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Commons to vote on declaration of genocide in Xinjiang province

Organisers seek backing of two-thirds of MPs for all-party motion citing China’s treatment of UyghursThe House of Commons is to be given a chance to vote to declare that a genocide is under way in Xinjiang province in China, in a move likely to damage Sino-British relations.The organisers hope that at least two-thirds of MPs will vote on 22 April to...

The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?

With coronavirus surging in Japan and internationally, this summer’s Games are a risky prospectAs coronavirus swept the globe last spring, Japan portrayed the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until this summer as an opportunity as well as a necessity. The delayed Games would be the light at the end of the tunnel; a celebration of humanity’s...

Largest Chinese breach of Taiwan air zone in a year after US warning

China sends 25 military jets a day after US secretary of state’s comments about Beijing’s aggressionTwenty-five Chinese military jets breached Taiwan’s defence zone on Monday, the island’s government has said, after a senior US official warned of an “increasingly aggressive” Beijing.The defence ministry scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings to leave...

Alibaba shares jump after record $2.8bn anti-monopoly fine

E-commerce firm feels penalty by Chinese regulators means focus on company is at an endShares in Alibaba surged on Monday after the e-commerce company said that a record $2.8bn (£2bn) fine handed down by Chinese regulators marked the end of an investigation into anti-competitive practices at the company.Top executives at the company, founded by the...

China launches hotline to report ‘illegal’ comments about Communist party

Public encouraged to report internet users who cast doubt on party’s version of history ahead of its 100th anniversaryChina’s cyber regulator has launched a hotline to report online criticism of the ruling Communist party and its history, vowing to crack down on “historical nihilists” ahead of the party’s 100th anniversary in July.The tip line allows...

Chinese-Australians ‘under-represented in public service’

Ministers missing out on valuable advice amid tense relationship with Beijing, policy paper warnsThe Australian government is missing out on valuable sources of advice on the increasingly complex relationship with China because Chinese-Australians are under-represented in the public service, a new policy paper says.For decades governments have recognised...

Secretary of state Blinken hits out at China over Taiwan and Covid

Antony Blinken: China aggression would be ‘serious mistake’China’s failure to provide experts access made pandemic worseOpinion: China v Russia v America – has Orwell’s 1984 arrived?Joe Biden’s secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Sunday the US is concerned about China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan and warned it would be a “serious mistake”...

Top Beijing official admits efficacy of China’s Covid vaccines is low

Head of country’s disease control centre says vaccines ‘don’t have very high protection rates’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina’s top disease control official has admitted that the efficacy of the country’s domestically produced vaccines is low as it emerged the authorities are considering mixing them to try to offer...

China v Russia v America: is 2021 the year Orwell’s 1984 comes true?

With Putin and Xi moving into an ever closer alliance, Joe Biden’s untested US administration may be pushed to the brinkIt may just be coincidence that Russia was piling military pressure on Ukraine last week at the same time as China noisily rattled sabres around Taiwan. Spring, to mangle Tennyson, is when a young man’s fancy turns to war – and that...

China fines Alibaba billions for alleged market abuses

Platform co-founded by Jack Ma, who has criticised Chinese authorities, misused its dominance, say state regulatorsChinese regulators have hit e-commerce company Alibaba with a fine of 18.2bn yuan (US$2.78bn) over practices deemed to be an abuse of its dominant market position, according to state-run media.The Xinhua news agency said the state administration...

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