Hong Kong activist with cancer jailed for Olympic protest attempt

Hong Kong authorities have sentenced an activist with stage four cancer to nine months in jail for his attempt to protest against the Beijing Olympics. Koo Sze-Yiu, 75, was arrested by police in February before he could carry out a solo demonstration criticizing China. The veteran campaigner had planned to display a coffin with slogans outside Beijing’s liaison office on the first day of the Winter Games. He was charged with sedition, which he has denied. The charge carries a maximum two-year prison sentence. The court sentenced him to nine months but Koo said he would appeal the sentence. Police … Continue reading Hong Kong activist with cancer jailed for Olympic protest attempt

Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes at sea

Hong Kong’s famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized in the South China Sea less than a week after it was towed away from the city, its parent company said. The restaurant encountered “adverse conditions” on Saturday as it was passing the Xisha Islands, also known as the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, and water entered the vessel and it began to tip, according to Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Ltd. The company said no-one was injured, but that efforts to save the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday. “As the water depth at the scene is over 1,000 metres, … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes at sea

Amazing: China plans hypersonic passenger flights more than twice the speed of Concorde

A Chinese tech company has unveiled plans for hypersonic flights, which could fly at one mile per second, covering long-haul routes such as Shanghai to New York in two hours.The company’s promo video shows what the views of Earth would be like (Space Transportation China) The brand Space Transportation, also known as the company Beijing Lingkong Tianxing Technology, has released an animated video which shows how its proposed “space flights” might look – with a rocket launcher “boosting” a jet to the edge of space, before separating from it to fly at around 7,000km per hour. For comparison, Concorde’s top … Continue reading Amazing: China plans hypersonic passenger flights more than twice the speed of Concorde

Virus-hit Hong Kong considering lockdown: health chief

Hong Kong may impose a China-style hard lockdown that confines people to their homes, authorities signalled Monday, with the city’s zero-Covid strategy in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals.China is helping to build a temporary Covid-19 isolation facility at the site of Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak airport, which closed in 1998 Two years of strict zero-Covid policies kept the coronavirus largely bay but a breakthrough of the highly transmissible Omicron variant exposed how little authorities had done to prepare for a mass outbreak. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam previously ruled out a citywide lockdown and instead has ordered … Continue reading Virus-hit Hong Kong considering lockdown: health chief

Cristiano Ronaldo named most popular footballer online in China again

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the most popular footballer online in China for the fourth straight year. The 11th annual Red Card report by digital sports agency Mailman has found that the Premier League has continued to make waves in the Far East at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has prevented travel. While Barcelona were again the most popular club online in China, the Premier League has been named top European football league for a fourth straight year. Chelsea are second in the club popularity ranking and United rose from sixth to third, thanks in part to … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo named most popular footballer online in China again

Macau police arrest leading casino boss amid crackdown

Police in Macau have arrested a leading casino boss amid a crackdown in the world’s biggest gambling hub. On Sunday, authorities said they had arrested two men over alleged money laundering and illegal gambling. Macau Legend Development, which runs three casinos in the city, confirmed the arrest of its chief executive and controlling shareholder Chan Weng Lin. The move comes after the arrest in November of high profile Macau gambling executive Alvin Chau. Gambling is illegal in mainland China but is allowed in Macau, which like Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. “The Board is of the … Continue reading Macau police arrest leading casino boss amid crackdown

China’s Xi Jinping defends ‘common prosperity’ crackdowns

Chinese president Xi Jinping has made a rare defence on the world stage of his “common prosperity” policy, which has seen major crackdowns on businesses. His comments came during the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting of government and corporate leaders. China says the policy is aimed at narrowing the widening wealth gap, which could threaten the Communist Party’s rule if left unaddressed. Technology, education and entertainment firms have been hit by the crackdowns. “The common prosperity we desire is not egalitarianism,” Mr Xi told delegates. “We will first make the pie bigger and then divide it properly through reasonable … Continue reading China’s Xi Jinping defends ‘common prosperity’ crackdowns

Amazing: Map drawn from memory helps reunite kidnapped Chinese man with family

A Chinese man who was abducted over 30 years ago has been reunited with his biological mother after drawing a map of his childhood village from memory. Li Jingwei was just four years old when he was lured away from his home and sold into a child trafficking ring. On 24 December he shared a hand-drawn map to the video sharing app, Douyin, which police matched to a small village and a woman whose son had disappeared. After DNA tests, they were reunited in Yunnan province on Saturday. Video footage of the reunion showed the pair meeting for the first … Continue reading Amazing: Map drawn from memory helps reunite kidnapped Chinese man with family

Top Chinese live-streamer fined $210m for tax evasion

A top Chinese live-streamer has been handed a 1.34bn yuan ($210m; £160m) fine for tax evasion. Huang Wei, known as Viya, is an internet celebrity with tens of millions of followers. She has used her platform to sell a variety of products. Authorities in Hangzhou accuse her of hiding her personal income as well as other financial offences between 2019 and 2020. In a post on her Weibo account, she said she was “deeply sorry”. “I thoroughly accept the punishment made by the tax authorities,” the post said. The 36-year-old has become a major internet celebrity in China, fuelled by … Continue reading Top Chinese live-streamer fined $210m for tax evasion

Hongkong’s World Trade Centre on fire leaves more than 100 trapped on roof

More than 100 people are trapped on the roof of a building in Hong Kong after a fire broke out. The blaze broke out at the World Trade Centre on Wednesday, triggering a massive emergency response. Many have already been evacuated, but shoppers and restaurant-goers are said to be among those still inside, said the South China Morning Post (SCMP). At least two people have been injured in the blaze and rescue efforts are ongoing. Firefighters are battling the fire with water jets and using ladders to rescue those inside the building, said a Reuters report. A woman in her … Continue reading Hongkong’s World Trade Centre on fire leaves more than 100 trapped on roof

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 13 months jail for Tiananmen vigil

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 13 months in jail for participating in a vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen massacre in Beijing. The 74-year-old was found guilty last week of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly. He was among thousands who defied a ban to attend last year’s vigil marking the killings in the Chinese capital. More than two dozen Hong Kong politicians and activists have been charged over the vigil. Lai was one of eight activists sentenced on Monday. They included prominent names like journalist-turned-opposition politician Gwyneth Ho and lawyer Chow Hang Tung. … Continue reading Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 13 months jail for Tiananmen vigil

North Korea fugitive captured after 40-day manhunt

A North Korean man has been re-captured after evading the police for 40 days, following a bold escape from a Chinese prison. The 39-year-old man, known by his Chinese name Zhu Xianjian, was arrested again on Sunday, according to a brief statement from Chinese police. Zhu had been sentenced to prison in the city of Jilin after fleeing to China from North Korea in 2013. A large bounty was offered for information leading to his capture. Footage released by state-run Beijing News showed Zhu on the night of 19 October climbing a prison shed and scaling its rooftop, before vaulting … Continue reading North Korea fugitive captured after 40-day manhunt