Thursday, October 6, 2022

Asia Pacific

Athlete surveillance warnings cloud China’s Winter Olympics

By Laurie Chen and AFP reporters A growing number of Western nations and cybersecurity groups have issued digital surveillance warnings for next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing, with some advising foreign athletes to leave personal phones and laptops at home. China...

Beauty is only skin deep in China ‘micro-procedure’ craze

By Vivian LIN Midday queues snake out to the street in an upmarket Shanghai neighbourhood, but it's not lunch at the city's hottest restaurant that people are lining up for -- it's cosmetic "micro-procedures", which are surging in popularity in...

China is not trapping Africa in debt: foreign minister

By Hillary ORINDE China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday rejected suggestions that Beijing was luring African countries into debt traps by offering them massive loans, dismissing the idea as a "narrative" pushed by opponents to poverty reduction.Wang, speaking ahead...

Hong Kong media outlet closes after police raid, arrests

By Holmes CHAN Hong Kong pro-democracy media outlet Stand News said Wednesday it will close after a police raid and arrests of seven current and former staff members, in the latest blow to the city's rapidly shrinking press freedoms. Suppression of...

Hong Kong retailers forge new path without mainland Chinese tourists

By Holmes CHAN Three years of democracy protests followed by a pandemic have devastated Hong Kong retailers who had grown used to relying on cash from mainland Chinese tourists. In a city that once boasted some of the world's highest retail...

China mulls bill to tackle workplace discrimination against women

Chinese lawmakers are discussing new rules to prevent workplace discrimination and sexual harassment against women amid a string of high-profile cases in recent months. A draft bill published Friday includes a ban on employers stating gender preferences on job ads...

Hong Kong students, alumni mourn loss of campus Tiananmen statues

Hong Kong university students and graduates on Friday paid solemn tribute to two campus statues marking Beijing's 1989 suppression of Tiananmen Square democracy protesters, which were removed overnight as authorities steadily erase all remaining tributes to the historical event. The removals...

Xi hails ‘successful’ Hong Kong vote in meeting with Carrie Lam

Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly endorsed Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday, saying the former British colony had transformed "from chaos to order" since a controversial security law was imposed last year, the city's media reported. China has overseen...

G7 condemns ‘erosion’ of democracy in Hong Kong polls

World powers on Monday condemned Hong's Kong tightly vetted legislature vote, saying rules imposed by Beijing that reduced directly elected seats and controlled who could stand had eroded democracy in the Chinese territory. China has overseen a sweeping crackdown in Hong...

Half a million quarantined as China export hub faces outbreak

China's economically important Zhejiang province wrestled on Tuesday with a Covid outbreak that has left half a million people quarantined and some districts under business shutdown. Zhejiang, a major industrial and export hub on the country's east coast, reported 44...
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