China

Is WhatsApp being censored in China?

Many reported that voice messaging and pictures wouldn't send without a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent China's censorship filters.

The seemed to be working normally on Wednesday morning, but there have been more interruptions since then.

The disruptions come as China clamps down on online platforms.

 

What was the disruption?

Users began noticing over the weekend that WhatsApp wouldn't send pictures, voice messages and video, although text messages continued to work normally.

World's most stylish airline

Now Chinese airline Hainan Airlines has staked its claim as the world's most stylish fleet, premiering a haute couture collection for its cabin crew.

Fusing traditions

Designer Laurence Xu has created these beautiful uniforms, which the airline says blends Eastern and Western design traditions.

Russia, China urge freeze in North Korea missile launches

Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises.

North Korea said its missile could hit anywhere in the world, but both the US and Russia said the missile presented no threat to either country.

Though the country appears to have made progress, experts believe the device cannot accurately hit a target.

China move good for Rooney – Sven

Eriksson, who has managed Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai SIPG and Shenzhen FC, insists foreign players are treated magnificently in the country and feels Rooney would be able to settle easily.

After making what could be his last United appearance as a late substitute in the Europa League final last month, the 31-year-old revealed he has "lots of offers from England and abroad" and was close to reaching a decision on his future.

China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China - much to the horror of concerned parents across the country.

The tiny crossbows fire toothpicks powerful enough to break cardboard, apples or even soda cans.

Some cities worried the toys can cause serious injury have now banned them.

According to Chinese media, cities like Chengdu, Kunming and Harbin have already banned sales of the toy, while parents in Hong Kong are also raising concerns.

Dog meat festival begins despite rumours of ban

The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province.

Earlier this year, US campaigners claimed that vendors had been told by authorities not to sell dog meat.

But stall holders had told the BBC they had heard nothing about this from officials. On 15 May, city officials confirmed there was no ban.

On Wednesday, reports from Yulin said dead dogs could be seen hanging from meat hooks at stalls in Dongkou market, the biggest in the city. There were also reports of a heavy police presence on the streets.

China’s President Xi extends condolences over death of Vanuatu's president

Xinhua News reports mourning Lonsdale's death, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, expressed sincere sympathy to the people of Vanuatu and Lonsdale's family.

China regards Vanuatu as a good friend and partner in the Pacific island region and is willing to work with Vanuatu to continue pushing forward bilateral strategic partnership, Xi said in his message of condolences.

USP signs MOU with Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu

The MOU aims to enhance the friendly relationship through mutual cooperation between the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Vanuatu and USP’s Emalus Campus, in the provision and management of a scholarship funding called the Chinese Ambassador’s Scholarship Fund.

China and Vanuatu look at further strengthening of bilateral relations

According to China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang, China is willing to work with Vanuatu to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and leaders of Vanuatu in 2014 to push bilateral relations to a new stage of rapid development.

Zheng paid a working visit to Vanuatu last week where he met with President Baldwin Lonsdale and Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini and held a working consultation with Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone.

​China commits to addressing climate change

Deputy Director-General of the Information Department at the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Xining, said China has taken a lot of measures to address global warming.

These include penalising enterprises violating the environment protection law in order to bring up a more sustainable economic development module.

Xining explained during a dialogue with Asia Pacific journalists that China has stressed out innovative ways to put the green elements into the economic growth.