President Donald Trump was the only non-Chinese individual to appear on social media platform Weibo's 2020 trending list, which included two doctors and a majority of celebrities.
As the former Alibaba CEO has not been seen in public for two months, a 2019 op-ed in Communist Party newspaper People's Daily is trending for capturing China's current mood toward him.
Beijing said it had successfully deterred democratic Taiwan's independence movement in 2020.
Indian and Chinese forces have been locked in a stalemate along the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control since deadly skirmishes claimed the lives of at least 20 soldiers in the summer.
Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was given an official reprimand for "spreading false rumors." The Chinese government exonerated him after his death.
The two leaders discussed strengthening their regional alliance, which has seen growing economic ties and joint military drills.
Beijing has previously rejected requests by United Nations member states and the European Union to allow independent observers into Xinjiang.
Authorities in the Chinese capital Beijing said they were investigating the data leak, which has so far affected more than 50 celebrities, reports said Tuesday.
Experts assembled by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy agreed that relations between China and Taiwan were locked in a "downward spiral."
Following the start of sea trials for China's second Type 075 helicopter carrier, Chinese media outlets likened the country's shipbuilding speed to "cooking dumplings."
German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen appealed to China on Tuesday for the release of Canadian nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are being held by Beijing on spy charges.
While the China accused the U.S. Navy of unauthorized entry into its territorial waters in the South China Sea, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said it was exercizing its right to freedom of navigation.
Reuters reported this week that the U.S. has warned two Pacific island nations about security threats of doing business with China's Huawei Marine company.
In an editorial on Wednesday, Communist Party-owned newspaper Global Times suggested Taiwan's newly launched "aircraft carrier killer" corvette would become an easy target for the Chinese military.
People's Liberation Army warplanes have flown into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on 11 days so far this month, according to the island's Ministry of National Defense.
In a report by China's state broadcaster CCTV on Friday, the 72nd Group Army and its main battle tanks were seen conducting urban warfare exercises in east China in a simulated Taiwan street battle.
Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, said China would take "all necessary measures" to ensure the democratic island was reunited under mainland rule.
Speaking at a think tank forum on Sunday, Chinese Rear Admiral Guan Youfei said the United States was to blame for the current tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
At a ship launching ceremony on Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan could one day become a weapons supplier to Western democracies.
After Joe Biden was affirmed as the next president by the Electoral College on Monday, Beijing urged him to show that he was ready to repair U.S.-China relations.
Chinese media says the barbed wire fence stops COVID-19 from entering the country, but the lengthy border wall could also prevent dissidents from leaving.
Ambassador Kelly Craft, Washington's permanent representative to the United Nations, called for reforms to the Human Rights Council—to which China was elected in October.
The People's Liberation Army Ground Forces were seen testing the new lightweight self-propelled howitzer in a report by China's state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday.
Beijing professor Tian Feilong, a proponent of the Beijing's Hong Kong national security law, said the Chinese government should be preparing for a "non-peaceful reunification" of Taiwan.
Haze Fan, who works for Bloomberg News in Beijing, had been missing for four days before Chinese authorities confirmed her arrest.
In his first appearance Wednesday since causing a fresh diplomatic row with Australia, government spokesperson Zhao Lijian urged the incoming Biden administration to restart talks with China.
The Cold War-era "Dragon Lady" plane was picked up by flight radar as it made a sortie into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the analogy Thursday when asked about Beijing's recent "Wolf Warrior" approach to diplomacy.
China's foreign ministry did not say which high-level officials would be affected, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly likely to be among them.
The official Twitter account of China's embassy in Washington, D.C., quickly undid a retweet appearing to support President Donald Trump's claims that the Democrats had committed election fraud.