Xi to make 1st state visit to US in September 

China’s leader Xi Jinping will make his first state visit as president to the United States in September, Chinese official media reported yesterday, underlining positive momentum in the often-troubled relationship between

Hong Kong | Unable to Occupy, demonstrators go shopping to protest

In a novel twist to influencing politics through commerce, Hong Kong protesters are going shopping to spread their pro-democracy message. Carrying the bright yellow umbrellas symbolic of the movement, they

Foreign companies feel Beijing targets them in investigations

Nearly half of foreign companies in China feel singled out in a wave of anti-monopoly and other investigations, and a growing number are deciding not to expand their investments, the American Chamber

Taiwan | Authorities indict 119 over anti-mainland protests

Prosecutors in Taiwan’s capital have indicted 119 people over the occupation of the legislature and cabinet offices in a protest against a proposed agreement to loosen trade restrictions with rival China. Those

Taiwan to appoint new China Affairs head, United Daily reports

Taiwan’s top mainland China affairs official, who participated in the first meeting between the Beijing and Taipei governments, will be replaced by a defense department official, according to a newspaper

Swiss leaks show deposit by ex-premier’s daughter

Li Xiaolin, daughter of a former Chinese premier known for his support of the bloody military crackdown on the 1989 democracy movement, held as much as USD2.48 million in a

What animal to worship this New Year?

Chinese folklorists say the animal symbol can be either a sheep or a goat but more likely goat, given the latter’s popularity as a farm animal among Han Chinese. The Chinese

Beijing finds sizable natural gas field in South China Sea 

China said it recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing’s determination to extract resources from waters

Hong Kong | Employer found guilty in Indonesian maid torture case

A Hong Kong woman who was accused of torturing her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked outrage for the scale of its brutality was convicted of a slew of

New year dilemma for mainland’s ‘home-fear tribe’

A week away from the Chinese lunar new year, Xu Jun frets over the idea of homecoming. Xu, a 32-year-old white-collar working in Beijing, said while he misses his loved ones

Xi plans to make 1st state visit to US

The official China Daily newspaper quoted China’s ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai as saying Chinese and U.S. officials are discussing the visit. Cui told Chinese reporters Sunday that no

Mafia boss tied to disgraced security czar executed for leading crime gang

  A former mining tycoon who led a mafia-style crime gang that ran casinos and killed rivals has been executed along with four of the gang’s members, a court in central

‘Crouching Tiger’ actress Zhang Ziyi accepts drone proposal 

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi who gained international fame for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has accepted a marriage proposal delivered by drone. Zhang, who turned 36 yesterday, was celebrating

Authorities convict man of 1996 crime for which teen was executed

The parents of a man executed for murder and rape and then posthumously exonerated 18 years later watched yesterday as a court in northern China convicted and sentenced another man

Record trade surplus highlights weak domestic demand

China registered a record trade surplus last month as imports plunged on falling commodity prices and weak domestic demand. Imports fell by the most in more than five years, declining 19.9

Taiwan | TransAsia gives money to victims’ families for funeral costs

  TransAsia Airways representatives met yesterday with relatives of the victims of last week’s plane crash in Taiwan to discuss compensation after it began distributing money to families of the deceased

Authorities seize toilet paper bearing image of Hong Kong leader 

Authorities in southern China have seized about 8,000 rolls of toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of tissues containing unflattering images of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive, according to an official of

China emerges as Latin America’s lender of last resort

  As soon as she landed in Beijing this week, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner began lauding new deals with what she called the world's "No. 1 economy," ranging from

TAIWAN | Mayday call issued before plane crashed into Taipei river

Moments before the TransAsia Airways propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, one of its pilots said, “Mayday, mayday, engine flameout,” according to a Taiwanese aviation official. “Engine flameout” refers

Beijing tightens rules on Internet use, online comments 

  China announced yesterday that users of blogs and chat rooms will be required to register their names with operators and promise in writing to avoid challenging the communist political system, further

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