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Dayu Zhang a video producer for the South China Morning Post.

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Hong Kong top cop Raymond Siu tells Yonden Lhatoo about challenges of policing after protests

In the first episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has a candid chat with Hong Kong Police Commissioner Raymond Siu on the current law and order situation following the anti-government protests and social turmoil of 2019. The new police chief talks about the police force, national security and the challenge of winning hearts and minds in a deeply divided city. 

In the first episode of Talking Post, SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo has a candid chat with Hong Kong Police Commissioner Raymond Siu on the current law and order situation following the anti-government protests and social turmoil of 2019. The new police chief talks about the police force, national security and the challenge of winning hearts and minds in a deeply divided city. 

24 Nov 2021 - 5:01PM
Reviving a remote Hong Kong village through growing coffee

The remote Hong Kong village of Lai Chi Wo was the traditional home of the Hakka people for centuries. Located in the northeastern valley of the New Territories, the village has been deserted for decades after most of the local residents moved to the city or abroad for work. In a bid to revive the village, a group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong launched a pilot project to start a coffee plantation in Lai Chi Wo to bring new life to abandoned farmlands.
 

The remote Hong Kong village of Lai Chi Wo was the traditional home of the Hakka people for centuries. Located in the northeastern valley of the New Territories, the village has been deserted for decades after most of the local residents moved to the city or abroad for work. In a bid to revive the village, a group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong launched a pilot project to start a coffee plantation in Lai Chi Wo to bring new life to abandoned farmlands.
 

24 Aug 2021 - 9:56AM
Hongkongers celebrate second Olympic silver as swimmer Siobhan Haughey smashes another Asian record

Hong Kong swimmer Siobhan Haughey made history once again on July 30, 2021, by taking her second Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100m freestyle final at the Tokyo Games. Fans in the city stopped to watch the 23-year-old, who had already earned a silver medal on July 28, when she became the first swimmer from the city to compete in an Olympics final. 
 

Hong Kong swimmer Siobhan Haughey made history once again on July 30, 2021, by taking her second Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100m freestyle final at the Tokyo Games. Fans in the city stopped to watch the 23-year-old, who had already earned a silver medal on July 28, when she became the first swimmer from the city to compete in an Olympics final. 
 

30 Jul 2021 - 3:02PM
US, Britain and EU accuse China of sponsoring massive Microsoft email server hack

The US, Britain, the EU and Nato have accused China of sponsoring a massive cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange email server discovered in early 2021. The US State Department said on July 19, 2021, that “cyber actors” had worked with China’s Ministry of State Security in the operation that Microsoft publicly disclosed in March after the company reportedly learned about the intrusion in January. Washington says the cyberespionage “indiscriminately compromised thousands of computers and networks, mostly belonging to private sector victims”.

The US, Britain, the EU and Nato have accused China of sponsoring a massive cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange email server discovered in early 2021. The US State Department said on July 19, 2021, that “cyber actors” had worked with China’s Ministry of State Security in the operation that Microsoft publicly disclosed in March after the company reportedly learned about the intrusion in January. Washington says the cyberespionage “indiscriminately compromised thousands of computers and networks, mostly belonging to private sector victims”.

20 Jul 2021 - 2:40PM
‘Made in Hong Kong’ plastics producer keeps its cultural heritage alive

Although Hong Kong is now largely a service-based economy, the city was once a global manufacturing hub. Star Industrial, founded by the Leung family in 1949, is one of only a few businesses in Hong Kong that still manufactures products in the city. Jessica Leung, the third-generation owner of the family business, says she hopes to maintain the brand’s cultural heritage while expanding its influence among young customers today.

Although Hong Kong is now largely a service-based economy, the city was once a global manufacturing hub. Star Industrial, founded by the Leung family in 1949, is one of only a few businesses in Hong Kong that still manufactures products in the city. Jessica Leung, the third-generation owner of the family business, says she hopes to maintain the brand’s cultural heritage while expanding its influence among young customers today.

16 Jun 2021 - 12:45PM
Cambodia’s landmine-sniffing ‘hero rat’ retires after five years of service

Magawa, the landmine-sniffing “hero rat”, completed his last mission on May 31, 2021 and has retired after five years of service in Cambodia. The African giant pouched rat was awarded by the UK-based veterinary charity, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a gold medal in 2020 for his “life-saving bravery and devotion to duty”. During the span of his career, Magawa detected 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, according to the charity group APOPO, which trains rats and dogs to detect landmines as well as tuberculosis. Cambodia has one of the world’s highest numbers of mine amputees per capita, with more than 40,000 people left disabled from landmines, PDSA said.

