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China's debt downgraded by second ratings agency

Bejing - Standard & Poor's slashed China's credit rating on Thursday over warnings that its ballooning debt had raised "economic and financial risks", marking the country's second downgrade this year.

Patten on egg tarts and the future of Hong Kong

Hong Kong - In a suite at the harbourside Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong, Chris Patten is whipping through rounds of interviews before an important visit from his tailor.

China lifts 10-year travel ban on feminist activist

Bejing - China has lifted a 10-year travel ban on a feminist activist who was jailed for more than a month in 2015 after organising a campaign against sexual harassment.

An ancient Chinese fishing community washes ashore

Datang - Along southern China's snaking rivers, an ancient fishing community that once lived and worked exclusively on the water has been finding its way to land.

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Wednesday at US President Donald Trump's veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

New York - The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday.

The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Bejing - Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.

Shanghai temple moves 2,000-tonne hall on rails

Shanghai - The main hall and statues of a century-old Buddhist temple in central Shanghai have been moved 30 metres (100 feet) on rails to ease crowding at the popular site.

Fun's over: China's shared sex dolls snuffed out

Bejing - China's rentable sex dolls have been yanked off the market and the firm responsible for them has apologised, just days after the "shared girlfriends" began strutting their silicon stuff.

Chinese man investigated for cutting 'noisy' dogs' vocal cords

Bejing - A Chinese man is being investigated for running a "veterinary" clinic on the street that cut the vocal cords of "noisy" dogs for a fee, local authorities announced Monday.

GM to recall 2.5 mn vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Bejing - General Motors will recall more than 2.5 million vehicles in China over concerns about airbags made by troubled Japanese giant Takata, Chinese authorities said, dealing a blow to the US automaker in the world's largest car market.

US signals softer stance on Paris climate pact: EU official

Montr - A US envoy has signaled that President Donald Trump may be ready to soften his stance on the Paris climate pact, a European official said at a summit in Canada on Saturday.

US says it will withdraw from Paris accord without more favorable terms

Montr - The White House pushed back Saturday at a European suggestion it was softening its stance on the Paris climate accord, insisting Washington will withdraw from the agreement unless it can re-enter on more favorable terms.

New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed Hong Kong democracy activists

Hong Kong - The jailing of Hong Kong's best-known democracy activists has pushed a new wave of young leaders to take the helm as they seek to keep the movement's message alive.

Chinese FM talks up trade on Central America visit

San Jos - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kept his focus on building trade and investment ties with Central America during a visit that started Friday in Costa Rica.

Will China turn off North Korea's oil?

Bejing - China feeds North Korea's energy needs through the "Sino-DPRK Friendship Oil Pipeline", but Washington wants Beijing to turn off the tap to pressure its neighbour into abandoning its nuclear programme.

China 'opposes' North Korea missile launch, rejects blame

Bejing - China condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, but said it was "irresponsible" to blame Beijing for regional tensions after Washington urged it to rein in its ally.

China cracks down on pyramid scams after deaths

Bejing - China's latest crackdown on pyramid schemes was prompted by three shocking deaths: one young man who was beaten, another who was found dead in a pond, a third left to die on a road.

Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia.

Bye bye Basi: World's oldest captive panda dies

Shanghai - The world's oldest captive giant panda has died at the ripe old age of 37 -- more than 100 in human years -- her handlers in China said on Thursday as they gave "Basi" an emotional send-off.

New Zealand MP denies spying for China

Wellington - A New Zealand lawmaker received military and intelligence training in China, it emerged Wednesday, but he denied allegations of being a Beijing spy, saying he was the victim of a racist smear campaign.

Anti-racism protesters greet ex-Trump aide Bannon in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Activists gathered in central Hong Kong Tuesday to protest the visit of US President Donald Trump's former top strategist Steve Bannon, chanting "Nazis are not welcome here!" as they donned cartoon Trump masks.

China jails 26 over $7.6 bn Ponzi scheme

Bejing - Two senior executives of a collapsed peer-to-peer lender were sentenced to life in prison and 24 others punished over what has been called China's biggest-ever Ponzi scheme, state media reported Tuesday.

China's FM to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

Panama - Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials -- three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

Bitcoin plummets on news China may ban cryptocurrency exchanges

The value of Bitcoin has plummeted on reports China is preparing a ban on cryptocurrency exchanges. If the decision is confirmed, it will be the second hostile move against the $150bn cryptocurrency market in under a week. China's already banned ICOs.

Facebook staffs up in China despite being blocked

Facebook has hired a Chinese government-relations point man and is seeking other staff in signs that it harbours ambitions for a China presence despite its main social media platform being blocked.

China mulls petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles

Bejing - China, the world's biggest auto market, is considering a ban on fossil fuel cars in a major boost to the production of electric vehicles as it seeks to ease pollution.

Pregnant woman's suicide roils China

Bejing - Ma Rongrong's labour pains were unbearable. For hours she had begged for a C-section to ease her agony. After multiple requests were refused, she jumped five floors from a hospital window in northern China to her death.

China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

Bejing - China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to "block extremism" and tackle what it sees as internal threats.

China's Xi asks Macron for French help easing N. Korea tensions

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping called on France to help ease the situation in North Korea during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, state media said Friday, days after Pyongyang's largest ever nuclear test.
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