US axes Chinese cultural programmes on propaganda grounds

The US State Department has scrapped five China-funded exchange programmes, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissing them as “propaganda tools” disguised as cultural exchanges.The announcement on Friday is the latest in a series of moves towards cultural and educational decoupling and came just two days after the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump moved to restrict travel visas to the United States for the estimated 92 million members of the Chinese Communist Party and…

US axes Chinese cultural programmes on propaganda grounds
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Japan spacecraft Hayabusa2 drops capsule to Earth with Ryugu asteroid samples

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A Japanese space probe dropped a capsule containing two samples from the 4.6-billion-year-old Ryugu ...

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Chinese professor accused of stealing trade secrets for Huawei pleads guilty to lesser charges

Chinese professor accused of stealing trade secrets for Huawei  pleads guilty to lesser charges
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A Chinese professor who was accused of stealing trade secrets for Huawei Technologies Co ...

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Elite Hong Kong civil servants resign, raising questions about morale, ‘top-down culture' and politics in the workplace

Elite Hong Kong civil servants resign, raising questions about morale, ‘top-down culture' and politics in the workplace
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Lifetime ban a possibility for at least one more Hong Kong teacher, education chief says

Lifetime ban a possibility for at least one more Hong Kong teacher, education chief says
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Another Hong Kong teacher is facing the possibility of disqualification after being named in ...

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Coronavirus: profit glitters for Malaysian goldsmiths even amid pandemic recession

Coronavirus: profit glitters for Malaysian goldsmiths even amid pandemic recession
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US coronavirus cases shatter records, San Francisco imposes lockdown

US coronavirus cases shatter records, San Francisco imposes lockdown
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For the second day in a row, the United States on Friday notched a ...

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South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge

South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge
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China's sweeping communications network in the Spratlys will have a decisive role to play ...

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US election: Joe Biden officially secures Electoral College majority as California certifies

US election: Joe Biden officially secures Electoral College majority as California certifies
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California certified its presidential election on Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote ...

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The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?

The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?
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There is little doubt that 2020 will go down as an annus horribilis for ...

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Climate change: China is sowing seeds of industrial and social change to meet Xi Jinping's carbon neutrality pledge by 2060

Climate change: China is sowing seeds of industrial and social change to meet Xi Jinping's carbon neutrality pledge by 2060
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This third part of a series on China's carbon neutrality goal looks at the ...

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Hong Kong charity focused on giving the gift of hope to city's disadvantaged children this Christmas

Hong Kong charity focused on giving the gift of hope to city's disadvantaged children this Christmas
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With Christmas soon upon us, a team of 20 volunteers have been busy preparing ...

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TikTok deal deadline not extended, but talks expected to continue, according to report

TikTok deal deadline not extended, but talks expected to continue, according to report
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The Trump administration decided not to grant Chinese tech firm ByteDance a new extension ...

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Donald Trump orders withdrawal of majority of US troops from Somalia

Donald Trump orders withdrawal of majority of US troops from Somalia
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This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported ...

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As Hong Kong schools close again, frazzled parents go back to juggling jobs, monitoring kids' online lessons

As Hong Kong schools close again, frazzled parents go back to juggling jobs, monitoring kids' online lessons
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Hong Kong's fourth wave of Covid-19 infections has closed schools for the rest of ...

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China turns on its ‘artificial sun' in quest for nuclear fusion energy

China turns on its ‘artificial sun' in quest for nuclear fusion energy
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China on Friday made another step forward in its quest for clean energy through ...

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Jordan, Obama and Kaepernick sports jerseys set records at sports auction

Jordan, Obama and Kaepernick sports jerseys set records at sports auction
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Historic jerseys from the careers of Michael Jordan, Colin Kaepernick and former US President ...

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Complaints to ombudsman soared as anti-government protests split Hong Kong last year

Complaints to ombudsman soared as anti-government protests split Hong Kong last year
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Hong Kong's ombudsman received three times more complaints involving maladministration last year when the ...

