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Will he go or not? Hong Kong awaits word on Xi Jinping visit

Jun. 27, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Will he go or not? Chinese President Xi Jinping kept Hong Kong guessing on Monday about his possible appearance at the 25th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule. The government has yet to say whether he will be...

Censors delete discussion of Beijing's future COVID control

Jun. 27, 2022 04:31 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Digital censors quickly deleted a hashtag “the next five years” Monday as online discussion swirled in response to reported remarks of Beijing's Communist Party secretary saying that the capital city will normalize pandemic prevention controls over the course of the next...

Biden's mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

Jun. 25, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as he embarks on a five-day trip to Europe as the 4-month-old war shows no sign of abating and its aftershocks to global food and energy supplies are deepening. ...

Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

Jun. 25, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether he will visit the former British colony for the highly symbolic event after a crackdown on a...

Executive director Ramsey Baker to leave US Figure Skating

Jun. 24, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ramsey Baker is leaving U.S. Figure Skating at the end of the year, leaving the organization in search of an executive director after a successful Beijing Olympics and as it turns its attention toward the 2026 Winter Games in Milan. Baker has been...

Chinese electric car brand NIO says 2 killed in vehicle fall

Jun. 24, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two people involved in testing for the electric car brand NIO died when one of its vehicles fell three stories from a Shanghai parking structure, the company said Friday. The crash Thursday was under investigation but appeared to be an accident and “not caused by...

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

Jun. 23, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is...

South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

Jun. 22, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected. Parts of the manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. ...

Japan PM says dialogue with China, S. Korea key to stability

Jun. 21, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that talks with China's leader are key to regional and international peace and stability amid growing tensions over territorial disputes and Beijing's increased military activity around Japan. “It is important to...

UN biodiversity summit moved from China over COVID-19 policy

Jun. 21, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A United Nations summit on biodiversity will be held in Canada instead of China, organizers announced Tuesday, the second major international event to be moved from China because of its strict anti-coronavirus policies. The U.N. secretariat for the Convention on...