Chen Qingqing
Reporter, Beijing
Chen Qingqing co-leads the Global Times China desk. She covers diplomacy, Hong Kong affairs and Chinese tech firms.
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  • Delta variant challenges China's hard-won epidemic victory

    Fresh COVID-19 outbreaks in multiple cities across China sparked fresh concerns about whether the outbreak in eastern Chinese city Nanjing would lead to a nationwide resurgence in cases, and whether the current vaccines can successfully fend off the risks brought by the rampant Delta variant. Some have raised doubts over whether the rigorous prevention measures adopted over the past year will still work.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Caiyu | 2021/8/1 21:33:25
  • Senior US officials kick off 'unusually frequent' visits to SE Asian countries

    Senior US officials' "unusually frequent" visits to the Southeast Asian nations expose both Washington's anxiety and declining confidence in marshaling regional countries against China, analysts said, after US Vice President Kamala Harris, hard on the heels of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, is set to visit Southeast Asia.

    By Chen Qingqing and Zhao Yusha | 2021/8/1 20:49:14
  • 1st national security case in HK hands down 9-year sentence, sets strong precedent for radicals

    Leon Tong Ying-kit, the first person to be convicted under the national security law for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), was sentenced to nine years in prison due to separatism and terrorist activities, which was hailed by legal experts as a combination of deterrence and fair penalties, setting an example for upcoming national security-related cases.

    By Wang Qi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/30 15:21:33
  • US terrorizes on COVID-19 origins-tracing: official

    Chinese diplomats rejected again the political agenda driven by the Biden administration on the SARS-CoV-2 origins tracing and denounced the US government for engaging in a "terror-making" campaign on the matter. As it has become clearer that Washington is turning the origins studies into a political maneuver, more foreign scientists have regretted contributing to the US-led conspiracy theory that has been seriously impeding global efforts in scientific research. Some believed that the latest meeting between the US and WHO senior officials was merely "playing politics."

    By GT staff reporters | 2021/7/29 21:57:11
  • 'Dangerous path' for New Delhi to lean on Washington

    The visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to India on Wednesday exposed Washington's two-faced China policy, as he highlighted threat posed by Beijing during his meetings with Indian leaders and officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, while playing the "Tibet card" by meeting a representative from the so-called Tibetan government-in-exile.

    By Chen Qingqing and Lu Yameng | 2021/7/29 0:26:54
  • Anti-foreign sanctions law likely to be included in HK Basic Law Annex III

    The recently enacted Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law is likely to be included in the Hong Kong Basic Law Annex III at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, from August 17 to 20 in Beijing, sources confirmed with the Global Times on Wednesday. According to official announcement, agendas involving the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Macao Special Administrative Region will be discussed during the meeting. The Chairmen's Council suggested the meeting should consider the draft decision on the addition of national laws listed in Annex III of the two SARs.

    By Cui Fandi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/28 17:55:14
  • HK's first NSL verdict finds Leon Tong guilty for inciting secession and terrorism

    Three judges have reached a decision on the first trial under the national security law for Hong Kong - Leon Tong Ying-kit was found guilty of inciting secession and terrorism. Observers noted the landmark verdict will set a precedent for upcoming national security cases including the trial of pro-secessionist media tycoon Jimmy Lai.

    By Cui Fandi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/27 15:32:44
  • Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister lays out China's bottom line at talks with Sherman

    Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi ,clarified three bottom lines that China upholds and the US should not challenge to prevent China-US relations from moving out of control during his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman on Monday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/27 1:23:50
  • China elaborates bottom lines, suggests remedial measures

    By urging the US to correct its wrong mindset and wrong actions - the main cause for a stalemate to the already struggling China-US relations - China raised sharp questions to Biden's No.2 diplomat on Monday that how could the US seek any good results of the bilateral ties with its policy of suppressing China?

    By Chen Qingqing and Fan Anqi | 2021/7/26 23:48:39
  • China, US to start dialogue amid new tensions and high attention

    In a break from the past approach, when the Chinese side often released a goodwill gesture before a China-US meeting while the US exerted pressure on China, this time before the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, China announced it is sanctioning six individuals and one entity of the US, a move that Chinese observers said could become a new normal in China-US interaction.

    By Fan Anqi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/26 1:33:40
  • China confirms visit from No. 2 US diplomat, demands no interference in its internal affairs

    Late Wednesday night, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that the US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, will visit North China's Tianjin from July 25 to 26, a visit arranged after the US proposal to exchange views on China-US relations.

    By Chen Qingqing and Zhao Yusha | 2021/7/22 0:08:55
  • Update: Another Apple Daily executive arrested by HK police, three denied bail

    The National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) arrested a 51-year-old former male editor on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger national security, the HKPF said in an email sent to the Global Times. Local media said the arrested person is Lam Man-chung, former executive editor-in-chief of Apple Daily.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/21 15:11:13
  • US turns cyberspace into another anti-China battlefield, 'futile to contain Beijing'

    In an apparent attempt to contain China and as part of its ceaseless efforts to form an anti-China chorus among its major allies, the Biden administration is seeking to turn cyberspace into a new battlefield by ganging up with its allies to accuse China of conducting cyberattacks worldwide, an allegation that was swiftly denounced by Chinese diplomats, internet institutions and experts as China has always been a long-term victim of US cyberattacks.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/7/20 23:13:39
  • Chinese FM's 2nd visit to Mideast in half a year highlights significance of China-Middle East ties

    After concluding a weeklong visit to some Central Asian countries, shedding light on regional stability, especially China's approach on the political settlement of the Afghan issue, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Syria on Saturday and is scheduled to visit Egypt as well as Algeria this week, underscoring China's independent foreign policy, again striking a sharp contrast from the West, while also unleashing a positive message to the Middle East in countering the negative influence of the US.

