Six dead in China kindergarten stabbing

Police said they have arrested a 25-year-old man with the surname Wu in Lianjiang town.

The other victims are a teacher and two parents, AFP reported, quoting a local city official. One person is also injured.

The attack happened on Monday at 7.40am local time.

The man was arrested at 8am and police have called this a case of "intentional assault".

A storeowner who works near the kindergarten told the BBC the surrounding area has been sealed off.

China, New Zealand find common ground in scientific collaboration

A report commissioned by the New Zealand China Council has found 11.6 percent of all New Zealand research in 2022 was co-authored with Chinese researchers, an increase from 2017's 7.7 percent figure.

Council chair John McKinnon said the report pointed to China as a leading research partners across multiple disciplines, behind Australia (20 percent), the United States (17.5 percent) and the United Kingdom (14.2 percent).

China fines comedy troupe $2m for joke about the military

The quip, which likened the behaviour of a comedian's dogs to military conduct, irked authorities.

They said Shanghai Xiaoguo Culture Media Co and comic Li Haoshi had "humiliated the people's army".

BBC reports the company accepted the penalty and terminated Mr Li's contract.

The offending remark was made during a stand-up performance in Beijing on Saturday, when Mr Li alluded to two canines he had adopted which were chasing a squirrel.

Vanuatu and China discuss agriculture and fisheries sectors development

The Minister’s delegation, which comprises his wife, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Antoine Ravo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC) Peter Napwatt, First Secretary of the Embassy of Vanuatu in Beijing Osborne Taseru, First Political Advisor (PA) David Gibson, and Minister’s Private Secretary Vincent Kapalu arrived in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on Tuesday.

The Director of Fisheries did not join the delegation due to in-country duties.

China Covid-19 whistleblower returns home to Wuhan after jail

Fang is one of several so-called citizen journalists who disappeared after sharing videos of scenes in Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic.

After disappearing in February 2020, he was sentenced to three years in jail at a secret trial in Wuhan, sources said.

He was released on Sunday and is in good health, they added.

Fang is now back home in Wuhan. The BBC could not reach his family for comment.

China hands over more emergency relief assistance to Vanuatu

The presentation was made by the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan.

A statement said “The package included building supplies such as 30,000 meters of iron roofing, 3000 emergency lighting, tents, and other necessities along with food supplies like as 20 tons of rice, 200,000 instant noodles, and canned luncheon meat.”

Ambassador Liu said, “This marks a significant moment in our ongoing efforts to support those affected by the recent cyclone disaster. After almost two weeks sailing in the ocean, our assistance has finally arrived at our brother country Vanuatu.”

India's population to surpass China this week - UN

India's population is expected to reach 1,425,775,850 people by the end of April, the new data shows.

A different UN body last week predicted that India would overtake China by the middle of this year.

The Asian nations have accounted for more than a third of the global population for over 70 years.

"China will soon cede its long-held status as the world's most populous country," the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said in a statement.

China economy rebounds after pandemic measures lifted

Compared to the same period last year, gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 4.5%, official figures show.

BBC reports the key measure of economic activity was driven up by a boost in household spending and rising factory activity.

Beijing pledged to boost the world's second largest economy when it lifted coronavirus measures in December.

Also on Tuesday, separate data for March showed that retail sales, the main indicator of household consumption, jumped by 10.6%, compared to a year earlier.

China provides grant for Vanuatu’s Emergency Humanitarian Assistance

Minister of Finance and Economic Management, John Salong, and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Vanuatu, Li Minggang signed the handover certificate last week.

The grant will greatly assist Ni-Vanuatu families who have been adversely impacted by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Judy and TC Kevin.

Minister Salong thanked the Government and the people of the People’s Republic of China for their great friendship and the assistance.

The funding will be used to provide emergency assistance to those in need.


End of Ukraine war no closer after Xi-Putin talks

But Mr Putin said the plan could be put forward only when they are ready "in the West and Kyiv".

The Russian leader met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in Moscow to discuss the conflict, and relations between the two countries.

BBC reports China's plan, published last month, does not explicitly call for Russia to leave Ukraine.

Listing 12 points, it calls for peace talks and respect for national sovereignty, without specific proposals.