Gov’t targets family, friends to coerce activists

Xiao Yong used to hold up placards at protests, demanding that China’s leaders declare their assets in a call for political transparency and accountability. But he stopped after men began following his

Police probe news site editors for alleged extortion

Police in Shanghai detained the chief editor and several employees of an influential Chinese financial news site on allegations they extorted money from companies by threatening to publish negative news

Gov’t to limit streaming-website foreign TV content

The regulations, set to be announced as soon as today, will cap the number of foreign shows at 30 percent of content offered by the sites, according to the person,

One of three fleeing inmates captured

Police have captured one of the three inmates who escaped a detention center after killing a guard early Tuesday in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Li Haiwei was netted near Yushan

Top leaders remember victory over Japan

It was China’s first such celebration of a newly formalized historical commemoration day to mark Japan’s surrender to U.S. forces in the Pacific — 69 years after the event. From now on,

HONG KONG | Last HK governor says Britain has ‘moral obligation’ to speak out on reforms

The risk of Hong Kong’s financial district being paralyzed by a mass sit-in is diminishing after a pro-democracy leader said the strategy of threatening civil disobedience had failed to persuade

HONG KONG | Xi’s hard line shows no tolerance of challenges

President Xi Jinping’s uncompromising stance on limiting democratic reforms in Hong Kong marks a public show of strength that signals to the world - and China’s own citizens - that

HONG KONG | Support for Occupy Central waning, Benny Tai says

A leader of the pro-democracy group that threatened to occupy Hong Kong’s financial district said its strategy to win concessions from China on election reform had failed and that support

Mainland manufacturing growth slows in August

The government’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (MXAP) was at 51.1 for August, missing the median 51.2 estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The final reading of a separate manufacturing gauge from HSBC

3 children killed in knife attack at primary school 

A 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at an elementary school in central China yesterday, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death,

HONG KONG | Beijing anti-dissent playbook may fail

China’s Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong’s leader, but are likely to

Gov’t widens anti-graft drive in Shanxi

Ren Runhou, a vice governor and former head of Shanxi Luan Mining Group Co., and Bai Yun, a member of the provincial Communist Party standing committee, are being investigated for

Hong Kong | Protesters vow showdown over Beijing ‘puppet’ poll plan

Protest leaders in Hong Kong have vowed an era of civil disobedience that may bring chaos to the city as they accused China of betraying its promise to deliver greater

HONG KONG | Occupy Central activists to protest Beijing poll plan

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan to rally on Sunday against China’s proposal for electing the city’s next leader that campaigners expect will fall short of their demands for a genuine

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss’s home 

Wielding search warrants, officers from the Independent Commission Against Corruption paid a morning visit to the homes of Jimmy Lai and Lai’s top aide Mark Simon, Simon said. The timing raised

Beijing, Vietnam say they’ll negotiate sea disputes 

China and Vietnam said yesterday they’re committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi. The statement followed talks

Bus-truck collision death toll rises to 15

The casualty figure rose overnight after two bus passengers died from their injuries, according to a statement from the Guazhou county government in Gansu province. It said another of the

Fonterra to invest in mainland infant formula company 

Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, said it plans to take a stake of up to 20 percent in Beingmate, an infant food company based in Hangzhou. Fonterra said the two

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