Latest Greater China News

Chinese users play cat-and-mouse with censors amid protests

Dec. 01, 2022 01:28 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Videos of hundreds protesting in Shanghai started to appear on WeChat Saturday night. Showing chants about removing COVID-19 restrictions and demanding freedom, they would only stay up for only minutes before being censored. Elliot Wang, a 26-year-old in Beijing,...

Hong Kong publisher's national security trial postponed

Nov. 30, 2022 23:57 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The trial of a Hong Kong newspaper publisher who was arrested in a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement was postponed Thursday after the territory's leader asked China to effectively block him from hiring a British defense lawyer. Jimmy Lai, 74, faces a possible...

Biden hosts Macron amid friction over US climate law

Dec. 01, 2022 00:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron are celebrating the longstanding U.S.-French relationship — but these are friends with differences. The French president is using his visit to Washington to sharply criticize aspects of the U.S. president’s signature...

Analysis: Under Jiang, China projected a more open image

Dec. 01, 2022 00:11 AM EST

He grinned, and — just eight years after the crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square — the spectacle of China's ruler beaming and glad-handing people in the very heart of capitalism seemed at once charming and really, really odd. It was an October morning in 1997...

Hong Kong publisher Lai faces Security Law in delayed trial

Nov. 30, 2022 23:18 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Jimmy Lai broke into Hong Kong's rambunctious media world 30 years ago armed with the belief that delivering information equates with protecting freedom. Lai's own freedom is at stake as he fights charges of endangering national security as former publisher of his...

Asian shares gain after Fed chair signals slower rate hikes

Nov. 30, 2022 23:18 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Thursday after a rally on Wall Street spurred by the Federal Reserve chair's comments on easing the pace of interest rate hikes to tame inflation. Signs that China may be shifting its approach to containing COVID-19 outbreaks to focus more...

Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

Nov. 30, 2022 20:42 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work before “zero COVID” can end. ...

Jiang Zemin, who guided China's economic rise, dies

Nov. 30, 2022 14:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003...

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

Nov. 30, 2022 10:51 AM 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 vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

Nov. 30, 2022 09:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. A massive show of force by the...