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China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:04 PM

China says its 'territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will under no circumstances be affected' by the historic award

SEA DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang file photo

Revealed: New videos expose China’s forced migration of Uyghurs during the pandemic

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Dozens of Chinese TikTok videos show Uyghurs being transported to work in involuntary labor schemes during the Covid-19 outbreak

FORCED MIGRATION. Screenshots from TikTok videos taken and stitched by Coda Story.

China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on U.S. lawmakers, envoy over Xinjiang

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Some of the most outspoken critics of China – Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith – are targeted by the action, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback

XINJIANG CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

Hundreds of rivers swell as China summer flood season revs up

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Summer flooding is an annual scourge in China, often focused along the vast Yangtze basin that drains much of the central part of the country

FIGHTING FLOODS. This photo taken on July 11, 2020 shows workers preparing anti-flood measures at a gate of a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

Detained Chinese professor who criticized Xi is freed, friends say

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University, was taken from his home in the capital by a group of more than 20 people on July 6, associates say. He returned home on Sunday and was well, friends confirm.

CRITICIZING XI. A news programme shows Chinese President Xi Jinping during the closing session of the National People's Congress, on a giant screen at an intersection in Beijing on May 28, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Upset driver to blame for deadly China bus plunge – state media

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The bus carried students preparing to take their annual college entrance exam

4 years later, Philippines says Hague ruling 'non-negotiable'

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr marks the 4th year since the Philippines won its historic case against China by reaffirming Manila's 'adherence to the award and its enforcement without any possibility of compromise or change'

HISTORIC AWARD. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs in June 2020.  File photo courtesy of DFA

Identity theft scandal in China university exam ignites fury

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Officials in the eastern province of Shandong say a two-year investigation had found more than 280 people involved in stealing the identities of students sitting the 'gaokao,' or Chinese university entrance exams

ENTRANCE EXAMS. A girl holds a bouquet of flowers as she waits for her sister to finish the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), known as "gaokao", outside a school in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on July 8, 2020. Photo by AFP

Half million Hong Kong people vote in pro-democracy primaries

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'Under the vicious national security law, many people worried if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out,' says organizer and legal scholar Benny Tai

POLLING. People queue to vote for New Territory East candidates during a primary election in Hong Kong on July 11, 2020. Photo by May James/AFP

38 Filipino students stranded in China send SOS to be repatriated

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Most of them ended their study programs from April to June. Their student visas are expiring between June to August

China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Conspiracy rumors that the biosafety lab was involved in the outbreak swirled online for months before Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the theory into the mainstream

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. - The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) - dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States was acting against 'horrific and systematic abuses' in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control

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China's factory gate deflation eases as economy recovers

Jul 09, 2020 - 5:30 PM

China is working to bounce back from a historic economic contraction in the 1st quarter of 2020, but it faces a threat from weakening global demand

MANUFACTURING. Employees work on a battery production line at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province on March 30, 2020. Photo by AFP

U.S., China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region

TIBET ROW. In this file photo, a lama stands on the roof of the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 5, 2016. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

PH Coast Guard to block departure of Hong Kong ship crew in Liberty 5 case

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:55 PM

In a tearful meeting with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of the ill-fated fishing vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard urged them to pray for justice and a miracle – that the victims be found alive

GRIM MEET. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr meets with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of F/V Liberty 5 on Wednesday, July 8. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

What are Hong Kong police's new powers?

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Here are some of the key powers granted Hong Kong authorities when conducting national security investigations

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said on July 1. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Hong Kong protesters let sheets of blank paper do the talking

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Since Beijing imposed the new security law on Hong Kong, even peaceful protests have become risky. At the occasional flash mob rallies taking place, though, sheets of blank paper have become the latest protest symbol.

Protesters hold up blank papers during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Hong Kongers are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began making arrests for people displaying now forbidden political slogans. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

FBI chief says China has preferences in U.S. election

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'China's malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year,' says Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Beijing's new security law says agents working for the office are exempt from Hong Kong's laws while carrying out their duties

NEW HQ. A man (C) looks out of the front door of the Metro Park hotel while other staff (R) look on in Causeway Bay on July 7, 2020, the hotel which is being retrofitted and turned into office for safeguarding national security. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Taiwan warns of counter measures if new Hong Kong law causes 'damage'

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,' President Tsai Ing-wen tells reporters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

WHO monitoring China bubonic plague situation

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:59 PM

'At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we're watching it, monitoring it carefully,' says WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris

[OPINION] The Air Defense Identification Zone – China’s next South China Sea aggression?

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:18 PM

'[China's] seizing control of the South China Sea is but the maritime step in a much larger strategic goal: dominating Asia by 2050'

Beijing reports zero virus cases for first time since new outbreak

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Beijing's health commission says it detected only one asymptomatic case the previous day, which China does not include in its confirmed cases counts

People wearing facemasks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

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

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'The law makes me dislike China even more,' says 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The city's police chief will be able to control and remove online information

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

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Brutal hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 left 20 Indian soldiers dead and sent tensions between the countries soaring

China accuses UK of 'gross interference' over Hong Kong

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The UK government says it will offer Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to the sweeping new security law for the former British territory

A couple wear face masks as they walk along the Thames embankment in central London on January 28, 2020. Around 1,500 people who came to Britain from the Chinese epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the past two weeks must put themselves in isolation, the UK health minister has said. Justin TALLIS / AFP

Hong Kong gov't tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The order for schools to review and remove any contraband books comes two days after Hong Kong's libraries said they were also pulling titles deemed to breach the law for a review

