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Slow-burning conflict flares up in Asia

International | India-China border dispute started at least a century ago
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/19/20, 04:06 pm

Chanting protesters set fire to Chinese flags and images of Chinese leader Xi Jinping near the country’s embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday. An Indian union of small and medium-sized companies also called for a boycott of 500 Chinese goods following a fight along a disputed border in the Himalayas some 14,000 feet above sea level.

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China charges two Canadians with espionage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/19/20, 04:59 am

After more than 18 months in detention without access to lawyers, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor finally were charged on Friday. The prosecutor’s office in Beijing charged Kovrig, a former diplomat, with spying to obtain state secrets and intelligence. Spavor, a businessman who arranged travel to North Korea, faced charges in the border city of Dandong for spying for a foreign entity and illegally providing state secrets.

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Coronavirus resurfaces in Beijing

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/17/20, 02:25 pm

Chinese officials raised the emergency warning in the capital city to the second-highest level and suspended sporting events and other large gatherings on Wednesday. Beijing reported 31 cases of COVID-19 in a new outbreak traced back to a wholesale food market. The government also canceled more than 60 percent of flights into Beijing. The city only reported 21 cases on Thursday.

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