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  • What if the US removes Hong Kong's special status?
    on May 28, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Until now, the US has given Hong Kong favourable trading terms […]

  • Hong Kong security legislation backed by China's parliament
    on May 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Beijing says the move will rein in "terrorism" but many feel it will end Hong Kong's unique status. […]

  • From farmer to legislator - Chinese woman writes her own success story
    by Xu Haoyu, Hu Dongmei on May 28, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Ma Huijuan, a 40-year-old woman born in the small village of Heiyanwan in Guyuan city, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, has worn out 12 mobile phones in 10 years. With the screen name Stream Breeze, Ma has typed over one million words, sharing her life on Chinese blogging platform, Qzone. "'What for?' I've been asked this question so many times, sometimes even by myself," Ma says, "Eventually I figured out, I'm not reading and writing to achieve anything, but only to nourish my soul." Since she became literate, Ma hasn't passed up any opportunity to learn. She used to stare at newspaper pages pasted on the wall in her home for a whole day. Ma quit studying after graduating from junior high school due to her family's economic limitations-a situation that, for a long time, left her yearning for her textbooks, and her parents were frustrated they could not help their daughter. […]

  • China sets up 'green channel' for international passenger flights from approved countries
    by Wang Keju on May 28, 2020 at 2:42 am

    The country's top civil aviation authority said it has set up a "green channel" to streamline the approval procedure for chartered international passenger flights that are out of work-resumption purposes. In a notice dated Monday but posted on its website on Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said the establishment of the green channel aims to coordinate epidemic prevention and control work and facilitate economic and social development. The green channel will simplify the approval procedures and shorten the processing time for chartered international passenger flights that are approved by the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, or are in line with "fast-track lane" rules, the notice said. China has recently opened a "fast-track lane" with several countries for essential personnel on urgent visits in the areas of commerce, logistics, production and technological services. […]

  • No Covid-19 cure but Chinese herb capsule shortens fever, fatigue and coughing: Research
    by Phoebe Zhang on May 28, 2020 at 1:49 am

    A Chinese herb combination can help ease the symptoms of Covid-19, say some of China’s top scientists after conducting a multi-centre trial. According to a previous diagnosis and treatment protocol by the National Health Commission, Lianhuaqingwen (LH) capsules are recognised for treating symptoms of Covid-19, such as fatigue and fever, but not Covid-19 itself. There is not yet a confirmed cure for the disease. The scientific paper was published on Phytomedicine journal on May 16 and the research team includes Li Lanjuan , director of the State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Zhang Boli, president of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Zhong Nanshan , China’s “Sars hero” and veteran infectious disease expert. Lianhuaqingwen is a compounded Chinese herbal medicine comprising several plant products, including Japanese honeysuckle and golden-bell. The researchers recruited 284 Covid-19 patients in February from 23 hospitals in nine Chinese provinces for the study. […]

  • Chinese surveyors reach summit of Mount Everest to remeasure its height
    by Wendy Wu on May 28, 2020 at 1:40 am

    A Chinese survey team reached the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday, as they attempt to remeasure the exact height of the world’s tallest mountain. Having been delayed twice this month due to bad weather, the eight-member team set off from a camp at 8,300 metres (27,230 feet) at around 2.10am on Wednesday, reaching the peak after nearly nine hours, state media reported. They stayed at the summit for a record 2½ hours while they put up a survey marker, installed a global navigation satellite system receiver, and used a snow-depth radar to collect data. It is part of a comprehensive scientific survey of the mountain to determine its current height, and it is expected to take two to three months for researchers to collect, process and analyse the data. Dang Yamin, director of the Institute of Geodesy and Geodynamics at the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, said a huge earthquake five years ago may have changed the mountain’s height. […]

  • Coronavirus: Inside the pro-China network targeting the US, Hong Kong and an exiled tycoon
    on May 27, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    A coordinated network of accounts on three social networks has been targeting the Chinese government's critics. […]

  • Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow
    on May 27, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    A Canadian court has ruled that the extradition hearing of Meng Wanzhou can continue. […]

  • Hong Kong 'no longer autonomous from China' - Pompeo
    on May 27, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    The US secretary of state says the territory no longer merits special treatment under US laws. […]

