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Welcoming message for Hong Kong refugees adds to China’s tensions with US, Canada
The potential acceptance of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists as political refugees led to a war of words between Beijing and governments in countries including the United States and Canada.  A number of developed countries have pledged to open their doors to Hongkongers, but the Chinese government has attacked them for what it describes as foreign interference in its domestic affairs.  Some of those who took part in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong have fled the city or are trying to leave over fears that they could face prosecution.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week responded to a veiled threat made by a Chinese diplomat after US National Security Advisor Robert O’
China opens arms to Thailand’s embattled government as protesters rally
Beijing’s foreign minister Wang Yi has offered support and much needed investment to Thailand’s embattled government of Prayuth Chan-ocha, as the kingdom slides deeper into political crisis and struggles to revive a flatlining economy hammered by the coronavirus. Wang, on his last meeting of a whistle-stop tour shoring up alliances in Southeast Asia, on Thursday promised to sell Thailand’s massive Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) infrastructure, tech and trade zone plan to Chinese companies and make the hub a key part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Thailand is desperate for good economic news and is hoping its largest overseas investor – trade between the two is worth nearly $80 billi
Sparks could soon be flying between US and China over Hong Kong
Hong Kong will come under the spotlight at China’s biggest political event of the year following waves of protest last year. Sources told the South China Morning Post that Premier Li Keqiang was expected to take a tougher stance on Hong Kong when he delivers his work report to the National People’s Congress (NPC). The NPC, usually held in early March, was delayed until this month because of the pandemic. It is where Beijing announces its annual economic growth targets, sets budgets and lays out key development plans. Ordinarily, the premier's report contains a terse, one-paragraph mention of Hong Kong and Macau that reaffirms the “one country, two systems” principle that grants the former c
Chinese city on lockdown as authorities try to contain coronavirus outbreak
All public transportation in and out of the Chinese city of Wuhan, including trains, buses and ferries, stopped at 10am on Thursday as the central government imposed a quarantine to try to contain the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 17 people and infected hundreds more. Local residents had rushed to railway stations and the airport after the announcement of the lockdown on Wednesday night.  The government told residents not to leave the city without “special reasons.” The lockdown came as the number of people confirmed to be infected on the mainland reached 583, with 17 deaths, as of publishing, according to China’s National Health Commission.  The southern province of Guangdong, bor