    By Fan Anqi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/18 21:05:51
  • Exclusive: Newly appointed Hong Kong second-in-command on ensuring only patriots will prevail through election reform

    John Lee Ka-chiu was appointed as chief secretary for administration on June 25, which is the No.2 position after the chief executive of the HKSAR government. On July 6, Lee was also appointed as the chairman of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee for local elections.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/7/15 21:09:48
  • Exclusive: Ensuring no one disguises as a patriot in upcoming elections 'top priority': HK chief secretary

    As chief secretary for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and the chairman of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee for local elections, John Lee Ka-chiu told the Global Times in a recent exclusive interview that the priority of his work will be to make sure that nobody disguises as a "patriot" to take part in the upcoming elections, and in addition to the banned behaviors listed in local regulations, the committee will also consider candidates' conduct in a comprehensive way.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/7/14 22:07:50
  • More reforms to be done as HK has severe problems in education sector: Ip

    A year after the national security law for Hong Kong took effect and as the city undertook electoral reform, social stability has been restored in the special administrative region and black-clad protests are a thing of the past. The city, as one of the world's major financial hubs, has also seen positive changes by breaking an unproductive political infighting cycle and fixing loopholes in local governance, which can no longer be abused for purposes of engaging in subversive activities.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/7/13 21:06:53
  • High time for CPC to dispel misunderstanding and engage in open interaction with HK residents: Cheung

    A year after the national security law for Hong Kong took effect and as the city undertook electoral reform, social stability has been restored in the special administrative region and black-clad protests are a thing of the past. The city, as one of the world's major financial hubs, has also seen positive changes by breaking an unproductive political infighting cycle and fixing loopholes in local governance, which can no longer be abused for purposes of engaging in subversive activities.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/7/13 20:54:00
  • Another five arrested for planning bomb attacks in Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) on Monday arrested another five suspects who were involved in planning bomb attacks in the city after nine had been detained.

    By Wan Lin and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/12 19:21:39
  • Huawei says Google's new AAB format won't hamper HarmonyOS progress

    Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei told the Global Times on Sunday that Google's switch to the AAB format, also known as Android App Bundles, will neither affect the experience of HarmonyOS users nor slow the development of the OS as some media reports have speculated.

    By Chen Qingqing and Shen Weiduo | 2021/7/11 19:37:31
  • US acknowledging Taiwan viewed as a part of China – a precondition of engagement 50 years ago – even more valid today: Kissinger

    On July 9, 1971, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger made a secret trip to China, unveiling a new era for the China-US' relations. Fifty years later, amid growing difficulties of relations between the world's two largest economies, the 98-year-old former US official called for maintaining the essence of this trip - the commitment of both sides to end conflicts by putting aside divergences and seeking dialogue.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/7/9 12:56:16
  • European Parliament HK resolution not binding, no bearing on EU: analysts

    Just a few days after the holding of the China-France-Germany virtual summit where the top leaders of the three countries reached an agreement to expand cooperation, some politicians in the European Parliament are trying to interrupt the recovering China-Europe ties again by using the “human rights” and China's Hong Kong affairs as excuses to launch a new round of provocations.

    By Yang Sheng and Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/8 23:30:57
  • HK election vetting committee appointment 'authoritative, representative'

    As an important step in implementing the electoral reform in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government appointed seven members to the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee (CERC) on Tuesday, led by Chief Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu and six other members, including three government officials, underscoring that the committee is authoritative, representative and fair.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cui Fandi | 2021/7/6 20:48:14
  • HK govt's chief secretary John Lee will lead vetting committee to screen candidacy for local elections

    John Lee Ka-chiu, chief secretary for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, was appointed as the chairman of the candidate qualification review committee for local elections. The committee is composed of six other members, among them three are government officials, the government's chief executive Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/6 10:52:05
  • Positive changes in HK's legal system as it undergoes de-colonization process: officials

    At a legal forum held by Hong Kong Department of Justice on Monday, senior officials of the central government overseeing Hong Kong affairs said it's cheerful to see positive changes in law enforcement in the city since the national security law for Hong Kong took effect. The local legislature needs to complete "de-colonization," the officials added.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/5 20:04:51
  • Central govt's full jurisdiction over HK, Macao highlighted in Xi's speech

    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said Thursday that we will stay true to letter and spirit of the principle of "one country, two systems," ensuring that the central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong and Macao, and implement the legal systems and enforcement mechanisms for the two special administrative regions (SARs) to safeguard national security while protecting China's sovereignty, security and development interests.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/7/1 21:09:05
  • Huawei's Meng to introduce new evidence showing US charges 'groundless;' an opportunity to end case

    Huawei's Meng Wanzhou will seek to introduce new evidence this week in fighting to end the extradition case. The new evidence seeks to show the false and misleading arguments made by the US. This could be an opportunity to end the legal battle at its final hearings scheduled for August.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/30 10:08:33
  • Officials work on details to bring HK civil servants to mainland posts

    While the Hong Kong Secretary for the Civil Service urged Hong Kong civil servants to adapt to the local governance reshuffle and has communicated with the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and Guangdong Province to implement the exchange program for civil servants soon, authorities are still discussing the detailed arrangement of the program, a senior official told the Global Times on Tuesday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/29 20:22:02
  • China, Russia agree to extend good-neighborliness treaty as Putin congratulates CPC on centenary in phone call with Xi

    Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday three days ahead of the centennial of the Communist Party of China and upon the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of Russia-China Treaty on Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Xin | 2021/6/28 17:32:41
  • Apple Daily editorial writer arrested; Stand News removing articles

    While Fung Wai-kong, former Apple Daily editorial writer, was arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces in endangering national security, Stand News, another online news in Hong Kong, announced it will remove all the op-eds and commentary articles it published before May.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/28 12:51:42
  • Xi, Putin to meet online, underscoring unwavering strategic partnership

    Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the timing of which, Chinese experts said, embodies a special significance just days before the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrates its centennial, and the second interaction between the two top leaders within six weeks would further enhance the strategic bilateral partnership amid growing worries in the US over China-Russia ties.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cui Fandi | 2021/6/27 22:44:21
  • As Neo Democrats disbands, experts call on HK opposition parties to adjust their behavior

    The Neo Democrats, another group from the pan-democracy camp in Hong Kong, announced on Saturday it is to disband given the rapidly changing political environment of Hong Kong, after some of its members were arrested and all district councilors are required to pledge allegiance to the Basic Law and the Hong Kong SAR government soon.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/27 22:17:57
  • HK chief expects more contributions from city's tech community to national aerospace program as lunar soil on display in HK

    Lunar soil brought back by China's moon mission was on display Saturday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said in the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition that she expected more engagement and contributions from HKSAR for the country's aerospace program as the national platforms provide Hong Kong's tech communities with brighter prospects.

