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Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Festivities center around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that China views as a shining example of its 'one country, two systems' mode

HANDOVER CELEBRATION. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

China's first 'cyber-dissident' given 12-year jail term – court

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records

DISSIDENT. In a picture taken on January 22, 2015, Chinese dissident Huang Qi poses in his apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Tear gas, rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:28 AM

(UPDATED) Acrid clouds of tear gas waft through the city's densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub

ACTION. People attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Tiananmen's key moments: Hope crushed by soldiers and tanks

Jun 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

3 decades on, the crackdown remains one of the most sensitive subjects in mainland China and any mention is strictly censored. Here are 5 key moments from that tumultuous spring

TIANANMEN SQUARE. Students and local people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on May 14, 1989 after an over-night hunger strike as part of the mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. Photo by Catherine Henriette/AFP

China charges ex-Interpol chief with accepting bribes

May 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Meng Hongwei is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader's political enemies

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF. This photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, delivering an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by AFP

World leaders ignore rights in China, says multi-awarded author

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Esteemed novelist Yan Lianke says Beijing needs to face up to its human rights issues, but visiting politicians 'don't really care about these things now'

EXILED. File photo shows Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose books are banned in his homeland, posing for photographers after receiving the Franz Kafka Award for 2014, in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

U.S. scolds China over 'Orwellian' airline demands

May 06, 2018 - 9:09 AM

US President Donald Trump will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens, says a White House statement

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? China seeks to impose its version of 'political correctness' on American air carriers. Image courtesy of American Airlines

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Li is re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favor and two against during the annual session of the National People's Congress at Beijing's Great Hall of the People

SECOND TERM. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Malacañang Palace during his official visit to Manila. Malacañang photo

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) Censors scramble to block critical comments on social media but users of the Twitter-like Weibo website continue to speak out

In this file photo, people walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a sidewalk in Beijing, on October 23, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

‘Emperor Xi’? China gambles on return to lifetime rule

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Giving all the levers of power to one man could further erode human rights, unsettle other nations and even set up traps for Xi's rule at home, analysts warn

LONG MAY XI REIGN? In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on December 5, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Xi poised to extend power as China set to lift term limits

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The party's Central Committee proposes deleting from the constitution the stipulation that a president 'shall serve no more than two consecutive terms' of 5 years

CHINA'S LEADER. In this file photo, a man walks past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping with a slogan reading 'Chinese Dream, People's Dream' beside a road in Beijing on October 16, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

Protest in Hong Kong over activist's election ban

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The ban on Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass 2014 Umbrella Movement, is the latest blow for the democracy camp and another sign that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city

BANNED. Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow shouts slogans on stage during a protest outside Central Government Complex in Hong Kong on Januray 28, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Former CIA agent's arrest follows U.S. spying debacle in China

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:52 AM

According to The New York Times, US counter-intelligence has been working overtime since at least 2012 to uncover a possible pro-Beijing mole within the ranks of America's espionage services

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. In this file photo, a man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at the lobby of the Original Headquarters Building at the CIA headquarters February 19, 2009 in McLean, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:59 AM

US authorities arrest a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

As China aims for 'world-class army', Asia starts to worry

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower

ON GUARD. In this photo, Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Fred Dufour/AFP

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Xi's grip on China tightens with new term and no heir in sight

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) Xi secures a second 5-year term as general secretary of the Communist Party, giving him an inviolable mandate to rule and possibly positioning him to retain power for much longer

AT THE HELM. Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) raises his hand to vote for the reports with other China's leaders at the closing of the 19th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The inclusion of Xi's name along with his guiding philosophy for the nation cements his place as the most powerful Chinese leader in decades

People walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a sidewalk in Beijing, during the ongoing 19th Communist Party Congress on October 23, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

China communist conclave opens to hand Xi new term

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:28 AM

Xi, considered China's most powerful leader since Deng or even Mao, could use the congress to lay the foundation to stay atop the 89-million-strong party even longer than the normal 10 years, according to analysts

TOP LEADER. A man walks past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping with a slogan reading 'Chinese Dream, People's Dream' beside a road in Beijing on October 16, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave

