Prosecutors indict former general on bribery charges

  Chinese prosecutors have indicted a former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said yesterday. Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist Party’s powerful Central Military Commission,

Hong Kong | Democracy protesters mark month as they face impasse

  Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters yesterday evening were marking a month since police used tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them, as leaders debate whether to reopen discussions with

Beijing considers ending death penalty for 9 crimes 

China executes more people every year than the rest of the world combined, according to Dui Hua, a U.S.-based rights group that focuses on legal justice. The proposal to end the death

Top diplomat visits Vietnam to repair ties

China’s top diplomat was greeted warmly as he arrived in Vietnam yesterday to repair ties ruptured by disputes over the South China Sea. Relations between the two communist neighbors plunged to the lowest point

NPC supports citizens suing gov’t over land compensation

Courts will launch administrative proceedings if the government is sued for violating agreements on land and house compensation and commercial operations franchised by the government, according to a draft amendment

Lawmakers review first ever anti-terror law

China’s lawmakers yesterday began reviewing draft legislation to create the country’s first anti-terrorism law, after a series of attacks that authorities blamed on Muslim separatists in the Xinjiang region. The draft

New Afghan president to head to Beijing

The new Afghan president travels to China this week, signaling the pivotal role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan’s future, not only in the economic reconstruction of the war-ravaged country after

World Views: Summers adds wrinkle to China’s Hong Kong crisis

Hopes that Hong Kong would one day transform China in its own image now seem foolish and futile. Beijing appears intent on making the former British colony look more like

Hong Kong | Protesters delay referendum amid differences

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, who have blocked major thoroughfares, snarled traffic and disrupted businesses in the city for more than a month, have delayed a planned referendum because of differences

Beijing, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that’s aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a

16 killed in Xinjiang coal mine collapse

A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand. Another 11

Hong Kong | Exclusive election body at heart of protests 

It’s among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide who leads Hong Kong every five years. As

Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin, Beijing students cheer 

China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who delighted an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. There was

Hong Kong | Local support for protesters grows, survey says

Public support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters has grown, particularly among younger people, a survey shows, underlining the difficulty for the government to resolve four weeks of demonstrations. A public opinion

Apple’s iCloud attacked by mainland hackers

“We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously,” the computer-maker said in a post Tuesday on its support

APEC finance ministers meeting in Beijing 

Asia Pacific finance ministers were meeting yesterday in Beijing to consider coordinated responses amid concerns over a slowdown in the regional economy highlighted by lower Chinese growth figures. Opening the meeting

Red Cross official tells Beijing meeting 6 months to contain Ebola

A top Red Cross official said yesterday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six

Hong Kong | Mainland media says protesters are foreign puppets

China’s media is ratcheting up the rhetoric against Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, saying protesters risk becoming foreign puppets. In an editorial yesterday in the English-language daily Global Times, the paper linked

Kenny G’s Hong Kong visit out of tune with PRC

Smooth jazz star Kenny G stopped in at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests yesterday, but his visit was out of tune with Chinese authorities, who have warned about foreign meddling. The American

HONG KONG | Students, officials talk but don’t agree

Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little yesterday as the city’s Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped

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