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 India....

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 communic...

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 abo...

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 quake i...

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 bega...

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 Part...

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 wil...

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...

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. Mr...

How China’s shaping one country’s future
China / June 26, 2017

China’s Belt and Road initiative is ploughing through central Asia. The plan, which aims to expand trade links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond, was unveiled in 2013. What impact has China’s grand plan had so far in Kazakhstan? I went to Almaty – the financial capital – to find out. The lyrical strains of Almaty’s latest pop song reverberates through the city’s main Chinese market, lending a di...

China’s ‘straddling bus’ hits its final roadblock
China / June 23, 2017

It seemed like a glimpse into the city of tomorrow – but China’s “straddling bus” was riddled by doubts early on and now is headed for the scrap yard. The futuristic idea was a bus that would drive above traffic, allowing other commuter cars to pass underneath. The project was announced last summer to much acclaim but soon ran into feasibility and investment problems. Many of China’s cities suffer from chro...

China’s dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours
China / June 22, 2017

YULIN: A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday (Jun 21) with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year. After earlier reports of a sales ban at the summer solstice event in the southern city of Yulin, animal rights groups said vendors and officials reached a compromise and set a limit of two dogs ...

China nursery blast: Bomber died in explosion that killed eight
China / June 19, 2017

An explosion at the gates of a Chinese kindergarten that killed eight people was caused by a 22-year-old man who died in the blast, police say. Bomb-making materials were found in the flat where the man, named as Xu, lived, and the words “die” and “death” had been scrawled on the walls. The blast happened just as parents in Fengxian in the eastern province of Jiangsu were picking up their children at the end of t...

‘US rethinks Chinese investment in AI start-ups’
China / June 19, 2017

The Pentagon has raised concerns about China’s access to artificial-intelligence-based technology developed in the US, according to Reuters. The news agency says a leaked report proposes that export controls be updated to stop Chinese organisations being able to invest in some start-ups. It suggests the move is needed to prevent their advanced algorithms being repurposed for the military by Beijing. One expert said the report soun...

China cracks down on moneylenders targeting students
China / June 19, 2017

China is cracking down on online moneylenders who target university students, following concerns about the largely unregulated industry. A recent government directive has ordered such lenders to suspend all activities wooing student borrowers. The move follows reports of exorbitant interest rates and unsavoury practices in the industry, including demanding “nude selfies” as collateral. Online peer-to-peer moneylending has gr...

Turbulence on Paris-China flight injures 26
China / June 19, 2017

At least 26 people were injured, four seriously, when turbulence hit a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris on Sunday, state media reports. The turbulence struck as flight MU774 was on its way to Kunming, in the southern Yunnan province. Passengers suffered broken bones, cuts to the scalp and soft tissue injuries, the Xinhua state news agency reported. China Eastern Airlines later said it was crucial passengers wear seatbelts as fli...

China steadily moves ahead in global innovation rankings
China / June 16, 2017

GENEVA – The first-ever middle-income country to join the world’s top 25 innovative economies in 2016, China this year continues moving ahead on the list by three notches, displaying a strong performance in several indicators, according to the latest Global Innovation Index (GII) released on Thursday. Ranking 22 on the GII this year, China again becomes the only exception in the top 25 of the innovation list, with the rest 2...

Online anger in China over breast-fondling ‘magician’
China / June 16, 2017

A video blogger has ignited a debate about women’s safety in China, after he posted videos of himself pretending to be a street magician so that he could fondle women’s breasts. The man, who calls himself “Chris”, is shown approaching young women in the city centre of Chengdu. He asks them if he can show them a coin trick. As he talks, the women appear to relax in his presence. Then he presses a coin to their che...