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Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.

Op-Ed: Agriculture has become China's biggest polluter

China's vice-minister of Agriculture Zhang Taolin said on Friday that agriculture has overtaken industry as the biggest non-point polluter in the country. Zhang said soil and water pollution hazards have increased the need for the safety of food crops.

Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Murakami

Toukyo - Japan must repeatedly say sorry to China, Korea and the other countries it invaded in the 20th century until its former victims have heard the apology enough, novelist Haruki Murakami has said.

China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

Bejing - China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours.

Tibetan man self-immolates in China: Report

Bejing - A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in China, a rights group and media said, the second such protest reported against Beijing's policies in the region in two weeks.

China jails outspoken journalist Gao Yu for 7 years

Bejing - A Chinese court on Friday convicted a 71-year-old journalist of leaking state secrets and jailed her for seven years, it said, with rights groups condemning the "arbitrary" verdict as a "blow to free expression".

China now downloads more iOS apps than the U.S., says new report

A new report has found that Chinese iPhone users have downloaded more apps than those in the U.S. during the first quarter of this year. Apple has become one of China's most-popular brands and iPhones are cherished products in the market.

MH370 search zone to double if nothing found

Kuala Lumpur - The search area for flight MH370 will double in size to encompass a vast Indian Ocean corridor if wreckage remains elusive, Malaysia, Australia and China said Thursday, asserting their commitment to finding the plane.

China's first lady 'enchants' world media: Beijing study

Bejing - A Chinese academic study hailed the role of the country's first lady in public diplomacy, reports said Thursday, the latest sign of Beijing's hunger for soft power on the global stage.

China rules out more Tibetan autonomy

Bejing - Beijing threw cold water Wednesday on the possibility of re-launching talks with the Dalai Lama, saying greater autonomy for Tibet was "not up for discussion" and accusing the spiritual leader of backing "ethnic cleansing".

World should fear China's actions in South China Sea: Philippine leader

Manila - China's efforts to stake its claim to most of the South China Sea should spark fear around the world, with military conflict possible, Philippine President Benigno Aquino told AFP on Tuesday.

Campaigners welcome China release for five feminist activists

Bejing - Campaigners on Tuesday welcomed China's release of five feminist activists held for more than a month, saying the surprise move after an international outcry showed Beijing does sometimes respond to outside pressure.

Beijing limits visits by mainland Chinese to Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Beijing has scrapped unlimited entry to Hong Kong for mainland Chinese visitors whose voracious shopping for everything from baby milk powder to iPhones has emptied stores and stoked bitter resentment in the protest-hit city.

Lamborghini, Ferrari in 'Fast and Furious' Beijing crash

Bejing - A Lamborghini and Ferrari crashed in a high-speed road race in Beijing as the seventh stunt-filled "Fast and the Furious" movie opened in China, the latest luxury car accident to provoke controversy.

China considers building railway under Mount Everest

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is considering extending a rail line from the Tibetan capitol of Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal, and tunneling under Mount Everest to do so, AFP reports.

China blasts Obama over military 'muscle' in South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Friday at US President Barack Obama's criticism of Chinese construction in the disputed South China Sea, arguing that it is Washington that has greater military "muscle".

China defends land reclamation on disputed islands

Bejing - Beijing reaffirmed its right to build on disputed islands in the South China Sea on Thursday after satellite imagery emerged of construction operations turning tropical reefs into concrete artificial islands.

30,000 evacuated in China chemical plant fire

Zhangzhou - Almost 30,000 people living near a Chinese chemical plant where a huge fire blazed for a total of nearly 50 hours were evacuated before the flames were finally extinguished on Thursday, media saidThe fire at the factory producing paraxylene -- a chemic...

China TV host suspended over insulting Mao

Bejing - One of China's most famous television hosts has had his shows taken off air after allegedly insulting Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong, according to reports.

French senator found dead before 'Chinese wedding' trial

Tours - A French senator and former mayor of Tours, due to stand trial in a corruption case over fake Chinese wedding trips in the picturesque Loire valley city, killed himself Tuesday before the trial opened, authorities said.

U.S. geologist thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

Washington - A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, in a statement quoting US civil rights champion Martin Luther King and Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.

800 firefighters battle blaze at China chemical plant

Zhangzhou - More than 800 firefighters battled for almost 24 hours to put out a huge fire at a controversial chemical plant in the Chinese city of Zhangzhou, state media said Tuesday, the second accident at the site in two years.

The armchair traveler — The hanging coffins of the Igorot people

Sagada - A 12 to 15 hour bus ride north of Manila will take a visitor to Sagada, a city of about 11,300 people in the Philippines. Besides its many natural wonders, visitors can enjoy a tour to the famous hanging coffins of the Igorot.

Helicopter death of Chinese billionaire ruled pilot error

Bordeaux - French justice officials have concluded that pilot error caused a helicopter crash near Bordeaux in December that killed a Chinese billionaire and his son as they flew over his newly-purchased wine estate.

Taxi drivers hospitalised after Beijing pesticide protest: police

Bejing - More than 30 taxi drivers were hospitalised after apparently drinking pesticide during a protest in central Beijing over a dispute with authorities, police said Saturday.

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported: Rights group

Bejing - A US geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said.Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No.

Op-Ed: 46 nations agree to join Chinese-led Asian Development Bank

Beijing - This week was the deadline for joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The Chinese-led project attracted many countries outside Asia and some countries wanted to join to the surprise of the Chinese.

China former security chief charged with bribery, abuse of power

Bejing - China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged on Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial.

Chinese woman accused of killing Australian child with garden shears

Melbourne - A spurned Chinese woman sobbed hysterically in court on Thursday after being accused of killing a four-year-old boy in Australia with garden shears before laying in wait for his grandmother and stabbing her to death.

Op-Ed: China’s artificial islands in South China Sea – Major own goal?

Sydney - China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. Nations in the region are furious, and international business is worried that these new islands dominate major shipping lanes.
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