Who is making China sick?

China accuses West of double standards over Hong Kong protests after disorder in streets of Barcelona and London

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has criticised Western politicians and media for applying double standards towards recent protests in Hong Kong and European cities, warning that any countries that condone violence will eventually see it backfire.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying cited recent protests in London and Barcelona, saying that while Beijing would not interfere in other countries’ […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins influential Beijing university board as company’s China woes continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed as the chairman of the advisory board at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, a role that could provide access to top Chinese leaders at a time the iPhone manufacturer is facing mounting challenges in the world’s second largest economy.Cook will assume the role […]

China’s SOE executives defend Beijing’s economic model from ‘targeted attacks’ by US, EU

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s state-owned enterprises have “become a target of the attack” from western lobbying groups, according to an executive from a Beijing-backed construction company, with the firms often a source of unfair competition complaints from the likes of the United States and the European Union.Chen Zhong, the general manager of the overseas department of the […]

US is instigating colour revolution, China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has taken a veiled swipe at the United States for “instigating colour revolution” in other countries and using “long-arm tactics” to influence China’s internal affairs.Speaking in Beijing at Monday’s opening ceremony of the Xiangshan Forum, China’s annual conference on security and defence issues, Wei told an audience of foreign […]

The curious corruption case of China’s former securities chief Liu Shiyu and his lenient treatment

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Before falling under the cloud of a corruption investigation in May, Liu Shiyu, China’s former top securities regulator, was a regular newsmaker.During his three years at the helm of the securities regulator from 2016 to 2018, Liu made national headlines by pursuing what he called the “barbarians, demons, evil creatures or financial crocodiles” in […]

Taiwan rejects murder suspect’s surrender offer, says Hong Kong must comply with ‘legal procedures’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Attempts to arrange for the voluntary return of Hong Kong murder suspect Chan Tong-kai to Taiwan for trial were thrown into disarray on the weekend after the island refused to grant him entry until the city complied with judicial procedures.Hong Kong police wrote to its counterpart in Taiwan on Friday to relay Chan’s decision […]

Communist Party mouthpiece slams Hong Kong university chief’s call for police abuse probe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Communist Party mouthpiece has joined former Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying in condemning a call from a Chinese University of Hong Kong official for an investigation into alleged police violence during anti-government protests in the city.Remarks like those by university vice chancellor Rocky Tuan Sung-chi risked ruining the future of the school’s […]

Hong Kong ‘chaos’ spurring on Catalan protests, Scottish independence movement, ex-Chinese envoy says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The recent demonstrations and violent protests in Barcelona in support of Catalonian independence show that the anti-government “chaos” in Hong Kong has spread to the Western world, according to a former Chinese ambassador.In a commentary published in Beijing Daily on Sunday, Wang Zhen, China’s erstwhile envoy to Uruguay and Venezuela, denounced a popular protest […]

‘Cold war thinking’ hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A “cold war mentality” and “bully behaviour” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference.Huang Kunming, head of the ruling Communist Party’s publicity department, said also that under the pretext of national security, some countries had launched cyberattacks on countries and enterprises.He […]

Chinese leaders’ business affairs should be as clear as a US$15,000 crystal horse from Deutsche Bank

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J On Wednesday, The New York Times ran an intriguing story on its front page on how Deutsche Bank won business in China “by charming and enriching the country’s political elite”. It is fascinating mainly because the story is based upon internal confidential documents, prepared by the bank and its outside lawyers, that were obtained […]

China employment steady despite Donald Trump’s claim US trade war cost country ‘3 million of jobs’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s employment situation is holding steady despite claims by United States President Donald Trump that China has lost 3 million jobs as a consequence of the trade war, data released on Friday showed.China created 10.97 million new jobs in the first nine months of this year, or 99.7 per cent of the full-year target […]

Low-key ceremony as Zhao Ziyang, who opposed Tiananmen crackdown, finally laid to rest

