Tag: XI JINPING

China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and his efforts to consolidate power, according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia,...

Testing times inside China’s parliamentary bubble

by Dan Martin / Leo RAMIREZ China's annual legislative gathering is usually a chance for President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders to put on a stage-managed show of accountability. But this year's undoubted scene-stealer is the coronavirus. The pandemic that first erupted in China...

US tops world in virus cases and logs record unemployment

by Shaun Tandon with Anuj Chopra in Riyadh The United States now has more COVID-19 infections than any other country, and a record number of newly unemployed people, as the coronavirus crisis deepens around the world. Hours after his nation reached the grim milestone, President Donald Trump...

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on virus outbreak

by Jing Xuan TENG China's government is purging unpopular local officials and commandeering heroic stories of doctors on the frontline as it tries to shield itself from public rage over the handling of the deadly coronavirus epidemic. Facing the biggest challenge of his presidency, Communist Party...

China’s Xi urges more policing as virus toll rises

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for tightened control over online discussion and increased policing to ensure "positive energy" and social stability, state media said Saturday, as the country struggles to contain the deadly new coronavirus. Xi's remarks were made public as the authorities have...

WHO defends China after US criticism over outbreak

The World Health Organization on Friday defended China following US claims of a lack of transparency in Beijing's response to the new coronavirus outbreak. Larry Kudlow, head of the US National Economic Council, had said on Thursday: "We're a little disappointed in the lack of...

China’s Xi arrives in Myanmar on billion-dollar charm offensive

by Hla-Hla HTAY / Dene-Hern Chen Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. The wide highways and manicured lawns of Naypyidaw, purpose-built...

China’s Xi gives Hong Kong leader ‘unwavering support’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday that she had Beijing's "unwavering support" after another huge pro-democracy rally earlier this month and her government's thrashing at recent local elections. The city has been upended by six months of massive...

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

China has summoned the US ambassador to demand that the United States scrap legislation backing Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, or "bear all the consequences", the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Hong Kong bill awaiting President Donald Trump's signature supports human rights and democracy in the...

Xi voices ‘high degree of trust’ in Hong Kong leader over unrest

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a "high degree of trust" in Hong Kong's unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met after months of increasingly violent protests in the semi-autonomous city. Xi's show of support follows speculation that Beijing was preparing to remove Lam as...