October 17, 2019

Hong Kong protests cripple airport for second day

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From BBC Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia’s key transport hubs. Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day. Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid […]

How China is heavily contributing to Middle East drone and missile proliferation

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By Paul Iddon The New Arab China has supplied armed drones to several Middle East countries, contributing greatly to the proliferation of these weapons in the troubled region in clear contravention of the MTCR’s noble objectives. The People’s Republic of China has contributed significantly to the proliferation of both ballistic missiles and armed drones in […]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says US pressure on China ‘is untenable’

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By Keegan Elmer From South China Post During official visit to Chile, Wang also rebuffs claims China is setting debt traps in Latin America, saying they are ‘full of prejudice’ He praises Chile’s ‘fair and open telecommunications market’ as well as Huawei and other Chinese tech firms for their work there Chinese Foreign Minister Wang […]

At least 30 killed and 15 missing after China landslide

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From BBC At least 36 people are now known to have died in a landslide that struck a village in southern China on Tuesday. State-run local media also report that 15 people have been missing since a wave of mud buried more than 20 houses in the province of Guizhou. Chinese authorities told Xinhua news […]

US State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan in a move that will likely anger China

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From Business Insider The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday. China has warned the US against arms sales to the self-ruled island in order to avoid harming bilateral relations. The […]

Forget about waiting out the Donald Trump era for a more cordial US president, former top American diplomat warns China

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By Catherine Wong From South China Morning Post A former top US diplomat warned China on Monday not to believe it can wait out the Trump administration to get a better trade deal from a friendlier US president, saying Beijing has misjudged the importance of politics in China policymaking in the United States government. “I […]

Destinations of the week

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From the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range From Everything Everywhere World Heritage Inscription: Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites—Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan—linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of […]

China is forcibly harvesting organs from religious detainees

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By Steve Williams From Care2 China’s human rights abuses are well known, and now a new independent panel report lifts the lid on a horrifying fact: China is forcibly taking organs from its prison population, from which many prisoners have died. These are the findings of the independent China Tribunal. The group, which is made up of leading human […]

How Donald Trump’s tweets outgunned China’s heavy media weapons in the trade war publicity battle

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By Jun Mai, William Zheng From South China Morning Post China is losing the publicity battle in its trade war with the United States, as its propaganda apparatus fails to respond to information challenges, according to analysts. Beijing’s decades-long preference for secrecy over transparency was not able to keep up as US officials including US […]

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

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By Su Xinqi  Alvin Lum  Phila Siu  Shirley Zhao  Linda Lew  From South China Morning Post Officers, protesters suffer injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police use batons and pepper spray to beat back mob of masked demonstrators Hours earlier peaceful mass rally drew historic numbers onto the streets to oppose government’s controversial extradition bill As it happened: How […]