China, Brexit, the Philippines: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’ll be off on Monday for the American holiday of Martin Luther King Day. Now back to the news: America’s expanded antimissile efforts, China’s population crisis, and the economic costs of climate change. U.S. plans to expand missile defenses President Trump announced new…

Why a 1,200-year-old calligraphy piece angered China

Image copyright National Palace Museum Image caption Yan Zhenqing is one of China’s most famous calligraphers A decision by Taiwan’s National Palace Museum to lend a rare calligraphy to Japan’s Tokyo National Museum has sparked outrage across China. On paper it seemed like a straightforward cultural exchange, so why has this prized masterpiece created 1,200…

Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China

Image copyright Police handout US officials say China is trying to influence US policymakers, steal secrets and spy on the US government. But how? The story of Kevin Mallory, a man who seemed to lead a typical suburban life in Virginia, provides the answer. FBI agents pointed their weapons at Jeremiah Mallory, a teenager standing…

Robert Schellenberg case: China accuses Canada of ‘double standards’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg has had his jail sentence increased to a death sentence China has rejected accusations from Canada that it is arbitrarily applying a death sentence to a Canadian convicted of drug smuggling. Beijing accused Canada of double standards. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was initially given a 15-year jail…

Huang Qi, Online Dissident and Rights Advocate in China, Faces Trial

BEIJING — One of China’s most prominent human rights activists, the blogger Huang Qi, went on trial on Monday on charges of leaking state secrets, and American diplomats seeking to attend the proceedings said they had been denied access. The trial has drawn intense international attention, in part because Mr. Huang, 55, has nephritis, a…

Canadian’s death sentence in China ‘horrific’, family says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to jail last year but had his case suddenly reviewed The family of a Canadian man who has been sentenced to death in China say their “worst fears” have been realised. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a 15-year jail term in November but, on…