Day: February 12, 2021


Pentagon establishes task force to meet China challenge

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Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist released from prison

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Prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, 31, was detained in May 2018 and sentenced in December to nearly six years in prison on charges that UN rights experts called “spurious” under broad counter-terrorism laws.

Indian-American lawmakers support Trump impeachment

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Biden speaks to Xi, raises human rights concerns

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Biden “underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” the White House said in a statement.

China launches match making campaign

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China has launched a campaign to check severe distress in its economic and social stability that may also pose a threat to Chinese Communist Party rule caused by a sharp plunge in marriage rates due to the one-child policy.

Xi tells Biden confrontation would be disaster for both

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Confrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster for both countries and the two sides should re-establish the means to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US counterpart Joe Biden.

Taiwan expresses ‘admiration’ for Biden concern in Xi call

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Why some Hong Kongers are leaving

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As Beijing attempts to snuff out dissent in the semi-autonomous city of 7.5 million, AFP met with some Hong Kongers who have already left, or plan to head to Britain in the coming months.

Europe’s oldest person turns 117 after surviving Covid

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Europe’s oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, turns 117 on Thursday after surviving Covid-19 last month and living through two world wars, with a special birthday feast including her favourite dessert — Baked Alaska.

Biden presses Xi on HK, Xinjiang in first phone call

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Setting the stage for what could extend the contentious relationship between the two superpowers, Biden offered Xi his “greetings and wellwishes” for the Chinese people on the occasion of the Lunar New Year celebrations, the White House said in a statement.