  • Hong Kong police arrest hundreds and fire pepper pellets amid fresh unrest
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    The latest clashes come as MPs debate a bill to criminalise insulting China's national anthem. […]

  • Stress on effective use of technology
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    At the closing meeting of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference yesterday, China’s top political advisor Wang Yang urged the use of modern technology, including […]

  • Chinese measurements of Mount Qomolangma
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    During Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) The Manchurian and Han Chinese name for Qomolangma first appeared in “Huang Yu Quan Lan Tu,” or “Atlas of the Whole Imperial Territory,” following a mission sent by t […]

  • About 300 held for illegal assemblies
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Around 300 people were arrested on suspicion of attending unauthorized assemblies in Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok in Hong Kong yesterday, local police said. […]

  • Warning over HK
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China will take the necessary countermeasures against foreign interference regarding the national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. […]

  • Chinese surveyors make it to Qomolangma summit
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    A Chinese survey team reached the summit of Mount Qomolangma yesterday, and remeasured the height of the world’s highest peak also known as Mount Everest. […]

  • Two Sessions offer clues on next 5-year plan
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    The ongoing annual sessions of the national legislature and political advisory body, known as the Two Sessions, have offered clues of what would top the agenda in the 14th five-year plan (2021-25). […]

  • Rain triggers landslides
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Two people were injured and two others remained missing by the end of Tuesday due to rain-triggered mudslides and landslides in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said yesterday. […]

  • Ancient Ming tablet found
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    A stone tablet dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) has been discovered in north China’s Hebei Province, local authorities said yesterday. […]

  • Snow leopard twins mark 1st birthday
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    China’s only existing captive-bred snow leopard twins marked their first birthday yesterday in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. […]

  • Rare musk deer captured on camera
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Three forest musk deer were captured on infrared cameras wandering or enjoying sunbathing in a national nature reserve in central China’s Hunan Province, the reserve’s administration said yesterday. […]

  • Big data blue book released
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    China has released a big data blue book on digital development, the Beijing Daily reported yesterday. […]

  • Icebreaker gets overhaul
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Xuelong 2, China’s first domestically built polar icebreaker, has been in a shipyard for maintenance after its first Antarctic expedition, preparing for future sea trials and scientific research in t […]

  • Scientists using high-tech to save biodiversity
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Chinese scientists are using high-tech tools to try to bring endangered species like the green peafowl back from the brink. […]

  • 5G reaches new heights
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    With the help of 5G technology, just an hour after the Chinese surveying team reached the summit of Mount Qomolangma, China Central Television released a short live video via its social media, featuring […]

  • Zambia probes Chinese clothes factory murders
    on May 27, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    The killings of three Chinese nationals come amid a crackdown on firms accused of discrimination. […]

  • Mount Everest: Chinese team summit during pandemic
    on May 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    The team are the only climbers to summit this season, and are re-measuring the height. […]

  • China brands Canada 'accomplice' of US, as Huawei's Meng Wanzhou loses bid to have extradition case thrown out
    by Ian Young on May 27, 2020 at 10:02 am

    China has accused Canada of acting as an "accomplice" to the United States in a "grave political incident", after a judge in Vancouver rejected a bid by Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to have her US extradition case thrown out. Justice Heather Holmes of British Columbia's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the US fraud charges against Meng satisfied the Canadian extradition requirement of "double criminality", which demands that suspects be accused of something that would constitute a crime in Canada as well as in the requesting country. The extradition case - which has thrown China's relations with Canada and the US into turmoil - will therefore continue. "On the question of law posed, I conclude that, as a matter of law, the double criminality requirement for extradition is capable of being met in this case," Associate Chief Justice Holmes wrote in her judgment. In a statement on social media, China's embassy said: "China hereby expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this decision, and has made serious representations with Canada." […]

  • China may consider increasing international flights if risks under control: State media
    on May 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

    BEIJING - The vice-head of China aviation authority says it may consider increasing international flights as long as coronavirus risks are under control, state media China News reported on Wednesday (May 27). The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has since March drastically reduced the number of international flights due to concerns about infections brought in by arriving passengers. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here. […]

  • Coronavirus: China's plan to test everyone in Wuhan
    on May 27, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Officials said they planned to test all of Wuhan's residents over 10 days, so how have they done? […]

