Taiwan deploys missiles after Chinese jets ‘enter its air zone’

Taiwan’s air force issued ‘radio warnings’ and activated missiles after Chinese jets flew into its air defence zone. Taiwan’s air force has activated its missile system after eight Chinese fighter jets flew into the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, in an uptick in tensions as Taipei announced a new defence minister and […]

As Chinese film goers pivot to local content, Hollywood loses out

With China’s box office takings expected to return to near pre-pandemic highs in 2021, the world’s largest movie market is becoming more attractive — and more tricky — for Hollywood studios. Ticket sales from movie theaters in China, which has largely contained the coronavirus, may jump to 60 billion yuan ($9 billion) this year, according […]

China Bars BBC Programs After British Ban on Chinese Broadcaster

China’s broadcasting regulator announced on Friday that the BBC will be banned from airing its programs in China through satellite services, accusing the British news service of biased, inaccurate reporting that has “damaged Chinese ethnic unity.” The Chinese announcement came just over a week after the British broadcasting regulator banned China Global Television Network, or […]

Chinese spacecraft Tianwen-1 successfully enters Mars orbit

Tianwen-1 entered the orbit after almost a seven-month journey, hoping to explore the planet over 90 days. A Chinese spacecraft has entered Mars’s orbit on a mission to land a rover and collect data on underground water and possible signs of ancient life. “China’s probe Tianwen-1 successfully entered the orbit around Mars on Wednesday after […]

Space race: UAE, US and Chinese missions prepare to explore Mars

The Red Planet is about to get a little crowded. Three separate missions to Mars launched by the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will all reach their destination this month after taking flight within just 11 days of each other in 2020. The uncrewed missions promise to yield new insights for […]

Chinese regulators call in Tesla after customers complain

A chinese regulator said on Monday that Tesla customers have complained about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and software update failures. Chinese government officials have met representatives from United States electric carmaker Tesla Inc over reports from consumers about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and failures in over-the-air software updates, a regulator said on Monday. China’s State […]

UK expels Chinese spies posing as journalists: Report

Daily Telegraph newspaper reports that three intelligence officers for Beijing’s Ministry of State Security were expelled. The United Kingdom has expelled three Chinese spies working in the UK while posing as journalists over the past year, the Daily Telegraph newspaper has reported. The three were understood to be intelligence officers for Beijing’s Ministry of State […]

Taiwan hits out at Chinese ‘bullying’ after Guyana U-turn

Taipei was supposed to open a representative office in the South American country, but the move triggered anger in Beijing. Taiwan has blamed Chinese “bullying” for Guyana’s decision to revoke a deal for the island to open a representative office in the South American country, saying it had tried without success to get Guyana to […]

Ant reaches deal with Chinese regulators on restructuring plan

The agreement will make Jack Ma’s fintech giant subject to capital benchmarks similar to those for banks. Ant Group Co. and Chinese regulators have agreed on a restructuring plan that will turn Jack Ma’s fintech giant into a financial holding company, making it subject to capital requirements similar to those for banks. The plan calls […]

Suspected Chinese hackers breach US government via SolarWinds bug

Suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in software made by SolarWinds Corp to help break into United States government computers last year, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency, marking a new twist in a sprawling cybersecurity breach that US lawmakers have labelled a national security emergency. Two people briefed on the […]

Alarm raised over Chinese ship intrusion in Philippine waters

A Chinese survey ship, which entered Philippine waters for the second time over the past year without authorisation, has left the country, but observers are increasingly alarmed over the intrusions, amid confusing statements on why it was in the country’s seas. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr confirmed the incident through social media on […]

Tibetan Who Spoke Out for Language Rights Is Freed From Chinese Prison

A Tibetan businessman has been released from prison in China after completing a five-year sentence for “inciting separatism” by campaigning for Tibetan language education, including in interviews with The New York Times, his lawyer said on Friday. The businessman, Tashi Wangchuk, returned to Yushu, his hometown in the northwestern province of Qinghai, and was staying […]

WHO team meets with Chinese, plans to visit key Wuhan sites

DHAKA: A group of more than 1,700 Rohingya Muslim refugees set sail for a remote island in the Bay of Bengal with more readying to go on Saturday, a Bangladesh navy official said, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site.They are the newest addition to the roughly 3,500 Rohingya refugees […]

WHO team meets Chinese scientists as COVID investigation begins

Experts are in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, to piece together what happened in the initial outbreak. A team of experts from the World Health Organization began its long-awaited investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, meeting a group of Chinese scientists in Wuhan ahead of a series of field visits […]

Chinese cities using anal swabs to screen COVID infections

Study shows virus traces in faecal samples could remain detectable for a longer time and provide more accurate test results. Some Chinese cities are using samples taken from the anus to detect potential COVID-19 infections as China steps up screening to make sure no potential carrier of the new coronavirus is missed ahead of next […]

Taiwan air force flexes muscles after latest Chinese incursion

Self-ruled island is beefing up its military as China becomes increasingly assertive. Armed and ready to go, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Tuesday in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet’s battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island’s air defence zone over the weekend. Taiwan, claimed […]

India to impose permanent ban on dozens of Chinese apps: Reports

Indian government imposed initial ban in June but now reportedly says it is ‘not satisfied’ with companies’ responses. India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued fresh notices to make permanent a ban imposed on video app TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June, according to Indian media reports. When it first imposed […]

Indian, Chinese troops in new border brawl

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1611557638716065400 Mon, 2021-01-25 06:36 NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese troops brawled on their contested Himalayan border leaving injuries on both sides, military sources and media reports said Monday. The incident last week came six months after a pitched battle which killed at least 20 Indian troops and an unknown […]

Chinese Miners Pulled to Surface 2 Weeks After Underground Explosion

HONG KONG — Two weeks after an explosion left a group of miners trapped 2,000 feet below ground in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, at least nine were found alive and lifted to the surface on Sunday, a bright spot in a grueling rescue effort. The first rescued miner was brought to the surface […]

Canadian officials meet ex-diplomat held in Chinese custody

Ottawa says foreign ministry officials met online with Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China since December 2018. Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms […]

Chinese rescuers aim to drill new shaft to free trapped miners

Rescuers drilling new shafts as they race to reach 22 miners trapped underground for 11 days after gold mine blast. Rescuers in China were drilling new shafts on Thursday to reach miners trapped underground for 11 days following an explosion, including one they hope to use to bring the survivors back to safety. A total […]

Chinese telecoms firms seek review of US delisting move

New York Stock Exchange had removed three China telecoms firms after former US President Trump’s executive order barring investments in military-linked companies. China’s three biggest telecommunications firms said they requested a review of the New York Stock Exchange’s decision to delist their shares more than a week ago, a move triggered by an executive order […]

Indian sailors stranded for months on Chinese coast reach Japan

The 23-member crew of Indian vessel Jag Anand arrives in Tokyo from where they will fly to India after clearing COVID procedures. A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said. […]

Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

GENEVA — The Pacific island nation of Fiji won election on Friday as president of the United Nations’ top human rights body, ending a shadowy proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia seeking to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate. Fiji won decisively, with support from 29 countries in a […]