China cancels Mount Everest climbs, citing fears of importing COVID-19 cases from Nepal – National

China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighbouring Nepal, state media reported. The closure was confirmed in a notice Friday from China’s General Administration of Sport, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The move reflects the abundance […]

Back-to-back tornadoes kill at least 10 in China, over 300 more injured – National

Back-to-back tornadoes killed at least 10 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 others injured, officials and state media reported Saturday. Six people died in the inland city of Wuhan and four others in the town of Shengze, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east in Jiangsu province, local government statements […]

Mosques in China’s Xinjiang disappear as Beijing counters criticism of Uyghur crackdown – National

The Jiaman mosque in the city of Qira, in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, is hidden behind high walls and Communist Party propaganda signs, leaving passersby with no indication that it is home to a religious site. In late April, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two ethnic Uyghur women sat […]

China Rising, Episode 1: Hostage Diplomacy – National

When Julia and Kevin Garratt were invited out to dinner on Aug. 4, 2014, they never imagined it was a trap. The Canadian couple and had lived in China for three decades. For seven years, they’d been based in the northern Chinese city of Dandong, just across the Yalu River from North Korea. The Christian […]

Xinjiang birth rates have fallen faster than any other territory on earth: report – National

Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute, obtained exclusively ahead of publication by The Associated Press, showed the 48.74% decline was […]

China population growth falls closer to zero, raising concerns over shrinking workforce – National

China’s population growth is falling closer to zero, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce as fewer couples have children. The population rose by 72 million over the past 10 years to 1.411 billion in 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics announced after a once-a-decade census. […]

Wind shatters glass bridge in China, leaving tourist stranded over drop – National

A thrill-seeking tourist got a little more than he bargained for at a glass bridge in China, where high winds shattered the expanse and left him clinging to safety on the verge of a deadly drop last week. The incident happened Friday at Piyan Mountain near Longjing in northern China, according to state media […]

Rocket debris hurtling towards Earth lands in Indian Ocean, China says – National

Remnants of China’s biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with the bulk of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Chinese state media, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit. The coordinates given by state media, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office, put […]

Chinese rocket debris likely to hit earth by Sunday – National

Remnants of China‘s largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday, European and U.S. tracking centers said on Saturday. China‘s foreign ministry said on Friday that most debris from the rocket will burn on re-entry and is highly unlikely to cause any harm, after the U.S. military said that […]

China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event on Uyghur repression next week – National

China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. “It is a politically-motivated event,” China’s U.N. mission wrote in the note, […]