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Zhao Ziyang, who sympathised with the student-led Tiananmen democracy movement three decades ago, was finally laid to rest on the outskirts of Beijing on Friday – 14 years after his death.The interment of ashes of the former general secretary of the Communist Party and his wife, Liang Boqi, took place a day after the […]

China subsidising Xinjiang companies’ use of forced labour, US lawmakers told

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Forced labour is increasingly forming an integral part of Beijing’s efforts to “re-educate” Muslim minorities in China’s far west, according to a new report by a major US think tank and testimony by experts delivered on Thursday on Capitol Hill.According to United Nations estimates from last year, around 1 million Uygurs and other largely […]

Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong a social media hero in China for Hong Kong protest comments

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A video of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong saying his country would be “finished” if it were hit by Hong Kong-style protests has gone viral in mainland China, prompting social media users to praise the Lion City’s strong governance.Lee had told a union event on Tuesday that populist movements were growing in various […]

Thailand reopens free trade talks with EU to reduce reliance on China

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The European Union has restarted talks with Thailand on a potential free trade agreement, just days after unfreezing a deadlock put in place by the previous military junta ruling one of Southeast Asia’s more advanced economies.The resumption of talks comes as Thailand seeks to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on China, which […]

Dior apologises after Taiwan excluded from map of China, sparking latest online backlash

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J French luxury brand Christian Dior apologised early on Thursday after a company presentation to university students excluded Taiwan from Chinese territory, the latest example of a foreign company running afoul of Beijing’s official policy on the island.The company’s Shanghai office issued a statement at 2.15am local time to Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, in which […]

US Senate support for Hong Kong pro-democracy bill jumps as House passes measure

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Support for controversial US legislation aimed at supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, and branded a “political plot” by Beijing, jumped in the Senate on Tuesday, just as the House of Representatives passed a similar bill.Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican representing Texas, and two others signed onto the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act […]

China warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US bill supporting Hong Kong protesters

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top legislature and government agencies on Wednesday slammed the US House of Representatives for passing a bill in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, warning of “countermeasures” and that American interests in the city would suffer.The National People’s Congress, foreign ministry, Beijing’s top office on Hong Kong policy and state media all […]

US fears over economic damage from further tariffs on China accelerated mini-deal, says Trump’s ex-trade adviser

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The White House’s awareness that further tariffs on Chinese goods would be “more detrimental to the United States” than earlier duties has led the Trump administration to urgently pursue a partial deal, according to the US president’s former lead trade adviser.“The administration designed the tariffs so that the initial tranche would be much more […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.Chen Qiushi – who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

China orders winter emissions cuts, with tougher targets for cities that failed last year

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of 4 per cent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.The target for average concentration of PM2.5 – lung-damaging particulate matter smaller […]

US House approves Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, with Senate vote next

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation in support of human rights in Hong Kong on Tuesday, moving the bill a significant step closer to becoming law.Returning after a two-week recess, lawmakers in the lower chamber of Congress approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, a bill that Beijing […]

Breathing polluted air may put women at greater risk of miscarriage, Chinese study finds

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Smog clouding Beijing’s skies is not only damaging people’s lungs – breathing polluted air also puts pregnant women at greater risk of having miscarriages, a new study has found.The research by Chinese scientists, published on Monday in the journal Nature Sustainability, examined data from more than 255,000 pregnant women living in the capital over […]

Taiwan sends presidential envoy to boost Czech ties after Prague moves to scrap sister city agreement with Beijing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan has sent a presidential envoy to the Czech capital after the Prague city authorities moved to cut ties with their counterparts in Beijing over the one-China policy.The self-ruled island’s deputy foreign minister Hsu Szu-chien met the capital’s mayor Zdenek Hrib and other politicians on Monday and discussed the rupture with Beijing, Taiwanese foreign […]

US and China set on ‘decoupling’ amid their clash of civilisations, Singapore Forbes forum told

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The world’s two largest economies seem set on “decoupling”, panellists at a regional summit in Singapore said on Tuesday, as they painted a downbeat picture of the future amid high-level negotiations between the US and China to hammer out a deal on tariffs.This process would not just stop at trade and investment, warned Ho […]

