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

China’s Xi urges people in Tibet to ‘follow the party’ in first visit as president

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping made his first visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region as national leader this week, and urged people there to “follow the party”, the official Xinhua news agency…

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Residents chat on a muddy street after severe flooding and landslide in recent days have hit the county-level Gongyi city, near Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan province on July 22, 2021. (Photo by JADE GAO / AFP)

Chinese city picks through the debris after record rains kill 33

Zhengzhou, China (AFP) – Piles of cars were strewn across a central Chinese city Thursday as shocked residents picked through the debris of a historic deluge that claimed at least 33 lives,…

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Zeng Yixin, Vice Minister of China’s National Health Commission, speaks at a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Zeng said Thursday he was taken aback by the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a COVID-19 origins study. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China rebuffs WHO’s terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday….

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Royal Thai Navy soldiers guides a landing craft during a training exercise at Chulaporn camp in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province on March 31, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Thailand’s submarine plan torpedoed again as govt takes flak for COVID battle

Thailand’s Navy has once again shelved plans to buy Chinese submarines, following growing pressure on the government to divert the budget for their purchase to tackle the worsening COVID-19 crisis….

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Residents wade through floodwaters on a flooded road amid heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China July 20, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

Central Chinese province swamped after heaviest rain in 1,000 years

BEIJING (Reuters) – Large swathes of China’s central Henan province were under water on Wednesday, with its capital Zhengzhou hardest-hit after being drenched by what weather forecasters said was the heaviest rain in 1,000 years. In Zhengzhou, a city of over…

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China denies Microsoft hack, condemns US allies

(AFP) China on Tuesday sharply denied US allegations it carried out a massive Microsoft hack, countering that Washington was the “world champion” of cyber attacks while raging at American allies…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset on the sidelines of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland May 24, 2021. Laurent Gillieron/Pool via REUTERS

WHO proposes fresh mission to China and lab audits – diplomats

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has proposed a second phase of studies in China into the origins of the coronavirus, including audits of laboratories in Wuhan, but there is no sign yet that…

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Thailand’s continued efforts to bring in vaccines

Since last October Ministry for Foreign Affairs has held consultations with allies and friends to ensure that they will be able to provide vaccines if need be, according to the…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 13, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

Blinken calls on Southeast Asian nations to take action on Myanmar

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States has “deep concerns” about the military coup in Myanmar and called on Southeast Asian nations to take action to end violence and restore democracy in the country, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday….

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Huawei scores 4G patent deal for VW cars

Huawei has struck a licensing deal that will allow use of its 4G technologies in connected vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen Group, the Chinese tech giant said on Wednesday. The deal…

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Virus against humans (Part II)

Many military strategists may quietly admire the coronavirus. In the first wave, it took advantage of human beings’ unpreparedness, striking rich countries with brute force and sparing much of the…

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In this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President and party leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a ceremony marking the centenary of the ruling Communist Party in Beijing, China, Thursday, July 1, 2021. China’s Communist Party is marking the 100th anniversary of its founding with speeches and grand displays intended to showcase economic progress and social stability to justify its iron grip on political power that it shows no intention of relaxing. (Li Xueren/Xinhua via AP)

Xi warns China won’t be bullied at Communist Party centenary

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Thursday that anyone who tries to bully China “will face broken heads and bloodshed,” in a defiant speech hailing the country’s rise…

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Participants wave national and party flags before the event marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China celebrates centenary of Communist Party at Tiananmen Square

BEIJING (Reuters) – Celebrations in Beijing to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of China‘s ruling Communist Party kicked off on Thursday morning with a flyby of fighter jets and helicopters at Tiananmen Square in the…

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Workers in PPE spray the ground with diinfectant in Baishazhou market during a visit of World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

First COVID-19 case could have emerged in China in Oct 2019 – study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The virus that causes COVID–19 could have started spreading in China as early as October 2019, two months before the first case was identified in the central city of Wuhan, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers from Britain’s…

