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China making world believe in its military power to win over minds.
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China making world believe in its military power to win over minds.

Hong Kong: Beijing's most serious border tensions exist with India, and the two sides have repeatedly failed to reach consensus after violence erupted last year. On 23 October, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress approved China's first national law concerning its 22,000km-long land border with 14 different countries to better maintain national security. The law promulgates dispute management mechanisms based on the "principle of equality, mutual trust and friendly consultation". However, the latest round of talks with India broke down as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has no intention to back down from its aggressive encroachment. The Land Border Law states that China "shall take measures to resolutely safeguard territorial integrity and land border security...
Hong Kong and Tibet activist detained in Greece for protesting against 2022 Winter Olympics
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Hong Kong and Tibet activist detained in Greece for protesting against 2022 Winter Olympics

Athens: The 2022 winter Olympics are being opposed in whole world. Recently in Greece the local police detained Tibetan and Hong Kong people who were campaigning against the winter Olympics in China. Greek police recently detained a group of Tibetan and Hong Kong activists who were campaigning to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. A section of activists have been demanding a ban of the Beijing Winter Olympics on humanitarian grounds. However, certain activists fear there has been a collaboration between the Chinese and Greek authorities especially after the treatment of the Greek police. Police in Athens detained 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old Hong Kong activist in exile, Joey Siu, after they took part in a protest at the Acropolis ahead of...
EU ties with Taiwan
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EU ties with Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: European Union wants to extend its ties with Taiwan and it’ll also address the Chinese attempts to enter in the Taiwan space. The remarks came from EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager at a European Parliament plenary session focused on Taiwan-EU relations, Taipei Times reported. "While enhancing ties with Taiwan, the EU has to address China's assertiveness and attempts to intimidate Taiwan's like-minded partners," Vestager said in her remarks. Vestager also pointed at China's increasing military presence in the Taiwan Strait, including flying missions off the southwest coast of Taiwan. "This display of force may have a direct impact on European security and prosperity," she said, adding that the EU encourages all parties to avoid any unilateral a
Taiwan suspecting over China about testing hypersonic missiles, Beijing denies
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Taiwan suspecting over China about testing hypersonic missiles, Beijing denies

Taiwan’s defense ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen said that the military will find ways to deal with this threat after the Chinese hypersonic missile test. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday declined to comment on a report claiming that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August. "I'm not going to comment on the specific report," Psaki said when asked if she could confirm the report that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile this summer that surprised US officials. Psaki reiterated Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's earlier statement about the matter, underscoring US concerns about China's military capabilities it continues to pursue. Moreover, Psaki said the United States welcomes stiff competition but does not want that competition
An illegal protest from last year put 7 Hong Kong activist behind bars
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An illegal protest from last year put 7 Hong Kong activist behind bars

Hong Kong: Seven activists from Hongkong has been imprisoned for 12 months for taking part in protest China’s new national security law from last year by a Hong Kong district court. Figo Chan, a convenor of the now defunct Civil Human Rights Front, was given the toughest sentence for playing a leading role in the July 1 protest, the Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said. Former lawmaker Wu Chi-wai and ex-district councilor Tsang Kin-shing were each handed a 10-month jail term, given their social status, while the rest received six to eight months. The illegal demonstration was called a day after China imposed security rules on the former British colony to punish subversion, secession and terrorism. It coincided with the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.
Harvard University summer language program relocated to Taiwan
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Harvard University summer language program relocated to Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: The relations between China and Taiwan do not tend to settle amid which the Harvard University is relocating its summer language program from China to Taiwan.Harvard’s study abroad program that allows US students to explore the Chinese capital while improving their mandarin, will move to Taipei’s National Taiwan University (NTU) next year, Taiwan Focus reported. The publication stated that 60 Harvard University students will attend the eight-week program at NTU next summer. According to NTU, the program is also planning to arrange field trips to tourist attractions in northern Taiwan, as well as a series of cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Chess and making dumplings. This decision was made “due to a perceived lack of friendliness from the h
Do not give land to Chinese farmers: Laos farmers
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Do not give land to Chinese farmers: Laos farmers

Vientiane, Laos: Chinese farmers were given land in the off season in Laos, but the people of Laos have urged the local government to not to lease the Chinese farmers their land in off-season. This came as the NAMPheung company has been leasing at least 180 hectares of land in Ngeun district to the Chinese farmers who grow watermelons on this land from December to April and then returns it to the villagers before the rice-planting season, Radio Free Asia reported. "The land is damaged, when they return the land to us for rice planting, yields are down and of lesser quality," a farmer informed. "The Chinese investors dig into the land so deep so the farmers have to fill up the land before planting. It's a waste of money labour and time," the villager said, adding that the villager...
Chinese billionaire Wang Xing got its antitrust investigation of Meituan closed by govt
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Chinese billionaire Wang Xing got its antitrust investigation of Meituan closed by govt

Beijing: Chinese government has again slammed a big businessman from their estate. The businessman blocked his 18,000 public posts days before government issued him a fine of a US$533 million on him.    Wang Xing founded the Chinese group-buying site Meituan in 2010. Meituan was hugely successful and merged with Dianping in 2015. Online checks made by the South China Morning Post found that Wang has hidden from the public all of his 661 posts on popular Chinese microblogging service Weibo and 17,105 posts on Fanfou, a now-obscure microblogging platform that he launched in 2007 during his early days as an entrepreneur. Fanfou has served as Wang’s de facto online fan club, where he has posted about three times a day on average for 14 years, reporter Coco Feng wrot
Reunification with Taiwan peacefully: Xi Jinping
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Reunification with Taiwan peacefully: Xi Jinping

Beijing, China: Chinese president has said to resolve the issue with Taiwan peacefully and objected the foreign interference in the matter.His remarks come amidst the rising tensions between Beijing and Taipei after nearly 150 Chinese military aircraft breached the airspace of Taiwan over a period of four days. “The Taiwan issue is exclusively an internal affair of China, and any external interference is inadmissible,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said during his address to mark the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. The leader warned against underestimating the Chinese people’s “firm determination, unshakable will and significant ability” to defend state sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that the historic task to complete reunification of the homeland must and
Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China
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Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China

Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China Taiwan has applied to join the Asia-Pacific region's biggest free-trade pact. (AFP photo) TAIPEI: Taiwan has applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade deal, officials confirmed Thursday, days after China said it also wanted to become a member of the agreement. Signed by 11 Asia-Pacific countries in 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is the region's biggest free-trade pact and accounts for around 13.5% of the global economy. "Most of [the CPTPP's] member countries are Taiwan's key trade partners, accounting for over 24% of Taiwan's international trade," cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng told reporters. "Taiwan can't be left out in the world and has to integrate into the regional econ...