China has accused Britain of sheltering “wanted criminals” after prominent Hong Kong activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.
The legislation imposes sanctions on Chinese officials engaged in a crackdown on Hong Kong. It also penalises banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing's new national security law on the semi-autonomous city.
After talks between the top regional military commanders, both sides have "agreed to take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says.
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in what was widely seen as a retaliatory measure against Canada after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's December 2018 arrest in Vancouver.
Making sense of what led to the crisis and how it will impact Sino-Indian relations.
Many people in Hong Kong plan to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city, circumventing a ban on the usual public gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Both Chinese and Iranian media took the opportunity to point out endemic racism and police brutality in the US as ties between the two countries and Washington deteriorate.
China has tried to use the crisis to build influence but is also accused of spreading disinformation and financially benefitting from the virus, while the US has also been criticised for its inept response to Covid-19.
Tens of thousands of Britons pledged donations as Tom Moore, a retired army captain, pursued a his goal of finishing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30 to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Guangzhou city, home to the largest African diaspora in Asia, racism appears to be widespread and systematic as new cases of coronavirus are reported across China.
"It might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!" says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Twitter.
Chao Deng will not be expelled for the time being but will not be permitted to work while she remains in China, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press briefing.
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