Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Australian journalists flown out of China ‘amid diplomatic standoff’

Australian journalists flown out of China ‘amid diplomatic standoff’

Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist who worked for state broadcaster CGTN. She was detained in China last month on suspicion of "criminal activity endangering China's national security"."I know her, but not particularly well, it didn't seem like I would be the most logical person to interrogate if you wanted evidence about her case," he said.Mr…
China holds military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

China holds military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A file photo taken in 2010 of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to "protect its sovereignty" as a top US official visits Taiwan.The live-fire drills take place as relations between Beijing and Washington sour and the US…
WeWork sells majority stake in Chinese entity, seeks localization

WeWork sells majority stake in Chinese entity, seeks localization

Four years after its foray into the Chinese market, followed by rapid and cash-hemorrhaging expansion, WeWork decided to wind down its involvement in the country. WeWork’s Chinese unit has secured a $200 million investment led by Shanghai-based equity firm Trustbridge Partners, which first backed WeWork China in its Series B round in 2018, the American…
Mulan: Why Disney’s latest reboot is facing boycott calls

Mulan: Why Disney’s latest reboot is facing boycott calls

Image copyright Disney Image caption Not everyone is happy about China's first real-life Disney princess It's one of the first big movie releases since the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas and film production.But Disney's Mulan is facing calls for a boycott in some Asian countries. Liu Yifei, the live-action film's star, first angered fans last…
Cheng Lei: China says journalist ‘endangered national security’

Cheng Lei: China says journalist ‘endangered national security’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear what "criminal activity" Cheng Lei has allegedly committed An Australian journalist detained in China for weeks is being held on national security grounds, China has said.Cheng Lei, a presenter for China Global Television Network (CGTN), is suspected of "criminal activity endangering China's national security".She has been…
Hong Kong security law: UN experts voice deep concerns

Hong Kong security law: UN experts voice deep concerns

Image copyright ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP UN human rights experts have told China a new security law for Hong Kong poses a serious risk to the city's freedoms.The legislation has been widely criticised since it was imposed by Beijing in June after months of huge pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.In the letter made public on…
China says U.S. South China Sea sanctions are unjust – Reuters

China says U.S. South China Sea sanctions are unjust – Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that it was unjust for the United States to impose sanctions on Chinese companies involved in construction in the South China Sea as these activities were happening on China’s own territory.Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.The United States…
TikTok, WeChat and the growing digital divide between the U.S. and China

TikTok, WeChat and the growing digital divide between the U.S. and China

Over the past decade, the dynamic between Chinese and United States tech companies has undergone dramatic shifts. Once seen as a promising market for American companies, that narrative flipped as China’s tech innovation and investment power became increasingly evident, and the expanding reach of the Chinese Communist Party’s cybersecurity regulations fueled concerns about data privacy.…
TikTok parent ByteDance says it will ‘strictly follow’ China export controls

TikTok parent ByteDance says it will ‘strictly follow’ China export controls

While Beijing has repeatedly spoken out against Washington’s pressure on Huawei, it has remained relatively quiet amid TikTok’s recent struggles in the U.S. As the red-hot video app approaches a final sale in the U.S., however, the Chinese authority moved unexpectedly to make the deal more complicated to go through. On late Friday, China’s Ministry…

China may kill TikTok’s U.S. operations rather than see them sold

The controversial push to force Chinese tech unicorn ByteDance to divest part or all of its smash-hit TikTok social media service to a U.S.-based company could be in doubt after a report today indicated that China’s government may oppose the transaction. According to reporting by Reuters, the Chinese government may prefer TikTok to simply shutter…