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China's Xi slams EU carbon tax plan in call with Macron, Merkel

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping slammed the European Union's plan for a carbon tax system Friday in a call with the leaders of France and Germany, state media reported.

China GDP grows record 18.3% in first quarter in virus rebound

Bejing - China's economy expanded at a record pace in the first quarter as the country continued its rapid recovery from last year's pandemic-fuelled slump, official data showed Friday.The 18.

Xi to join European climate summit, as Kerry in China for talks

Shanghai - Chinese President Xi Jinping will join a virtual climate summit with France and Germany, Beijing announced Thursday, as US envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai to drum up support from the world's biggest polluter for America's drive to address environment...

Rattled Chinese tech giants pledge to end unfair competition

Bejing - More than 20 Chinese tech giants have made a public pact to abide by anti-monopoly guidelines, after regulators told them to note "the warning" of a record fine against e-commerce giant Alibaba.

US envoy Kerry starts climate talks in China

Shanghai - US climate envoy John Kerry met with his Chinese counterparts in Shanghai on Thursday, in the first visit to China by an official from a Biden administration seeking to re-establish America's leadership on the environment.

China's big tech 'rectification' continues after Alibaba record fine

Bejing - A record fine, public penitence from a tech giant and a 'who's who' of digital firms warned to "rectify" their ambitions within a month -- state regulators are showing no one is bigger than Beijing in Xi Jinping's China.

Oscars set to flop in China as Hollywood, politics collide

Shanghai - The Oscars are the glitziest night of the year in Hollywood and millions across the globe tune in, but they threaten to be a dud in China after the nomination of a Hong Kong protest documentary.

How table tennis changed the world, 50 years on

Shanghai - It was 50 years ago but Zhang Xielin still remembers vividly how a shaggy-haired American table tennis player stepped onto the Chinese team's bus, a chance encounter which would shape history.

China mulls mixing vaccines to improve efficacy of jabs

Bejing - China is considering the mixing of different Covid-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, a top health expert has told a conference.

China's plans for Himalayan super dam stoke fears in India

Bejing - China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges -- the world's largest power station -- stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India.

China says UK sheltering 'wanted criminals' after HK asylum ruling

Bejing - China on Thursday accused Britain of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.

China says UK sheltering 'wanted criminals' after HK asylum ruling

Bejing - China on Thursday accused the UK of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.

China weighs carrots and sticks in push to vaccinate millions

Bejing - Tickets to tourist attractions, shopping coupons, and report cards naming and shaming stores where staff haven't been vaccinated: China is veering from compulsion to persuasion in its bid to inoculate its population from Covid.

Xi urges Europe to 'make positive efforts with China' in Merkel call

Bejing - President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call Wednesday that he hoped Europe would "make positive efforts with China", Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other mino...

China sentences Uyghur ex-government officials to death for 'separatism'

Bejing - Two Uyghur former government officials in China's Xinjiang have been handed death sentences for carrying out "separatist activities", a court said, as Beijing comes under increasing fire for its actions towards minority groups in the region.

China's bitcoin mining rush risks derailing climate goals

Bejing - China's electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country's climate goals, a study in the journal Nature said on Tuesday.

IMF lifts China growth forecast to 10-year high

Bejing - The International Monetary Fund raised its 2021 growth forecast for China to 8.4 percent on Tuesday, as it projected a stronger global rebound from the pandemic but warned of "divergences in the speed of recovery".The figure is 0.

China's 'wolf warrior' diplomats howl at Xinjiang critics

Bejing - China's "wolf warrior" diplomats are back after a brief lull, firing insults over Twitter, smearing critics and suggesting conspiracies.

Logjam deepens at the world's ports as pandemic strikes shipping

Lianyungang - Towering cranes work overtime swinging containers from cargo vessels in the eastern Chinese port of Lianyungang, racing to keep ahead of a perfect storm unleashed by the pandemic that has created gridlock in global shipping.

Xinjiang the musical sings to Beijing's tune of ethnic unity

Bejing - A new state-produced musical set in Xinjiang inspired by Hollywood blockbuster "La La Land" has hit China's cinemas, portraying a rural idyll of ethnic cohesion devoid of repression, mass surveillance and even the Islam of its majority Uyghur populatio...
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