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US lawmakers meeting Modi after Dalai Lama signals New Delhi shift on China: analysts

India, one expert says, has ‘indicated that it is willing to gradually ramp up pressure on issues like Tibet and Taiwan’.

Chinese President Xi visits Tibetans and temple in western China, calls for ethnic unity

Xi Jinping visits middle school and Hongjue Temple in Qinghai province, signalling engagement with Tibetans.

US lawmakers meet Tibet’s Dalai Lama, say won’t let China influence choice of successor

The group, which includes ex-House speaker Nancy Pelosi, says it won’t let China influence the spiritual leader’s choice of successor.

China warns US over congressional delegation’s trip to meet with the Dalai Lama

Washington should ‘have no contact with the Dalai group in any form, and stop sending the wrong signal to the world’, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says.

Washington’s new Tibet policy bill ‘likely to be counterproductive’

Bill that seeks to counter China’s narrative is expected to provoke ‘very strong’ reaction from Beijing.

One-third of Hong Kong firms expect to hire more staff but economic pressures make bosses cautious

Human resources firm releases quarterly survey on city’s employment outlook,

China’s anti-corruption watchdog investigates former Tibet party boss Wu Yingjie

He is the eighth ministerial-level official to face CCDI probe since Communist Party national congress in 2022.

In the name of the law: scholar He Weifang argues his case for remembering China’s past

The retired academic speaks out about his country’s legal system, political reform, private enterprise protection, nationalism and why 2008 was China’s ‘first year’.

Unravelling old China custom of ‘couvade’, pampers husband to care for newborn

In ancient China, the tradition of “couvade” was very similar to modern-day confinement periods, except practised by men.

G7 vows to counter ‘economic and national security threats’ posed by China

G7 statement pledges ‘to protect our workers and businesses from unfair practices’, but stressed that it welcomed “constructive and stable” with Beijing.

US lawmakers to meet Dalai Lama on India trip next week

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among a group of US lawmakers visiting Dharamsala – where the 88-year-old Tibetan monk lives in exile – on June 18 and 19.

China’s ethnic policy chief slams ‘ignorance of history’ in Xinjiang assimilation claims

China’s top ethnic policy official has dismissed claims that Xinjiang is being “assimilated” into Chinese culture as “ignorance of history”. Pan Yue, director of the National Ethnic Affairs Commission, made the remarks during a keynote speech on Wednesday at...

US lawmakers pass Tibet policy bill that questions China’s narrative, leaves status unresolved

Bill that frames Beijing’s control over Tibet for centuries as ‘disinformation’ will head to President Joe Biden’s desk.

There may be ‘positive signals’ but Xi’s snub of Modi suggests China-India ties are still a worry

Beijing has sent a new envoy to New Delhi, but the Chinese leader still hasn’t congratulated Narendra Modi on his election win.

EU officials headed to China for human-rights dialogue as rare Tibet field visit planned

At Chongqing meeting, Brussels also expected to raise its concerns about situations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong amid high bilateral tensions.

China visa-free scheme spurs hope for Malaysian travel boom, more business: ‘I hope the numbers will be better’

Rising interest in China travel among Malaysia’s Malay-Muslims has seen demand pick up, with agencies handling tour groups in the ‘double digits’ this year.

Washington uses Tiananmen Square commemorations to invoke current human rights issues

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pays tribute to 1989 protesters as well as ‘voices now silenced throughout the country, including in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong’.

Dalai Lama to visit US for medical treatment this month, his office says

Tibetans’ 88-year-old spiritual leader will not hold his usual public engagements from June 20, his office said on Monday, adding that he will undergo medical treatment for his knees.

China to boost rail links to Xinjiang and Tibet, with eye on supply chains and energy security

Senior rail planner says Beijing aims to fill in the ‘blanks’ in railway networks to implement ‘major national strategies’ and improve connectivity between far western regions and the rest of China.

Tibetan lakes are estimated to expand 50% by 2100: Chinese study

Scientists have predicted the economic cost of rising water levels in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau lakes could run into the billions.