Magawa, the landmine-sniffing “hero rat”, completed his last mission on May 31, 2021 and has retired after five years of service in Cambodia. The African giant pouched rat was awarded by the UK-based veterinary charity, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a gold medal in 2020 for his “life-saving bravery and devotion to duty”. During the span of his career, Magawa detected 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, according to the charity group APOPO, which trains rats and dogs to detect landmines as well as tuberculosis. Cambodia has one of the world’s highest numbers of mine amputees per capita, with more than 40,000 people left disabled from landmines, PDSA said.

10 Jun 2021 - 3:15PM
Gaokao: China's college entrance exam made even more stressful by Covid-19 outbreak

10.8 million high school graduates across China have taken the country’s notoriously challenging college entrance exam, known as the gaokao. This year, the test has come with extra stress: staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. With a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in China’s southern Guangdong province, education authorities required all examinees to monitor their health for 14 days before the assessment. The examination started on June 7, 2021, covering Chinese, mathematics and English, as well as liberal arts or science electives.

10.8 million high school graduates across China have taken the country’s notoriously challenging college entrance exam, known as the gaokao. This year, the test has come with extra stress: staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. With a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in China’s southern Guangdong province, education authorities required all examinees to monitor their health for 14 days before the assessment. The examination started on June 7, 2021, covering Chinese, mathematics and English, as well as liberal arts or science electives.

8 Jun 2021 - 9:51PM
London’s Heathrow airport opens dedicated terminal for arrivals from high-risk Covid-19 countries

London Heathrow airport has converted an existing terminal into a dedicated facility for 'red-list' passengers. Stricter disease-control measures are imposed on Terminal 3 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and its variants.

London Heathrow airport has converted an existing terminal into a dedicated facility for 'red-list' passengers. Stricter disease-control measures are imposed on Terminal 3 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and its variants.

3 Jun 2021 - 4:57PM
Hong Kong-based Indians pitch in to help fight Covid-19 outbreak back home

As India fights to contain the world’s deadliest surge in Covid-19 cases, Hong Kong-based Indians are pitching in to help ease the plight of their compatriots. Indian artist Urmila Menon, who moved to Hong Kong in 2017, organised a fundraiser by selling her artwork on Instagram. She plans to donate all proceeds raised to an NGO providing coronavirus relief to India. While long-time Hong Kong resident Baljinder Singh is sending $100,000 (US$12,882) in medical supplies to the country he considers home.

As India fights to contain the world’s deadliest surge in Covid-19 cases, Hong Kong-based Indians are pitching in to help ease the plight of their compatriots. Indian artist Urmila Menon, who moved to Hong Kong in 2017, organised a fundraiser by selling her artwork on Instagram. She plans to donate all proceeds raised to an NGO providing coronavirus relief to India. While long-time Hong Kong resident Baljinder Singh is sending $100,000 (US$12,882) in medical supplies to the country he considers home.

22 May 2021 - 10:30AM
SCMP Explains: How did Myanmar’s military become so powerful?

On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military junta detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed her democratically elected government. The generals accused Suu Kyi and members of her party, the National League for Democracy, of election fraud. Soon after, the military announced a one-year state of emergency, with power handed to the head of the military, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military junta detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed her democratically elected government. The generals accused Suu Kyi and members of her party, the National League for Democracy, of election fraud. Soon after, the military announced a one-year state of emergency, with power handed to the head of the military, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

23 Apr 2021 - 8:05AM
Hong Kong suspends BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines ‘as precaution’ over defective packaging

Hong Kong has temporarily cancelled bookings at all 21 community vaccination centres providing the BioNTech jab. The suspension will be in effect until further notice, after the vaccine’s Chinese distributor, Fosun Pharma, notified Hong Kong and Macau of a batch found with packaging defects. Dozens of people had already been inoculated with vaccines from the specified batch at some centres ahead of the suspension notice being issued on the morning of March 24, 2021.

Hong Kong has temporarily cancelled bookings at all 21 community vaccination centres providing the BioNTech jab. The suspension will be in effect until further notice, after the vaccine’s Chinese distributor, Fosun Pharma, notified Hong Kong and Macau of a batch found with packaging defects. Dozens of people had already been inoculated with vaccines from the specified batch at some centres ahead of the suspension notice being issued on the morning of March 24, 2021.

