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U.S. suspends flights by Chinese airlines in spat with Beijing

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The move is triggered by China's failure to act on American carriers' requests to resume passenger service

AVIATION. A China Southern employee wears a face mask as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing International Airport on the eve of a 5-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The United States and Britain have enraged Beijing with their criticism of planned national security legislation that critics fear would destroy the semi-autonomous city's limited freedoms

WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

[OPINION] HK today, PH tomorrow: They are coming for us

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'It behooves the Filipino people to stand for Hong Kong and to fight for our own freedom.... We must fight to preserve...the priceless opportunity to live as free men and women in our own land, and not slaves to some foreign power.'

UK's Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:18 AM

'If China proceeds to justify [Hongkongers'] fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away,' says the prime minister

UMBRELLA. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag umbrella at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

U.S. urges China to comply with Hague ruling, rejects 'excessive' sea claims

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United States also calls on China cease its 'provocative activities' in the South China Sea

PATROLS. The USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transit the South China Sea April 18, 2020. Photo from US Navy

Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More than 9.8 million people are tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials say, adding the 300 positive results were among asymptomatic patients

MORE TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. File photo by AFP

ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says raising the landmark ruling is the 'best and most effective' argument under international law to thwart China's encroachment of Southeast Asian states' waters

FLYING HIGH. Flags of ASEAN member-states and partners at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, November 10, 2017. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Wuhan doctor at whistleblower's hospital dies from coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, dies on Friday, May 29, after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than 4 months

NURSES IN WUHAN. Nurses listen to speeches during a ceremony marking International Nurses Day, at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP

Global stocks rise despite protests, U.S.-China tensions

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Analysts say markets have historically shrugged off civil disruptions

TRADING. The Wall Street street sign is seen in New York City on March 23, 2020. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Police reject permission for this year's rally saying it would 'constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public'

FIRST IN 30 YEARS. This file photo taken on June 4, 2019, shows people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China threatens to 'counter-attack' U.S. over Hong Kong curbs

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side,' says foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a regular briefing, without providing details

PROTEST. Pro-China activists protest outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on May 30, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Chinese media use race clashes to criticize U.S. over Hong Kong

May 31, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western capitals, especially Washington, over its handling of the pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong last year

PRO-CHINA PROTEST. A pro-China activist holds an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a protest outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on May 30, 2020, in response to US President Donald Trump saying on May 29 he would strip several of Hong Kong's special privileges with the United States and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing's bid to exert control in the financial hub. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China factory activity slows as global slump drags on growth

May 31, 2020 - 4:00 PM

China's National Bureau of Statistics says foreign market demand is still shrinking as countries continue to combat the coronavirus pandemic

SLOWDOWN. A worker sews shoe parts at the Zhejiang Xuda Shoes Company factory in Wenzhou, China, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LOOK: New harbor on Pag-asa Island

May 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The harbor, along with other new structures on the island, will make both civilian and military visits easier – a small but significant step forward in establishing Filipino presence in the West Philippine Sea

SAFE HARBOR. An aerial view of the construction of a sheltered port at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the Municipal Engineering Office of the Kalayaan Island Group

Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, restricts entry of some Chinese students

May 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The US president attacks China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was 'diminishing the city's longstanding and proud status'

STUDENTS. File photo of students in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

LOOK: Indonesia invokes Hague ruling in UN note

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Read the communication where Indonesia backs the 2016 Hague ruling the Philippines won against China

RULE OF LAW. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 shows Indonesia President Joko Widodo (R) saluting troops during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Handout photo /Presidential Palace/AFP

China faces mounting pressure over Hong Kong security law

May 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The US, Britain, Canada, and Australia lead criticism of the planned law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and acts that endanger national security

PRESSURE. Riot police detain a group of people during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/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

U.S. revocation on Hong Kong: Big symbolism, less certain effect

May 29, 2020 - 10:29 AM

At the most drastic, Trump could abolish all special commercial privileges and treat the financial hub as any other Chinese city

LOCALS. Residents in Hong Kong wearing masks, May 10 2020, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

China approves plan to impose Hong Kong security law

May 28, 2020 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) China makes the security law a top priority at its annual National People's Congress session, after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for 7 months in 2019

PARLIAMENT. Chinese leaders attend the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong courts groan under weight of protest trials

May 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Hong Kong police say nearly 9,000 people have been arrested since the often violent protests kicked off last June with 1,600 proceeding to trial so far

SILENT PROTEST. Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading "Bad laws of China's national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong's Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

FALSE: 'Flying insects' kill people in China, India, Iran

May 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The photos attached in this claim were taken from footage of a gas leak in India

In rare move, Indonesia raises Hague ruling vs China

May 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) The move provides an 'important building block' for Manila, which won the historic award against Beijing, says Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

LAW OF THE SEA. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on 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. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

U.S. Congress ramps up China pressure over Uighur camps

May 28, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Rights groups say at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in China's northwestern Xinjiang region have been incarcerated in camps in a massive brainwashing campaign with few modern parallels

MASK. A masked demonstrator attends a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Fontana Chinese get coronavirus test results faster than some OFWs

May 28, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Chinese workers at the resort complex are included in a list of OFWs who’ve tested negative for COVID-19, even though their swab samples were taken later than some Filipino repatriates still waiting for their results