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2 million more Sinovac vaccine doses arrive in Thailand Wednesday

Two million more doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine arrived in Thailand today (Wednesday), bringing the total of vaccine delivered from China to the country to 10.5 million doses, according to…

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First million Sinopharm doses delivered to Thailand pass QC, jabs start Friday

The first million doses of China’s state-owned Sinopharm vaccine, delivered to Thailand on Sunday, have passed quality control inspection by Thailand’s Medical Sciences Department and are ready to be administered…

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Police officers stand guard as Tong Ying-kit is arriving at a court in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Tong, accused of inciting secession, is the first person to stand trial under the national security law in Hong Kong since it was implemented nearly a year ago, as Beijing tightens its grip over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong’s security law

HONG KONG (AP) — A man accused of driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a Hong Kong protest flag became on Wednesday the first person to stand trial…

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Small toy figurines are seen on representations of the Bitcoin virtual currency displayed in front of an image of China’s flag in this illustration picture, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Bitcoin tumbles 10% in wake of deepening China crackdown

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Bitcoin tumbled almost 10% on Monday as recent volatility in the cryptocurrency market showed no signs of dampening down, with market players citing jitters over China‘s expanding crackdown on bitcoin mining in thin liquidity for the…

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First million doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Thailand today

The first one million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, procured by the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), have arrived in Bangkok today (Sunday) from Beijing, China, said CRA Secretary-General Dr. Nithi Mahanonda…

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A Long March-2F Y12 rocket carrying a crew of Chinese astronauts in a Shenzhou-12 spaceship lifts off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China, Thursday, June 17, 2021. China has launched the first three-man crew to its new space station in its the ambitious programs first crewed mission in five years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China launches first crew to live on new space station

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Under bright-blue morning skies, China launched its first crewed space mission in five years Thursday, sending three science-minded military pilots rocketing to a new orbiting station…

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Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, left, French President Emmanuel Macron, center, and President of Bulgaria Roumen Radevduring a family picture at the NATO headquarters where the 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan, Monday June, 14, 2021. (Jacques Witt, Pool via AP)

Beijing accuses NATO of exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

Beijing on Tuesday accused NATO of exaggerating the threat from China and “creating confrontation”, after a vow from the Western allies to work together to counter the challenges posed by…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on June 9, 2021 shows a Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft for China’s first manned mission to its new space station, scheduled for June 17, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the country’s northwestern Gansu province. – The first crew for China’s new space station prepared to blast off on June 17, 2021 for the latest step in Beijing’s ambitious programme to establish itself as a space power. (Photo by STR / China News Service (CNS) / AFP) / China OUT / TO GO WITH China-space,ADVANCER by Ludovic Ehret and Poornima Weerasekara

China ready to launch first crew to new space station

The first crew for China’s new space station prepared to blast off this week for the latest step in Beijing’s ambitious programme to establish itself as a space power. The…

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US President Joe Biden (L) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) meet during a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021. – The 30-nation alliance hopes to reaffirm its unity and discuss increasingly tense relations with China and Russia, as the organization pulls its troops out after 18 years in Afghanistan. (Photo by Stephanie LECOCQ / POOL / AFP)

Biden rallies NATO against ‘new challenges’ from Russia, China

US President Joe Biden warned Monday that NATO must adapt to new challenges posed by China and Russia as he met fellow leaders to renew Washington’s “sacred” bond with its…

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Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP

WHO official says can’t force China to give more information on COVID-19 origins

A top World Health Organization official said that the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s origins while adding it will propose studies needed to take understanding…

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A man wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on April 14, 2020. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab: US report

The hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, according to a report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S….

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A workshop of a company which produces medical protective equipment in Jishou, in central China’s Hunan province. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China reports its exports up 28% and imports hit decade-high

China’s exports rose 27.9 percent in May while imports grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade as the global economy powers back from the pandemic crisis, data…

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People hold up their phones with the light on in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on June 4, 2021. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

China blasts US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for Tiananmen candles

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown, slamming it as a “clumsy political show” to…

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Does COVID-19 origin really matter?