    By Liu Caiyu and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/26 16:53:26
  • HK's reshuffle of senior officials highlights national security still the key task

    China's State Council appointed former Hong Kong security chief John Lee as Chief Secretary for Administration of the #HKSAR, former commissioner of police Chris Tang Ping-keung as new Secretary of Security.

    By Chen Qingqing and Zhang Han | 2021/6/25 11:18:47
  • Apple Daily closure ends West's political fantasies

    As pictures circulated on social media on Thursday showing a number of local residents lining up in front of newsstands seeking to get a copy of the final edition of Apple Daily, with some trying to amplify a sentiment of sadness by calling it a “painful farewell,” local officials and scholars in both Hong Kong and the mainland said such small scale-lamentation remains insignificant in the face of the overwhelmingly positive change the once riot-plagued city has experienced over the past years.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/24 22:43:51
  • HK to celebrate CPC's 100th birthday in open, unprecedented scale

    Festive vibes fill Hong Kong with a week away from the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and also the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, which some local residents see as unprecedented, as it would also be the first time in Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of the CPC on such an open and large scale.

    By Xu Keyue and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/23 22:53:39
  • HK secessionist tabloid Apple Daily to end its edition on Thursday

    After the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) arrested another staff member of Apple Daily on suspicion of violating the national security law, the pro-secessionist tabloid announced on Wednesday that it will issue its last edition on Thursday amid mounting financial pressure.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/23 15:36:23
  • HK buses, trams 'put on new suits' featuring CPC elements to celebrate Party's 100th anniversary

    With a week away from the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and also the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, buses and trams in the special administrative region have “put on new suits” in red featuring CPC elements to celebrate the big day.

    By Xu Keyue and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/23 14:09:44
  • Swedish court ruling on Huawei 'politicized', placing Ericsson in peril: analyst

    Swedish court has on Tuesday decided to uphold a ban on Huawei selling 5G network equipment in the country; the move, a purely politicized decision without any facts and evidence base, will not only delay global 5G progress as Huawei is a major contributor, but may also put the fate of Ericsson in danger, analysts said.

    By Shen Weiduo and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/23 12:52:28
  • Huawei 'disappointed' over Sweden's latest ruling, urges 'unbiased' standards on 5G

    The Swedish telecom authority failed to produce any facts or evidence to demonstrate that Huawei's equipment has technical security issues, and the latest court ruling in the country against the Chinese company's 5G equipment is disappointing but the firm will continuing pursuing its legitimate rights on the issue, Huawei told the Global Times on Wednesday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/23 8:47:16
  • Apple Daily to face complete shutdown

    The board of Next Digital, the parent company of the pro-secession Apple Daily, decided on Monday to shut down the paper and its digital news service soon, setting the deadline on Friday to make the final decision on the matter amid mounting financial pressure to maintain normal operations, local media reported on Monday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/21 21:53:39
  • HK Security Bureau to handle matter of frozen assets of Apple Daily in line with law: spokesperson

    A spokesperson from Hong Kong's Security Bureau told the Global Times on Monday that endangering national security is a very severe crime, and freezing assets of Apple Daily is in line with relevant law that targets all criminal activities after media reported on Monday that the pro-secession tabloid may not be able to pay staff due to a shortage of funds and could face an imminent risk of closure after authorities froze the company's assets under a national security law.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/21 15:23:53
  • Calls to shut down Apple Daily mount as observers see it as'legitimate, necessary'

    While Apple Daily has been struggling to continue operations amid low funds after the arrests of its senior executives, and the police search of its offices and the freezing of its assets, lawyers and experts in Hong Kong consider the suspension of the paper's operation and a complete shutdown as a legitimate and necessary move given its misdeeds on suspicion of violating the national security law amid rising calls for a clampdown on this "poisoned Apple."

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/20 23:26:40
  • Five executives of Apple Daily arrested on national security charges, shutdown of paper 'can't be ruled out'

    The latest arrest of the editor-in-chief of the Apple Daily, along with four other senior executives of Next Digital - the parent company of the newspaper - and the freezing of assets worth millions would have a lasting effect, legal experts said, after Hong Kong police searched again the newspaper's office on Thursday, adding that the worst possible scenario for the paper, which has been in disguise as "fighter for freedom of speech," could be a complete shutdown.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Caiyu | 2021/6/17 22:40:14
  • How century-old CPC appeals to youth today

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) is preparing to celebrate its centenary anniversary in July 1, but it still shines with young vitality, as more than a third of its 92 million members are under 40. How did the centenarian Party, founded by young people, still manage to engage in young people? How do Chinese youth today, who grew up in peace, showered by the country's booming economic and social development, and who are the cohort most exposed to the West, view the Party differently from their parents or grandparents? Does the passion for contributing to the Party remain strong in those youngsters?

    By Zhao Yusha, Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/6/15 0:18:39
  • China's newly passed Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law to bring deterrent effect against Western hegemony

    Top lawmakers in China on Thursday voted to pass the highly expected Anti-foreign Sanctions Law, providing a comprehensive legal basis for blocking illegal foreign sanctions and preventing Chinese individuals and entities from suffering the damage resulting from such illegal sanctions. The new law will also offer sufficient legal foundation for taking an equal position with the West by imposing necessary countermeasures, Chinese legal experts said.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Xin | 2021/6/10 15:29:24
  • Washington to rally 'symbolic solidarity' at G7, fix ties with allies

    As US President Joe Biden on Wednesday embarked on an 8-day trip to Europe, "China" and China-related topics, including a reference to the island of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, are expected to top his agenda, calling for support from Washington's major allies not only in Europe but also in the Asia-Pacific.

    By Chen Qingqing and Xu Keyue | 2021/6/10 0:19:03
  • GT exclusive: WSJ-cited lab report on COVID-19 origins provides no new info, just 'pathetic story to push political agenda'

    With US media and politicians again citing so-called "reports and evidence" hyping "the lab leak theory" on the question of COVID-19 origins, echoing US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's latest claim on the conspiracy, a source close to the WHO origins-tracing team told the Global Times on Tuesday that some politicians and so-called scientists are grasping for any pathetic story to push their political agenda.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/8 13:10:04
  • Anti-foreign sanctions draft law proposed to top legislature

    The draft law for anti-foreign sanctions was proposed to the meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) Mon, providing strong legal support and guarantees for China's counter measures against foreign discriminatory moves in accordance with the law.

