China relocates villagers living in 800m-high cliffs in anti-poverty drive

They used to call an 800m-high cliff home, but dozens of villagers in China's Sichuan province have now been relocated to an urban housing estate. Atulie'er village became famous after photos emerged showing adults and children precariously scaling the cliff using just rattan ladders. Around 84 ho

China says new spacecraft makes successful return to Earth

China says its new prototype spacecraft has "successfully landed", marking an important step in the country's ambitions to operate a permanent space station and eventually send astronauts to the moon. Launched on Tuesday, the spacecraft arrived safely at a predetermined spot on Friday, the China Ma

China launches spacecraft via largest carrier rocket: CCTV

China on Tuesday successfully launched its largest carrier rocket, which was carrying a new-generation spacecraft, state broadcaster CCTV said. The Long March-5B carrier rocket took off at 1800 local time (1000 GMT) at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan. It w

China tells WHO they’re not wanted

Thanks, but no thanks. Really, we don’t need you. That was the response as China has refused repeated requests by the World Health Organization to take part in investigations into the origins of Covid-19, the WHO representative in China has told Sky News. “We know that some national in

China starts major trial of state-run digital currency

China will begin trialling payments in its new digital currency in four major cities from next week, according to domestic media. In recent months, China’s central bank has stepped up its development of the e-RMB, which is set to be the first digital currency operated by a major economy. It

China rattles sabres as world battles coronavirus pandemic

China is becoming increasingly assertive in the region as the coronavirus crisis eases on the mainland while raging elsewhere in the world, with a crackdown in Hong Kong and sabre-rattling around Taiwan and in the South China Sea.The U.S. State Department said China was taking advantage of the regio

WHO rejects Trump’s ‘China-centric’ criticism

World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was “China-centric” and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after US President Donald Trump said he may put contributions on hold. The US is the top donor to the Geneva-based body

A city traumatized: Lockdown easing, Wuhan residents fret over future

Li Xiaoli has been hard at work in recent days at the car dealership she owns in Wuhan, making sure she has enough sanitizer and protective gear for the company’s long-awaited reopening. The 49-year-old’s home city will on Wednesday finally start to lift a lockdown that has trapped mill

Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus 'goes missing'

A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus has disappeared sparking concerns that she has been detained, reports suggest. Dr Ai Fen said she faced 'unprecedented, extremely harsh reprimanded' by officials at Wuhan Central Hospital after she shared a pi


Manufacturing in China recorded a significantly better-than-expected performance in the last month, sounding a rare optimistic note at a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to pound the global economy. Beijing's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said China's official purchasing managers'

China defends against incoming second wave of coronavirus

A growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China risked fanning a second wave of infections when domestic transmissions had “basically been stopped”, a senior health official said on Sunday, while eased travel curbs may also add to domestic risks.China, where the disease first eme

China scrambles to curb rise in imported coronavirus cases, Wuhan eases lockdown

China reported 46 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, while the city of Wuhan, the pandemic’s ground zero, announced it would be loosening a two-month lockdown by gradually resuming public transportation and allowing healthy people to resume work.It was the fourth day in a row with an increase in

China city tempts coronavirus patients to hand themselves in with $1,400 reward

A city in China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the global coronavirus epidemic, will pay residents as much as 10,000 yuan ($1,425.96) if they proactively report symptoms of the illness and it is confirmed after testing. Qianjiang, a city of around one million people located about 150 km (90 mil

Another person dies in Hong Kong due to coronavirus

An elderly Hong Kong man who contracted the new coronavirus died on Wednesday, authorities announced, the second fatality from the outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “A 70-year-old male patient who was infected with the novel coronavirus deteriorated and succumbed in Princess Marga

China confident, capable of defeating coronavirus outbreak: President Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China is fully confident and capable of defeating the coronavirus outbreak, according to China state television, adding that the country has taken comprehensive measures. The comments were part of a phonecall with US President Donald Trump, in which

Police, protesters clash in New Year's rally in Hong Kon

Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year’s Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful assembly and carrying

Xi voices 'trust' in Hong Kong leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a "high degree of trust" in Hong Kong's unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met after months of increasingly violent protests in the semi-autonomous city. Xi's show of support follows speculation that Beijing was preparing to remove Lam as city author

China, Nepal sign trade, infrastructure and security deals

President Xi Jinping has wrapped up a landmark visit to Nepal, the first by a Chinese president in 23 years, with 20 deals signed and nearly $500m in financial aid pledged amid Beijing's growing influence in the impoverished Himalayan nation. After talks in the capital, Kathmandu on Sunday, Xi and

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