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  • Is Alibaba's fate a warning to China’s tech giants?
    on April 14, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Alibaba’s run-in with Chinese regulators has made things tense for its other technology giants. […]

  • What's behind the China-Taiwan divide?
    on April 14, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, but many Taiwanese people want a separate nation. […]

  • Chinese man kidnapped and killed in elaborate body-swap scheme
    on April 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    The scheme was devised to grant a dying man's wish to avoid a ban on traditional burials. […]

  • Hong Kong mother jailed after confessing to pouring scalding hot water on her children
    by Brian Wong on April 14, 2021 at 10:29 am

    A 37-year-old mother has been jailed ahead of sentencing after she confessed in court to scalding her children with hot water three times in as many days at a Hong Kong public housing estate last year. On one occasion, the woman spilled a cup of almost boiling hot water on the face of her seven-year-old son to punish him for eating slowly during dinner, the District Court heard on Wednesday (April 14). In an escalated incident two days later, the mother, during a row with her husband on the phone, poured a whole cup of hot water on the head of her 10-year-old daughter and live-streamed the assault to her husband. After terminating the call, the mother went on to burn her son’s back using the same method. The cruelty only stopped after police rushed to the woman’s flat in Sha Tin in response to an emergency call by one of her neighbours. […]

  • China looks set to reopen border with North Korea
    by Laura Zhou on April 14, 2021 at 5:11 am

    A Chinese city on the border with North Korea is looking to upgrade its cross-border trade facilities amid speculation that the two countries are moving to strengthen their relationship in the face of increased pressure from the United States. Government documents show the local authorities in Dandong in Liaoning province recently started soliciting bids for a series of projects that suggest the long-delayed New Yalu River Bridge may soon be open for use. The eight-lane road bridge was designed to replace the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge built by the Japanese occupiers in 1943, which is only wide enough for a single rail track and a one-way road. The bridge could help bring investment to an economic zone planned in Dandong, a city of 2.5 million people that stands opposite the North Korean city of Sinujiu, and boost trade with its impoverished and isolated neighbour. Work on the project started 10 years ago and it was originally due to open in 2014. Neither side has explained why it is still not ready but it is widely believed that the North Korean side was responsible. […]

  • Fight over $47 sea urchin dish prompts intervention from Chinese governor
    by Alice Yan on April 14, 2021 at 3:09 am

    The Governor of the Chinese island of Hainan said the authorities will conduct a “deeper investigation” after a scandal erupted this week over a tourist claiming that a US$35 (S$47) dish of steamed sea urchin mixed with egg did not contain any urchin meat. The incident made headlines after the tourist posted a short video on social media showing a dish that was supposed to contain six urchins steamed with egg at a restaurant in Sanya last week. In the video the tourist claims the dish contains no urchin meat at all and was just egg. Sanya, nicknamed China’s Hawaii, is among the country’s top domestic tourist destinations, making the island’s government wary of any potential threats to tourism dollars. The incident happened on the evening of Friday (April 9) last week when the tourist, identified by his surname Zhang, and four other tourists ate supper at Yunqi Guancanghai Restaurant. They ordered six dishes, including the urchin one, and were charged 2,655 yuan (S$543.50) […]

  • Woman beats Chinese boss with mop, accuses him of harassment in viral video
    by Phoebe Zhang on April 14, 2021 at 2:35 am

    A government official in northeastern China has been fired after a video emerged of a woman attacking him with a mop while accusing him of sexual harassment.  The 14-minute video that went viral shows the official’s subordinate, surnamed Zhou, throwing items on his desk before retrieving a mop to attack the man, surnamed Wang, the deputy director of the poverty alleviation department of Beilin district, in Heilongjiang Province. While Zhou, who authorities later said has a mental illness, is beating and swearing at Wang, the man says, “It was just a joke”, while the woman raged. He then sat in his chair, occasionally wiping water from his face.  She is also seen in the video making phone calls, claiming the man had sent harassing texts to multiple women in the office.&nbs […]

  • Hong Kong couple found guilty of murdering 5-year-old daughter in horrific child abuse case
    by Jasmine Siu on April 14, 2021 at 2:04 am

