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Chinese workers demand release of labour rights activists

Bejing - Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labour activism.

China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit

Bejing - China said Friday leaders from 37 nations and North Korean representatives will attend a summit for its Belt and Road Initiative next week as it hit back at criticism of the massive trade infrastructure project.

Luckin's multibillion path to becoming the 'Chinese Starbucks'

Coffee startup Luckin is continuing to draw investors as it continues its mission to become the leading chain of coffee shops in China. The company has just closed a Series B-plus funding round, gaining $150 million.

China says US trade agreement not yet settled

Bejing - China said Thursday there is "still much work to finish" on the text of a trade agreement with the United States.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Shanghai - Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Huawei said to offer Germany a 'no-spy' agreement

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei offered Germany a "no-spy agreement" designed to address security concerns that Germany has over Huawei's involvement in building Germany's next generation 5G mobile infrastructure, a German magazine has reported.

US firms in China frustrated, business lobby says

Bejing - American firms in China remain frustrated and are growing more pessimistic about their prospects in the country, a top business lobby said Wednesday, while a trade war between Washington and Beijing continues to fester.

A small step for China: Mars base for teens opens in desert

Jinchang - In the middle of China's Gobi desert sits a Mars base simulator, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers on a school trip.

Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest

Bejing - A Chinese health activist has been detained for more than a month, her husband said Wednesday, after she participated in a protest over faulty vaccines -- a re-occurring issue in China.

China seizes nearly 2,750 elephant tusks in huge bust

Bejing - Chinese authorities have seized 7.5 tonnes of ivory -- 2,748 elephant tusks -- in one of the biggest busts in recent years as the country cracks down on the sale of illegal wildlife products.

Death in China zoo puts rarest turtle on cusp of oblivion

Shanghai - The world's rarest turtle has moved a step closer to extinction after a female specimen died in a Chinese zoo, leaving behind just three known members of the species.

Microsoft's work with Chinese military university raises eyebrows

Bejing - Microsoft has been collaborating with researchers linked to a Chinese military-backed university on artificial intelligence, elevating concerns that US firms are contributing to China's high-tech surveillance and censorship apparatus.

Op-Ed: China banning Bitcoin mining? Likely scenarios

Beijing - It’s not that much of a surprise that Chinese planners are looking at banning Bitcoin mining. The Great Firewall is a sort of cultural indicator of China’s overall response to external information. There’s a lot more to this move than that, though.

Op-Ed: Chinese overseas investment repositioning rapidly — What next?

Sydney - Chinese investment around the world seems to be undergoing a major repositioning exercise. Investment in Australia, Canada, and the United States, in particular, may relate to capital handling and the famous Belt and Road initiative.

China to close industrial park where deadly blast killed 78

Bejing - The Chinese chemical industry park where an explosion last month killed 78 people and left hundreds injured will be closed, authorities have said.

US used secret surveillance to gather information on Huawei

US authorities gathered information on Huawei Technologies through secret surveillance obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to use in a case that charges the company with violating US sanctions against Iran.

China offers assistance to woman arrested at Trump resort: ministry

Bejing - Chinese diplomats have contacted a woman arrested at US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and offered her consular services, the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday.

Four Chinese activists sentenced over liquor labels

Bejing - Four activists in southwestern China have been handed prison sentences over liquor labels commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen massacre -- two months before the crackdown's 30th anniversary, said rights groups and relatives.

Three detained over China chemical blast that killed 78

Bejing - Police have detained three suspects linked to a chemical plant blast in China, which killed 78 people and left hundreds injured, local officials said Wednesday.

Former chairman of China's Xinjiang region arrested for graft

Bejing - A former chairman of the government of China's troubled northwest region of Xinjiang, an ethnic Uighur, has been arrested for graft, national prosecutors said Tuesday.
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