    By Chen Qingqing and Li Qiaoyi | 2021/6/7 19:46:40
  • CPC emerges stronger, firmer to original aspiration through the haze of 1980s

    After the self-correction in the late 1970s to heal the country from the damage of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the CPC kicked off reforms and opening-up in 1978. China achieved an enormous economic and social progress and enhanced connections and interactions with the world in all aspects, but in the late 1980s, another "darkest hour" arrived due to the impact of Western liberalist thought and some problems such as corruption from inside the Party with the ongoing reforms and opening-up.

    By Yang Sheng, Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/6/4 16:43:39
  • Why CPC strong leadership key to leading China over crucial test, en route to rejuvenation through 100 years

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese people are gearing up for grand celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party on July 1 – a truly remarkable milestone for the CPC and the over 1.4 billion Chinese people.

    By Yang Sheng, Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/6/4 1:13:20
  • British envoy to China wishes safe trip for new Chinese ambassador to UK in a tweet

    Zheng Zeguang, a veteran diplomat, who was once "the youngest vice minister" of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has reportedly been assigned as the new Chinese Ambassador to the UK, according to the British Ambassador to China's shared post and some people familiar with the matter.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/3 19:36:56
  • Biden's Tulsa massacre speech 'political performance' as white supremacy carved in genes of the West

    US President Joe Biden's speech on the Tulsa Race Massacre was more like a political performance to help the US regain its moral high ground before using genocide accusations against other countries, and no matter how loud the US and the West boasted about fighting against white supremacy, it has been carved in their genes and emerged as race massacres in the colonial era and manifested in geopolitical tactics in modern times, analysts said.

    By Liu Xin and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/2 23:32:44
  • Huawei launches HarmonyOS 2.0 in ambitious move to counter US ban, dominance

    Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Wednesday night officially launched the 2.0 version of its self-developed operating system (OS), the HarmonyOS for smartphones, in its latest bid to shrug off the US' crackdown. The move also paved the way for the Chinese firm to challenge Google's and Apple's dominance in current and future OS ecosystems.

    By Shen Weiduo, Chen Qingqing and Fan Lingzhi | 2021/6/2 21:44:00
  • WHO works with Italy to retest samples of COVID-19 study, indicating 'intl experts start tracking down virus origins outside China'

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and some of its scientists confirmed to the Global Times on Wednesday that the agency is working with researchers in Italy and a reference laboratory to retest the samples of a study that suggested the coronavirus may have been circulating in Italy since autumn 2019, earlier than in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province.

    By Zhang Hui and Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/2 20:41:56
  • Consensus by top diplomats underscores whole picture of China-EU ties

    A wide-ranging consensus after in-depth and candid exchanges between a senior Chinese official and foreign ministers from four European countries fully underscored the whole picture of the China-EU relationship, which won't be limited by the current deteriorating situation between China and the European Parliament that jeopardizes the interests of the continent in echoing a US-led ideological battle against China, experts said.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/6/1 22:31:19
  • Scientists prepare rebuttal letter to Science on virus lab leak theory: insider

    A number of preeminent epidemiologists and scientists in China and overseas said it's absolute nonsense to let intelligence agencies lead COVID-19 origins-tracing work, and some scientists are working on a letter to Science magazine to rebut the "lab leak" theory, a source close to the matter informed the Global Times on Monday, after the UK intelligence unit, following Washington, said it believes it's "feasible" that the pandemic began from a Chinese lab leak.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/31 22:08:39
  • Foreign ministers' trips to China create positive synergies amid China-EU conflicts

    In spite of recent tensions between the EU and China over a number of issues such as human rights and the bilateral investment deal, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met several foreign ministers during the weekend – the first face-to-face meetings since the European Parliament froze the highly expected EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/30 21:18:40
  • Jimmy Lai gets 14 more months for illegal assembly, a further signal of clear, independent HK judicial system free of foreign interferences

    Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was sentenced 14 months in prison on Friday alongside nine others, including several former district councilors, for taking part in illegal assembly on October 1, 2019, one day after Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) finalized local amendments for election overhaul.

    By Zhang Han and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/28 16:04:00
  • 'Ridiculous' for Biden to customize a 90-day 'scientific' probe on virus origins

    Despite US President Joe Biden showing his resolve to find out whether the coronavirus emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident in a latest attempt to hype the virus-leakage conspiracy theory, scientists and foreign affairs experts from the US and China said they do not expect a credible report from the untrustworthy US intelligence community in 90 days as it is not a scientific institution at all.

    By Leng Shumei, Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/5/28 0:01:34
  • Hong Kong finalizes local amendments for election overhaul

    With the Legislative Council (LegCo) completing a review of a number of amendments on Thursday as part of the improvement of the Hong Kong electoral system, Hong Kong is accelerating the process of ushering in a proper system of governance, which ensures only patriots running for public office, and shields the city from rioting, citywide rampages, endless filibustering tactics from the radical opposition and the risk of color revolutions.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/5/27 21:38:39
  • HK completes local amendments for election overhaul, moving into 'fast & smooth' track for upcoming elections

    With the Legislative Council (LegCo) completing the review of a number of amendments as part of the improvement of the Hong Kong electoral system on Thursday, Hong Kong has been accelerating the process of ushering in a proper governance system in which only patriots run for public office, saving the city from rioting, citywide rampages, endless filibustering tactics from the radical opposition and the risk of color revolutions.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/27 16:13:48
  • Battling behind the scenes: US pressuring WHO on coronavirus origins tracing

    Upholding the true spirit of science, valuing facts and advocating for solidarity rather than confrontation in face of the pandemic should be a major lesson learned from the past year and shared at the ongoing 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), however, the US, exploiting its return to the WHO under the Biden administration, is turning the pivotal meeting, supposed to summarize the virus-fight experiences, into a battleground between science and politics.

