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  • Beijing 2022 official warns against violations of 'Olympic spirit'
    on January 20, 2022 at 3:08 am

    BEIJING - Behaviour by athletes that violates the Olympic spirit or Chinese rules could be subject to punishment, a Beijing 2022 official said, after rights groups voiced concern about the safety of competitors if they protest at next month's Games. Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states that "no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites", although it was relaxed last year to allow for gestures on the field if they are made without disruption and with respect for competitors. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear that athletes are free to express their opinions on any matter in press conferences and interviews within the Olympic bubble, as long as it is not during competition or medal ceremonies. Yang Shu, deputy director-general of Beijing 2022's International Relations Department, was asked during a virtual briefing on Wednesday (Jan 19) about concerns for athletes if they speak out about rights issues during the Winter Games, which begin on Feb 4. […]

  • 'I dare not order': China's 150 million online shoppers fear virus threat
    by Ji Siqi on January 20, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Fear and confusion are spreading among Chinese consumers and overseas suppliers that China's restrictions on international mail aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus will have a prolonged negative impact on the once-booming overseas online shopping business. Concerns about contracting Covid-19 from coronavirus traces carried on the contaminated surface of imported goods have long existed in China, but this escalated on Monday (Jan 17) as authorities in Beijing said the city's first patient diagnosed with the Omicron variant had received a letter from Canada earlier this month. This prompted a flood of posts expressing regret and confusion from consumers on various Chinese social media platforms, with many users having already been punished for placing overseas orders. "I just found my code had turned yellow, and I received a call saying I need to get tested three times in seven days to turn it back to green because I received an overseas package," one Guangdong-based Weibo user said on Tuesday. "That's the cigar I bought last month and it hasn't been delivered yet." […]

  • Hong Kong hamster cull: Top Covid-19 expert explains reasons behind ‘firm decision’ to protect public health
    by SCMP Reporter on January 20, 2022 at 2:18 am

    The Hong Kong government's decision to cull 2,000 hamsters to contain a possible hamster-to-human transmission of the coronavirus has sparked outrage among pet owners and animal rights groups, who question whether the measure is too drastic or necessary. Officials asked pet owners and shops to hand over 2,000 hamsters that had been imported in two batches since Dec 22 for tests and euthanisation on Tuesday (Jan 18), after 11 samples taken from hamsters in a Causeway Bay pet store came back positive. The shop's employee, a customer and her husband were confirmed to be infected. Dr Thomas Sit Hon-chung, assistant director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), said authorities had "no choice" but to make a "firm decision" to protect public and animal health. In a statement issued on Wednesday, leading microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung further explained the justifications for the cull: 1. The Covid-19 vaccines, including Sinovac, are effective against the Delta variant but not effective against Omicron. Thus if everyone, especially the elderly, is vaccinated, there is no need to cull all hamsters related to this outbreak. […]

  • Thousands in Hong Kong volunteer to adopt hamsters amid Covid-19 fears
    on January 20, 2022 at 1:43 am

    HONG KONG - Thousands of people in Hong Kong volunteered on Wednesday (Jan 19) to adopt unwanted hamsters after a mass cull order from the government over Covid-19 fears raised alarm that panicky owners would abandon their pets. Authorities ordered on Tuesday 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet shops and storage facilities to be culled after tracing a coronavirus outbreak to a worker in the Little Boss petshop, where 11 hamsters subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Scientists around the world and Hong Kong health and veterinary authorities have said there was no evidence that animals play a major role in human contagion with the coronavirus. But having pursued a policy of zero tolerance for Covid-19, Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Tuesday she could not rule out any transmission possibilities and therefore the government could take no chances. Soon after, health workers in hazmat suits were seen walking out of pet shops around the city carrying red plastic bags into their vans. Some 150 of the petshop's customers were sent into quarantine. […]

  • Lockdown romance: Chinese woman trapped in blind date’s house says they are engaged
    by Alice Yan on January 19, 2022 at 9:30 am

