A daily digest of the top China stories.

Could Asian anti-vaxers harm coronavirus fight?
Jun 1 • 6 min
The belief that vaccines are unsafe is often seen as a Western problem, but health workers say it’s a growing concern in Asia too.
A teacher came out as gay in China, and paid a price
Jun 1 • 7 min
Cui Le, a teacher, came out to support a gay student going through struggles in China. Then the school began investigating him.
Hongkongers look for a way out after Beijing announces security law
Jun 1 • 4 min
Emigration consultants have seen a spike in interest after the Chinese government announced plans for a national security law that critics fear would curtail political freedom.
How Hong Kong became stuck between a rock and a hard place
May 29 • 7 min
Hong Kong has become a pawn in the geopolitical confrontation between the US and China. Two pieces of legislation are pulling the city in opposite directions.
Covid-19: China must not be complacent, top expert says
May 29 • 4 min
Strict measures imposed during the initial outbreak in China – such as quarantines and contact tracing – should prevent a repeat, says the country’s leading adviser. But he recommends large-scale sample tests to be certain.
Britain may give residency to Hongkongers over national security law
May 29 • 4 min
Holders of British National (Overseas) passports, issued to 300,000 people before Hong Kong ceased to be a British colony, could be given greater residency rights if China enacts a national security law in the city.
US no longer deems Hong Kong autonomous. Here’s what to expect
May 28 • 3 min
The White House must consider how to respond after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “no reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China.”
Hong Kong scrambles after US says city ‘no longer autonomous’
May 28 • 4 min
The Hong Kong business community is scrambling to figure out how to adapt to the Trump administration’s potential retaliation to China’s planned national security legislation for the city.
Huawei executive one step closer to extradition to US
May 28 • 3 min
A Canadian court cleared a major hurdle for the extradition of a Chinese tech executive to the United States, in a case that has thrown China’s relations with Canada and the US into turmoil.
Trump hints at action on China over Hong Kong security law
May 27 • 2 min
The US president said he may act this week against China after Beijing moved to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.
Xi tells military to step up preparations for armed conflict
May 27 • 3 min
Chinese President Xi Jinping told the military it needs to be more prepared for armed confrontation.
Chinese bat scientist says known viruses ‘just tip of the iceberg’
May 27 • 3 min
We work to protect humanity not endanger it, says bat specialist at lab in Wuhan where the virus was identified in February. Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have suggested that the lab was in fact the origin of the pandemic.
China looks inwards as it plans for economic ‘worst-case scenario’
May 26 • 3 min
The country’s leader wants to pivot away from the export-driven model to focus on developing the domestic hi-tech sector and consumer markets. Some analysts say it could be in preparation for decoupling from the US and even the world at large.
Inch perfect: the team trying to fix Everest’s exact height
May 26 • 2 min
A Chinese surveying expedition hopes to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain this week. If all goes to plan, their efforts could help settle a disagreement about its exact height.
Legendary gambling tycoon Stanley Ho dies at 98
May 26 • 5 min
Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho has died at 98. He spurred the former Portuguese colony to surpass Las Vegas as the world’s biggest gambling hub.
China’s security law in Hong Kong: What you need to know
May 22 • 3 min
Beijing appears likely to pass a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that democracy advocates say would undermine the city’s freedoms.
Beijing abandons 2020 economic growth target
May 22 • 4 min
China said it will not set an economic growth target for 2020. It could be a bad sign for the world’s second-largest economy.
Unmarried women might get a win for gender equality in China
May 22 • 2 min
Unmarried women in China are not allowed in vitro fertilization and egg freezing. An advisor to the Chinese government is proposing a change.
‘The public is still fearful of the virus’: Wuhan faces long road to recovery
May 21 • 5 min
Restaurants are closing for good and farmers are struggling to sell their goods months after the central city of Wuhan survived the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
US semiconductor giant scraps its only China factory
May 21 • 4 min
An American chip giant has closed its only factory in China, highlighting the challenges the country faces as it tries to advance its semiconductor technology.
Inevitable war? China, America and their next battlegrounds
May 21 • 7 min
The sharp decline of US-China ties during the coronavirus pandemic could steer the two countries into conflict. Taiwan and the South China Sea could be flashpoints.
China’s military is asking for an even bigger budget. Here’s why
May 20 • 5 min
Beijing is likely to announce a big jump in military budget at the upcoming National People’s Congress amid rising tensions with the United States and Taiwan.
41% of Americans shun China’s products. The mistrust is mutual
May 20 • 3 min
A large minority of Chinese and American consumers said they would avoid buying a product if it was made in the other’s country.
Alleged sexual abuse of teen girl prompts calls to raise age of consent
May 19 • 6 min
Accusations that a business executive sexually assaulted a teenage girl have prompted calls in China to raise the age of sexual consent from 14 to 16.
China to pay farmers to move away from wild animals
May 19 • 3 min
The central province of Hunan and several cities are seeking to move farmers away from the wildlife trade by incentivizing them to raise domestic animals.
Sparks could soon be flying between US and China over Hong Kong
May 19 • 6 min
China’s biggest political gathering of the year may see a renewed focus on Beijing’s push for a Hong Kong national security law. The city’s opposition fears it will undermine their freedoms, and it may trigger a further response from Washington.