Hong Kong welcomes 40 tourism representatives from mainland Chinese cities to promote expanded solo travel scheme

City’s tourism minister says junket is part of efforts to increase visitor numbers under new solo traveller scheme, and will encourage group from mainland China to share experiences with residents of their cities.

China’s new India envoy urges neighbours to ‘get along well’ amid talk of Xi-Modi meeting and border military build-up

Chinese ambassador Xu Feihong presents credentials at ceremony in New Delhi, filling 18-month vacancy as tensions grow along disputed Himalayan border.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific needs to launch more direct flights to 8 mainland Chinese cities newly added to travel scheme: industry leaders

Tommy Tam of the Society of IATA Passenger Agents says Cathay has ‘unshirkable responsibility’ to provide more direct flights to 8 new locations.

China helps Nepal look for oil, vying with India for influence in Himalayan nation

Observers say if Beijing-funded oil and gas search is successful, it could help Kathmandu strike better balance in ties with neighbouring giants China and India.

Indian climber dies after Everest bid, eighth death this season

Banshi Lal, 46, was plucked from the mountain last week and taken to a hospital in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

China’s C919 passenger jet marks first anniversary of commercial flights: 13 key moments from year 1

China’s C919 home-grown, narrowbody passenger jet completed its first commercial flight between Shanghai and Beijing on May 28, 2023.

Nepal’s Phunjo Lama smashes women’s record for fastest ascent of Everest by 11 hours: ‘inspiration for female climbers’

Climbers usually take days to reach the top of the 8,849-metre mountain, but Phunjo Lama conquered the world’s highest peak in 14 hours and 31 minutes.

Kenyan climber dies on Mount Everest, Nepali guide missing as seasonal fatalities rise

Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui’s body was spotted between the summit and the Hillary Step, while a search team deployed to locate guide Nawang Sherpa.

Nepal’s ‘Everest man’ reaches peak for record 30th time

Kami Rita Sherpa, 54, first scaled Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. He has since climbed the mountain almost every year.

Matthew Trickett, UK man accused of spying for Hong Kong, found dead in park

Matthew Trickett, 37, died under ‘unexplained’ circumstances, and a police investigation is ongoing.

Why China’s top Covid expert is studying climate change to prepare for the next global pandemic

As the world continues to deal with Covid-19, scientists are already getting ready to face the next deadly pathogen.

Chinese lawyers accuse court officials of interfering in trial, slam ‘blatant sabotage’ of legal system

Viral photo appears to show judicial officers and court staff instructing lower court judge via WeChat during criminal trial in northwest China, prompting lawyers to condemn the actions.

Hong Kong expects tourism to drive further economic growth this year, as GDP rises 2.7% in first quarter

Economy grows 2.7 per cent in first quarter compared with same period last year.

Expanded Hong Kong solo travel scheme will bring 300,000 tourists, up to HK$1.5 billion: John Lee

New visitors from eight mainland Chinese cities added to Individual Visit Scheme are ‘high spenders’ and will be given HK$200 vouchers by Tourism Board, says Chief Executive John Lee.

Hong Kong needs more direct flights to 8 new cities in solo traveller scheme to encourage spending: business leaders

Central authorities have said residents from Taiyuan, Hohhot, Harbin, Lhasa, Lanzhou, Xining, Yinchuan and Urumqi can soon visit Hong Kong without joining tour groups.

Misconceptions about Hong Kong are real, but it’s still economy over politics

Hong Kong must walk the talk, and get Beijing’s backing to showcase how ‘two systems’ is not only alive but working well.

Addition of 8 mainland Chinese cities to solo visit scheme expected to boost city hotels, but mainland bloggers say commute from Shenzhen cheaper

Solo travellers from eight more mainland Chinese cities to be allowed to visit Hong Kong from May 27.

Nepal’s ‘Everest Man’ notches up 29th summit of world’s highest mountain, breaking own record

Kami Rita Sherpa first reached the top of Mount Everest in 1994. Since then he has climbed the 8,849-metre peak almost every year, guiding clients.

