China-Policies & politics

The latest news on China politics, including domestic and foreign policy.
  1. At least 250 journalists are in jails around the world, with the largest number held in China as authoritarian governments crack down on independent media, a report by a press freedom group said on Wednesday.Many of them faced “anti-state” charges or were accused of producing “false news”, the report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.It cited the case of Chinese freelance journalist and campaigner Sophia Huang Xueqin, arrested in Guangzhou, southern Guangdong…
  2. A proposed anti-infiltration bill in Taiwan which the government says is needed to combat Chinese influence is spreading alarm among the Taiwanese business community on the Chinese mainland, Beijing said on Wednesday.The legislation is part of a years-long effort to combat what many in Taiwan see as the mainland’s efforts to influence its politics and the democratic process. Beijing claims Taiwan as its territory, to be brought under control by force if necessary.Taiwan invites US military…
  3. Lawyers for Huawei’s chief financial officer have won a court battle after a judge asked Canada’s attorney general to hand over more evidence and documents relating to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, according to a court ruling released on Tuesday.Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the Supreme Court of British Columbia agreed with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s legal team that there is an “air of reality” to their assertion.But she cautioned that her ruling is limited and does not address the…
  4. The trade war between the US and China is accelerating the countries’ decoupling – and that might be good news for money managers, according to investment specialists with Swiss financial services firm UBS.While the bilateral trade and technology rift caused by the 18-month trade war has spooked investors globally, the fracturing of US-China ties could open up opportunities for investors to tap the two marketplaces for better returns, UBS Asset Management investments head Barry Gill said in New…
  5. Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday said she was not “using” the anti-government protests in Hong Kong for electoral purposes, following criticism from her main opponent in next month’s presidential vote and from a Hong Kong student leader.The protests in the city have been widely covered in democratic Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its sacred territory, and are frequently mentioned by Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the campaign trail as a warning on the…
  6. Taiwan’s main opposition party has seized on President Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal to implement a long-delayed refugee bill that would allow Hong Kong protesters fleeing arrest in the city to settle on the island.The Kuomintang (KMT) has raised the issue ahead of next month’s presidential election to attack Tsai, accusing her of “lying” about her support for the pro-democracy protests to win votes.Last week, Hong Kong student representatives, including Baptist University Student Union president…
  7. A Russian government-funded television network has echoed Chinese state media claims of foreign interference in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests, airing an English-language documentary accusing US officials of “open collusion” with demonstrators in the city.The release by Russia Today (RT) of the documentary, Hong Kong Unmasked, comes as Beijing and Moscow have upgraded their ties to a “strategic partnership”.The production focuses on the protests that have rocked the city since June and…
  8. China will move to “normalise” mass internment facilities in Xinjiang, the chairman of the regional government said on Monday as he criticised a US “smear campaign” highlighting allegations of human rights abuses.Shohrat Zakir took aim at foreign media and Western governments at a press conference, accusing them of misrepresenting the nature of what he called counterterrorism operations in the far western region, where a million mainly Uygur Muslims have reportedly been detained in re-education…
  9. China’s pig herd increased by 2 per cent in November compared with the previous month, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, the first increase in a year.Sow stocks were up 4 per cent on October, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on its website, the second consecutive month of a rise in the breeding herd inventory.The closely watched data comes after an epidemic of African swine fever devastated the world’s top hog herd, reducing it by 41 per cent year on year by October…
  10. Macau’s security minister has dismissed suggestions its refusal to allow the leaders of a Hong Kong-based American business group into the city was in retaliation against United States legislation backing anti-government protesters.Wong Sio-chak refused to explain why the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) chairman Robert Grieves and president Tara Joseph were denied entry to Macau, but said linking the decision with the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed in the US…