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  • Video of 'heartless' person in China dumping puppy in heavy traffic prompts search for culprit
    by Yingjie Wang on July 7, 2022 at 7:23 am

    A video of a person abandoning a puppy in the middle of a busy road has gone viral in mainland China, sparking a heated debate about animal abuse and triggering a police search for the culprit. In the video, taken by a dash cam of another car, posted on June 29, a driver opens a car door and drops a white puppy in the middle of traffic while idling between other cars on the road in Guangdong province, southern China. The face of the pet owner cannot be seen in the clip. The abandoned dog then jumps up and scratches the car door trying to get back into the vehicle through a window. After a few attempts, it is seen looking around in distress while trying to cross the road in the middle of busy traffic, with a heavy-duty truck following closely behind. The person drives away with the puppy standing near the car. […]

  • Wang Yi's Myanmar trip could derail Asean's peace plan by 'emboldening' junta
    by Maria Siow on July 7, 2022 at 6:25 am

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's trip to Myanmar this week has received mixed reactions by analysts, with some welcoming China's willingness to keep dialogue channels open and others saying it had undermined Asean's efforts to help resolve the country's crisis. The trip made Wang, who was attending the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation in Bagan, the highest-ranking Beijing official to visit Myanmar since its military seized power in a coup last February, ousting Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically-elected government. During the foreign ministers' meeting at the regional forum, Wang proposed plans across agriculture, water resources, digital economy, aerospace, education, and public health. He also pledged China's commitment to provide additional Covid-19 vaccines to Lancang-Mekong countries and strengthen relations in researching and developing Covid-19 drugs. While China needed to protect its economic interests in Myanmar, analysts said Wang's visit, which coincided with growing armed resistance against the junta, could threaten those interests. […]

  • Hong Kong suspends flight bans as it eases Covid-19 rules
    on July 7, 2022 at 5:43 am

    HONG KONG - Hong Kong has suspended a rule that banned individual flights for bringing in passengers infected with the Covid-19 virus, as it caused "unnecessary trouble" and inconvenience to residents of the global financial hub, the government said on Thursday (July 7) The city has banned more than 100 flights this year. The bans were a major frustration for businesses and residents used to easy and efficient travel from the former British colony. Its removal paves the way for many residents to return home, with scores stranded overseas due to the flight bans. "The social cost caused by the 'circuit breaker mechanism' is quite large, and it also brings unnecessary trouble to these international students and their families," the government said in a statement. Previously, airlines would be banned for five days if they brought in more than five people infected with the coronavirus. Earlier this year flights were banned for up to two weeks, making it difficult for airlines to operate. All arrivals are still required to quarantine for at least one week in a hotel. […]

  • Macau shuts popular shopping mall in race to contain Covid-19 outbreak
    on July 7, 2022 at 2:50 am

    HONG KONG - Macau shut down a popular shopping mall adjacent to MGM China's casino resort on the city's main peninsula after several Covid-19 infections were found, as authorities raced to the biggest outbreak yet in the world's biggest gambling hub. One Central shopping mall will be shut for one week, while more than a dozen other zones or buildings, have also been ordered to close, authorities said. Macau locked down one of the city's most famous hotels, the Grand Lisboa, on Tuesday (June 5), with more 500 people inside. Macau has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases since mid-June with more than 14,000 people in mandatory quarantine. The territory had largely been Covid-free since an outbreak in October 2021. A shopping mall inside the Four Seasons hotel owned by Las Vegas Sands Macau unit Sands China was also requested to shut this week after several cases were found. The measures come as the government has stopped short of imposing a full lockdown, seen in Chinese cities such as Shanghai. However, the city is effectively closed with most facilities shut and restaurants only providing takeaway. […]

  • Covid-19 and bust: China's private health system hurt by tough Covid-19 controls
    on July 7, 2022 at 2:43 am

    SHANGHAI — On March 24, a court in the central Chinese city of Fuyang announced that a $1.5 billion (S$2.1 billion)  hospital built just four years earlier had filed for bankruptcy because it was unable to pay its debts. For most of the last two years, the Fuyang Minsheng Hospital had been fully involved in mass Covid-19 vaccination and testing programmes in the city, training almost 100 staff to perform throat swabs and setting up mobile vaccination facilities to go to schools and workplaces, at the order of city officials. The diversion of resources into what China calls its zero-Covid approach to contain and eliminate the virus forced the hospital to suspend many services it relied upon for revenue, sealing its financial failure. A civil ruling from the Fuyang court handling Minsheng's application for bankruptcy restructuring said the hospital's "funding difficulties" were brought about by the "impact of the epidemic" as well as its failure to secure a bank loan. […]

  • Firefighter stages daring rescue of woman trapped in submerged car in China floods
    on July 7, 2022 at 2:24 am

    BEIJING — In China's rain-lashed province of Henan, a firefighter inched along a taut rope fixed over a swollen river, his life jacket grazing the fast-moving currents below, to reach a woman in a car that had plunged headlong into the raging, brown torrents. The woman and a male companion were driving on an already submerged bridge on Tuesday (July 5) when their car was swept into the river. The man then swam to safety, but the woman was too petrified to save herself, local media reported. The firefighter, on reaching the half-submerged vehicle, attached a harness onto the woman and coaxed her to get onto the rope, which had been rigged on both sides of the river for the rescue, according to footage aired on state television on Wednesday. Hanging on for her life, she began the perilous crossing — her face to the grey sky and her back to the swirling eddies. With her feet hooked to the rope and her hands pulling at the line, the woman soon made her way back to other rescuers waiting on one side of the river. […]

