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Death toll in China from coronavirus crosses 100 as markets wobble

SHANGHAI: The coronavirus claimed its first victim in Beijing, Chinese officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll from the deadly virus hit 106, while United States warned its citizens against travelling to the country and financial markets recoiled again at the potential impact on the world’s second-biggest economy. Amid …

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Chinese premier visits virus epicentre as death toll hits 80

BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday visited Wuhan, the epicenter of an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed 80 and infected more than 2,700 people, as Beijing sought to signal how seriously it aims to respond to the developing crisis. Meanwhile, Wuhan said it would suspend visa …

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China slams Washington’s ‘arbitrary’ sanctions on Iran

BEIJING: China has criticized what it calls “arbitrary sanctions” Washington imposed on Iran after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched retaliatory missile strikes on the US’ Ain al-Assad base in Iraq. Speaking in a press briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang expressed Beijing’s “clear-cut” opposition to …

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President Xi warns Trump against interfering in Taiwan, Hong Kong

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump on Friday that US comments and actions regarding Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet are harming ties between the two economic giants, state media reported. In a phone conversation with Trump, Xi “noted that the US behaviors have interfered …

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China summons US envoy, urges US to refrain from applying Hong Kong bill

[ BEIJING: China’s foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Thursday, urging Washington to refrain from applying a bill supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement to “avoid further damage” to relations. Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodged a “strong protest” with Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signed the …

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Chinese ambassador rejects US statement on CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Saturday rejected US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Alice Wells’ statement regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Pak-China relations are based on win-win cooperation and are mutually beneficial,” the Chinese envoy said while addressing the 5th CPEC Media Forum …

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Leaked China documents reveal ‘no mercy’ policy towards Uighur Muslims

WASHINGTON: A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with “absolutely no mercy” against separatism and extremism, the New York Times (NYT) has reported. Human rights groups …

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