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China lands on Mars in major advance for its space ambitions

May. 15, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days...

Penpa Tsering elected president of Tibetan exile government

May. 14, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Penpa Tsering, the former speaker of Tibet's parliament-in-exile, has been elected the new president of the exile government, the election commissioner announced Friday. He will succeed Lobsang Sangay, who completes his second five-year term at...

Taiwan Apple Daily to end print edition next week

May. 14, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The media company of tycoon Jimmy Lai, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate, said Friday its Taiwan Apple Daily newspaper will stop publishing a print edition next week, adding to economic fallout from conflict over Beijing's tighter control of the southern...

China Mars rover to land between Saturday and Wednesday

May. 14, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says its Mars probe and accompanying rover are expected to land on the red planet sometime between Saturday and Wednesday Beijing time. The China National Space Administration said in a brief notice that the Tianwen-1 probe has collected a large...

China accuses US of 'coercive diplomacy' after trade remarks

May. 14, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday accused the United States of “coercive diplomacy” following comments by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to his Australian counterpart that the U.S. “will not leave Australia alone on the field — or maybe I should say ‘alone on the pitch’ — in...

US vows to stand by ally Australia against China

May. 13, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration vowed Thursday to stand by Australia in its worsening trade and other disputes with China. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Australian counterpart that the U.S. “will not leave Australia alone on the field — or...

USOPC to Congress: Beijing Olympic boycott not the solution

May. 13, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A boycott of next year's Beijing Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty,” the head of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee wrote to Congress on Thursday. ...

Alibaba records first quarterly operating loss since IPO

May. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Alibaba had its first quarterly operating loss since it went public in 2014 after Beijing slapped a record $2.8 billion fine on the nation's largest e-commerce company for abusing its market position. The loss tied to the anti-monopoly fine was 7.66...

Death of student in China triggers questions, protests

May. 13, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — It was a call no parent wants to receive. On Mother's Day, around 9 p.m., a woman in Chengdu in southwestern China was told that her son, who she had dropped off at school just hours ago, had died. Distraught, she went to Chengdu No. 49 Middle...

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report

May. 12, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy...