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China responds to Biden’s pledge to defend Taiwan if invaded – video

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China expressed resolute opposition to Joe Biden's remarks that the US would defend Taiwan militarily if the Chinese mainland were to invade. Biden made the statement on Monday during his visit to Japan.Responding to ...

Biden’s Taiwan vow creates confusion not clarity – and raises China tensions

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The somewhat routine press conference in Tokyo was winding down when the question came. “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” Many past American presidents would have defle...

‘Sleepwalking through extinction’: China urged to end delays to Cop15 summit

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China has been urged to name a date for a key UN nature summit this year, amid growing frustration with Beijing and concerns among experts that we are “sleepwalking through this cataclysmic climate extinction”. After ...

Canada to ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G network, risking China tensions

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Canada says it will ban Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 5G network, a move that puts it in line with intelligence-sharing allies, but risks further chilling relations with China. The federal government made the anno...

China seeks to reset relationship with Australia after election

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China will seek talks with whichever party wins Saturday’s Australian federal election, with diplomatic sources declaring that they see “a good opportunity” to ease tensions in the period after the vote. A Chinese dip...

Marise Payne holds first meeting with Solomon Islands counterpart since China security pact

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A meeting between Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, and her Solomons Islands counterpart for the first time since a security pact with China was signed overshadowed campaign announcements on Saturday. On day...

Survivor found in rubble six days after China building collapse

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Rescuers in central China have pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that partially collapsed almost six days earlier, state media reported Thursday. The unidentified woman is the 10th survivor of the dis...

Ukraine war and China lockdowns drive fastest UK price rises in years

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The cost of household goods such as toys, furniture and clothing is rising by the fastest rate in more than 15 years as the impact of the war in Ukraine combines with Covid lockdowns in China. Non-food inflation accel...

As China looks on at a world opening up, can Xi Jinping survive zero-Covid?

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Across much of the world people are taking international holidays, returning to the office, and going to festivals and political rallies. Faced with the seemingly unstoppable Omicron variant, they’ve decided to live a...

China detects first human case of H3N8 bird flu strain

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An H3N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, in China’s central province of Henan.The four-year-old boy infected had been in contact with chickens and crows raised at his home, according ...

China expands Covid testing to almost all of Beijing’s 22 million residents

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Beijing has swiftly expanded its Covid-19 mass testing from one district this week to most of the city of nearly 22 million, adding to expectations of an imminent lockdown similar to Shanghai’s. The Chinese capital be...

Temper tantrums and invasion threats over Solomon Islands deal with China will push Pacific allies away

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A spectre is haunting the Pacific. It is focused on Solomon Islands today, but has eyes everywhere and might pounce anywhere next. No, I’m not talking about China. I am talking about us. More specifically, I’m talking...

Richard Marles’ contentious China trip was praised by Coalition MP

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A Coalition MP praised a now contentious trip to China featuring Labor’s deputy leader, Richard Marles, as “an invaluable opportunity to have open and candid dialogue”. The Morrison government has attempted to discred...

US warns Solomon Islands against China military base as Australian MPs trade blame

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The US government has warned Solomon Islands it will “respond accordingly” if its security agreement with China leads to a Chinese military presence in the Pacific island nation. A visiting US delegation including Ind...

Covid forces China to face mental health crisis a long time in the making

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Since the Covid lockdown in Shanghai began, Hu Bojun has received numerous inquiries about her and her hospital’s counselling services. This month, the US-educated clinical psychologist began facilitating lockdown sup...

China internet censors scramble as lockdown frustration sparks ‘creative’ wave of dissent

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China’s strict system of censorship is struggling against the onslaught of complaints from Shanghai, as residents find creative ways to get around bans on words, hashtags and even lyrics from the national anthem. As t...

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