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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine 'successful in mid-stage trials'

There are several vaccines being developed in China, some of which are already being administered.

According to the researchers, the Sinovac Biotech vaccine led to a quick immune response during trials with around 700 people.

The announcement comes after European and US vaccines reported successful data from large late-stage trials.

Three vaccines, developed in the US, Germany and Russia, have all released data suggesting efficiency of more than 90%, after trials with tens of thousands of people.

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China hands over 31 vehicles to Vanuatu Government

PM Loughman acknowledged China's continuous contributions to the development aspirations of the Republic of Vanuatu.

"Our two countries have enjoyed a strong and vibrant relationship which is based on a mutual understanding, friendship and genuine cooperation", PM Loughman said adding that China remains one of the main development partner in terms of development.

He added that the donation of the vehicles could not take place on a better occasion as China celebrated the 71st anniversary of the China Communist Party (CPC) on Thursday.

Last two Australian correspondents pulled out of China

Bill Birtles, the ABC's correspondent based in Beijing, and Mike Smith, the AFR's correspondent based in Shanghai, boarded a flight to Sydney last night after the pair were questioned separately by China's Ministry of State security.

Birtles had spent four days sheltering in the Australian Embassy in Beijing, while Smith took refuge in the Australian Consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chinese officials to allow them to safely leave the country.

Vanuatu launches Chinese Women’s Association

President Obed Moses Tallis and Mrs Tallis and Ambassador of China to Vanuatu Haicheng attended the launch at the Chinese Club in Port Vila.

Among the invited guests were, Charles Cheung who is the Counselor of China in Vanuatu and the country’s Chinese Provinces Association President, Lin Bin.

The association was launched with 19 committees and 80 members.

It hopes to have more members in the future.

Chinese Ambassador Zhou reassured the good relation and cooperation China has with Vanuatu.

Vanuatu coalition Government and China Communist Party hold virtual seminar on COVID-19

The theme of the seminar was “Cooperation against COVID-19 and Working Together for Development.” 

The three political parties of the coalition government are Vanua’aku Pati, Union of Moderate Parties and National United Party 

Bus plunges into reservoir in China, killing 21

The vehicle was travelling on a bridge on Tuesday in Anshun, Guizhou province when it crashed through a roadside barrier and fell into the water.

Those on board reportedly included students who were scheduled to take the "gaokao" university entrance exams, state media said.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

The driver, who is among the dead, had wokred on this bus route since 1997, Xinhua said.

It's unclear how many people were on the bus at the time and how many of those were students.

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.

While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

As it's new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.

India-China clash: Two sides blame each other for deadly fighting

Soldiers reportedly brawled with sticks, bats and bamboo sticks studded with nails in the late-night confrontation in the Ladakh region on Monday.

However, no shots were fired.

India's army said that both sides suffered casualties. China confirmed the incident but did not give details.

The Indian statement notes that injured soldiers were "exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain".

It is the first deadly clash between the two sides in the border area, in the disputed Kashmir region, in at least 45 years.

27 neighbourhoods not allowed to leave as spike continues

 The city reported another 31 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 137 in the past week.

Before the recent spike, the Chinese capital had gone 57 days without a locally-transmitted case.

The outbreak is believed to have started in the massive Xinfandi food market that supplies 80% of the city's meat and vegetables.

At least 27 neighbourhoods have been classed as medium risk and one neighbourhood, near the market, is high risk.

People in medium or high-risk areas cannot leave the city. People in low-risk areas can leave, but need to test negative first.

Australian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling

The man was named in Australian media as Karm or Cam Gilespie.

He is believed to have been arrested at an airport in 2013 with 7.5kg (16 Ibs) of methamphetamine, also known as ice, in his luggage, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reports.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was "deeply saddened to hear of the verdict".