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US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening

Washington - The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite intense disagreements.

US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening

Washington - The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite disagreements.

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury

Sydney - Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China's crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing.

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Sydney - Australia on Thursday offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong, in a risky challenge to China over its crackdown on dissent in the city.

Domestic workers among few Hong Kongers who will miss TikTok

Fpo - TikTok's exit from Hong Kong was met with a shrug among many locals who distrust the Chinese social media platform, but the app had been embraced by many foreign domestic workers as a way to creatively escape the drudgery of their toil.

Trump says considering TikTok ban as China row deepens

Washington - US President Donald Trump said he is considering banning the wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic, remarks China described Wednesday as "a malicious smear".

US, China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

Bejing - The United States and China imposed visa restrictions on each other in tit-for-tat moves over their disagreement on Tibet, adding fuel to the diplomatic fire between the superpowers.

China says would join nuclear talks if US reduces arsenal

Bejing - Beijing said Wednesday that US demands for it to join nuclear disarmament talks with Russia are a ruse to sink the negotiations, but it could take part if Washington lowers its arsenals to China's level.

Hong Kong in tumult over national security law

Fpo - China has imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong that opponents say undermines the semi-autonomous city's liberties. Here are the key developments since Beijing first floated the legislation.

China opens Hong Kong headquarters for its secret police

Fpo - China opened a new office on Wednesday for its intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new security law, in a public display of its tightening control over the finance hub.

China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

Fpo - China on Wednesday opened a new office for its security agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new law, transforming a hotel into the force's headquarters.

Macron salutes school leavers in first TikTok video

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday used the wildly popular but controversial social media app TikTok for the first time to congratulate French school leavers after their exam results.

US urges China to free professor who criticized Xi

Washington - The United States called Tuesday on China to free an outspoken professor who was detained after criticizing President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia urges against marmot hunt over plague fears

Moscow - Russian authorities have warned residents of regions near Mongolia against hunting marmots but stressed there was no risk of bubonic plague spreading across the country.

Hong Kong set to become a new Tibet, says exiled leader

New Delhi - Hong Kong is heading toward the same fate as Tibet after China imposed a new security law that criminalises calls for independence, the leader of the exiled Tibetan government has told AFP.

TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong after new security law

San Francisco - The wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok will no longer work in Hong Kong, its makers said, after a new security law imposed by China gave authorities sweeping powers to police local users.

Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China

Sydney - Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.

US 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese apps: Pompeo

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, over allegations Beijing is using them to spy on users.

China censors Hong Kong internet, US tech giants resist

Fpo - China has unveiled new powers to censor Hong Kong's internet and access user data using its feared national security law -- but US tech giants have put up some resistance citing rights concerns.

TikTok says stopping app operation in Hong Kong

San Francisco - TikTok said late Monday it is stopping its popular video snippet-sharing app from working in Hong Kong due to "recent events.

China censors Hong Kong internet, US tech giants resist

Fpo - China has quickly moved to censor Hong Kong's internet and access users' data using a feared new national security law, but US tech giants offered some resistance citing rights concerns.

Hong Kong leader says will 'vigorously implement' security law

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader Tuesday defended Beijing's new security law for the financial hub, saying it would restore stability and confidence as she vowed to "vigorously implement" the controversial legislation.

'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

Taipei - The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island.

Chinese students take virus-delayed college entrance exam

Bejing - Nearly 11 million stressed-out Chinese students began taking the country's gruelling annual college entrance exam on Tuesday following a month-long coronavirus delay, with inspectors this year checking both for cheaters and fevers.

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Fpo - Hong Kong's police have been granted vastly expanded powers to conduct warrantless raids and surveillance -- as well as issue internet takedown notices -- under Beijing's new national security law.

HK govt tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Fpo - Hong Kong's government on Monday ordered schools to review and remove any books that might breach a sweeping new security law that Beijing imposed last week on the restless city.

India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

New Delhi - Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

Bejing - Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong calls for solidarity as books ordered removed

Fpo - Top Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong called on the international community Monday to "stand with" the restless city, as authorities ordered schools to remove books for review under a sweeping new security law imposed by Beijing.

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Fpo - Books written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started to disappear from the city's libraries, online records show, days after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the finance hub.
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