US Afghan peace envoy visits China as push to bring war to an end gains momentum

The US peace envoy to Afghanistan is visiting Beijing, a US embassy spokesman said on Thursday, as indications grew of a new momentum in efforts to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war and push by China to boost its influence in the region.The spokesman gave no further details about the previously scheduled visit by Zalmay Khalilzad, but […]

Chinese police race to solve mystery of missing girl, last seen with now-dead family tenants

Police in eastern China are searching for a missing nine-year-old girl who was last seen in the company of two adults who, just hours later, were found dead.A cash reward of 20,000 yuan (US$3,000) is on offer as part of an urgent appeal for information about the whereabouts of Zhang Zixin, who disappeared on Sunday […]

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen heads to US, warning of threat from ‘overseas forces’

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen left for a trip to the United States and the Caribbean on Thursday, warning that democracy must be defended and Taiwan faced threats from “overseas forces”, in a veiled reference to mainland China.Beijing, which claims the self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and views the island as a wayward province, […]

European Union will have Huawei risk measures in place ‘by end of the year’

European Union countries will agree on collective measures to deal with potential spying risks from equipment made by Huawei by the end of the year, the head of an EU advisory body has said.Luca Jahier, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, which represents the views of workers’ and employers’ organisations, said that […]

Chinese censorship is stifling country’s film industry

Tougher censorship by the Chinese government has blocked potential hits and forced filmmakers to stick with safe formulas that are not winning audiences, while a tax evasion crackdown has made some investors reluctant to back films, crimping output even further.In the year after Chinese President Xi Jinping put the Communist Party’s propaganda office in charge […]

Chinese tourist-led cruise ship boom sails into troubled environmental waters

Green groups are warning of looming environmental devastation in the wake of a boom in cruise ship holidays, fuelled in part by hordes of Chinese tourists taking to the high seas.The rapidly growing Chinese cruise market is now the second largest in the world after the US, and many of the new, modern liners are […]

China’s former defence minister Chang Wanquan ‘given military demotion over corruption’

A Chinese former defence minister and state councillor was demoted for his involvement in the corruption that brought down two disgraced vice-chairmen of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), military sources have said.General Chang Wanquan, 70, who was also a member of the CMC from 2007 until his retirement in March 2018, was demoted two […]

Chinese student applications to UK universities up by 30 per cent, as Manchester plays major host

Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30 per cent since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.The UCAS university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up […]

Father of Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s killer Brendt Christensen testifies in bid to save son from death penalty

Convicted killer Brendt Christensen’s father took the stand in Illinois on Wednesday in an effort to save his son’s life, testifying about his son’s childhood night terrors and his love of animals, as well as about his mother’s alcoholism.“I’m his parent, I have to be here,” Michael Christensen said. “I love him, nothing’s going to […]

US officials outline urgency of outpacing China in 5G telecoms technology, and how to do it

America’s free-enterprise structure will prevail over China, where consumers are held “hostage”, in the race for global dominance of 5G telecommunications technology.That was the message from Washington on Wednesday, delivered by US defence and commerce officials at an annual conference on export controls organised by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). They […]

Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on the US?

Speaking on CNBC recently, US Senator John Barrasso was adamant that Huawei, the leading Chinese telecommunications equipment maker, represented a clear threat to the United States.“Huawei is a true threat. It could be a Trojan horse,” the third-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership said.Barrasso is one of the many American politicians who have called […]

Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua formally charged with child sexual abuse

Prosecutors in Shanghai on Wednesday formally approved the arrest of Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua who was detained last week on suspicion of child sexual abuse, state media reported.“Based on a police investigation, confessions from the suspects, statements from victims and testimony from witnesses, Wang and Zhou are suspected of committing crimes of sexual molestation against […]

China will not turn to global financial crisis stimulus playbook to offset US trade war, says Beijing adviser

China will not introduce another “giant stimulus programme” similar to the one seen during the 2008 global financial crisis to offset the ongoing trade war with the United States and its weakening economy, according to a leading Chinese government researcher.Liu Shangxi, head of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, an important think tank under the […]

US must stop treating China as an enemy, says son of former president George HW Bush

The US should adopt a “honest, direct and targeted” approach in engaging China and not to treat the country as an enemy, according to Neil Bush, son of former president George HW Bush.Speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday at a forum organised by Tung Chee-hwa, former chief executive of Hong Kong, Bush said that demonising […]

Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?