24 Mar 2021 - 6:04PM
SCMP Explains: How does the Chinese Communist Party operate?

The Communist Party of China has been the dominant political entity running the nation since 1949. During that time, the body also known as the Chinese Communist Party has led the country from a poor, insular existence to a role as a global economic powerhouse. But along the way, the party has kept a tight grip on power and quashed any form of dissent. The Post explains how the Communist Party works and how it runs China.
 

The Communist Party of China has been the dominant political entity running the nation since 1949. During that time, the body also known as the Chinese Communist Party has led the country from a poor, insular existence to a role as a global economic powerhouse. But along the way, the party has kept a tight grip on power and quashed any form of dissent. The Post explains how the Communist Party works and how it runs China.
 

19 Apr 2021 - 1:02PM
Coronavirus in China: Celebrating Lunar New Year away from home

Every year, hundreds of millions of Chinese head home to celebrate Lunar New Year with their families. But in order to avoid a resurgence of Covid-19 in China, the government has imposed strict measures to limit non-essential trips during the holiday period. This has left millions of people unable to go home for their annual family reunions. 

Every year, hundreds of millions of Chinese head home to celebrate Lunar New Year with their families. But in order to avoid a resurgence of Covid-19 in China, the government has imposed strict measures to limit non-essential trips during the holiday period. This has left millions of people unable to go home for their annual family reunions. 

12 Feb 2021 - 8:03PM
Hong Kong wheelchair climber Lai Chi-wai attempts to scale 320-meter skyscraper

Lai Chi-wai was once one of the world’s best climbers, until a traffic accident left him a paraplegic. Although Lai lost the use of both legs, he did not give up his passion. In 2016, Lai climbed up Lion Rock in a wheelchair using only his upper body strength. Five years later, he attempted to climb the 320-metre Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan, hoping to help lift people’s spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lai Chi-wai was once one of the world’s best climbers, until a traffic accident left him a paraplegic. Although Lai lost the use of both legs, he did not give up his passion. In 2016, Lai climbed up Lion Rock in a wheelchair using only his upper body strength. Five years later, he attempted to climb the 320-metre Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan, hoping to help lift people’s spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17 Jan 2021 - 4:51PM
Coronavirus: what we know so far about the new strain of Covid-19

London has gone into lockdown and many countries and regions have banned UK flights after the discovery of a new and reportedly more transmissible variant of the coronavirus in Britain. The news also sparked a scientific scramble to gather more facts about this new Sars-CoV-2 strain that causes the disease Covid-19. The top questions for researchers include whether it will change how the coronavirus spreads, whether it makes people more sick and if the much-anticipated new vaccines being distributed will still work.
 

London has gone into lockdown and many countries and regions have banned UK flights after the discovery of a new and reportedly more transmissible variant of the coronavirus in Britain. The news also sparked a scientific scramble to gather more facts about this new Sars-CoV-2 strain that causes the disease Covid-19. The top questions for researchers include whether it will change how the coronavirus spreads, whether it makes people more sick and if the much-anticipated new vaccines being distributed will still work.
 

23 Dec 2020 - 8:46PM
Hong Kong’s first and last hand-painted porcelain factory

Yuet Tung is Hong Kong’s first and last hand-painted porcelain factory. For over  90 years, the company has produced “Guang Cai,” a special kind of Qing dynasty ceramic originating from Guangzhou province. From workshops, first in Kowloon City and later in Kowloon Bay, the prized porcelain goods made their way to the homes of former British governors Murray MacLehose and Chris Patten, as well as five-star hotels such as The Peninsula and Shangri-La. But the factory might face closure, because of dwindling business and a lack of workers from the younger generation who are willing to learn the craft.
 

Yuet Tung is Hong Kong’s first and last hand-painted porcelain factory. For over  90 years, the company has produced “Guang Cai,” a special kind of Qing dynasty ceramic originating from Guangzhou province. From workshops, first in Kowloon City and later in Kowloon Bay, the prized porcelain goods made their way to the homes of former British governors Murray MacLehose and Chris Patten, as well as five-star hotels such as The Peninsula and Shangri-La. But the factory might face closure, because of dwindling business and a lack of workers from the younger generation who are willing to learn the craft.
 

21 Dec 2020 - 11:12AM
Coronavirus: How did Taiwan keep local Covid-19 transmissions to zero for over 200 days?

As the end of 2020 approaches, many countries and regions around the world are seeing Covid-19 cases spike again to record-setting levels. But Taiwan has managed to hold its transmission rate to zero, with no new locally transmitted cases found for more than 200 days. Taiwan has been earning praise for its virus-containment efforts, as new waves of infections explode across Europe and the US.
 

