US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shaking hands with Philippine military chief General Andres Centino during a visit to the Westmincom headquarters in Zamboanga City, in southern island of Mindanao. (Photo by Western Mindanao Command / AFP)

Philippines to expand US access to military bases

The United States and the Philippines are expected to announce a deal Thursday that will give US troops access to another four military bases in the Southeast Asian nation, as…

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JANUARY 31: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hold a joint media briefing on January 31, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

NATO, Japan pledge to strengthen ties in face of ‘historic’ security threat

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and Japanese premier Fumio Kishida pledged on Tuesday to strengthen ties, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its growing military cooperation with China had created the…

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IMF lifts 2023 growth forecast on China reopening, strength in U.S., Europe

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its 2023 global growth outlook slightly due to “surprisingly resilient” demand in the United States and Europe, an easing of energy costs and the reopening of China‘s economy after Beijing abandoned…

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The US has been holding military drills with Taiwanese troops to deter Chinese aggression along the Taiwan Strait. PHOTO: REUTERS

Senior US general warns of possible looming war with China

A four-star US Air Force general has warned of a conflict with China as early as 2025 –- most likely over Taiwan –- and urged his commanders to push their…

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Tourism industry ready to greet Chinese groups while maintaining its diverse clientele

Thailand’s tourism industry has welcomed the news that the Chinese government is allowing the group tour market to resume after a hiatus of almost three years.  The Chinese tourists will…

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Musk says China rivals ‘work hardest, smartest’

Detroit? Nope. Germany? Nein. Elon Musk sees the toughest competition for Tesla in China, home of the company he expects “most likely to be second” in electric vehicles. China is…

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Innovative policies needed to tackle declining population in Asian countries – expert

Along with reducing pressure of raising a child, innovative policies such as allowing freezing of eggs and attracting workers from other countries should be considered if Asian countries want to…

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People celebrate the lunar new year with fireworks in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province on January 22, 2023. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Fireworks, flowers in Wuhan for Lunar New Year but grief lingers

Three years after a once-mysterious virus plunged the Chinese city of Wuhan into a terrifying lockdown, residents are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit with fireworks, flowers…

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Thailand prepares for Chinese group tours arriving from February 6th

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed the Transport, Public Health and Tourism and Sport ministries to take appropriate steps to cope with increased arrivals from China, as the…

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Yaowarat – Heart of the Chinese community in Thailand

Yaowarat, the largest Chinese community in Thailand, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from around the world, especially during Chinese New Year celebrations. It is a result…

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Taiwan’s chief U.S. envoy Bi-khim Hsiao speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war

Taiwan has learned important lessons from Ukraine’s war that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if invaded, the self-ruled island’s top envoy to the U.S….

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Chinese businessman “Tuhao” and 40 others indicted on multiple charges

Chinese businessman Chaiyanat Kornchayanant, aka “Tuhao”, and 40 other suspects, several of whom are Chinese nationals, were indicted today (Thursday) on multiple charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, at…

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377 Chinese tourists arrive in Phuket and Chiang Mai on Wednesday

Two direct flights from China landed in Chiang Mai and Phuket on Wednesday, for the first time in almost three years, bringing 377 tourists. The two groups of visitors were…

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This photo taken on November 30, 2022 shows people walking across a street in Haizhu district, Guangzhou city, in China’s southern Guangdong province, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the city. (Photo by CNS / AFP)

China’s population shrinks for first time in over 60 years

China’s population shrank last year for the first time in more than six decades, official data showed Tuesday, as the world’s most populous country faces a looming demographic crisis. The…

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China’s Q4 growth slows to 2.9% y/y, beats expectations

China’s economy hit a bump in the fourth quarter, growing by 2.9% year-on-year, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Tuesday, beating expectations but still underlining the toll exacted by…

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Thai DSI officials, police and army officers in custody on extortion charges

Officials from the Department of Special Investigations (DSI), police and army officers are among 16 suspects arrested by police for allegedly extorting 9.5 million baht in cash from Chinese nationals…

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Russian oil shipped to Asia in Chinese supertankers amid ship shortage