Will the expanded solo traveller scheme be a ‘shot in the arm’ for Hong Kong? The Post finds out if tourism is poised for a revival

Starting from May 27, residents from eight more mainland cities will be able to apply for the Individual Visit Scheme to travel to Hong Kong.

Senior Chinese leaders’ tours round country offer clues to economic policy agenda ahead of key meeting

Inspection tours by members of the Politburo Standing Committee, including Premier Li Qiang, suggest what the main focus for the third plenum in July will be.

Beijing adds 8 mainland Chinese cities to Hong Kong solo traveller scheme, with residents in parts of Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet to benefit

Among cities included are Urumqi in Xinjiang, Lhasa in Tibet and Harbin in Heilongjiang.

Chinese companies hit with US trade restrictions over spy balloon incident

Other entities were added to the list for allegedly trying to obtain US quantum technology for China, or for seeking US parts for military drones.

Is China the target of new US global cyberspace and digital technology strategy?

Policy aims to stop Washington and its allies falling behind rivals in the tech race in a move that appears to be aimed at Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Paris with EU trade, Ukraine among hot button issues on table

Thorniest China-EU issues tipped to be on table when Chinese president meets French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Monday.

Stop megaphone diplomacy, China urges New Zealand after Winston Peters raises Pacific security worries

Chinese embassy in Wellington says Beijing has no hidden agenda or military intentions in the South Pacific.

As Xi Jinping heads to France, China seeks chance to sway one of EU’s most powerful members

France is Chinese president’s first stop on Europe trip, and Beijing is pinning its hopes on Paris to push Brussels to adopt more ‘positive and pragmatic’ approach to China-EU ties.

Japan sells itself as Global South’s China counterweight with whistle-stop tour of Africa, South Asia

Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Nigeria were first on the itinerary for Tokyo’s top diplomat this week, as she also sought to push Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

China murder fugitive snared after 23 years on the run, lives secret double life as monk in temple, has wife, 2 children

A fugitive killer in China who escaped after murdering two people in 2001, has been captured after police received a tip-off which led them to uncover details of his bizarre secret life.

US-China relations: Xi tells Blinken America cannot ‘say one thing and do another’

China-US ties are more stable but still at risk if ‘red lines’ are crossed, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said before Blinken met President Xi on Friday.

China’s ex-Tibet propaganda chief charged with bribery

Dong Yunhu, who was once responsible for spreading China’s official position on human rights, is accused of corruption stretching back to 1999.

Nepal eyes a luxury travel renaissance with new high-end resorts: ‘investors are optimistic’

Boutique hotels and luxury chains aim to reimagine the Himalayan nation’s image as a cheap holiday spot for backpackers by offering comfortable, stylish accommodation in locations well off the beaten track.

Visiting UK minister to press Hong Kong authorities over ‘erosion’ of rights in city after Article 23 law passed

Minister for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan to meet authorities during stops in Hong Kong and Beijing, marking first visit by UK official since domestic national security law passed.

US returns cultural relics to China as part of antiquity repatriation deal

A total of 38 artefacts from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties have been returned at a handover ceremony.

China Premier Li Qiang set to visit Australia in June, live lobster import ban expected to be lifted

China Premier Li Qiang is scheduled to visit Australia in the third week of June amid improving relations, with the unofficial import ban on Australian live lobsters set to be lifted, according to sources with knowledge of the issue.

Modi’s claim on Sri Lankan island may be more than Indian election talk

Fiery border talk tends to happen around election time but the latest instance is also part of a disturbing pattern of growing assertiveness in India’s neighbourhood policy.

Sweden expels Chinese journalist deemed ‘serious threat to security’

The unnamed 57-year-old woman, was arrested by the Swedish security service in October and expelled by the government in Stockholm last week, Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.

China social media stunned by weather-beaten woman, 28, who looks decades older after long hikes but has ‘no appearance anxiety’

A young woman in China who is bravely taking long solo hikes so she can experience a sense of freedom has stunned online observers who think her exposure to the elements has damaged her complexion.

