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Xi move on faction suggests China elite struggle: experts

Bejing - Allies of Chinese President Xi Jinping are moving against a Communist organisation that is the power base of Premier Li Keqiang, in what analysts say may be a sign of faction-fighting at the top of the ruling party.

Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei bricks row

Copenhagen - Lego billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has admitted that the Danish toymaker's refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a "mistake".

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

Halal: is it meat you're looking for? says China businessman

Qingtongxia - The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East.

Exiled Tibetans reelect Lobsang Sangay as leader

Dharamsala - Exiled Tibetans have reelected Lobsang Sangay as their leader, the election commission said Wednesday, five years after the Dalai Lama ceded political power in a bid to foster democracy and secure his succession.

World Snooker: Ding Junhui through to the semi-finals Special

Sheffield - Ding Junhui has become the first player to reach the semi-finals of the world snooker championship, by thrashing former champion Mark Williams 13 frames to 3.

Satellite data latest tool in Indonesia's fight against illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesia will use data from miniature satellites around the globe to pinpoint the location of illegal fishing vessels trawling its vast waters, under an agreement announced Wednesday with a Silicon Valley tech firm.

Chinese rights activist Harry Wu dies at 79

Washington - Longtime Chinese human rights champion and former political prisoner Harry Wu, who advocated on behalf of those in brutal forced labor camps, has died aged 79, according to his research foundation.

China to build on disputed Scarborough Shoal this year: report

Bejing - Beijing will start construction on a South China Sea islet within the Philippines' claimed exclusive economic zone this year, as it seeks to project its power in the disputed waters, Hong Kong media reported Monday.

Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said Sunday.

China's President Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion

Bejing - Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches.

China has declared it plans to ship cargo via Northwest Passage

Beijing - Chinese maritime authorities have published a guide giving detailed route guidance for cargo ships that takes them through the Northwest Passage, a route claimed by Canada. China claims an Atlantic to Pacific route will save companies time and money.

Japanese lawmakers, Cabinet minister visit Tokyo war shrine

Toukyo - Dozens of Japanese lawmakers including a Cabinet minister visited a Tokyo war shrine on Friday in a ritual angering China and South Korea, where memories of Japan's military and colonial record remain raw.

Explosions at chemical storage company in eastern China

Shanghai - A facility storing chemicals and fuel caught fire and was rocked by explosions in the Chinese city of Jingjiang on Friday, the government and reports said, but no casualties were reported.

A Chinese eye delivers new perspectives on Europe's migrant crisis

Florence - Liu Xiaodong, the acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist, has put Europe's migrant crisis at the centre of an exhibition of new work which goes on show from Friday in Florence.

N. Korea offers to send 'abducted' defectors' parents to South

Seoul - North Korea said Thursday it wanted to set up a meeting -- in Seoul if necessary -- between a dozen recent defectors and their parents to prove Pyongyang's claim that the former were abducted by South Korea.

Chinese state media name Xi 'commander in chief' of battle centre

Bejing - Chinese state media unveiled a new title for President Xi Jinping calling him "commander in chief" of the country's new joint forces battle command centre, as he seeks to consolidate power over the military.

New fears for press freedoms as Hong Kong editor sacked

Hong Kong - The sacking of a respected Hong Kong newspaper editor triggered a furious backlash from journalists and pro-democracy campaigners Wednesday, in what was seen as the latest blow to press freedoms in the city.

New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

Taiwan protests after officials 'barred by China' at OECD meet

Taipei - Taiwan said Tuesday it would protest to Beijing and Belgium after its delegation was barred at a global industry conference in Brussels due to complaints from China.

Chinese construction workers duke it out with bulldozers

Ever dream of suiting up in some mecha-robot armor and battling giant aliens akin to Pacific Rim? Or how about a tank duel? In China, rival construction firms tried to act out their anger (and fantasies?) battling it out in bulldozers.

China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Bejing - Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft.

China lands first military plane on disputed reef

Bejing - Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.

Spanish police free 29 Chinese women forced into prostitution

Madrid - Police said Sunday they had rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

China parades detained Taiwanese on state TV

Bejing - China's state media on Friday showed Taiwanese deported from Kenya to mainland China "confessing" to fraud while under police detention, the latest development in a case that has enraged Taipei.

Pentagon chief visits warship in South China Sea

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited a warship close to flashpoint waters of the South China Sea on Friday, as Beijing reacted defiantly to an American military build-up in the area.Carter's trip to the USS John C.

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols

Manila - The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of "militarising" a region which is locked in territorial disputes.

Beijing summons G7 envoys over South China Sea statement

Bejing - Beijing has summoned top diplomatic representatives from the Group of Seven nations to express anger at their statement on the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.
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