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China calls for reset in Sino-US relations

BEIJING — Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on issues like climate change and...

Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China...

TAIPEI - Taiwan's air force scrambled for a second straight day on Saturday after a dozen Chinese fighter aircraft and bombers carried out drills...

White House cites ‘deep concerns’ about WHO COVID report, demands early...

WASHINGTON — The White House on Saturday called on China to make available data from the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it has “deep concerns” about the way the findings of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) report were communicated.

Dollar struggles for traction after soft U.S. inflation

SINGAPORE - The dollar was pinned near two-week lows on Thursday, as softer-than-expected U.S. inflation and another Federal Reserve promise to keep interest rates...

Are vaccines already helping contain COVID? Early signs say yes, but...

More than 130 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered worldwide already, according to the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” vaccination tracker. Israel,...

Philippine military chief says to deploy more navy to protect fishermen

MANILA - The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fishermen, its new military chief said...

Clubhouse app blocked in China, added to “Great Firewall” – users,...

SHANGHAI - Access to U.S. audio app Clubhouse was blocked in China on Monday, users and an anti-censorship watchdog said, ending a brief window...

China’s latest weapon against Taiwan: The sand dredger

ON BOARD the Taiwan Coast Guard Ship PP-10062, East China Sea — Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan. China’s weapon? Sand.

Chinese users flock to U.S. chat app Clubhouse, evading censors

BEIJING/HONG KONG - Private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the U.S. app remains uncensored by...

Brazil gets first active ingredients for AstraZeneca vaccine from China

A first shipment of 88 liters of active ingredients to make AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil arrived from China on Saturday, essential input to speed the country's troubled vaccination program.

PHL says may benefit from any pivot to Asia by Biden...

The Philippines may benefit if there is a renewed emphasis on Asia by the administration of US President Joe Biden, which could help act...

US stands with Southeast Asian countries against China pressure — Blinken

WASHINGTON — The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands...

China to impose virus testing on Lunar New Year travelers

SHANGHAI/BEIJING — China plans to impose strict COVID testing requirements during the Lunar New Year holiday season, when tens of millions of people are expected to travel, as it battles the worst wave of new infections since March 2020.

Trump slams China’s Huawei, halting shipments from Intel, others — sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — The Trump administration notified several Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese...

China to donate 500,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Philippines

China will donate 500,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to the Philippines and vowed to accelerate infrastructure investment in the Southeast Asian nation as ties between...

How China is controlling the COVID origins narrative: silencing critics and...

Just over a year has gone by since the novel coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the world still has many questions about where and how it originated.

New Brazil data shows disappointing 50.4% efficacy for China’s CoronaVac vaccine

SAO PAULO — A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech was just 50.4% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in a Brazilian trial, researchers...

China plans to let commercial banks sell soured personal loans to...

CHINA PLANS to allow some commercial banks to start selling soured personal loans to distressed asset managers as soon as this month, according to people familiar with the matter.

China reports most COVID cases in over five months

SHANGHAI — Authorities in the capital of China’s Hebei province strengthened travel restriction on Thursday to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country reported the biggest rise in daily coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in more than five months.

China caps real estate loans to curb risks

CHINA’S REGULATORS will impose caps on banks’ lending to the real estate sector for the first time, in their latest efforts to prevent systematic risks after a series of property curbs in recent years did little to damp buyer enthusiasm.

China’s Struggling to Get the World to Trust Its Vaccines

Of all the developing countries testing China’s Covid-19 vaccines, few are friendlier to Beijing than Pakistan. In the years leading up to the pandemic,...

China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan coronavirus reporting

SHANGHAI — A Chinese court handed a four-year jail term on Monday to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said.

China to import record 100 million tons of soybeans in 2020...

GUANGZHOU — China is expected to import more than 100 million tons of soybeans in 2020, a record high, said an executive with leading state-owned grains trader COFCO on Tuesday, as rebuilding of the country’s huge hog herd boosts demand for the protein.

