China's World University Games still on despite withdrawals
Organizers of the World University Games, which open in just under three months in Chengdu, China, say they are going ahead despite some countries pulling out of the event. Australia has also indicated it is withdrawing its swimmers, volleyball players, and track-and-field athletes. “Athletics Australia continues to have many concerns around the event and its management of COVID protocols,” Athletics Australia said in a statement this week.news.yahoo.com
Another Chinese city launches a digital currency test — this time it's much larger at $6 million
People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. BEIJING — The southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu announced Tuesday it will hand out roughly $6 million in the latest test of the central bank's digital currency. Other cities like Shenzhen and Suzhou have held their own tests of the People's Bank of China's digital currency in the last few months. They are worth about $27 to $37 each, for a total handout of 40.2 million yuan ($6.2 million) in the digital currency. Like the Beijing handout, the Chengdu trial is tied to the Lunar New Year and will work with local retailers and the JD.com e-commerce app.cnbc.com
China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist
A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his law license on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. (Ren Quanniu via AP)TAIPEI – A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. They are part of an exodus of Hong Kong residents following Beijing's imposition of a tough new security law they say is destroying the territory’s Western-style civil liberties. Beijing says the legislation allows Hong Kong to “enjoy more social stability, economic development and greater freedom." Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called the 12 activists “elements attempting to separate Hong Kong from China,” not democratic activists.
Here's what Nio's first sedan to rival Tesla in China looks like
William Li, founder and chairman of Nio, shares features of the et7 sedan at a launch event in Chengdu, China, on Jan. 9, 2021. Evelyn Cheng | CNBCBEIJING — Chinese electric car start-up Nio released its first sedan on Saturday with self-driving technology features that the company claims surpass that of Tesla. Pre-subsidy prices for the et7 sedan start at 448,000 yuan ($69,000) with a 70 kilowatt-per-hour battery pack. Nio's new sedan also features a laminated all-glass roof, heated seats in both rows and 23 speakers, according to the company. Nio's et7 sedan features a laminated all-glass roof, heated seats in both rows and 23 speakers, according to the company.cnbc.com
The Latest: Hong Kong re-imposes restaurant dining bans
Hong Kong on Wednesday reported an additional 100 cases, bringing its two-week total to 1,274. Hong Kong has reported a total of 7,075 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, with 112 deaths. The Texas Department of State Health Services also said 9,028 people were hospitalized across the state. Since late November, the new daily cases have soared past 10,000 on several days, with 15,103 new cases reported Tuesday, according to state health officials. ___BOISE, Idaho — Idaho public health officials abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday evening after the Boise mayor and chief of police said intense anti-mask protests outside the health department building — as well as outside some health officials’ homes — were threatening public safety.
Flag lowered as US departs Chengdu consulate in China
Chinese policemen prepare for duty around a neighborhood sealed off before the official closure of the United States Consulate in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)CHENGDU The American flag has been taken down at a U.S. consulate in southwestern China, according to state media, as officials vacate the premises under order of the Chinese government. State broadcaster CCTV said on its social media account that the flag was lowered at 6:18 a.m. on Monday at the U.S. mission in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan provine. China ordered the closing of the consulate on Friday in retaliation for a U.S. order to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston. A little boy posed with a small Chinese flag before plainclothes police shooed him away as foreign media cameras zoomed in.
Police corral crowds as movers enter US Consulate in China
A bus is guided out of the United States Consulate in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday, July 26, 2020. China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. A little boy posed with a small Chinese flag before plainclothes police shooed him away as foreign media cameras zoomed in. China ordered the closing of the Chengdu consulate in retaliation for a U.S. order earlier in the week to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston. The U.S. alleged that the Houston consulate was a nest of Chinese spies who tried to steal data from facilities in Texas, including the Texas A&M medical system and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
China accuses US of improperly entering Houston consulate
Chinese police officers form up in front of the United States Consulate in Chengdu in southwestern China's Sichuan province Saturday, July 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING – China’s foreign ministry complained Saturday that American law enforcement officials improperly entered its consulate in Houston, which was ordered to close in an escalating diplomatic feud. The Trump administration ordered the Houston consulate closed this week, saying Chinese agents tried to steal medical and other research in Texas. “As for the U.S. side’s forcible entry into the premises of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition,” said a foreign ministry statement. “China will make a proper and necessary response to this.”The statement said that the Houston consulate was Chinese property, and that under diplomatic treaties American officials had no right to enter.
