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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 1998, file photo, dancers of China’s National Ballet, Sun Jie, left, and Zou Zhi Rui, dressed in military uniforms pose for photographers at Hong Kong’s waterfront. A year after Beijing imposed a harsh national security law on Hong Kong, the civil liberties that raised hopes for more democracy are fading. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong freedoms fade as security law muzzles dissent

City’s stratospheric property market continues to surge

  • Jun 30, 2021

 

A delivery driver waits to cross an intersection near the Israeli Embassy in Beijing, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Israel’s Embassy in China is protesting what it describes as “blatant anti-Semitism” on a program run by the overseas channel of state broadcaster CCTV discussing the ongoing violence in Gaza and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

World Bank raises China growth outlook to 8.5%

China on track to vaccinate 40% of population by early summer

  • Jun 29, 2021

 

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, water is released from the dam of Baihetan hydropower station in Ningnan county, in southwestern China's Sichuan province on June 27, 2021. The Chinese government says it has turned on the first two generating units of the world's second-biggest hydroelectric dam. (Jiang Wenyao/Xinhua via AP)

China turns on world’s second-biggest hydropower dam

BEIJING (AP) — The first two generating units of the world’s second-biggest…

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the screen, via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 28, 2021. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia, China declare friendship treaty extension, hail ties

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China on Monday hailed…

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the screen, via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 28, 2021. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Chinese astronauts, from left, Liu Boming, Nie Haisheng, and Tang Hongbo wave as they prepare to board for liftoff at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China, Thursday, June 17, 2021. China plans on Thursday to launch three astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship who will be the first crew members to live on China’s new orbiting space station Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese crew enters new space station on 3-month mission

Crew will carry out experiments, test equipment, conduct maintenance and prepare the station

  • Jun 17, 2021
Chinese astronauts, from left, Liu Boming, Nie Haisheng, and Tang Hongbo wave as they prepare to board for liftoff at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China, Thursday, June 17, 2021. China plans on Thursday to launch three astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship who will be the first crew members to live on China’s new orbiting space station Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
This satellite photo provided by Planet Labs Inc. shows the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, China on May 8, 2021. The Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

China Atomic Energy Authority reported the reactor’s ‘containment integrity is maintained’

  • Jun 16, 2021
This satellite photo provided by Planet Labs Inc. shows the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, China on May 8, 2021. The Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)
In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 fighter jets, 14 of them J-16s, towards the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the island’s defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since China started flying planes towards the island last year. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)

China sends record 28 fighter jets toward Taiwan

Since last year, China has been flying fighter jets toward the island almost daily

  • Jun 15, 2021
In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 fighter jets, 14 of them J-16s, towards the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the island’s defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since China started flying planes towards the island last year. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie greet United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, left, during arrivals for the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gathered for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations

The decision to support a minimum corporate tax had been widely anticipated

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie greet United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, left, during arrivals for the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gathered for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)
Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Garneau says China’s growing authoritarianism and coercive diplomacy constitute a challenge to democratic countries around the world including Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Dealing with growing Chinese authoritarianism a challenge for democracies: Garneau

Any long-term relationship with China requires safe return of the ‘two Michaels’

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Garneau says China’s growing authoritarianism and coercive diplomacy constitute a challenge to democratic countries around the world including Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A shopper tries out the smartphones at a Huawei store in Beijing on Sept. 8, 2020. Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday, March 31, 2021, it eked out a gain in sales and profit last year but growth plunged after its smartphone unit was hammered by U.S. sanctions imposed in a fight with Beijing over technology and security (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Huawei ex-exec on trial, accused of spying for China

Wang and Durbajlo were arrested by Polish authorities in January 2019

  • Jun 1, 2021
A shopper tries out the smartphones at a Huawei store in Beijing on Sept. 8, 2020. Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday, March 31, 2021, it eked out a gain in sales and profit last year but growth plunged after its smartphone unit was hammered by U.S. sanctions imposed in a fight with Beijing over technology and security (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine page is seen on a computer screen in Beijing. China’s internet watchdog said Friday, May 21, 2021, it had found Bytedance’s Douyin, Microsoft Bing, LinkedIn and 102 other apps were engaged in improper collection and use of data and ordered them to fix the problem.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China authorities name 105 apps for improper data practices

Crackdown comes as Chinese government itself collects information about its citizens on massive scale

  • May 21, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine page is seen on a computer screen in Beijing. China’s internet watchdog said Friday, May 21, 2021, it had found Bytedance’s Douyin, Microsoft Bing, LinkedIn and 102 other apps were engaged in improper collection and use of data and ordered them to fix the problem.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
A woman wearing a mask talks on her phone near an exhibition depicting a rover in Mars in Beijing on Friday, May 14, 2021. China says its Mars probe and accompanying rover are to land on the red planet sometime between early Saturday morning and Wednesday Beijing time. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China Mars rover to land between Saturday and Wednesday

Only the United States has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars

