China’s foreign minister Wang Yi warned on Monday (July 11) during a policy speech in the Indonesian capital that countries should avoid being used as “chess pieces” by major powers in a region at risk of being reshaped by geopolitical factors.
China’s crude oil imports from Russia soared 55 per cent from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as the top supplier, as refiners cashed in on discounted supplies amid sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
China placed 1.7 million people under lockdown in central Anhui province, where authorities reported nearly 300 new cases yesterday in the latest of a string of outbreaks testing Beijing’s no-tolerance approach to Covid-19.
China yesterday rejected as an irresponsible smear a warning from the chief of Nasa that China might “take over” the moon as part of a military programme, saying it has always called for the building of a community of nations in outer space.
Hong Kong has overcome its challenges and “risen from the ashes”, China’s President Xi Jinping said yesterday, as he arrived in the former British colony to celebrate 25 years since its return to Chinese rule.
China’s factory and service sectors snapped three months of activity decline in June, business surveys showed on Thursday, as authorities lifted a strict Covid lockdown in Shanghai, reviving output and consumer spending.