MIX-UP. Names of Chinese workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were inadvertently published on a list of OFWs cleared of the disease. Photo of the swabbing of the Chinese workers sourced by Rappler; screen shot of list from PCG

U.S. revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law

May 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTESTS. Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China to loosen flight restrictions after outcry from stranded citizens

May 27, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Starting June 2020, the number of permitted flights in China will nearly triple to 407 per week

TRAVEL LIMITS. Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International Airport on January 31, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

May 27, 2020 - 9:43 PM

'The cabinet will come up with a Hong Kong humanitarian assistance action provide complete planning for Hong Kong people's residency, accommodation and care,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen

'ACTION PLAN.' Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong high school students go back to class

May 27, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Hundreds of secondary schools open their doors for senior students, the first classes in the state sector since late January

Workers walk on a footbridge outside the Legislative Council after passing a check point (back) manned by riot police in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

YouTube says removal of China comments 'an error'

May 27, 2020 - 12:12 PM

The Google-owned platform responds to a tweet by tech entrepreneur Palmer Luckey who said that 'YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao, an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party'

YOUTUBE. YouTube said May 26, 2020 it was investigating the removal of comments critical of the Chinese Communist Party from the video-sharing platform, saying the filtering appeared to be 'an error.' Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

May 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement police say they 'respect the right of residents to express their views peacefully, but it must be carried out legally'

READY. Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

May 27, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Trump promises a 'very interesting' US response within days

FREE HONG KONG. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

FALSE: Video of Wuhan, China in ‘2nd wave’ of coronavirus infections

May 26, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The footage is old and appeared as early as February 2020. Reports said the bodies in the video died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

WATCH: In Hong Kong, clashes erupt over proposed security law

May 26, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Pro-democracy activists say China's proposed national security law spells the end of the one country, two system agreement

Hong Kong leader tries to reassure investors rattled by China law

May 26, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Beijing wants to enact legislation banning 'seccession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference' in the international finance hub after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China threatens U.S. countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

May 25, 2020 - 9:16 PM

China plans to impose a national security law on the city's financial hub, with the Hong Kong security chief backing it as needed in defeating 'terrorism'

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

May 25, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The statement is part of a flurry of coordinated messages from the city's different security services embracing the law

HONG KONG POLICE. A man (C) leans out from a shop as police conduct a clearance operation in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 24, 2020, during protests against a proposal to enact new security legislation in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China space program targets July launch for Mars mission

May 25, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Called 'Tianwen,' the Chinese mission will put a probe into orbit around Mars and land the robotic rover to explore and analyze the surface.

MARS MISSION. This undated handout picture released by the China National Space Administration on November 14, 2019 shows a view of an exploration lander for China's Mars mission before a hovering and obstacle avoidance test at a facility in Huailai inChina's Hebei province. Photo by Wan Ke/China National Space Administration/AFP

China exporters look inwards as virus hits overseas markets

May 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

As the coronavirus hits trade across the globe, exporters in China are forced to look to domestic markets after years of selling overseas

This photo taken on May 20, 2020, shows a worker assembling toy cars at the Mendiss toy factory in Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province. - Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY "CHINA-TRADE-EXPORTS" FOCUS by Beiyi SEOW

China 'open' to international effort to identify coronavirus source, says FM

May 24, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also blasts what he called efforts by US politicians to 'fabricate rumors' about the pathogen's origins and 'stigmatize China'

LAB TEST. This photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows a laboratory technician working on testing samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a laboratory in Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

China warns U.S. pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

May 24, 2020 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'there is also a political virus spreading through the US,' involving 'the use of every opportunity to attack and smear China'

PRESS CONFERENCE. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during his online video link press conference during the National People's Congress at the media center in Beijing on May 24, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

May 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say at least 180 people were arrested on Sunday, May 24, majority in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai districts

PROTESTS. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Wuhan lab had 3 live bat coronaviruses – Chinese state media

May 24, 2020 - 11:48 AM

But Wuhan Institute of Virology director Wang Yanyi says the highest similarity to COVID-19 of the 3 strains of live coronaviruses from bats 'only reaches 79.8%'

WUHAN LAB. An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China draws Western rebuke over move to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 23, 2020 - 3:54 PM

In separate statements, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada, and the US , urge China not to pass the proposed Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Lam vowed to "fully cooperate" with Beijing over a national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, after lawmakers introduced a draft proposal to the country's parliament. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong to adopt security law 'as soon as possible'

May 22, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam says she 'firmly' believes the law is aimed at 'effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security'

LEADER. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. Photo by Leo Ramirez/AFP

Hong Kong stocks battered by China security proposal

May 22, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Investors flee for the hills on Friday, May 22, worried about China's increasing influence in Hong Kong

STOCKS BOOSTED. (L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China, and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

No annual growth target for virus-hit China, a first in years

May 22, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Given 'great uncertainty' caused by the coronavirus pandemic, China will not set a 2020 economic growth target but 'give priority to stabilizing employment and ensuring living standards'

NIGHT MARKET. This aerial photo shows people visiting a night market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on April 2, 2020. Photo by AFP

China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

May 22, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) '#HongKong has been the safe harbor for dissent; it's the light, the conscience, the voice that speaks truth to an increasingly powerful China,' tweets Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch

THE END. Pro-democracy protesters display a banner calling for the city's independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP