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China's New Worry: the Bubonic Plague

Herdsman contracts it, likely from a marmot

(Newser) - China has another infectious disease worry on its hands, but this one is old school. As in, it's the bubonic plague, reports the BBC . It seems a herder in Inner Mongolia came down with the disease, and he's now undergoing treatment in a hospital, per the New York ... More »

Books Are Vanishing in Hong Kong Libraries

Authorities are 'one step away from ... actual book banning,' says activist Joshua Wong

(Newser) - Now unavailable in Hong Kong libraries: books by leading democracy activists. At least nine titles by authors like Joshua Wong and Tanya Chan are disappearing from city libraries only days after China passed a severe national security law , the South China Morning Post reports. The agency in charge of Hong... More »

Days After New Law, Activist Flees Hong Kong

Nathan Law says he will continue the struggle from an undisclosed location

(Newser) - A prominent pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong has fled the territory days after China's introduction of a draconian new security law . Former student leader Nathan Law, who spent time in prison for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy protests, says he has left Hong Kong and will continue advocating... More »

'It's Sad That Hong Kong Is Dead'

House approves sanctions over harsh new law

(Newser) - China's new Hong Kong national security law is "a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday as the House unanimously passed new sanctions. The bill targets Chinese officials behind the draconian... More »

Weaves Suspected to Be Made From Human Hair in Prison Camps Seized

Federal authorities in New York announce seizure of shipment from China

(Newser) - Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection officials told the AP that 13 tons of hair products worth an... More »

HK Enforces New Security Decree: 'Stop Breaking the Law'

At least 180 arrested after riot-inspired law put into place to stop secessionist, subversive activity

(Newser) - Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by China's central government, detaining at least two protesters Wednesday for carrying flags and signs calling for Hong Kong's independence. A man who had a Hong Kong independence flag was arrested at a protest... More »

China Passes Riot-Inspiring Hong Kong Law

China OKs national security law to let authorities crack down on subversive, secessionist activity

(Newser) - China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing's boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and mainland China's authoritarian Communist Party system. Tam Yiu-Chung,... More »

India Bans Dozens of Chinese Apps

Move follows deadly clash in disputed area

(Newser) - India banned 59 apps with Chinese links Monday, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense, and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are involved in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in... More »

In China, a 'Slow, Painful, Creeping Genocide'

AP report: Country is systematically forcing birth control on Uighurs to cut down Muslim population

(Newser) - The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about... More »

China Says GPS Alternative Is Now Complete

55th satellite in Beidou system has been launched

(Newser) - China on Tuesday launched the final satellite in its Beidou constellation that emulates and may seek to compete with the US Global Positioning System, marking a further step in the country's advance as a major space power. The launch of the satellite onboard a Long March-3 rocket was broadcast... More »

Reporter Asks About Bolton's Book, Gets Muted

During a phone briefing on ... press freedom

(Newser) - "AT&T, we can mute that line." That was the bulk of the response from State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Monday when, during a phone briefing on Chinese propaganda, a reporter tried to ask about John Bolton's new book. The Reuters journalist was asking if any... More »

The Unredacted Version of Trump's Request to Xi

'Make sure I win,' he said, according to 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - One of the big allegations made by John Bolton in his new book is that President Trump tried to get China's Xi Jinping to help him win re-election. According to Bolton, who is known as a prolific note-taker, Trump asked Xi to buy American farm products specifically to boost... More »

PM Says 'State-Based Actor' Is Targeting Australia

Cyberattacks are threatening government, critical infrastructure, he says

(Newser) - A "sophisticated state-based cyber actor" is targeting Australia in an escalating cyber campaign that is threatening all levels of government, businesses, essential services, and critical infrastructure, the prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison would not name the state, amid inevitable speculation that the cyberattacks were part of... More »

After Ruling in Huawei Case, China Charges 2 Canadians

Detained men face espionage charges

(Newser) - Chinese prosecutors charged two detained Canadians with spying Friday in an apparent bid to step up pressure on Canada to drop a US extradition request for a Huawei executive under house arrest in Vancouver. Michael Kovrig was charged in Beijing on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence. Michael... More »

Pompeo Urges China to Be Transparent on Coronavirus

He met top diplomat as details from Bolton book emerged

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reveal all it knows about the coronavirus outbreak in a meeting with a top Chinese official in Hawaii on Wednesday as new revelations about President Trump and China rocked Washington. Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Biegun held closed-door talks with the Chinese... More »

Most Killed in Deadly Himalayan Clash Fell to Their Deaths

India and China fought for hours in almost total darkness

(Newser) - "I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans [troops] will not be in vain," said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first public comments on Monday's deadly clash with China along the countries' disputed border. It was the first such confrontation... More »

India, China See First Deadly Clash in 45 Years

At least 20 Indian soldiers killed on disputed border

(Newser) - At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed border high in the Himalayas where thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for over a month, the Indian army said Tuesday. The incident—in which... More »

Son 'Swam for Rescue' After Attempt to Kidnap Billionaire

5 suspects were arrested, police in China say

(Newser) - Chinese tycoon He Xiangjian tends to keep a low profile—but his $25 billion fortune apparently still attracted the attention of a group of kidnappers. Police say the 77-year-old was unharmed after five people broke into his luxury villa in the southern city of Foshan on Sunday, the BBC reports.... More »

China Gets Worst Virus News in 2 Months

57 new cases on Sunday

(Newser) - China on Sunday reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in two months after closing the biggest wholesale food market in Beijing and locking down nearby communities. The 57 new confirmed infections included 36 in Beijing. The Xinfadi market on Beijing’s southeastern side was closed Saturday and neighboring... More »

Fauci Has a Word About the 'Second Wave'

And researchers offer a stern word about mask-wearing

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci issued a word of calm Friday as coronavirus case numbers spiked across several US states. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on CNN the latest uptick may not be the "second spike" many fear, but "when you start to see... More »

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