Gas demand growth in China slows as economy hits consumption

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s slowing economy is expected to restrict demand for natural gas this year, despite state plans to shift another 4.93 million households away from coal this winter.State-run Sinopec Gas is predicting natural gas demand to reach 307 billion cubic metres (bcm) this year, an increase of just 10 per cent, compared to 17 per […]

China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese premier Li Keqiang has urged local government officials to do everything possible to keep economic growth on track, sending a strong signal that Beijing is increasingly concerned about a deeper-than-expected economic slowdown amid a trade war with the United States.Li told five provincial governors on Monday that local officials must “enhance the sense […]

US-China trade talks to resume next week, eyeing to clinch ‘phase one’ deal during November forum

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J High-level trade talks between China and the US will resume next week as the two sides aim to finalise a “phase-one” agreement during an upcoming regional leaders forum next month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday.Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer plan to have a phone call with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

China ‘must ensure its own food security’, but soybean imports to continue

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China must rely on its own resources to ensure its food supplies, officials said in a white paper released on Monday, dimming hopes among overseas producers that Beijing will expand imports to meet domestic demand.Unveiling the document in Beijing, Zhang Wufeng, head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, said China’s food security […]

Gaming firms Riot and ESL warn employees not to discuss politics after row over Blizzard’s decision to suspend Hong Kong gamer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At least two major gaming companies have warned employees and staff not to discuss political issues after the fallout from American game publisher Blizzard Entertainment’s decision to suspend an e-sports player for expressing support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong.US game developer Riot Games and German-based e-sports company ESL issued the guidance to staff […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

Beijing used ‘visa blackmail’ to try and stop Taiwan visit, US congressman claims

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has been accused of “visa blackmail” by the leader of a US congressional delegation which was reportedly denied entry to the mainland because it also planned to visit Taiwan.Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Beijing had taken the “extraordinary step” […]

‘Abominable’ film blocked by Vietnam over depiction of Beijing’s nine-dash line in South China Sea

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Vietnam has pulled the animated DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday.The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China […]

Australian PM Scott Morrison slammed for ‘doing Beijing’s work for it’ and mishandling China ties

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison handling of foreign affairs and the country’s relationship with China was attacked in detail on Monday by a senior member of the opposition Labor Party.Penny Wong, the shadow minister for foreign affairs, accused Morrison of making decisions against the national interest for “short-term political gain” and for echoing Chinese […]

Rubble trouble: China counts the environmental cost of its construction boom

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s rapid urbanisation has created a mountain of construction waste and an environmental headache for policymakers, according to a report published on Sunday by a magazine with links to state media.Every year, construction, demolition and renovation projects produce more than 1.5 billion tonnes of waste, yet only 100 million tonnes can be properly processed […]

Plans for ‘offshore renminbi Nasdaq’ in Macau submitted to Beijing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A proposal to set up an offshore yuan-denominated “Nasdaq” in Macau has been submitted to Beijing for consideration, according to a senior official from neighbouring Guangdong province.He Xiaojun, director of Guangdong’s Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau, said he hoped China’s central government might give its blessing to the plan by mid-December, which marks […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that independence advocates anywhere in China would be crushed, using tough language that is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong.“Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

Could Hong Kong protests sway the Canadian election?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J There’s a stereotype in Canadian politics that sees the Chinese community as apolitical and unlikely to vote. Clearly, it does not take account of people like Gloria Fung.Fung, who arrived in Toronto nearly three decades ago, is the very antithesis of the image of a vote-shy Chinese immigrant. As the founder of a non-profit […]

China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s military parade on October 1 – one of the largest in human history – to observe the 70th anniversary of the communist republic’s founding was largely aimed at a domestic audience. But the bigger impact of the massive display of Chinese military hardware was on the world stage, particularly on its neighbours and […]

China’s internet regulator praises whistle-blowers for keeping cyberspace free of ‘harmful’ content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top internet regulator has given itself a pat on the back for successfully mobilising the world’s largest online population as its unofficial censors.People blowing the whistle on one another for uploading “harmful” content has become a crucial part of the country’s online governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement […]

