Great Leap Forward: Astronauts return to Earth after China’s longest space mission

Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after completing the country’s longest crewed space mission. They spent 90 days at the Tianhe module on China’s space station, some 380km (240 miles) above Earth. The three men had on Thursday boarded the Shenzhou-12 crewed spacecraft and undocked from the space station. The successful mission is another demonstration of China’s growing confidence and capability in the space domain. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Honbo touched down in the Gobi desert in Inner Mongolia at around 13:35 local time (05:35 GMT) on Friday. They had left for space on 17 June, and … Continue reading Great Leap Forward: Astronauts return to Earth after China’s longest space mission

Hong Kong: Police raid Tiananmen Square museum

A museum commemorating the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been raided by Hong Kong police. Officers were later seen carrying exhibits out of the June 4 Museum. Four members of the group that ran the museum, the Hong Kong Alliance, were detained on Wednesday – including prominent pro-democracy activist and barrister Chow Hang Tung. The arrests were made under the national security law, which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Police have accused Ms Chow of inciting subversion, her lawyers said. The group, known for organising the city’s famed annual vigil for Tiananmen Square victims, denies accusations of … Continue reading Hong Kong: Police raid Tiananmen Square museum

Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil organisers arrested

Several members of a pro-democracy Hong Kong organisation have been arrested after their group was accused of working as a “foreign agent”. The Hong Kong Alliance is known for organising the city’s famed annual vigil for victims of the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Pro-democracy activist and barrister Chow Hang Tung was among the arrested. The arrests were made under the national security law, which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Hong Kong police’s national security unit had earlier requested that the Hong Kong Alliance hand over information, reportedly including personal details of all members since the group’s founding … Continue reading Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil organisers arrested

Hangzhou tops EIU chart of Chinese cities with most economic potential

Employees take a lunch break at the headquarters of Ant Group, an affiliate of Alibaba, in Hangzhou The Chinese tech hub of Hangzhou, home to e-commerce giant Alibaba, topped an Economist Intelligence Unit ranking of Chinese cities with the greatest economic growth potential in the next few years. All the cities in the top 10 are in eastern and southern China, except for the capital Beijing, which ranked sixth, after Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Zhuhai. Suzhou, Hefei, Nanjing and Ningbo rounded out the list. Cities in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang are best placed to benefit from … Continue reading Hangzhou tops EIU chart of Chinese cities with most economic potential

Good: China moves to cap the cost of renting a home in cities

The Chinese government has said the cost of renting a home in cities should not rise by more than 5% a year – its first move to cap rental prices and part of efforts to provide more affordable housing.People wearing face masks are seen on an overpass in front of a residential building in Beijing The plight of low-income individuals has come to the fore of policymaking as President Xi Jinping pledges to narrow wealth disparities in efforts to reach so-called “common prosperity”. Rents in big cities have surged over summer, fuelled partly by inflows of college graduates seeking employment. … Continue reading Good: China moves to cap the cost of renting a home in cities

China’s biggest air show to highlight homegrown technology

Visitors look at airborne weapons displayed at a booth of AVIC at the Zhuhai Airshow in Zhuhai China’s biggest air show will put its homegrown civil and military aviation technology on display next month, the mayor of host city Zhuhai said on Tuesday, though the closely watched C919 narrow body jet is not among the listed aerial exhibitions. The biennial China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 had been scheduled to take place in the southern city of Zhuhai was postponed from its original date of last November because of the pandemic. With few foreign … Continue reading China’s biggest air show to highlight homegrown technology

China cuts children’s online gaming to one hour

Online gamers under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play for an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays, China’s video game regulator has said. The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8pm to 9pm. It also instructed gaming companies to prevent children playing outside these times. Earlier this month a state media outlet branded online games “spiritual opium”. Inspections of online gaming companies will also increase, to check that the time limits are being enforced the regulator said. Earlier rules had limited children’s online game-playing to … Continue reading China cuts children’s online gaming to one hour

Update: Chinese actress Zhao Wei denies fleeing to France in now deleted Instagram post

Zhao Wei The mystery surrounding billionaire actress Zhao Wei and her whereabouts intensified over the weekend after unsubstantiated reports spread that she had fled China for France after she was blacklisted by Beijing authorities. On Saturday, reports emerged on Chinese news sites that Zhao had fled the country on a private jet and was spotted at Bordeaux airport in France. Zhao and her husband Huang Youlong are the owners of Chateau Monlot, a vineyard located just outside Bourdeaux. Seeking to dispel the rumors, and being banned from Chinese social media sites such as Weibo, Zhao posted three pictures to her Instagram account Sunday, … Continue reading Update: Chinese actress Zhao Wei denies fleeing to France in now deleted Instagram post

Great Move: China passes tough new online privacy law

China passed a sweeping privacy law aimed at preventing businesses from collecting sensitive personal data Friday, as the country faces an uptick in internet scams and Beijing targets tech giants hoovering up personal data. Under the new rules passed by China’s top legislative body, state and private entities handling personal information will be required to reduce data collection and obtain user consent. The Chinese state security apparatus will maintain access to swathes of personal data, however. Beijing has long been accused of harnessing big tech to accelerate repression in the northwestern Xinjiang province and elsewhere. The new rules are also … Continue reading Great Move: China passes tough new online privacy law

Two Hong Kong activists convicted on security law charge

Two Hong Kong activists, accused of being part of a group that campaigned for international sanctions against China, have pleaded guilty under the territory’s national security law in a case linked to jailed pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. Democracy activist Andy Li, 31, and paralegal Chan Tsz-wah, 29, admitted to a charge of “colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security” on Thursday. Prosecutors said they were part of a group that organised the publishing of advertisements and articles in overseas newspapers calling for sanctions. Both had been held in custody ahead of their plea. Li was previously jailed … Continue reading Two Hong Kong activists convicted on security law charge

Hong Kong authorities arrest pro-democracy singer

Anthony Wong Yiu-Ming. Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog on Monday charged a singer and prominent pro-democracy activist, Anthony Wong, with “corrupt conduct” at a 2018 election rally, the latest legal action against dissent by authorities in the Chinese-ruled city. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said in a statement that Wong had provided “entertainment to induce others to vote” for pro-democracy activist Au Nok-hin in a 2018 legislative council by-election. “At the rally, Wong performed two songs on stage. At the end of the performance, he appealed to the participants of the rally to vote for Au at the election,” the … Continue reading Hong Kong authorities arrest pro-democracy singer

First person sentenced under Hongkong security law gets nine years jail

A Hong Kong man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he rode a motorbike into police officers while flying a flag with a protest slogan. Tong Ying-kit, whose flag bore the phrase “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”, was earlier found guilty of inciting secession and terrorism. He was the first person to be charged under Hong Kong’s controversial national security law. The ruling has set the tone for how future cases might be interpreted. More than 100 people have been arrested since the law came into force in 2020. Critics say it reduces Hong Kong’s … Continue reading First person sentenced under Hongkong security law gets nine years jail