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Beijing punishes local officials for handling of deadly Henan floods

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has punished almost 100 officials and company managers for dereliction of duty around catastrophic floods that hit Henan province and killed hundreds of people last July,…

China’s local COVID cases fall while infections grow in Beijing city

BEIJING (Reuters) -China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, while infections edged up in the capital Beijing amid high…

Yao Ming says he and Peng Shuai ‘chatted merrily’ at event last month

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming said on Monday that tennis star Peng Shuai, who became the subject of concern after she accused a former senior politician of…

Beijing tightens rules for entering city after Omicron case

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing will require travellers to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in the Chinese capital, state media announced on Sunday, a day after the…

China urges local govts to minimize impact from COVID-19 curbs over Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state planner on Sunday urged local governments to minimise the impact from COVID-19 restrictions over the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday to help a rebound in…

City of Beijing reports first local Omicron case -state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital Beijing on Saturday reported its first locally transmitted infection of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, according to state media, just weeks ahead of…

Stay away in event of accident with Olympics vehicle, Beijing police warn

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - People should stay away from the special vehicles used to ferry people to and from the Winter Olympic venues in the event of a traffic incident,…

China summons Quora-like Zhihu for unlawful release of information

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Beijing cyberspace regulator said on Monday that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) had asked it to summon Zhihu for unlawful release of information, as Beijing…

Taiwan referendums fail in major setback for opposition

By Ben Blanchard TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan's opposition suffered a major setback on Saturday after voters rejected four referendums it had championed as a show of no confidence in the government.…

UK criticises “unacceptable pressure” by China against Lithuanian diplomats

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister criticised what she called the "unacceptable pressure" by China after Lithuania's diplomatic delegation left the country on Wednesday in a hastily arranged exit. Beijing,…

First German warship in almost two decades enters South China Sea

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German warship sailed into the South China Sea on Wednesday for the first time in almost 20 years, a move that sees Berlin joining other Western…

Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss tensions in Europe and "aggressive" U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a video call on Wednesday, the Kremlin…