Oct 15, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The 64-year-old supremo will undoubtedly be granted the customary second term as general secretary of the Communist Party, but analysts will watch for signs that he may try to hang on beyond 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Prague, March 29, 2016. Michal Cizek/AFP/File

China unmoved as Trump rails over North Korea

Aug 03, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Observers warn that Trump style outbursts are no way to get China to bend to the United States will

HEADLINE. A man watches a television screen showing a video footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during the North's latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at a railway station in Seoul on July 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Fate of Liu Xiaobo's widow worries friends

Jul 16, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Close friends have lost touch with the poet Liu Xia after her husband the Nobel Prize winning Chinese dissident died

MEMORIAL SERVICE. This handout photo provided by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office shows late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's wife Liu Xia (C) and his brother, Liu Xiaoguang (L), holding a portrait of Liu Xiaobo and receiving the ashes (R) in an urn at a funeral parlour in the Chinese city of Shenyang, Liaoning province, on July 15, 2017. Shenyang Municipal Information Office/AFP

China hits back at criticism over Nobel laureate's death

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says Beijing lodged official protests with the United States France Germany and the United Nations human rights office over their irresponsible remarks regarding Liu Xiaobo

Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover

Jun 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover comes at a time when many fear the semi autonomous city s freedoms are being lost to an ever more assertive Beijing

In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, a poster commemorating the 20th anniversary since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain is displayed near the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (3rd R) and China (2nd R) on a waterfront promenade in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

THAAD missile defense system now operational in South Korea

May 02, 2017 - 7:23 AM

This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system officials say

THAAD AT WORK. A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island during a test November 1, 2015. Photo courtesy Missile Defense Agence / US Department of Defense

Police arrest 9 more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED The spate of arrests come ahead of an expected visit by China s President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city by Britain back to China in 1997 on July 1

PROTEST SIGN. In this file photo, a Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

China trims GDP target, citing severe challenges

Mar 05, 2017 - 8:12 AM

UPDATED The target comes in slightly below analysts expectations indicating that authorities will prioritize controlling an array of economic risks over pushing short term growth

Delegates listen to speeches during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

China says conflict with U.S. a lose-lose situation

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi: For any sober minded politician they clearly recognize that there cannot be conflict between China and the United States

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at Parliament House in Canberra on February 7, 2017. Mark Graham/AFP

White House warns China on trade, South China Sea

Jan 24, 2017 - 9:29 AM

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump is aware that US firms need access to China s large domestic market but that he is not prepared to accept that current arrangements continue

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the first daily press briefing of the Trump administration in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017.  Saul Loeb/AFP

China to curb foreign investment by state-owned firms

Jan 19, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The notice by the State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission gave no details on what sectors would be singled out nor any timing

The sun rises behind the skyline of Shanghai in the Lujiazui Financial District of Pudong on November 11, 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Leung: As we benefit from the opportunities brought by the development of our country and the national policies in our favor we must clearly recognize that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of our country

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his final policy address to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on January 18, 2017. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns 'violent attacks'

Jan 09, 2017 - 11:32 AM

UPDATED Nathan Law 23 is met by a crowd of angry pro Beijing demonstrators in the arrivals hall shouting throwing liquid in his face and trying to hit him as police struggled to bundle him through

In this file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Nathan Law speaks during a rally in Hong Kong on December 11, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The judgement says the court s duty to apply the city s constitution known as the Basic Law outweighed the doctrine of separation of powers and non intervention

Pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung (R) and Yau Wai-ching (L) speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on November 15, 2016, after a court ruled to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers from parliament. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Standoff in Hong Kong legislature over pro-independence oaths

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

New pro independence lawmakers Yau Wai ching and Baggio Leung are yet to be sworn in to the Legislative Council

Newly-elected lawmaker Baggio Leung Chung-hang (R) holds up a Legislative Council book next to fellow pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching (L) while being surrounded by the press after arriving at the Legislative Council main chamber in Hong Kong on October 26, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi to consolidate power at key meeting – analysts

Oct 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The Sixth Plenum as the meeting is known comes as the party – which has more than 88 million members – faces a period of tectonic change

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2014. Wang Zhao/AFP

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers blocked from taking oath

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Rival lawmakers clash in a heated shouting match after the pro Beijing camp walked out of the swearing in session

