Adam Silver NBA lost ‘hundreds of millions’ due to China fallout

NBAer Adam Silver told reporters this week’s commission that China’s response to former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing his support for anti-government Hong Kong protesters in 2019 cost the league hundreds of millions of dollars. Morey, who is now general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, tweeted in October 2019 an image that read, … Read more

Pacific needs to meet on proposed China pact – Samoa PM

Samoa was concerned Pacific islands had been unable to discuss China’s proposal among themselves first, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa says SYDNEY, Australia – Pacific island leaders agree China’s plan for a sweeping trade and security pact needs to be discussed at a regional meeting before any decisions are made, Samoa’s leader said on Thursday, … Read more

Shanghai heading out of lockdown but China still lost in economic gloom

Shanghai, set to officially emerge from a lockdown on June 1, is quietly easing COVID-19 curbs, allowing more of its population to venture out and putting more vehicles back on its streets BEIJING, China – Pandemic-hit Shanghai, China’s financial hub, unveiled more post-lockdown plans on Thursday, May 26, as it moves towards a return to … Read more

UN rights chief speaks with Xi amid criticism of China trip

The six-day China trip of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet includes a visit to the western region of Xinjiang, but there was no mention of it in either side’s public remarks BEIJING, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Wednesday, May 25, via video link with UN High Commissioner for Human … Read more

EU oil embargo ‘in days’ as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to China

The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” according to its biggest member Germany, as Moscow said it saw its economic ties growing with China after being isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told global business leaders in Davos on Monday, May … Read more

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Biden is expected to offer collaboration collaboration to allies on a host of technological initiatives, highlight new public-private partnerships to ease supply chain constraints, and support for South Korean and Japanese initiatives to modernize their defense capabilities Joe Biden will visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as US president, carrying a … Read more

China Eastern crash probe eyes intentional action – sources

Investigators are examining whether the March 21 crash of a Boeing 737-800 was done intentionally by someone in the cockpit, according to two people briefed on the matter WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Investigators looking into the crash of a China Eastern Airlines jet are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight … Read more

With China in focus, Biden makes $150 million commitment to ASEAN leaders

The new financial commitment includes a $40 million investment in infrastructure to help decarbonize the region’s power supply, $60 million in maritime security, and $15 million in health funding to aid in early detection of COVID-19 and other respiratory pandemics WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders … Read more

Biden eyes new ways to bar China from scooping up US data

The draft order reflects an effort by the administration to respond more aggressively to national security threats allegedly posed by Chinese companies that acquire reams of US personal data WASHINGTON, DC, USA -The Biden administration has drafted an executive order that would give the Department of Justice vast powers to stop foreign adversaries like China … Read more

Shanghai hits key milestone in COVID battle as China cases fall

Shanghai said it detected no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas for Friday, April 29, a key milestone in its battle to contain the virus, which has paralysed the city of 25 million and seen Beijing scramble to avert a similar crisis. Scenes of homes and buildings in China’s most populous city being caged to … Read more