June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022

Not competing for influence

China has insisted it has “no intention to compete” for influence in the South Pacific as foreign minister Wang Yi and his Australian counterpart Penny Wong again jetted around the region yesterday on duelling diplomatic charm offensives.

June 1, 2022
June 1, 2022

Shanghai lifts lockdown after 2 months, issues "thank you" letter to residents

Shanghai sprung back to life on Wednesday after two months of bitter isolation under a ruthless COVID-19 lockdown, with people driving cars again or cramming into trains and buses to go back to work, hoping to never go through a similar ordeal again.

June 1, 2022
June 1, 2022

China sends 30 warplanes into Taiwan air defence zone

China has made the second largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters.

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

China's cabinet announces measures to revive Covid-ravaged economy

As China's yuan climbs rapidly to its strongest levels in six years against the currencies of the country's trading partners, a notable absence of concern and intervention by the authorities is unnerving investors.

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

China sends 30 jets into Taiwan air defense zone

China has made the second largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defense zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters.

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

Pacific nations reject China security pact

Ten Pacific island nations yesterday rebuffed China’s push for a wide-ranging regional security pact, amid worries the proposal was designed to pull them into Beijing’s orbit.

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

Thousands quarantined after Beijing man breaks Covid rules

A Beijing man has landed thousands of his neighbours in quarantine after he ignored an order to stay at home and later tested positive for Covid, prompting a police investigation.

May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022

UNSC fails to agree on Myanmar text

The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a statement aimed at pushing Myanmar’s junta to take steps toward a peaceful solution to the country’s ongoing crisis, diplomats said.

May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022

UN rights chief defends China visit after uproar

The UN rights envoy yesterday said her contentious visit to China was “not an investigation”, and insisted she had unsupervised access during meetings in Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of widespread human rights abuses.

May 28, 2022
May 28, 2022

China, Russia veto US bid at UN to punish North Korea

China and Russia on Thursday vetoed a US-led bid at the United Nations to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its missile launches, laying bare divisions that Western envoys fear would be exploited by Pyongyang.