HEATED DEBATE. Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (L), known as Long Hair, argues with pro-Beijing lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on October 19, 2016. Tengku Bahar/AFP

Hong Kong leader in court battle with pro-independence lawmakers

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:57 AM

Hong Kong s leader launches a court bid against two pro independence lawmakers which could block them from taking up their parliamentary seats

Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching, 25, stands in front of a flag that reads 'Hong Kong is Not China' as she takes the Legislative Council Oath at the first meeting of the Sixth Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 12, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rebel Hong Kong lawmakers challenge China in parliament

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Hong Kong rebel lawmakers shouted banged drums and railed against tyranny when they took their oaths of office in the city s parliament

Newly elected lawmaker Nathan Law (2nd R), 23, stands next to fellow lawmaker Eddie Chu (R), 38, as he speaks after the microphone was turned off after he took the Legislative Council Oath at the first meeting of the Sixth Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 12, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

G20 warns against slide into protectionism

Sep 06, 2016 - 7:49 AM

In a communique the G20 leaders pointed to a litany of economic ills including financial market volatility sluggish trade and investment and gyrating commodity prices

G20 leaders and their spouses pose for a group photo before their dinner banquet at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong protest leaders escape jail time for rally

Aug 15, 2016 - 5:46 AM

UPDATED The court says it will not base sentencing on the heated political atmosphere in the city

In this file photo, Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media as fellow activists Albert Chan (top L) Raphael Wong (red shirt) and Nathan Law (2nd R) look on outside the Eastern Law Court after being acquitted over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict, in Hong Kong on June 7, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Xi's here to stay: China leader tipped to outstay term

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:05 AM

President Xi Jinping will probably seek to extend his term to more than 10 years analysts say the first Communist Party chief to do so since Deng Xiaoping

CHINA'S MOST POWERUL. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. Oliver Bunic/AFP

Hong Kong student leader Wong convicted for protests

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong is convicted for taking part in an unlawful assembly after he and other students climbed into Hong Kong s Civic Square on September 26 2014

In this file photo, student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

China must ready for military conflict in South China Sea – state media

Jul 05, 2016 - 1:19 PM

In an editorial the Global Times newspaper says China should accelerate the build up of its defense capabilities and must be prepared for any military confrontation

A PLA soldier stands to attention with the Chinese flag during the open day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Base at Stonecutter Island in Hong Kong on July 1, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong officials to visit Beijing for talks over bookseller

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:44 PM

A senior Hong Kong delegation will head to Beijing for talks following explosive revelations by a bookseller who said he was detained for 8 months on the mainland

A woman walks down stairs past a poster (C), showing five booksellers from the Mighty Current publishing house who are believed to be detained in China, outside the closed Causeway Bay Books store that sells books on Chinese politics in Hong Kong on February 12, 2016. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong activists demand independence via 'return to British rule'

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:24 PM

A group of Hong Kong activists are demanding a return to British rule as a stepping stone towards independence

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, August 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/AFP

Hong Kong leader writes to Beijing on missing bookseller

Jun 21, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The case of the 5 missing booksellers has heightened fears that Beijing is tightening its grip on semi autonomous Hong Kong

A woman walks down stairs past a poster (C), showing five booksellers from the Mighty Current publishing house who are believed to be detained in China, outside the closed Causeway Bay Books store that sells books on Chinese politics in Hong Kong on February 12, 2016. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong protests as top China official visits

May 18, 2016 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED The 3 day trip by Zhang Dejiang is widely seen as an attempt to build bridges across the widening political divide and to gauge whether Beijing should back the city s unpopular leader Leung Chun ying to stand for a second term

WELCOME TO HONG KONG. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang (C) walks with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (centre L) after he arrived at Hong Kong's International Airport on May 17, 2016. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong threatens 'action' against independence party

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:15 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says advocating independence is against the city s mini constitution while China Daily says the move is idiotic

The Hong Kong and China national flags fly at the Chief Executive's office, Hong Kong, China, October 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Obama to discuss North Korea threat with South Korea, Japan leaders

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:25 AM

It has been scheduled for the same day Obama holds one on one talks with Xi Jinping

In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) attends a 3-way meeting with US President Barack Obama (C) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the US Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, March 25, 2014. Yonhap/EPA