    By Leng Shumei, Zhang Hui and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/26 23:52:06
  • China, Russia eye fixing 'global disorder' amid US withdrawal

    China and Russia held a new round of strategic security consultations on Tuesday in Moscow, and during the frequent interactions between the two major powers in recent months, the world has showed a dangerous trend of disorder or tensions in some regions, including the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Western Pacific, due to global strategic shift made by the US,

    By Yang Sheng and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/26 0:18:39
  • WHA starts, vowing to end vaccine 'scandalous inequity'

    While the world is struggling to end the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed people's lives in the most dramatic way, with over 167 million infections and over 3 million death toll until now, the 74th World Health Assembly began on Monday. Considered to be the most pivotal one in its history, the event covers a number of crucial topics including WHO reforms, vaccine equity and a potential pandemic treaty.

    By Chen Qingqing and Leng Shumei | 2021/5/25 0:58:06
  • Wuhan Institute of Virology lab director refutes WSJ report on sick staff, calling US intelligence doc 'a complete lie'

    The so-called US intelligence report on sick staff at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is an outright lie that came from nowhere, Yuan Zhiming, director of the institute's Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, told the Global Times on Monday, refuting the latest report from the Wall Street Journal about an undisclosed US intelligence report indicating three researchers from the lab became sick in November 2019.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/24 12:51:13
  • Lithuania's decision to quit China-CEEC 17+1 won't change fundamentals of platform

    Other European countries are unlikely to follow suit after Lithuania announced over the weekend that it has withdrawn from the 17+1 cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern Europe Countries (China-CEECs), as the country in the Baltic region, pressured by the US on security and ideology issues, has played an insignificant role in the China-CEEC mechanism, Chinese experts said on Sunday.

    By Chen Qingqing and Yang Kunyi | 2021/5/23 23:39:30
  • Exclusive: China provides 2,000 oxygen cylinders to Nepal among other medical supplies, says Chinese ambassador

    To help Nepal fight the latest surge of COVID-19 infections, China has so far shipped 2,000 oxygen cylinders and 10 ventilators to Nepal, in addition to 200 oxygen generators from Chinese companies in the country, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqin told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/5/18 22:58:39
  • Jimmy Lai pleads guilty over another unauthorized assembly

    Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and nine other defendants behind Hong Kong's social turmoil pleaded guilty on Monday to organizing and taking part in an unauthorized assembly on October 1, 2019.

    By Cui Fandi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/17 21:36:29
  • Ex-WTO official warns of attempts to split multilateral trade system

    With an eye on the 12th Ministerial Conference, scheduled to take place in November, a former senior official of the WTO said China firmly supports a widely expected reform of the body, who also warned some members using the reform to weaken and split the WTO is “the biggest danger” the multilateral trade system faces today.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/5/14 20:18:39
  • Western anti-China politicians turn blind eye to stable life, happy festivals in Xinjiang

    Wearing traditional clothes and a hat, a senior Uygur resident in Kashi danced happily with hundreds of local residents and visitors in front of the Id Kah Mosque - this is the way some Muslim residents in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr on Thursday.

    By Liu Xin and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/13 22:13:40
  • Political factors aside, Ericsson can't compete with Huawei: analysts

    Commenting on Huawei's exclusion from Sweden's 5G rollout and the fate of Ericsson in China, Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou urged Sweden to stop politicizing Huawei's 5G equipment and said that Ericsson's situation in China will be decided by the Chinese market and consumers.

    By Chen Qingqing and Shen Weiduo | 2021/5/12 22:23:40
  • Hong Kong LegCo adopts bill requiring oath-taking by all district councilors

    The Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) voted on Wednesday to approve the bill on public servants' candidacies and taking up offices, requiring all district councilors to swear allegiance as soon as next month. The move was widely applauded, as loyalty pledges by civil servants and people who run for public positions are a basic political and ethical standard.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/12 21:50:36
  • Results could be 'disastrous' if new variant in India further expands to South Asia with its impact on vaccine effectiveness unknown: experts

    The World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the SAR-CoV-2 variant first identified in India as "a variant of global concern," which shows that the mutation may be more transmissible, be more likely to cause infections, and more potent than current vaccines, some Chinese experts said. They warned that if the epidemic affects more of India's neighboring countries, it could lead to a disastrous crisis.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/11 20:33:39
  • Exclusive: Sweden faces 'last chance' on Ericsson's fate in China over 5G equipment test involvement after Huawei fallout: source

    Chinese mobile operators have invited Swedish firm Ericsson to participate in their 5G equipment test and the invitation, which offers the Swedish firm an opportunity for "interview" to access China's 5G market, could be the last chance for Sweden to pull back its wrong decision to exclude Chinese firms such as Huawei from participating in its country's 5G construction, a source close to the matter told the Global Times on Monday.

    By Shen Weiduo, Chen Qingqing and Zhao Juecheng | 2021/5/10 21:24:15
  • India put on table by EU as 'backup plan' for trade; sidelining China only 'wishful thinking'

    When some Indian and European officials hailed the resumption of trade talks and agreement on enhanced partnership to seek replacement of China amid growing opposition toward the China-Europe investment deal, some Chinese observers consider that sidelining China through an EU-India tie-up is wishful thinking that has only a symbolic meaning, as disputes between India and Europe such as prevailing protectionism in India and different attitudes on a US-proposed vaccine waiver plan will hinder talks.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/9 20:28:40
  • New Zealand torn between Western allies, domestic interests in China stance: experts

    New Zealand's back-and-forth attitude on whether to call China's Xinjiang policy "genocide" showed that it is struggling to act in line with its "Western identity" while carefully weighing its own interests with China, Chinese experts said.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/6 18:42:01
  • China's suspension of economic dialogue with Australia 'a necessary step' to defend national interests: analysts

    China's top economic planner announced on Thursday that it is suspending indefinitely all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, marking the first time that a diplomatic mechanism between the two countries was frozen on the heels of downward spiraling bilateral relations.

    By Li Xuanmin and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/6 10:45:57
  • US takes subtle moves to rope in G7 allies against China

    With China topping the agenda of the Group of Seven (G7) meeting as foreign ministers of member states have been urged to coordinate and form a common stance in addressing the “challenges” posed by China, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected claims of a “Cold War” between the US and China, signaling that rather than making all-out efforts to form an anti-China choir, the Biden administration is making subtle moves to align its allies, Chinese experts said, noting that in return, EU officials' mixed signals on the ratification of its most promising investment deal appear to be a gesture of echoing the “alignment sentiment” in the face of growing domestic pressure.

