Beijing law to shield medical whistleblowers

Beijing’s city government will protect “non-malicious” medical whistleblowers under a new law, passed months after a Chinese doctor was punished for sounding the alarm at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s leaders suffered a rare wave of public outrage after ophthalmologist Li Wenliang died of the disease in …

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Beijing using militarised outposts in South China Sea as platforms of coercion, says U.S.

The United States has demanded that President Xi Jinping honour his commitment that these maritime constructions “would not target or impact any country.” China is using its militarised outposts in the South China Sea as platforms of coercion to assert control over waters it has no lawful claim over, the …

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Huawei CFO case back in Canadian court on Monday

Meng Wanzhou’s defense team will argue the extradition proceedings to the U.S. should be halted because they claim Canada Border Services Agency officers detained and questioned Meng without a lawyer, seized her electronic devices and compelled her to give up the passcodes before her official arrest. A senior executive for …

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16 killed in coal mine accident in China

Sixteen people trapped in a coal mine in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality on Sunday were killed due to the presence of excessive levels of carbon monoxide, official media reported. The incident happened when the burning belts in the mine caused the carbon monoxide to exceed safety limit, trapping 17 people …

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Netflix says it does not agree with Chinese author’s views on Uighur Muslims

Netflix Inc , in a response to U.S. senators’ concerns over the company’s plans to adapt a Chinese science-fiction book trilogy, said on Friday it did not agree with the Chinese author’s views on the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims. Five Republican U.S. senators urged Netflix this week to …

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Coronavirus | China aims to make one billion vaccine doses a year

Aggressive govt. support to set up new factories for ramping up production. A Chinese health official said on Friday that the country’s annual production capacity for novel coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support programme for construction of new factories. Capacity is expected …

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380 ‘detention camps’ in Xinjiang: report

40% more centres detected than previous estimates, says Australian Strategic Policy Institute China is running hundreds of detention centres in northwest Xinjiang across a network that is much bigger than previously thought, according to research presented Thursday by an Australian think tank. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said it …

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Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for graft

A Chinese tycoon who called President Xi Jinping a clown and criticised his handling of the coronavirus outbreak was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang — once among the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle — disappeared from the public eye …

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Labour scheme in Tibet has echoes of Xinjiang

Moves risk a ‘loss of cultural heritage’ in the politically sensitive region, says report China is forcing Tibetan farmers and herders into labour programmes similar to those used in troubled Xinjiang, a U.S. research institute alleged on Tuesday. The moves risk a “loss of cultural heritage” in the politically sensitive …

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