Tag: China

Trump openly calls on Ukraine, China to investigate Biden

by Paul HANDLEY US President Donald Trump openly called on China as well as Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, taunting Democrats seeking his impeachment for inviting foreign election interference. Speaking in Florida Thursday, Trump blasted his accusers as "maniacs" pursuing "impeachment...

Hong Kong defies China anniversary with ‘Day of Grief’ rallies

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO Strife-torn Hong Kong marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests on Tuesday as pro-democracy activists ignored a police ban and took to the streets in multiple neighbourhoods. The international finance hub is on...

Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary

by Sean CHANG Communist China's creation seven decades ago irrevocably changed Taiwan, but Beijing's huge celebrations this week will be met with a collective shrug on an island where people increasingly see themselves as distinct from the mainland. After the People's Republic of China was declared...

Panda death in Thailand stirs suspicion in China

Chinese experts arrived in Thailand to investigate the death of a beloved giant panda, zoo officials said Thursday, as millions of netizens in China questioned the cause of the male bear's sudden demise. Chuang Chuang, a resident of Chiang Mai Zoo since October 2003, died...

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy poster child

by Jerome TAYLOR Joshua Wong, the Hong Kong activist soon to visit the United States, was the unlikely hero of the Umbrella Movement that inspired hundreds of thousands to take over Hong Kong's streets for two months in 2014 calling for free elections. Five years later,...

Confusion clouds China’s social credit system

by Poornima WEERASEKARA From penalising irresponsible dog owners to blacklisting dissenters, critics warn China's social credit system enables authorities to define "desirable and undesirable behaviour" and could allow unprecedented control of citizen's lives. The fledgling initiative has sparked fears the authoritarian state is tightening its grip...

Trudeau says China uses detentions as political tool

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday accused Beijing of using "arbitrary detentions" as a tool in pursuit of political goals -- the latest broadside in a diplomatic and trade row with China. Western allies, he said, have expressed concerns about the tactic that observers...

Canada taps ambassador, looking to restart China talks

Canada nominated a key economic advisor on Wednesday as its new ambassador to China, hoping to kickstart dialogue and ease a diplomatic standoff with the world's second largest economy. Ugandan-born, Oxford-educated Dominic Barton, 56, helped shape the economic policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government...

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts targeted Beijing critics: think tank

Hundreds of Chinese accounts suspended by Twitter were part of a disinformation operation for years targeting critics of China's ruling Communist Party, Australian researchers have found. After combing through 3.6 million tweets from 940 suspended Twitter accounts, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the accounts...

China backs N. Korea amid deadlocked nuclear talks

China reasserted its backing for North Korea on Tuesday as its foreign minister visited Pyongyang, vowing to maintain "close communication" with its longstanding ally in the face of deadlocked nuclear talks with Washington. Beijing has long been North Korea's key diplomatic backer and main provider...