Musk says Tesla cars will never be used for spying after Beijing ‘banned them from military bases’

Elon Musk tells China Tesla cars will never be used to spy for the US after Beijing ‘banned them from military bases over fears their cameras could be recording sensitive information’ Musk made the comments on Saturday at the China Development Forum, where he appeared virtually They came one day after Reuters news agency reported … Read more

Pollution levels off the charts in Beijing as worst sandstorm in a decade brings thick yellow smog

China‘s capital and wide swathes of the country’s north have been cloaked in yellow smog as the worst sandstorm in a decade descended.  Pollution levels in Beijing surged off the charts and flights were cancelled on Monday as landmarks including the Forbidden City were partly obscured by the haze of dust and sand. Residents used … Read more

Jack Ma loses his title as China’s richest man after he angered Beijing

Alibaba and Ant Group founder Jack Ma has lost his title as China’s richest man, a list published today showed, after he angered Beijing and his empire was put under heavy scrutiny by Chinese regulators.  Ma and his family had held the top spot for China’s richest in the Hurun Global Rich List in 2020 and … Read more

Peter Mandelson assures critics of Beijing Government’s human rights record would be ‘proved wrong’

Labour peer Peter Mandelson assured Chinese PM that critics of Beijing’s human rights record would be ‘proved wrong’ during lobbying meeting for rich clients Mendelson told business leaders and officials critics would be ‘proved wrong’  Assured Premier Li Keqiang ‘wouldn’t be hearing complaints from European side’ He has been advising Labour party leader Sir Kier … Read more

China: Majority of Britons think Beijing is a ‘critical threat’ to the UK

An increasing number of Britons view the rise of China as a ‘critical threat’ to the UK and oppose economic ties to Beijing, a new survey has found. The surge in anti-Chinese sentiment comes after a period of intense scrutiny over Beijing’s role in British infrastructure and after a ban on the Chinese telecom company … Read more

MI6 fears over more than a dozen UK universities’ links with Beijing

More than a dozen British universities are under investigation over commercial relationships with the Chinese government that might break laws designed to protect national security and human rights, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The institutions – which include some of the most prestigious universities in the country – could be hit by ‘enforcement notices’ … Read more

And you thought nose swabs were bad! China begins using anal swabs to test for Covid in Beijing

Beijing is using anal swabs to test its residents for coronavirus, a method that expert says is more accurate and raise the chances of detecting the virus. To collect the nucleic acid samples, the swab needs to be inserted about two to three centimetres (0.8 to 1.2 inches) into one’s rectum and rotated for several … Read more

Beijing flies 15 fighter jets into Taiwan for second time in two days

China has deployed 15 fighter jets into Taiwan airspace for the second time in two days, in what could be one of the earliest tests for Joe Biden’s administration. According to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, the Chinese air force flew 15 military aircraft into Taiwan on Sunday. The day before, a number of fighter jets and … Read more

Beijing enters partial lockdown after two cases of the British Covid-19 variant are detected 

Lockdown has been imposed on five Beijing neighbourhoods after two cases of the British Covid-19 variant were detected in the Chinese capital.   The cases had ‘no genetic correlation with previously reported local cases and imported cases in Beijing’, the head of the Beijing health authority Pang Xinghuo told reporters, but are ‘considered to be variants of … Read more

Lockdown is imposed on five Beijing neighbourhoods, with 1.6 million people ordered to stay at home

Lockdown has been imposed on five Beijing neighbourhoods after just a handful of Covid-19 cases were detected in the Chinese capital. In total, 1.6million people have been ordered to stay at home after seven cases were reported on Wednesday, including six in southern Daxing district, while China reported 103 total cases nationally. China has been reporting … Read more