Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant still afloat in South China Sea, company says

Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized but is still afloat in the South China Sea, according to its owners on Friday, days after the world’s media reported that the iconic tourist attraction had sunk while being towed to Cambodia. Jumbo Floating Restaurant on June 14, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok / HKFP. Through its PR … Read more

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in China after heaviest rains in decades

The heaviest rainfall in decades has triggered floods and landslides in southern China, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, state media reported. The downpours have dangerously swelled waterways in the low-lying Pearl River basin in recent days, threatening manufacturing, shipping and logistics operations at a time when supply chains are already stressed … Read more

TikTok says Oracle to keep US user data safe following report over China access

TikTok on Friday said Oracle will store all the data from its US users, in a bid to allay fears about its safety in the hands of a platform owned by ByteDance in China. The announcement came as the popular video snippet sharing service fended off concerns about the ability of engineers in China to … Read more

Control without invasion: Other actions China could take against Taiwan

By Sean Chang and Rebecca Bailey in Hong Kong As Xi Jinping’s China increasingly flexes its muscles on the global stage, concerns it may take military action against Taiwan have risen. Taiwanese heavy military vehicles traveling down a road near Magong on the Penghu islands on May 30, 2022 Photo: Sam Yeh / AFP. Beijing … Read more

China launches third aircraft carrier: state media

By Vivian Lin, with Laurie Chen in Beijing China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, the first designed and built entirely in the country, marking a major military advance for the Asian superpower. The announcement comes as tensions between China and the United States have ramped up significantly in recent weeks over Beijing’s saber-rattling … Read more

China vows support for Russia’s ‘sovereignty and security’, drawing US warning

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday assured Vladimir Putin of China’s support on Russian “sovereignty and security” – leading Washington to warn Beijing it risked ending up “on the wrong side of history.” China’s leader Xi Jinping with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2018. File photo: Wikicommons. China has refused to condemn Moscow’s massive military … Read more

China Covid pass system allegedly used to block protest, sparking furious condemnation online

Authorities in central China allegedly used the country’s powerful Covid tracking system to stop an anticipated protest, state media reported, sparking furious condemnation online on Wednesday. China relies on a vast coronavirus surveillance infrastructure to carry out rigorous contact tracing as part of its zero-covid strategy to stamp out all outbreaks. See more Suspicion of … Read more

Bloomberg News says ‘encouraged’ by reported bail for detained China staffer

Bloomberg News said Tuesday it was “encouraged” to learn that Chinese authorities had apparently released its employee Haze Fan on bail, more than a year after she was detained on suspected national security violations. A Chinese member of staff at the US news outlet’s bureau in Beijing, Fan was detained in December 2020, a few … Read more

47 countries blame China at UN over Xinjiang ‘abuses’

Dozens of countries voiced concern Tuesday at alleged abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, and demanded that the UN rights chief publish a long-delayed report on the rights situation there. “We continue to be gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” Paul Bekkers, the Netherlands ambassador to the UN in Geneva, … Read more