Flights canceled, rerouted over China’s drills near Taiwan.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0712 EAT on Friday 5th August 2022. Asian airlines have cancelled or rerouted numerous flights to avoid military exercises China is carrying out around Tiawan following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the democratically-ruled island. The move comes after Beijing cautioned carriers to avoid six “danger zones” where the People’s Liberation Army is…

China locks down again over fresh COVID-19 outbreak.

Updated at 0951 EAT on Friday 8th July 2022 Tens of millions of people were under lockdown across China on Wednesday and businesses in a major tourist city were forced to close as fresh COVID-19 clusters sparked fears of wider restrictions. Chinese health authorities have reported more than 300 infections in the historic northern city…

China eyes security pact in talks with Pacific islands in Fiji.

China’s top diplomat holds talks with 10 Pacific nations in Fiji to discuss increasing security and economic ties. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1225 EAT on Monday 30th May 2022. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is holding talks with his counterparts from 10 Pacific island nations in Fiji as part of a diplomatic tour…

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi heads to the Pacific.

Wang Yi will visit the Solomon Islands this week followed by other Pacific nations. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1124 EAT on Tuesday 24th May 2022. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to the Pacific this week to visit several countries, including the Solomon Islands, as Beijing seeks to solidify its presence there….

Chinese national arrested for blocking minister from inspecting factory.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0838 EAT on Friday 29 April 2022. An unidentified Chinese national was on Wednesday arrested for blocking the Gender, Labour and Social Development minister, Betty Among from inspecting the working conditions of employees at the Namanve based Sunbelt Industries Ltd. The minister was conducting a routine inspection of the…

US hits Chinese officials with travel beens over ‘repressive acts’.

State Department accuses targeted Chinese officials of involvement in crackdown on religious minorities, among others. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1208 EAT on Tuesday 22/03/2022. United States President Joe Biden’s administration is imposing travel bans on Chinese officials whom it accuses of repressing Uiguer Muslims as well as other ethnic and religious minorities. The US…

China plane crash; ‘Grim’ search as rescue teams comb hillside.

Firefighters and paramilitary police deployed to steeply-forested slopes of China’s first air crash in 10 years. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1028 EAT on Tuesday 22/03/2022. Rescuers in China are scouring heavily forested slopes in southern China where a China Eastern Airlines crashed and exploded in flames, as the airline expressed “deep condolences” for…

Covid-19; China reports first deaths since 2021.

Two deaths were recorded in the northeastern province of Jilin, the epicentre of an Omicron-fuelled wave of cases that has left millions facing stay-home orders. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1122 EAT on Saturday 19/03/2022. China has announced its first confirmed COVID-19 deaths in more than a year, amid an Omicron-fulled surge of cases…

Putin Orders Russian Troops To Ukraine After Recognising Breakaway Regions.

By Musisi Yiga John Updated at 0746 EATon February 22nd 2022. MOSCOW, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine after recognising them as independent on Monday, accelerating a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war. An HICGI witness saw tanks and other military hardware…