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China's births fall in 2021, as workforce shrinks

Jan. 17, 2022 02:39 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The number of babies born in China continued to shrink last year in a decade-long trend, official data showed Monday, as a declining workforce adds pressure to the ruling Communist Party's ambitions to boost national wealth and global influence. Some 10.6 million...

COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes

Jan. 15, 2022 02:36 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but organizers still hope to catapult the world into thinking about the future with a scaled-down...

Senior official in southern China under corruption probe

Jan. 14, 2022 03:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A top official in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi is under investigation for corruption, the ruling Communist Party's graft watchdog reported Friday. Vice Governor Liu Hongwu is being investigated for “serious violations of discipline and laws,” the...

EXPLAINER: Why didn't China send troops to aid Kazakhstan?

Jan. 13, 2022 21:07 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China gave strong verbal backing to Kazakhstan’s leader for his deadly crackdown to quell violent unrest, but stood aside as Russia sent in special forces troops. Resource-rich Kazakhstan, on China's western border, has economic and strategic importance for...

China faces omicron test weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

Jan. 13, 2022 08:59 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, which poses a test to its “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy and its ability to successfully host the Winter Olympics. ...

HRW: Democracy must step up as autocrats face turning point

Jan. 13, 2022 00:05 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A top rights activist feels populist autocrats could be facing a turning point as people learn that stirring words don't always translate into action, but he says democratic politicians will have to step up with “visionary leadership” to keep autocrats from getting a second...

Hong Kong 'patriots only' legislature convenes first session

Jan. 12, 2022 05:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature convened Wednesday for the first time since elections last month that were held under new legislation ensuring that only “patriots” who have proven their loyalty to Beijing could run as candidates. The 90-seat Legislative Council,...

Kazakh president: Forces can shoot to kill to quell unrest

Jan. 07, 2022 17:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president authorized security forces on Friday to shoot to kill those participating in unrest, opening the door for a dramatic escalation in a crackdown on anti-government protests that have turned violent. The Central Asian nation this week experienced...

China reports major drop in virus cases in locked-down Xi'an

Jan. 05, 2022 09:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China on Wednesday reported a major drop in COVID-19 infections in the northern city of Xi’an, which has been under a tight lockdown for the past two weeks that has sharply disrupted the lives of its 13 million residents. The National Health Commission...

China pursues tech 'self-reliance,' fueling global unease

Dec. 27, 2021 22:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — To help make China a self-reliant “technology superpower,” the ruling Communist Party is pushing the world's biggest e-commerce company to take on the tricky, expensive business of designing its own processor chips — a business unlike anything Alibaba Group has done before. ...