China confirms first case of UK COVID-19 variant

China has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant that was recently detected in Britain, health officials said.The new strain, which experts say potentially spreads faster than the original variant, has prompted travel restrictions on the UK by more than 50 countries — including China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year.The[...]

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China suspends UK flights over new virus strain

China on Thursday suspended flights to and from Britain after it reported a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.China has largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, but authorities remain highly vigilant about the threat of “imported” virus cases.“Given the exceptional nature of the virus mutation and its potential impact … China[...]

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US election: China declines to acknowledge Biden victory

China declined Monday to congratulate Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election, saying the outcome of the vote was still to be determined.While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and has launched several legal challenges, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats were declared winners[...]

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China’s Qingdao to test nine million for COVID-19

The Chinese city of Qingdao says it is planning to test its entire population of more than nine million people for the novel coronavirus in five days.Health authorities said on Monday that about a dozen new infections were detected over the weekend in the eastern coastal city.Most of the new infections were linked to a[...]

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16 dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Chinese coal mine

Sixteen workers died and one is in a critical condition after being trapped underground in a coal mine in southwest China on Sunday, reported state broadcaster CCTV.A conveyor belt caught fire in the early hours of the morning, state news agency Xinhua cited the government as saying, which produced dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.Medics are[...]

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Fire breaks out at Huawei office in southern China

A huge fire broke out in southern China on Friday at an unfinished Huawei research facility, sending massive plumes of smoke over the industrial city of Dongguan.The blaze started at a Huawei building on Alishan Road, where the company is developing a research base, according to the city government.It was extinguished after 140 firefighters were[...]

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China running hundreds of detention centres in Xinjiang, say researchers

China is running hundreds of detention centres in northwest Xinjiang across a network that is much bigger than previously thought, according to research presented Thursday by an Australian think tank.The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said it had identified more than 380 “suspected detention facilities” in the region, where China is believed to have held[...]

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UN must ‘hold China accountable’ for COVID-19, says Trump

US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the Covid-19 pandemic.In a recorded message played to the annual meeting of the UN, Trump accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to “leave China and infect the world.”“The United Nations must[...]

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China testing 11 COVID-19 vaccines, 4 undergoing stage 3 trials

China is conducting clinical trials of 11 vaccines against the coronavirus disease, four of which are in phase 3, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Friday.“At the moment, 11 vaccines have entered the phase of clinical trials, four of them are already in phase 3,” Wang said while speaking at the[...]

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China denies cyberattacks on US election campaigns

Beijing on Friday denied trying to meddle in US presidential election after American tech giant Microsoft said it had parried cyberattacks from overseas groups – including from China – against both the Republican and Democratic campaigns.Microsoft warned it had detected attempts at election interference from overseas, including Russia, Iran and the China-based “Zirconium”, which targeted[...]

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China’s first reusable spacecraft lands after 2 days in orbit

China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced.The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the craft, which was launched Friday aboard a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s desert northwest.The craft landed as[...]

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Tech giant Tencent loses $46bn as US moves to ban WeChat

The Trump administration’s move to ban US residents from doing business with Tencent’s WeChat app rippled through Chinese markets, erasing US$46-billion from the Internet giant’s market value and sending the yuan to its biggest slump in two weeks. The US president’s executive order, which also applied to ByteDance’s TikTok, fuelled concern that the deteriorating US-China[...]

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Nigeria can pay back Chinese loans in 20 years -Minister

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says Nigerian government has the capability to pay back loans collected for the construction of rail projects within the stipulated period of 20 years.Amaechi, in a statement on Saturday, said China was the only country giving out loans with a low interest rate of 2.8 per cent.He said no country[...]

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China to reopen movie theatres as epidemic wanes

Chinese movie theatres in low-risk areas have been allowed to resume operation starting from July 20 following an improvement in the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the China Film Administration announced Thursday.These movie theatres should reopen on the premise that proper prevention and control measures have been put in place, the administration said in a circular.Attendance per[...]

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Chinese restaurant in Lagos remained shut –FCCPC D-G

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says the Chinese restaurant known for exclusive and discriminatory service in Lagos remained shut.The FCCPC Director General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, disclosed this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja.Irukera said if a place was shut down in this manner, there was[...]

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China reports 18 new coronavirus cases, 9 in Beijing

China reported 18 new coronavirus cases for June 21, nine of which were in the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Monday. China reported 18 new coronavirus cases for June 21, nine of which were in the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Monday.This compared with 26 confirmed cases a day[...]

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China pledges to supply COVID-19 vaccine to Africa free of charge

China has pledged to supply any vaccine against Coronavirus to African first free of charge.China is leading the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and its scientists are largely pinning their hopes on a technology that has been used for decades.Five out of 10 potential vaccines undergoing clinical trials have been developed by Chinese scientists,[...]

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China-Africa summit against COVID-19 holds Wednesday

Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over an extraordinary China-Africa summit on solidarity against Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Beijing on Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over an extraordinary China-Africa summit on solidarity against Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Beijing on Wednesday.He will also deliver a keynote speech, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Tuesday.The summit is[...]

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China approves new self-developed cancer drug

China has granted market access to a self-developed cancer drug, according to the National Medical Products Administration.The drug, known as Brukinsa (zanubrutinib) in capsule form, was developed by the biotechnology company BeiGene.It is for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy, and also for[...]

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US suspends flights by Chinese airlines starting June 16

The United States on Tuesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the country after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume service to China.“US carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1st. The Chinese government’s failure to approve their requests is a violation of our[...]

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Breaking: Chinese “doctors” who came to Nigeria in a secret and yet to be disclosed mission finally leave the country

The Chinese men who entered Nigeria under controversial circumstances yesterday left the country. While Nigerians have continued to speak out on the mission of the fourteen Chinese “doctors” amid the denial and cover by government officials, they have finally taken off after over seven weeks stay. Recall that theUnited States have been engaged in a[...]

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Trump: The US will cut ties with WHO henceforth

Earlier today President Donald Trump announces that henceforth the United States will cut ties with WHO. This is in continuation of America’s investigation and conclusion regarding the roles the WHO played in the wake of the corona virus and China’s seeming control over the body. Trump lamented that although China gives only a $40m support[...]

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India overtakes China in number of coronavirus cases

India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed China’s, with the Health Ministry on Saturday reporting a spike to 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths.China has reported 82,941 confirmed case and 4,633 deaths since the virus was first detected late last year in the central city of Wuhan.The worst-hit India’s states are Maharashtra with 29,100 coronavirus cases, Tamil[...]

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China asks US to ‘meet halfway’ after Trump threatens to cut ties

China on Friday urged the United States to meet it halfway and strengthen cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump threatened to sever bilateral ties.Relations between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, with both sides trading barbs over the origins of the virus that has killed[...]

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FBI warns China-linked hackers are targeting US vaccine research

U.S. federal authorities on Wednesday warned that China-linked hackers were targeting U.S. research organisations to steal data on vaccines and treatments for the new coronavirus.The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said health care, pharmaceutical and research institutions working on a pandemic response should all be aware they were the prime targets of[...]

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