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The big fish caught in Xi Jinping's anti-graft net

Bejing - The former head of Interpol, an ex-spy chief and a Xinjiang governor accused of "trading power for sex" are just some of the high-profile officials to suffer spectacular falls from grace in President Xi Jinping's purge of the Chinese Communist Party's ...

China's labour programme in Tibet has echoes of Xinjiang - report

Bejing - China is forcing Tibetan farmers and herders into labour programmes similar to those used in troubled Xinjiang, a US research institute alleged Tuesday.

Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

Bejing - A Chinese real estate tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for "corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds", a court statement said.

Stranded babies, sobbing parents: Pandemic splits surrogates from families

Bejing - Cherry Lin wistfully strokes a babygrow, fretting it may be too small for a son she is yet to meet -- one of hundreds of Chinese mothers estranged from babies born to commercial surrogates overseas after the coronavirus forced border closures.

Beijing says support for Taiwan independence 'doomed to fail'

Bejing - China ramped up its rhetoric over Taiwan on Monday, describing any support for its independence as "doomed to fail", and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island.

Hollywood action clips spotted in China airforce video

Bejing - A high-octane PR video for China's airforce crashlanded on social media after users questioned why the world's second-largest military power spliced clips from Hollywood blockbusters "Transformers" and "The Rock" into its own propaganda material.

China's pandemic-themed TV drama faces online backlash over sexism

Bejing - A Chinese primetime TV drama about the coronavirus pandemic has been slammed by social media users, who accused it of sexism for downplaying the role of women in battling the deadly outbreak at ground-zero.

China's rich seek bodyguards schooled in digital dark arts

Tianjin - At the "Genghis Security Academy", which bills itself as China's only dedicated bodyguard school, students learn that the threats to the country's newly-rich in the tech age are more likely to emerge from a hacker than a gunman.

US disguises spy planes as airliners near Chinese territory

China has accused the US of disguising military planes in proximity to the Chinese coast while disguising them as civilian airliners by changing the planes' transponder codes at least 100 times this year.

China launches sanctions regime after US moves on TikTok, WeChat

Shanghai - China on Saturday launched a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies, upping the ante in a tech war with the United States a day after Washington moved to curb popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat.

TikTok and WeChat: Chinese apps dogged by security fears

Bejing - The US Commerce Department has ordered app stores to remove popular Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok and the messaging and payment platform WeChat.

APT41, the China-based hacking operation spanning the world

Bejing - A global hacking collective known as APT41 has been accused by US authorities of targeting company servers for ransom, compromising government networks and spying on Hong Kong activists.

US will attempt to impose its own Iran sanctions globally

The US Trump administration's attempt to make the UN reimpose sanctions on Iran and to extend an arms embargo failed miserably.

Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan re-opens for international flights

Beijing - China's Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged.

China hails Xinjiang jobs success as criticism mounts

Bejing - China lauded the success of its vocational and jobs schemes in the troubled Xinjiang region on Thursday, just days after the US government said they were being operated from facilities run like "concentration camps".

Wuhan next-of-kin accuse China of blocking Covid lawsuits

Wuhan - Wuhan pensioner Zhong Hanneng endured every parent's worst nightmare when coronavirus claimed her son in February, and -- alongside other bereaved relatives -- she wants to sue the local government she blames for his death.

Op-Ed: ‘Apocalyptic’ 2020 election – America’s ghosts are raised

Washington - How the United States got itself into the insane situation in which it finds itself for the 2020 election is all too obvious. Decades of deliberate polarization. Why America wants to raise its ugliest ghosts, however, is much less clear.

China says Covid-19 vaccine could be ready for public by November

Bejing - A China-developed coronavirus vaccine could be ready for the public as early as November, a Chinese official has told state television, as the global race to clear the final round of trials heats up.

Culture war: Inner Mongolia seethes as China presses Mandarin at school

Tongliao - As his son returned to school under the watchful eye of plainclothes police, an ethnic Mongolian father admitted defeat after days of fighting against a curriculum imposed by the Chinese state, which he fears will suffocate his culture.

Welcome to the jungle: plants overrun Chinese apartment blocks

Bejing - An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a "vertical forest", with manicured gardens on every balcony.
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