At least four Chinese-owned supertankers are shipping Russian Urals crude to China, according to trading sources and tracking data, as Moscow seeks vessels for exports after a G7 oil price cap restricted the use of Western cargo services…

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This photo taken on January 13, 2023 shows an aerial view of cranes and shipping containers at Lianyungang port in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (Photo by AFP)

China’s 2022 growth seen as its lowest in 40 years

China’s economic growth for 2022 is expected to have been among its weakest in four decades after the twin crises of the pandemic and property woes, analysts said ahead of…

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Pain and fever relief medications being bought up by Chinese tourists

Pain and fever relief medications are running out at some pharmacies in Bangkok, particularly in areas where there is a high concentration of tourists from China, according to a random…

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Tourists from China and India must have health insurance coverage

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Thursday) that tourists from India and China, both countries which require a negative RT-PCR test result and US$10,000 health insurance coverage when…

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US vows to defend space with Japan, deploy mobile Marines as China worries grow

The United States said Wednesday that attacks in space would invoke its defense treaty with Japan and announced the deployment of a more agile Marine unit in its ally as alarm grows over China. Weeks…

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Passengers arriving from China pass by a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Chinese embassies stopped issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 measures recently imposed by those countries on travelers from China. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Japan, S. Korea protest China visa stoppage amid COVID spat

Japan and South Korea defended public health restrictions on travelers from China on Wednesday, a day after China stopped issuing new visas in both countries in apparent retaliation. Chinese embassies…

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Chiang Mai launches COVID vax campaign ahead of tourist arrivals from China

Chiang Mai has launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, as a precautionary measure ahead of the return of tourists from China, with the first direct flight between Shanghai and Chiang Mai…

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A passenger (R) receives a hug while leaving the arrival area of international flights at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, in Shanghai on January 8, 2023. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China ends quarantine for overseas travellers

China lifted quarantine requirements for inbound travellers on Sunday, ending almost three years of self-imposed isolation even as the country battles a surge in Covid cases. The first people to…

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Chinese travelers rush to take advantage of reopening

After two years of separation from his wife in mainland China, Hong Kong resident Cheung Seng-bun made sure he was among the first to cross the border following the reopening…

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Will Chinese arrivals overwhelm Thailand’s healthcare sector?

While several countries have imposed stringent COVID-control measures on travellers from China, Thailand has decided to welcome them with open arms despite concerns about its healthcare sector being overwhelmed. China…

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Thai ministers to welcome first group of Chinese tourists on Monday

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn will be at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Monday to welcome the first…

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Four measures to be applied to foreign tourists, including those from China

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has adopted four measures to be applied to all tourists visiting Thailand, including those from China after the Chinese Government eases travel restrictions on their citizens…

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Thai Govt’s readiness to cope with more arrivals from China questioned

A Pheu Thai MP is questioning the Thai Government’s readiness to cope with the expected increase in tourist arrivals from China, estimated to reach about five million this year, following…

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A South Korean soldier wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) leads a group of Chinese tourists for coronavirus disease testing centre upon their arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Jan. 4, 2023. (Reuters)

Countries mandate COVID tests for China travellers

Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 cases there surged following its relaxation of “zero-COVID” rules. China has rejected criticism of its COVID data….

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Patients are treated in the emergency department of a hospital in Beijing on January 3, 2023. (Photo by Jade GAO / AFP)

China stats ‘under-represent’ true impact of Covid outbreak: WHO

The World Health Organization criticised Wednesday China’s “very narrow” definition of Covid deaths, warning that official statistics were not showing the true impact of the outbreak. “We still do not…

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Shanghai hospitals filled to the brim in COVID outbreak

Hospitals in Shanghai were overwhelmed by visitors on Wednesday (January 5) as international health experts predict at least one million deaths in China this year, but Beijing has reported five…

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Visitors are reflected on a window pane as a man counts Chinese currency notes at a shop selling tea in Qianmen, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. / AP

Beijing threatens response to ‘unacceptable’ virus measures

The Chinese government sharply criticized COVID-19 testing requirements imposed on visitors from China and threatened countermeasures against countries involved, which include the U.S. and several European nations. “We believe that…

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Senior Thai doctor says don’t be overly concerned about Chinese tourists

COVID-19 infections in Thailand this year are expected to increase as there are more arrivals from China, but there is no reason to be overly concerned as long as they…

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Which countries have imposed fresh Covid rules on travellers from China?