China’s internet regulator praises whistle-blowers for keeping cyberspace free of ‘harmful’ content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top internet regulator has given itself a pat on the back for successfully mobilising the world’s largest online population as its unofficial censors.People blowing the whistle on one another for uploading “harmful” content has become a crucial part of the country’s online governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement […]

China’s internet regulator praises whistle-blowers for keeping cyberspace free of ‘harmful’ content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s top internet regulator has given itself a pat on the back for successfully mobilising the world’s largest online population as its unofficial censors.People blowing the whistle on one another for uploading “harmful” content has become a crucial part of the country’s online governance, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement […]

‘No space to mourn’: the destruction of Uygur graveyards in Xinjiang

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Authorities in Xinjiang in China’s northwest are destroying burial grounds where generations of Uygur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in what activists call an effort to eradicate the ethnic group’s identity.In just two years, dozens of cemeteries have been destroyed in the region, according to an […]

Ignore US conspiracy theories. Khan needs China-Pakistan Economic Corridor now more than ever

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At the end of last month, a small group of graduate school students from around Pakistan gathered at the Arabian Sea port town of Gwadar for a training course. Upon their return to the northeastern city of Lahore, they raved to their friends about the idyllic beaches and striking rock formations near the town’s […]

For Xi Jinping, the biggest danger to the Communist Party is itself

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J At first glance, the annual plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is not only secretive but dull. For instance, after a delay of more than one year, the Chinese leadership announced in August that the fourth plenary session of the party’s 19th Central Committee would be held in October […]

Donald Trump says ‘good things’ are happening at China trade talks, with ‘warmer feelings than in recent past’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump said “good things are happening” at the start of a second day of high-level negotiations with China aimed at ending a trade war that is threatening global economic growth.“Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting,” Trump said in a Twitter post. “Warmer feelings than in recent past, more […]

Joshua Wong spurs Chinese embassies in Thailand and Singapore into PR action

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese embassies have lashed out at a Thai opposition politician and a Singapore newspaper over their contact with and coverage of Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung.In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese embassy in Bangkok said it was “extremely wrong and irresponsible for some Thai politicians to openly have contact with ‘Hong […]

Joshua Wong spurs Chinese embassies in Thailand and Singapore into PR action

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese embassies have lashed out at a Thai opposition politician and a Singapore newspaper over their contact with and coverage of Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung.In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese embassy in Bangkok said it was “extremely wrong and irresponsible for some Thai politicians to openly have contact with ‘Hong […]

Joshua Wong spurs Chinese embassies in Thailand and Singapore into PR action

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese embassies have lashed out at a Thai opposition politician and a Singapore newspaper over their contact with and coverage of Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung.In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese embassy in Bangkok said it was “extremely wrong and irresponsible for some Thai politicians to openly have contact with ‘Hong […]

Apple chief Tim Cook defends decision to pull Hong Kong mapping app saying it was being used to target police

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A mobile phone app that allows people to track the locations of Hong Kong police can still be widely used by Apple users despite removing it from its app store.In a leaked memo to Apple staff, chief executive Tim Cook defended the removal of the HKmap.live app, which crowd sources police locations around Hong […]

China launches environmental investigation in pollution-prone Hebei

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China has begun a new round of audits into environmental compliance in the industrial province of Hebei that surrounds Beijing, as it looks to ensure officials are not dodging efforts to combat pollution, according to an official report published on Friday.After the central government carried out nationwide audits in 2015 many local authorities were […]

How two women’s rights crusaders found support and suppression in China

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Feminists Wang Wei and Xiong Jing both found their calling at university, but their experiences of campaigning for women’s rights in China have been vastly different.Wang, 21, who provides sex education through the Shenzhen-based start-up she founded, has received official policy and funding support for her activities. But 31-year-old Xiong, a prominent #MeToo activist seeking […]

Donald Trump says he will meet with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He at White House on Friday

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will meet with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He on Friday, the second of two days of high-level US China trade talks aimed at averting further tariff increases slated for next week.“Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I […]

