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TikTok: how the west has turned on gen Z’s favourite app
US and European fears about China exploiting TikTok’s data harvest and promoting Beijing’s worldview look set to inspire an urgent overhaul in data privacy laws

Laurie Clarke

05, Feb, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The Observer view on the real threat behind China’s spy balloon | Observer editorial
Washington and Beijing need to resume talks quickly before the hawks bring the world to war

Observer editorial

05, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Now the Chinese ‘spy balloon’ is down, the question is: what was it for?
Was Beijing trying to sabotage talks with the US, monitor the speed of its military response, or just test Joe Biden’s mettle?

Julian Borger in Washington

05, Feb, 2023 @12:13 AM

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US shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon over east coast
Chinese foreign ministry accuses US of ‘overreacting’ and ‘violating international practice’ after balloon was downed

Julian Borger World affairs editor

04, Feb, 2023 @10:10 PM

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Hong Kong 47: trial of dozens in pro-democracy movement set to begin under national security laws
Group of legislators, activists and community workers are accused of holding unofficial pre-election primaries that authorities say constitutes subversion

Helen Davidson in Taipei and Verna Yu

04, Feb, 2023 @7:00 PM

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China calls for calm amid growing row with US over suspected spy balloons
Beijing says it will ‘not accept any groundless conjecture’ after balloons spotted over US and Latin America

Miranda Bryant

04, Feb, 2023 @3:11 PM

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Scientist who edited babies’ genes says he acted ‘too quickly’
Exclusive: He Jiankui stops short of apologising for procedure that shocked the world of science in 2018

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

04, Feb, 2023 @9:00 AM

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US secretary of state postpones China visit after spy balloon flies over Montana
Antony Blinken delays trip, as China claims balloon was for ‘meteorological’ purposes and was blown off course

Julian Borger in Washington and Helen Davidson in Taipei

03, Feb, 2023 @7:08 PM

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Pentagon says it is monitoring Chinese spy balloon spotted flying over US
Officials say balloon has been watched for a few days but decided not to shoot it down for safety reasons

Julian Borger in Washington

03, Feb, 2023 @10:57 AM

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Spy balloons: what are they and why are they still being used?
The idea emerged during the French revolutionary wars, so what is their appeal now, in the age of the satellite?

Helen Sullivan

03, Feb, 2023 @6:14 AM

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US general’s ‘gut’ feeling of war with China sparks alarm over predictions
Leaked memo forecasting Taiwan strait conflict in 2025 triggers debate about ‘undisciplined’ comments

Helen Davidson in Taipei

02, Feb, 2023 @11:42 AM

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US seals crucial military deal with the Philippines close to China flashpoints
Deal expands Washington’s access to military bases near Taiwan and the South China Sea

Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent, and Helen Davidson in Taipei

02, Feb, 2023 @6:51 AM

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