13 November 2019

Greater China

  • Police officers stand next to a burning barricade during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Protesters battle with police in HK after ‘illegal’ mass rally

    Oct 21, 2019 9:24am
    Police and pro-democracy protesters battled on the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday after tens of thousands of people staged a rally despite being refused permission by authorities. The weekend rally drew broad-based support from regular...
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (inset) said the Chinese government had asked that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey be fired for the tweet. But Beijing denied it made such a request. Photo: Reuters

    NBA says furor over HK tweet costing league substantial losses

    Oct 18, 2019 12:05pm
    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the fallout following a tweet from a Houston Rockets official who backed the Hong Kong democracy protests has already cost the league substantial financial losses in China, Reuters reports. The National...
  • Dior apologized for the "incorrect statement and misrepresentation" made by a staff member at a campus presentation in Hangzhou, stressing that it has always supported China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Photo: Xinhua

    Dior apologizes after being criticized over China map

    Oct 17, 2019 11:38am
    French luxury brand Christian Dior apologized on Thursday and said it supported China’s territorial sovereignty after it was criticized for using a map of China that excluded Taiwan in a presentation, Reuters reports. Taiwan is China’s...
  • Washington says its new requirement for Chinese diplomats to give advance notice of any meetings in the US is just a reciprocal move following Beijing’s own such rules. Photo: Reuters

    US tells Chinese diplomats to give notice of meetings

    Oct 17, 2019 9:23am
    Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday, Reuters...
  • Han Kuo-yu faces an uphill struggle in Taiwan's upcoming presidential election, but the battle is not yet over, the author says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why KMT’s Han Kuo-yu still has a chance in Taiwan 2020 contest

    - Oct 17, 2019 9:12am
    I spent two weeks in Taiwan recently. During the trip, many Taiwanese asked me about the ongoing Hong Kong social unrest that was triggered by a controversial extradition bill. Almost everyone I met expressed sympathy for...
  • Beijing offers a long leash for Hong Kong in relation to the territory's autonomy, but tightens it at will when it perceives any threat to national interests, the author notes. Photo: Reuters

    HK autonomy: A long leash, but one that Beijing won’t let go

    - Oct 15, 2019 10:30am
    China’s intense anticorruption campaign has generated a flood of fugitives who have fled abroad and Beijing in turn has launched a global drive to seek their return, leading to the arrest of more than 5,000 suspects...
  • Google has pulled 'The Revolution Of Our Times' app, which lets users role-play as Hong Kong protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing app

    Oct 11, 2019 11:01am
    Google has removed from its Play Store a role-playing app associated with the Hong Kong protests, citing a policy that prohibits developers from capitalizing on ongoing conflicts. A Google spokesman said on Thursday that the “The...
  • Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech marking National Day in Taipei on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Tsai rejects ‘one country, two systems’, saying it failed in HK

    Oct 10, 2019 3:59pm
    Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday rejected a “one country, two systems” formula that Beijing has suggested could be used to unify the island and the mainland, saying such an arrangement had set Hong Kong “on...
  • Removing an app that Hong Kong protesters have used to track police movements, Apple said the app violated the firm's rules. Photo: Reuters

    Apple pulls HK police-tracking app after China criticism

    Oct 10, 2019 3:52pm
    Apple has removed from its app store an application,, which protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules. The move came after the US tech giant came under...
  • Washington will keep pressing Beijing about its treatment of Muslim minorities in western China, Mike Pompeo says. Photo: Reuters

    US will continue to raise Xinjiang human rights issues: Pompeo

    Oct 10, 2019 9:25am
    China’s treatment of Muslims, including the Uighurs, in western China represents an “enormous human rights violation”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, adding that Washington will continue to raise the issue. “This is not only...
  • Relations between the United States and China have soured amid disputes over trade and other issues. Photo: AFP

    China eyes visa curbs for US visitors with ‘anti-China’ links

    Oct 9, 2019 4:23pm
    China is planning tighter visa restrictions for US nationals with ties to anti-China groups, following similar US restrictions on Chinese nationals, Reuters reports, citing people with knowledge of the proposed curbs. China’s Ministry of Public Security has for...
  • China's Megvii, known for its facial recognition platform Face++, has strongly objected to a US move to include the company on a human rights-related trade blacklist. Photo: Bloomberg

    Goldman evaluating role in China’s Megvii IPO after US blacklist

    Oct 9, 2019 3:46pm
    Goldman Sachs is reviewing its involvement in Megvii Technology’s planned initial public offering after the US government placed the Chinese artificial intelligence firm on a human rights blacklist, Reuters reports. The US investment bank, in an...
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said it was not up to the NBA to regulate what players, employees and team owners said, nor to adjudicate differences between people around the world. Photo: Reuters

    China TV drops NBA exhibition games; league defends free speech

    Oct 9, 2019 9:33am
    Chinese state television said it will not air NBA exhibition games played in the country this week, heaping pressure on the US basketball league after a tweet by a Houston Rockets executive backing protests in Hong...
  • Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo was previously mentioned as one of the Chinese officials being considered for US sanctions in connection with China’s crackdown on Muslims. Photo: AFP

    US imposes visa curbs on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment

    Oct 9, 2019 9:10am
    The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, Reuters reports, citing the US State Department. Secretary...
  • Carrie Lam speaks to the media ahead of an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Too early to say if face-mask ban has proved ineffective: Lam

    Oct 8, 2019 1:58pm
    Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has dismissed suggestions that her new anti-mask law has proved to be a dud, arguing that it is too early to determine the effectiveness of the measure in reining...
  • The world must 'push back strongly' against China’s moves to diminish Taiwan’s presence in the Pacific, Joseph Wu says. Photo: Bloomberg

    China an ‘authoritarian’ threat in the Pacific: Taiwan

    Oct 8, 2019 9:59am
    China is practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, Taiwan’s foreign minister said on Monday, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing from...
  • Houston Rockets in action during a game against LA Clippers in Honolulu on Oct. 3. A Houston Rockets manager has ignited a controversy with a tweet, now deleted, in support of Hong Kong's protest movement. Credit: USA Today via Reuters

    NBA faces criticism for ‘shameful retreat’ over HK protest tweet

    Oct 8, 2019 9:36am
    US lawmakers joined a chorus of criticism of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the organization distanced itself from a tweet by the manager of the Houston Rockets in support of the Hong Kong protests for...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam speaks at news conference on Friday to announce a ban on face masks during all protest events or demonstrations in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong bans face masks in bid to quell protests

    Oct 4, 2019 5:02pm
    The Hong Kong government on Friday announced a ban on face masks during all public assemblies in the territory, invoking colonial-era emergency powers as it seeks to quell the months-long unrest triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition...
  • Most of China's impressive achievements were made in the 40 years after Deng Xiaoping, who succeeded Mao Zedong, launched the nation on the road to economic reform in 1978. Photo: Reuters

    China’s 70th birthday: A nurtured narrative

    - Oct 3, 2019 8:00am
    The People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding this week with fireworks, a huge parade showing off its latest military hardware and a vast outpouring of facts and figures to show the...
  • People wave Chinese flags as doves are released at the end of a parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    The next phase of China’s reform and opening up

    - Oct 2, 2019 11:32am
    Over the last four decades, China has integrated into global networks in trade, finance, data, and culture (encompassing social values, religion, and political beliefs). But, as the United States embraces protectionism, continued progress on global integration...