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Defence bill includes 5G rules intended to put pressure on Huawei, ZTE

Defence bill includes 5G rules intended to put pressure on Huawei, ZTE
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US Congress plans to require the Defence Department to reconsider sending military equipment or ...

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How China's belt and road vision of a new type of globalisation can benefit all

How China's belt and road vision of a new type of globalisation can benefit all
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This is an unusual moment in history. Covid-19 has plunged the global economy into ...

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Bahrain is second nation in world to grant emergency use for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Bahrain is second nation in world to grant emergency use for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
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The island kingdom of Bahrain said on Friday it has become the second nation ...

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BioNTech founders tell UN they are optimistic coronavirus can be curbed by end of year

BioNTech founders tell UN they are optimistic coronavirus can be curbed by end of year
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The founders of BioNTech, the German co-developer of a Covid-19 vaccine alongside US pharmaceutical ...

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Wayward Wally the wallaroo rescued from river after police chase near Chicago

Wayward Wally the wallaroo rescued from river after police chase near Chicago
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Police in Peru, Illinois, are no strangers to chases – unless what they're after ...

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Is China using its clash with Australia as a warning to the world?

Is China using its clash with Australia as a warning to the world?
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Until recently, Australia was a poster child for the mutual benefits of trade between ...

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US House of Representatives votes to decriminalise marijuana at federal level

US House of Representatives votes to decriminalise marijuana at federal level
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The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to decriminalise marijuana at the federal ...

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US to deny visas for Chinese officials accused of stifling dissent

US to deny visas for Chinese officials accused of stifling dissent
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The US State Department announced new visa restrictions on Chinese government officials on Friday, ...

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Joe Biden to call on Americans to commit to 100 days of mask-wearing

Joe Biden to call on Americans to commit to 100 days of mask-wearing
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Joe Biden said on Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 ...

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Divers find Nazis' Enigma code machine in Baltic Sea

Divers find Nazis' Enigma code machine in Baltic Sea
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German divers who recently fished an Enigma encryption machine out of the Baltic Sea, ...

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Whale fossil unearthed in Thailand could be about 5,000 years old: scientists

Whale fossil unearthed in Thailand could be about 5,000 years old: scientists
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Researchers in Thailand have unearthed a rare, partially fossilised skeleton belonging to a Bryde's ...

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France dangles veto threat as ‘difficult' Brexit trade talks drag on

France dangles veto threat as ‘difficult' Brexit trade talks drag on
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France warned on Friday it could veto an unappetising post-Brexit trade deal between the European ...

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Justin Trudeau will not comment on possible release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

Justin Trudeau will not comment on possible release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday declined to comment on talks between the ...

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Rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia signal progress in resolving Gulf crisis

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Rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with neutral Oman and Kuwait, said on Friday ...

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Doctors protest after Tunisian medic plunges to his death in hospital lift accident

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Hundreds of doctors protested in Tunisia on Friday after a young doctor died in ...

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Britain defends speed of approval for Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine

Britain defends speed of approval for Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine
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Britain on Friday insisted its world-first approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine met all ...

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Australian envoy to India under fire for visit to right-wing Hindu group

Australian envoy to India under fire for visit to right-wing Hindu group
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Calls for Australia's envoy to India, Barry O'Farrell, to resign have gained steam after ...

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A ‘no-deal' Brexit could lead to rise in human trafficking: rights group

A ‘no-deal' Brexit could lead to rise in human trafficking: rights group
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Brexit will be a boon for human traffickers unless Britain acts swiftly to improve ...

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China-India border row: prepare for the long haul in talks, Indian foreign minister says

China-India border row: prepare for the long haul in talks, Indian foreign minister says
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India's foreign minister has warned that border talks with China could last for years ...