Around a dozen countries have slapped fresh travel regulations on travellers from China, as the world’s most populous nation faces a surge in Covid cases following its decision to relax strict virus restrictions. Here is a run-down of the countries that have imposed mandatory Covid tests and…

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen says willing to provide necessary assistance based on humanitarian concerns to China. – AFP pic, January 1, 2023

Taiwan’s Tsai offers assistance to China over virus surge

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen extended an olive branch to Beijing on Sunday, pledging to offer assistance if needed as coronavirus cases surge in China after its abrupt lifting of pandemic restrictions. “As long as there is a need, we…

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China’s Xi says ‘light of hope in front of us’ on Covid

President Xi Jinping said Saturday the “light of hope is right in front of us” as China faces an explosion of Covid-19 cases after an abrupt lifting of restrictions. Three…

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People visit the 20th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition on its opening day at Guangzhou, in China’s southern Guangdong province on December 30, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

China’s manufacturing activity drops despite lifted Covid restrictions

(AFP) – China’s manufacturing activity contracted sharply in December for the third month in a row, according to official figures released Saturday, despite Beijing’s loosening of Covid restrictions at the…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 1, 2021, travellers queue at the immigration desk of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle international airport, as new Covid-19 border restrictions come into effect. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

France, Britain impose Covid tests on travelers from China

(AFP) – France and Britain on Friday joined a growing list of nations imposing Covid tests on travelers from China, and the World Health Organization pressed Beijing to be more forthcoming…

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Most of Thailand to become cooler

A new strong cold front from China is now covering northern Thailand and the South. This will cause the temperatures to fall by 2-4oC in northern and north-eastern regions and…

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Medical workers attend to patients at a makeshift fever clinic inside a gymnasium, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China December 28, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

China’s sprawling and thinly resourced countryside is racing to beef up medical facilities before hundreds of millions of factory workers return to their families for the Lunar New Year holiday…

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China to scrap COVID quarantine rule for inbound travellers

China will stop requiring inbound travellers to go into quarantine starting from Jan. 8, the National Health Commission said on Monday in a major step towards easing curbs on its borders,…

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Chinese city seeing half a million Covid cases a day: official

Half a million people in a single Chinese city are being infected with Covid-19 every day, a senior health official has said, in a rare and quickly censored acknowledgement that the country’s wave of infections is not being reflected in official statistics….

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(FILE PHOTO) Filipino soldiers march in Philippine occupied Thitu island in disputed South China Sea. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Philippines orders strengthened military presence after ‘Chinese activities’ near islands

The Philippines’ defence ministry on Thursday ordered the military to strengthen its presence in the South China Sea after monitoring “Chinese activities” in disputed waters close to a strategic Philippine-held…

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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong speaks during a press conference during the 32nd annual Australia (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Australia’s top diplomat makes first China trip in years

Australia’s top diplomat will visit China on Tuesday, the first such trip by an Australian foreign minister in four years and a sign of further thawing ties.  Canberra said Penny…

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This photo taken on November 6, 2022, shows migratory birds at the dried-up freshwater Poyang Lake in Juijiang, China’s central Jiangxi province. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Dam plans threaten China’s migratory bird haven

Spooked by a historic drought, local authorities in China have renewed controversial plans to dam the country’s biggest freshwater lake. But environmentalists warn damming Poyang Lake, a winter stopover for…

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines (Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS)

U.S. intelligence assessments on Ukraine, Russia, China and N. Korea

The U.S. intelligence community expects the reduced tempo in fighting in Ukraine to continue in coming months, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Saturday (December 03)….

