Chinese state media has released a propaganda video that lambasts India over a border dispute, sparking accusations of racism. The English-language clip, which accuses India of committing “sins”, features a Chinese actor in a turban, mockingly speaking in an Indian accent. Xinhua published the clip on Wednesday which is from a chat show discussing the ongoing Doklam stand-off. It has been met with both bewilderment and anger in Ind...

China has successfully sent “hack-proof” messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites avoids some limitations that ground-based systems introduce into quantum commu...

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has killed at least 19 people and injured 247 in China’s south-western province of Sichuan. Six tourists are thought to be among the dead, with up to 45,000 people evacuated from the area. A separate 6.6-magnitude tremor struck the remote area of XinJiang, injuring 32 people. More than 87,000 people were killed in an earthquake in Sichuan province in 2008. The quake struck at about 21:20 (13:20 GMT) on Tuesday ...

An earthquake has killed at least five people and injured more than 60 in China’s south-western province of Sichuan, officials say. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck in the sparsely-populated north of Sichuan, the US Geological Survey said. Some reports suggest the death toll could be much higher. The epicentre was close to an area popular with tourists. Sichuan province is prone to earthquakes. More than 70,000 people were killed in a quak...

China has carried out an internet drill to practise closing down websites the authorities consider to be harmful. State run media said Thursday’s exercise was also aimed at forcing internet data centres to hand over contact details of website owners. China already operates a strict internet censorship regime. Analysts say it appears to be tightening controls ahead of an important political meeting later this year. Beijing also recently b...

Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin for making Hitler salutes outside the German parliament on Saturday. Criminal proceedings have been started against the middle-aged men for using symbols from a banned organisation. The pair have been released on bail of €500 (£450; $600) each. Germany has strict laws on hate speech and symbols linked to Hitler and the Nazis. The men – aged 36 and 49 – could face a fine or a prison sente...

A popular Chinese messenger app has ditched two experimental chat robots, or “chatbots”, which were apparently voicing criticism of the government. Messenger app Tencent QQ introduced chatbots Baby Q and Little Bing, a penguin and a little girl, in March. But they have now been removed after social media users shared controversial comments that they said were made by the bots. Some of the remarks appear to criticise the Communist P...

Sri Lanka has signed a $1.1bn (£837m) deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota. The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the port could be used by the Chinese military. The government has given assurances that China will run only commercial operations from the port, on the main shipping route between Asia and Europe. Sri Lanka’s government says money from the deal w...

Apple boss Tim Cook has defended his company’s decision to comply with the Chinese government’s demand it remove VPN software from the App Store. Virtual Private Networks are often used to skirt censorship and surveillance in countries with tight restrictions on internet use. The company has been heavily criticised for removing several VPN apps, and was accused of “aiding Chinese censorship efforts”. Apple said it disagreed with China’s positi...

Outrage is growing in China over a video that appears to show mistreatment of two giant panda babies at a famed research facility in Chengdu. In the video, which has since gone viral, a staff member can be seen “dragging and throwing” the cubs. The incident has drawn criticism from Chinese netizens, who have raised concerns about animal cruelty. However, panda keeper Guo Jingpeng defended himself saying the cubs were being violent....

‘Panda cruelty’ video goes viral in China
China / July 31, 2017

Outrage is growing in China over a video that appears to show mistreatment of two giant panda babies at a famed research facility in Chengdu. In the video, which has since gone viral, a staff member can be seen “dragging and throwing” the cubs. The incident has drawn criticism from Chinese netizens, who have raised concerns about animal cruelty. However, panda keeper Guo Jingpeng defended himself saying the cubs were bein...

Starbucks makes biggest-ever acquisition in China
China / July 28, 2017

Starbucks is buying out its joint venture partners in China for $1.3bn (£994m), marking the coffee chain’s biggest-ever acquisition. The all-cash deal will see Starbucks buy the remaining 50% stake it does not already own, in the firm’s fastest-growing market outside of the US. It will then gain full control over 1,300 stores in the Chinese provinces of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The announcement was made ahead of it...

Hong Kong-China train station could apply mainland law
China / July 27, 2017

Hong Kong’s government has unveiled a controversial plan which would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in the territory for the first time. It’s part of attempts to streamline operations at the new Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, which will open next year, costing just under $11bn (£8.45bn). Under the new plan, passengers will be able to undertake border clearance procedures for both Hong Kong and China ...

Activists ‘held for Liu Xiaobo memorial’
China / July 26, 2017

At least four men have been detained by Chinese police after publicly commemorating the death of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, an activist says. The seaside memorial, which took place on 19 July, was part of a widely shared international campaign on social media mourning the dissident’s death. Wei Xiaobing, He Lin, Liu Guangxiao and Li Shujia are being held at a Guangdong detention centre, activist Hu Jia says. Another activ...

Chinese children marry each other aged 13
China life / July 26, 2017

Last month, two 13-year-old Chinese children married one another. The small ceremony took place in Ding’an County, Hainan Province in Southern China. Footage has since emerged of the wedding on YouKu, a Chinese streaming service. The nuptials were reportedly arranged by the couple’s parents. In the short clip, the newlyweds can be seen wearing red costumes and bowing to one another as is typical of a traditional Chinese wedding, surr...

China rising political star facing corruption probe
China / July 25, 2017

Chinese authorities say they are investigating a top politician once seen as a candidate for the highest ranks of the leadership. Sun Zhengcai was the Communist Party chief of a major metropolis, Chongqing. Before his abrupt removal from office earlier this month, he was a strong contender to rise to the elite seven-member committee that rules China. But now China’s anti-corruption body says it is investigating him for serious ...

Justin Bieber banned from China for ‘bad behaviour’
China / July 24, 2017

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing’s Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in “bad behaviour.” “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” it added. The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a u...

A man dresses as his dead sister to help his grieving mum
China / July 21, 2017

A video about a man in his fifties who has been dressing as a woman for 20 years “to help his mentally ill mum cope with the death of his sister” is being widely shared on Chinese social media. Pear Video’s film about the unnamed man has received over 4.2 million views on Weibo alone and is also being shared by major news portals. The video shows the man from Guilin in the Guangxi region, tending to his elderly moth...

US and China emerge from trade talks without agreement
China / July 20, 2017

The US and China have wrapped up contentious trade talks in Washington without agreement. The two sides did not issue a joint statement or action plan after the meeting and cancelled scheduled press conferences. The US was critical of China’s trade surplus and demanded “more fair” trade arrangements. Separately, US President Donald Trump indicated that tariffs on Chinese steel were still a possibility. Massive trade...

UK ‘now less appealing’ to rich Chinese
China / July 19, 2017

The UK has slipped down the list of preferred destinations for Chinese millionaires considering moving overseas, a report suggests. While the US remains the favourite place to settle, Canada now ranks second pushing Britain into third spot. The survey found around half of those millionaires quizzed were mulling a move abroad. Pollution, education and the falling value of the Chinese yuan depleting savings were all reasons given. The ...