    By Chen Qingqing and Zhang Hui | 2021/5/6 0:09:59
  • Exclusive: China accelerating production and delivery of 40,000 more oxygen generators ordered by India: Ambassador

    China will make its utmost efforts to provide help to India in accordance with the demands of the Indian side, and the production of at least 40,000 oxygen generators as the orders placed by India is underway. Chinese companies will soon deliver necessary medical supplies to India, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.

    By Bai Yunyi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/5/1 9:16:09
  • China deepens anti-COVID19 cooperation with S. Asian nations amid surging cases in India

    Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met virtually with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday to discuss efforts on COVID-19 fight and post-pandemic economic recovery, on which vaccine cooperation and supply chain stability became major concerns. China also extended the invitation to India to attend the online meeting. Despite the absence of New Delhi in the meeting, Beijing is still committed to helping it fight the pandemic.

    By Liu Xin, Chen Qingqing and Leng Shumei | 2021/4/27 23:11:30
  • Chinese Foreign Minister will meet counterparts from South Asian countries focusing on vaccine supplies and epidemic fight

    Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, will meet with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday to discuss efforts to fight COVID-19 and post-pandemic economic recovery. Experts expect that vaccine cooperation will be a major topic given the grave situation in India.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/27 0:35:23
  • US makes U-turn on aiding India, motivation questioned

    Under tremendous pressure, the US, which has remained silent in face of the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in India, an important partner to Washington's Indo-Pacific strategy, over the weekend, finally responded positively, pledging medical aid such as raw materials for vaccines and oxygen concentrators. Such a U-turn in attitude is largely driven by geopolitical interests, in addition to countries' actual concerns about the epidemic crisis, and displays how this so-called political alliance failed to address India's major concerns, experts said.

    By Chen Qingqing and Liu Xin | 2021/4/27 0:33:02
  • HK Bar Association urged to halt anti-China chairman's tenure, not to 'go down a road of no return'

    The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong warned Paul Harris, chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, not to "step foot on the road of no return," by defending the violence and "glorifying the violence," and the association should not tolerate him continuing as head of the association.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/26 0:38:28
  • China commits to climate change targets, vows to uphold multilateralism

    China is committed to achieving its major targets on fighting climate change, including realizing a carbon emissions peak in 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality in 2060, calling for jointly building a community for man and nature, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the World Leaders' Climate Summit on Thursday.

    By Zhao Yusha, Chen Qingqing and Shan Jie | 2021/4/22 20:28:40
  • Will extension of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's case become a turning point in marathon lawsuit?

    Following the latest decision by the Canadian court to delay the ongoing legal proceedings of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou until August to allow judges to review new documents obtained from HSBC, some legal experts and observers raised the question on Thursday about whether this signals “a big victory” in this marathon lawsuit and if it will become a major turning point in the legal fight against extradition to the US.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/22 19:48:11
  • GT survey shows 90% say China should not look up to West; experts say confident Chinese won't tolerate foreign provocations

    Approximately 90 percent of the young Chinese participating in the latest survey conducted by the Global Times Research Center believe China should not "look up to the West" anymore, with more people in the past five years even "looking down on the West" due to multiple reasons including China's achievements in its development and the West's failed handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Yang Sheng, Cao Siqi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/19 22:55:21
  • Biased tone, misinformation 'major mistakes' by BBC on HK riot: Chinese scholar

    There were some major mistakes that the BBC made in its latest TV program Newsnight, including a biased tone and misinformation on the illegal protests led by radical anti-government figures who were wrongfully deemed "pro-democracy activists," a Chinese scholar who recently engaged in an online debate with Hong Kong secessionist Nathan Law told the Global Times.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/19 21:39:12
  • Over one-third of respondents show declining trust in Western media, calling them 'politicized tools' for containing China

    Over 80 percent of the respondents to the latest survey conducted by the Global Times believe that there is currently a widely shared bias in Western society toward China, and over the past five years, over 55 percent of the respondents showed declined trust in Western media's coverage of China. This is especially true on Western-led accusations of the so-called genocide in China's Xinjiang, which over 76 percent see as a complete lie that serves only as an excuse for containing China.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/19 19:00:40
  • West-backed color revolution a 'top threat' to China's national, political security

    The sixth National Security Education Day falls on Thursday, with the Chinese national security agency releasing a series of cases related to the threat against China's political security. Experts on international intelligence and security said under the intensifying China-US competition, foreign hostile forces have increased efforts to target the political security of China rather than merely conducting regular espionage activities.

    By Yang Sheng and Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/15 19:29:27
  • HK Police College stages Chinese-style foot drills as city celebrates National Security Education Day for first time: Exclusive with Commissioner of Police

    As Hong Kong celebrates the National Security Education Day for the first time, the Hong Kong Police College staged, also for the first time, performed the Chinese-style foot drills for the public, including commanding swords and flags, to allow local residents experience the sentiment for the motherland, Commissioner of Police Chris Tang Ping-keung told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/15 14:34:12
  • GT investigates: Getting closer to early COVID-19 cases: Why the joint WHO-China report included hypotheses of cold chain and the world military games

    Many unanswered doubts need further global investigations, such as tracing the imported food supply chain during the military games. Prominent scientists from the joint WHO-China study and Chinese health authority believe that tracking down these hypotheses was a process for the world to know possible early circulation of the disease and get closer to possible COVID-19 patient zero.

    By Zhang Hui and Xu Keyue in Wuhan, Chen Qingqing in Beijing | 2021/4/14 23:53:40
  • HK embraces National Security Education Day, still faces threats like 'lone wolf attacks' by radicals

    Hong Kong will embrace its first National Security Education Day on Thursday with a number of activities to promote public awareness about national security as the city, once hit by black-clad protests and riots, is stepping up efforts to fix the local governance loopholes while enhancing education of the young generation once affected by radical ideas amid misunderstanding about the country.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cui Fandi | 2021/4/14 21:55:05
  • HK electoral reform bill introduced to city's legislative body for first and second readings

    The highly expected Hong Kong electoral reform draft bill was officially introduced to the legislative body of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Wednesday, and after the hearing debate, the draft will be handed in to the internal affairs committee. Local officials spoke highly of the draft bill as part of top-down efforts in fixing the system loopholes in Hong Kong.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/14 12:49:32
  • China's first mRNA vaccine expected to enter Phase III trials in LatAm, paves way for mixed jabs against variants

    The first China-developed mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is expected to enter Phase III clinical trials overseas next month, vaccine developer Suzhou Abogen Biosciences confirmed to the Global Times on Tuesday, another step forward in China's vaccine development despite attacks from Western media on the efficacy of Chinese doses.