China’s yuan rallies after report currency pact may be included in interim US trade war deal this week

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s yuan exchange rate rose sharply on Thursday as the possibility that a currency pact could be included in a small-scale trade deal between China and the United States helped fuel optimism ahead of talks resuming in Washington.The Trump administration is weighing the inclusion of an agreement on exchange rates in a “mini” trade […]

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urges rejection of ‘one country, two systems’ model she says fails Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J President Tsai Ing-wen has denounced Beijing for its efforts to force Taiwan into unification talks under the “one country, two systems” model which, she said, is failing Hong Kong.In her address on Thursday marking the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China – as Taiwan is officially known – Tsai called […]

China’s ‘enormous Xinjiang rights violation’ happens in Xi Jinping’s name, Mike Pompeo says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday that China’s treatment of Uygurs and other Muslims in western China was an “enormous human rights violation” and Washington would continue to raise the issue.“This is not only an enormous human rights violation, but we don’t think it’s in the best […]

Taiwan or the Republic of China? Island grapples with question of identity as Double Tenth celebrations play down nationalism

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan celebrates its 108th birthday as the Republic of China on Thursday, but the scale of both the festivities and displays of nationalism have dwindled over the years as the island struggles to stop itself from becoming isolated from the rest of the world while its people increasingly cast doubts over their official identity.While […]

US and China must play equal roles in removing nuclear weapons from Korean peninsula, ex-Chinese diplomat Yang Xiyu says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The US and China must play equal roles in bringing about the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and bringing peace to the region, a former top Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.Yang Xiyu, a former inaugural director in the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Office for Korean Peninsula Issues, also suggested Beijing would continue […]

US and China must play equal roles in achieving the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, former Chinese diplomat says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The US and China must play equal roles in bringing about the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and bringing peace to the region, a former top Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.Yang Xiyu, a former inaugural director in the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Office for Korean peninsula Issues, also suggested Beijing would continue […]

US and China must play equal roles in achieving the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, former Chinese diplomat says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The US and China must play equal roles in bringing about the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and bringing peace to the region, a former top Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.Yang Xiyu, a former inaugural director in the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Office for Korean peninsula Issues, also suggested Beijing would continue […]

Free speech at centre of debate as tweet furore goes beyond NBA’s status in China

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The fallout from a National Basketball Association general manager’s tweet in support of Hong Kong’s protests has done more than threaten the league’s place in the China market – it has thrown a major ideological difference into the mix.Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey triggered a massive backlash in mainland China after he shared […]

Taiwan deports mainland Chinese tourist who tore down messages of support for Hong Kong protests

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan has expelled a mainland Chinese citizen for removing posters supporting the Hong Kong protests and banned the man from entering the island for 5 years.The man, named Li Shaodong, peeled off pro-Hong Kong protests posters from a “Lennon Wall” at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan’s immigration department said on Wednesday.Lennon Walls […]

China and Russia to sign treaty aimed at combating illegal internet content

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China and Russia will sign a treaty aimed at combating illegal internet content this month, Russia’s state communications regulator said on Tuesday.Roskomnadzor, the Russian watchdog, said it would sign the agreement with its Chinese counterpart on October 20. It said the agreement would have the status of an international treaty. The town of Wuzhen, […]

Taiwan’s KMT opposition tries to reassure US over defence policies it will adopt if it wins next year’s presidential election

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan’s main opposition party Kuomintang has sent a high-profile delegation to the US-Taiwan Defence Industry Conference to try to reassure the Americans about the party’s security and defence policies if its presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu wins the upcoming election.The annual conference, held by the US-Taiwan Business Council on Monday in Ellicott City, Maryland, has […]

Taiwan’s KMT opposition tries to reassure US over defence policies it would adopt if it wins next year’s presidential election

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan’s main opposition party Kuomintang has sent a high-profile delegation to the US-Taiwan Defence Industry Conference to try to reassure the Americans about the party’s security and defence policies if its presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu wins the upcoming election.The annual conference, held by the US-Taiwan Business Council on Monday in Ellicott City, Maryland, has […]