Rare boson particle ‘triplets’ seen for first time in Chinese-led scientific study

Physicists have made a never-before-seen discovery while analysing data from Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider.

Nepal’s traditional healers vow to preserve ‘secret and sacred’ indigenous knowledge even as climate change bites

Climate change and a dwindling number of practitioners pose a threat to the Sowa Rigpa system of medicine that dates back to more than 2,500 years.

US ‘strongly opposes’ China’s renaming of areas along disputed Indian border

Washington’s response comes days after Beijing says it changed names of mountains, rivers and residential areas in the Indian-administered Arunachal Pradesh state.

Xi, Biden in first phone call since 2022, make progress for China-US relations with ‘candid’ exchange of views

‘The two heads of state had a candid and in-depth exchange of views’, according to Xinhua, although Xi also slammed Biden’s ‘endless stream of measures to suppress’ advanced technology transfer.

China asserts claim to Indian-held Arunachal Pradesh in latest list of place names

Beijing has never accepted India’s control of the border region which it calls Zangnan.

Australia, China should take ties ‘far’, Wang Yi says, as he urges more bilateral cooperation

In a ‘positive’ meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says both countries should always seek to be partners and respond to global challenges together.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang to visit Australia as Canberra continues push to lift trade barriers

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Australian counterpart Penny Wong that tariffs on wine were currently under review when they met on Wednesday.

New Zealand and China still have ‘significant differences’, despite Wang Yi’s ‘charm offensive’ visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit comes amid a tilt by New Zealand towards US and Australian defence policy, and concerns that Wellington could join Aukus.

China and New Zealand are a ‘force for stability’ in a turbulent world, says Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Wang hailed the strength of the relationship at the start of a trip to the region that will also include a visit to Australia.

‘All ethnic groups matter’: new Chinese textbook cites splits in the West to justify Beijing’s integration policies

Analysts expect affirmative action for ethnic minority groups will be further rolled back as Beijing backs down from emphasising their distinctive qualities.

Wildfire rages in southwest China as strong winds and poor visibility disrupt firefighting efforts

Chinese authorities send over 1,000 firefighters to Sichuan province to battle fire that has spread across mountains, but no casualties have been reported so far.

China hero boy, now 25, reunites with basketball legend Yao Ming 16 years after he rescued schoolmates from devastation of deadly 2008 earthquake

A reunion to remember took place earlier this month when Chinese basketball legend, Yao Ming, and a now-grown-up boy, who was hailed as a hero of the devastating 2008 earthquake in China’s southwestern Sichuan province met again.

China’s foreign ministry brings in new press official from Xinjiang

Lin Jian was party chief at the foreign office of state-run paramilitary organisation XPCC.

China protests India tunnel opening, warns it will only complicate border issue

‘Solemn representations’ made to New Delhi after Indian prime minister inaugurates Himalayan project on visit to the sensitive region.

Australian writer sentenced to death in China may never be executed, Chinese ambassador says

A pro-democracy blogger and spy novelist, Yang is an Australian citizen born in China who was working in New York before his 2019 arrest at Guangzhou airport.

As Chinese-built dams multiply, 1 in 5 Mekong fish species face extinction, report finds: ‘biggest threat is hydropower’

Some 19 per cent of the 1,148 or more fish species in Southeast Asia’s longest river are heading towards extinction, according to a report compiled by the WWF and 25 global marine and wildlife conservation groups.

Hong Kong property curbs scrapped, Taylor Swift deal questioned, China’s durian king: SCMP’s 7 highlights of the week

From property curbs in Hong Kong being scrapped to the intensifying durian market in China, here are a few highlights from SCMP’s recent reporting.

The return of panda diplomacy: what it suggests about China-US relations

Beijing resumes lending bears to US zoos in a soft-power bid to improve ties with Washington.

Singapore Airshow: Chinese tourists barred from viewing Airbus’ German air force plane due to ‘military restrictions’

Some Chinese visitors complained on Weibo that they were turned away from an Airbus A400M transport aircraft belonging to the German air force.