    A Hong Kong couple have been found guilty of murdering their five-year-old daughter three years ago in one of the city’s most horrifying cases of child abuse. The girl’s 56-year-old step-grandmother was also convicted of two out of four counts of child cruelty. A High Court jury of three men and four women on Tuesday (April 13) returned the verdicts after 10 hours of deliberations, following a month of heartbreaking testimony from family members, teachers and doctors. Murder and manslaughter are both punishable by life imprisonment, while the cruelty charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. All three defendants had no prior convictions. The father was found guilty of murder by a unanimous vote, and the stepmother was convicted by a six to one majority. The grandmother was unanimously cleared of ill-treatment of the children, but was found guilty of two counts of neglect by a vote of six to one. None of the defendants showed a visible reaction to the verdicts.&nbs […]

  • Is India planning to spy on Chinese submarines from the Andamans, with a little help from Japan?
    by Pranay Sharma on April 14, 2021 at 1:28 am

    India ’s move, with a little help from Japan , to develop a strategically located island chain near the mouth of Southeast Asia’s main shipping lane is part of a broader plan by New Delhi to keep a closer watch on China ’s naval assets, say analysts and former Indian officials – especially its submarines. The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of 524 islands, only 38 of which are inhabited, stretches across some 1,000km (620 miles) of Indian Ocean by the western entrance to the Malacca Strait, through which an estimated 80 per cent or more of China’s seaborne trade passes. “It is like a [permanent] aircraft carrier,” Kanwal Sibal, a former foreign secretary of India, told This Week In Asia , “that gives India very extensive control over maritime space and sea lanes of communication to monitor shipping and naval vessels.&rdquo […]

  • Hong Kong announces more electoral system changes favouring pro-Beijing camp
    on April 14, 2021 at 1:00 am

    HONG KONG - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced amendments to voting laws on Tuesday (April 13) that critics say favour pro-Beijing candidates by redrawing constituency boundaries, creating more electoral districts, and criminalising calls for voters to leave ballots blank. Having become Hong Kong’s least popular chief executive in the near quarter century since the handover from British colonial rule, it remains unclear whether Lam will seek re-election. She faced the largest and most violent anti-government protests in 2019 after proposing a bill to allow extraditions to mainland China. Lam announced the poll date for the electoral committee to select the chief executive and 40 of the 90 seats in the city’s mini-parliament, the Legislative Council, known as LegCo, is set for Sept. 19. LegCo elections are set for Dec. 19, while the chief executive elections are set for March 27, 2022. […]

  • Don't play with fire on Taiwan, China warns US
    on April 14, 2021 at 12:30 am

    BEIJING - China told the United States on Tuesday (April 13) to stop playing with fire over Taiwan and lodged a complaint after Washington issued guidelines that will enable US officials to meet more freely with officials from the island that China claims as its own. The US State Department’s Friday (April 9) decision to deepen relations with self-ruled Taiwan came amid stepped-up Chinese military activity around the island, including almost daily air force incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters they had lodged “stern representations” with the United States. China urges the United States “not to play with fire on the Taiwan issue, immediately stop any form of US-Taiwan official contacts, cautiously and appropriately handle the matter, and not send wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces so as not to subversively influence and damage Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, he said. […]

  • US envoy John Kerry woos China over climate
    on April 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    US envoy John Kerry will hold talks in Shanghai ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden. […]

  • Rare footage captures fight between two wild pandas
    on April 13, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Some rare footage of two wild pandas having a fierce fight has been captured by researchers in China. […]

  • Bodybuilders hang out in bike shed to pump iron
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Each afternoon without fail, a handful of men mostly in their 60s gather at an old bicycle shed in southwest Beijing, clad in sweatshirts and track pants and ready to pump iron. […]

  • China slams Japan’s decision on nuclear waste as ‘irresponsible’
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA yesterday expressed grave concern about Japan’s decision to discharge nuclear wastewater from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement that […]

  • Instigator of HK riots sentenced
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    JOSHUA Wong Chi-fung, an instigator of the Hong Kong riots, was handed another prison sentence of four months yesterday for joining an unauthorized rally and violating an anti-mask law. Wong, 24, had […]

  • Party expels ex-inspector of discipline
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Dong Hong, a former senior disciplinary inspector, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China for grave violations of Party discipline and duty-related laws. […]

  • US rules for Taiwan opposed
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    CHINESE foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said yesterday that China firmly opposes the so-called new rules for US government contacts with Taiwan and has lodged solemn representations with them. […]

  • US urged to review stance, look at facts
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA yesterday urged the United States to treat Japan’s decision to dump contaminated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea according to the facts, rather than according […]

  • Plateau at risk from tiny plastics
    on April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Chinese researchers have recently revealed the characteristics and source of the long-range movement of microplastics, or MPs, on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, known as the Roof of the World. […]

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