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China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

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China has condemned Germany’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and accused Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.”ByThe Associated PressAugust 1, 2020, 8:49 AM2 min readBERLIN -- China has condemned Germany's decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.” Germany's foreign minister announced the suspension Friday following the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy candidates from legislative elections and a subsequent decision to postpone the elections. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cited a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in postponing the vote. The Chinese Embassy in Berlin expressed “strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong rem
Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

Technology
The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approvedBy DAKE KANG Associated PressJuly 28, 2020, 8:38 AM5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved. “I’m going to reveal something undercover: I am injected with one of the vaccines,” Gao Fu said in a webinar Sunday hosted by Alibaba Health, an arm of the Chinese e-commerce giant, and Cell Press, an American publisher of scientific journals. “I hope it will work
US report accuses China of ‘digital authoritarianism’

US report accuses China of ‘digital authoritarianism’

Technology
A US report accuses China of "digital authoritarianism" - using technology not only to track its own citizens but to exert power beyond its borders.It warns that China's mounting influence on the digital sphere could soon overshadow that of the US and other democracies.And it expresses concern about its export of surveillance technology.The US has put pressure on other countries to ban Huawei from their mobile networks.And it is also considering a wider ban on other Chinese tech firms such as TikTok.Relationships between the US and China are tense, not just over the role of Chinese tech firms but over the coronavirus pandemic and more general trade between the two nations.Sweeping new security rules in Hong Kong and evidence sugg...

China moves rocket into place for nation’s 1st Mars mission

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China has moved a rocket into position to launch a rover to Mars in one of three upcoming missions to the red planetByThe Associated PressJuly 17, 2020, 7:27 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- China has moved a rocket into position to launch a rover to Mars in one of three upcoming missions to the red planet, one from the U.S. and another by the United Arab Emirates. The Long March-5 carrier rocket is China’s heaviest-lift launch vehicle and has been used experimentally three times, but never with a payload. Dubbed Tianwen-1, China’s first mission to Mars aims to land a rover to gather scientific data. The rocket is due to blast off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan in late July or early August, accordi

China firm uses workers to ‘pre-test’ vaccine in global race

Technology
BEIJING -- In the global race to make a coronavirus vaccine, a state-owned Chinese company is boasting that its employees, including top executives, received experimental shots even before the government approved testing in people. “Giving a helping hand in forging the sword of victory,” reads an online post from SinoPharm with pictures of workers it says helped “pre-test” its vaccine. Whether it’s viewed as heroic sacrifice or a violation of international ethical norms, the claim underscores the enormous stakes as China competes with U.S. and British companies to be the first with a vaccine to help end the pandemic — a feat that would be both a scientific and political triumph. “Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the new Holy Grail,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global public health law expert at