Hong Kong China

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:28:13 +0800
Hotel worker in Shenzhen infected with Covid-19
A hotel worker in Shenzhen has tested positive for Covid-19. She was among 55 new locally transmitted infections confirmed by mainland authorities on Tuesday, down from 127 a day earlier. Authorities in Shenzhen said the patient is a cleaner in a h...

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 21:24:12 +0800
Xi warns against confrontation at Davos forum
President Xi Jinping warned on Monday that confrontation between major powers could have "catastrophic consequences" in a speech to world leaders at an all-virtual Davos forum. For the second year in a row the face-to-face gathering of political and...

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:43:21 +0800
China's birth rate falls to record low
China's birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, data showed on Monday, extending a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing couples to have up to three children. Beijing scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, repla...

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 14:53:29 +0800
CNY travel season starts amid high Covid alerts
The National Health Commission on Monday reported 223 new confirmed Covid-19 cases for January 16, up from 119 a day earlier. Of the new infections, 163 were locally transmitted, according to the mainland's health authorities, up from 65 a day earli...

Mon, 17 Jan 2022 09:57:25 +0800
PBOC cuts borrowing costs on medium term loans
China's central bank on Monday cut the borrowing costs of its medium-term loans for the first time since April 2020, defying market expectations, to cushion any economic slowdown. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) said it was lowering the interest r...

Hong Kong Local

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:05:59 +0800
Lawmakers approve new powers to hold meetings online
Lawmakers on Wednesday passed two resolutions that gave them new powers to conduct high-level meetings online during the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the new rules, legislators can hold virtual council meetings, as well as remote meetings for the Finan...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:48:47 +0800
Joshua Wong's sentence reduced over June 4 case
The former secretary general of the now-disbanded Demosisto party, Joshua Wong, has had his jail sentence reduced by two months over his participation in a banned June 4 vigil in 2020. Wong applied for leave to appeal against his sentence after rece...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:13:55 +0800
Situation at Penny's Bay has improved: Sophia Chan
Health Secretary Sophia Chan said the operation of the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre has improved after authorities enhanced measures there in light of recent complaints. People who'd undergone isolation at the quarantine facility reported various p...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:05:02 +0800
Amid fears of transmission, owners surrender hamsters
Pet owners began handing over their hamsters to the authorities on Wednesday, heeding calls by the government after a Covid-19 outbreak at a pet shop. The authorities have urged the public to submit hamsters bought since December 22 for humane dispo...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:24:55 +0800
Edward Leung released from jail
A former spokesman for the now-defunct group Hong Kong Indigenous, Edward Leung, was released from jail in the early morning hours of Wednesday, having completed his sentence for his role in the 2016 Mong Kok riot. It’s understood that the Correct...

South China Morning Post

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:40:11 +0800
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong wins appeal to reduce jail sentence by 2 months over role in banned Tiananmen vigil
Imprisoned Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung has won an appeal to reduce his 10-month jail term by one-fifth for his role in a banned Tiananmen Square vigil two years ago.The Court of Appeal on Wednesday also ordered that two months ...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:30:18 +0800, Canadian internet retailer Shopify team up on cross-border e-commerce expansion amid China online sales slowdown, China’s second-largest e-commerce services provider, has teamed up with Canadian internet retail giant Shopify to expand their cross-border operations, as online consumer spending on physical goods slowed in the world’s most populous econ...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:01:51 +0800
Japan, France to hold ‘2 plus 2’ security talks amid concerns over China’s growing Indo-Pacific influence
Japan and France are expected to discuss a defence cooperation agreement amid shared concerns about China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific, when their foreign and defence ministers hold a “2 plus 2” virtual meeting on Thursday.Kyodo News...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:59:12 +0800
Russia reveals it is discussing a joint naval exercise with Iran and China
China, Russia and Iran are planning a joint naval exercise, Russia’s Pacific Fleet has said, amid speculation that the three countries are teaming up in the face of pressure from the US.The Pacific Fleet said that a naval group including a missile ...

Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:55:45 +0800
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific to face further legal action if there is ‘sufficient evidence’ it exploited quarantine exemption rules
The Hong Kong government has threatened to take further legal action against Cathay Pacific and its staff if sufficient evidence arose in its current investigation into whether the airline abused a quarantine exemption policy by allowing aircrew to r...

Xinhua China News

China Focus: Beijing firms bring tech to Belt and Road countries
"Borrow a boat to sail in the sea -- we will find more ways to use the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative," he said.

Xi, Trump discuss ties, Korean Peninsula situation over phone
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Monday discussed bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula on phone, pledging close contact by various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common con...

Feature: A Thai student dreams of selling rice to China
Agricultural products have been exempted duty by the FTA , but most Thai rice sold in China ' s supermarkets is imported through regular channels , without taking advantage of the FTA , she said .

Hebei promises dedication in building Xiongan New Area
Public services including employment , education , healthcare and social security will be improved in the area , he said .

Xi, Trump pledge to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, pledged on Friday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and to manage their differences based on mutual respect.

Xinhua World News

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers after protest against Pence visit
Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes after a protest against the visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on Jan. 23, 2018.

U.S. failure to appoint Australian ambassador "diplomatic insult": former deputy PM
Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer has accused the U.S. of hitting Australia with a "diplomatic insult."

Speaker of Hungarian Parliament addresses in Budapest
Laszlo Kover (1st L), Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, speaks at a conference of the parliament speakers of the Western Balkans in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 27, 2017.

Typhoon Lan lashes central Japan, killing 2 and disrupting transport systems
Two people were killed and transportation systems and businesses severely disrupted as Typhoon Lan lashed central Japan's Pacific coast after making landfall early Monday.

Spotlight: U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO triggers calls for multilateralism
The U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, has triggered worldwide calls for supporting multilateralism amid world challenges.