China’s Xi Jinping calls for greater state control of AI to counter ‘dangerous storms’
President says national security threats are increasing and urged greater oversight of artificial intelligence and data security
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and top officials have called for greater state oversight of artificial intelligence as part of work to counter “dangerous storms” facing the country, state media reported.
The president and other ruling Communist party officials agreed at a meeting of the National Security Commission to “improve security governance of network data and artificial intelligence”.Continue reading...Read more
China’s 11.6m graduates face a jobs market with no jobs
With youth unemployment at a record high, the problem of overeducated young people is acute
With a master’s degree in applied linguistics from one of Australia’s top universities, Ingrid Xie did not expect to end up working in a grocery store. But that was where she ended up after graduating from the University of Queensland in July last year.
Xie did her undergraduate degree in China, studying English in the shade of palm trees at Hainan Tropical Ocean University. She went abroad for her master’s because she thought that would help her find a better job.Continue reading...Read more
China’s weak recovery is turning off foreign investors
Quick rebound expected after the relaxation of zero-Covid policies has not materialisedRead more
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UN experts express ‘grave concern’ over detention of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong
Communication sent to Beijing government says media mogul’s prosecutions relate to his criticism of China
A group of UN experts have expressed “grave concern” over the arrest and detention of Jimmy Lai, a former media mogul in Hong Kong who has been charged with violating the territory’s national security law.
In a joint communication sent to the Chinese government, the experts from the UN working group on arbitrary detention and several special rapporteurs focused on human rights said Lai’s arrest and multiple prosecutions related to “his criticism of the Chinese government and his support for democracy in Hong Kong”.Continue reading...Read more
Pentagon accuses Chinese fighter jet of ‘aggressive’ action near US plane
Defence department says incident took place in South China Sea on FridayRead more
Uyghur student not missing in Hong Kong - Amnesty
The rights group has corrected a report alleging the student went missing after flying to Hong Kong.Read more
Elon Musk: Tesla boss on first China trip in over three years
The multi-billionaire has not yet publicly commented on the visit, which comes amid US-China tensions.Read more
How Taiwan became the indispensable economy
Fearing a potential conflict in Asia, western companies are looking to move production out of Taiwan. But turning away from the self-ruled island will come at a high price for manufacturersRead more
Wall Street gives crypto a chance
China calls for ‘stable’ ties with US in meeting with Elon MuskRead more
Has China become too cosy with private equity?
State-backed investors have poured money into buyout groups, enabling Beijing to deploy hundreds of billions of dollars into western companies and economies even as the political mood has shiftedRead more
How Singapore Airlines soared while regional rival Cathay Pacific stalled
Post-pandemic success comes as Hong Kong carrier struggles to recoverRead more
Erin O’Toole: China targeted me in election, says 2021 rival to Canada’s Trudeau
Ex-leader of Conservatives says Canadian Security Intelligence briefed him on a ‘Chinese-orchestrated campaign’ to manipulate the vote
Canada’s spy agency told former Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole that China campaigned to discredit him and suppress votes ahead of the 2021 election he lost to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, O’Toole has said.
In a briefing on Friday, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Csis) informed O’Toole about intelligence saying Beijing had targeted him in 2021, when he was Conservative leader and running to defeat Trudeau.Continue reading...Read more
Chinese fighter jet buzzed US military plane, says Pentagon
A Chinese fighter jet performed an "aggressive manoeuvre" in front of a US Air Force plane, says the US.Read more
Chinese pilot performed ‘aggressive maneuver’ near US plane, military says
The incident is the latest in a season of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing this year
A Chinese fighter pilot performed an “unnecessarily aggressive maneuver” near an American surveillance aircraft operating over the South China Sea last week, according to US military.
The incident – which the Pentagon says is part of a pattern of behavior by China – comes at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over issues including Taiwan and an alleged Chinese spy balloon that was shot down after traversing the United States earlier this year.Continue reading...Read more
Macau facing increased restrictions under expanded security law
The government in the Chinese territory says the changes are in line with legislation in Hong Kong.Read more
Covid lab leak theory should not be ruled out, top Chinese scientist says
Virologist George Gao also states for first time that China has investigated claim virus came from a laboratory
The former director of China’s Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has said the lab leak theory for the origins of Covid-19 should not be discounted.