Chinese scientists identify Milky Way origin for ultra-high energy cosmic rays

‘First super cosmic ray accelerator identified, as of now’, according to an author of paper detailing the discovery.

China’s Inner Mongolia emerges as model for Xi Jinping’s ethnic affairs policy, but analysts warn of cultural ‘erosion’

Inner Mongolia trumpets its success in assimilating minority groups to promote national identity through language, censorship and local laws, and analysts say the measures are likely to be rolled out in other autonomous regions.

Chinese scientists use telescope on Tibetan Plateau in most stringent test of light’s speed, even in cosmic blast

Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory in western China helps team test Einstein’s theory, finding no evidence that particles’ speed changes depending on energy.

Singapore Airshow’s record numbers, China’s C919, raise hopes of post Covid-19 boom

Close to 60,000 people attended the four trade days of the show, nearly four times as many as in 2022 when foreign visitors required daily rapid tests for Covid-19.

Singapore Airshow: China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet lands 40 orders on international debut

Home-grown C919 narrowbody passenger jet conducted a flyover of Changi Exhibition Centre on Tuesday as it made its debut at an international air show alongside the ARJ21 regional jet in Singapore.

Chinese village construction in disputed zone outpaces China-Bhutan border talks

At least three villages have been built in the mountainous region separating the two countries, with some doubling in size.

US House passes three bills on China human rights, Asia-Pacific cooperation

One piece of legislation authorises further action to protect Uygur population, while another would help counter Beijing’s disinformation about Tibet.

Asian-Americans face a long fight to be included in America’s story

The Asian-American and Pacific Islander community is surging but is comparatively late in its push to secure a museum on the National Mall in Washington. Museums dedicated to women, Latinos and LGBTQ people are also in the works as...

Nepali film set to make history at Berlin International Film Festival: ‘our cinema is ready to compete’

In the past decade, many independent filmmakers in Nepal have tried to capture stories from non-urban settings, piquing the interests of both local and foreign audiences and setting them apart from commercial Hindi films.

China opens up Hainan to more kinds of visa-free travel

Certain passport holders can now enter the island for up to 30 days not just for tourism but also business and family trips.

Drone 007: Chinese military plans to replace human agents with machines in special operations overseas

A newly developed drone could be used for special forces missions to avoid putting human agents in danger.

South China Sea: how Beijing uses pinyin translations to double down on territorial claims

It comes amid an increased number of flare-ups with the Philippines in the hotly contested waterway.

China builds world’s most detailed human genome with ‘enormous’ implications for disease treatment

Experts hail milestone for potential benefits in precision medicine, especially among Han, the largest ethnic group in the world.

China to more tightly control ethnic minority discussion online and in print to temper ideological ‘risks’

Article in Communist Party’s Qiushi journal calls for greater oversight and for officials to ‘promptly and appropriately’ address grievances involving issues related to ethnic minority groups.

Overzealous China school principal makes dash to home of sick pupil, orders mother to send child to class or risk his future

An indignant school principal in China marched to the home of a student whose mother had called in to school to say he was ill, then berated his parents for not caring about their child’s future job prospects.

Why China is wary of opening up Afghanistan’s new road to Xinjiang

Observers said the Taliban’s hopes that the completed project will become a link to China’s vast network are unlikely to be shared by Beijing.

China’s ethnic affairs officials urged to promote integration of minority groups

Senior policy directors gather for meeting to outline goals for Beijing’s ethnic affairs policies for this year, including addressing ‘hidden dangers’ and launching cultural initiatives that ‘reflect the commonality of the Chinese nation’.

2 strong earthquakes hit western China in a month: is the Earth getting restless?

It is not unusual to see strong quakes in quick succession and scientists have not seen any long-term pattern.

Most Japanese do not have ‘friendly feelings’ towards China amid Beijing’s aggression in South China Sea, Taiwan: poll

Some 86 per cent of the 3,000 respondents in the annual Cabinet Office survey had negative feelings about China and were concerned about Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands.