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Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven…

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A screen broadcasts news footage of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin following his death, in Beijing, China November 30, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Chinese papers go black in mourning for late leader Jiang Zemin

Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, whose death has prompted…

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Residents stand in line for their routine COVID-19 tests in the freezing cold weather near the site of last weekend’s protest in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades staged by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China vows crackdown on ‘hostile forces’ as public tests Xi

China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades staged by citizens fed up…

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Standing beside a makeshift Urumuqi Road sign, people hold blank sheets of paper while protesting the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, in Irvine, California, on November 29, 2022. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Fresh clashes in south China as authorities warn of ‘crackdown’

(AFP) – Fresh clashes have broken out between police and protesters in a southern Chinese city, part of a wave of Covid lockdown-sparked demonstrations across the country that have morphed…

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Substandard durian on sale in China not imported from Thailand

Durian, reported to be on sale in some Chinese cities, were not exported from Thailand, but are substandard produce from elsewhere, according to Alongkorn Polabutr, an advisor to Agriculture Minister…

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Police officers block Wulumuqi street, named for Urumqi in Mandarin, in Shanghai on November 27, 2022, in the area where protests against China’s zero-Covid policy took place the night before following a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region. Hector RETAMAL / AFP

China arrests BBC journalist covering Covid protests

The BBC said on Sunday one of its journalists in China had been arrested and beaten by police while covering protests against the country’s zero-Covid policy. Hundreds of people took to the streets…

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U.S. President Joe Biden walks as Balinese dancers perform during his arrival for the G20 Summit at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, Indonesia, 13 November 2022. Made Nagi/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. seeks no conflict with China, says Biden as G20 leaders gather

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday his country will maintain open communication lines and seek no conflict with China, ahead of what…

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Apple says iPhone production hit by China Covid lockdown

Apple warned customers would face longer wait times for iPhones with the holiday season approaching, after Covid restrictions in central China “temporarily impacted” production at the world’s largest factory producing the smartphone. Foxconn, Apple’s principal subcontractor, locked down its…

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China says U.S. must ‘take responsibility’ for breakdown in climate ties

Climate change diplomacy between China and the United States cannot be separated from broader political tensions between the two sides, and Washington must take responsibility for the breakdown in talks,…

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Experts to visit Thailand to advise on management of Kaeng Krachan forest

Representatives of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are due to be in Thailand in November, to offer advice to and to consult with Thai officials on…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves at the end of the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 22, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

China’s Xi further cements power as party congress closes

BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party wrapped up its twice-a-decade congress on Saturday, cementing Xi Jinping’s iron grip on power and revealing a new Central Committee missing…

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A visitor walks by an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands with then Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China September 3, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/File Photo

Fearing war in Xi’s next term, Taiwan bolsters defences

Taiwan is bolstering its defences and steeling itself for the possibility of war with China as leader Xi Jinping readies to assume a third term in power and tries to…

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Runners pass near the large portrait of Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate near Tiananmen Square at the start of the Beijing Marathon on September 16, 2018. / AP

Beijing marathon to return after two-year Covid hiatus

Thousands of runners will line up for the Beijing marathon in November after a two-year Covid pause, organisers said, as sporting events gradually return to China. The world’s most populous…

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US, Australia and Japan vow to work together against China

(AFP) – The defense ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan agreed Saturday to boost military cooperation in the face of China’s growing ambitions. “We are deeply concerned by…

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Rare protest in China tech hub over Covid lockdown

Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases. The megacity of more than 18 million…

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Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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Volunteer rescuers search in the sea for survivors close to the location where a boat carrying Chinese nationals sank off the coastal town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

Cambodian rescuers were still searching on Saturday for at least 10 missing Chinese nationals after a boat with more than 40 people on board sank near islands off the coastal…

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China willing to make effort for peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

China is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, a Chinese government spokesperson said on Wednesday, following weeks of military manoeuvres and war games by Beijing near…

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Investors shun Thai government plan for development zones in north-eastern provinces

The Thai government’s ambitious plan, announced about seven years ago, to transform some north-eastern provinces bordering the Lao PDR, into economic development zones has not been realised. So far, not…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin vows to press attack on Ukraine; courts India, China

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to press his attack on Ukraine despite Ukraine’s latest counteroffensive and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose with Mongolia’s President during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders’ summit in Samarkand on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr Demyanchuk / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin, Xi hail ‘great power’ ties at talks defying West

(AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for their first face-to-face talks since the start of the conflict in Ukraine on Thursday, hailing their strategic…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERS

Putin says Xi has questions and concerns over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he understood that Xi Jinping had questions and concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised China’s leader for what he said was a “balanced”…

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FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Putin, Xi meet for high-stakes talks in challenge to West

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping gather with other Asian leaders in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand from Thursday for a regional summit touted as a challenge to Western global influence. Xi and Putin will be…

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Paramilitary police officers head to Shimian county for search and rescue operations following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake, in Yaan, Sichuan province, China September 6, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS/File Photo

China’s Sichuan returning to normal as earthquake death toll hits 93

Officials in China’s Sichuan province, which was hit by an earthquake that killed 93 last week, lowered the emergency response level as most transportation, electricity and communication services resumed, state media reported…

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Many analysts have pointed out that tensions between major world superpowers have intensified, which will further restrict international trade and prolong the high price of energy. (Photo by @tawatchai07)

Global headwinds could blow Thai economy off track 

The decelerating export growth in July has raised concerns that the outlook for Thailand’s economic growth may be bleak because of an increasingly likely global slowdown. The Thai economy grew…

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A US-made 155mm howitzer firing during a drill at Penghu islands. (Photo by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense / AFP)

US announces $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan

The United States on Friday announced a new $1.1 billion package of arms to Taiwan, vowing to keep boosting the island’s defenses as tensions soar with Beijing. The sale comes…

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Residents line up for Covid-19 screening in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Chinese city of 21 million shuts down over Covid outbreak

Around 21 million people in the Chinese city of Chengdu effectively went into lockdown on Thursday as authorities raced to snuff out a new Covid-19 outbreak. China is the last…

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The logo of Air China is pictured on a tail of an airplane parked at the aircraft builder’s headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

U.S. suspends 26 Chinese flights in response to China flight cancellations

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Thursday it will suspend 26 China-bound flights from the United States by four Chinese carriers in response to the Chinese government’s decision to suspend some U.S. carrier flights over COVID-19 cases. The decision will affect flights by Xiamen,…

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A woman gets her routine COVID-19 throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. / AP

China broadens visa availability as pandemic concerns ease

BEIJING (AP) — China is easing its tight restrictions on visas after it largely suspended issuing them to foreign students and others more than two years ago at the start…

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People walk past the building with the listed address of Tomorrow Holdings’ Beijing office, China, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China sentences tycoon Xiao Jianhua to 13 years, fines his company $8.1 bln

BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A Shanghai court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua, not seen in public since 2017, to 13 years in jail and fined his Tomorrow Holdings conglomerate 55.03 billion yuan ($8.1 billion), a record…

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Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 3, 2018.REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

U.N. expert concludes ‘forced labour’ has taken place in Xinjiang

BEIJING, Aug 18 (Reuters) – It is “reasonable to conclude” that forced labour of members of minority groups has taken place in China’s western Xinjiang region, the UN’s top expert…

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Hsiao Bi-khim, a lawmaker from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, speaks during an interview in Taipei, Taiwan October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China sanctions seven Taiwanese ‘independence diehard’ officials

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Aug 16 (Reuters) – China on Tuesday imposed sanctions including an entry ban on seven Taiwanese officials and lawmakers it accused of being “independence diehards”, drawing condemnation from the democratically governed island. The sanctions come after U.S. House Speaker Nancy…

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Quote of the week

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This photo taken on August 10, 2022 shows a health worker conducting a swab test on a child for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Xiamen, in China’s eastern Fujian province. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

Dozens in China infected with Langya virus found in shrews

Dozens of people in China have fallen ill with a new virus that is also found in shrews, a report has said, but there is so far no evidence of…

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Quote of the week

#QuoteoftheWeek: #China has published its first white paper on #Taiwan since Xi Jinping came to power, refusing to rule out force in its bid for unification. This follows days of…

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An Air Force pilot navigates an aircraft next to a fighter jet under the Eastern Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during military exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan, at an undisclosed location August 9, 2022 in this handout image released on August 10, 2022. Eastern Theatre Command/Handout via REUTERS

China military ‘completes tasks’ around Taiwan, plans regular patrols

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Aug 10 (Reuters) – China’s military has “completed various tasks” around Taiwan but will conduct regular patrols, it said on Wednesday, potentially signalling an end to days of war…

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Quote of the week

#QuoteOfTheWeek: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that the tensions in the Taiwan Strait is unlikely to ease soon amid suspicion and limited engagement between the US and China….