George Gao, an internationally respected virologist, also said another branch of the Chinese government had investigated the lab leak theory – the first such acknowledgment that some kind of official investigation took place. “They haven’t found wrongdoing,” he said.Continue reading...Read more
China investigated Covid lab leak claims, says top scientist
Health official’s admission undermines Beijing’s dismissals that virus could have emerged from Wuhan facilityRead more
China calls for ‘stable’ ties with US in meeting with Elon Musk
Billionaire’s audience with foreign minister Qin Gang highlights complex relationship with BeijingRead more
Protesters clash with police in China over partial demolition of mosque
Unrest breaks out in Muslim town of Nagu in Yunnan as people object to removal of dome and minarets
Hundreds of police have clashed with protesters in a Muslim town in south-west China amid anger at plans to partially dismantle a 14th-century mosque.
The unrest broke out on Saturday, seemingly in response to attempts by the authorities to dismantle parts of Najiaying mosque in Nagu, a town in Yunnan province.Continue reading...Read more
Protesters clash with police outside mosque in China – video
Videos shared on social media show protesters clashing with police outside a mosque in Yunnan in south-western China. Tensions rose after a ruling ordered parts of the Najiaying mosque to be removed and verified videos from Saturday show police officers near the entrance of the mosque and demonstrators chanting and appearing to try to enter the groundsContinue reading...Read more
Chinese jet: Airbus orders will divert to homegrown ‘patriot express’
C919 airliner poses a threat to the European aviation group’s sales in ChinaRead more
China sends first civilian into orbit as Xi pursues ‘eternal dream’
Shenzhou-16 mission precedes plans to land taikonauts on Moon by 2030Read more
Malaysia investigates Chinese barge suspected of links to looting of British WW2 wrecks
Search of vessel registered in Fuzhou, China, reveals cannon shell suspected to date from second world war
Malaysia’s maritime agency has said it found a cannon shell believed to be from the second world war on a Chinese-registered vessel and was investigating if the barge carrier was involved in the looting of two British warship wrecks in the South China Sea.
The agency said it detained the vessel registered in Fuzhou, China, on Sunday for anchoring without a permit off southern Johor state, and that an inspection revealed scrap metal and a cannon shell it suspected dated from the second world war. It said there were 32 crew members aboard, including 21 Chinese, 10 from Bangladesh and a Malaysian.Continue reading...Read more
Goldman’s China dealmaker stops tapping US investors
Asian private equity business head says geopolitical tensions mean she raises cash from Middle East and Asia insteadRead more
Covid: Top Chinese scientist says don’t rule out lab leak
The man who led China's pandemic response says inquiries into its origins should consider everything.Read more
The billionaire whose electrode empire powers China’s EV dominance
Bai Houshan and his company Ronbay have ambitious expansion plans for key battery componentRead more
China turns down US invitation for defence chiefs’ meeting in Singapore
Pentagon had requested encounter between Lloyd Austin and Li Shangfu, who is under sanctions, at forum in JuneRead more
Chinese companies still keen on US but face higher hurdles
Many groups want to open factories in America but geopolitical and local issues often prevent investmentRead more
De-risking trade with China is a risky business
Security-driven approach to trade clashes with western corporate interests and environmental targetsRead more
Hong Kong court rebuffs effort to dismiss Jimmy Lai national security trial
Lawyers acting for pro-democracy activist argued that proceedings could be biased due to judge selection
Hong Kong’s high court has rejected an attempt by lawyers acting for the jailed pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai to have his national security trial dismissed.
The court ruled on Monday that the argument the trial may appear to be biased had “no merits”, and gave the proceedings, which are scheduled to start in September, the green light.Continue reading...Read more
China developers: the main quake is over but the aftershocks are not
Surge in court-ordered liquidations and developer defaults should give investors pause for thoughtRead more
Hong Kong: 13 go on trial over 2019 storming of legislature by pro-democracy protesters
Seven admit rioting, while another six face additional charges carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison
A Hong Kong court has began the trial of 13 people over the storming and ransacking of the city’s legislature in 2019, which was an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government.