Taiwan’s KMT opposition tries to reassure US over defence policies it would adopt if it wins next year’s presidential election

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwan’s main opposition party Kuomintang has sent a high-profile delegation to the US-Taiwan Defence Industry Conference to try to reassure the Americans about the party’s security and defence policies if its presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu wins the upcoming election.The annual conference, held by the US-Taiwan Business Council on Monday in Ellicott City, Maryland, has […]

Courting Russia with South China Sea oil is a ‘dangerous gamble’ for Duterte

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is taking a “dangerous gamble” by inviting Russia to explore for oil in the South China Sea, defence and security analysts have warned. Duterte’s courting of the state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft during his visit to Moscow last week risks putting his country in the middle of a three-way tug […]

US Senator Rick Scott demands meeting with NBA boss over Houston Rockets China furore

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The National Basketball Association’s China crisis deepened on Monday as a ranking US senator demanded a meeting with the league’s commissioner and a backlash against its apology for a tweet by Houston Rockets coach Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong grew.Senator Rick Scott, a Republican representing Florida, requested “a meeting […]

US Senator Rick Scott demands meeting with NBA boss over Houston Rockets China furore

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The National Basketball Association’s China crisis deepened on Monday as a ranking US senator demanded a meeting with the league’s commissioner and a backlash against its apology for a tweet by Houston Rockets coach Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong grew.Senator Rick Scott, a Republican representing Florida, requested “a meeting […]

US Senator Rick Scott demands meeting with NBA boss over Houston Rockets China furore

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The National Basketball Association’s China crisis deepened on Monday as a ranking US senator demanded a meeting with the league’s commissioner and a backlash against its apology for a tweet by Houston Rockets coach Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong grew.Senator Rick Scott, a Republican representing Florida, requested “a meeting […]

Houston Rockets’ Daryl Morey ‘meant no offence’ with Hong Kong protests tweet – but angry Chinese demand more

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese internet users, state media and businesses have reacted with disdain after the Houston Rockets basketball team’s general manager Daryl Morey backtracked on Monday for his earlier tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and the NBA issued an apology.“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offence to Rockets fans […]

Houston Rockets’ Daryl Morey ‘meant no offence’ with Hong Kong protests tweet – but angry Chinese demand more

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese internet users, state media and businesses have reacted with disdain after the Houston Rockets basketball team’s general manager Daryl Morey backtracked on Monday for his earlier tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and the NBA issued an apology.“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offence to Rockets fans […]

Chinese state media slams school of 18-year-old shot by Hong Kong police for failing to denounce him

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese state media has singled out the secondary school attended by the 18-year-old student shot by Hong Kong police during protests on October 1, for failing to denounce his “violent acts”.A commentary by Xinhua, China’s official news agency, on Monday criticised Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, attended by Tsang Chi-kin, and […]

Chinese state media slams school of 18-year-old shot by Hong Kong police for failing to denounce him

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese state media has singled out the secondary school attended by the 18-year-old student shot by Hong Kong police during protests on October 1, for failing to denounce his “violent acts”.A commentary by Xinhua, China’s official news agency, on Monday criticised Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, attended by Tsang Chi-kin, and […]

Chinese Basketball Association won’t work with Houston Rockets after controversial tweet

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Chinese Basketball Association and several companies have suspended cooperation with American team the Houston Rockets after its general manager offered support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protests in a social media post.After the CBA announced its move on Sunday, Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning followed suit, as did Tencent’s online sports channel, which broadcasts National […]

Chinese state media calls Hong Kong’s ban on masks at protests ‘legal and reasonable’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Chinese state media continued a show of support for Hong Kong’s controversial ban on masks at demonstrations on Sunday after it prompted a rampage by anti-government protesters that brought the city to a standstill.Xiakedao, a social media account run by overseas edition staff from People’s Daily, said in a commentary that the new anti-mask […]

Beijing confident Carrie Lam can restore order to Hong Kong, Chinese ambassador to Britain says

