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Hong Kong activists prepare for mass action as Beijing election curbs loom

Philip Wen Hong Kong pro-democracy activists say they will escalate plans to blockade the city’s CBD in opposition to an imminent move to limit elections for its leader in 2017.

Pro-Beijing demonstrators march in Hong Kong

People take part in a pro-government rally in Hong Kong.

Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong Tens of thousands of people marched under a blistering sun in Hong Kong on Sunday to express their opposition to a pro-democracy movement that has threatened to bring Asia's biggest financial center...

Pro-Beijing demonstration shows battle for Hong Kong on in earnest

Philip Wen Tens of thousands of people have marched through central Hong Kong to protest a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists demanding electoral reform.

Pope sends message to Beijing, but some Chinese barred from South Korea event

Pope Francis waves upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base as South Korean President Park Geun-hye (left) looks on.

Philip Pullella Pope Francis sent an unprecedented message of goodwill to China before touching down in Seoul, but the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years got off to a shaky start with the news some Chinese had...

China: Julie Bishop comments that sparked Beijing's rebuke 'never' made

Julie Bishop

John Garnaut On Monday, China’s most popular tabloid, The Global Times, blasted Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a “complete fool” for telling Fairfax that she would stand up to China in defence...

Beijing restricts Ramadan celebrations for officials, schools

A Muslim man breaks his fast at a ceremony during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Beijing has banned civil servants, students and teachers in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said.

Living under a cloud in Beijing

Cars travel on an overpass amid thick haze

Philip Wen Taxi drivers in Beijing are generally of the irritable, on-edge variety, borne from hours upon hours of passive-aggressive weaving and dodging on the city's congested roads. 

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Public concern forces Beijing to act on environment

Big issue: A man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke across the Songhua river in Jilin, northern China.

Philip Wen Beijing: Li Keqiang's declaration of war against pollution underlines the urgent political dimension China’s environmental problems have taken on due to rising public concern.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Relatives of MH370 passengers walk out of Beijing briefing in protest

Protest ... The sole representative of the Chinese passengers on board Flight MH370 walks away from the Malaysian delegation after other relatives left en masse to protest the lack of meaningful answers at Beijing hotel.

Philip Wen Beijing: Families of the passengers on board Flight MH370 walked out in protest at an official Malaysian information session on Friday afternoon, leaving the delegation, including...

Obama's stance on disputed islands angers Beijing

US President Barack Obama with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Philip Wen US President Barack Obama has declared that the United States will come to the defence of Japan in an event of a territorial conflict with China in the East China Sea, drawing an angry response from...

South China Sea: Beijing denies US version of Kerry's remarks to foreign minister

China has said US Secretary of State John Kerry did not refer to "provocative" action by Beijing in the South China Sea while holding a telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Beijing tactic makes waves in disputed sea

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou.

Philip Wen Beijing and Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial...

US journalists feel wrath of Beijing

Difference of opinion: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang with US Vice-President Joe Biden in Beijing this week.

Philip Wen China appears poised to expel nearly two dozen foreign journalists at The New York Times and Bloomberg.

Bishop receives cold Beijing welcome

Philip Wen The Chinese government has delivered a fresh rebuke to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, warning that Australia's position on the East China Sea had “jeopardised” bilateral relations.

China's gambling addiction could prove tempting to Beijing

Isaac Stone Fish Everyone is trying to cash in on the Chinese love of gambling. But does Beijing have an ace up its sleeve?

Beijing car attack ours, says Islamist group

Car on fire in China's Tiananmen Square.

Philip Wen Little-known Turkestan Islamic Party says it struck at Tiananmen Square, but Uighur activists are sceptical.

Expats tap the energy in old Beijing

Belle Taylor Ex-Melbourne architect admits the locals don't know what to make of his cafe and bicycle shop.

Toxic air blocks out the sun in Beijing

A resident plays with a diabolo in a park during a heavily hazy winter day in Beijing.

John Garnaut A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious health and political challeng

Beijing under cloud as air pollution threat sparks emergency response

Ai Weiwei

Daryl Loo, Feiwen Rong BEIJING ordered government vehicles off the roads as part of an emergency response to ease air pollution that has smothered China's capital for the past three days, while warning the smog will...

Beijing surrenders to online gamers

Screen grab from Glorious Mission

Beijing China's Communist Party has a new weapon in its battle to win the hearts and minds of teenagers: online games.