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China virus epicentre eases travel curbs as cases fall

BEIJING: China eased travel restrictions on Thursday on two cities at the epicentre of its coronavirus outbreak as the number of fresh infections dropped to a new low. Another 11 people died nationwide, the lowest daily increase since late January, bringing the toll in China to 3,169 deaths, according to …

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Pakistan receives first batch of locust control pesticide, equipment

BEIJING: China would help Pakistan establish and improve a comprehensive pest control system and effectively improve its ability to prevent and control biological disasters, said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday. Geng Shuang said commenting on supply of pesticides and spray equipment to help Pakistan fight locust onslaught that …

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Eating solo, avoiding rush hour: China cautiously returns to work

SHENZHEN: China is making uneven progress in its return to work after more than a month of coronavirus disruption, with many factories running at under half capacity and office workers avoiding their colleagues. New reported cases of the virus cases are declining outside of Hubei province, the epicenter of the …

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China rejects Indian claim Karachi-bound ship has mly supplies

BEIJING: China on Thursday strongly rejected an Indian allegation that a detained Karachi-bound Chinese merchant vessel carried cargo that breached non-proliferation and export control restrictions. “The Pakistan-bound merchant vessel from China was detained by India, but the autoclave on the ship that India claimed to be material for ballistic missiles …

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China to send ‘duck army’ to help Pakistan fight locusts

BEIJING: China is planning to dispatch a 100,000-strong army of ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation, a local Chinese newspaper reported on Thursday. The legion of lotus-eating waterfowl will be sent from the eastern province of Zhejiang following the earlier dispatch of a team of Chinese experts …

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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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China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in southwest …

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