China’s Xi to visit Hong Kong for handover anniversary

BEIJING — Chinese leader Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s 1997 return to China, a state news agency said Saturday, in his first trip outside the mainland since the start of the coronavirus pandemic 2 1/2 years ago Xi will also attend the … Read more

6 dead in China as rain triggers landslides, house collapse

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from a gate of the Shuikou Hydropower Station in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Monday, June 13, 2022. Heavy rain in China has claimed several lives this week and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. (Lin Shanchuan/Xinhua via AP)

China’s envoy to Australia says 2 nations at ‘new juncture’

CANBERRA, Australia– China’s ambassador to Australia says relations between the two countries are at a “new juncture” with the election of a new Australian government and the first minister-to-minister talks in more than two years. Ambassador Xiao Qian gave an upbeat assessment of the potential for the bilateral relationship in a weekend speech to the … Read more

China accuses US of trying to ‘hijack’ support in Asia

China’s defense minister says the United States is trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.” SINGAPORE — China’s defense minister accused the United States on Sunday of trying to “hijack” the support … Read more

Virus testing the new normal as China sticks to ‘zero-COVID’

BEIJING — Thousands of COVID-19 testing sites have popped up on sidewalks across Beijing and other Chinese cities in the latest twist to the country’s “zero-COVID” strategy. Lines form every day, rain or shine, even when the spread of the virus has largely stopped. Some people need to go to work. Others want to shop. … Read more

Journalist detained in China denied calls, partner says

SYDNEY — The Australian partner of a journalist who has been detained in China for nearly two years said Thursday she is being denied the chance to speak with her family and consular staff, and her health is declining due to a poor prison diet. Journalist Cheng Lei, an Australian who was born in China, … Read more

Shanghai starts coming back to life as COVID lockdown eases

SHANGHAI — Traffic, pedestrians and joggers reappeared on the streets of Shanghai on Wednesday as China’s largest city began returning to normalcy after a strict two-month COVID-19 lockdown that drew unusual protests over its heavy-handed implementation. Shanghai’s Communist Party committee, the city’s most powerful political body, issued a letter online proclaiming the lockdown’s success and … Read more

Report: China bars Russian airlines with foreign plans

FILE – Aeroflot’s passenger plans are parked at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. China has barred Russia’s airlines from flying foreign-owned jetliners into its airspace, the Russian news outlet RBK reported, after President Vladimir Putin threw ownership of the plans into doubt by allowing them to be re-registered in Russia to … Read more

Dutton to lead Australia opposition, says China is top issue

CANBERRA, Australia– Former Defense Minister Peter Dutton was chosen Monday to lead Australia’s conservative opposition following the party’s election defeat nine days ago. Defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would step down as Liberal Party leader after his loss to new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who leads the left-leaning Labor Party. Dutton was elected … Read more

Hong Kong’s incoming leader John Lee to travel to Beijing

HONGKONG– Incoming Hong Kong leader John Lee will travel to Beijing on Saturday to accept a letter that officially approves his appointment as the city’s next chief executive. A government statement confirmed that Lee will go to Beijing with his private secretary and press secretary, as well as his wife. He will return to Hong … Read more