China’s United Nations human rights review puts global divide on display

Western countries condemn Beijing for ‘serious violations’ in Tibet and Xinjiang and seek repeal of the national security law in Hong Kong, while Global South states praise China’s outreach to developing nations.

2020 national security law put city ‘back on track’, Hong Kong’s No. 2 official tells UN human rights review in Geneva

Hong Kong No 2 official tells UN Human Rights Council review that national security law means ‘days of social disturbance and fear” over.

Strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes remote western China, state media reports

Tremors were felt across the Xinjiang region and as far away as the neighbouring countries Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

China unearths million-tonne lithium deposit, heating up global resource race as Thailand also boasts big find

Huge discovery of the silvery-white alkali metal known as ‘white gold’ is expected to make its way to China’s battery makers, heating up a global resource race as Thailand also boasts a big lithium find.

China builds the world’s largest civil wind tunnel complex to beat Boeing, Airbus

The testing facilities have been used to help engineers develop China’s newest civil aircraft, the C919.

Taiwan election, Filipinos turn on Jo Koy after Golden Globes, Year of the Dragon: 5 weekend reads you may have missed

From beating bad luck predictions for your Chinese zodiac animal to the Taiwan election, here are stories you may have missed over the weekend.

China storms ahead in space weather research with largest observatory on Earth

The US$212 million Chinese Meridian Project links hundreds of instruments across the country for end-to-end monitoring of solar activity.

Asia’s weird 2023: From Dalai Lama’s gaffe to ‘puking mullet bird’, stories that amuse and enrage

What do the Dalai Lama, AirAsia’s CEO, and an ex-Singaporean comedian have in common? They are on our list of Asia’s weirdest stories in 2023.

Chinese experts call for accountability over wildfire emissions, but US scientist says blame game ‘makes no sense’

Scientists in China urge creation of international carbon accounting system that includes ‘natural factors’ as ‘extreme’ forest fires become more common, but sceptics point out that punishing fire-prone countries ignores global impact of climate change.

Over 110 dead and hundreds hurt after 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Gansu in northwestern China

Chinese President Xi Jinping asks authorities on Tuesday morning to ‘make every effort’ to treat the injured, repair infrastructure and resettle affected residents.

C919: China to develop high-altitude version of narrowbody passenger jet seeking to reduce reliance on Boeing, Airbus

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Tibet Airlines signed a cooperation deal on Sunday in Shanghai to jointly develop a plateau-suited model of the C919 narrowbody passenger jet.

Blood supplies running low across China as cold weather and surge in respiratory illnesses take toll

Authorities in some of the country’s biggest provinces appeal for donations as stocks start to run short.

‘It’s warmer in the fridge’: cold snap freezes China, bringing snow, accidents and school closures

Chinese President Xi Jinping instructs local governments to prepare for possible disasters and ensure the safety of roads, heating and power systems as temperatures plunge across the country.

Chinese president stops over in Guangxi on Asean tech and ethnic unity mission

Xi Jinping inspects a regional technology project and a multi-ethnic community in Nanning on way back from Hanoi.

US House panel on China vows to hold Beijing, Hong Kong accountable for targeting activists abroad

Hearing featuring testimony of alleged victims of transnational repression comes hours before Hong Kong announcement of new HK$1 million bounties.

Oops. US President Joe Biden mixes up his Chinese leaders

The White House corrects the record but social media users still take a moment to tease the American leader.

‘Unluckiest high-speed rail’: how Mother Nature bends human will in record-breaking infrastructure in western China

A quake in Qinghai province and a damaged rail tunnel forced Chinese engineers and scientists to rethink how best to build high-speed railway lines.

Former Xinjiang official under investigation by China’s top anti-corruption watchdog

Li Pengxin, who oversaw a purge of education officials in the far-western region, is being investigated for ‘suspected serious violations of discipline and law’.

Chinese state media drops ‘Tibet’ for ‘Xizang’ after release of Beijing white paper

Use of the term ‘Xizang’ for the Tibet autonomous region has risen sharply in English articles by China’s official media.

