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Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

China to project its military further and stronger

Bejing - China said on Tuesday it will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concerns in Washington.

Fire at China nursing home kills 38

Pingdingshan - A fire at a nursing home in central China left at least 38 people dead, officials said Tuesday, with bodies burned beyond recognition and wheelchairs reduced to charred frames.

'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith

Shanghai - The city known as China's centre of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings.

Chinese political enemy given funeral 50 years later

Bejing - A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist party's early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past.

Tibetan father of four sets himself alight in China: Reports

Bejing - A Tibetan father-of-four set himself on fire in protest at China's rule over the Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, adding it was unclear whether he survived.

US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

Washington - US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step".

Amnesty gives top rights award to Ai Weiwei, Joan Baez

Berlin - Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday honoured Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US folk singer Joan Baez as joint winners of its Ambassador of Conscience Award.

China jails 'Fast & Furious' Lamborghini, Ferrari drivers

Bejing - Two unemployed men who crashed a Lamborghini and Ferrari as they reportedly staged a "real-life Fast and Furious" race through Beijing were sentenced to jail Thursday for dangerous driving, the court said.

China 'severely concerned' over U.S. spying accusations

Bejing - China said Wednesday it was "severely concerned" over the arrest of one of its citizens in the U.S., one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage.

Pope urges Chinese Catholics' allegiance to Rome

- Pope Francis called Wednesday on Chinese Catholics to remain attached to the "rock" on which the Church in Rome is built, in a move expected to rile Beijing."Ask Mary to help Catholics in China...

Singapore says 14 people missing after barge capsizes

Singapore - Fourteen people -- 13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian -- were missing Wednesday after their sand-carrier barge capsized in Singapore waters, officials said, as authorities despatched naval and coast guard vessels to search for them.

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Bejing - Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico.

US charges China academics in trade theft scheme

Washington - US prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three university professors, with a years-long scheme to steal mobile phone technology trade secrets for Beijing's benefit.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Nanjing - Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.

Spring at West Lake, China Special

Hangzhou - West Lake in Hangzhou, China has been the setting of history, poetry, and romance for 2,000 years. Walk with me through garden paths, over stone bridges, islands, pagodas, and tiled courtyards to celebrate spring.

Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row

Bejing - China's foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday that Beijing was "unshakeable" in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters.

China rights lawyer charged after a year in detention

Bejing - A top Chinese human rights lawyer detained for more than a year was criminally charged Friday over comments he made online, officials said, prompting denunciations from the United States and advocacy groups.

At least 33 killed as China bus plunges over cliff: Reports

Bejing - At least 33 people died on Friday when a bus apparently plunged off a cliff in China, reports said, in the latest deadly traffic incident in the country.

India's Modi tells China to 'reconsider' approach

Bejing - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Beijing needs to "reconsider its approach" to relations between the Asian giants, as the Hindu nationalist leader departed from the usual diplomatic pleasantries.

China rights lawyer charged after a year in detention

Bejing - A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested last year was indicted on Friday, officials said amid a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, artists and activists.

Indian PM meets China's Xi on home ground

Xian - Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his ancestral home province Thursday, highlighting ancient ties as the Asian giants reportedly discussed a simmering border dispute.

Ten held in China for panda poaching

Bejing - Ten people have been detained in China over the killing of an endangered wild panda for its meat and fur, state media said on Wednesday.A panda skin was discovered in December along with 9.

MH370 search finds uncharted shipwreck

Sydney - The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has uncovered a previously uncharted shipwreck deep underwater, leading officials to say Wednesday that if the plane is in their search zone they will find it.

China's perplexing problem with passengers opening plane doors

When traveling by air, most of us know we are not to touch the emergency doors, unless of course, there is an emergency. But China has a most unusual problem airlines are now dealing with. Passengers won't leave the emergency doors alone.

Philippines to turn disputed sea outcrops into tourist draws

The Philippines plans to turn some disputed South China Sea islands into tourist sites to promote peace as China builds suspected military facilities on nearby reclaimed reefs, Filipino officials said Monday.

Op-Ed: Death of the American mom Special

Wenzhou - As I celebrated Mothers' Day in China with my Chinese university students, I reflected on the state of the American Mom and our appreciation of her.

China negotiating Horn of Africa military base: Djibouti president

Djibouti - China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, the president told AFP, raising the prospect of US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.

China pursuing huge South China Sea land reclamation: US

Washington - China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea this year, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the disputed area, US officials said Friday.

Putin meets China's Xi as leaders head to Moscow for WWII parade

Moscow - China's Xi Jinping flew into Moscow Friday as some two dozen world leaders headed to Russia for a grandiose World War II victory parade that has been snubbed by the West.
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A screengrab shows China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, separating from Chang'e-3 moon lander early Dec. 15, 2013. The six-wheeled rover separated from the lander early on Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface
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A satellite shot showing the connection between some Chinese cities and rivers.
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A Chinese mechanic makes himself a Lamborghini Reventon replica.
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STILL LOOKING: An Australian Navy helicopter leaves the HMAS Toowoomba in the southern Indian Ocean to rejoin the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
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Xian's Terracota Army. Many of the warriors and the horses are arranged as they were found, in linear formations along the pits.
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The view of downtown Beijing from my room
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Looking north along the Songhua river
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Emissions in the United States and China
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600 cats where rescued in Putuo, Shanghai, when they were being taken to be killed for fur and meat
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A more distant view of the Great Wall's northern face
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Kunming in China.
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The Great Hall of the People to the right of Tiananmen Square
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Map locating Pingdingshan in China where a blaze at a rest home has left 38 people dead and six injured
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The 9,500 sq.m giant LED screen, which is by far the world's largest stands along the Huangpu River in Shanghai during the Opening Ceremony of the World Expo 2010. [Photo: Zhenyu Li]
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Feng Chao Bar _ Leshan City_ China.
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