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Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home in city's first Covid lockdown

Officials plan to test everyone inside a designated zone of Kowloon Peninsula’s Jordan neighbourhood during two-day lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThousands of people in Hong Kong have been ordered to stay in their homes in the city’s first coronavirus lockdown, as authorities battle an outbreak in one of its poorest...

'Touching fish' craze see China's youth find ways to laze amid '996' work culture

An online movement is pushing back against the country’s ferocious work culture of long hours for seemingly little gainOn the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, enthusiastic slackers share their tips: fill up a thermos with whisky, do planks or stretches in the work pantry at regular intervals, drink litres of water to prompt lots of trips to the...

Press reset: can the Morrison government rebuild bridges with China – or is it too late?

Despite a near record total of export goods to China last year, there are fears rocky relations between the two countries have yet to hit bottomIf anyone was hoping for a breakthrough in the relationship between Australia and China in 2021, the signs are not good. The year has started much as 2020 ended, with dozens of ships carrying Australian coal...

NSW and South Australia back foreign interference laws against high court challenge

NSW political staffer accused of acting for China argues laws are invalid as they breach implied freedom of political communicationNew South Wales and South Australia have intervened in a high court case in defence of Australia’s foreign interference laws, which are being challenged by a political staffer accused of acting on behalf of China.John Zhang,...

At least 15 more days to reach trapped miners, say Chinese officials

Mineworkers have already been trapped for 11 days since explosion in Shandong province goldmineIt will take at least 15 more days to get through a large amount of debris to reach miners who have been trapped since an explosion 11 days ago in a goldmine in eastern China, authorities have said.The mineshaft is blocked 350 metres (1,000 ft) below the surface...

The right condemns China over its Uighur abuses. The left must do so too | Owen Jones

Western hawks are playing global power games. But that shouldn’t stop all of us who care for human rights speaking outIn the dying days of the Trump administration, outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo declared that China was committing genocide against the Uighur Muslims. Yet there is no reason to believe he was sincere in his solidarity or his...

China deal damages EU's human rights credibility, MEPs to say

European commission will come under fire over agreement that is already causing tensions with USTransatlantic tensions over how to handle China will come into the open next week when MEPs condemn the European commission for rushing to sign a controversial investment agreement with China that they say undermines the EU’s credibility on human rights.The...

Trumpism wreaked destruction in the US – and made its way into Australian political culture | Tim Soutphommasane

An indifference to truth and transparency and an impunity to maladministration may be Trump’s real legacy at workThere’s an obvious danger in writing any kind of obituary for the Trump presidency: it’s still too early to know the full extent of Donald Trump’s legacy. Joe Biden is this week assuming the presidency of a country that has, at times recently,...

More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

Human rights session calls on Canberra to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 as China attacks Australia over ‘baseless charges’ Australia has come under international pressure to reduce the number of children in detention, with more than 30 countries using a UN human rights session to call on authorities to raise the age of criminal...

China announces sanctions against 'lying and cheating' outgoing Trump officials

Chinese foreign ministry announced sanctions against Mike Pompeo and 27 others as Biden was taking presidential oathChina has said it wants to cooperate with Joe Biden’s new US administration, while announcing sanctions against the “lying and cheating” outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump.The move was...

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