  • Riot police shield Hong Kong legislature as protests gather against anthem bill
    on May 27, 2020 at 5:45 am

    HONG KONG - Hong Kong deployed riot police around the Legislative Council on Wednesday as activists called for protests against a bill to criminalise disrespect of the Chinese anthem, amid soaring tensions over perceived threats to the city's freedoms. Protests have returned to the streets of Chinese-ruled Hong Kong after Beijing proposed national security laws last week that sparked global fears that the freedoms helping it prosper as an interface between China and the West could be eroded. Hundreds of riot police took up positions and authorities erected a two-metre (6 feet) wall made of plastic barriers filled with water around the Legislative Council, extending across a park up to Victoria Harbour. In other parts of the city, protesters used bins and debris to block roads, while activists issued calls online for demonstrations in various locations later in the day. "Although you're afraid inside your heart, you need to speak out," said Chang, 29, a clerk and protester dressed in black with a helmet respirator and goggles in her backpack. […]

  • China's Hong Kong law set to bar foreign judges from national security cases: Sources
    on May 27, 2020 at 4:01 am

    BEIJING - Beijing’s planned national security legislation for Hong Kong is set to block its foreign judges from handling national security trials, people familiar with the matter said, which would exacerbate concerns about the city’s judicial independence. Having lost patience with Hong Kong’s failure to adopt national security legislation on its own, China announced on Thursday that it would directly enact laws to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city. The legislation, which the sources said remains subject to change, would also see both central and city government security agencies set up in Hong Kong, they said. The people familiar with the issue declined to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to the media. The Hong Kong government has said the legislation would not affect its judicial independence. The Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress could not immediately be reached for comment. China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. […]

  • 6-year-old girl in China with voice of an angel touches hearts
    by Xu Lin on May 27, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Like a sparrow on the windowsill, she epitomises a better world. Her words and style of singing are simple, yet haunting. Zhou Zhaoyan is just six years of age but she has touched the hearts of internet users worldwide, many of whom are still living amid Covid-19 restrictions. Since her parents started to post her performances on video-sharing platform YouTube in early March, her account Miumiu Guitargirl has attracted more than 157,000 fans. The video of her singing Fly Me to the Moon, written by Bart Howard, while playing guitar received over 5 million hits on the platform. In her version of the classic song, Hotel California, by the Eagles, she is seen singing, playing guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums and maracas. […]

  • Meet a jump-rope whiz kid who's just 4 years old
    by Han Junhong, Zhou Huiying on May 27, 2020 at 3:18 am

    A 4-year-old girl won seven championships in different events during a recent national-level rope-jumping competition. Her personal best performance was skipping 114 times in 30 seconds. Yu Canyi from Changchun, Jilin province, attended the online event, which was organised by the General Administration of Sport of China. It attracted nearly 1,000 children nationwide. "My daughter began to practice jump-rope about a year and a half ago and showed great interest in the sport. Every day she spends more than an hour practicing," said Yu Dawei, Canyi's father, who is also a jump-rope coach. "I hope the sport can help her maintain physical fitness and help if she chooses to be a professional athlete in the future." […]

  • Archeologists find ancient cluster of tombs in Henan
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Archeologists have found more than 600 ancient tombs on the banks of the Yellow River, and dug up over 2,000 burial items, local officials said. […]

  • ‘Super material’ developed as alternative to plastic
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    A Chinese research team announced that it has developed a “super material” with superior properties to ceramics and metals, promising to be a greener alternative for engineering plastics in fields of automobiles […]

  • Cirque du Soleil show to return on June 3
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    The Shanghai office of the Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil announced yesterday that it will reopen its resident show “The Land of Fantasy” in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, on […]

  • Resumption of work brings joy to migrant staff
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    The experience of work disruption during the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic has made people like Mi Zhen, 36, scared of losing his job. […]

  • ‘Taiwan independence’ effort is a dead end
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    CHINESE Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian yesterday warned Taiwan authorities that seeking “Taiwan independence” is a dead end and that confrontation leads nowhere. Wu, also a member of the People’s […]

  • Experts commend nation’s commitment to building community with a shared future
    on May 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    EXPERTS have praised China’s commitment to building a community with a shared future for mankind and its efforts to promote international cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Chines […]