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China pushes domestic economy, tech power in five-year plan

Bejing - China's Communist leadership outlined a five-year vision Thursday to develop the country into a powerhouse centred on stronger domestic spending and tech self-reliance, but held back from the usual practice of issuing an overall economic growth target....

Pompeo says China 'gravest threat' to religious freedom

Jakarta - China is the "gravest threat" to the future of religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, in his latest verbal assault on Beijing during a whirlwind Asian tour.

Beijing slams US for arresting Chinese 'Fox Hunt' agents

Bejing - China accused the United States Thursday of "ignoring basic facts" after five Chinese agents were arrested by Washington for allegedly going after Beijing's opponents on American soil.

Pilot killed as Taiwan fighter jet crashes into sea

Taipei - A Taiwanese pilot was killed Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island's eastern coast during routine training, the air force said, in the second fatal air crash in three months.

Hong Kong teen activist Tony Chung charged with secession

Fpo - A teenage Hong Kong democracy activist was charged on Thursday with secession, the first public political figure to be prosecuted under a sweeping new national security law Beijing imposed on the city.

Hong Kong teen activist Tony Chung charged with secession

Fpo - A teenage Hong Kong activist was charged on Thursday with secession, the first public political figure to be prosecuted under a sweeping new national security law Beijing imposed on the city.

Five Chinese agents arrested in US for targeting Beijing opponents

Washington - Five Chinese agents were arrested on Wednesday for their roles in an operation targeting Beijing's opponents in the United States, US officials announced.

US senators seek to declare China 'genocide' against Uighurs

Washington - US senators sought Tuesday to declare that China is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims, a step that could ramp up pressure on behalf of the estimated one million-plus people in camps.

Hong Kong teen activist arrested near US consulate

Fpo - A young Hong Kong activist who was among the first arrested under Beijing's new national security law was detained on Tuesday close to the US consulate, police and local media said.

On the march: Ant Group, China's fintech sensation

Bejing - With a name belying its giant ambitions, China's Ant Group on Tuesday launched a history-making $34 billion IPO in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

For Chinese consumers, Ant Group app is part of the fabric of life

Shanghai - The most essential item in aircraft engineer Tao Rui's possession during a recent outing in Shanghai was the Alipay smartphone app from Ant Group, a company little known outside China until it unfurled plans for the biggest IPO in history.

US announces $2.4 bn sale of coastal defense systems to Taiwan

Washington - The United States on Monday said it had approved a $2.4 billion sale of 100 Harpoon coastal defense systems to Taiwan, defying Beijing's anger over a $1 billion missile deal last week.

China hits US media with new rules in tit-for-tat retaliation

Bejing - China tightened the rules on a number of US media outlets on Monday, in a move it said was "necessary and reciprocal" after Chinese journalists in America were hit with restrictions last week.

China's Ant Group says to raise $34 bn in record IPO

Bejing - Chinese e-payments giant Ant Group said Monday it plans to raise $34 billion in a listing shared between Hong Kong and Shanghai, making it the biggest IPO in history.

Pakistan opens first metro line after years of delays

Lahore - Pakistan's first metro line began operations Monday in the eastern city of Lahore following years of delays, in a country severely lacking public transport or modern infrastructure.

China 'to sanction' US firms over Taiwan arms sale

Bejing - China said Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory.

Xi's big carbon promise on the table as China's leaders meet

Bejing - China's Communist leadership will discuss Xi Jinping's ambitious carbon neutral pledge in talks that began Monday on the country's economic strategy for the next five years.

Huawei's Meng back in Canadian court to fight extradition to US

Vancouver - Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou returns to a Canadian court Monday as part of her two-year fight against extradition to the United States, with her lawyers expected to renew objections to the way in which she was detained.

US Coast Guard to tackle China 'illegal' fishing in Pacific

Washington - The United States said Friday it will deploy Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter "destabilizing and malign" activities by China in disputed fishing grounds of the South China Sea.

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

Bejing - President Xi Jinping on Friday warned of China's military resolve to defeat "invaders", speaking on a 70th anniversary for the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought the United States.

Hong Kong needs tougher laws to tackle wildlife crime say researchers

Fpo - Hong Kong is thriving as a transnational wildlife smuggling hub because its laws are not strong enough to tackle organised crime running the lucrative trade, researchers said Friday.

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

Bejing - President Xi Jinping issued a sharp warning Friday to potential "invaders" of Beijing's military resolve, speaking on the 70th anniversary of his nation's entry into the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought US rivals.

Kazakhs despair for relatives missing in Xinjiang

Uzynagash - When Bikamal Kaken's husband vanished during a 2017 visit to Xinjiang in northwestern China, she had good reason to believe he would not be returning home to Kazakhstan anytime soon.

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

Why are Hong Kong and Taiwan bickering over the fate of a murderer?

Fpo - Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai admits to murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a Taipei hotel room nearly two years ago. He has even said he is willing to return to Taiwan and face trial. Yet he remains a free man. Why?

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

North Korea's Kim lauds Chinese war dead on anniversary

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has paid tribute to the millions of Chinese troops who fought a US-led coalition to a standstill and saved his country from defeat in the Korean War, state media reported Thursday.

US to sell air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan

Washington - The US government on Wednesday said it had approved the sale of $1 billion worth of advanced air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan as the island tries to shore up its defenses against China.

Bolsonaro shoots down plan to buy Chinese vaccine

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday his government would not in fact purchase a Chinese-developed vaccine against Covid-19, a day after his health minister announced a deal to buy millions of doses.

Trump records show Chinese business pursuits and bank account: NYT

Washington - Donald Trump spent years cultivating business projects in China, where he maintained a previously unknown bank account, The New York Times reported Tuesday, as the US president attempts to portray election rival Joe Biden as weaker on Beijing.
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