Are China officials aiming to charm the neighbours over next Dalai Lama choice?

Regional visits by Tibet’s party chief and chairman may be part of an attempt to win support from Buddhists on succession issue.

EU-China summit: Brussels ratchets up pressure on Beijing over Russia and trade

In first in-person summit since 2019, Brussels confronts Beijing with details of Chinese companies selling European-made products to Moscow and calls on China to use ‘all of its influence on Russia to stop this war of aggression’.

G7 warns China on military activities in South China Sea, urges it to press Russia to exit Ukraine

Body representing most of world’s largest economies tells Beijing that playing by international rules ‘would be of global interest’.

Southeast Asia’s water risk set to reach the highest level in 1,000 years: China study

Scientists warn of the ‘unprecedented’ threat of climate change on Asian water supply after historical study.

UK’s only pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, return to China after 12 years without conceiving at the Edinburgh zoo

Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in December 2011 as part of a 10-year agreement, which was later extended by two years.

Want to rent an affordable flat in one of China’s former pop-up Covid hospitals? Why some people are not so keen

For US$170 per month, some agents are offering a unit with a private bathroom and allow pets.

Insure your dog or cat? Hongkongers get tangled in policy fine print as pets age and premiums rise

Pet owners who buy insurance complain about inconsistency in policies, hidden terms, steep premium hikes.

Cop28 in Dubai: climate change concerns and a look at what 2 degrees warmer means for the Earth

The Earth risks ‘dangerous and cascading effects’ of human-generated climate change if we fail to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Here’s what could happen if temperatures rise beyond that.  

China, US cannot afford depopulating the relationship, American ambassador Nicholas Burns says

In an exclusive Post interview, Nicholas Burns describes why people-level connections are crucial, and a major win from the Xi-Biden summit.

US bills targeting China AI and Hong Kong offices clear key House panel amid call for ‘bold new ideas’

Additional legislation would bolster US cooperation with India, Japan and Australia as part of Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Under new president, Maldives tilts toward China, away from US’ Indo-Pacific ally India

Mohamed Muizzu, who is viewed as pro-China, won October’s presidential election on a promise of getting Indian troops out of Maldives.

How China is building railways in a bid to fast-track diplomacy

Railway diplomacy is a key part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, especially in developing countries.

Tossed in translation: Chinese e-commerce platform tells online retailers to ditch ‘Tibet’ for ‘Xizang’

Weidian advises millions of merchants to stop using ‘Tibet’ in English product descriptions, or face removal.

Coming UN human rights council vote another test of US-China rivalry

Beijing’s critics are pushing for voting countries in Asia to leave their ballots blank, but Washington’s track record on human rights hurts its standing.

American and Nepalese climbers killed or missing after avalanches strike Tibetan peak

Chinese authorities confirm that American mountaineer Anna Gutu and her guide Mingmar Sherpa were killed on Shishapangma.

China’s ‘golden week’ holiday sees consumption boom as pent-up demand takes wing

The National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday period has sparked a flurry of activity, and consumption and tourism have reached multi-year highs. But time will tell whether the boom is sustainable in the long run.

Terror threat to China ‘is challenge to our own’: Taliban FM says

Amir Khan Muttaqi also gives ‘effective guarantee’ of Chinese nationals’ safety in the country during talks with counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of regional forum in Tibet.

China wind farm sets high-altitude records, but how do turbines keep up in the thin Himalayan air?

Visiting the Zhegu Wind Farm in Tibet could literally take your breath away at well over three miles above sea level, and Beijing sees it as an ideal place for a power play in its energy-security push.

China spy agency widens remit as well as reach with WeChat social media account

State security ministry’s recent assertiveness on the platform has included commentary on China-US relations.

China’s Wang Yi pushes Himalayan neighbours on ‘territorial integrity’ at forum near disputed border with India

Top Chinese diplomat stresses environment and infrastructure as he hosts diplomats in Tibet city near contested area of Arunachal Pradesh, which has been at centre of tensions between Beijing and New Delhi.

