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Donald Trump paid nearly $200,000 in taxes to China, report claims

Donald Trump paid nearly $200,000 in taxes to China, report claims

New York Times says records reveal company bank account in China, and documents show he paid more tax there than at home in BeijingWed 21 Oct 2020 01.47 EDTLast modified on Wed 21 Oct 2020 02.04 EDTDonald Trump maintains a bank account in China where he pursued licensing deals for years, according to a report that could undermine the president’s election campaign claim that he is tough on Beijing.Tax records showed a previously unreported bank account in China controlled by Trump International Hotels Management. The account paid $188,561 in taxes in China between 2013 and 2015 in connection...

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Chinese detention 'leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents'

Chinese detention 'leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents'

Thousands of Uighur children appear to have been left without parents as their mothers or fathers were forced into Chinese internment camps, prison and other detention facilities, according to evidence from government documents in .Records compiled by officials in southern Xinjiang and Adrian Zenz indicate that in 2018 more than 9,500 mostly Uighur children in Yarkand county were classified either as experiencing “single hardship” or “double hardship” depending on if one or both parents were detained.The files, part of a cache of documents downloaded in the summer of 2019 from online...

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China's Xi Jinping facing widespread opposition in his own party, insider claims

China's Xi Jinping facing widespread opposition in his own party, insider claims

A former professor at China’s elite Central Party School has issued an unprecedented rebuke of the Chinese leader, , accusing him of “killing a country” and claiming that many more want out of the ruling Chinese Communist party.Cai Xia, a prominent professor who taught at the school for top officials, was expelled from the party on Monday after an of remarks she made that were critical of Xi was leaked online in June. The school said in a notice that Cai, a professor at the party school since 1992, had made comments that “damaged the country’s reputation” and were full of “serious political...

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'China is powerful now': Beijing's aggressive global stance sparks wave of nationalism

'China is powerful now': Beijing's aggressive global stance sparks wave of nationalism

As China comes under attack abroad, nationalist sentiment at home is being stoked – at the expense of other voices in BeijingFri 31 Jul 2020 00.29 EDTIn another video, widely circulated on Chinese social media, a CNN reporter attempting to broadcast is drowned out by a group belting out a patriotic Chinese song. The crowd sings cheerfully, if discordantly: “Praising our beloved motherland as it goes towards prosperity and power.”Residents noted how different the scene was to one in 1999, when thousands of Chinese protesters descended on the US embassy in Beijing, after the US bombed the...

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China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and UK

China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and UK

China has suspended ’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia, and the UK, in a tit-for-tat move after similar decisions by those countries over its controversial new security law.On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs said was suspending criminal assistance agreements, including extradition, accusing those countries of “politicising judicial cooperation”. Canada, Australia and the UK cancelled extradition agreements with the semi-autonomous territory after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law that critics fear will be used against government critics.“China has...

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Flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu as China takes control

Flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu as China takes control

Troops posted outside building as Chinese authorities take over diplomatic mission in BeijingMon 27 Jul 2020 03.34 EDTChinese authorities have taken over the US consulate general in Chengdu, marking the diplomatic mission’s official closure and a new low point in ties between the world’s largest economies.At dawn on Monday, the American flag outside the consulate was lowered while police held back crowds that had gathered over the weekend to watch. At 10am, the mission was closed, according to China’s foreign ministry.Chinese soldiers goose-stepped in front of the consulate while teams of...

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US considers travel ban on millions of China Communist party members – report

US considers travel ban on millions of China Communist party members – report

The US is reportedly considering imposing travel restrictions on Chinese Communist party members amid a deepening row, with president saying further sanctions were possible and Beijing vowing retaliation.A draft presidential proclamation would as well as their families, according to the New York Times, citing four people familiar with the proposed US travel ban that could apply to as many as 92 million party members.According to the newspaper, the ban would be similar to the 2017 travel ban on Muslim-majority countries in giving the president the ability to prevent foreign nationals deemed...

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Chinese media calls for 'pain' over UK Huawei ban as Trump claims credit

Chinese media calls for 'pain' over UK Huawei ban as Trump claims credit

Global Times mouthpiece says Beijing must respond or be seen as ‘easy to bully’ in BeijingWed 15 Jul 2020 04.12 EDTChinese state media has foreshadowed “public and painful” retaliation against the UK over its ban of Huawei from the country’s 5G networks, as Donald Trump appeared to take credit for the decision.Following Britain’s announcement that , the state-run Global Times said in an editorial that China could not “remain passive”.“It is necessary for China to retaliate against the UK, otherwise would we not be seen as easy to bully. Such retaliation should be public and painful for the...

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China's Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users

China's Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users

At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s internet, appeared to descend on .as part of a contentious , the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech and force internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms.Many residents, already anxious since the law took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the last year of protests. Charles Mok, a pro-democracy lawmaker who represents the technology sector, : “We are already behind the de...

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Exiled Uighurs call on ICC to investigate Chinese 'genocide' in Xinjiang

Exiled Uighurs call on ICC to investigate Chinese 'genocide' in Xinjiang

A group of in exile has submitted evidence to the international criminal court, calling for an investigation into senior Chinese officials, including Xi Jinping, for genocide and crimes against humanity.The submission made on Monday by lawyers based in London on behalf of two activists groups marks the first time advocates have attempted to use international law against China over allegations of widespread human rights violations in Xinjiang, the far north-western territory of China where .Read moreThe filing, submitted on behalf of the “east Turkistan government in exile and the East...

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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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