China builds new hospital in 5 days to fight surge in coronavirus cases – National

China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in five days to fight a surge in infections in a city south of Beijing, state media reported. The hospital is one of six with a total of 6,500 rooms being built in Nangong in Hebei province, the Xinhua News Agency said. All […]

WHO experts to arrive in China this week for coronavirus origins probe: Beijing – National

Experts from the World Health Organization are due to arrive in China this week for a long-anticipated investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Monday. The experts will arrive on Thursday and meet with Chinese counterparts, the National Health Commission said in a one-sentence statement that gave no other details. […]

China imposes new travel restrictions as province sees spike in coronavirus cases – National

Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed travel restrictions and banned gatherings in the capital city of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, in the latest escalation of measures to stave off another coronavirus wave. The province, which entered a “wartime mode” on Tuesday, accounted for 20 of the 23 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases reported in […]

NYSE to delist 3 major Chinese telecom firms as China warns of retaliation – National

China said Saturday that it would take necessary countermeasures in response to the New York Stock Exchange’s announcement that it would delist three major Chinese telecoms, in the latest flare-up of tensions between Beijing and Washington. The stock exchange said Thursday that it would delist China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China […]

China suggests U.S. relations may recover after period of ‘unprecedented difficulty’ – National

China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty,” senior diplomat Wang Yi said in official comments published on Saturday. Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have come under increasing strain amid a series of disputes over […]

China launches anti-monopoly probe into Alibaba Group, stepping up pressure – National

Chinese regulators on Thursday announced an anti-monopoly investigation of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, stepping up the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to control fast-growing tech industries. President Xi Jinping’s government promotes e-commerce and other online industries but worries about the dominance of Alibaba and other market leaders. The ruling party says anti-monopoly enforcement, especially in […]

Germany appeals for 2 Michaels’ release at final UN meeting, China says ‘good riddance’ – National

Germany’s U.N. envoy, during his last scheduled U.N. Security Council meeting, appealed to China to free two detained Canadians for Christmas, prompting China’s deputy U.N. envoy to respond: “Out of the bottom of my heart: Good riddance.” Germany finishes a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of this month and Ambassador […]

China to prioritize front-line workers in coronavirus vaccine rollout: official – National

China will soon begin coronavirus inoculations for workers in health care, transport and border control, a senior official said Saturday, with those priority groups . Vice Minister of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin gave few specifics but said the government was prioritizing those most at risk of catching the virus. Those groups and […]

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to jail for 2019 anti-government protest – National

Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months for his role in an unlawful rally at anti-government protests last year, ramping up pressure on opposition figures in the Chinese-ruled city. Wong’s sentence comes as critics of the Beijing-backed government say it is intensifying a […]

Chinese robot probe sent to retrieve lunar rocks lands on the moon, officials say – National

A Chinese robot probe sent to return lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s landed on the moon Tuesday, the government announced, adding to a string of increasingly bold space missions by Beijing. The Chang’e 5 probe “successfully landed” at its planned site, state TV and news agencies reported, citing […]