Beijing tests 2 million for COVID-19 as Winter Olympics loom

Beijing city officials on Sunday said all two million residents of a neighbourhood where they identified a small cluster of COVID-19 infections will be tested, less than two weeks ahead of…

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China’s birth rate drops to record low in 2021

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China’s birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, data showed on Monday, extending a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing…

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China locks down city of 1.2 million after three virus cases

More than one million people in a city in central China were being confined to their homes on Tuesday after three asymptomatic coronavirus cases were recorded in the country’s latest…

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Boycotts, Covid and controversy as Beijing Olympics count down

The Beijing Winter Olympics begin one month on Tuesday with diplomatic boycotts, the coronavirus and the fate of Peng Shuai all hanging heavy over the Games. The Chinese capital on…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 21, 2021 shows people lining up to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Xi’an, in China’s northern Shaanxi province. STR / AFP

Chinese city locks down 13 million residents to fight COVID-19 outbreak

Beijing (AFP) – Over 13 million people were ordered to stay home in the Chinese city of Xi’an, which imposed a strict lockdown on Wednesday and dramatically tightened travel controls…

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Pro-Beijing candidates sweep victories at Hong Kong polls

Pro-Beijing candidates dominated Hong Kong’s legislative elections, beating out moderates and independents in the city’s first public poll after Beijing passed a resolution to amend the city’s election laws. Candidates…

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This combination of file photos shows tennis player Peng Shuai of China (L) during her women’s singles first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2017; and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) during a visit to Russia at the Saint Petersburg International Investment Forum in Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2015. (Photo by Paul CROCK and Alexander ZEMLIANICHENKO / AFP)

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai denies making sexual assault claim

Beijing (AFP) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied accusing anyone of sexual assault in her first media comments since publicly alleging that a top Communist Party official forced her to…

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The Beijing 2022 emblem is seen on a countdown clock for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

UK, Canada join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

OTTAWA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Canada joined Australia, Britain and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday, with China calling the boycotts “political posturing”…

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Peng Shuai to Xinjiang – the issues overshadowing the Beijing Olympics

From human rights to coronavirus and tennis star Peng Shuai, February’s Beijing Olympics have been overshadowed by several controversies. With under two months until the Games begin, the United States…

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seen on a screen, during a meeting in Taipei, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021. (Kyodo News via AP)

Beijing summons Japan envoy over ex-PM’s ‘erroneous’ Taiwan remarks

Beijing (AFP) – Beijing summoned the Japanese ambassador to China over former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “extremely erroneous remarks” on Taiwan, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as tensions rise over the…

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Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit on Monday that Beijing would not “bully”…

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS

Peng Shuai reappears in Beijing, WTA not reassured

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a matter of international concern for weeks, attended a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, according…

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File photo. A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in three-hour talk

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on human rights in a video call lasting more than three hours, while Xi Jinping warned that…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcoming ceremony for Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee//File Photo

Xi says China is ready to work with U.S. to manage differences

BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) – China is ready to properly manage differences with the United States, President Xi Jinping has said, ahead of a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe…

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Raphael Glucksmann, leader of the opposition Parti Socialiste and Place Publique (Socialist Party and Public Place) list for the European elections, attends a rally in Lyon, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

‘You are not alone’: EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

TAIPEI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s first official delegation to Taiwan said on Thursday the diplomatically isolated island is not alone and called for bolder actions to strengthen…

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Yahoo, Fortnite exit China as tech crackdown bites

US internet services company Yahoo said on Tuesday it has pulled out of mainland China, becoming the latest tech firm to withdraw as a crackdown by Beijing on the industry gathers pace. The move comes just days…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Australia accuses China of undermining world trade

Australia delivered a withering denunciation of China’s trade policies Thursday, accusing Beijing of undermining the World Trade Organization and foot-dragging on promised economic reforms.  During a usually routine WTO review…

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Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, Cai Qi (R), holds the torch before lighting the cauldron during the Olympic flame welcoming ceremony ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in the lobby of the Olympic Tower in Beijing on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Winter Olympic flame arrives in Beijing after activists ramp up boycott calls

Beijing (AFP) – The Olympic flame arrived in China early Wednesday for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, following a ceremony in Greece overshadowed by protests over China’s human rights record. Beijing…

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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou talks to media at British Columbia Supreme Court after her extradition hearing ended in her favour, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada on September 24, 2021. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP)

Huawei executive freed in Canada after deal with US prosecutors

A bitter diplomatic spat between Canada, China and the United States drew to a close on Friday, as Ottawa released Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and Beijing freed two Canadians who…

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Customers browse computer games at a store in Beijing. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China orders gaming giants to cut ‘effeminate’ gender imagery

Chinese authorities have ordered gaming giants to end their focus on profits and cut content perceived to be breeding “effeminacy”, as Beijing tries to direct youth culture, gender ideals, and…

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This satellite imagery taken on March 23, 2021 and received on March 25 from Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels anchored at the Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Bataraza in Palawan in the South China Sea. – Chinese vessels gathered near a disputed reef in the South China Sea are “fishing boats” sheltering from poor weather, the foreign ministry said March 22, a day after the Philippines described their presence as an incursion. (Photo by Handout / Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies / AFP)

China urges Asean to conclude the COC

China has called on Asean to speed up the negotiations on a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, which has been dragging on since 2012. On 28…

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Guests look at photos from the World Press Photo exhibition in Hong Hong on March 28, 2021. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)

World Press Photo opens in Hong Kong after being nixed over security fears

An exhibition of World Press Photo winners opened at a different venue in Hong Kong Sunday after a local university called off the event that features images of the city’s 2019 pro-democracy protests…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on January 21, 2021 shows people scaning a QR code to display their health status as they line up to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Beijing, after a partial lockdown was imposed on the Chinese capital on January 20. (Photo by Greg Baker / AFP)

QR codes, health passports: China’s tech arsenal against a pandemic

Daily life in China follows a rhythm of digital check-ins, with the QR code – at offices, malls and transport hubs – an integral defence against Covid-19 that helps to…

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Beijing reports zero virus cases for first time since new outbreak

Beijing on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the emergence of a cluster in the Chinese capital in June that prompted fears of a domestic…

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A man wearing a protective suit uses his phone at Beijing’s international airport on June 17, 2020. – Beijing’s airports cancelled more than 1,200 flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on June 17 as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a wholesale food market.

Beijing cancels flights, shuts schools over new virus outbreak

Beijing’s airports cancelled two-thirds of all flights and schools in the Chinese capital were closed again on Wednesday as authorities rushed to contain a new coronavirus outbreak linked to a…

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Beijing has not intervened so far over unrest in Hong Kong, despite ramping up the rhetoric against demonstrators (AFP Photo/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)

Beijing expresses ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with G-7 on Hong Kong

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Tuesday voiced “strong dissatisfaction” with a joint statement issued by the Group of Seven (G-7) leaders, who backed Hong Kong’s autonomy and called for calm…

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RCEP negotiations make significant headway in Beijing

BEIJING (Xinhua) – A ministerial meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations over the past two days in Beijing achieved significant progress in pushing negotiations, according to China’s…

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Visa online service to be launched at Thai consular office in Beijing

Chinese people in Beijing will be able to apply for visa to visit Thailand through online service starting February 15. The e-visa system, jointly launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

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