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Harvard students show solidarity with Chinese protesters

Nov. 29, 2022 17:28 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered Tuesday at Harvard University to support Chinese protesters who have called for the country's leader to step down amid severe anti-virus restrictions in the biggest demonstrations against the government in Beijing in decades. About...

The AP Interview: IMF head urges China to end mass lockdowns

Nov. 29, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — It is time for China to move away from massive lockdowns and toward a more targeted approach to COVID-19, the head of the International Monetary Fund said days after widespread protests broke out, a change that would ease the impact to a world economy already struggling with high...

China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, Pentagon warns

Nov. 29, 2022 12:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its nuclear force and is on pace to nearly quadruple the number of warheads it has by 2035, rapidly closing its gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday. The report builds on the military’s warning last year...

China sends students home, police patrol to curb protests

Nov. 29, 2022 11:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. ...

China launches 3 astronauts to complete space station

Nov. 29, 2022 10:59 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China launched a rocket Tuesday carrying three astronauts to complete construction of the country's permanent orbiting space station, during which they will expand the facility to its maximum capacity of six crew aboard. The crew of the Shenzhou-15 will overlap for...

Team of UK lawmakers visits Taiwan amid strained China ties

Nov. 29, 2022 10:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A group of British lawmakers began a visit to Taiwan on Tuesday and were scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-Wen and other politicians after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared that the “golden era” of U.K.-China relations was over. The visit by...

China ready for 'closer partnership' with Russia in energy

Nov. 29, 2022 09:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is ready to “forge closer partnership” with Russia in energy, a state news agency quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter Tuesday, potentially expanding ties that irk Washington by helping the Kremlin resist sanctions over its war on Ukraine. The...

India, US armies hold exercises close to China border

Nov. 29, 2022 09:34 AM EST

AULI, India (AP) — Indian and U.S. troops on Tuesday participated in a high-altitude training exercise in a cold, mountainous terrain near India’s disputed border with China, at a time both countries are trying to manage rising tensions with Beijing. During the exercise, Indian...

EXPLAINER: Why are China's COVID rules so strict?

Nov. 29, 2022 06:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its “zero-COVID” measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus. While most other nations saw the health and safety regulations as temporary until...

US dismisses China objections to South China Sea mission

Nov. 29, 2022 04:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday dismissed Beijing’s protests over a "freedom of navigation operation” conducted near a Chinese-held island in the South China Sea, in the latest incident drawing new attention to one of the world's potential military flashpoints. In an...