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Japan sanctions Chinese firms as part of pressure on NKorea

Toukyo - Japan on Friday slapped sanctions on two Chinese firms, including a bank accused of laundering North Korean cash, amid concerns Pyongyang is prepping for another missile test, the government said.

US gives surveillance planes to Philippines

Manila - The United States donated surveillance aircraft and began delivering weapons to the Philippines on Thursday to help its Asian ally fight Islamist militants.

China is 'landlord' to Hong Kong says justice chief

Hong Kong - Controversy over a new cross-border rail link which will see mainland laws enforced in a Hong Kong train station escalated Thursday after the justice chief likened China to the city's "landlord".

China and India locked in high-stakes, high-altitude border row

Bejing - A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers.

China to change state-owned firms into corporations

Bejing - China said Wednesday it would move to transform all state-owned companies into corporations by the end of this year, as part of efforts to reform the sclerotic industrial giants.

Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties

Panama - Panama announced Tuesday it has opened an embassy in China after cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan in June.

US sees progress in push for 'pretty serious' N. Korea sanctions

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said there was progress in talks with China on imposing what she termed as "pretty serious" new UN sanctions on North Korea in response to its first ICBM launch.

Sri Lanka finalises $1.12 bn port deal with China

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government Tuesday approved the sale to China of a majority stake in a loss-making but strategically-sited deep sea port for more than a billion dollars, the ports minister said.

China urges US to stop 'unfriendly' recon flights

Bejing - China on Tuesday called on the United States to stop "unfriendly" and "dangerous" military flights after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American surveillance plane over the East China Sea.

China urges ASEAN to reject outside interference

Manila - Beijing urged Southeast Asian nations on Tuesday to unite and "say no" to outside forces seeking to interfere in the South China Sea dispute, in an apparent swipe at the United States ahead of a regional summit.

Backlash in Hong Kong over China rail link

Hong Kong - A plan for mainland border staff to be stationed on Hong Kong soil as part of a new rail link to China sparked a backlash Tuesday as concern grows about Beijing's reach into the city.

Two Chinese warplanes buzz US recon plane: Pentagon

Washington - A US surveillance plane was forced to take evasive action after two Chinese fighters intercepted it over the East China Sea, the Pentagon said Monday.

China anti-graft watchdog probes Politburo member

Bejing - The Chinese Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into a Politburo member once seen as a contender for a top leadership post, just months before a major political congress.

China anti-graft watchdog probes Politburo member

Bejing - The Chinese Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into a Politburo member who was once seen as a contender for a top leadership post, state media reported Monday.

China defends repatriation of North Koreans

Bejing - China on Monday defended its repatriation of North Koreans who have escaped across its border after a United Nations envoy voiced concern about increasing detentions and expulsions.

China to 'step up' troop deployment in India border row

Bejing - China warned on Monday that it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at "whatever cost".

Thai cops bust $3 million phone scam gang

Bangkok - A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.

Tibetan student dies after setting himself alight in India

New Delhi - A Tibetan student who self-immolated in an act of protest against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region has died in an Indian hospital, a doctor said Sunday.

China cashing out as mobile payment soars

Bejing - Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing.

Chinese police guard late dissident's home, empty or not

Bejing - At a small park outside the Beijing home of late Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, security officers sat around a stone table surrounded by shrubbery, scrutinising everyone who neared the gate they guarded.

U.S. and China sign long-awaited rice protocol

The U.S. can now ship milled rice to China, for the first time ever, signaling a win for American farmers who have long fought to see a phytosanitary protocol finalized. The agreement will give the U.S. access to the world's biggest consumer of rice.

Bieber not welcome thanks to 'bad behaviour': Beijing authorities

Bejing - Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China because of his "bad behaviour", Beijing authorities have said, after the pop idol angered many Chinese in 2014 by visiting a controversial Japanese war shrineThe Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture revea...

US confirms N. Korea travel ban after Warmbier death

Washington - The United States confirmed Friday that it plans to ban its nationals from traveling to North Korea, in the wake of the death of an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit.

Tunnel visions: China bets big on subways as cities expand

Shanghai - Deep under Shanghai, workers on a flood-lit construction rig carefully install massive concrete wall sections for a new subway tunnel, adding metre-by-metre to the world's longest metro system.

UN rights chief pressures China on dissident widow's fate

New York - UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday he plans to meet with Chinese officials to push for assurances that the widow of late dissident Liu Xiaobo will be allowed to leave China.

Late Chinese Nobel laureate's friends hold defiant memorial

Bejing - Under the shadow of heavy police surveillance, around 20 close friends of China's late Nobel laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo have held a defiant private memorial in Beijing.

China's banned books fade from Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The annual Hong Kong book fair has always been a source of politically sensitive titles banned in China, but this year fewer were on display as the city faces growing pressure under an increasingly assertive Beijing.

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Sydney - The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia.

Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play

Bejing - A sudden leadership change in one of China's biggest cities has highlighted President Xi Jinping's ambition to consolidate his grip on power at an upcoming major political gathering, analysts say.

US locked in 'slow-going' talks with China on N.Korea sanctions

New York - Despite a push to quickly slap new UN sanctions on North Korea, the United States is bogged down in "slow-going" negotiations with China on a response to Pyongyang's first ICBM launch, diplomats said Wednesday.
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