    By Hu Yuwei, Fan Anqi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/13 22:20:36
  • With timetable unveiled for Election Committee, CE and LegCo elections, introducing electoral reform bill 'milestone step' in finalizing it by May

    The legislative body of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will introduce an amendment bill as part of the Hong Kong electoral reform on Wednesday for the first reading and second reading of the bill, with a number of detailed amendments in key areas for electing the chief executive, the composition of the Legislative Council (LegCo), and the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/13 22:10:57
  • US sends mixed signals on China policy

    The latest mixed messages from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken concerning certain core issues such as Taiwan, Xinjiang and the coronavirus show that the Biden administration has been facing challenges in clearly defining its China policy, struggling to keep a hard-line stance to respond to domestic anti-China consensus, but still hoping for possible cooperation in more sectors with the world's second-largest economy.

    By Chen Qingqing and Wang Qi | 2021/4/12 22:22:42
  • Huawei, HSBC reach deal on documents for Meng Wanzhou legal proceedings

    Huawei and HSBC reached an agreement in a Hong Kong court on Monday over the relevant documents for legal proceedings as Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou fights her extradition case in Canada, the two companies confirmed with the Global Times.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/12 19:59:29
  • Blinken ridiculed by netizens for playing threadbare blame game on China over COVID-19

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's playing a threadbare blame game in an attempt to pressure China was ridiculed by netizens on Twitter, as a clear, widely recognized timeline of the handling of the outbreak has already been released and China cannot be blamed for the failure of the US government in its handling of the epidemic, which has caused about 562,000 deaths in the country.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/12 19:15:39
  • Washington's 'Sinophobia, Russophobia cost high'

    The recently unveiled $715 billion defense budget by the Biden administration to counter the so-called threats from China and Russia - a real cost of Washington's Russophobia and Sinophobia - is a vivid reflection that the defense spending of Washington being kidnapped by military industrial complex, but such high cost would lead it on a path to nowhere as it is unrealistic for the US government to successfully curb two major powers at the same time, Chinese experts said.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/11 22:43:40
  • Xinjiang-related databases fabricated by anti-China think tanks based on false testimonies, purely political maneuvers

    A number of foreign databases on so-called issues in China's Xinjiang including the Uygur Transitional Justice Database (UTJD) have been fabricated by anti-China forces, and claim to include eyewitness accounts and testimonies; however, they are full of outright lies and are purely political in nature, based on which Western countries and media outlets make up allegations such as "genocide and crimes against humanity." These "databases" can be clearly refuted by actual figures, official records and the family members of those listed in them, said officials from Xinjiang.

    By Fan Lingzhi and Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/9 19:13:39
  • Le Monde owes an apology for accusing Chinese state media of creating a fake French journalist to speak the truth about Xinjiang: scholar

    "You should apologize!" A veteran Chinese expert on French studies delivered this message to Le Monde, a major publication in France, for claiming that a French journalist who spoke out the truth about Xinjiang does not exist. The accusation came only because she told a story about China that goes against the mainstream anti-China public opinion in France.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/7 23:29:42
  • Post-epidemic recovery, regional cooperation top China-ASEAN ties

    With China and some Southeast Asian countries seeking further areas of cooperation such as mutual recognition of health codes and whole supply-chain vaccine development, a slew of consensuses reached by foreign ministers of those countries reflects that the long-lasting momentum of the cooperation between China and the ASEAN bloc echoes the real needs of regional countries in the post-epidemic era, and will prevail over the influence of the US-led external destabilizing factor, Chinese experts said on Monday.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/4/5 23:38:39
  • Chinese authorities slam US, UK, Japan over comments on HK electoral reform

    Chinese authorities on Wednesday slammed foreign countries' accusations against China over the electoral system reform plan for Hong Kong, following their comments on the issue the previous day, when the plan was approved by China's top legislature.

    By Chen Shasha, Chen Qingqing and Leng Shumei | 2021/3/31 21:48:39
  • HK electoral overhaul to bring local elections back to its genuine purposes

    Chinese top lawmakers unanimously approved the Hong Kong electoral reform plan on Tuesday, with revised measures for electing the Hong Kong chief executive and the formation of the Legislative Council (LegCo), which is seen as another major step in tackling the loopholes in the city's governance structure. The plan was approved after two-day meeting of the Standing Committee of China's top legislative body and rounds of discussions.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/30 23:11:14
  • Update: China's top legislature unanimously approves HK electoral overhaul plan, laying out details

    After a two-day meeting of the Standing Committee of China's top legislative body and rounds of discussions, Chinese top lawmakers have unanimously approved the draft of the Hong Kong electoral reform plan, with revised measures for electing the Hong Kong chief executive and the formation of the Legislative Council, which is seen as another major step in tackling the loopholes in the city's governance structure.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/30 12:20:27
  • Hong Kong electoral reform plan submitted for review at Standing Committee of the top legislature

    Standing Committee of China's top legislative body was scheduled to discuss details of the Hong Kong electoral reform on Monday to “ Tuesday” , and the final full version of the overhaul is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday after the top authorities listened to opinions from Hong Kong society, the Global Times learned from people familiar with the matter.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/29 18:07:14
  • Biden's infrastructure plan for democratic countries a 'tactic' to lure allies with values

    The US President Joe Biden's suggestion to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to design another infrastructure scheme to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative amid escalating sanctions between certain Western countries and China only exposed a lack of long-term understanding of China and a clearly-defined strategy, some Chinese experts say, since he comes up with an idea that imitates China's proposal.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/3/29 0:53:39
  • China-WHO team eye global origins search

    A senior official of China's CDC, and also the expert of the WHO joint team on COVID-19 tracing studies in China, laid out major recommendations for the next phase of global efforts in the search for the origins of the virus, including the need to conduct studies at a wider scope to look for possible animal hosts, including in neighboring countries, and not only restricting research to bat species.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/26 13:38:56
  • Exclusive: Chinese envoy protests over France's misdeeds in scheduled meeting with 'strong smell of gunpowder': source

    The Chinese Ambassador to France made solemn representations on the Taiwan question and the EU's latest sanction on China over Xinjiang in a very intense meeting with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday when the Chinese official denounced a series of misdeeds of France, firmly defended China's position and harshly criticizing France for poisoning the bilateral relationship, the Global Times learned.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/25 0:01:32
  • China issues annual US human rights report amid escalating Washington-led West's attacks on Beijing

    China published its annual US human rights situation report on Wednesday at a time when the US-led ideological battle against China has intensified, mainly over Xinjiang and other domestic issues.

