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China's economy slows sharply in first quarter

Beijing - China's GDP grew at its weakest pace for 18 months in the March quarter, data showed on Wednesday, testing Beijing's resolve as its campaign to transform the world's number-two economy comes at the cost of a sharp slowdown.
In the Media by Fran WANG (AFP)

Gulfstream announces 60-plane deal for China

Shanghai - Business jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Tuesday announced a deal to sell 60 aircraft to a Chinese leasing company, one of the largest orders in the US company's history.The agreement, signed with Minsheng Financial Leasing Co.
In the Media by AFP

'Criminal' use of force by Ukraine would imperil talks: Russia

Beijing - Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the "criminal" act would undermine talks planned in Geneva.
In the Media by AFP

China bank loans surge in March: central bank

Shanghai - China's bank lending surged in March from the previous month, the central bank said Tuesday, but analysts dismissed the possibility of monetary easing.Domestic banks granted 1.05 trillion yuan ($168.7 billion) in new loans last month, down 12.
In the Media by AFP

China first-quarter growth slows to 7.3%: AFP survey

Beijing - China's economic expansion slowed in the first three months of this year, according to an AFP survey, and remains on track for its worst annual performance in nearly a quarter-century as reform priorities trump growth concerns.
In the Media by Kelly Olsen (AFP)

China authorities make record haul of illegal guns and knives

After a four-month long investigation, police in China have confiscated tens of thousands of guns and knives in what is being called the biggest weapons haul yet. Additionally, 15 people alleged to belong to a vast criminal network were arrested.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Photo Essay: Beijing's Olympic Park and circus Special

Beijing - I remember watching the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics from my California TV. When I visited the site this year, I was surprised to find a thriving tourist hub and live circus.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Naked beekeeper in China covers body with 460,000 bees

Chinese beekeeper She Ping has become one of the first humans to have 100 pounds of bees - that would be about 460,000 of them - hanging around with him. Or make that read ON him, as Ping's assistants put all 100 pounds on his body at once.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Jailed China activist defiant as court rejects appeal

Beijing - A prominent Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced a court as "absurd" on Friday as it upheld his jail sentence for supporting anti-corruption protests, his lawyer said.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

Jailed China activist defiant as court rejects appeal

Beijing - A prominent Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced a court as "absurd" on Friday as it upheld his jail sentence for supporting anti-corruption protests, his lawyer said.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

China 2014 bird flu toll rises to nearly 100, govt data shows

Beijing - Almost 100 people in China died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed.
In the Media by AFP

China's booming military spending belies caution

Beijing - With the world's biggest military, China far outnumbers rival Japan in manpower, ships, aircraft and defence spending, but analysts say underlying weaknesses leave it still wary of a fight.
In the Media by Kelly Olsen (AFP)

China inflation accelerates to 2.4% year-on-year in March

Beijing - China's inflation rate accelerated to 2.4 percent year-on-year in March, the government said Friday, driven by higher food prices.The increase in the consumer price index (CPI) announced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) was up from the 2.
In the Media by AFP

Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt

Beijing - A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding.
In the Media by AFP

China imports, exports slump in March

Beijing - China's trade volumes fell dramatically in March, official data showed Thursday, despite the country returning to a trade surplus after recording a rare deficit the month before. Imports slumped 11.3 percent year-on-year to $162.
In the Media by AFP

Searchers find more signals that could be from missing plane

Perth - Searchers trying to locate a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished last month with more than 200 passengers heard two new signals Tuesday that might be from the missing plane's flight data recorders.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Chinese Ming dynasty cup sells for record amount

A tiny porcelain cup, dating back to the Ming dynasty, has fetched $36 million at an auction in Hong Kong. The high price has set a new record.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

China tells Hagel won't 'stir up troubles' in Japan dispute

Beijing - Beijing will not act first to "stir up troubles" over island disputes with neighbours, China's defence minister said Tuesday at a meeting with American counterpart Chuck Hagel.
In the Media by Daniel de Luce (AFP)

Anti-corruption activists back on trial in China

Beijing - Two Chinese anti-corruption activists went on trial under heavy security Tuesday, in Beijing's latest strike against a burgeoning rights movement.Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei appeared at a court in Beijing's Haidian district, their lawyers said.
In the Media by Felicia Sonmez (AFP)

More pulse sounds heard, exploring underwater for MH370 next

An Australian ship in the Indian Ocean has heard "pulse signals" consistent with the noise that a black box airplanes carry would emit. The ship heard the pulse signals for more than two hours, lost the signals, then heard them again for a shorter time.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 20 comments
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