US trade war was pushing China to steal tech and talent: Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The China-U.S. trade war is pushing Beijing to step up its efforts to steal technology and poach talent from Taiwan to boost China’s semiconductor industry’s self-sufficiency, the government of the tech-powerhouse island said on Wednesday. Washington has taken aim at China’s tech industry during the bitter trade dispute, putting sanctions on firms […]

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‘Beautiful and fierce’: Voguing balls let LGBT Chinese shine

Leather, glitter, stilettos and a strut — voguing, the underground dance phenomenon, has seized Beijing and given China’s LGBT community a “playground” to celebrate their identities. Sashaying down the runway clad in fake-fur, mile-high wigs and dramatic makeup, performers flaunted poses for an ecstatic audience, powered by a pounding house music soundtrack. Hundreds of young […]

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China approves radical overhaul of Hong Kong’s political system

Chinese leaders endorsed a sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system Tuesday, slashing its number of directly elected seats and ensuring a majority of the city’s lawmakers will be selected by a reliably pro-Beijing committee. The new measures, which bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature and were imposed directly by Beijing, are the latest move aimed at […]

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Iran and China sign long-term cooperation agreement 

Chinese Foreign Minister in Tehran – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting. – -/Iranian Presidency/dpa Iran and China inked a long-term cooperation agreement in Tehran on Saturday, state television reported. The comprehensive agreement signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang […]

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Britain imposes sanctions on Chinese officials, company over Xinjiang

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain imposed sanctions on Monday on four Chinese officials and a construction company over human rights abuses against the mainly Muslim Uighur community in Xinjiang, part of coordinated action by some Western countries to put pressure on Beijing. Earlier on Monday, the United States announced sanctions on two more Chinese officials linked […]

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Tense China-US talks heighten need for improved crisis management: Chinese adviser

BEIJING (Reuters) – The failure of this week’s U.S.-China meeting to build strategic trust has heightened the need for Beijing and Washington to improve crisis management regime, a senior Chinese military scholar and adviser told a Beijing forum on Saturday. After a fiery start, U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called “tough […]

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Tough talk at first face-to-face US, China meeting of Biden era

American and Chinese diplomats clashed Thursday in their first face-to-face talks since President Joe Biden took office, with the world’s top two powers digging in on a laundry list of issues on which they diverge broadly as the meeting opened in Alaska. China’s actions “threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” US Secretary of […]

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Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Deadly small particle pollution in four of five nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday. The partial or complete shutdown of transport and industry for months at a time in 2020 reduced average levels of so-called PM2.5 pollution across the world, including in major […]

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China to US: Taiwan is ‘red line that should not be crossed’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (Not Pictured) following their meeting. China’s understanding of its relationship to self-ruled Taiwan, known as the “One China” policy, is a “red line that should not be crossed” by the United States, Beijing’s top diplomat […]

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How vaccines became ammunition in global diplomacy

Covid-19 vaccines are not just coveted as protection from the deadly virus, they are also a currency in the battle for global influence, experts say, especially between China and Russia. While the United States has been saving its vaccines for Americans, and Europeans struggle with delivery, Beijing and Moscow, as well as India, have been […]

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State-sponsored hackers in China targeting email services: Microsoft

Microsoft has said a state-sponsored hacking group operating out of China is exploiting previously unknown security flaws in its Exchange email services to steal data from business users. The company said the hacking group, which it has named “Hafnium”, is a “highly skilled and sophisticated actor”. Hafnium has in the past targeted US-based companies including […]

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Using rectal swab COVID tests on people entering the country is ‘science-based’: China

Japan has asked China to avoid using anal swabs to test its citizens for coronavirus, saying the method prompted complaints of “psychological distress”. Tokyo’s intervention comes after reports that US diplomatic personnel in China had complained of being subjected to the intrusive tests — a claim Beijing denied. China, which has largely brought the virus […]

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What is love? Beijing desires unconditional loyalty from Hong Kong

By Greg Torode and Marius Zaharia HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese officials have signalled that Beijing plans sweeping electoral changes for Hong Kong, possibly as soon as next week, when China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), opens in Beijing. WHAT IS BEIJING PLANNING? Xia Baolong, director of China’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, […]

Taiwan expresses ‘admiration’ for Biden concern in Xi call

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s government expressed its thanks to and “admiration” for U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday after he told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping of his concerns about Beijing’s pressure against the island China, which claims as its own territory. Biden’s government, which took office on Jan. 20, has moved to reassure democratic […]

Wuhan marks a year since lockdown as Biden warns of 600,000 dead

The Chinese city of Wuhan marked one year since the start of its traumatic 76-day coronavirus lockdown Saturday while the pandemic continued to rage elsewhere, with US President Joe Biden warning America’s death toll could pass 600,000. Traffic hummed, sidewalks bustled, and citizens packed parks and public transport in Wuhan, underscoring the scale of the […]

Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as German deaths top 40,000

The pope and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus as Germany on Sunday reported 40,000 fatalities since the pandemic began a year ago. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the worst was still to come. More than 1.9 million people worldwide have now […]

US authorizes sanctions for China Dalai Lama meddling

President Donald Trump has signed a law that authorizes US sanctions on Chinese officials if they interfere in Tibetan Buddhists’ selection of the next Dalai Lama. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Tibetan Policy and Support Act amid growing concern that Beijing will seek to handpick a successor to the 85-year-old spiritual leader, hoping the movement for […]