    By Chen Qingqing and Cao Siqi | 2021/3/24 22:38:40
  • China issues annual US human rights report amid escalating Washington-led West's attacks on Beijing

    China published its annual US human rights situation report on Wednesday at a time when the US-led ideological battle against China has intensified lately over mainly Xinjiang and other domestic issues. By highlighting the COVID-19 turning into a humanitarian tragedy, disorder in American democracy being vividly reflected in the Capitol riots, and recent growing discrimination against ethnic minorities, China slammed the US' terrible human rights record, which made its remarks on other countries' human rights situation "hypocrisy and double standards."

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/24 16:03:08
  • Netizens hail Chinese envoy's France pushback

    The Chinese ambassador to France won widespread support from the Chinese public after he pushed back against radical words and deeds by some French politicians and pseudo-scholars over China's internal affairs in Xinjiang, and shrugged off French complaints and sought to make representations with French authorities over EU's sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities over Xinjiang as well as the Taiwan question.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/23 22:10:38
  • Deceitful politicians that harm China-EU ties face sanctions

    After the UK joined the sanctions campaign against Chinese officials over so-called human rights issues in China's Xinjiang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned the UK ambassador to China to lodge a strong condemnation.

    By GT staff reporters | 2021/3/23 21:19:54
  • Local law amendments to be finalized by May after details of HK electoral reform come out in March

    Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said on Tuesday that the local government welcomes the timetable for amending relevant laws concerning Hong Kong electoral reform, and local authorities will work day and night to advance local law amendments involving over 20 main texts and auxiliaries.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/23 15:00:33
  • Chinese ridicule French scholar for reigniting war of words with Chinese embassy for attacking China in pursuit of 'political correctness'

    A French scholar who recently engaged in a war of words with the Chinese Embassy to France was disdained by Chinese experts and officials on China-France affairs, with some expressing their support for the embassy's firm rebuttal against the claims of Antoine Bondaz, who appeared to be a "rising star" in some Western hawk-led anti-China circles engaging in another form of "political correctness."

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/22 19:17:34
  • High-profile individuals, including European parliament officials, are likely to be included in China's countermeasures; legal procedures to follow, warned experts

    High-profile China hawk European politicians, including certain German parliamentarians, are likely to be included in China's countermeasures against EU's planned sanctions over Xinjiang, Chinese observers said ahead of the EU's signing off of punitive measures directed at China on Monday.

    By Chen Qingqing and Zhao Yusha | 2021/3/22 17:47:21
  • Alaska talks a good beginning to amplify positive factors in China-US ties: expert

    Senior diplomats from China and the US wrapped up their first face-to-face meeting under the Biden administration over the weekend, such high-profile and candid dialogue, with tough exchanges, not only attracted global attention but also offered some clues for the tone of China-US relationship, with experts seeing specific issues on which the two countries will soon work on such as climate change, diplomatic facilities and staff as well as media personnel.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/21 21:55:46
  • China's top legislature likely to work on details of HK electoral reform next week

    Central authority officials on Hong Kong affairs wrapped up on Wednesday a three-day seminar with over 1,000 representatives from various sectors of Hong Kong on their opinions about the upcoming electoral reform in Hong Kong, including those from the opposition, and their opinions will be presented to the next meeting of China's top legislature for the election overhaul, officials told the Global Times.

    By Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/17 21:13:39
  • China shrugs off US sanctions over HK, set to insist on core stances in Alaska

    As the world turns its eyes to a critical high-level meeting between senior Chinese and US officials, the US picked up a signature Trump era strategy of wielding the stick ahead of talks by issuing sanctions against two dozen Chinese mainland and Hong Kong officials, including 14 vice chairmen of the Standing Committee of China's top legislature, less than 24 hours before the meeting in Alaska. The attempt is unlikely to pressure China on its core stances but will only undermine US sincerity and dim any hope for a reset in near frozen bilateral ties, analysts said.

    By Yang Sheng, Chen Qingqing and Wang Cong | 2021/3/17 16:27:50
  • China fully prepared for 'a long fight' with West on HK: experts

    The struggle between China and the West, especially with the US and the UK, on Hong Kong will continue and likely become "a long fight" due to the latest electoral reform plan for the city passed by China's top legislature, Chinese experts say, as China on Sunday, through diplomatic and political channels, firmly refuted the latest joint and separate statements issued by the G7, the EU, and the UK to stigmatize China's reform of Hong Kong's electoral system.

    By Yang Sheng and Chen Qingqing | 2021/3/14 21:28:40
  • Electoral reform 'a mid-term surgery' for Hong Kong: Basic Law Committee member

    The electoral reform for Hong Kong set the tone for the city's future development for the next 25 years and more on which the central government won't take any comprises when dealing with Hong Kong affairs, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a member of the Basic Law Committee, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview, by referring the reform as "a mid-term surgery" for the city's political path in the past two decades.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/12 16:06:48
  • Former LegCo chief says electoral reform brings HK back from brink of collapse as West-defined democracy turned into power of destruction

    Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai (Fan), former president of Legislative Council (LegCo) and former member of National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, was among attendees to a seminar recently held by senior central government officials on electoral reform in Hong Kong. She was also the first LegCo president since the city returned to the motherland in 1997, who has a deep understanding of the city's democratic processes. In the latest exclusive interview with the Global Times reporters Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi (GT), Fan shared her thoughts on why it is necessary and urgent to implement electoral reform and what's gone wrong with the current system; why the West-led attack on Hong Kong's affairs won't waver the determination of the central government. The senior Hong Kong politician also cleared up the longstanding misunderstanding surrounding the "one country, two systems" policy.

    By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi | 2021/3/11 22:48:39
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