Gov’t defends ‘Top Gun’ jet intercepting US Navy plane

China’s Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet’s risky intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft in a “barrel roll” style maneuver reminiscent of the film ‘Top Gun’

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival 

Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping

ENERGY | Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

By Jack Chang, Hexigten Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds

Mongolia hosts Xi, seeks port access 

  Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this

TIBET | Group says 3 more dead after police shooting

Three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities died in jail after being denied medical treatment, bringing the death toll from recent violence to five, according to overseas

Gov’t tries 5 accused cult members for murder 

The five members of the “All-powerful Spirit” group, including a man and his two daughters, were accused of hitting the woman with chairs and a metal pole after she refused

Mainland, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington’s criticisms of their own governments,

Global cruise lines set sail for China

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its

Jackie Chan’s son detained in Beijing drug bust

The actor son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns

Pope wants dialogue, freedom for church 

Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely. The pope told reporters the church

Blast in Anhui coal mine traps 27 miners 

Twelve other miners were lifted out of the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after the blast, one of whom suffered burns, the official Xinhua News Agency

Xi says gov’t will champion new media groups

China will create several media groups that are strong, influential and credible while promoting the integration of new and traditional media, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Xi as saying.

Authorities release foreign news site contributor

A Chinese man detained more than three months ago on charges of fabricating stories that disparaged the Chinese government was released on parole yesterday, authorities said, in a sign that

TIBET | Groups say 2 dead after police shooting

Two people have died in a Tibetan region of southwestern China after they were injured by police gunfire while protesting the detention of a local leader, overseas Tibetan rights groups said. One protester

Mao’s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek part of mainstream

Photos of Mao’s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Online, the deposed Chinese leader’s image is

Authorities scrap asset-disclosure trial programs, Beijing News says

Chinese authorities abandoned almost half of 30 trial programs aimed at requiring local officials to disclose their assets in the last five years, the Beijing News newspaper said yesterday. The paper

More victims found in forced blood donations

As investigations continue, the number of victims found who were forced to donate blood by a gang in northwest China’s Gansu province has increased to 10. A group of seven individuals

Pope makes biggest gesture yet to Beijing, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China yesterday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn’t coming in as a “conqueror” but