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UK to become WHO's largest state donor with 30% funding increase

Boris Johnson to call for more powers for health body in coronavirus fight as Trump pulls outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson will announce a 30% increase in the UK’s funding of the World Health Organization, making the UK the single largest national donor after the US leaves.In an announcement at the UN General...

Bizarre virtual kidnapping in Australia highlights risk to Chinese students

Virtual kidnappings targeting young Chinese adults are estimated to have netted billions of dollars worldwideWhen someone falls victim to fraud, the common lament is that the con sounded too good to be true. But for the victims of so-called ‘virtual kidnappings’, it is the opposite; it sounds so terrible that it couldn’t be real.In the latest case revealed...

Australian journalists forced to flee China warn political situation in country is worst since 1970s

Increasing CPP control in China and a more hawkish approach from Canberra suggests the strained relationship is here to stay Fresh out of two weeks of hotel quarantine, Bill Birtles and Michael Smith are still coming to terms with the extraordinary circumstances in which the Australian journalists fled China after an intense diplomatic standoff to secure...

Chinese fishing flotilla nears Peruvian waters, prompting US-Beijing spat

Huge armada moves from Galápagos Islands towards PeruChina rejects US embassy insinuation of overfishingA huge fishing armada of Chinese vessels has moved south from the Galápagos Islands towards Peru’s territorial waters, dragging the South American country into a diplomatic Twitter row between Washington and Beijing. Related: 'They just pull up everything!'...

Netflix faces call to rethink Liu Cixin adaptation after his Uighur comments

Five US senators have written to question plans to adapt The Three-Body Problem after its author voiced support for China’s mass internments in XinjiangFive Republican US senators have asked Netflix to reconsider its plans to adapt the bestselling Chinese author Liu Cixin’s book The Three-Body Problem, citing Liu’s comments in support of the Chinese...

Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds

Chinese region has fewer mosques and shrines than at any time since Cultural Revolution, says thinktankThousands of mosques in Xinjiang have been damaged or destroyed in just three years, leaving fewer in the region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, according to a report on Chinese oppression of Muslim minorities.The revelations are contained...

Lib Dems to call for possible sanctions against China over Uighur abuses

Layla Moran will urge UK consumers to consider boycotting Chinese firms at party conferenceThe Liberal Democrats are to call on the government to consider sanctions against Chinese leaders over rights abuses against the Uighur people, and urged the British public to think about boycotting Chinese firms such as TikTok and Huawei.Layla Moran, the party’s...

Hawk or dove? Birdwatching world's feathers ruffled over Taiwan independence

Plea to remember ‘birds do not know borders’ amid spat between Taiwan’s largest bird conservation group and UK-based BirdLife InternationalBirdwatchers around the world may have to decide whether they are hawks or doves when it comes to the thorny issue of Taiwan independence.Long-running geopolitical tensions spilled into the conservation world this...

How does Australia balance its economic dependency on China with its democratic values?

Australia’s economy has benefited enormously from China’s extraordinary growth and the trade links have helped make Australia one of the world’s richest countries. But the relationship is increasingly strained. Daniel Hurst looks at the history of that relationship and what the options are for the futureYou can read Daniel Hurst’s feature on this here...

There is now clear evidence that China is imprisoning more Uighurs than ever | Nathan Ruser

Our findings from satellite images reveal 380 detention camps in Xinjiang, pointing to a campaign of ethnic replacement• Nathan Ruser is a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy InstituteSince 2017, Xinjiang in China has been reeling from a brutal crackdown outlawing both public and private displays of Uighur culture or identity, not to mention...

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