Ludovic Ehret
Despite the proximity of Pingtan island to Taiwan, many there were unaware of Lai's inauguration on Monday — or even sure who the man Beijing has described as a "dangerous separatist" was.
May 21, 2024
Taiwan inauguration barely makes ripples across strait in China
Many were unaware about the events taking place in Taipei, and some didn't even know who Lai Ching-te, the island's new president, was.
Tourists look at the Chinese city Xiamen, from Taiwan's Kinmen, on Saturday.
May 19, 2024
Taiwan and China: different views across the strait
As Taiwanese President-elect Lai Ching-te, a staunch defender of Taiwan's sovereignty, prepares to take office Monday, differing views abound.
Wang Xiuting chats with her virtual boyfriend on Wantalk — an AI chatbot created by Chinese tech company Baidu, on her phone in Beijing.
Feb 13, 2024
'Better than real men': Young Chinese women turn to AI boyfriends
Users say they are driven by a desire for companionship because China's fast pace of life and urban isolation make loneliness an issue for many.
Children and their parents wait at a hospital in Beijing on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 23, 2023
WHO asks China for more data on respiratory illness outbreak
Northern China has reported an increase in "influenza-like illness" since mid-October when compared to the same period in the previous three years.
Chinese tourists watch the North Korean border on the Yalu river in the Chinese border town of Dandong, in China's northeastern Liaoning province.
Oct 2, 2023
China's gateway to North Korea waits in vain for border opening
The bustling northeastern city of Dandong offers a window into isolated North Korea.
Ukraine's Kateryna Volodko hits a return against Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic during a qualifying match prior to the start of the WTA Guangzhou Open in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday.
Sep 17, 2023
Women's tennis returns to China after Peng Shuai boycott
The WTA tournament in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou will be the first in mainland China since 2019.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2023
Across China, folk remedies remain a popular, if unproven, COVID cure
A combination of shortages of Western medicines and long-standing traditions has kept these homespun treatments in the spotlight.


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