Category Archives: News

  • Foreign journalists in China see rapid decline in media freedom

    China used coronavirus prevention measures, intimidation and visa curbs to limit foreign reporting in 2020, ushering in a “rapid decline in media freedom,” the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said on Monday. ...

  • Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents charged with security crime

    Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents were charged with subversion on Sunday in the largest use yet of Beijing's sweeping new national security law, as authorities seek to cripple the finance hub's democracy movement. ...

  • US House clears Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid plan, heads to Senate

    The US House passed an enormous, $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, hailed by Democrats as a critical step in funneling new funding toward vaccinations, overburdened local governments, and millions of families. ...

  • Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; hundreds arrested

    Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of nationwide protests against military rule on Saturday, arresting hundreds of people and shooting and wounding at least one person. ...

  • China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi

    The ruling Communist Party is celebrating the official end of extreme poverty in China with a propaganda campaign that praises President Xi Jinping’s role, part of efforts to cement his image as a history-making leader. ...

  • China expected to unveil hike in military budget as tensions rise

    China is expected to reveal a robust increase in defence spending at the 5 March annual opening of parliament, as its economy rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and military tensions rise, Chinese and Western security experts said. ...

  • Biden CIA nominee Burns to focus on ‘authoritarian adversary’ China

    President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China - and countering its “adversarial, predatory” leadership - as the key to US national security. ...

  • China rejects growing Western criticism at UN rights forum

    China hit back on Wednesday at growing criticism by Western powers of its treatment of ethnic minorities in the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and of citizens in the former British colony of Hong Kong. ...

  • China says Japan-US security treaty a product of Cold War

    China on Wednesday called the Japan-US mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following US criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters over the weekend. ...

  • China calls for a reset, but US says Beijing trying to ‘avert blame’

    Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on various issues if they repaired their damaged bilateral relations, but Washington accused Beijing of trying to avert blame for its actions. ...