China’s Paris embassy says account ‘falsified’ after grim reaper tweet

PARIS (AFP) China's embassy in Paris said Monday (May 25) its Twitter account had been "falsified" after a tweet portraying the US as a bloodthirsty grim reaper sparked disquiet over the diplomatic mission's conduct on social media. The embassy has already been under scrutiny for a sequence of provocative tweets during the coronavirus crisis, which … Continue reading China’s Paris embassy says account ‘falsified’ after grim reaper tweet

Tianjin club collapse a wake-up call for China football: state media

Shanghai (AFP) Tianjin Tianhai's demise this week highlights "fatal flaws" in the financial models of Chinese football clubs and should serve as a warning to other teams, state media said. The club was once a symbol of Chinese Super League extravagance, hiring Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro as coach in 2016 and luring Brazilian striker Alexandre … Continue reading Tianjin club collapse a wake-up call for China football: state media

Canada zoo to send pandas back to China after coronavirus bamboo shortage

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian zoo is shipping two pandas home to China after the coronavirus pandemic left it struggling to source the massive bamboo stockpiles needed to feed the giant creatures. Er Shun and her mate, Da Mao, have lived in the country since 2013 as part of a 10-year loan agreement with a breeding facility … Continue reading Canada zoo to send pandas back to China after coronavirus bamboo shortage

Pompeo urges US governors to resist China pressure on Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday (Feb 8) urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump's administration would step up communication with state and … Continue reading Pompeo urges US governors to resist China pressure on Taiwan

China’s Internet companies invest billions in virtual red packets for Lunar New Year as they vie for more traffic

Chinese tech companies are planning to spend billions of yuan in virtual red packets for the upcoming Lunar New Year as they seek to grab a bigger share of Internet traffic over the national holiday. The traditional practice of giving out cash in red paper envelopes – considered an auspicious colour for the Chinese – … Continue reading China’s Internet companies invest billions in virtual red packets for Lunar New Year as they vie for more traffic

Canada says another citizen detained in China amid row

Montreal (AFP) China detained another Canadian citizen amid sour relations between the two countries, Canada's foreign ministry said on Saturday, though the reason for the jailing remains unclear. "Global Affairs Canada is aware of the detention of a Canadian citizen in Yantai, China," a spokesman told AFP. He added that "Canadian officials are providing consular … Continue reading Canada says another citizen detained in China amid row

Xi Jinping in Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, reboot alliance

President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday on a historic trip to reboot a troubled alliance, as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President Donald Trump. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years, after relations between the Cold War era … Continue reading Xi Jinping in Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, reboot alliance

Reforms and transparency needed for Belt and Road success: World Bank

Washington (AFP) China's global Belt and Road Initiative could boost economies and reduce poverty rates in dozens of developing countries, but risks environmental damage, debt and corruption if improvements aren't made, the World Bank said Wednesday. Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa POOL/AFP … Continue reading Reforms and transparency needed for Belt and Road success: World Bank

 China grants 5G licenses for commercial use

SHANGHAI: China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licenses to four domestic companies, taking a big step in its bid to be a global leader in next generation wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States. The license was granted to four telecom providers, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network Corporation. … Continue reading  China grants 5G licenses for commercial use

China not seeking ‘sphere of influence’ in Pacific, Xi says

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is not seeking a sphere of influence in Pacific Ocean island states, President Xi Jinping told the visiting prime minister of Vanuatu amid fears in Western capitals of China’s growing role in the region. Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the Great Hall of the … Continue reading China not seeking ‘sphere of influence’ in Pacific, Xi says

U.S.-China trade war key to Japan’s tax hike decision-ruling party

TOKYO (Reuters) - The fallout from the U.S.-China trade war on Japan's economy will be a key factor in deciding whether to proceed with a scheduled sales tax hike this year, a senior Japanese ruling party official said on Friday. A Japan Yen note is seen in this illustration photo taken June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas … Continue reading U.S.-China trade war key to Japan’s tax hike decision-ruling party

Lippi named China coach again

Marcello Lippi has been named coach of China for a second stint as they prepare for 2022 World Cup qualifying. The former Italy and Juventus boss was at the helm of China for more than two years before leaving the post in January following a quarter-final exit at the Asian Cup. He was replaced by … Continue reading Lippi named China coach again