    A woman who was trapped for a month at the home of a blind date during a Covid-19 lockdown has announced the pair are getting engaged. The engagement plan was announced following a similar lockdown encounter of another woman, who shot to fame in China for her videos documenting her life stuck at a blind date’s house since the start of this month. Zhao Xiaoqing said on social media that she will become engaged to the man, Zhao Fei, during the upcoming Lunar New Year festival when the lockdown is lifted. She has been living at his home near Xianyang, Shaanxi province, central China, since mid-December, online news site reported. […]

  • Hong Kong kung fu master intends to run in leadership election
    on January 19, 2022 at 5:49 am

    HONG KONG - Hong Kong film producer and kung fu master Sin Kwok Lam said on Wednesday (Jan 19) he intended to run in the city's leadership race, a surprise move that comes as incumbent Chief Executive Carrie Lam has yet to confirm whether she will run for a second term. The 65-year-old is the first person to announce his candidacy ahead of the election on March 27. Lam, who has presided over some of Hong Kong's most tumultuous periods in history, is due to end her term in June. Willing candidates need the backing of a powerful "patriots-only" electoral body formed by 1,500 pro-Beijing people in Hong Kong. It was unclear whether Sin had such support. In a YouTube video, Sin said his Internet supporters convinced him to change his mind on not getting involved in politics. "Under the new election system, I believe every capable and reliable patriot can join the new chief executive election," Sin said. "I believe that I have the ability to win." With the election just weeks away, the absence of any news on candidates is unusual. […]

  • Mum saves baby by cushioning his fall with her leg in China
    on January 19, 2022 at 2:52 am

    You can put it down to a mother’s “spidey-sense”, but mums almost always can sense when their children are in trouble. Case in point was a woman at her home in Changchun city in the eastern Chinese province of Jilin. When her child, who appears to be a boy, climbs atop a table and falls backwards, she uses some nimble footwork to stick her right foot out and cushion her baby’s head before it hits the floor. The incident was captured on home surveillance footage. The woman, identified only as Ms Zuo, said she was having a fever and flu at the time, and that medication had made her sluggish. But that still wasn't enough to stop her motherly instincts from kicking in – all while taking a sip of water, no less. […]

  • Chinese teen tracks down parents who sold him at birth, only to be rejected again
    by Mandy Zuo on January 19, 2022 at 2:06 am

    A young man in China who was sold by his parents at birth tracked them down last month, only to be abandoned by them again. Liu Xuezhou, a 17-year-old college student in Hebei province, northern China, reunited with his birth parents a few weeks ago after he launched an online search, but was told they did not wish to maintain contact shortly after their reunion, the teenager said on social media. Liu was sold by his birth parents in 2005 to his adoptive parents via a middleman and was subsequently orphaned at age four when his new parents were killed in an accident. He said neither his birth father nor mother would accept him as they had divorced after selling him and each had a new family. Both the father, Ding Shuangquan, and the mother, who was not identified, have asked Liu to stay away as they believed his appearance disrupted their life, Liu said. Nor are they willing to give him financial support as he is almost an adult. […]

  • More than 11,000 people sign petition calling on Hong Kong to drop cull of hamsters over Covid-19 fears
    by Kathleen Magramo, Nadia Lam on January 19, 2022 at 1:52 am

    More than 11,000 people have signed a petition calling on authorities to stop a cull of hamsters launched after evidence emerged of the first possible animal-to-human transmission of Covid-19 in Hong Kong. The surprise announcement on Tuesday also left some residents scrambling to buy enough food for their animals after some pet shops closed early for deep cleaning, while an animal welfare group said it had been flooded with calls asking for information about getting rid of hamsters. Authorities asked pet shops and owners to hand over about 2,000 hamsters imported since Dec 22 for euthanisation and temporarily suspended imports of small animals as a measure to stop any possible animal-to-human transmission risk of Covid-19. […]