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Indian farmers vs Modi: protesters ‘ready to die' in winter of discontent

Indian farmers vs Modi: protesters ‘ready to die' in winter of discontent
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As India's virus numbers swell and the economy stumbles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ...

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Japan to invest US$19 billion in green technologies over next decade: Suga

Japan to invest US$19 billion in green technologies over next decade: Suga
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said that Japan would set up a ...

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Xinjiang: US moves swiftly to enforce ban on cotton products linked to forced labour

Xinjiang: US moves swiftly to enforce ban on  cotton products linked to forced labour
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US customs authorities are baring their teeth over a sweeping new ban on cotton ...

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Beijing slams ‘criminal-shielding' Danish politicians for supporting former Hong Kong lawmaker's exile bid

Beijing slams ‘criminal-shielding' Danish politicians for supporting former Hong Kong lawmaker's exile bid
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Beijing has accused Danish politicians of harbouring criminals and meddling in China's domestic affairs ...

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Is Indonesia becoming too reliant on Huawei?

Is Indonesia becoming too reliant on Huawei?
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China's telecommunication equipment giant Huawei has solidified its standing in Indonesia, raising concerns that ...

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Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding

Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding
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Hong Kong's legislature has approved a HK$550 million (US$71 million) funding request to conduct ...

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Singapore LGBTQ activist launches new bid to end gay sex ban

Singapore LGBTQ activist launches new bid to end gay sex ban
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A retired doctor has filed a fresh legal challenge to force the Singapore government ...

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China's closer ties with Hong Kong's bond market to create ‘enormous opportunities' for city

China's closer ties with Hong Kong's bond market to create ‘enormous opportunities' for city
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Discussions have begun to allow Chinese investors to trade bonds in Hong Kong, a ...

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Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using false data in bungled attempts to open virtual bank accounts detained following citywide raids

Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using false data in bungled attempts to open virtual bank accounts detained following citywide raids
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Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using bogus identification information in their bungled attempts to open ...

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China's president turns on charm with global business leaders, vowing ‘opportunities' as nation opens its doors wider

China's president turns on charm with global business leaders, vowing ‘opportunities' as nation opens its doors wider
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has undertaken a new charm offensive aimed at global business ...

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Here's why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza

Here's why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza
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In Vietnam, a man caught groping a woman's bottom would be slapped with a ...

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National security law has restored order in Hong Kong, but ‘mechanisms' to guide compliance still needed, says Beijing's top man in city

National security law has restored order in Hong Kong, but ‘mechanisms' to guide compliance still needed, says Beijing's top man in city
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Hong Kong is moving from a period of chaos to order with the new ...

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China-US relations: Beijing could ‘reopen consulate, let journalists back in'

China-US relations: Beijing could ‘reopen consulate, let journalists back in'
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China could consider reopening a consulate and allowing American journalists back to the country ...

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China ‘accepts' Joe Biden will not rush to remove Donald Trump's US trade war tariffs, analysts say

China ‘accepts' Joe Biden will not rush to remove Donald Trump's US trade war tariffs, analysts say
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US President-elect Joe Biden's decision to keep the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods ...

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Indonesia's coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse as doctor dies after 24-hour search for ventilator

Indonesia's coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse as doctor dies after 24-hour search for ventilator
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Dr Sardjono Utomo, a senior Indonesian doctor, admitted himself to his local hospital in ...

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Hong Kong is facing a not-so-happy New Year, with annual fireworks display, parade both cancelled

Hong Kong is facing a not-so-happy New Year, with annual fireworks display, parade both cancelled
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Hong Kong is bracing for a bleak New Year, with the annual countdown fireworks ...

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Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for use this year'

Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for use this year'
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China will have 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines ready for use this year ...

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Hong Kong police officer who watched as colleagues assaulted prisoner in hospital found guilty of misconduct

Hong Kong police officer who watched as colleagues assaulted prisoner in hospital found guilty of misconduct
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A Hong Kong police officer who stood by as two uniformed colleagues assaulted a ...

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