South China Sea | Xi welcomes top Vietnamese delegation to mend ties

China has welcomed a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation of Communist Party officials and Cabinet ministers on a visit to mend ties following strains over rival territorial claims in the South China

Beijing to keep track of its tourists’ unruly behavior abroad

China says it will try to convince its citizens to behave themselves while traveling abroad by requiring authorities back home to keep records of people doing anything illegal or inappropriate

Xinhua | Focus Booming city clusters, new growth engines

Newly approved measures to create more city clusters could be new engine for China’s economic growth and urbanization. The State Council, China’s cabinet, unveiled a plan to develop city clusters along

Strikes proliferate as working class awakens

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests

Taxi drivers protest in Beijing shopping district

More than 30 taxi drivers staged a rare demonstration in Beijing's famed Wangfujing shopping district over the weekend to protest working conditions, police in the Chinese capital said. The drivers were

The Times report | Clamp down on online gambling, state lottery corruption next

China has launched an unusually severe assault on the country's illegal online gambling industry — a prelude, sources say, to a more sustained attack on high-level corruption within the state

Zhou Yongkang | Ex-security chief indicted on corruption charges

China's former security boss Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged with corruption and leaking of state secrets, setting the stage for him to become the highest-level politician to stand trial

US geologist freed after serving 8 years Chinese prison

A Chinese-born American geologist was released from prison in China after serving more than eight years on charges of procuring state secrets, a human rights group said over the weekend. Xue

Beijing says Myanmar apologizes for deadly border bombing

  China's Foreign Ministry says Myanmar has apologized for a cross-border bombing last month in which four Chinese farmers were killed, an incident that injected rare tensions into generally good relations

Taiwan | Farmers expanding into indoor LED-lit, pesticide-free fields

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights. Chang works

Hong Kong | British banker’s murder case adjourned to May

A British banker accused of the murders of two Indonesian women appeared briefly yesterday in a Hong Kong court, where pretrial proceedings were adjourned for five more weeks as prosecutors requested

Hong Kong Exchange pledges to defend investors in mainland

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. said it will help international investors defend their ownership rights should problems arise amid concerns about Chinese legal protections for shareholders. The bourse amended its

Economy | Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus

China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data yesterday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. Two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing was weak

Minnesota professor accused of smuggling ivory to China

A China-born university philosophy professor was arrested yesterday (Macau Time) on charges of conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory out of the United States and into China. Yiwei Zheng,

USA | Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

With a hearing scheduled to decide how much money thousands of people are owed for Chinese drywall damage to their homes, the manufacturer has made payments required to participate, including

Anti-censorship group: Gov’t behind cyberattacks on US sites

Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based web resource that hosts

China evacuates 571 from Yemen, suspends anti-piracy patrols

China said yesterday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement

Taiwan to join Beijing-led regional bank, Japan says not now

Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said yesterday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in

US admiral says China ‘creating a great wall of sand’ in sea

China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet

Zhou says PBOC has room to act on growth slowdown

China’s central bank chief said that the nation’s growth rate has tumbled “a bit” too much and that policy makers have scope to respond, underscoring forecasts for further monetary easing

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