Protesting Farmers Flood India’s Capital, Storm Historic Fort

Protesting farmers riding tractors shout slogans as they march to the capital breaking police barricades during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Tens of thousands of farmers drove a convoy of tractors into the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Tens of thousands of farmers rolled into India’s capital Tuesday on tractors festooned with Indian flags, overshadowing a traditional military parade on a national holiday. They broke through barricades, clashed with police and occupied the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort – a tourist attraction and symbol of Indian power. It was one of… Continue reading Protesting Farmers Flood India’s Capital, Storm Historic Fort

New pro-Beijing political party signals China’s future plans for Hong Kong

Charles Wong Chau-chi said that the party's purpose was to support people to stand for the position of chief executive.PHOTO: BLOOMBER

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – As China moves to neutralise Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition, it is also giving the green light to a new political party that provides a window into how Beijing may change the territory in the years ahead. The Bauhinia Party, named after the flower on Hong Kong’s flag, was founded last May… Continue reading New pro-Beijing political party signals China’s future plans for Hong Kong

Australian’s new envoy to Taiwan to take up post Feb. 1

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Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Australia’s new representative to Taiwan Jenny Bloomfield is set to assume her post Feb. 1, the Australian Office in Taipei announced Wednesday. Bloomfield was Australia’s Ambassador to Greece from 2011-2014 and has also served in Japan, Argentina and Iran, according to a statement issued by the office. She holds a master’s… Continue reading Australian’s new envoy to Taiwan to take up post Feb. 1

Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

In this image made from a video screen shows and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (unseen) on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2021. Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.” (The United States Mission to the United Nations via AP)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a final swipe at China, the Trump administration’s outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted that it’s time for the world to oppose China’s efforts to exclude and isolate Taiwan, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing. To make the point even more graphic, Ambassador Kelly Craft accompanied the tweet with a photo of herself… Continue reading Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

New India-China Border Clash Shows Simmering Tensions

Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, during his visit in July with soldiers in Ladakh, the region where Chinese and Indian troops had clashed just two weeks before. By Jeffrey Gettleman, Emily Schmall and Hari Kumar

NEW DELHI — Indian and Chinese language troops have clashed alongside their disputed Himalayan border, based on media and army stories on Monday, as Beijing quietly intensifies stress in opposition to its southern neighbor with new incursions into territory claimed by each side. Particulars in regards to the newest skirmish stay foggy, and Indian officers… Continue reading New India-China Border Clash Shows Simmering Tensions

China reportedly lying about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to deflect study

People spraying disinfectant in Handan, China on January 23, 2021.FeatureChina via AP Images

China is stoking fears about the safety of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot to deflect from damning studies questioning the effectiveness of its own vaccine, according to a report. State media has ramped up coverage of baseless safety fears, accusing Western media of ignoring the deaths of 23 recently inoculated seniors in Norway, even after officials ruled… Continue reading China reportedly lying about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to deflect study

World’s ten richest people gained enough wealth to buy COVID vaccines for all

Jeff Bezos is the world's richest person.SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images

The world’s 10 richest people added enough money to their fortunes last year to buy COVID-19 vaccines for every person on the planet, a new report says. British anti-poverty organization Oxfam included the stunning finding in a wide-ranging report to illustrate how the pandemic has widened the divide between the rich and the poor. “Rigged… Continue reading World’s ten richest people gained enough wealth to buy COVID vaccines for all

Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Health workers are seen in protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hong Kong is locking down thousands of residents for the first time over the weekend to contain a worsening outbreak of the coronavirus. The unprecedented step for the Yau Ma Tei and Jordan areas — known for their night markets — was announced in a government statement at 4 a.m. local time. Authorities aim to… Continue reading Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

The pro-Beijing bloc of Hong Kong politics are set to travel to Shenzhen this week to receive a coronavirus jab. Photo: Xinhua

A group of more than 200 pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong is set to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in mainland China, ahead of the rest of the city’s population, in order to attend the Chinese Communist party’s premier political event this year. The businesspeople, lawmakers and other professionals represent Hong Kong on some of mainland… Continue reading Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong-un starts over with Biden

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2021, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who helplessly watched his country's economy decay amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift sanctions from his country. Now he must start over with President Joe Biden, who has previously called him a thug and accused Trump of chasing spectacles instead of meaningful reductions of Kim’s nuclear arsenal. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He helplessly watched his country’s already battered economy decay further amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift crippling sanctions from his country. Now he… Continue reading After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong-un starts over with Biden