Russia, China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria: diplomats | AFP

Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN Christoph Heusgen announces that a UN Security Council resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria has not been adopted after two permanent members, Russia and China, voted to veto the extension. SOUNDBITE

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China to hit US with ‘reciprocal measures’ over Xinjiang sanctions | AFP

China says it will impose tit-for-tat measures on US institutions and individuals who “behave badly” on Xinjiang-related issues after Washington slapped sanctions on Chinese officials over a crackdown on Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the region.

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2020: MISSIONS TO MARS | AFP Animé

The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. Three countries — The Hope Probe (United Arab Emirates), Tianwen-1 (China) and Mars 2020 (United States) — have all taken their positions, hoping to take advantage of the period of time when the Earth and Mars are nearest: a mere 55 million kilometres (34 million miles) apart. Three missions in an original videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers | AFP

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces an extension of the visas of around 10,000 Hong Kongers living in the country by five years and a pathway to permanent residency, following China’s security crackdown.

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Australia PM: New law in HK undermines ‘One country, Two systems’ | AFP

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the suspension of the country’s extradition agreement with Hong Kong following China’s security crackdown, which he says undermines the ‘One country, Two systems’ framework.

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Nueve desaparecidos en alud en el centro de China

Socorristas en el centro de China buscaban a nueve personas desaparecidas en un alud; las inundaciones han dejado más de 120 muertos o desaparecidos en varias provincias

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FBI chief says China ‘an all-year, all-the-time threat’ | AFP

FBI Director Christopher Wray says China is pushing its preferences in the US election as part of broad intelligence operations, whose economic impact he calls unprecedented.

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China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters | AFP

China opens a new office for its security agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new law, transforming a hotel into the force’s headquarters. IMAGES

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FBI’s Wray: China aims to be sole ‘superpower’

FBI Director Christopher Wray is detailing ongoing attempts by China to become the “world’s only superpower.” “The potential economic harm to American businesses and the economy as a whole almost defies calculation,” Wray says. (July 7)

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The 5G revolution | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining fifth generation mobile, or 5G wireless technology. China’s ambassador to Britain has warned that London faced a risk to its international reputation if it blocked Huawei from the nation’s 5G network.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Trump’s angry words and virus make for a sombre US July 4th weekend | AFP

The United States marked an unusually sombre Independence Day, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China — but praising the country’s coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

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Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan retires at 36 | AFP

China’s two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of all time, announces his retirement at the age of 36.

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Hong Kong man first to be charged under new China security law | AFP

A man accused of deliberately driving his motorbike into a group of police officers is the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under Beijing’s sweeping new national security law. Tong Ying-kit’s lawyer tells press that he was hit with one charge of inciting secession and one charge of terrorism, and he is still being treated in hospital.

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US Congress passes Hong Kong sanctions targeting banks | AFP

The US Congress passes tough new sanctions that target banks over infringements on Hong Kong’s autonomy, dialing up pressure two days after China imposed a harsh security law on the financial hub. IMAGES

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Hong Kongers comment on UK’s offer of citizenship rights | AFP

As China and the UK clash over the fate of millions of Hong Kongers under the new security law after London announced plans to extend citizenship rights to British National Overseas holders, Hong Kongers reflect on the opportunities brought by the move and its impact on the city.

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Bipartisan support against new Hong Kong law

Bipartisan support is being voiced on Capitol Hill, uniting against China’s new law in Hong Kong. (July 1)

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Police search people in Hong Kong after Beijing imposes security law | AFP

People are detained and searched in Hong Kong on the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China and a day after a sweeping new security law was imposed on the city by Beijing. “I’m here to witness the transition from the one country two systems — and now, overnight, to one country, one system,” said one Hongkonger who gave his name as Sum.

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Hong Kong makes first security law arrests as thousands defy protest ban | AFP

Hong Kong police arrested more than 300 people — including ten under China’s new national security law — as thousands defied a ban on protests on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

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Photographer flattened by water cannon in Hong Kong | AFP

A photographer in Hong Kong is hit by police water cannon while taking pictures of a small crowd sheltering in a doorway in Wan Chai. People in the city have greeted the anniversary of its handover to China with renewed demonstrations. IMAGES

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Today in History for July 1st

Highlights of this day in history: The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg begins; The first nuclear weapons test in peacetime; TR’s assault on San Juan Hill; Britain’s Princess Diana born; Hong Kong returned to China; Actor Marlon Brando dies. (July 1)

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