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China uses visa as weapon for foreign journalists

BEIJING: The Chinese government has ‘weaponised’ visas as part of a stepped-up campaign of pressure on foreign journalists operating in the country, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China said today. China, last month revoked the visas of three Wall Street

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China legal activist who called on Xi to ‘give way’ arrested

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent rights activist and legal scholar who had called on President Xi Jinping to step down over his handling of crises, including the coronavirus outbreak, two fellow activists said yesterday. Xu Zhiyong had been

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Xi tells US that China will defeat coronavirus, as doctor’s death sparks outcry

BEIJING/SHANGHAI:  Chinese President Xi Jinping assured his US counterpart today that China was doing all it can to contain a new coronavirus that has killed almost 640 people, including a doctor who sounded the alarm only to be threatened by

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Chinese doctor who raised early alarm over coronavirus dies

One of the first Chinese doctors who tried to warn the world about a new coronavirus died today from the illness, prompting an outpouring of sorrow on Chinese social media, as Beijing declared a “people’s war” on the fast-spreading outbreak.

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China virus toll passes 130 as US weighs flight ban

BEIJING: The death toll from a new coronavirus in China rose sharply to 132 today with nearly 1,500 new cases, heaping pressure on Beijing to control the disease as US officials said the White House was weighing whether to suspend

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Hong Kong gears up for huge New Year’s Day anti-government march

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters are expected to join a New Year’s Day march today as anti-government demonstrations that have embroiled the Chinese-ruled city for over half a year spill into 2020. The pro-democracy march is being organized

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Hong Kong protests flare ahead of Xi’s meeting with Lam

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police fired tear gas in late night street clashes with anti-government protesters, ahead of a potentially pivotal meeting between Hong Kong’s leader and China’s president in Beijing today. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, in the

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Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of weekend protest march

Hong Kong’s police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of an expected large turnout on Sunday for a pro-democracy march that organizers said aimed to show the movement retained strong momentum. Police have given a rare green light

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US likely to hit China over Uighur ‘abuses’ despite trade talks

The US Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights, as he tries to deliver a long-sought trade deal with Beijing. Members

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China dangles carrot ahead of Taiwan election, but many are sceptical

China is stepping up efforts to be nice to Taiwan ahead of key elections on Jan 11, offering better treatment to Taiwanese in China and urging the democratic island to “come home”, but many there only see Beijing wielding a

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