China

  • Hong Kong leader says Beijing will not back down on new security law
    HONG KONG, June 3 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the central government will not back down on plans for national security legislation for the financial hub, even as Britain stepped up criticism of the move.   Lam, speaking during a trip to Beijing to discuss the new security law, was flanked by Hong Kong's justice secretary Teresa Cheng, its security secretary John Lee and its police chief Chris Tang.   Prime Minister Boris Johns
  • China jibes U.S. on human rights ahead of June 4 anniversary
    BEIJING, June 3 (Reuters): Chinese state media has been revelling in days of chaotic protests in the United States and highlighting President Donald Trump's threat to use troops, even as the anniversary looms of its own military crackdown on demonstrators 31 years ago.   For days, Chinese media has prominently covered the protests in the aftermath of the Minnesota police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, contrasting it with support from U.S. politicians
  • UK tells China: step back from the brink on Hong Kong
    LONDON, June 2 (Reuters): The United Kingdom on Tuesday called on China to step back from the brink over a national security law in Hong Kong that it said was a breach of Beijing's international commitments to the "one country, two systems" principle agreement on the former colony.   "To be very clear and specific about this, the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the government in Beijing rather than through Hong Kong's o
  • China's Wuhan finds no new COVID cases, 300 asymptomatics in tests
    BEIJING, June 2 (Reuters): The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus outbreak first emerged, found no new cases of COVID-19 and 300 asymptomatic carriers after testing most of its 11 million residents, city officials said on Tuesday.   Authorities launched the ambitious, city-wide testing campaign on May 14, and reached 9.9 million people, after a cluster of new cases raised fears of a second wave of infections.   But they found no new cases of C
  • Hong Kong sees rush to renew UK passports as fears for future grow
    HONG KONG, June 2 (Reuters): When Ming Wong saw that Britain was prepared to offer extended visa rights and a "path to citizenship" for British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders in Hong Kong, she seized the moment and re-applied for her lost passport.   Beijing's push to impose national security laws in the former British colony has stoked worry about its future and prompted Britain to offer refuge to almost 3 million Hong Kong residents eligible fo
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • China warns U.S. it will retaliate on moves over Hong Kong
    BEIJING, June 1 (Reuters): China said on Monday U.S. attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures, criticising a U.S. decision to begin ending special treatment for Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies.   China's parliament last week voted to move forward with imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong, which U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday was a tragedy for the people of the city, a
  • China says U.S. 'addicted to quitting' over plan to withdraw from WHO
    BEIJING, June 1 (Reuters): China said on Monday the United States was "addicted to quitting" following a U.S. decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.   Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he described as the selfish behaviour of the United States.   "The
  • Britain will not "look away" from Hong Kong responsibilities, says Raab
    LONDON, May 31 (Reuters): Britain will not look away from is responsibilities to Hong Kong, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, repeating London's offer of extended visa rights in response to China's push to impose a new law in the former British colony.   "If China follows through with this national security legislation ... we will give those people who hold BNO passports (British National Overseas’ passports) the right to come to the
  • Trump says terminating US relationship with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO had essentially become a puppet organization of China.   Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats to eliminate American funding for the group, which amounts to several hundred million dollars a year. Trump said the WH
  • Attack on Taiwan an option to stop independence, top China general says
    BEIJING, May 29 (Reuters): China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country's most senior generals said on Friday, in a rhetorical escalation from China aimed at the democratic island Beijing claims as its own.   Speaking at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on the 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law, Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commissio
  • Hong Kong warns removing U.S. special status is a 'double-edged sword'
    HONG KONG, MAY 29 (Reuters): - Hong Kong told the United States to keep out of the debate over national security legislation being imposed by China, and warned that withdrawal of the financial hub's special status under U.S. law could backfire on the U.S. economy.   President Donald Trump is due to announce later on Friday his response to the Chinese parliament's advancement this week of security legislation for Hong Kong, which many lawyers, diplomats and
  • Britain deeply concerned by China's legislation for Hong Kong - PM's spokesman
    LONDON, May 28 (Reuters): Britain's government is deeply concerned about China's legislation on national security for Hong Kong, which risks undermining the principle of one nation, two systems, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.   "We are deeply concerned about China's legislation relating to national security ... We have been very clear that the security legislation risks undermining the principle of one nation, two systems
  • Taiwan pledges help for fleeing Hong Kongers, riles China
    TAIPEI, May 28 (Reuters): Taiwan promised on Thursday to settle Hong Kongers who flee the Chinese-ruled city for political reasons, offering help from employment to counselling, and prompting angry condemnation from Beijing as it pushes security legislation for Hong Kong.   Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen this week became the first world leader to pledge specific measures to help people from Hong Kong who may leave the former British colony because of the new legislation.
  • U.S. weighs options 'across the spectrum' to punish China over Hong Kong
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters): The Trump administration is crafting a range of options to punish China over its tightening grip on Hong Kong, including targeted sanctions, new tariffs and further restrictions on Chinese companies, according to U.S. officials and people familiar with the discussions.   Such moves could mark the opening salvoes of the U.S. response as President Donald Trump weighs how far he is prepared to go after the State Department’s assessment o
  • China parliament approves Hong Kong security bill as tensions with U.S. rise
    HONG KONG/BEIJING, mAY 28 (Reuters): China's parliament approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could jeopardise its special autonomy and freedoms.   China says the legislation will be aimed at tackling secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests
  • China extends olive branch to India after US seeks discussion on HK
    New Delhi/Washington, May 28 (IANS) China extended reconciliatory messages to India after the US requested for an immediate online UN Security Council meeting to discuss a new legislation for Hong Kong to crush all dissent.   The US mission at the UN said that China's proposed national security law for Hong Kong is a "matter of urgent global concern that implicates international peace and security, and warrants the immediate attention of the UN Security Council"
  • US offers to mediate between China, India on border row
    New Delhi/Washington, May 27 (IANS): The US on Wednesday revealed that it has offered to mediate in the ongoing standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Union Territory of Ladakh.   In his morning tweet, US President Donald Trump said that the White House has "informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute."   Though China has
  • Trump offers to mediate 'raging' India-China border dispute
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had offered to mediate a standoff between India and China at the Himalayan border, where soldiers camped out in a high-altitude region have accused each other of trespassing over the disputed border.   "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute," Trump said in a Twitter post. &nb