocity

POLITICIZED? This picture taken on February 19, 2014 shows a staff member (R) holding documents concerning the 1937 Nanjing Massacre during a tour organized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the foreign media at the archives office in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province. File photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the recovery of bodies of plane crash victims increased US maritime assistance and reactions on the bullet train deal with China

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

US boosts maritime aid to Indonesia

Oct 08, 2015 - 11:24 PM

The US quadrupled support to Indonesia and 3 other Southeast Asian countries namely Malaysia the Philippines and Vietnam to boost their law enforcement capabilities at sea

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US during the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on July 10, 2014. Pool/AFP

China champions women at UN but record criticized

Sep 28, 2015 - 12:58 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping announces a 10 million pledge to the UN agency for women but China earlier this 2015 detained for a month 5 young feminists

PRESS CONFERENCE. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on November 12, 2014. File photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Over 20 countries on 'waiting list' to join AIIB

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The bank will be based in Beijing and will have a capital of 100 billion with 20 billion paid initially

File photo by  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

British FM in Beijing: Solve sea row through 'rules'

Aug 12, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Britain depends on global sea lanes for the delivery of 95 percent of its trade and has a strong interest in the stability of the South China Sea region

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Typhoon Soudelor kills 14 in China – state media

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:31 PM

UPDATED About 1 58 million people in the city are affected by the typhoon by Sunday afternoon and estimated direct economic losses are at 4 billion yuan 644 million

RESCUE. This handout picture taken on August 8, 2015 and released on August 9, 2015 by the New Taipei City Fire Department shows rescue personnel moving an 8-year old girl to safety in Wulai, New Taipei City, as typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan. AFP PHOTO / New Taipei City Fire Department

IN PHOTOS: Beijing food trip

May 01, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Roast duck fried scallops and more

China mulls rail tunnel under Mount Everest – report

Apr 09, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The Qinghai Tibet railway could include a tunnel under Mount Everest potentially providing a crucial link between China and the huge markets of India China Daily reports

PH women craft global women’s rights agenda

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:10 PM

In the history of the UN the women make the Philippines the only country that presides over 4 world conferences on women

Philippines hits back at China over South China Sea

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The Philippines has recently been among the most vocal in criticizing China s development of isolated outcroppings in the waters into large facilities capable of hosting bases and even airstrips

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

China's Xi hails South Africa's Zuma as China's 'good friend'

Dec 04, 2014 - 9:43 PM

South Africa has thrice declined a visa for the Dalai Lama in the last 5 years which is widely regarded as a sign of the country s deference to China

China wins APEC Support for free trade 'roadmap'

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:52 PM

China is keen to underscore its rising trade and diplomatic clout during the summit while a flurry of diplomatic activity is seen on the sidelines