Chinese TV features blackface performers in New Year’s gala

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface portraying Africans during a national broadcast as Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Ox with subdued festivities Friday amid travel curbs to contain renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The “Afr...

Asian shares rise after vaccine maker boosts Europe supplies

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Monday after coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca agreed to increase supplies to Europe amid rising worries about the disease. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Shanghai declined after surveys showed Chines...

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in five days to fight a surge in infections in a city south of Beijing, state media reported. The hospital is one of six with a total of 6,500 rooms being bu...

China criticizes US order against dealing with Chinese apps

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government on Wednesday accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hurt commercial competitors after President Donald Trump signed an order banning transactions with payment services Alipay and WeChat ...

Shares in online platform JD Health up 40% in trading debut

BEIJING (AP) - Shares in China’s biggest online health care platform rose 40% in their Hong Kong stock market debut Tuesday, reflecting investor enthusiasm for the fledgling industry as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. JD Health, an ...

Asian stocks lower after Pfizer cuts vaccine shipment plans

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday after Pfizer Inc. cut the number of doses of a planned coronavirus vaccine it might ship this year. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, which are the bulk of the region&#8217...

Asian stocks mixed amid unease about vaccine development

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated while Tokyo and Seoul gained. Investors h...

Asian stocks fall amid unease about vaccine development

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated while Shanghai gained. Investors have b...

Asian stocks rise ahead of US economic data amid virus fears

BEIJING (AP) - Asian stocks rose Monday as investors looked ahead to quarterly U.S. economic data amid unease about anti-coronavirus curbs on business and wrangling over the American presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydne...

Asian stocks rise ahead of US economic data amid virus fears

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday as investors looked ahead to quarterly U.S. economic data amid unease about anti-coronavirus curbs on business and wrangling over the American presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydne...