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China's 'salami-slicing strategy' against Philippines in disputed sea
by Matthew Walsh - June 19, 2024 - 2:57pm
Ramming boats, building militarized islands and threatening perceived trespassers -- China is escalating confrontations with the Philippines in a bid to push it out of the South China Sea, analysts say.
Chinese mourners use AI to digitally resurrect the dead
by Matthew Walsh - December 20, 2023 - 3:55pm
Some Chinese firms claim to have created thousands of "digital people" from as little as 30 seconds of audiovisual material of the deceased.
China's gateway to North Korea waits in vain for border opening
by Matthew Walsh - September 30, 2023 - 9:08am
Stranded North Korean workers and merchants who rely on cross-border trade see scant signs that the frontier with China will reopen soon, despite recent trips abroad by leader Kim Jong Un and the country's...
Japan slams China harassment over Fukushima water release
by Matthew Walsh - August 29, 2023 - 6:57pm
Tokyo demanded Tuesday that China ensure the safety of Japanese citizens as it reported a brick being thrown at its embassy in Beijing in an escalating row over the release of Fukushima water.
Chinese ghost town of mansions reclaimed by farmers
by Matthew Walsh - July 20, 2023 - 1:16pm
Local farmers now plough land that was envisaged as manicured gardens for the wealthy and politically connected, while feral dogs patrol crudely built poultry pens and double garages crammed with hay bales and farm...
China to ban ships from area near Taiwan due to 'falling rocket wreckage'
by Matthew Walsh - April 13, 2023 - 6:02pm
China will ban ships from entering an area north of Taiwan on Sunday due to "possible falling rocket wreckage", a provincial maritime authority said, days after Beijing conducted large-scale military drills around...
Xi, Putin hail ties ahead of 'journey of peace' to Moscow
by Matthew Walsh - March 20, 2023 - 5:23pm
Xi described his trip as a "journey of friendship, cooperation and peace", though China has been criticised by Western nations for what they consider tacit backing and diplomatic cover for Russia's war in Ukrai...
China's Xi plays peacemaker on Russia visit
by Matthew Walsh - March 19, 2023 - 2:09pm
Rumors that he may soon hold his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since the outbreak of war have raised hopes in Western capitals that Xi may lean on his "old friend" Putin to stop his bloody...
China increases military spending in face of 'escalating' threats
by Matthew Walsh - March 5, 2023 - 12:04pm
China announced Sunday an increase in its military spending while warning of "escalating" threats from abroad, at a meeting of its rubber-stamp parliament that is set to hand Xi Jinping a third term as presiden...
China sets lowest growth target in years as parliament kicks off
by Matthew Walsh - March 5, 2023 - 10:33am
China announced one of its lowest economic growth targets in years Sunday, kicking off meetings of its rubber-stamp parliament set to hand Xi Jinping a third term as president as well as approve an increase in defence...
China's rubber-stamp parliament to begin meetings, hand Xi third term
by Matthew Walsh - March 5, 2023 - 8:53am
China's rubber-stamp parliament kicks off nine days of meetings Sunday, with lawmakers set to hand Xi Jinping a third term as president as well as unveil fresh growth targets and an increase in defence spending...
China's Xi to secure third term as president, brush off crises
by Matthew Walsh - March 3, 2023 - 12:13pm
Xi Jinping will secure a third term as China's president at a rubber-stamp parliament that starts this weekend, enjoying unchallengeable status despite criticism over his handling of COVID-19 and the economy.
Jack Ma: Tycoon who soared on China's tech dreams grounded by regulators
by Matthew Walsh - January 7, 2023 - 5:50pm
Jack Ma, the unconventional billionaire founder of tech giant Alibaba and the totem of China's entrepreneurial brilliance, has stepped out of the limelight since a Communist Party crackdown that chopped back his...
Jack Ma to cede control of China's Ant Group: company
by Matthew Walsh - January 7, 2023 - 3:32pm
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will cede control of fintech giant Ant Group as part of a restructure, the company announced Saturday. 
Chinese take risks on black market drugs as Covid surges
by Matthew Walsh - January 5, 2023 - 1:27pm
Desperate families searching for critical Covid-19 medication in China, faced with bare pharmacy shelves and an explosion of cases, are being driven into murky online marketplaces rife with price gouging and fr...
Caring with COVID-19: Infected doctors battle China virus surge
by Matthew Walsh - December 29, 2022 - 8:21am
Doctors working despite being infected, beds filled with dozens of elderly straining to breathe -- on the front lines of China's worst-ever Covid outbreak, hospitals are struggling.
Jubilant Chinese plan trips abroad with COVID quarantine to end
by Matthew Walsh - December 27, 2022 - 6:46pm
Online searches for flights abroad surged on the news, with travel platform Tongcheng seeing an 850% jump in searches and a ten-fold spike in enquiries about visas, according to state media reports.
Chinese city seeing half a million Covid cases a day: official
by Matthew Walsh - December 25, 2022 - 9:06am
Half a million people in a single Chinese city are being infected with Covid-19 every day, a senior health official has said, in a rare and quickly censored acknowledgement that the country's wave of infections is...
China moves to curb rare, nationwide protests
by Matthew Walsh - November 29, 2022 - 8:25am
Chinese security forces on Monday filled the streets of Beijing and Shanghai following online calls for another night of protests to demand political freedoms and an end to Covid lockdowns.
Protests across China as anger mounts over zero-Covid policy
by Matthew Walsh - November 27, 2022 - 1:08pm
China reported 39,506 domestic Covid-19 cases Sunday, a record high but small compared to caseloads in the West at the height of the pandemic.
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