China to investigate ambassador’s death in Israel
May 18 • 2 min
Chinese investigators are going to Israel following the death of Du Wei, China’s ambassador to the country.
China’s mask diplomacy may not be enough to save face
May 18 • 5 min
The country’s aggressive response to criticism risks alienating other countries. Playing up its role as a provider of medical equipment may not be enough to counteract this.
China’s leaders look to chart a course through choppy waters
May 18 • 4 min
While the annual meeting of the legislature is often a stage-managed rubber stamp, behind the scenes a debate is taking place about the country’s direction in the post-coronavirus world.
China’s poorest are battling to survive
May 15 • 7 min
The economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has forced richer urban Chinese to cut back on spending. But for migrant workers and those in rural communities, the impact is far worse.
Trump says he ‘doesn’t want to speak’ to Xi
May 15 • 3 min
Trump aired a host of grievances against China in an interview on Fox Business Network as rhetoric between the two countries continue to poison the relationship.
‘Viral sovereignty’: Why countries don’t always share virus samples
May 15 • 8 min
Without consensus on the sharing of viruses and genetic sequence data, international cooperation on global health threats could be at stake, researchers say.
China’s new priority is preventing an unemployment crisis
May 14 • 7 min
Local governments are under pressure to make sure China doesn’t fall into an unemployment crisis. But can they do enough to push through economic headwinds?
As coronavirus accusations fly, evidence grows that these bats were the source
May 14 • 2 min
The Chinese horseshoe bat was already believed to be the host of the virus that caused Sars. Now, Hong Kong scientists have found that it can carry the pathogen causing Covid-19.
Social distancing in America worked, says study
May 14 • 2 min
Social distancing measures flattened the curve in the US, but experts say cases will grow again when the country begins to reopen.
China’s youth had it good. Then the pandemic struck
May 13 • 9 min
The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to scuttle the dreams of almost nine million college students expected to graduate this summer.
Attacked nurse: ‘It happened because I’m Asian and wearing a mask’
May 13 • 4 min
Sociologist Yinxuan Huang says “maskaphobia” has made overseas Asians clear targets of attack as racists seek to legitimize xenophobia during the pandemic.
Wuhan to test all 11 million residents for Covid-19
May 13 • 3 min
The city where the coronavirus was first reported has issued an order for urgent testing amid fears that China could face a second wave of infections. It follows the discovery of six new cases at a residential compound.
With a poor social safety net, is China prepared to handle a job crisis?
May 12 • 9 min
The coronavirus pandemic is causing massive job losses in China. With a patchy social welfare system, life is getting harder for the millions of migrant workers.
Seychelles may be grateful this man got stranded in the country
May 12 • 6 min
Rex Yang was traveling around the world before he got stranded in Seychelles with his family. Yang became internet-famous when his daily diary of the experience went viral in China.
Boy, 12, went to report on a Hong Kong protest. The police detained him
May 12 • 5 min
The boy was released without charge but the incident raises questions about whether it is safe for young children to get so close to the action. Journalists’ groups have complained about mistreatment at the hands of police, but some argue that the press…
China’s jobs crisis could give leaders sleepless nights
May 11 • 8 min
After decades of stellar economic growth, the coronavirus outbreak has left China facing a sharp rise in unemployment that risks undermining social stability.
China issues 11,380-word rebuttal to US coronavirus claims
May 11 • 3 min
Beijing seeks to dismiss American criticism of its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as US-China relations deteriorate.
Elderly woman survives three days after son buries her alive
May 11 • 1 min
A 79-year-old woman is recovering after surviving for three days when her son buried her alive because he grew resentful of living with her.
Why is Covid-19 more infectious than Sars? The answer may be in the eyes
May 8 • 1 min
A new study in Hong Kong suggests the new coronavirus may be far more infectious through the eyes and airways than Sars and Bird Flu viruses.
US ‘suspected of dossier leak’ as Australia cools on Wuhan lab theory
May 8 • 5 min
It is reported that there is widespread belief in the Australian government that the US embassy leaked a document to push the claim that Covid-19 came from a Wuhan laboratory. A former Australian foreign minister calls it a “brazen intervention.”
Sex may spread coronavirus: Chinese study finds traces in semen
May 8 • 2 min
Fresh questions are raised over how the coronavirus spreads after it is found in the semen of several male Covid-19 patients. But researchers caution that the findings are preliminary and far from conclusive.
Coronavirus may have been silently spreading as early as October, study says
May 7 • 6 min
Genetic analysis suggests the Covid-19 pandemic may have started at some point between October 6 and December 11.
How canceling debt to China could backfire for the US
May 7 • 6 min
Reports suggest White House officials discussed the “nuclear option” of refusing to pay some or all of the $1.1 trillion debt held by China as compensation for Covid-19. But China could protect itself – or escalate things further.
Fins from 38,500 protected sharks found in Hong Kong’s biggest ever seizure
May 7 • 4 min
The interception of two shipments from Ecuador more than doubled the amount of shark fin seized in Hong Kong for all of last year. The fins came mostly from thresher and silk sharks, both protected species.