China expected to grant Xi 5 more years, no major changes
China is opening a twice-a-decade party conference at which leader Xi Jinping is expected to receive a third five-year term that breaks with recent precedent and establishes himself as possibly the most powerful Chinese politician since Mao Zedong.
EXPLAINER: Why is Xi Jinping's Central Asia trip important?
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a visit to the neighboring Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan this month in what would be his first overseas visit since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A Uyghur gets death sentence, as China bans once OK'd books
As the Chinese government tightened its grip over its ethnic Uyghur population, it sentenced one man to death and three others to life in prison last year for textbooks drawn in part from historical resistance movements that had once been sanctioned by the ruling Communist Party.
From Tiananmen to Hong Kong, China's crackdowns defy critics
From the crushing of Beijing’s 1989 pro-democracy protests to the suppression of Hong Kong’s opposition four decades later, China’s Communist Party has demonstrated a determination and ability to stay in power that is seemingly impervious to Western criticism.
Chinese leaders issue official history to elevate Xi
Leaders of China's ruling Communist Party have set the stage for President Xi Jinping to extend his rule next year, praising his role in China’s rise as an economic and strategic power and approving a political history that gives him status alongside the most important party figures.
Tennis star accuses China ex-vice premier of sexual assault
Chinese authorities have squelched virtually all online discussion of sexual assault accusations apparently made by a Chinese professional tennis star against a former top government official, showing how sensitive the ruling Communist Party is to such charges.
Myanmar factory attacks put focus on Chinese influence
Some say they suspect the military instigated attacks on the factories to justify imposing martial law in industrial zones that have been hotspots for protests against the junta. AdTurmoil is bad for business and will deter investors, the Chinese state-owned broadcaster CGTN said in a commentary. AdMuch of the controversy over the arson attacks has centered on what happened in and around the Chinese-owned Xing Jia shoe factory in Hlaing Thayar. “That's worrying because there are a lot of native Myanmar Chinese businesspeople as well. AdThe coup and its aftermath have raised risks for all doing business in and with Myanmar, analysts say.
China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, attendees applaud during a ceremony to mark the official end of extreme poverty in China held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The party announced in November, with little fanfare, that China no longer had anyone in extreme poverty. AdThey credit Xi with launching an initiative shortly after taking power in 2012 that enabled China to beat by a decade the 2030 target set by the World Bank for eliminating extreme poverty. China’s official definition of extreme poverty is an income per person of 11 yuan ($1.70) per day. The World Bank’s middle-income poverty standard is income of $5.50 per person per day.
Asia Today: China asks residents in 2 cities to stay home
COVID vaccine shots will be free in China, where more than 9 million doses have been give to date, health officials in Beijing said Saturday. India is second in the world behind the United States with 10.4 million coronavirus cases, including 150,798 deaths, according to the ministry. — COVID-19 vaccine shots will be free in China, where more than 9 million doses have been given to date, health officials in Beijing said Saturday. More than 1.6 million shots had been given in previous months. Sri Lanka has confirmed a total of 47,304 coronavirus cases, including 225 deaths.
Renowned world correspondent Seymour Topping dead at 98
FILE - Seymour Topping, Pulitzer board administrator, speaks at the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York, in this March 4, 2002, file photo. It was the key victory in the Communist conquest of China, and Topping was first to report it to the world. He became director of editorial development for the New York Times newspaper group until his retirement in 1993 from the company. Born Dec. 11, 1921, in Harlem, New York, Topping was the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Survivors include his wife, Audrey, and four of their five daughters: Karen Cone, Rebecca (Robin) Topping, Lesley Topping and Joanna Topping.
Stolen Mao calligraphy worth millions found cut in half
HONG KONG – A calligraphy scroll by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong estimated to be worth millions of dollars was cut in half after it was stolen last month in a high-profile burglary in Hong Kong, police said. The scroll was found damaged when police arrested a 49-year-old man in late September on suspicion of handling stolen property. The burglars took 24,000 Chinese postage stamps, 10 coins and seven calligraphy scrolls from Fu’s apartment, where he stored his collections. Fu estimated that the Mao calligraphy was worth about $300 million and that the theft totaled about $645 million. Although some of the stolen items have been found, the 24,000 stamps and six other calligraphy scrolls have not been recovered, police said.
History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers' eyes
In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo Gunnar Dedio, German film producer and managing director of PROGRESS Film GmbH poses for a photo between rolls of film in the archive of PROGRESS Film, in Leipzig, Germany. A new project is underway to digitize thousands of East German newsreels, documentaries and feature films 30 years after Germanys reunification. The East German Augenzeuge, or Eyewitness, newsreel on the Kennedy visit trumpeted the prank as a triumph, scoffing that the American president got an “unexpected surprise instead of the great view into the East German capital promised by his Secret Service” and allegedly had to cut his visit from “20 minutes to five." Germany was divided into four occupation zones after World War II, the Soviet-influenced East Germany and West Germany's American, British and French sectors. In 1950, the year after East Germany was established as a country, the authorities formed another company, Progress, as a state monopoly to distribute DEFA films and to import foreign productions.
For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president
Each step of the way, friends point to the influence of Gopalan Harris as a constant. Gopalan Harris defied generations of tradition by not returning to southern India after getting her doctorate, tossing aside expectations of an arranged marriage. Gopalan Harris mother took in victims of domestic abuse and educated women about contraception. Gopalan Harris relished roles in her daughters early campaigns but was gone before seeing her advance beyond a local office. There is no title or honor on earth Ill treasure more than to say I am Shyamala Gopalan Harris daughter, she wrote.
Always rocky, China-US relations appear at a turning point
The order followed the U.S. closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING Four decades after the U.S. established diplomatic ties with communist China, the relationship between the two is at a turning point. Two weeks ago, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi asked aloud if relations could stay on track. The U.S. is leaning on its allies to exclude Chinese telecom leader Huawei from their mobile networks, raising the specter of cybersecurity. Although Trump earlier played up what he called a warm relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, communication between the sides has fallen to new lows.
With a satirical fictional memoir, Jim Carrey gets real
This combination photo shows the cover of "Memoirs and Misinformation," left, and a portrait of author-actor Jim Carrey. Theres a lot of real feeling in this book, said Carrey in a Zoom interview from his home in Hawaii. And I think Jim was aware very early on that thats not how it would go down.Carrey isn't sure when he began to feel Jim Carrey cleaving away from himself. As eager as he seems to be to take Jim Carrey and tear him to pieces, he seems at least through a computer window thousands of miles away at ease in his own skin. Whatever it was, it was the perfect cocktail to get us here to this moment," Carrey says of his life.
Report: 60% of Beijing flights canceled to stem virus spread
Chinese police officers wearing masks shelter in the shade near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING Chinese media say more than 60% of commercial flights in and out of Beijing have been canceled as the city raises alert level amid a new coronavirus outbreak. The website of the Communist Party's Global Times said that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 1,255 flights to and from the capital's two major airports have been scrapped. That accounts for 67% of outgoing flights and 68% of incoming flights, the Global Times said. Beijing had essentially eradicated cases of local transmission but in recent days has added a total of 137 new cases with no new deaths.