It was the most violent episode in the initial phase of the huge pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong that year, with millions marching and staging sit-ins for weeks.Continue reading...Read more
Number of people prosecuted in China’s courts up 12% in five years, report shows
Experts point to crackdown on national security and legal system that encourages guilty pleas
Chinese courts prosecuted 8.3 million people in the five years to 2022, a 12% increase on the previous period. There was also a nearly 20% increase in the number of protests against court rulings.
The figures released by the supreme people’s procuratorate (SPP) in March give a glimpse of how China’s notoriously opaque justice system has operated in recent years, amid a tightening domestic security environment.Continue reading...Read more
‘Genshin Impact’ maker aims for Tencent’s China gaming crown
Independent studio miHoYo pins hopes on new title to take on big incumbents in lucrative marketRead more
ByteDance and CNPC take over Hong Kong offices vacated by foreign companies
Mainland Chinese businesses are among those securing prime locations in Central districtRead more
‘Confidence is a big problem’: China’s economic recovery loses steam
Weak property sales, industrial output and consumption sap confidence in rapid bounceback from CovidRead more
Sky highs: six of Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars
Where to head for a cocktail with a view that’s guaranteed to give you a liftRead more
China’s war chest: Beijing seeks to remedy its vulnerability to food and energy embargoes
A dependence on food and energy imports could be China’s biggest weakness in a potential future conflict with Taiwan
Not much could unite Peng Lifa, the activist who disappeared after staging a rare anti-lockdown protest in Beijing last year, and Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader who Peng was criticising. But in October 2022, both men diagnosed the same vulnerability in China: food.
“We want food, not PCR tests,” read Peng’s bright red characters, emblazoned on a banner hung over Beijing’s Sitong Bridge on 13 October. Three days later, Xi gave a speech to the Chinese Communist party (CCP) about how to “hold high the great banner of Socialism with Chinese characteristics”.Continue reading...Read more
China's C919 passenger plane enters into service
China hopes the C919 will end the dominance of Airbus and Boeing - but it relies on Western components.Read more
China’s first passenger jet completes maiden commercial flight
Maker Comac set to rely heavily on domestic sales and will face difficult task taking on Boeing and Airbus in westRead more
China’s first domestically produced passenger jet makes maiden commercial flight
Although China hopes to cut its reliance on foreign technology, many of the C919’s parts are sourced from overseas
China’s first domestically produced passenger jet took off on its maiden commercial flight on Sunday, a milestone event in the nation’s decades-long effort to compete with western rivals in the air.
Beijing hopes the C919 commercial jetliner will challenge foreign models like the Boeing 737 MAX and the Airbus A320, though many of its parts are sourced from abroad.Continue reading...Read more
Boonie Bears: Guardian Code review – adorable bears in smash-hit Chinese eco tale
With its two ursine characters, this formulaic kids’ tale tells its environmentally conscious story with plenty of warmth but few surprises
The ninth feature in a hugely popular Chinese animated series directed by Lin Yongchang and Shao Heqi, Boonie Bears: Guardian Code is also the franchise’s highest-grossing film, second behind The Wandering Earth 2 as the biggest Chinese film of 2023 so far. With its two main characters Bramble and Briar, adorable bears who were abandoned by their mother in a forest fire, this environmentally conscious adventure is an entertaining, if rather formulaic, ride.
For lovers of cute animals, the CGI designs of the brothers are quite lovely and detailed, though not exactly distinctive. Goofy and optimistic Bramble believes that their mother is out there searching for them, but Briar holds no such hope. However, a chance encounter with Charlotte, an aspiring scientist, promises a new clue that would lead the pair to their long-lost mummy. What follows is an extravaganza of good versus evil, bears versus bots.Continue reading...Read more
Hong Kong's prominent pro-democracy Civic party votes to disband
Group was among the last opposition parties, as political dissent has been banned since 2020’s security law
The Civic party, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy groups, has voted to disband because of a leadership vacuum, after its members were squeezed out of local councils and charged under Beijing’s national security law.
