• U.S. cancels visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals deemed security risks
    WASHINGTON/BEIJING, September 10 (Reuters): The United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a presidential measure denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks, the State Department said on Wednesday, a move China called a violation of human rights. The acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that Washington was blocking visas "for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers w
  • U.S. becoming key driver of militarization in South China Sea, says top China diplomat
    HONG KONG, September 9 (Reuters): The Chinese government's senior diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said on Wednesday the United States is directly intervening in territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea due to its own political needs. It is becoming the biggest driver of militarization in the region, Wang said. He made the remark in a video conference with foreign ministers at an ASEAN summit. "Peace and stability is China's greatest strate
  • Colombia makes arrests in sex trafficking plot that lured women to China
    BOGOTA, September 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Colombian police broke up an accused sex trafficking ring that recruited women in Colombia and forced them into prostitution in China, authorities said on Tuesday, exposing a plot of criminal deception that preyed upon poor and vulnerable women. Seven accused traffickers were arrested and charged with luring and sexually exploiting at least 30 Colombian women and migrants who were sent to work in nightclubs in the Chinese c
  • Beijing accuses Australia of harassment of Chinese journalists
    BEIJING/SYDNEY, September 9 (Reuters): The Chinese government on Wednesday accused Australia of "blatant irrational behaviour", harassment and violation of the rights of its journalists by searching and seizing items from the homes of four Chinese state media reporters. The revelation of the Australian raids in late June is the latest barb in a deteriorating relationship between the two major trading partners, coming just a day after two Australian journalists flew ho
  • China confirms 5 missing Arunachal youth found on their side: Rijiju
    Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), September 8 (IANS): Five persons from Arunachal Pradesh, who went missing on Friday, have been found in the Chinese territory, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday. Rijiju, the Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister and an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, said in a tweet: "China's PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found on their side.
  • Australia evacuates journalists from China amid 'national security' probe
    SYDNEY, September 8 (Reuters): Two Australian foreign correspondents were rushed out of China for their safety with the help of Australian consular officials after being questioned by China's Ministry of State Security, their employers said on Tuesday. China correspondents for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia's embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chin
  • China's Xi honours COVID-19 'heroes', as focus shifts to economic recovery
    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, September 8 (Reuters): President Xi Jinping honoured the "heroes" of China's "people's war" against COVID-19 at a ceremony on Tuesday, lauding the country's resilience as well as the decisive role played in containment efforts by the ruling Communist Party. Defying charges from the United States and elsewhere that early failures enabled the coronavirus pandemic to spread more quickly, Xi said that China acted in an open and tran
  • Indian army asks China's PLA if missing civilians in their custody
    GUWAHATI, September 7 (Reuters): The Indian Army has asked its Chinese counterpart if five civilians who went missing from an eastern border state days ago were in their custody, an Indian military spokesman said on Monday. Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since clashes at their western Himalayan border in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers. Both sides have since stepped up monitoring of their largely unsettled 3,488 km (2,167 miles) b
  • U.N. experts decry Hong Kong security law in letter to China
    GENEVA, September 4 (Reuters): U.N. human rights experts have told China a new security law for Hong Kong "infringes on certain fundamental rights" and voiced concerns that it could be used to prosecute political activists in the former British colony. In a rare joint letter made public on Friday, 48 hours after it was sent to the Chinese government, they also said provisions of the new law appear to undermine the independence of Hong Kong's judges and lawyers, an
  • Xi says Chinese people will never agree with any who attempt to impose will on China
    BEIJING, September 3 (Reuters): China's President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that the Chinese people will never agree with anyone or any force that attempts to split the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people, state media reported. The Chinese people will never agree with any who attempt to bully and impose their will on China, state television quoted Xi as saying at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of victory in the war of resistance against Japan.
  • Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China
    TAIPEI, September 2 (Reuters): Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing's stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport to give greater prominence to the island's name. Taiwan has complained during the outbreak that its nationals have encountered problems entering other countries, as Taiwanese passports have the words "Republic of China", its formal name, written in large
  • 'I am Taiwanese,' Czech speaker says, angering China
    TAIPEI/BERLIN, September 1 (Reuters): The head of the Czech Senate declared himself to be Taiwanese in a speech at Taiwan's parliament on Tuesday, channelling the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy's defiance of communism in Berlin in 1963, as China slammed him for crossing a red line. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has threatened to make Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil pay a "heavy price" for visiting the island. The Czech Re
  • China accuses U.S. using 'national security' as excuse to act against Chinese firms
    BEIJING, September 1 (Reuters): China accused the United States on Tuesday of using "national security" concerns as an excuse to act against Chinese firms, in a response that followed days after the Pentagon listed 11 more Chinese firms as being owned or controlled by the military. "I don't think this kind of behaviour will be of any benefit to the U.S.", China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing on Tuesda
  • U.S. increases support for Taiwan, says to counter rising China pressure
    WASHINGTON, September 1 (Reuters): The United States said on Monday it was establishing a new bilateral economic dialogue with Taiwan, an initiative it said was aimed at strengthening ties with Taipei and supporting it in the face of increasing pressure from Beijing. Washington also said it had declassified six Reagan-era security assurances given to Taiwan, a move analysts said appeared intended to show further support for Taipei. The announcements come at a time of increas
  • Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China
    TORONTO/CHICAGO, August 31 (Reuters): High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say. CanSino Biologics' vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5. The company is in talks to get emergency approval in several countries before completing large-sca
  • Air travel within China almost returns to 'pre-pandemic levels'
    Beijing, August 29 (IANS): Domestic air travel in China has nearly fully recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released by a leading travel analytics company, which predicted the Asian giant's aviation market would fully recover by the beginning of September. In the second week of August, domestic arrivals at Chinese airports reached 86 per cent of last year's levels, while flight bookings hit 98 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday citing the
  • Xi says China to step up efforts to fight 'splittism' in Tibet
    SHANGHAI, August 29 (Reuters): China must build an "impregnable fortress" to maintain stability in Tibet, protect national unity and educate the masses in the struggle against "splittism", President Xi Jinping told senior leaders, state media said on Saturday. China seized control over Tibet in 1950 in what it describes as a "peaceful liberation" that helped the remote Himalayan region throw off its "feudalist" past. But critics, led by e
  • Special clothing, diet, shelter for 35K extra troops in Eastern Ladakh
    New Delhi, August 29 (IANS): As stand-off with China remains unresolved, the Indian Army gears up for formidable logistical challenges posed by harsh climate at heights exceeding 12,000 feet and temperature as extreme as minus 50 degrees Celsius. The force requires special clothing, diet and shelter for around 35,000 extra troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Most of the friction points in Ladakh like Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley where the face-offs have happened are 14,000 feet abo
  • U.S., China trade jibes as military tensions worsen
    Beijing, August 27 (Reuters): The United States and China traded jibes as military tensions grow between the world's two largest economies, with the U.S. defence chief vowing not to "cede an inch" in the Pacific and China saying Washington was risking soldiers' lives. Both are at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea, with each accusing the other of deliberately provocative behaviour.
  • 'Polishing the gun': China, U.S. tensions raise Taiwan conflict fears
    TAIPEI/BEIJING, August 26 (Reuters): Numerous Chinese and U.S. military exercises, Taiwan missiles tracking Chinese fighters and plummeting China-U.S. ties make for a heady cocktail of tension that is raising fears of conflict touched off by a crisis over Taiwan. In the last three weeks, China has announced four separate exercises along its coast, from the Bohai Gulf in the north to the East and Yellow Seas and South China Sea, along with other exercises it said were aimed at &