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This screen grab made from video released by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV shows a Chinese military jet flying as part of military exercises near Taiwan on August 5, 2022. / AFP

China defends ditching U.S. talks, says Washington must bear ‘serious consequences’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defence ministry on Monday defended its shelving of military talks with the United States in protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last week, warning that Washington…

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A TV screen shows that China’s People’s Liberation Army has begun military exercises including live firing on the waters and in the airspace surrounding the island of Taiwan, as reported by Chinese state television, in Hong Kong, China August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China fires missiles into waters off Taiwan in largest ever drills

TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday, launching unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its…

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Pelosi’s disastrous legacy

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to stopover in Taiwan, which China viewed as a violation of its “One China” policy. It was an act of selfishness, one that grew…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking in the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Will Pelosi launch thousands of war drones?

There is too much at stake in today’s world for China and the United States to lock horns militarily. However, Xi Jinping telling his US counterpart Joe Biden not to…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waving beside Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Chinese embassy – US Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a threat to regional security

The Chinese Embassy in Thailand said today (Wednesday) that the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a serious threat to regional security and will push China-US…

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled…

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A man reads the Global Times newspaper that features a front page article about U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour at a street display wall in Beijing, China, August 1, 2022. The front page headline reads: “Pelosi visits Asia in the smell of gunpowder.” REUTERS/Thomas Peter

As Pelosi begins Asia tour, China warns against visiting Taiwan

SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a closely-watched Asia tour on Monday in Singapore as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she were to visit Taiwan, the…

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Warning about Chinese rocket debris falling back to Earth on July 31st

Thailand’s Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) issued a warning today (Friday) concerning debris from a Chinese Long March 5B rocket, which will fall back to Earth this Sunday….

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MANDEL NGAN, Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Bangkok fit to host Biden-Xi talks

Bangkok is a suitable venue for the first face-to-face talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year. The Prayut Government should approach both governments…

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Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium, a venue of the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. STR / AFP

China to host Asian Games in 2023 after Covid postponement

China will host the 2022 Asian Games in 2023, organisers said on Tuesday, after postponing the event in Hangzhou because of Covid. The Games will now be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8 2023, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)…

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What’s behind the tight Thailand-US embrace?

The United States appears to be going all-out to get Thailand on board, ostensibly in its efforts to contain China. Visits to Bangkok over the past few months by senior…

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Thailand in the rules-based International Order

“Rules-based International Order” is a term that we have heard constantly in interviews with the US secretary of state Anthony Blinken over the past year. The reason the US is…

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right). Photo: Thailand’s government

Thai PM, Chinese FM in talks on trade, investment and connectivity

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held discussions today (Tuesday) at Government House on trade, economic cooperation, investment and greater connectivity between the two countries,…

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China’s President Xi Jinping, center, arrives with Hong Kong’s incoming Chief Executive John Lee, facing at left, for Lee’s swearing in ceremony and to inaugurate the city’s new government in Hong Kong Friday, July 1, 2022. (Selim Chtayti/Pool Photo via AP)

China’s Xi swears in new Hong Kong leader John Lee

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping officiated the swearing-in ceremony of Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee on Friday as the city marked the 25th anniversary of its…

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A woman walks past a banner marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China June 29, 2022. REUTERS/Lam Yik

Hong Kong on high alert as Xi Jinping visit expected for handover

Hong Kong (AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Hong Kong Thursday, prompting a massive security effort ahead of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover…

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President Joe Biden, center, is accompanied by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, second right, after arriving at Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport near Munich, Germany Saturday, June 25, 2022, ahead of the G7 summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Biden’s mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as he embarks on a five-day trip to Europe as the 4-month-old war…

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