The answer is “Yes” and “No”. “Yes” because a non-politicised knowledge can help prevent or soften a future pandemic a great deal, if the world manages to get out of…

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FILE – In this June 5, 1989, file photo, a man stands alone in front of a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Hong Kong’s second ban on an annual vigil for victims of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square protest movement and the closure of a museum dedicated to the event may be a further sign that the ruling Communist Party is extending its efforts to erase the event from the collective consciousness from the mainland to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, File)

China’s silencing of Tiananmen tributes extends to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — For years, China has quashed any discussion on the mainland of its bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, nearly erasing what happened…

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FILE PHOTO: Children play at a waterfront in Shekou area of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China / REUTERS

Three-child policy: China lifts cap on births per family

China said on Monday that married couples may have up to three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline…

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Covid lab origin theory gains traction in United States

Long dismissed as a kooky conspiracy theory favored by the far right, the idea that Covid emerged from a lab leak in Wuhan has been gaining increasing momentum in the…

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Empty vials of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray during vaccinations of people over age 50 inside Universidad Mayor de San Andres public university in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, May 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

China’s Sinopharm applies for vaccine approval in Thailand

Thailand’s Food and Drug administration (FDA) revealed today (Tuesday) that all the necessary documents to seek approval for China’s state-owned Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine have been submitted, with a decision expected…

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In this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, rescuers walk into the accident site to search for survivors in Jingtai County of Baiyin City, northwest China’s Gansu Province, Sunday, May 23, 2021. More than a dozen of people running a mountain marathon have died in northwestern China after hail, freezing rain and gale-force winds hit the high-altitude race, state media reported Sunday. (Fan Peishen/Xinhua via AP)

21 die in extreme weather in China ultramarathon

BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one people running a mountain ultramarathon have died in northwestern China after hail, freezing rain and gale-force winds hit the high-altitude race, state media reported Sunday. After…

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1.5 million Sinovac doses arrive in Thailand today, 3 million more in June

Another 1.5 million doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Thailand from China today (Thursday), making 6 million doses delivered so far, according to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok….

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Poverty slum Bangkok
(Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

China’s poverty solution hailed as model for Thailand

Thai politicians and academics are showing a growing interest in China’s experience in poverty reduction. Leaders of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party recently met with their Chinese Communist Party (CCP)…

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Thailand COVID Vaccine

Endgame. Whose endgame?

Intensifying vaccination drama in Thailand is taking place against an intriguing international backdrop featuring an apparent race between the West on one side and a Chinese-Russian alliance on the other…

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People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing during the Labour Day holidays, which take place from May 1 to May 5, on May 3, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Chinese tourists out in force as virus fears recede

Sipping bubble tea and dressed in their holiday finest, millions of Chinese travellers flocked to domestic tourist attractions over the May 1 long holiday with Covid-19 fears already a distant…

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The Philippine Coast Guard conducts maritime exercise near Thitu island in the disputed South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / Philippine coast Guard (PCG) / AFP)

Philippine coast guard holds drills in disputed South China Sea

The Philippine coast guard is conducting drills in the South China Sea which an official said Sunday were part of efforts to secure “our maritime jurisdiction” over the disputed waters….

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Op-Ed: China to provide one million doses of vaccine to Thailand

China has pledged to provide Thailand with up to one million doses of vaccines to speed up inoculation against the deadly virus here as the country is facing a new…

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Journalists watch a screen showing China’s President Xi Jinping delivering a speech during the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, south China’s Hainan province on April 20, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China’s Xi to attend online Biden climate summit

China’s President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world’s top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider…

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A health worker prepares a dose of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination centre in Santiago, on March 24, 2021. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP)

China’s Coronavac 80% effective at preventing Covid deaths: Chile results

China’s Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile’s inoculation campaign. “These figures should…

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In this file photo taken on March 31, 2021 this handout photo from the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) via the Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shows Chinese vessels anchored at Whitsun Reef, some 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island in the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Philippines summons Beijing’s envoy over boats in South China Sea

The Philippine foreign ministry said Tuesday it had confronted Beijing’s envoy over the “illegal lingering” of Chinese boats at a contested reef in the South China Sea, stepping up the diplomatic row….

