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China cuts interest rate to shore up sagging economy

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank trimmed a key interest rate Monday to shore up sagging economic growth at a politically sensitive time when President Xi Jinping is trying to extend his hold on pow...

Thailand's tourism-reliant economy likely gathered pace in Q2

BENGALURU, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Thailand's economy likely grew at its fastest pace in a year last quarter, thanks to increased tourism as pandemic curbs eased, but the high cost of living and a slow...

China-US tensions: how global trade began splitting into two blocs

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has elicited a strong response from China: three days of simulated attack on Taiwan with further drills announced, plus a withdrawal from critical ongoing ...

Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation China

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsay Mo couldn’t go to her gym after Beijing shut down indoor sports facilities in May because of a coronavirus outbreak. So she started cycling — and soon fell in love with the spor...

China closes Potala Palace after COVID-19 reported in Tibet

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have closed Tibet’s famed Potala Palace after a minor outbreak of COVID-19 was reported in the Himalayan region. The action underscores China’s co...

China's Hainan beach resort expands COVID-19 lockdowns

BEIJING (AP) — The capital of China's Hainan province has locked down its residents for 13 hours on Monday as a COVID-19 outbreak grows on the tropical island during the summer school holidays. ...

COVID lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for stranded tourists

When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year's summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan because of its nigh-perfect COVID track record. The island...

COVID lockdown at 'China's Hawaii' widens

Chinese authorities have expanded a strict coronavirus lockdown on the tropical island of Hainan beyond the beach resort of Sanya. Tens of thousands of tourists from the mainland were already strand...

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

BEIJING (AP) — Some 80,000 tourists are stranded in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya, after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown. The restrict...

COVID cases drop 9% globally last week, deaths stable

LONDON (AP) — New coronavirus cases fell 9% globally last week while deaths remained stable, according to the latest weekly assessment of the pandemic released Wednesday by the World Health Organizati...

World shares mixed as weak US data eases rate hike worries

TOKYO (AP) — European shares advanced Friday after a mixed session in Asia, where Chinese markets retreated after the country's leaders acknowledged the slowing economy won't hit its official 5.5% gro...

Biden, Xi could meet in person, US official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping are exploring meeting in person, a senior administration official said after the leaders spent more than two hours on Thursday talking thro...

EXPLAINER: Why is a Pelosi visit to Taiwan causing tension?

BEIJING (AP) — China is warning it will respond forcefully if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proceeds with a visit to Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory....

Taiwan holds drills amid Pelosi visit concern, China tension

Taiwan’s capital staged air raid drills Monday and its military mobilized for routine defense exercises, coinciding with concerns over a forceful Chinese response to a possible visit to the isla...

Taiwan holds drills amid Pelosi visit concern, China tension

BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan’s capital staged air raid drills Monday and its military mobilized for routine defense exercises, coinciding with concerns over a forceful Chinese response to a possible visit to...