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Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

China sending officials and their wives to jail, for tours

The Chinese government is sending government officials on prison tours. The tours' aim less to teach the officials about prison systems, and more to act as a warning against corruption.

China to project its military further and stronger

Bejing - China said on Tuesday it will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concerns in Washington.

Solar Impulse readies for its 'Moment of Truth' flight

Nanjing - The Solar Impulse 2 was set to take off from Nanjing, China on Tuesday, heading out on a six-day journey to Hawaii, but a bad weather forecast has dampened the chances of a takeoff. The two-man team is left to sit tight and wait for a favorable window.

Fire at China nursing home kills 38

Pingdingshan - A fire at a nursing home in central China left at least 38 people dead, officials said Tuesday, with bodies burned beyond recognition and wheelchairs reduced to charred frames.

'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith

Shanghai - The city known as China's centre of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings.

Chinese political enemy given funeral 50 years later

Bejing - A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist party's early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past.

Tibetan father of four sets himself alight in China: Reports

Bejing - A Tibetan father-of-four set himself on fire in protest at China's rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived.

China jails 'Fast & Furious' Lamborghini, Ferrari drivers

Bejing - Two unemployed men who crashed a Lamborghini and Ferrari as they reportedly staged a "real-life Fast and Furious" race through Beijing were sentenced to jail Thursday for dangerous driving, the court said.

China 'severely concerned' over U.S. spying accusations

Bejing - China said Wednesday it was "severely concerned" over the arrest of one of its citizens in the U.S., one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage.

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Bejing - Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Nanjing - Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.

Spring at West Lake, China Special

Hangzhou - West Lake in Hangzhou, China has been the setting of history, poetry, and romance for 2,000 years. Walk with me through garden paths, over stone bridges, islands, pagodas, and tiled courtyards to celebrate spring.

Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row

Bejing - China's foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday that Beijing was "unshakeable" in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters.

China rights lawyer charged after a year in detention

Bejing - A top Chinese human rights lawyer detained for more than a year was criminally charged Friday over comments he made online, officials said, prompting denunciations from the United States and advocacy groups.

At least 33 killed as China bus plunges over cliff: Reports

Bejing - At least 33 people died on Friday when a bus apparently plunged off a cliff in China, reports said, in the latest deadly traffic incident in the country.

India's Modi tells China to 'reconsider' approach

Bejing - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Beijing needs to "reconsider its approach" to relations between the Asian giants, as the Hindu nationalist leader departed from the usual diplomatic pleasantries.

China rights lawyer charged after a year in detention

Bejing - A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested last year was indicted on Friday, officials said amid a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, artists and activists.

Op-Ed: The much loved king of the blues is dead — BB King dead at 89

Las Vegas - BB King, the iconic bluesman who brought blues to the world, has died at age 89. He died at home in Las Vegas. His life, from making $5 a day picking cotton to global superstar, was a true tale of the blues.

Op-Ed: U.S., China, Japan and the island dispute — U.S. deploys B1s

Sydney - The continuing escalation of the issues raised by China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has increased the likelihood of some sort of conflict in future. China’s construction of artificial islands in the area has infuriated neighbors.
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