Sunday, April 18

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Ahead of US visit, China terms Taiwan exercises ‘combat drills’
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Ahead of US visit, China terms Taiwan exercises ‘combat drills’

China described its military exercises near Taiwan as “combat drills” on Tuesday, hours before the arrival of senior former US officials in Taipei on a trip to signal President Joe Biden’s commitment to Taiwan and its democracy. Taiwan has complained over the proximity of repeated Chinese military activity, including fighter jets and bombers entering its air defence zone and a Chinese aircraft carrier exercising off the island, claimed by Beijing. Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the largest reported incursion by Taipei to date. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said Taiwan’s government and separatists were colluding with “external forces”, seeking provocation and to...
China slaps record $2.8 billion fine on Alibaba after antitrust probe
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China slaps record $2.8 billion fine on Alibaba after antitrust probe

Chinese regulators on Saturday slapped a record fine of 18.2 billion yuan (2.8 billion dollars) on e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding after a months-long antitrust investigation that was initiated on Christmas eve last year, reports South China Morning Post. The fine imposed by State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) was more than double the previous record of 6.1 billion yuan paid by Qualcomm, the world's largest supplier of mobile chips, in 2015, said the daily newspaper. The fine on Alibaba represents 4 percent of its total domestic revenue in 2019, which was 455.71 billion yuan, according to the SAMR. "Alibaba accepts the penalty with sincerity and will ensure its compliance with determination," said Hangzhou-based in a statement. "To serve its responsibility to...
India, China to hold 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks in Ladakh on April 9
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India, China to hold 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks in Ladakh on April 9

After having successfully disengaged with China in the Pangong lake area, Armies of India and China are scheduled to hold the 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks on Friday to discuss disengagement from friction points in Gogra, Hot Springs, and Depsang plains in Ladakh. "Indian and Chinese Army are scheduled to hold the 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks at Chushul in eastern Ladakh tomorrow at 10:30 am to discuss further disengagement from friction points there," Indian Army sources said. The two countries have been engaged in a military standoff for almost a year but disengaged from the most contentious Pangong lake area last month after extensive talks at both military and political levels. The credit for the disengagement was given to all stakeholders by Army Chie...
US warns China over moves on Philippines, Taiwan
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US warns China over moves on Philippines, Taiwan

The United States yesterday warned China against what the Philippines and Taiwan see as increasingly aggressive moves, reminding Beijing of Washington’s obligations to its partners. “An armed attack against the Philippines’ armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defence Treaty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “We share the concerns of our Philippine allies regarding the continued reported massing of PRC maritime militia near the Whitsun Reef,” Price said, referring to the People’s Republic of China. More than 200 Chinese boats were first spotted on March 7 at Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometres (200 miles) west of Palawan Island in the contested Sout...
Mukesh Ambani dethrones China’s Jack Ma to be Asia’s richest person again
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Mukesh Ambani dethrones China’s Jack Ma to be Asia’s richest person again

Reliance Industries Chairman and billionaire Mukesh Ambani reclaimed his spot as Asia's richest person, dethroning Chinese business magnate, investor and philanthropist Jack Ma, who was the richest person in the region a year ago. Business tycoon Ambani, the richest person in India and also the wealthiest in Asia, is ranked 10 on the global billionaires' list. He reclaimed his spot as Asia's richest person with a net worth of $84.5 billion. Ambani "has become the richest person in Asia, ranked Number 10 and worth an estimated $84.5 billion. He nudges out Jack Ma of China, Asia's richest person a year ago, whose rank dropped to 26 (from 17 last year) despite a nearly $10 billion jump in his fortune to $48.4 billion," Forbes stated. India has 3rd highest number of billionaires...
Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks
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Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

 Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said today, adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained of repeated military activities by Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. On Monday, China said an aircraft carrier group was exercising close to the island. “From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters at his ministry. “We are willing to defend ourselves without...
China sentences Uighur ex-government officials to death for ‘separatism’
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China sentences Uighur ex-government officials to death for ‘separatism’

Two Uighur former government officials in China’s Xinjiang have been handed death sentences for carrying out “separatist activities”, a court said, as Beijing comes under increasing fire for its actions towards minority groups in the region. Shirzat Bawudun, a former head of the Xinjiang department of justice has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on the charge of “splitting the country”, according to a statement released yesterday on the Xinjiang government website. Bawudun had conspired with a terrorist organisation, taken bribes, and carried out separatist activities, Wang Langtao, vice president of the Xinjiang Higher People’s Court, said at a press conference. Bawudun was found guilty of colluding with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) — listed as a “terr...
Taiwan’s growing security concern over China to be key point in Suga-Biden talks
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Taiwan’s growing security concern over China to be key point in Suga-Biden talks

As Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden are expected to meet later this month to discuss human rights in China, Taiwan is likely to become a major point of focus amid concern over its security due to Beijing's rising assertiveness. Both sides are expected to affirm the importance of stability in the Taiwan Strait, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported citing Nikkei Asia. This would mark a rare public expression of concern about Taiwan by US and Japanese leaders. Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades. "The security of Taiwan is no longer an issue between the tw...
11 dead, 19 injured after truck-bus collision in east China
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11 dead, 19 injured after truck-bus collision in east China

