Latest Beijing News

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, breakman Lolo Jones, of the United States, prepares for a training session with her teammate Jazmine Fenlator for the women's bobsleigh at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Jones hasn’t returned to China since 2008, since one bad step in what was then the biggest race of her life cost her an Olympic gold medal. Her stance might change in 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Lolo Jones back in bobsledding, seeks elusive Olympic medal

Nov. 27, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Lolo Jones hasn’t returned to China since 2008, since one bad step in what was then the biggest race of her life cost her an Olympic gold medal. She’s never wanted to go back. Her stance might change in 2022. Jones — the longtime U.S. hurdles star who decided to add sliding to her resume a...

A staff member wearing a face mask stands near a display of Australian wines at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Chinese leaders are conducting an import fair under intensive anti-coronavirus controls in their latest effort to revive the world's No. 2 economy while the United States and Europe struggle with a renewed surge of infections. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions

Nov. 27, 2020 9:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1%, effective Saturday,...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a photo before a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

China's top diplomat stresses S.Korea ties amid row with US

Nov. 26, 2020 4:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China’s top diplomat on Thursday stressed the importance of bilateral relations while meeting senior officials in South Korea, where there is growing concern the country is becoming squeezed between China, its biggest trading partner, and military ally the United States. ...

China's Xi congratulates Biden, hopes for 'win-win' ties

Nov. 25, 2020 10:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that have plunged Sino-American relations to their lowest level in decades. Biden is widely...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, bumps elbows with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the start of their meeting in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan, China agree on economic ties, split over islands

Nov. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's top diplomat told Japan's leader on Wednesday that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute. Foreign Minister Wang Yi...

China accuses Britain of discriminating with tech ban

Nov. 25, 2020 4:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused Britain on Wednesday of improperly attacking Chinese tech companies after the British government proposed a law to block market access to telecom equipment giant Huawei and other vendors that are deemed high-risk. The foreign ministry gave no indication whether Beijing might...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. India banned 43 mobile apps on Tuesday in a move targeted at China, with which it is locked in a military standoff along a border in the Himalayas.(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

China demands India rescind app ban amid border tension

Nov. 25, 2020 3:51 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday demanded India rescind a ban on more Chinese mobile phone apps amid tension between Beijing and other governments over technology and security. A foreign ministry spokesman accused India of violating global free-trade rules and discriminating against Chinese companies....

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference after delivering her policy address in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Lam lauded the city's new national security law on Wednesday as

Hong Kong leader lauds new security law despite criticism

Nov. 25, 2020 3:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law on Wednesday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free speech and political opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by a fridge displaying frozen meats at a supermarket in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. China has stirred controversy with claims it has detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

EXPLAINER: China's claims of coronavirus on frozen foods

Nov. 24, 2020 10:00 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food, but how valid are its claims and how serious is the threat to public health? Frozen shrimp imported from an Ecuadorian company was banned for one week on Tuesday in a continuing series of such temporary bans....

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

Nov. 24, 2020 1:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Francis’ remarks had “no factual basis at all.” “People of all...