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....

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 ...

Why China censors banned Winnie the Pooh
China / July 18, 2017

The blocking of Winnie the Pooh might seem like a bizarre move by the Chinese authorities but it is part of a struggle to restrict clever bloggers from getting around their country’s censorship. When is a set of wrist watches not just a set of wrist watches? When is a river crab not just a river crab? Inside the Great Firewall of China of course. Winnie the Pooh has joined a line of crazy, funny internet references to ChinaR...

Chinese gay video ban sparks online backlash
China life / July 17, 2017

A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the country’s popular micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships. On Chinese social media, many were left angry, baffled, and upset: “Aren’t people born equal? … What right do you have to discriminate against others?” said one. Anothe...

Racist AirBnB host fined for refusing Asian
China / July 14, 2017

A racist AirBnB host who discriminated against an Asian guest has been fined $5,000 – and told she must attend a course on Asian-American studies. Tami Barker cancelled Dyne Suh’s booking, telling her in a message: “One word says it all. Asian.” The fine was imposed due to a new agreement between AirBnB and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). It lets the DFEH examine hosts that have had discrimi...

Djibouti: Chinese troops depart for first overseas military base
China / July 13, 2017

Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing’s first overseas military base, reports state media. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia. It will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions, Xinhua said. China has ramped up investment in Africa, as well as rapidly modernised its military in recent years. Th...

Unesco heritage listing sparks Tibetan resettlement fears
China / July 12, 2017

Tibetan rights groups have criticised the UN’s cultural body for listing a plateau in China as a Unesco World Heritage site. They say the move may embolden Beijing to resettle Tibetan nomads who currently live as herders on the Hoh Xil plateau. Unesco noted that the plateau, located in the western Qinghai province, is the largest and highest in the world. Its unique biodiversity includes the endangered Tibetan antelope. Qinghai...

Dalian Wanda deal: Why is China’s ‘Disney rival’ being sold?
China / July 11, 2017

Three Chinese theme parks, intended to compete with US giant Disney’s ventures in the country, are being sold. The operations are among businesses being offloaded by conglomerate Dalian Wanda in one of China’s biggest ever property deals. Developer Sunac is paying $9.3bn (£7.2bn) for the assets, including the theme parks and 76 hotels. Dalian Wanda has not explained its thinking behind the sale, but the firm is heavily in...

The love that survived a Chinese labour camp
China / July 10, 2017

Image captionThe couple’s romance has played out in labour camps, prisons and under house arrest, with the Chinese state always a third wheel Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has spent years in prison for calling for political change in his country. For more than half of his marriage to Liu Xia he has been imprisoned, and now he is dying of cancer. The BBC’s Celia Hatton looks back at how th...

Baidu boss investigated for riding in self-driving car
China / July 7, 2017

The head of Chinese online search giant Baidu is being investigated, after riding in one of the firm’s driverless cars on a Beijing ring-road. Robin Li was in the passenger seat when he made a video call to an artificial-intelligence developers conference in the Chinese capital. But while autonomous vehicles are tipped as the future of motoring, they are banned from China’s public roads. Police began an investigation afte...

Alibaba reveals Echo-like smart speaker
China / July 6, 2017

Alibaba is the latest technology giant to unveil a smart speaker. The voice-controlled Tmall Genie can be used to play music, run third-party apps and buy goods from the Chinese retail giant’s online stores. Like many such devices, it lacks a display. At launch, it will understand only Mandarin and be sold in the company’s domestic market. It will compete in China against devices already launched by Baidu and JD.com. Tenc...