On the roof of the world, a Chinese team tests the extremes of environmental science

Researchers summit Cho Oyu, one of the planet’s highest mountains to monitor high-altitude changes and their effects on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

‘Thousands of hate messages’: Chinese artist behind London’s Brick Lane street art scandal reveals his work’s true meaning and his frustration over th...

Chinese artist Wang Hanzheng says his graffiti of Chinese political slogans on London’s Brick Lane that shocked many ‘raises strong doubts about the Western rule of law and democracy’.

For first time, China sends security chief to Germany for key talks as Beijing eyes closer cooperation with Berlin

Communist Party’s top security official Chen Wenqing takes part in high-level bilateral meeting previously attended by deputies, urging two sides to address ‘real threats’ and promote ’mutual trust and clarity’.

India protests after 3 athletes unable to enter China for Asian Games

Female martial arts athletes are from India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, a region that is claimed by China.

New China-Nepal trade route to open soon as Tibet facility gets green light

Lizi Port, some 4,600 metres above sea level, has passed an inspection by the commerce ministry. With Nechung, 12km away in Nepal, it will be the fourth trading channel along the border.

China and Russia strengthen cooperation as G7 pushes Beijing to rein in Moscow on Ukraine

Top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi and Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev vow closer coordination in law enforcement, non-proliferation and governance of emerging technology as Group of Seven foreign ministers ask China to press Russia to end war.

Top US general offers ‘rational’ take on China’s military progress, analyst says

Mark Milley’s impartial view may be good sign of desire in Washington to ease tensions with Beijing, observer says.

Tibet can play ‘greater’ role in China’s carbon neutrality goals, regional chief says

Achievement shows Tibet could play a significant role in helping China achieve its dual carbon targets, regional head Yan Jinhai tells ecological development forum.

Hearing testimony on Chinese repression abroad, US lawmakers call for tougher response

Canadian MP tells US Congressional-Executive Commission on China about Beijing’s ‘systemic efforts’ involving threats, disinformation campaigns and surveillance.

New Cambodian PM Hun Manet to visit China and meet President Xi Jinping this week during 65th anniversary of ties

Chinese foreign ministry says Beijing looks to chart a course for the next stage of cooperation between the two nations.

China’s trailblazing US$31 million Mozi telescope ready to train giant eye on night sky

The northern hemisphere’s most powerful wide field survey device is expected to be fully operational by mid-September.

China’s top spy agency casts doubt over Xi Jinping attending Apec talks

Ministry of State Security calls on Washington to ‘show real sincerity’ in social media post, accusing the US of being ‘two-faced’ in its China policy, which it says is ‘doomed to fail’.

Climate scientists look behind Chinese legend of dogs barking at the sun to learn why spring in southeast China is cloudy

Team from China and Britain finds scientific evidence for link between Tibetan Plateau and East Asian circulation and precipitation.

Fosun-owned Club Med says Hongkongers heading for ski slopes, bucket-list destinations as travel bookings rebound

The resort operator, owned by Fosun Tourism, said people are now spending 23 per cent more and staying 10 per cent longer than they did before the pandemic.

Viral reaction to radiation in southern China highlights alarm over Japan’s Fukushima nuclear waste water release

Radiation report putting coastal Zhuhai at No 2 countrywide goes viral on Weibo, with many users pointing to Fukushima.

China vows tit-for-tat visa curbs on US officials who ‘meddle’ in Tibet

Beijing hits back with retaliatory measures against American personnel after Washington announces sanctions on Chinese officials suspected of role in alleged ‘forced assimilation’ of Tibetan children

Boy, 12, cycles 1,000km across China in 9 days to sample food in city famous for BBQ delicacies

A boy in China with a passion for cycling rides 1,000km from Shanghai to Shandong with his father driving alongside him during the summer holidays, inspiring mainland social media.

Chinese team says climate change makes Tibetan Plateau’s lakes more hospitable

Melting glaciers and increased precipitation lead to decline in salinity, which encourages biodiversity, lowers risk of harmful algae blooms and could help with drinking water supply, researchers say.