Nicknamed “the barristers’ party”, it was founded in 2006 by professional elites – mostly from the legal sector – who wanted to promote democratisation and civil society in Hong Kong.Continue reading...Read more
Kissinger at 100: Statesman or war criminal? His troubled legacy – in pictures
First as US national security adviser, then as secretary of state, Henry Kissinger intervened around the world during the 1970s, shaping events in China, Africa and the Middle East, with consequences that reverberate today
• How Kissinger’s ‘sordid’ diplomacy in Africa fuelled war in Angola and prolonged apartheidContinue reading...Read more
Joe Biden’s advisers say he doesn’t want to drag Pacific allies into ‘headlong clash’ between US and China
Senior White House official says president hears region’s concerns and ‘does not want conflict’ with China
Joe Biden’s senior advisers have acknowledged countries in the Indo-Pacific don’t want to be “trampled by a headlong clash” between the US and China.
In a webinar with an Australian audience on Friday, senior White House national security council (NSC) officials said the US president wanted to give allies and other close partners “breathing space” to engage with China constructively.Continue reading...Read more
GCHQ warns of fresh threat from Chinese state-sponsored hackers
National Cyber Security Centre urges operators of critical national infrastructure to prevent hacks
The UK’s cybersecurity agency has urged operators of critical national infrastructure, including energy and telecommunications networks, to prevent Chinese state-sponsored hackers from hiding on their systems.
The National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, issued the warning after it emerged that a Chinese hacking group known as Volt Typhoon had targeted a US military outpost in the Pacific Ocean.Continue reading...Read more
China-backed hackers spying on US critical infrastructure, says Five Eyes
Targets include US military facilities on Guam that would be key in an Asia-Pacific conflict, say Microsoft and western spy agencies
A state-sponsored Chinese hacking group has been spying on a wide range of US critical infrastructure organisations and similar activities could be occurring globally, western intelligence agencies and Microsoft have warned.
“The United States and international cybersecurity authorities are issuing this joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) to highlight a recently discovered cluster of activity of interest associated with a People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-sponsored cyber actor, also known as Volt Typhoon,” said a statement released by authorities in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK – countries that make up the Five Eyes intelligence network.Continue reading...Read more
ChatGPT: Can China overtake the US in the AI marathon?
Washington's efforts to limit China's access to crucial cutting-edge technology continue.Read more
China bans major chip maker Micron from key infrastructure projects
It is China's first major move against a US chip maker, as tensions increase between Beijing and Washington.Read more
Douyin: Chinese livestreamer dies after filming drinking video
The 34-year-old livestreamer's death sparks outcry and calls for a crackdown on video sites.Read more
G7 takes stand against China’s “economic coercion”
Worried of being held hostage economically by China, the G7 spells out its plan to escape.Read more
Chinese comedian arrested after joke about army
The joke likened the behaviour of his dogs to a slogan used to praise China's army.Read more
G7 summit: Taiwan looms large as Japan prepares to host leaders
As China becomes more assertive, Taiwan's security has become a growing concern for Japan.Read more
Asia is spending big to battle low birth rates - will it work?
Governments in the region are spending hundreds of billions of dollars trying to reverse the trend.Read more
Son Jun-ho: South Korean footballer detained in China in bribery probe
Son Jun-ho was taken at a Shanghai airport as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say.Read more
Zibo barbecue: Millions bring sudden fame to industrial Chinese city
Previously a sleepy industrial city, Zibo has been at the centre of a post-lockdown social media frenzy.Read more
Cheng Lei: 1,000 days imprisoned in China for an unknown reason
Australian journalist Cheng Lei's partner tells the BBC he hopes for an end to her "awful situation".Read more
'Dangerous manoeuvres' in China and Philippines' cat-and-mouse sea chase
A near-collision between Chinese and Philippine vessels underscores the dangers in disputed waters.Read more
Mediterranean monk seal seen on seashore at Jaffa beach in Israel
A Mediterranean monk seal lies on the seashore at Jaffa beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 15, 2023. Mediterranean monk seals, listed as one of the world's most endangered marine mammals, are the rarest out of the 33 species of seals that exist in the world.Read more