As the end of 2020 approaches, many countries and regions around the world are seeing Covid-19 cases spike again to record-setting levels. But Taiwan has managed to hold its transmission rate to zero, with no new locally transmitted cases found for more than 200 days. Taiwan has been earning praise for its virus-containment efforts, as new waves of infections explode across Europe and the US.
 

13 Nov 2020 - 6:55PM
Hong Kong airlines operate ‘flights to nowhere’ for aviation enthusiasts

At a time when Covid-19 has severely interrupted international air travel, Hong Kong airlines are operating “flights to nowhere” in hopes of finding at least a small solution to some of their financial woes at the same time as they give grounded travellers a chance to scratch their itch to get on the road as they wait for pandemic restrictions to end.

At a time when Covid-19 has severely interrupted international air travel, Hong Kong airlines are operating “flights to nowhere” in hopes of finding at least a small solution to some of their financial woes at the same time as they give grounded travellers a chance to scratch their itch to get on the road as they wait for pandemic restrictions to end.

3 Nov 2020 - 4:57PM
How will the national security law change education in Hong Kong?

A Hong Kong educator was banned for life from teaching in the city after he was accused of making separatist remarks in a classroom. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government decided to pull the teacher’s licence after a “thorough probe”. But an education system insider told the South China Morning Post that the teacher’s comments were part of life-education classes meant to help pupils understand freedom of speech. China’s central government has blamed schools for helping to foment opposition to the ruling Communist Party. One opposition lawmaker in Hong Kong says the government’s moves will further hinder speech freedoms and have a negative impact on the education system in the city.

A Hong Kong educator was banned for life from teaching in the city after he was accused of making separatist remarks in a classroom. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government decided to pull the teacher’s licence after a “thorough probe”. But an education system insider told the South China Morning Post that the teacher’s comments were part of life-education classes meant to help pupils understand freedom of speech. China’s central government has blamed schools for helping to foment opposition to the ruling Communist Party. One opposition lawmaker in Hong Kong says the government’s moves will further hinder speech freedoms and have a negative impact on the education system in the city.

29 Oct 2020 - 10:03AM
Nangka sets record for farthest cyclone to trigger a No 8 signal in Hong Kong it skirts by city

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No 8 typhoon signal and kept it in place for most of the day on October 13, 2020, as tropical storm Nangka slowly passed about 450km (280 miles) to the southwest of the city. Nangka’s track was the furthest away from Hong Kong in 60 years of record-keeping to trigger the city’s third-highest storm alert. The signal led to closures of schools, restaurants and shopping malls, and suspension of public transport around the city. The typhoon signal was expected to be downgraded to a No 3 by the evening, as Nangka approached Hainan Island.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No 8 typhoon signal and kept it in place for most of the day on October 13, 2020, as tropical storm Nangka slowly passed about 450km (280 miles) to the southwest of the city. Nangka’s track was the furthest away from Hong Kong in 60 years of record-keeping to trigger the city’s third-highest storm alert. The signal led to closures of schools, restaurants and shopping malls, and suspension of public transport around the city. The typhoon signal was expected to be downgraded to a No 3 by the evening, as Nangka approached Hainan Island.

13 Oct 2020 - 6:37PM
National Security Law: The impact on Hong Kong’s activists

On June 30, 2020, authorities on the Chinese mainland passed a national security law for Hong Kong banning secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Beijing has also set up a dedicated office in the city to oversee implementation of the controversial legislation. 

On June 30, 2020, authorities on the Chinese mainland passed a national security law for Hong Kong banning secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Beijing has also set up a dedicated office in the city to oversee implementation of the controversial legislation. 

14 Oct 2020 - 4:43PM
Hong Kong security law prompts ‘yellow’ cafe to clear opposition Post-it notes from Lennon wall

For nearly a year,  many so-called yellow shops in Hong Kong allowed customers who backed anti-government protests in the city to write messages of support on Post-it notes and stick them on the walls of the establishments. But since June 2020, when Chinese mainland authorities imposed a national security law on the city, some restaurants and stores have cleared their so-called Lennon walls. The owner of one “yellow” cafe in the city told the Post about what he sees as the intangible impact of the new legislation on his business.

For nearly a year,  many so-called yellow shops in Hong Kong allowed customers who backed anti-government protests in the city to write messages of support on Post-it notes and stick them on the walls of the establishments. But since June 2020, when Chinese mainland authorities imposed a national security law on the city, some restaurants and stores have cleared their so-called Lennon walls. The owner of one “yellow” cafe in the city told the Post about what he sees as the intangible impact of the new legislation on his business.