  • Hong Kong democracy activist Edward Leung released from prison
    on January 19, 2022 at 1:33 am

    HONG KONG - Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, 30, who first used one of the most popular protest chants of the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations and the first slogan to be declared illegal under a national security law, was released from prison on Wednesday (Jan 19). Leung first used Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times as a campaign slogan for a 2016 legislative election he was later banned from running in, due to his past advocacy for independence from China. Such advocacy is now a crime under the controversial security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 that carries a sentence of up to life in prison. The first person arrested under the law drove a motorcycle carrying a black flag with the slogan into several policemen. A court ruled last year the slogan was "capable of inciting secession" and convicted former waiter Tong Ying Kit, 24, for inciting secession and terrorism. About 160 others have since been arrested under the security law. Leung left Shek Pik Prison, a maximum security institution on Lantau Island, where the international airport is located, at about 3.00am. He did not speak to media. […]

  • Winter Olympics 2022: China sells Xinjiang as a winter sports hub
    on January 19, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Many foreign firms hoping to ride the Olympics boom are investing heavily in the troubled region. […]

  • Winter Olympics: Athletes advised to use burner phones in Beijing
    on January 18, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    A mandatory Covid monitoring app to be used by all Games attendees has security risks, analysts warn. […]

  • China's Xi Jinping defends 'common prosperity' crackdowns
    on January 18, 2022 at 5:19 am

    The Chinese leader made the comments during an address to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. […]

  • Hong Kong police charge two former aircrew over Covid rules
    on January 18, 2022 at 3:18 am

    If convicted, the two former flight attendants could face up to six months in prison. […]

  • Covid: Beijing city urges end to overseas deliveries over Omicron
    on January 17, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Health officials in the Chinese capital say a local woman may have been infected after opening a parcel. […]

  • Colombo Port City: A new Dubai or a Chinese enclave?
    on January 17, 2022 at 12:26 am

    China is helping Sri Lanka build a new city to rival global offshore centres. Who will it benefit? […]

  • China denies interfering in UK politics after MI5 alert
    on January 14, 2022 at 1:47 am

    China says it has no need to "buy influence" after MI5 said an agent of the country infiltrated Parliament. […]

  • KFC faces boycott in China over meal toy promotion
    on January 13, 2022 at 6:08 am

    KFC launched the promotion last week with Pop Mart, a Chinese toy maker known for its mystery boxes. […]

  • China and Taiwan: A really simple guide to a growing conflict
    on January 12, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Tension between China and Taiwan has risen and what happens next matters to us a […]

  • China: Doctor charged for treating fever patient
    on January 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

    The medic in Henan could face a prison term because there wasn't a fever clinic at their hospital. […]

  • Crisis-hit Sri Lanka asks China to restructure its debt
    on January 10, 2022 at 2:33 am

    The country has been experiencing a severe debt and foreign exchange crisis in recent months. […]

  • Covid pandemic: Chinese city tests 14m people after cluster
    on January 9, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    As China pursues a zero-Covid policy, Tianjin aims to test all its residents within 48 hours. […]

  • Hong Kong quarantines all 100 guests of scandal-hit birthday party
    on January 7, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Hong Kong's immigration chief and home affairs secretary are among those who have been quarantined. […]

  • Lithuania: The European state that dared to defy China then wobbled
    on January 7, 2022 at 12:10 am

    It stood up to China over Taiwan, but this week Lithuania's president said it made a mistake. […]

  • Xi'an: The messy cost of China's Covid lockdown playbook
    on January 6, 2022 at 5:10 am

    With stories of starvation and deaths, has anything been learnt from two years of strict measures? […]

  • China: Is it burdening poor countries with unsustainable debt?
    on January 6, 2022 at 1:17 am

    China has become a big lender to poorer countries, and there's been criticism of its approach. […]