The Chinese police officers touched down at Vanuatu’s main gateway, Bauerfield International Airport in the capital Port Vila, on a Wednesday afternoon. A little over a week later, on July 6, the law enforcement officers, dressed in plain clothes and accompanied by Vanuatu police, marched a half-dozen Chinese nationals onto a chartered jet bound for […]

Xinjiang camps: UN ambassadors urge China to end detention of Uygurs in open letter

Nearly two dozen countries have called on China to halt its mass detention of ethnic Uygurs in Xinjiang, the first such joint move on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council, according to diplomats and a letter seen by Reuters.UN experts and activists say at least 1 million Uygurs and other Muslims are being […]

Farm products cast a cloud over next US-China trade talks

China and the US have yet to reach a consensus on Chinese imports of US farm goods, casting a cloud over the upcoming face-to-face talks between the two sides’ top negotiators.The first direct contact between the two sides’ leading trade negotiators since the meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping […]

Chinese woman caught on camera faking road accident in bid to win compensation

A woman from southeast China who staged being knocked off her bicycle by a truck in an attempt to cheat the driver into paying her compensation might have got away with it had the scam not been caught on surveillance camera.Footage of the incident, which happened on July 4 in Wuhu, Anhui province, shows the […]

Subsidy cuts could sound the death knell for China’s cheap electric carmakers as entry-level vehicles face huge price rises, says Xpeng chief

Drastic cuts to government subsidies that have propped up China’s electric carmakers could create an existential crisis for those at the budget end of the scale.Manufacturers who have been selling their vehicles for 60,000 yuan (US$8,715) or less will be forced to drastically raise their prices to cope with the withdrawal of financial support, according […]

Chinese activist, critic of Communist Party Zhang Baocheng arrested for ‘promoting terrorism’

A Chinese anti-corruption activist who urged officials to disclose their wealth has been arrested for allegedly “promoting terrorism”, as Beijing clamps down on critics of the ruling Communist Party.Zhang Baocheng, 60, was a member of the now-defunct New Citizens Movement, which campaigned for democracy and government transparency.It is unusual in China for members of civil […]

Chinese police detain man who made online threats to rape and torture teenager

A woman in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has hit out at police after a man who admitted making online threats to rape and torture her daughter was detained for 10 days.Officers in Shenzhen held a 27-year-old man surnamed Huang for questioning on Tuesday after a woman named Jia complained that accounts belonging to […]

Foreign teachers, students held in China on drugs charges

A total of 16 foreign teachers and students are among 19 people detained in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu in an anti-narcotics crackdown, according to police.A statement by the Xuzhou public security bureau’s Quanshan branch on Wednesday morning did not elaborate on the nationalities of the foreigners, or what drugs were involved, but the teachers […]

Trade war tariffs are new normal and may be difficult to remove, says former US ambassador to China

A former US ambassador to China has said the tariff war had become the “new normal” in the countries’ relationship despite the resumption of trade talks.Max Baucus, the top US envoy in Beijing from 2014 to 2017, said on the sidelines of a US-China trade relations event in Hong Kong that it would be difficult […]

China’s government mulls special stake in as it looks to control the flow of information on trade, economics

The Chinese government is trying to extend its oversight of sensitive subject matter to trade, economics and business – in addition to politics, religion and race – by muscling in on the ownership of private media organisations.The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which regulates the country’s internet, smartphone applications and websites, is working on a […]

Chinese maker of drones wins US clearance for new high-security models

China’s DJI Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of drones, announced on Tuesday that high-security drone technology on two new models had won clearance from US regulators.DJI, based in Shenzhen, said that its high-security drones, intended for government use and known as Government Edition, had received clearance from the US Department of the Interior, which is […]

How China can win a ‘trade war’ between Japan and South Korea

An escalating “trade war” between Japan and South Korea could be good news for China, both economically and diplomatically, observers say.With Tokyo’s export restrictions on South Korean firms likely to prove mutually destructive, Chinese manufacturers could gain a competitive edge, according to analysts, while the souring of relations between two key US allies is likely […]

US diplomat Candace Marie Claiborne gets 40 months in prison for selling documents to Chinese agents

A US diplomat was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Tuesday for lying to investigators about money she received from Chinese intelligence agents in exchange for US documents.The US Justice Department said Candace Marie Claiborne, 63, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in one of several high-profile cases involving Beijing spies’ […]

Wife of Chinese billionaire parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang sues Vancouver over vacant-home tax bill on US$20 million property

The wife of Chinese billionaire and parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang is suing Vancouver’s local government to avoid paying the Canadian city’s tax on empty homes, arguing that it was wrongly applied to her C$26.8 million (US$20.4 million) property there.He Yiju says in a petition to the British Columbia Supreme Court that the C$249,313.67 bill, representing 1 […]