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China prepares to send astronauts to new space station

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The first crew for China’s new space station has reportedly begun final preparations to blast off this week. The mission is China’s first crewed spaceflight in nearly five years, and a matter of prestige for the gover...

Nato summit: leaders declare China presents security risk

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Nato leaders have declared China presents a security risk at their annual summit in Brussels, the first time the traditionally Russia-focused military alliance has asserted it needs to respond to Beijing’s growing pow...

Expect China to be furious at being cast as a threat to the west

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When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) was established on 4 April 1949, its mission was to counterbalance armies from the Soviet Union that were stationed in central and eastern Europe after the conclusion...

G7 leaders seek right balance in dealing with their China dilemma

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In an extra-secure, 90-minute session, with the phones and wifi cut off, all designed to block any eavesdropping by a prying foreign state, leaders of the G7, with glorious St Ives sunshine outside, wrestled with an i...

China rushes through law to counter US and EU sanctions

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China has passed a law to counter foreign sanctions in response to US and EU pressure over trade, technology, Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Individuals or entities involved in making or implementing discriminatory measures ...

How China went from celebrating ethnic diversity to suppressing it

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China’s mass detention of Uyghur Muslims – the largest of a religio-ethnic group since the second world war – is not the inevitable or predictable outcome of Chinese communist policies towards ethnic minorities. I’ve ...

‘Get to work’: US defence chief tells Pentagon to sharpen China focus

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The US defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, has directed the Pentagon to sharpen its focus on China, which the United States has tagged as its top strategic rival. “Now, it is up to the department to get to work,” Austin ...

US Senate approves $50bn boost for computer chip and AI technology to counter China

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The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to boost American semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most no...

Australia live updates: Melbourne’s Covid restrictions expected to ease; Morrison addresses climate, China before G7

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Travel to regional Victoria likely to be barred when lockdown ends Thursday midnight. Follow updates live

Coronavirus live news: China approves vaccine for three-year-olds; more than 1m Europeans get Covid travel pass

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Sinovac says vaccine has been approved by Chinese authorities; health certificate being rolled out to unlock travel within the bloc

Coronavirus live news: China pledges more vaccine support for south-east Asia

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Foreign minister says Beijing will help with production and distribution; reports say Canada will loosen 14-day quarantine for vaccinated travellers

China blocks cryptocurrency Weibo accounts in ‘judgment day’ for bitcoin

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China has stepped up its crackdown on bitcoin trading and mining, blocking a slew of cryptocurrency-related accounts on the Twitter-like Weibo platform over the weekend. More actions are expected, including linking il...

China, Fauci and witch hunts: Donald Trump takes aim at usual suspects in return to stage

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Donald Trump has returned to the stage in predictable fashion as he launched a more active phase of his post presidency: criticising Covid expert Anthony Fauci, calling for China to pay reparations over the pandemic a...

‘Absolutely intolerable’: China slams US and EU Hong Kong Tiananmen candles

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China has berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre , blasting it as a “clumsy political show” to destabilise the city. Candles were seen lit in ...

Escaped elephants wreak havoc in south-west China – video report

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A herd of 15 elephants have caused destruction in south-west China, including eating fields of corn and smashing up barns, after escaping from Xishuangbanna nature reserve in Yunnan province. On Tuesday, Yunnan author...

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