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Children play with toy guns next to a banner put up by activists in protest against the military coup in Yangon on April 11, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis: EU

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700….

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Chinese firm to make 60 mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

Russia has agreed a deal for more than 60 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to be produced in China from May, the jab’s developer said on Monday. The…

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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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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Bolstered by allies, Biden officials take blunt message to first China talks

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States will take an uncompromising stance in talks with China on Thursday in Alaska, officials have said, in the first face-to-face meetings between senior officials…

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This picture taken on February 25, 2021 shows a raccoon interacting with cafe owner Cheng Chen during an interview with AFP at her establishment, Raccoon Cafe, in Shanghai. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Raccoons to snakes: Shanghai animal cafes expand to exotics

A baby raccoon to stroke while you sip your skinny latte? Or a snake to coil around you after your cappuccino? Forget dog or cat cafes, Shanghai’s animal cafe scene has expanded…

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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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This photo taken on January 28, 2021 shows workers making medical masks at a workshop of a company which produces medical protective equipment in Jishou, in central China’s Hunan province. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China’s export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the coronavirus outbreak that had brought…

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Public health minister confirms Sinovac vaccines to arrive on Wednesday

The first lot of Sinovac vaccine from China will arrive in Bangkok on Wednesday at 10am at Suvarnabhumi international airport, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Sunday. To confirm that…

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A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan, China’s central Hubei province on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

The WHO’s China mission: Five questions still unanswered

The World Health Organization expert mission to China ended this week without finding the source of the coronavirus that has killed over 2.3 million worldwide. But the team of foreign…

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Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, center, of the World Health Organization team say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference held at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan, China. / AP

WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

The coronavirus most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, a team of international and Chinese scientists looking for the origins of COVID-19 said Tuesday, saying an…

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduces President Joe Biden for remarks to State Department staff, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Blinken presses China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong in call with Beijing’s top diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in a phone call on Friday the United States will stand up for human rights…

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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Governments around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy on Monday after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu…

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U.S. stands with SE Asian countries against China pressure, Blinken says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands with Southeast Asian countries resisting…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on June 3, 2020 in the Philippine Sea. – Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2, 2020 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Will BENNETT / Navy Office of Information / AFP)

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called “freedom of navigation” exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden….

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Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days. Early Saturday…

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A woman pulls a trolley with goods in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on January 18, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Most Asia stocks down after gains, China growth beats forecasts

Most markets fell Monday as investors took a breather following a recent rally, though Hong Kong and Shanghai enjoyed gains after data showed China’s economy grew more than expected last…

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Policemen wearing face masks and shields as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, stand guard at a check point in an almost empty road on the eve of Christmas, in Manila on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

Beijing’s top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said — despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about…

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump administration takes final swipes at China and its companies

The Trump administration in its waning days took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South…

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Critics inject doubt over Thailand’s vaccine deal with China

As contagion-hit Thailand rushes to register two COVID-19 vaccines, a debate has sprung up about the efficacy of one of the candidates – China’s CoronaVac. Even the Global Times, a…

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China is delaying imports of Thai produce from red-zone provinces

China’s custom authorities are imposing more stringent COVID-19 testing measures on imports, and there has been a big impact on Thai produce as some Chinese companies have not yet placed…

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Chen Yufei (L) and Chen Long of China attend a press conference ahead of the Thomas and Uber Cups badminton tournament in Bangkok on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand pledges ‘world’s safest’ badminton as China pull out

Thailand’s badminton chief pledged that next month’s restart tournaments will be the “safest in the world” after heavyweights China withdrew because of coronavirus restrictions. China’s pull-out blows a big hole…

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A remotely controlled arm from China’s Chang’e-5 lunar probe gathers a sample on the Moon. / AFP

Chinese probe leaves Moon for return to Earth

A Chinese space probe has lifted off from the surface of the Moon to return to Earth, an ambitious effort to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades….