  • China: Why some think 'small eyes' are not beautiful
    on January 3, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Brands featuring Chinese models with narrow eyes in advertisements have been accused of racism. […]

  • A green ‘Shangri-La’ in the heart of the city
    on January 2, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    THE Shanghai Expo Culture Park officially opened to the public on Saturday. The 2-square-kilometer park, in the heart of Pudong’s waterfront, has been dubbed “Shangri-La” in the midst of the city’s urban […]

  • Why Chinese stand-up comedians are turning to English
    on December 31, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Alex Shi says her comedy comes from her Chinese heritage but she feels more comfortable performing in a foreign language. […]

  • Xi’an delivers free groceries for residents amid strict lockdown
    on December 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Authorities in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, have started delivering free groceries to residents amid a lockdown due to the latest COVID-19 resurgence. […]

  • Hit animation flick bolsters intangible lion dance heritage
    on December 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Chinese animation comedy “I Am What I Am” has caused a sensation by bringing lion dance to the big screen and injecting new vigor into this intangible cultural heritage. […]

  • WHO chief warns of COVID ‘tsunami’
    on December 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    A COVID “tsunami” threatens to overwhelm healthcare systems, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as record surges fuelled by the Omicron variant dampened New Year celebrations around the world […]

  • Hong Kong: The last day of the Stand News pro-democracy website
    on December 30, 2021 at 1:19 am

    From raids and arrests to the announcement of its closure, this is how its last day unfolded. […]

  • Cultural sectors boom
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    China’s cultural and related sectors saw solid growth in 2020 despite COVID-19 shocks, official data showed. […]

  • 6 arrested for seditious publications in HK
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Hong Kong national security police raided the office of online media outlet Stand News yesterday and arrested six people for “seditious publications” offenses. […]

  • No change on Taiwan issue
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A Chinese mainland spokesperson reiterated the central government’s strong stance on the Taiwan question for the upcoming year. […]

  • White paper on export controls released
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    China issued its first white paper on export controls yesterday to provide a full picture of related policies and help the international community better understand its position. […]

  • 152 new cases in China
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 152 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said yesterday. […]

  • Chang’e-4 shows lunar water from meteorite
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A CHINESE research team used data sent home by the Chang’e-4 probe to determine that a meteorite hit the moon about 1 million years ago, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. […]

  • Ex-Jiangsu official faces graft counts
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Wang Like, a former senior Party official in east China’s Jiangsu Province, has been indicted on charges of taking and offering bribes, harboring and conniving with mafia-like organizations, and forging […]

  • 5 overseas movies vie for awards
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday in the city of Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, with foreign films joining the race for China’s top film awards […]

  • Spring Festival rush
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The number of passenger trips during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush will rise sharply from this year. […]

  • Tibet weather alert
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region yesterday issued a red alert, the highest in the four-tier warning system, for snowstorms in some of its southern parts. […]

  • Ancient ice-fishing lake gets a new life
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    about 5am, Ma Wenyan pulled on a thick cotton-padded jacket before he rushed to Chagan Lake, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes, with the temperature at a bone-chilling minus 30 degrees Celsius. […]

  • Pressure mounts as infections rise
    on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA is facing increasing pressure to prevent inbound COVID-19 infections as the new Omicron variant has become widely prevalent in some countries, a Chinese health official said yesterday. Mi Feng, […]

  • 6 die in mine mishap
    on December 28, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Six people have been confirmed dead in an abandoned mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, local authorities said on Monday. […]

  • Satellite data received
    on December 28, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    The China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station has successfully received the first data from the newly launched resource satellite ZY-1 02E, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said on Monday. […]

  • Crime crackdown
    on December 28, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Most of the at-large suspects targeted in China’s special crackdown on organized crime have been captured, official sources said on Monday. […]

  • Rare ancient tomb gets another life
    on December 28, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    An ancient tomb with rare murals dating back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) has been restored in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to the Taiyuan Northern Qi Dynasty Mural Museum. […]