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Chinese Chef in Hot Water Over Egg Fried Rice Video

Wang Tang accused of mocking death of Mao Zedong's eldest son in Korean War

(Newser) - A popular Sichuan chef in China has apologized for sharing a video about cooking egg fried rice—which, at this time of year, is viewed as a challenge to the Communist Party regime and an insult to the memory of Mao Zedong's eldest son. Military officer Mao Anying was...

China: It's the Flu, Not a Novel Virus

WHO investigates after nation sees a surge in respiratory cases

(Newser) - A surge in respiratory illnesses across China that has drawn the attention of the World Health Organization is caused by the flu and other known pathogens and not by a novel virus, the country's health ministry said Sunday. Recent clusters of respiratory infections are caused by an overlap of...

WHO Wants Info From China on Surge of Respiratory Illness

Expert says it does not look like a new virus

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is asking China to provide details on a wave of respiratory illnesses that doctors have described as worse than in previous years. There have been more cases of respiratory illness reported in northern China since mid-October than during that same period in the three previous years,...

5 Months After Biden's 'Dictator' Remark, a Repeat

After California summit, president says China's Xi Jinping still is one, but that they 'made progress'

(Newser) - President Biden and Xi Jinping spent four hours together Wednesday, emerging from their working lunch and other meetings with "modest agreements" on everything from combating fentanyl to reestablishing military communications. Post-summit, however, Biden made a remark about his Chinese counterpart that's "likely to land with a thud...

Biden, Xi Jinping Will Meet Next Week in California

Leaders to meet Wednesday on the sidelines of summit in San Francisco

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Wednesday in California in the first engagement between the leaders of the world's two biggest economies in nearly a year, Biden administration officials said. The White House has said for weeks that it anticipated Biden and Xi would meet on...

Say Goodbye to Tian Tian and Family

Giant panda, as well as mate Mei Xiang and cub Xiao Qi Ji are heading back to China on Wednesday

(Newser) - For nearly a quarter century, giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have called the Smithsonian's National Zoo in DC home, part of a "panda diplomacy" initiative with China established during the Nixon years that involved loaning pandas to the US for breeding and research purposes. Now, the...

China Cracks Down on Grieving for Former Premier

Li Keqiang is considered 'the road not taken' under Xi Jinping's authoritarian rule

(Newser) - China will lower flags to half-staff on Thursday to mourn former premier Li Keqiang when he is cremated—but authorities are trying to make sure the mourning doesn't reach levels they consider excessive. Li, the country's top economic official from 2013 until earlier this year, had been considered...

Xi to China's Women: Time for a 'New Trend of Family'

Leader's speech to state-run women's rights group urges women to focus on 'family harmony'

(Newser) - It's not enough for women to work on their own development, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said Monday that women must also strive toward "family harmony, social harmony, national development, and national progress," in large part by having children. He urged women to establish a...

Chinese Migrants Are Taking a Dangerous Route to US

They're fleeing repression, declining economy in homeland

(Newser) - Deng Guangsen, 28, is part of a major influx of Chinese migration to the United States on a relatively new and perilous route that has become increasingly popular with the help of social media. Deng spent two months traveling to San Diego from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, through...

Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Dies at 68
Premier Sidelined by
Xi Jinping Dies at 68

Premier Sidelined by Xi Jinping Dies at 68

Li Keqiang was China's top economic official from 2013 to 2023

(Newser) - Former Premier Li Keqiang, China's top economic official for a decade, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 68. Li was China's No. 2 leader from 2013 to earlier this year and an advocate for private business but was left with little authority after President Xi Jinping...

Activists Save 1K Cats Bound to Become Dinner

Traders planned to pass off their meat as lamb, pork: report

(Newser) - A truck carrying 1,000 cats was headed for a slaughterhouse when officers made a crucial stop, according to Chinese police. Tipped off by animal rights activists, officers in the port city of Zhangjiagang found the truck was transporting the captured felines to their deaths so their meat could be...

Viral Video May Have Repelled Fans of This Beer for Good

Clip online seems to show worker peeing in ingredients container at Tsingtao plant in China

(Newser) - While we probably don't want to know every single ingredient that goes into our beverages, that may be especially true for drinkers of China's Tsingtao beer. The South China Morning Post reports that a video has gone viral showing what appears to be a worker urinating into a...

It Is Possibly the Biggest Maritime Operation in History

'New Yorker' takes in-depth look at China's massive fishing industry, rife with abuse of workers as well as sea creatures

(Newser) - It might very well be "the largest maritime operation the world has ever known," writes Ian Urbina in the New Yorker . Urbina is referring to China's massive fleet of fishing vessels that ply the oceans. By one estimate, China has about 6,500 "distant-water" fishing ships,...

Jon Stewart Suddenly Splits With Apple on Talk Show

Sources: Host of streaming program 'The Problem' broke with tech giant over creative control

(Newser) - Jon Stewart has two seasons of his talk show The Problem With Jon Stewart, which streams on Apple TV+, under his belt—but it now looks like there won't be a third, at least not through Apple. Sources tell the New York Times that the 60-year-old former Daily Show...

China Preps for Assault With Tips Learned From Russia

Government looks to limit the effect of potential sanctions as it builds up military capability

(Newser) - A Pentagon report on China's military power says Beijing is exceeding previous projections of how quickly it is building up its nuclear weapons arsenal and is "almost certainly" learning lessons from Russia's war in Ukraine about what a conflict over Taiwan might look like, per the AP...

Pentagon: Footage Shows Chinese Jets' Risky Behavior

Says more than 180 intercepts of US warplanes by Chinese aircraft happened in last 2 years

(Newser) - The Pentagon has released footage of some of the more than 180 intercepts of US warplanes by Chinese aircraft that have occurred in the last two years—more than the total amount over the previous decade and part of a trend US military officials called concerning. The photos and video...

Spy Chiefs in 5 Nations Sound Warning on China

Five Eyes intelligence chiefs say Chinese spies are operating at an 'epic scale'

(Newser) - Spy movies have taught us to suspect figures lurking around military bases and federal buildings, yet the focus of Chinese spying in the US looks quite different, according to the heads of spy agencies in the Five Eyes coalition—US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand—who gathered for an...

Journalist Held by China Sees a Tree for First Time in Years

China's Ministry of State Security said Cheng Lei had served her sentence

(Newser) - After being held in China since her August 2020 arrest, journalist Cheng Lei is back home in Australia. The BBC reports she was "tried in secret" in China in March on national security charges, and China's Ministry of State Security on Wednesday said she'd pleaded guilty and...

Schumer Grateful for China's New Statement on Israel

US Senate majority leader was previously upset China didn't condemn Hamas attack

(Newser) - US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he was grateful for a strengthened statement from China condemning the killing and kidnapping of Israeli and foreign civilians by Hamas, issued during a bipartisan congressional visit to Beijing, the AP reports. Schumer told Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier in the day...

This Photo Is Being Censored in China

The runners' numbers just so happen to make 6/4, the anniversary of Tiananmen Square

(Newser) - It was a congratulatory hug following a Sunday race at the Asian Games—and photos of it are being scrubbed from social media in China. Lin Yuwei took gold in the 100m hurdles; Wu Yanni embraced her. It's an innocuous enough scene, except for the race numbers they happen...

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