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a screen shows the landed Chang’e-5 spacecraft and a moon surface picture, below, taken by camera aboard Chang’e-5 spacecraft during its landing process, at Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020./ AP)

China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

A Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the government announced. The China National Space Administration said…

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China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi / REUTERS

China foreign minister to meet Japan’s Suga; Beijing’s first high-level contact with new PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday, marking Beijing’s first high-level contact with Japan’s new leader. Wang met his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi…

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Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrive at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts to face charges related to illegal assembly stemming from 2019, in Hong Kong, China November 23, 2020. / REUTERS

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong pleads guilty to illegal assembly

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year’s anti-government protests….

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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators pose for a photo before a press conference at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. / AP

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers to resign en masse

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers announced Wednesday they would resign en masse after four of them were ousted from the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s Legislature in a move one legislator said could…

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Four lawmakers, from left, Dennis Kwok, Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung listen to reporters questions during a press conference at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. / AP

Hong Kong disqualifies 4 pro-democracy legislators

Hong Kong has moved to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators, after Beijing passed a resolution that would allow the local government to remove lawmakers from their positions if they’re deemed to…

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SRT and Chinese firm sign contract for rail, electrical systems and carriages for HST project

The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) signed a 50-billion baht contract, with China Railway International Company Limited, today for the installation of rail, electrical systems and procurement of train carriages…

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China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms over Taiwan arms sales

China will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon and other U.S. companies it says are involved in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said. Zhao…

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the office of Japan prime minister in Tokyo, Japan October 6, 2020. REUTERS

China urges U.S. to drop ‘Cold War’ mentality

China said on Wednesday that the United States should stop its unprovoked attacks and accusations against China, accusing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of maliciously creating political confrontation and…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greet prior to their meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, ahead of the four Indo-Pacific nations’ foreign ministers meeting. (Charly Triballeau/Pool Photo via AP)

US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China’s growing power

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday at a meeting with the U.S. and other diplomats that their “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” initiative, a concept to counter China’s growing…

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© Reuters/UNITED NATIONS U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly

U.S.-China tensions take center stage at U.N. as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing ‘plague’

U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him…

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President Donald Trump.

Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations…

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FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for photos in his office in Beijing, China. Ren, the former chairman of a Chinese state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in a corruption case, the government announced. (Color China Photo via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on…

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May 20, 2020, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after her inauguration ceremony at a government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan. U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is due to meet Tsai and other senior officials, the island’s foreign ministry said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades. Keith is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to begin a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China.

U.S. envoy leading second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday for a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China….

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This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows the river separating the town of Muse in Myanmar (foreground) and Ruili in China (background), as seen from Muse in Shan State [File: Ye Aung Thu/AFP]

China locks down city on Myanmar border over coronavirus

China has locked down a city on the border with Myanmar and will launch a mass coronavirus testing programme, officials said Tuesday, after a handful of infections were detected there….

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Chinese investment in Australia plunges as tensions mount

Chinese investment in Australia almost halved in 2019, new data released Monday showed, as relations between the two countries deteriorated. Researchers from the Australian National University said Chinese investment Down…

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Yangtze River in Wuhan (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China tries to flip the pandemic script, starring a ‘reborn’ Wuhan

China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic’s origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of…

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Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport…

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FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (R) and South Australia’s Premier Stephen Marshall visit a cafe during a visit to Kangaroo Island, Australia January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

Australian government says it was not told why Australian journalist detained in China

Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said Canberra didn’t know why Chinese authorities had detained Australian citizen Cheng Lei, as he warned that the risks for Australian businesses engaged with China…

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A nurse shows a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020.

