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AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

Apr. 16, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative" and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on combatting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery. The U.S. appears to be...

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

Apr. 16, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from...

Beijing warns US, Japan against collusion vs China

Apr. 16, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it has expressed “serious concerns” to the United States and Japan over what it calls negative moves and collusion between the two countries against China. The statement from Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian came just...

9 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms for roles in 2019 protest as Beijing continues crackdown on dissent

Apr. 16, 2021 05:06 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — 9 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms for roles in 2019 protest as Beijing continues crackdown on dissent.

China's growth surges to 18.3% but rebound leveling off

Apr. 16, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economy grew by double digits in the latest quarter but an explosive rebound from the coronavirus pandemic is slowing abruptly as manufacturing and consumer spending return to normal. The economy grew by 18.3% over a year ago, official data...

China ramps up vaccination drive with free eggs, other goods

Apr. 16, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China's success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. So it is accelerating its inoculation campaign by offering incentives — free eggs, store coupons and discounts on groceries and...

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Apr. 15, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the “bottom line” of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers. The U.S., Britain and their...

U.S.'s John Kerry in China for talks ahead of climate summit

Apr. 15, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is in talks in China on Thursday ahead of President Joe Biden’s climate summit of world leaders. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said the discussions in Shanghai running through Saturday aim to boost...

Today in History

Apr. 15, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 15, the 105th day of 2021. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first Black major league player, made...

Ex-US officials visit Taiwan amid China tensions

Apr. 14, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former U.S. senator and two ex-State Department officials arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday for talks with the island's leaders at a time of tense relations with China. Chris Dodd, a Democratic senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2011, was...