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Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop

Bejing - Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years.

China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push

Bejing - The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, launched an English-language mobile application on Sunday in what it called a "strategic step" to strengthen Beijing's influence internationally.

Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave

Beijing - Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to tighten his grip on power at a Communist Party conclave this week, cementing his stature as the country's most dominant ruler in decades.

Op-Ed: Chinese leaked plans to invade Taiwan in mid 2020s in new book

Sydney - According to a new book called "The Chinese Invasion Threat" by Ian Easton, research fellow of the 2049 Institute, China has drawn up plans to invade Taiwan some time in the mid-2020s. These plans are deemed credible in Washington.

Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure

Taipei - Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen will visit three Pacific nations in the next month, the foreign ministry said Friday, as fears grow of China influencing its dwindling list of allies.

China urges US to 'preserve' Iran nuclear deal

Bejing - China on Friday called on the United States to maintain its commitment to the Iranian nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump is expected to declare no longer in America's interest.

Evergrande boss is wealthiest as China's rich get richer

Shanghai - The net worth of China's ultra-rich surged this year with Evergrande real estate mogul Xu Jiayin's $43 billion fortune catapulting him to the top, a survey released Thursday said.

China raps Britain after activist barred from Hong Kong

Bejing - China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Britain after London demanded to know why a British human rights activist was barred from entering Hong Kong, it said Thursday.

Model village shows cracks in Xi's fight to end China poverty

Lankao - When President Xi Jinping last came to central China's Lankao county, it was famous for two things: poverty and the government official who reputedly died trying to end it.

More security, less soccer, for China Communist Congress

Bejing - Nightclubs have been raided, TV dramas targeted by censors and football matches postponed -- China is tightening security and discipline to ensure a landmark Communist Party meeting passes off flawlessly.

China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

Bejing - China said Wednesday it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

British human rights activist barred from entering Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

With a gilded cage visible from Trump Tower, Ai Weiwei honors pro-migrant New York

New York - He has worked his way through refugee camps, capturing the stories of migrants across the world. Now celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has brought the fruits of his labor to New York, scattering over 300 works across the metropolis.

More security, less soccer, for China Communist Congress

Bejing - Nightclubs have been raided, TV dramas targeted by censors and football matches postponed -- China is tightening security and discipline to ensure a landmark Communist Party meeting passes off flawlessly.

IMF raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8 pct

Bejing - The International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecast for China on Tuesday but again warned of risks stemming from the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy.

From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers

Bejing - In the northern mountains bordering Russia, everyone knew the spry Chinese man as a skilled and ruthless hunter -- the kind who once killed a mother black bear as her cubs looked on.

Wal-Mart says it stopped fish imports from N.Korea-linked plant

New York - Wal-Mart said Thursday it no longer imports fish from a Chinese factory that employed North Koreans after a report said the US retailer may have inadvertently subsidized the nuclear-armed state.

Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games

Manila - The Philippines' military chief hailed the United States as his nation's "number one ally" and announced a return of regular war games, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for warmer ties.

North Korea's Kim 'very rational': CIA

Washington - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a rational politician and the US needs to understand that to deal with the nuclear-armed country, a top Central Intelligence Agency Korea expert said Wednesday.

GM and Ford announce major electric vehicle plans

With China moving to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in the near future and California planning to do the same, automakers in the United States and worldwide are scrambling to embrace electric vehicles.

$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record

Hong Kong - A 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold for US$37.7 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby's said.The small piece -- which dates from 960-1127 -- stole the previous record of $36.

Bowl sells for Chinese porcelain record $37.7 million: Sotheby’s

Hong Kong - A 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for $37.7 million on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sotheby’s said.The small piece -- which dates from 960-1127 -- broke the previous record of $36.

Australia has 'better understanding' of where MH370 might be

Sydney - Australian search chiefs said Tuesday they now have a better understanding of where flight MH370 might be, admitting it was inconceivable that a commercial plane could vanish in the modern era.

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Hong Kong - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday to mark China's national day with a pro-democracy rally, and voice growing fears that the city's liberties are under threat from Beijing.

Honda to start mass recall in China over Takata airbags

Bejing - Honda will recall more than 245,000 vehicles in China over concerns about airbags made by troubled Japanese giant Takata, Chinese authorities said Sunday, dealing another blow to Takata's largest client.

Taiwan navy personnel jailed for fatal missile misfire

Taipei - Three naval personnel have been jailed for up to two years for mistakenly launching a missile towards China that killed one person and triggered a stern response from Beijing last year.

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Hong Kong - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday to mark China's national day with a pro-democracy rally and voice growing fears that the city's liberties are under threat from Beijing.

Chinese investors bemoan Beijing's bitcoin crackdown

Bejing - Beijing's decision to shut down bitcoin trading platforms has left investors scrambling to cut their losses and threatens to deprive the crypto-currency of a crucial market."The authorities don't understand anything about bitcoin!

Thinking the unthinkable in China: Abandoning North Korea

Bejing - North Korea's nuclear antics have rattled its alliance with China to the point that Beijing is allowing the previously unthinkable to be discussed: Is it time to prepare for the renegade regime's collapse?

US probes North Korea's willingness to talk

Bejing - Washington has opened channels to North Korea to find out if the regime is ready to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday.
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