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Hong Kong: China threatens retaliation against UK for offer to Hongkongers

Hong Kong: China threatens retaliation against UK for offer to Hongkongers

has said it will take countermeasures against the UK should it grant residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law, promising that the UK would “bear all consequences”.On Thursday, senior Chinese officials said the UK had no right to give residency to Hongkongers in response to Beijing forcing a sweeping anti-sedition law on the territory.“China strongly condemns this and reserves the right to take further measures. The British side will bear all the consequences,” the foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.Zhao’s comments...

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China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law

China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law

Critics say the measure, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy in Beijing and in Hong KongMon 29 Jun 2020 23.00 EDTBeijing has passed a sweeping for Hong Kong that critics fear will crush political freedoms and pave the way for China to cement its control over the semi-autonomous territory.Less than 40 days after Chinese lawmakers first proposed imposing an anti-sedition law on Hong Kong, the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, on Tuesday approved the measure, according officials and multiple...

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Satellite images show Chinese construction near site of India border clash

Satellite images show Chinese construction near site of India border clash

Images of potential new camp in disputed territory raise fears of further conflict in Beijing and agenciesThu 25 Jun 2020 18.53 EDTChina has added new structures near the site of a deadly border clash with India, according to satellite imagery, raising the possibility of further conflict even as the two sides have pledged to disengage.Images taken on Monday by the US-based Maxar Technologies show what appear to be Chinese structures on a terrace overlooking the Galwan River, close to where Indian and Chinese military engaged in hand-to-hand combat for hours last week, resulting in the...

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China withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings reveal

China withheld data on coronavirus from WHO, recordings reveal

The struggled to get needed information from China during critical early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to recordings of internal meetings that contradict the organisation’s public praise of Beijing’s response to the outbreak.The recordings, (AP), show officials complaining in meetings during the week of 6 January that Beijing was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk of the virus to the rest of the world. It was not until 20 January that China confirmed and 30 January that the WHO declared a global emergency.“We’re going on very minimal information,” said Maria Van...

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Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law

Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law

China’s legislature has approved for Hong Kong, dealing what critics have called a “killer blow” to the city’s autonomy and freedoms.Delegates of China’s National People’s Congress broke out into applause in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People after voting through a draft decision that paves the way for sweeping anti-sedition laws to be directly enacted in .The legislation, aimed at stamping out protests that have racked the city for the past year, would ban “any acts or activities” that endanger China’s national security, including separatism, subversion and terrorism – charges often used...

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Global report: Wuhan lab says its bat strains were not Covid-19 as US nears 100,000 deaths

Global report: Wuhan lab says its bat strains were not Covid-19 as US nears 100,000 deaths

The virology lab in Wuhan, the city at the heart of the outbreak, was working on three live strains of bat coronavirus, but none of them match the one that has caused the Covid-19 pandemic, its director has said.Wang Yanyi, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, that the closest genetic match to the virus spreading around the world was only 79.8%, adding that claims made by US president Donald Trump and others that the virus could have leaked from the facility were “pure fabrication”.She said: “Our institute first received the clinical sample of the unknown pneumonia on December...

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Beijing to impose Hong Kong security laws 'without delay'

Beijing to impose Hong Kong security laws 'without delay'

Beijing has vowed to force controversial national security laws on Hong Kong “without the slightest delay” as police in the semi-autonomous territory at protesters demonstrating against the unprecedented decision.Speaking in Beijing, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said enacting the proposed anti-sedition law to stop anti-government protests that have persisted for the past year had become a “pressing obligation”.“We must get it done without the slightest delay,” he said.Wang said a legislative process to write the details of the law would begin after a proposed decision is approved next...

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Wuhan celebrates its ‘liberation’ as Covid-19 lockdown ends

Wuhan celebrates its ‘liberation’ as Covid-19 lockdown ends

Last week the city of Wuhan celebrated the end of its nearly three-month lockdown. Flower beds and trees were planted in parks across from hospitals previously overwhelmed with panicked and sick patients. The streets have been scrubbed clean.Before midnight last Wednesday, when restrictions barring people from leaving the city were officially lifted, state news outlets sent drones into the sky to film lit-up buildings and bridges. Cars lined up at motorway tollbooths, waiting to leave. Drivers described feeling finally “liberated”. Several housing developments had flags declaring them...

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'American coronavirus': China pushes propaganda casting doubt on virus origin

'American coronavirus': China pushes propaganda casting doubt on virus origin

One of the most popular topics on the Chinese microblog Weibo on Thursday was a one-minute clip of a US congressional hearing this week on how the country was .In the video posted by the People’s Daily, Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is asked whether there may have been deaths attributed to influenza that could actually have been the result of Covid-19. Redfield responds in the affirmative: “Some cases have been actually diagnosed that way in the United States today.”Redfield’s vague answer was enough to add fuel to a conspiracy theory that...

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US-China media row deepens as Beijing hints at revenge over curbs on state media

US-China media row deepens as Beijing hints at revenge over curbs on state media

has hinted at retaliation against the US for its decision to slash the number of Chinese state media staff allowed in the country, escalating a diplomatic feud over the treatment of journalists in both nations.State news agency Xinhua issued a statement on Wednesday protesting Washington’s announcement this week that it would cap the number of US-based Chinese nationals working for five state-owned media outlets. The move came after China .“It is our hope that this action will spur Beijing to adopt a more fair and reciprocal approach to US and other foreign press in China,” US secretary of...

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