4 Oct 2020 - 9:58AM
Worldwide Covid-19 death toll surpasses 1 million

The worldwide death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic surpassed one million on September 29, 2020. Countries that had previously seen a consistent drop in case numbers have started to report record highs, prompting governments to reintroduce social-distancing measures. The United States has the world’s largest number of infections, followed by India, which is trying to restart its battered economy despite a daily rise in its case numbers.
 

The worldwide death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic surpassed one million on September 29, 2020. Countries that had previously seen a consistent drop in case numbers have started to report record highs, prompting governments to reintroduce social-distancing measures. The United States has the world’s largest number of infections, followed by India, which is trying to restart its battered economy despite a daily rise in its case numbers.
 

29 Sep 2020 - 10:43AM
Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups struggle as city battles Covid-19 and recession

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

21 Sep 2020 - 9:36AM
Covid-19 social distancing: 5 full-body exercises that can help keep you fit anywhere, any time

Lockdowns and social distancing measures because of the Covid-19 pandemic have meant gym enthusiasts have had to find other ways to stay fit. Nike master trainer Utah Lee demonstrates five exercises that will help anyone stay in shape anywhere at any time.

Lockdowns and social distancing measures because of the Covid-19 pandemic have meant gym enthusiasts have had to find other ways to stay fit. Nike master trainer Utah Lee demonstrates five exercises that will help anyone stay in shape anywhere at any time.

27 Aug 2020 - 9:43AM
Jobless struggle to make ends meet in Hong Kong as city battles coronavirus and recession

Diane Lau is among tens of thousands of Hongkongers struggling to make ends meet after the coronavirus pandemic hit her city on the heels of anti-government protests that began in June 2019. The 34-year-old single mother, lost her job in February 2020, and has since been making ends meet with money borrowed from her mother and government subsidies. After Covid-19 started to spread in the city, Hong Kong’s jobless rate spiked to 6.2 per cent from April to June 2020, the highest in 15 years and worse than the figure was after the 2008 global financial crisis. While many have lost jobs, others have had to take pay cuts or told to go on unpaid leave with no assurances about when and if they will go back to work.

Diane Lau is among tens of thousands of Hongkongers struggling to make ends meet after the coronavirus pandemic hit her city on the heels of anti-government protests that began in June 2019. The 34-year-old single mother, lost her job in February 2020, and has since been making ends meet with money borrowed from her mother and government subsidies. After Covid-19 started to spread in the city, Hong Kong’s jobless rate spiked to 6.2 per cent from April to June 2020, the highest in 15 years and worse than the figure was after the 2008 global financial crisis. While many have lost jobs, others have had to take pay cuts or told to go on unpaid leave with no assurances about when and if they will go back to work.

16 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM
Hong Kong reverses all-day restaurant ban, as city reports record high 149 Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong government has made a U-turn and reversed its all-day dining ban. Dining in restaurants at breakfast and lunchtime will return from July 31, 2020, but the number of people at a table will be restricted to two. And restaurants again will be limited to serving takeaways only between 6pm and 5am.

Hong Kong government has made a U-turn and reversed its all-day dining ban. Dining in restaurants at breakfast and lunchtime will return from July 31, 2020, but the number of people at a table will be restricted to two. And restaurants again will be limited to serving takeaways only between 6pm and 5am.

30 Jul 2020 - 10:06PM
What started Hong Kong's third Covid-19 wave?

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

31 Jul 2020 - 9:22AM
Hong Kong bans dine-in service from 6pm to 5am to contain its third wave of Covid-19 infections

The Hong Kong government has banned dine-in service at restaurants from 6pm to 5am, as the city struggles to contain its third wave of Covid-19 infections. Some restaurant workers say they are suffering from a terrible decline and hope the government can offer another round of subsidies.

The Hong Kong government has banned dine-in service at restaurants from 6pm to 5am, as the city struggles to contain its third wave of Covid-19 infections. Some restaurant workers say they are suffering from a terrible decline and hope the government can offer another round of subsidies.

15 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM
China’s massive floods move east, battering communities along Yangtze River

After weeks of intense seasonal flooding in southwestern and central China, torrential rains have caused more floods along the Yangtze River. Nearly 34 million people in 27 provinces have been affected, and nearly 2 million people forced to relocate, Chinese state media says.

After weeks of intense seasonal flooding in southwestern and central China, torrential rains have caused more floods along the Yangtze River. Nearly 34 million people in 27 provinces have been affected, and nearly 2 million people forced to relocate, Chinese state media says.

11 Jul 2020 - 6:11PM