  • This Chinese ice cream won't melt, even in fire - so what on Earth is in it?
    by Alice Yan on July 7, 2022 at 2:19 am

    A luxury Chinese ice-cream brand is at the centre of controversy after revelations that its products do not melt in hot temperatures or when exposed to fire prompting questions about what is in its products. Earlier this week, a viral short video clip showed an internet user testing a Zhong Xue Gao brand ice cream by burning part of it with a lighter and showing that it does not melt, China News Service reported. In the video, smoke soon appeared after the ice cream touched the fire, and the scent of burnt food could be smelled, according to the report. The ice cream was exposed to room temperatures of 31 degrees. PHOTO: BaiduThe footage was released after another social media post claimed that the brand’s bay salt coconut flavour ice cream did not melt at a temperature of 31 degrees after more than 50 minutes. […]

  • Beijing city mandates Covid-19 vaccinations, relaxes curbs on domestic travellers
    on July 7, 2022 at 1:40 am

    BEIJING - China's capital on Wednesday (July 6) mandated Covid-19 vaccinations for most people to enter crowded venues such as libraries, cinemas and gyms, the first such move by Beijing which is coupled with a slight easing of domestic travel curbs. From July 11, people wanting to enter certain public would need to be vaccinated unless they have issues that render them unsuitable for shots, a city official told a news briefing. Restaurants and public transportation are exempt from the rule. China as a whole has already required higher-risk employees, such as those working in the public transport sector and cold-chain industry, to be vaccinated, though refrained from blanket mandates on the general public and stressed vaccination is voluntary. Beijing city had fully inoculated 97.7 per cent of its adult population as of last September. It is now urging residents to get booster shots and trying to persuade the elderly, a group with lower vaccination rates than younger adults, to be jabbed. As of April 17, 80.6 per cent of those aged 60 and above in Beijing had received their first dose. […]

  • China: MI5 and FBI heads warn of ‘immense’ threat
    on July 6, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    The UK and US security service heads make an unprecedented joint appearance to warn about China. […]

  • Modern-day hermit in China discovered living alone reading books in remote cave a social media hit
    by Yingjie Wang on July 6, 2022 at 10:20 am

    A reclusive middle-aged man who appears to have abandoned his former life to live in a cave and study has become a social media sensation in China. On July 2, a man, surnamed Liu, recorded a video of another man in a tattered shirt sitting in a cave, smoking and reading a book while taking notes with his spare hand in Neijiang, Sichuan province, in southwestern China. Liu was visiting friends in the region and they went for a walk to see the caves in the nearby mountains, where they found this middle-aged man sitting in one of the caves. "When we were standing nearby talking, we didn't realise there was a person in the cave," Liu explained. "However, not long after, I noticed someone sitting there and found the man taking notes while reading a book. He looked about 40 years old." Liu said that the man, who seemed to be afraid of being disturbed, didn't respond to the group's presence. Many basic living necessities, such as quilts, buckets, pots, and bowls, are seen lying on the ground in the video. There are also a lot of cigarette butts around the cave. "The living conditions were bad," Liu said. […]

  • China suspends officials for 'ignoring' alleged baby abduction
    on July 6, 2022 at 9:12 am

    The case of a baby who was allegedly abducted from his parents by local officials has sparked outrage. […]

  • Men save girl from sea in China, son cares for sick mum full-time, fireman acts as paramedic
    by Alice Yan on July 6, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Three men in China jumped into the sea in southeastern Fujian province one by one to save a four-year-old girl who had been swept away from the shore by big waves. After the first man swam towards the girl and held her up while trying to swim back to the beach, they were separated by the waves which were several metres high, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The second man also couldn't help the girl back to the shore due to the power of the waves. The third man supported the second man before swimming and pulling the girl back to safety on the beach. The three men and the girl were uninjured in the incident. The Chinese public has hailed the three men as heroes. The first man is a local police officer, the second one's identity is not clear as he left the site once the girl was rescued, while the third man is a retired People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier. Man gives up time to care for 100-year-old mum A short video clip of a 52-year-old man holding his 100-year-old mother in his arms while staying in hospital and comforting her has touched the hearts of internet users in China. […]

  • Xiao Jianhua: Canadian officials barred from tycoon's China trial
    on July 5, 2022 at 9:01 am

    The trial is taking place five years after Xiao Jianhua vanished from a Hong Kong luxury hotel. […]

  • Chinese property developers accept farm produce for homes
    on July 5, 2022 at 6:10 am

    China's once-booming property market has been hit hard by the country's zero-Covid policies. […]

  • MPs call for UK ban on two Chinese CCTV firms
    on July 3, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Sixty-seven MPs and Lords have said Hikvision and Dahua surveillance equipment should be banned. […]

  • Taiwan: China attack not imminent, but US watching closely, says Gen Milley
    on July 3, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Top US general Mark Milley says China clearly is developing the capability to be able to attack Taiwan. […]

  • Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China's rule at handover anniversary
    on July 1, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Despite criticism, China's leader says the "one country two systems" model works and must continue. […]

  • John Lee: Who is Hong Kong's new hardline pro-Beijing leader?
    on July 1, 2022 at 7:09 am

    The ex-security chief was essentially handpicked by Beijing and is set to prioritise law enforcement. […]

  • Hong Kong handover: What will the next 25 years hold?
    on July 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Doubt hangs over the future of one of Asia's most vibrant cities as it reaches a crucial halfway mark. […]

  • Hong Kong handover: Am I Chinese or a Hongkonger?
    on June 29, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Two Hongkongers born in 1997, the year the city returned to China, tell us how they view identity. […]

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