A truck collided with a passenger bus, causing 11 dead and 19 injured in east China's Jiangsu Province early Sunday morning. The accident happened at around 1 a.m. Sunday on the Shenyang-Haikou expressway, the truck crossed the fence along the middle of the road and crashed into the passenger bus, causing the latter to overturn as well as the rear-end collision of another two trucks in line. The injured have been sent to hospital. Preliminary investigation shows that the passenger bus was shuttling between Shanghai and Guanyun County, the city of Lianyungang, Jiangsu. When the accident occurred, the truck was not overloaded and further investigation is underway.
BBC correspondent leaves China amid legal threats, intense pressure
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BBC correspondent leaves China amid legal threats, intense pressure

A correspondent for the British Broadcasting Agency (BBC) has left Beijing after facing intense pressure and being threatened over British public broadcaster's coverage of issues like Xinjiang and COVID-19. John Sudworth, who was based in China for nine years, had left Beijing along with his wife, Yvonne Murray, a reporter for the Irish public broadcaster RTE, and their three young children. Both Sudworth and Murray have said they will continue to cover China from Taipei. According to The New York Times, the correspondent, Sudworth said on Wednesday that he made the decision after being subjected to intensifying propaganda campaign targeting him and the BBC. He also cited legal threats as well as the increasing difficulty of doing independent reporting in China without obstruct...
US blasts China over ‘genocide’, Russia for targeting critic Navalny
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US blasts China over ‘genocide’, Russia for targeting critic Navalny

The United States highlighted a deteriorating picture for human rights across the world, calling out China's repression of Uighurs and Russia's targeting of political dissidents among other abuses. The State Department released reports on the rights situation last year in nearly 200 countries, which are required annually by law and include detailed reports on geopolitical rivals like Russia and China. "The trend lines on human rights continue to move in the wrong direction," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. Some governments used Covid crisis as a "pretext to restrict rights and consolidate authoritarian rule", he said. In China, the authorities disappeared four citizen journalists reporting on the initial Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Academics in China who strayed from the offi...
China imposes restrictions on 9 UK citizens, 4 entities in response to Xinjiang sanctions
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China imposes restrictions on 9 UK citizens, 4 entities in response to Xinjiang sanctions

China has introduced sanctions on nine UK citizens and four entities in response to London's sanctions on Beijing over the issue of human rights abuses in Xinjiang province, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday. This comes after EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials and one entity on Monday over human rights abuses against Uyghurs. Later, the US, Canada, and the UK also announced sanctions against China. "The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned British Ambassador to China to lodge solemn representations, expressing firm opposition and strong condemnation. The Chinese side decides to sanction ... nine individuals and four entities on the UK side that maliciously spread lies and disinformation," the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement. The ...
Canadian spy hearing in China over after less than three hours, says diplomat
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Canadian spy hearing in China over after less than three hours, says diplomat

The hearing for a Canadian man detained in China for more than two years on espionage charges has finished after less than three hours, a Canadian diplomat said. Jim Nickel, the charge d’affaires of the Canadian embassy in Beijing, told reporters outside the courtroom in northeastern China that the hearing had finished, and they were awaiting the verdict. Michael Spavor is one of two Canadians detained, in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest on a US extradition warrant of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and formally charged last June with spying. Canada has attacked the charges against its citizens as “trumped-up”, and the three cases have sent relations between Ottawa and Beijing to their lowest point in decades. Spavor’s family have called for his unconditional releas...
China’s Beijing smothered by hazardous yellow smog
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China’s Beijing smothered by hazardous yellow smog

Beijing was cloaked by a thick yellow smog today with pollution surging to hazardous levels as a sandstorm swept across China’s capital. City residents used goggles, masks and hair nets to protect themselves from the choking air, with landmarks including the Forbidden City and the distinctive headquarters of state broadcaster CCTV partly obscured behind an apocalyptic-looking pall of smog. The city government ordered all schools to cancel outside sport and events and advised those with respiratory diseases to stay inside. The poor air quality was due to a sandstorm from northern Mongolia, carried south by the wind and reducing visibility in Beijing to less than 1,000 metres (3,300 feet), state media reported. Discussion of the orange haze lit up online discussions — with mo...
China says legal moves on Hong Kong a ‘combination of punches’ to end chaos
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China says legal moves on Hong Kong a ‘combination of punches’ to end chaos

China’s plans for electoral reform in Hong Kong, coupled with the imposition of security law, amount to a “combination of punches” to quell unrest in the southern city, a top Beijing official said today. Hong Kong was rocked by massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019 against Beijing’s encroachment on its unique freedoms. The Chinese government has since cracked down on the opposition, arresting dozens of activists and smothering the street movement with a draconian national security law. Yesterday it moved to ensure only “patriots” run the city when an annual rubber-stamp parliament voted for sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system — including powers to veto candidates. The plan was swiftly pilloried by the US, EU, and the UK, the city’s former colon...