China to prioritize Mekong countries for COVID-19 vaccine

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Monday promised five Southeast Asian partners priority access to a coronavirus vaccine and pledged to share water control information for flood-hit nations along the…

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 11, 2020.

Taiwan tells visiting U.S. official China seeks to turn it into next Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan faces an increasingly difficult position as China pressures the democratic island to accept conditions that would turn it into the next Hong Kong, its top diplomat…

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Mekong nations pressed to share data as water level falls to new low

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission on Friday urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower dam operations, as water flow in the Mekong…

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains…

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China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’

China said Wednesday a visit by a top US cabinet member to Taiwan was endangering peace and stability in the region, with relations between the two powers at historic lows….

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Asia Today: Chinese city tightens rules, Victoria might, too

BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening travel restrictions in the Xinjiang capital amid a COVID-19 outbreak in the northwestern city. People arriving in Urumqi from regions considered to have high…

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Benny Tai said he was sacked after he was jailed last year for taking part in protests in Hong Kong. (Photo: AFP/Anthony WALLACE)

Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist

A prominent Hong Kong democracy activist on Wednesday vowed to appeal his sacking by a top university as city leaders and education chiefs were accused of failing to defend academic…

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China says UK citizenship pathway for Hong Kong residents violates international law

A new British policy allowing Hong Kong residents to claim British citizenship is a violation of international law and interferes with China’s internal affairs, China’s embassy in London said on…

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China says US ordered closure of Houston consulate

The United States has ordered China to close its Houston consulate, Beijing said Wednesday, marking a dramatic escalation in diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers. The move comes as the…

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Taiwan rejects permits for 2 Hong Kong officials as visa row escalates

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) The Hong Kong government said on Tuesday that Taiwan had rejected the visas of two of its officials, underscoring rising bilateral tensions after Taipei criticised a security…

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China says UK will ‘bear the consequences’ after Hong Kong extradition treaty suspended

China will resolutely respond to acts of interference in its internal affairs, a spokesman for the country’s embassy to the United Kingdom said on Tuesday, after Britain announced it would…

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A health worker collects nasal swab samples from a woman during a mass test for the new coronavirus in a neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: China battles new outbreak in far west Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17. The National Health Commission said Saturday that 16 more…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on July 15, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C) visiting a commercial centre in Rayong province to inspect condition following a visit of Egyptian soldier with COVID-19 coronavirus. – Thailand suspended all inbound flights July 14 after an Egyptian soldier skipped self-quarantine and went to a shopping mall in Rayong province before testing positive for COVID-19. Prayut said he took “all responsibility” for the oversight and issued a rare apology for undermining the public’s “confidence and safety”.

Four new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine reported in Thailand

Thailand recorded four new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, all among returnees from abroad and currently in state quarantine.   According to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, two are a 33-year…

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A worker pulls a trolley past a man looking at phones displayed at a Huawei store in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. Huawei Technologies reported Tuesday that its revenue grew 13.1% in the first half of the year compared with a year earlier, despite sanctions from the U.S and challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government accused Britain on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Chinese companies after tech giant Huawei was blocked from working on a next-generation mobile phone…

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Trump ends Hong Kong trade preferences, backs banking sanctions

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China’s clampdown…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening Up policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday.

President Xi stresses economic cooperation with Thailand

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed deepening economic and trade cooperation with Thailand and Singapore while continuing to jointly fight the pandemic with the two countries. CGTN of China…

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz receives fuel from the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe during an underway replenishment in the South China Sea July 7, 2020.

U.S. rejects China’s claims in South China Sea, adding to tensions

WASHINGTON, The United States on Monday rejected China’s disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, a move that Beijing criticised as inciting tensions in the…

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