• Taiwan president says drills show China is threat to region
    TAIPEI, September 20 (Reuters): Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of China's government, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday. Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, causing Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept. China cla
  • Taiwan scrambles jets as 18 Chinese planes buzz island
    TAIPEI/BEIJING, September 18 (Reuters): Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, including crossing the sensitive mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, in an escalation of tensions as a senior U.S. official held talks in Taipei. China had earlier announced the start of combat drills near the Taiwan Strait, denouncing what it called collusion between the island, which it claims as part of its territory, and the United States. U.S. Undersecretary f
  • Hong Kong's Apple Daily vows to fight on after owner arrested
    HONG KONG, August 11 (Reuters): Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid responded with defiance on Tuesday to the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to fight on in a front-page headline over an image of Lai in handcuffs. Readers queued from the early hours to get copies of the pro-democracy tabloid a day after police raided its offices and took Lai into detention, the highest-profile arrest under the national security law. &
  • 1st COVID-19 patient from Beijing market cluster discharged
    Beijing, June 29 (IANS): The first COVID-19 patient from Beijing cluster infections linked to the wholesale market outbreak was discharged from hospital on Monday after recovering, according to authorities.   On June 3, the patient aged 56, stopped for about 20 minutes at the beef and mutton trading centre of the Xinfadi market in south Beijing's Fengtai district, reports Xinhua news agency.   He went to a hospital on June 12 after experiencing symptoms of fev
  • Beijing ramps up testing capacity, reaching a third of city's population so far
    SHANGHAI, June 28 (Reuters): Beijing has ramped up coronavirus testing efforts and has tested about a third of the Chinese capital's population so far, a city official said on Sunday, as authorities seek to control an outbreak stemming from a wholesale market in mid-June.   As of Sunday noon, Beijing had collected 8.29 million patient samples for testing and completed 7.69 million tests, Zhang Qiang, an official from Beijing's municipal committee, told a press c
  • Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says he will be 'prime target' of new security law
    HONG KONG, June 26 (Reuters): Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong believes he will be a "prime target" of Beijing's move to impose national security legislation on the Chinese-ruled city that critics say will crush its much coveted freedoms.   The law aims to tackle separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, although it is unclear what activities would constitute such crimes and what the punishment would be.   Wong
  • Beijing shuts markets after second day of new COVID-19 cases
    BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters): Beijing shut six major wholesale food markets on Friday and delayed plans for some students to return to school after China's capital reported new coronavirus infections for a second day running.   The new cases on Friday involved two men working at a meat research centre who had recently visited the markets, state media said. It was not immediately clear how they were infected.   Thursday's case, in a different part of the
  • In nod to #MeToo, China codifies sexual harassment by law
    BEIJING, June 2 (Reuters): Two years ago, Zhou Xiaoxuan publicly accused one of China's most recognizable people of groping and forcibly kissing her, setting off a firestorm in a country that did not specify sexual harassment as a legal offence.   Last week Zhou and dozens of other women who started China's #MeToo movement won a small victory when the nation's parliament enacted legislation that for the first time defines actions that can constitute sexual h
  • China's Hong Kong law set to bar foreign judges from national security cases - sources
    BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters): Beijing's planned national security legislation for Hong Kong is set to block its foreign judges from handling national security trials, people familiar with the matter said, which would exacerbate concerns about the city's judicial independence.   Having lost patience with Hong Kong's failure to adopt national security legislation on its own, China announced on Thursday that it would directly enact laws to tackle secession, subver
  • Carrie Lam says security laws will not affect Hong Kong's rights and freedoms
    HONG KONG, May 26 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Beijing's proposed national security laws would not trample on the city's rights and freedoms and called on citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.   Lam added her voice to an unprecedented barrage of statements by Beijing and local officials, and former city leaders defending the legislation and seeking to reassure residents, investors and diplomats about Hong Kong fre