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has full confidence in Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor’s ability to restore order to the troubled city, China’s ambassador to Britain told the BBC on Friday night.Speaking in an interview on the Newsnight programme, Liu Xiaoming said the Chinese government fully supported Lam’s decision to introduce a ban on the wearing […]

China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu gets light punishment after graft probe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Liu Shiyu, a former top Chinese securities regulator, has been removed from a government post and given a relatively light punishment after a five-month probe by the anti-graft watchdog.The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Liu had not upheld the principles of a Communist Party member, made inappropriate public speeches and lacked “political vigilance” […]

China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu gets light punishment after graft probe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Liu Shiyu, a former top Chinese securities regulator, has been removed from a government post and given a relatively light punishment after a five-month probe by the anti-graft watchdog.The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Liu had not upheld the principles of a Communist Party member, made inappropriate public speeches and lacked “political vigilance” […]

China’s former securities regulator Liu Shiyu gets light punishment after graft probe

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Liu Shiyu, a former top Chinese securities regulator, has been removed from a government post and given a relatively light punishment after a five-month probe by the anti-graft watchdog.The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Liu had not upheld the principles of a Communist Party member, made inappropriate public speeches and lacked “political vigilance” […]

Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has spoken out in support of the decision by Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to impose a controversial ban on the wearing of masks by protesters, describing it as the best way to bring order back to the city.In a commentary published on Saturday on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging […]

Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has spoken out in support of the decision by Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to impose a controversial ban on the wearing of masks by protesters, describing it as the best way to bring order back to the city.In a commentary published on Saturday on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging […]

Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has spoken out in support of the decision by Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to impose a controversial ban on the wearing of masks by protesters, describing it as the best way to bring order back to the city.In a commentary published on Saturday on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging […]

With the party over, Beijing needs to see progress on Hong Kong, US trade talks

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The contrast could not be starker. On October 1 in Beijing, China’s leadership orchestrated grand military and civilian parades during the day and a mass hi-tech pageantry of song, dance and fireworks during the night to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.The same day and night in Hong Kong, […]

With the party over, Beijing needs to see progress on Hong Kong, US trade talks

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The contrast could not be starker. On October 1 in Beijing, China’s leadership orchestrated grand military and civilian parades during the day and a mass hi-tech pageantry of song, dance and fireworks during the night to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.The same day and night in Hong Kong, […]

‘Extremely necessary’: Beijing backs Hong Kong’s mask ban

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beijing has thrown its weight behind the Hong Kong government’s controversial ban on people wearing masks at public assemblies, declaring the move “extremely necessary” and calling for more forceful steps to curb violence and restore order in the city.Invoking sweeping colonial-era emergency powers, Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, announced on Friday […]

Listen to the people, Taiwan’s president urges Hong Kong authorities on eve of mask ban

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed concern on Friday over Hong Kong’s decision to ban protesters from wearing masks, urging the city’s authorities to address the public’s demands.“The priority for the Hong Kong authorities should be to engage in sincere dialogue with the Hong Kong public and give a concrete response to the Hong Kong […]

Listen to the people, Taiwan’s president urges Hong Kong authorities on eve of mask ban

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed concern on Friday over Hong Kong’s decision to ban protesters from wearing masks, urging the city’s authorities to address the public’s demands.“The priority for the Hong Kong authorities should be to engage in sincere dialogue with the Hong Kong public and give a concrete response to the Hong Kong […]

Listen to the people, Taiwan’s president urges Hong Kong authorities on eve of mask ban

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed concern on Friday over Hong Kong’s decision to ban protesters from wearing masks, urging the city’s authorities to address the public’s demands.“The priority for the Hong Kong authorities should be to engage in sincere dialogue with the Hong Kong public and give a concrete response to the Hong Kong […]

Carrie Lam should resign over Hong Kong protests: Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has waded into the controversy over Hong Kong’s anti-government protests, saying on Friday that the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam yuet-ngor should resign to ease tensions.Asked for his views on the city’s troubles on the sidelines of a law conference, the 93-year-old leader raised the spectre of a repeat […]