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China converts Hong Kong hotel into new national security office

HONG KONG: China opened its powerful national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning a hotel near a city-centre park that has been one of the most popular venues for pro-democracy protests into its new headquarters. The office, which operates beyond the scrutiny of local courts or other institutions, …

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China challenges U.S. to cut nuclear arsenal to matching level

BEIJING: China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia, but only if the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday. Washington has repeatedly called for China to join in …

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Bus plunges into reservoir in China, 21 killed

A public bus in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province dove straight into a reservoir on Tuesday, leaving 21 dead and 16 injured.The accident occurred at noon, when the bus suddenly made a 90-degree turn across several traffic lanes, rushing out of a guardrail, according to state broadcaster CCTV. One student was …

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Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

HONG KONG: Books written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started to disappear from the city’s libraries, online records show, days after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the finance hub. Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city’s …

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China says US pullout from JCPOA, root cause of tension in WA

TEHRAN: Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Zhang Jun said that US withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] as well as exertion of maximum pressure against Iran is the main cause of the crisis in the West Asia (WA) region. Speaking …

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CanSino’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Approved for Military Use in China

TEHRAN: China’s military has received the greenlight to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and somewhat efficient, the company said on Monday. The Ad5-nCoV is one of the eight vaccine candidates being developed by Chinese companies …

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12 Killed As Rainstorms Batter Southern China

TEHRAN : Torrential weekend rains killed at least 12 people in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, state media reported Monday, as rising waters sparked mass evacuations during the annual flood season. The toll from the heavy rainstorm in Mianning County included two people who died when several vehicles plunged into a …

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