Hong Kongers are concerned about spread of Wuhan pneumonia | AFP

People in Hong Kong are worried that a mysterious pneumonia outbreak in mainland China will continue to spread. Masks in some pharmacies are sold out.

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China’s beekeeper creates online buzz with video-sharing apps | AFP

Video clips posted online by Chinese beekeeper Ma Gongzuo show him opening up a hive surrounded by bees, swimming bare-chested in a river, or chopping wood – and he now has over 700,000 views on Douyin, the Chinese version of popular video-sharing app TikTok. Creating videos has become a popular sales tactic for Chinese farmers, who offer consumers a window into rural life.

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China’s Great Wall wakes up to snow | AFP

An overnight snowfall leaves China’s Great Wall blanketed in white, to the delight of tourists and children who came to climb the popular Juyong Pass near Beijing.

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China’s Byton brings high-tech electric SUV to CES

China-based luxury carmaker Byton has brought the production model of its electric SUV to Las Vegas. The M-Byte promises a range between 250 and 325 miles on a single charge and will cost around $45,000 when it comes to the US in 2021. (Jan. 6)

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Chinese incense producers keep tradition’s flame alight | AFP

It’s an important time of year for the villagers of Yongchun county, a mountainous area of China’s Fujian province that supplies much of the world’s incense.

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China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children in Turkey | AFP

At a school on the outskirts of Istanbul, Uighur children take classes before and after their regular school and try to keep their culture and language alive. China believes its persecution can eradicate the sense of Uighur identity, yet this may be breeding another generation of anger and bitterness.

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China convicts researchers involved in gene-edited babies

Three researchers involved in the births of genetically edited babies have been convicted and sentenced by a Chinese court for practicing medicine illegally. (Dec. 30)

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Secrets of Germany’s virus island revealed | AFP

It is perhaps Germany’s most dangerous island: the Baltic island of Riems is home to a research centre for deadly animal diseases. Established 100 years ago, the Friedrich Löffler Institute tests the world’s most dangerous viruses on animals, such as African swine fever, which has been devastating China since mid-2018.

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Five strikes and he’s out: on-loan panda artificially inseminated at French zoo | AFP

After five futile attempts at impregnating Huan Huan, a female panda loaned to French zoo Beauval by China, her enthusiastic but ineffective partner Yuan Zi has had to step aside. Huan Huan has now been artificially inseminated, leaving Yuan Zi, who “does not have enough experience yet” according to the head vet at the zoo, to hope for better next time round.

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Chinese, S.Korean and Japanese leaders kick off summit in Chengdu | AFP

China hosts the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America’s two key military allies in Asia and seeking regional unity on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Monday December 23rd: Senate deadlocked over impeachment trial plans; China, Japan, South Korea hold summit; Barbershop employee shot over possible haircut dispute; Surfer rescued off California after shark bite.

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Chaos at Hong Kong rally for China’s Uighurs | AFP

Hong Kong riot police break up a solidarity rally for China’s Uighurs — with one officer drawing a pistol — as the city’s pro-democracy movement liken their plight to that of the oppressed Muslim minority.

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Football/EAFF: Hong Kong supporters turn out in force to see their side face China | AFP

Hong Kong faces off with China in Busan, South Korea, in a football match during the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship 2019. Around 250 Hong Kong fans came along to cheer on their team, while just 20 China supporters were at the stadium to see their side win 2-0.

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China says Arsenal’s Ozil ‘deceived by fake news’ | AFP

China accuses Mesut Ozil of being “deceived by fake news” and said he should visit Xinjiang to see for himself after the Arsenal footballer decried the treatment of the region’s Uighur minority. +COMPLETES VIDI1N39CM_EN+

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Chinese dramatists stage new ways to prop up artistic freedom | AFP

Independent directors in China today often perform pop-up style, in art galleries, museums, or coffee shops, avoiding proper theatre venues, which require pre-approval of scripts and are frequented by government officials monitoring for sensitive content. Artists like writer-director Wang Chong operate in what might be considered China’s version of “off-off-Broadway”, small, often impromptu, avant-garde performances in which independent show-runners walk a razor-thin line between censorship and artistic freedom.

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