CONTRABAND BOOKS. A women looks at books in a public library in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China steps up precautions after bubonic plague case

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:04 PM

While the contagious bubonic plague is rare in China and can be treated, at least 5 people have died from it since 2014, says China's National Health Commission

Chipmaker SMIC plans China's biggest IPO in a decade

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Details of the planned offers are released in a statement on Monday, July 6, on the website of the Shanghai exchange, sending the company's Hong Kong-listed stock soaring more than 20% to a record high

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China detains professor who criticized Xi over coronavirus

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, is taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity

XI JINPING. A news program shows Chinese President Xi Jinping during the closing session of the National People's Congress, on a giant screen at an intersection in Beijing on May 28, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

PH Coast Guard files criminal cases vs HK ship crew

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The company and officers of bulk carrier Vienna Wood are formally accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property, as the 14 crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 remain missing

ACCOUNTABILITY. The Philippine Coast Guard  in Occidental Mindoro files charges against the company and crew of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Vienna Wood over its collision with the Philippine fishing vessel Liberty 5. Photos from the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S., China left out as England slashes quarantine list

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Under the new rules, a traffic-light system – red, amber, and green – will be used for different countries depending on their prevalence of the coronavirus

People walk over Westminster Bridge wrapped in Union flags, towards the Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and The Houses of Parliament in central London on June 26, 2016.  Britain's opposition Labour party plunged into turmoil Sunday and the prospect of Scottish independence drew closer, ahead of a showdown with EU leaders over the country's seismic vote to leave the bloc. Two days after Prime Minister David Cameron resigned over his failure to keep Britain in the European Union, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a revolt by his lawmakers who called for him, too, to quit.  / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Criticizing China abroad? Beware of Hong Kong security law

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:35 PM

One of the provisions of the highly controversial law expands the scope of offenses to cover people outside Hong Kong, even if they are not permanent residents of the Special Administrative Region

DEMONSTRATIONS. A protester holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

U.S. aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conduct dual carrier operations in the waterway to 'support a free and open Indo-Pacific'

DRILLS. This US Navy photo obtained October 7, 2019 shows the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)(L), and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 6) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. File photo Navy Office of Information/AFP

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China .

'Hidden language': Hong Kongers get creative against security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Faced with the threat of prosecution for anything promoting greater autonomy or independence for the restless city, residents are using wordplay and even subverting Chinese Communist Party dogma to express frustration

'REFUSE TO BE SLAVES.' A man walks past graffiti, a line from the Chinese national anthem that reads, 'Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves,' in Hong Kong on July 3, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China plans reforms to organ donation rules

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The draft rules published on Wednesday, July 1, by the National Health Commission allow people to donate the organs of relatives who have died and make it illegal to take organs from living minors

Beijing lifts most travel restrictions, says city's outbreak contained

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The announcement comes after the Chinese capital tests 10 million people from June 11 to July 3 – nearly half the city's population

Cars are seen on a road in Beijing on May 12, 2020. - Auto sales in China, which experienced a record low due to the coronavirus outbreak, are recovering as some Chinese seek an alternative to public transportation, but the upturn remains fragile. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China appoints hardliner to head new Hong Kong security agency

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Zheng Yanxiong – a party official best known for tackling protests on the mainland – will lead the office set up by the legislation that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly for the first time

APPOINTMENT. This file photo taken on December 20, 2011, shows Zheng Yanxiong, then-Communist Party Secretary of Shanwei prefecture, speaking on television as villagers watch the broadcast in Wukan, Guandong province. China has appointed a hardliner involved in a clamp down against protests on the mainland as the head of Hong Kong's new security agency on July 3, 2020.  File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

PH issues rare warning of 'severest response' vs China drills

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:35 PM

In a rare video message, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers the threat himself: 'Should the exercises spill over to Philippine will be met with the severest response, diplomatic and whatever else is appropriate'

WARNING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs. File photo courtesy of DFA

Taiwan expels 2 Chinese journalists over political shows

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The reporters with China Southeast TV are ordered to leave for violating regulations covering mainland journalists, says Taiwan's top China policy body

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

Hong Kongers scrub social media history in face of security law

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Despite assurances from Beijing that political freedoms would not be hindered, many Hong Kongers delete digital references of their opposition to China's ruling Communist Party

Luckin Coffee sticks by chairman despite scandal over fake sales

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A proposal to oust Luckin Coffee founder and chairman Charles Zhengyao Lu fails to get the necessary two-thirds majority vote

LUCKIN COFFEE. A cup of Luckin Coffee on January 14, 2019. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

PH Coast Guard 'building evidence' vs Hong Kong ship crew

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Without any trace of the 14 Filipino crew of Liberty 5, the search for survivors becomes a search for bodies, but Philippine Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr says he is still hoping for a miracle

CARGO SHIP. The Hong Kong-flagged M/V Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Spain fines staff of China's ICBC for money laundering

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Former employees of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are fined 22.7 million euros ($25.5 million) in Spain

The logo of the Madrid branch of China's biggest lender ICBC is pictured the building facade after its director and a deputy director were arrested as part of a probe into the suspected laundering of at least 40 million euros ($44.5 million) in Madrid on February 17, 2016. - The bank is suspected of being used to "introduce into the financial system funds earned through the alleged crimes of smuggling, tax fraud and the violation of workers' rights, allowing the transfer of the funds to China in a way that appeared legal," the police statement said. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

The pitfalls of UK's citizenship offer for Hong Kong

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Do Britons want migrants?

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by AFP

Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

'I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,' Law says in a short English message to journalists, declining to say which country he has gone to

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP