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Why Beijing may want to keep Trump in the White House Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

BEIJING, (AFP):- Donald Trump has frustrated and enraged China during a tumultuous first term, but Beijing may welcome his re-election as it scans the horizon for the decline of its superpower rival. Relations are as icy as at any time since formal ties were established four decades ago, with..

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Taiwanese, Chinese staffers injured after clash in Fiji Monday, October 19th, 2020

By HUIZHONG WU, TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP):- China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each..

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Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar Sunday, October 18th, 2020

By ZEN SOO and ALICE FUNG, HONG KONG (AP):- Nearly 15 years ago, Grace Ma decided to name her bar Club 71, in commemoration of a July 1, 2003, rally where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers protested a proposed national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “I took the name Club..

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China’s economy to pick up pace in Q3: AFP poll Saturday, October 17th, 2020

BEIJING, (AFP):- China's economic recovery gathered pace in the third quarter, according to an AFP poll of analysts, with consumer spending gradually picking up as coronavirus fears eased, helping a wider rebound spurred by investment and exports. Growth in July-September is expected to come in at..

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Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble Thursday, October 15th, 2020

HONG KONG:- Hong Kong and Singapore say they have agreed to a bilateral air travel bubble, re-establishing travel links as coronavirus infections in both cities decline. Under the air travel bubble, travelers from Hong Kong and Singapore will not be restricted on their travel purposes, Hong Kong..

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China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

BEIJING, (AP):- China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus found among the almost 2 million sets of results received. The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new..

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China city says it’s tested 3 million for virus

BEIJING (AP):- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. The city’s health department said no new..

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China to test 9 million after fresh outbreak

BEIJING (AP):- Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found, the government announced Monday. The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions within..

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China backs Iran nuclear deal, calls for new MidEast forum Sunday, October 11th, 2020

BEIJING, (AFP):- China's foreign minister Wang Yi has called for a new forum to defuse tensions in the Middle East after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart where he reiterated Beijing's support for Tehran. Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with..

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Hong Kong police arrest nine more activists Saturday, October 10th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP):- Hong Kong police have arrested nine people they say are suspected of helping 12 activists who fled the city in August, heading for Taiwan, only to be intercepted by Chinese authorities and held on the mainland. The dozen, accused of crimes tied to anti-government protests in..

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China joins COVAX coronavirus vaccine alliance Friday, October 9th, 2020

By HUIZHONG WU, TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP):- China, which has at least four coronavirus vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, said Friday it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. The country signed an agreement with Gavi, the co-leader of the alliance, on Thursday,..

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Hong Kong performers long for the stage as pandemic drags on Thursday, October 8th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP):- Hong Kong's performing arts community has been brutally hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which has left theatres empty and stage lights cold -- and there is little hope on the horizon even as entertainment venues begin to reopen. The same pain felt by performers in Broadway and..

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Negative views of China rise sharply in advanced countries Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

By HUIZHONG WU, TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP):- Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply in many of the world’s advanced countries, especially in Australia and Britain, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center released Tuesday. The poll comes as China is engaged in multiple trade..

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26 countries urge Western sanctions lifting to tackle virus Monday, October 5th, 2020

By EDITH M. LEDERER, UNITED NATIONS (AP):- China and 25 other nations countries on Monday called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the United States and Western countries to ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on behalf of the 26 countries at a meeting of the..

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Hong Kong police arrest 86 for protesting on China holiday Thursday, October 1st, 2020

By ZEN SOO, HONG KONG (AP):- Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district and other areas chanting pro-democracy slogans. Those arrested included four..

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Hong Kong marks China anniversary as Beijing tightens grip Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP):- Thousands of riot police were stationed across Hong Kong on Thursday to stamp out any large democracy rallies as the restless financial hub marked China's National Day under the shadow of a growing crackdown on dissent. The People's Republic of China celebrates its founding on..

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Families of detained Hong Kongers petition Beijing office

HONG KONG, (AFP):- Relatives of 12 Hong Kong fugitives detained in the Chinese mainland after trying to flee the financial hub petitioned Beijing's office in the city on Wednesday, pleading for their loved ones to be returned. The small gathering outside the Liaison Office came as its director..

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