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China warns US against tariffs as trade talks end

Bejing - China warned the US that any deals reached during ongoing trade talks would be void if Washington went ahead with imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, as the latest round of negotiations ended on Sunday in Beijing.

Air pollution in Toronto subways same as in Beijing: study

Toronto - A study of air pollution in three Canadian subway systems showed the air quality in Toronto’s subway system is the worst. An author of the report compared the pollution in the subway system in Canada’s largest city to a day in Beijing.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

Beijing offers big bucks for foreign spy tip-offs

Bejing - Budding Chinese sleuths could start stalking foreigners as suspected spies in Beijing after authorities in the city on Monday offered a cash bonanza for information on overseas agents.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Toilets with free Wi-fi, ATMs soon to sprout across Beijing

At least 100 toilets with free Wi-fi access and automated teller machines will soon sprout across the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Shanghai smog level reaches highest mark since January

Shanghai - The smog in Shanghai has hit its highest level since January of this year, prompting authorities to ban outdoor activities for school children and curtailing work at construction sites and factories.

Op-Ed: Cheap oil sinking stock markets

Cheap oil has already affected global markets and economies in countless ways, from disrupting Venezuelan politics to sinking the Russian ruble and introducing the world to “low-flation.”

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Kuala Lumpur - Beijing was officially declared the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, narrowly beating Almaty, Kazakhstan by just four votes.

Beijing's new smoke-free law coming June 1

Beijing - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all indoor public places in Beijing will be required by law to be 100 percent smoke-free by June 1, 2015.

South America promised big investments by Beijing Prime Minister

China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced during his recent visit to Brazil his country's intention to invest heavily in South America.

Chinese police at lunch allegedly eat endangered giant salamander

Shenzhen - A banquet for Chinese officials turned violent last week when journalists photographed them eating a critically endangered giant salamander, media reports say. The diners included senior police officials who appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

World's first Yak museum opened in Lhasa, Tibet

On a high plateau in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas, in China, you will find the homeland of the Tibetan people. The Tibetan plateau is also home to a bovine-like animal called the Yak. The Yak has always played an important role in Tibetan culture.

Pay for transport or phone credit by recycling bottles in Beijing

Beijing - A new system introduced in Beijing is allowing people to get free phone card rebates or passes to public transport in exchange for simply recycling a used drinks bottle.

Lost Malaysia Airlines jet flew for hours on autopilot

Canberra - Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours on autopilot before running out of fuel over the vast Indian Ocean and crashing, a team of international investigators searching for the plane now believe.

Photo Essay: Hotels in China Special

China has many cities, and each has a certain sense of style that is reflected in hotels ranging from traditional Chinese to Japanese to Western.

Photo Essay: Faces of China Special

I've been teaching English in China for nine months now, and I've traveled from the south to the north, taking photos of interesting Chinese people along the way.

Suspicions raised about co-pilot of missing plane

Perth - The co-pilot of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have tried to make a cellphone call from the cockpit just before the aircraft disappeared.

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.

Photo Essay: China's Ming Tombs Special

Beijing - Thirteen Ming Dynasty Emperors, Empresses, and one royal eunuch were buried in a picturesque valley near Beijing. It's worth the trip to tour this mysterious, historical site.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Prince Gong Mansion Special

Beijing - Prince Gong Mansion is a complex of homes, temples, gardens, and ponds in Beijing that illustrate court life in China's 18th Century.

Photo Essay: Climbing the Great Wall of China Special

Beijing - Justin Bieber had his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China, but this Digital Journalist climbed it herself only to find a Chinese grandmother already there, cane in hand.

Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370: Live Report

Kuala Lumpur - 05:15 GMT - Sympathy - My colleague Julia Zappei in Kuala Lumpur says the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has tweeted " My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of flight #MH370.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Forbidden City Special

Beijing - For almost 500 years, the Forbidden City was the home of China's emperors and their households. A massive complex of grand halls, temples, courtyards, and gardens, this setting for China's impressive past will challenge the best walkers.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Tiananmen Square Special

Beijing - One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen has been the site of political turmoil and draws millions of tourists to see its war memorials, Mao's tomb, museums, government offices, and military parades.

China's artificial 'nuclear winter' wrecking havoc on agriculture

Beijing - In Beijing, the air is so thick with toxic smog that officials are warning citizens to wear masks when outdoors, or stay inside. With air-quality levels rising far above what is considered safe, one scientist compared the foul air to a "nuclear winter."

Photo Essay: Beijing's Yuan Ming Yuan Gardens Special

Beijing - Built in the 18th Century and five times the size of the Forbidden City, Yuan Ming Yuan Gardens in Beijing was an amazing collection of parks, lakes, temples, museums, and western-style mansions surrounded by dancing fountains.

Photo Essay: Beijing's Summer Palace Special

Beijing - After touring the famous sights of Beijing, I found China's Summer Palace the most beautiful and healthy place, nestled by a lake, river, hills, and forest. Explore its royal halls, gardens, and temple with me.

Photo Essay: Tour of Beijing Special

Beijing - After five months of teaching English in northeast China, I toured Beijing with a group of Chinese tourists and experienced the famous city's historic and modern wonders first-hand.
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Approaching the Great Wall of China
Approaching the Great Wall of China
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
Deep inside the 13th Ming Emperor s tomb
Deep inside the 13th Ming Emperor's tomb
Only an Empress could wear a headdress like this  that reflects a magical phoenix design
Only an Empress could wear a headdress like this, that reflects a magical phoenix design
Dancing girls and acrobats in the circus at Olympic Park
Dancing girls and acrobats in the circus at Olympic Park
Inside a cheap hotel near Beijing airport
Inside a cheap hotel near Beijing airport
Flooded street in Beijing  China  July 21  2012
Flooded street in Beijing, China, July 21, 2012
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Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace  Beijing.
Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace, Beijing.
Bronze lion in front of the Eastern Gate to the Palace.
Bronze lion in front of the Eastern Gate to the Palace.
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A mother poses with her child in Beijing s Forbidden City
A mother poses with her child in Beijing's Forbidden City
More roof details in the Forbidden City
More roof details in the Forbidden City
An overview of the hills  lake  and far-off temple where we had to walk
An overview of the hills, lake, and far-off temple where we had to walk
The Summer Palace with its lake  walkways  and temple of a thousand steps
The Summer Palace with its lake, walkways, and temple of a thousand steps
China s bullet trains traveling 300 kilometers  (186 miles)  an hour  began regular service between ...
China's bullet trains traveling 300 kilometers, (186 miles), an hour, began regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou
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Skillful motorcycle riders zoomed together inside a giant metal ball
Skillful motorcycle riders zoomed together inside a giant metal ball
Walking up the steep hill to the entrance of the Great Wall
Walking up the steep hill to the entrance of the Great Wall
Two of the three sections of the richly decorated “Archway of Gorgeous Clouds and Jade Eaves”. I...
Two of the three sections of the richly decorated “Archway of Gorgeous Clouds and Jade Eaves”. It is located by the lake and it was used as a gateway to the gardens and to the Tower of Buddhist Fragrance.
Beijing set to invest heavily in South American infrastructure and other projects
Beijing set to invest heavily in South American infrastructure and other projects
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Olympic Park is big and takes time to walk around
Olympic Park is big and takes time to walk around