  • May 14, 2021
A woman wearing a mask talks on her phone near an exhibition depicting a rover in Mars in Beijing on Friday, May 14, 2021. China says its Mars probe and accompanying rover are to land on the red planet sometime between early Saturday morning and Wednesday Beijing time. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, left, speaks with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the Tusk Conservation Awards at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Much of the popular support Liu, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the U.K., and his colleagues seem to enjoy on Twitter has, in fact, been manufactured, an AP and Oxford Internet Institute investigation found. More than one in ten retweets of Chinese diplomats came from accounts Twitter suspended for breaking platform rules, which bar manipulation. (Stuart C. Wilson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Twitter’s suspensions did not stop pro-China amplification machine

China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom

  • May 12, 2021
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, left, speaks with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the Tusk Conservation Awards at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Much of the popular support Liu, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the U.K., and his colleagues seem to enjoy on Twitter has, in fact, been manufactured, an AP and Oxford Internet Institute investigation found. More than one in ten retweets of Chinese diplomats came from accounts Twitter suspended for breaking platform rules, which bar manipulation. (Stuart C. Wilson/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. China on Thursday, May 6, 2021 suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

China’s relations with Australia, India and some other neighbours are increasingly strained

  • May 6, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. China on Thursday, May 6, 2021 suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Otter, a member of the Chinese music group Produce Pandas, reacts while watching other group members practice dance choreography during rehearsals in Beijing, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Produce Pandas proudly call themselves “the first plus-sized boy band in China.” That’s a radical departure from the industry standard set by Korean super groups such as BTS, whose lanky young members are sometimes referred to in China as “little fresh meat.” (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

‘Plus-size’ boy band in China seeks to inspire fans

Produce Pandas rose to fame after making it about halfway idol talent competition

  • Apr 30, 2021
Otter, a member of the Chinese music group Produce Pandas, reacts while watching other group members practice dance choreography during rehearsals in Beijing, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Produce Pandas proudly call themselves “the first plus-sized boy band in China.” That’s a radical departure from the industry standard set by Korean super groups such as BTS, whose lanky young members are sometimes referred to in China as “little fresh meat.” (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the core module of China’s space station, Tianhe, on the the Long March-5B Y2 rocket is moved to the launching area of the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China’s Hainan Province on April 23, 2021. China plans to launch the core module for its first permanent space station this week in the latest big step forward for the country’s space exploration program. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony” module is set to be hurtled into space aboard a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. The launch could come as early as Thursday night, April 29, 2021 if all goes as planned. (Guo Wenbin/Xinhua via AP)

China to launch Heavenly Harmony space station core module

11 missions planned by end of 2022

  • Apr 28, 2021
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the core module of China’s space station, Tianhe, on the the Long March-5B Y2 rocket is moved to the launching area of the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China’s Hainan Province on April 23, 2021. China plans to launch the core module for its first permanent space station this week in the latest big step forward for the country’s space exploration program. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony” module is set to be hurtled into space aboard a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. The launch could come as early as Thursday night, April 29, 2021 if all goes as planned. (Guo Wenbin/Xinhua via AP)
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in London. Western countries risk losing control of technologies that are key to internet security and economic prosperity to nations with competing values like China and Russia if they don’t act to deal with the threat, one of the U.K.’s top spy chiefs warned on Friday, April 23, 2021. “Significant technology leadership is moving East” and causing a conflict of interests and values, Jeremy Fleming, director of government electronic surveillance agency GCHQ, said in a speech. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

UK spy chief says West faces ‘moment of reckoning’ on tech

China’s Foreign Ministry condemn the remarks

  • Apr 23, 2021
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in London. Western countries risk losing control of technologies that are key to internet security and economic prosperity to nations with competing values like China and Russia if they don’t act to deal with the threat, one of the U.K.’s top spy chiefs warned on Friday, April 23, 2021. “Significant technology leadership is moving East” and causing a conflict of interests and values, Jeremy Fleming, director of government electronic surveillance agency GCHQ, said in a speech. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Sajjan took aim at recent Chinese military expansions into the South China Sea this evening even as he faced questions about the Liberal government’s ties to Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Sajjan targets Chinese claims in South China Sea, battles Tories over Beijing ties

HMCS Calgary shadowed for at least part of the voyage as it passed near the disputed Spratly Islands

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Sajjan took aim at recent Chinese military expansions into the South China Sea this evening even as he faced questions about the Liberal government’s ties to Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a closing speech at the Sixth Conference of Cell Secretaries of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim compares North Korea’s economic woes to 1990s famine

Kim said improving public livelihoods would depend on the party cells

  • Apr 9, 2021
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a closing speech at the Sixth Conference of Cell Secretaries of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2021, file photo a woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a screen showing China and U.S. flags as she listens to a speech by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Lanting Forum on bringing China-U.S. relations back to the right track, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. The American military is warning that China likely is accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a potentially catastrophic U.S.-China war. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2021, file photo a woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a screen showing China and U.S. flags as she listens to a speech by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Lanting Forum on bringing China-U.S. relations back to the right track, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. The American military is warning that China likely is accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a potentially catastrophic U.S.-China war. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)