China signals GM, biotechnology push in key policy statement

SHANGHAI/BEIJING — China will industrialize biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a policy statement late on Friday, signaling Beijing could soon take a further step towards commercializing genetically modified (GM) crops.

China to leapfrog US as world’s biggest economy by 2028 –...

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously...

China to suspend UK flights indefinitely -foreign ministry

BEIJING, Dec 24 (Reuters) - China will suspend direct flights to and from the United Kingdom indefinitely over fears of a new strain of...

China says aircraft carrier group on way to South China Sea...

BEIJING — An aircraft carrier group led by China’s newest carrier, the Shandong, has sailed through the Taiwan Strait on its way to routine drills in the South China Sea, China’s navy said on Monday, after Taiwan mobilized its forces to monitor the trip.

Australia ups ante in China trade row with WTO barley challenge

SYDNEY  — Australia launched a formal appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday seeking a review of China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on imports of Australian barley.

China could restrict bank tie-ups with fintech platforms, official says

BEIJING — China’s former finance minister Lou Jiwei suggested that China could restrict the number of banks a single fintech platform can partner with, to prevent any platform from gaining too much market share, state media reported on Sunday.

Australia ups the ante in trade row with China

SYDNEY — Australia will launch a formal appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) later on Wednesday seeking a review of China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on imports of Australian barley, Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham said.

MSCI chops Chinese firms from some of its global indexes

BOSTON/WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE — MSCI, Inc will cut seven Chinese firms from some of its global indexes, it said on Tuesday, the third major index publisher to do so following US restrictions on owning the companies.

China offers $145B to banks as liquidity tightens

CHINA INJECTED CASH into the financial system by offering medium-term loans, in the government’s latest effort to ensure the country’s banks have sufficient liquidity.

Gov’t close to finishing vaccine agreement with China’s Sinovac

THE GOVERNMENT is expected to finalize a procurement deal for coronavirus vaccines with Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd. this week, according to its vaccine czar.

China tells cabin crew to wear diapers on risky COVID flights

China’s aviation regulator is recommending cabin crew on charter flights to high-risk COVID-19 destinations wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathroom to reduce the risk of infection.

PHL eyes excess vaccines of Australia, China

THE PHILIPPINE government is in talks with Australia and China for the purchase of the two countries’ excess supply of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, according to Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.

China accuses US of ‘provocative actions’

THE CHINESE government has accused the United States of taking provocative actions aimed to destabilize the situation in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), citing US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s recent “groundless accusations” against China.

Trade delegation to China generates $462M in prospective orders

THE PHILIPPINE delegation to a trade show in China last month generated $462 million in export sales commitments and onsite bookings for food products, or almost three times the overall target.

US preparing new sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on at least a dozen Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification of elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong, according to three sources, including a US official familiar with the matter.

China’s COVID-free ‘Hawaii’ chases local tourist dollar with a vengeance

SANYA, China — Millions of domestic tourists are descending on China’s southernmost island province of Hainan, presenting a surreal contrast with grim hospital scenes,...

Australian wheat exporters pull back from key China market

BEIJING/SYDNEY — China’s wheat buyers are scrambling to source low-gluten wheat for the country’s booming fancy bakery market, traders said, as exporters in key supplier Australia shy away from striking sales deals amid escalating trade tensions.

China drafts rules on mobile apps’ collection of personal data

CHINA unveiled draft guidelines on Tuesday seeking to limit the scope of mobile apps’ collection of personal data in the latest attempt to curb the sprawling technology sector.

China gave experimental vaccine to Kim, says analyst

SEOUL — China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a US analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources.

Trump to add China’s SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to add China’s top chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and national offshore oil and gas producer China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to US investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joseph R. Biden takes office.

China hits Trump adviser for creating ‘chaos’

THE CHINESE government on Monday accused US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien of inciting hostilities after his remarks on the South China Sea dispute and Chinese actions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

US drafts list of 89 Chinese firms with military ties

THE TRUMP administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.