China tells US to close consulate in Chengdu after closure in Houston
BEIJING China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu in an increasingly rancorous diplomatic conflict. The order followed the U.S. closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. WHAT HAPPENED: US orders China to close Houston consulate amid swirling accusations of espionage, theftThe Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Washington to reverse its erroneous decision.The Trump administration on Tuesday ordered the Houston consulate closed within 72 hours. The United States has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. WATCH: Videos show flames, activity in courtyard of Consulate General of China in HoustonEXPLAINED: Most important things to know about whats going on with the Consulate General of China in Houston
China tells US to close Chengdu consulate in growing spat
BEIJING China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the United States, said a foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. On Tuesday, the Trump administration ordered the Houston consulate closed within 72 hours. The United States has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. Alongside the eviction of the Houston Chinese Consulate, the risk of the U.S.-China conflict escalating into a Cold War is worrying, Hayaki Narita of Mizuho Bank said in a report.
Coronavirus hits China's economy twice as financial contagion spreads across the globe
Staff members work at the assemble plant of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Feb. 19, 2020. Official and third-party figures say the resumption of work rate is generally 70% or even higher. "No matter what Beijing engineers domestically, the growth rate will be capped significantly by what's transpiring across the rest of the world, Miller said. Last year, the country's official, although frequently doubted, GDP growth rate was 6.1%, the slowest since 1990. The downgrades came after China's National Bureau of Statistics on Monday reported a dismal picture of the economy in January and February.cnbc.com
U.S. authorizes departure of some employees from diplomatic facilities in China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has authorized the departure of family members and all non-emergency U.S. government employees at the American embassy in Beijing and consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang due to the coronavirus outbreak, a department representative said on Thursday. The Department of State made the decision to put the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General on authorized departure status out of an abundance of caution related to logistical disruptions stemming from restricted transportation and availability of appropriate health care related to the novel coronavirus, the representative said in a statement.feeds.reuters.com
China-Japan-South Korea summit: Business alone won't heal deep wounds
China's Premier Li Keqiang (center) speaks at a joint press conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on December 24, 2019. Riven by legacies of unimaginable war atrocities, decades of Japanese occupation and colonial rule, Asia's top three economies China, Japan and South Korea held a meeting last week. Apart from that, China and South Korea have running disputes with Japan about unresolved territorial claims in the East China Sea and in the Sea of Japan. Japan's issues with South Korea don't have a sensitive security dimension they have with China, but they are marred by 35 years of Japanese colonial rule. In matters of trade and finance, Japan and South Korea need China more than China needs them.cnbc.com
For Chinas underground churches, this was no easy Christmas
The church members continue to meet now, but in small groups within members homes, not in public. Scholars estimate that including house church worshipers pushes the real number to at least 80 million almost 6% of Chinas population, on par with Communist Party membership. Though she was baptized in a Three-Self church, her faith began to blossom only after she joined Early Rain in 2017. Theyd heard that Early Rain had one and decided to go after watching one of Wangs sermons online. Here, I understood that we are really the mainstream people of society.Early Rain members continue to meet in small groups or gather online.latimes.com
More cities in China offer 144-hour visa
The cities of Xi'an, Ningbo, Chengdu and Chongqing will now be accessible via a 144-hour (six-day) transit visa, also known as a G visa, as of December 1, 2019, according to a report from China's state-run news outlet CGTN. This brings the total number of Chinese cities with G visa access to 20. Several other cities throughout China, including Shanghai and Beijing, also have this G visa option. Hong Kong and Macao are both acceptable end destinations for the purposes of the transit visa. For example, Ningbo's 144-hour visa also covers the broader Yangtze River Delta area, including Shanghai.