China says it must act to deter Hong Kong separatism

Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the city, China’s top legislative panel said, calling their actions a threat to national security. The Standing Committee of China’s rubberstamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, said in a statement that Beijing could not afford to do nothing in the face of challenges in Hong […]

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China investigating North Korean bank, report says

Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government’s imports of goods that might be used by the North’s nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. Kwangson Banking Corp. was ordered closed under U.N. sanctions imposed in March in response to the North’s nuclear tests but kept operating in secret in the border city […]

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China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend elections. Sunday’s vote saw young activists pushing for more autonomy from Beijing secure a crucial foothold in the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo), as fears grow that China is tightening its grip. It […]

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China Launches First-Ever ‘Hack-Proof’ Satellite

China successfully launched the world’s first quantum satellite Tuesday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is on a two-year mission to establish “hack-proof” communications between space and Earth. The satellite, nicknamed “Micius,” after a Chinese philosopher and scientist from the 5th century B.C., weighs over 600 […]

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China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN

China scored a diplomatic victory Monday, avoiding criticism by Southeast Asia’s main grouping over its territorial expansion in the South China Sea even though some of the bloc’s members are victims of Beijing’s actions. After hectic negotiations, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a watered-down rebuke that amounted to less than a slap on the […]

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China’s Communist Party wants to turn up the volume on propaganda

If you think this is bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In the midst of the most dramatic crackdown on free speech in China in decades, the Communist Party’s propaganda department has been firmly rapped over the knuckles — for not shaping public opinion and promoting the party’s point of view forcefully enough Powerful government inspectors from the disciplinary commission […]

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