New law to boost cyber security

China yesterday passed sweeping new legislation reinforcing government controls over cyberspace in the wake of what it describes as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security. The vaguely worded National

Waistlines stretching fast: official data

Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said yesterday. The

Music serves as bridge for Sino-British cultural exchanges

Transition, a British rock band, this month launched their tour of 21 cities across the Chinese mainland. The three-man band, known as Qianjin Band in Chinese, have already rocked stages

Li calls for deal to keep Greece in eurozone

The prime minister of China, the European Union’s No. 2 trading partner, called Monday on Greece and its creditors to reach a last-minute deal that will allow Greece to remain

Party recruits fewer members 

Accounting for deaths and other losses, membership expanded by 1.1 million members, or 1.3 percent, in 2014 to a total of 87.79 million, the party’s Organization Department said. At the same

Ai Weiwei record leads USD28.6m sale at Phillips in London

A group of 12 large bronze animal heads by China’s dissident artist Ai Weiwei led Phillips’ 18.2 million pound (USD28.6 million) contemporary art evening auction in London. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,”

One driver explains how he’s helping rip off Uber

James Li was unhappy with his pay as a security guard in Shanghai, so he started driving on weekends for Uber Technologies Inc. He’s almost tripled his pay - in

Taiwan | Cigarettes or spark suspected in fire that burned 500

Investigators in Taiwan were focusing yesterday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned more than 500 people at a weekend water park party

Governments sign pact to create Beijing-led Asian bank 

Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure yesterday that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power. Each member

Central bank makes 4th interest rate cut as market slumps

China’s central bank announced Saturday the fourth round of interest cuts in seven months and lower deposit-reserve ratios for some banks to lend to small and rural businesses, as Beijing

Stock plunge leaves state media speechless

Rising up from the center of Beijing, not far from the Temple of Heaven, is the loudest voice in the wild east of the Chinese stock market. It’s neither a bank

Taiwan | More than 500 injured as fire hits music party 

A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a Saturday night party at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 500 people, including eight in

Shanghai police remove protesters who oppose chemical plant 

Police in China’s financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government Saturday, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical

Gov’t sentences 13 to death in public rally as Xi battles drugs

China sentenced 13 drug dealers and traffickers to death at a public rally, in the latest example of authorities using mass trials to support crime crackdowns. The prisoners were among 38

Conservationists: New policy could save elephants 

Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in

War veterans protest over missing benefits 

Disgruntled Chinese military veterans converged on Beijing this week in a protest over what they say is the government’s failure to make good on promised pensions, medical insurance and other

Sino-US talks see progress on currency, cyberspace issues

The United States claimed progress Wednesday (yesterday, Macau time) with China on currency issues and toward negotiating a code of conduct for cyberspace after two days of high-level talks that underscored sharp

Beijing says ‘Golden Triangle’ source of most dangerous drugs 

Southeast Asia’s lawless ‘Golden Triangle’ region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in China, the country’s Cabinet said in a report issued yesterday. The report said 90

About 5,000 people protest rumored Shanghai chemical plant

At least 5,000 residents of a Shanghai suburb protested yesterday over a report that a petrochemical plant may be moved to their neighborhood, although authorities dismissed the report as untrue. The

Bank of China says it will cooperate with Italians in probe

The Bank of China said it would cooperate with Italian prosecutors seeking to indict the bank and hundreds of Chinese migrants following a massive money-laundering probe reported by The Associated

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