96 dead last week in Xinjiang

Chinese state media released a detailed casualty count yesterday for last week’s violence in the western province of Xinjiang, with 37 people and 59 attackers killed in the deadliest unrest

Strong quake kills at least 175 in Yunnan

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes yesterday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400. About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county

TAIWAN |Explosions probe focuses on petrochem firm

Authorities in Taiwan’s second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as

Mainland journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay awards 

A Chinese investigative journalist whose work has led to the ouster of corrupt officials and a Chinese environmental lawyer are among this year’s six recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards,

Man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit 

A gay Chinese man said yesterday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu

Ministry lets 1st foreigners into army news briefing 

Yesterday, they were finally permitted to attend the Defense Ministry’s monthly news briefing, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still

Mainland fast food ambitions hurt by safety scares 

Already China’s biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC’s quality control is

Uighur scholar Tohti indicted for separatism

An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges yesterday amid a renewed flare-up of bloody anti-government violence in the country’s far west. The prosecutor’s office in the Xinjiang regional

Gov’t eases hukou system in latest urbanization push

Under the changes to the household registration system, or “hukou,” China’s 1.4 billion people will be classified simply as residents, the State Council said in a statement yesterday. The shift reflects

How high-level officials are taken down 

The investigation into China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It’s hard to predict

US says Chinese military exercises a ‘natural evolution’

An uptick in Chinese maritime exercises in the Pacific is a “natural evolution” and the drills will grow in complexity as the navy boosts its capacity, commander of the U.S.

Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief yesterday demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s

Dozens killed in Xinjiang attack

A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed

Beijing investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

China’s anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said yesterday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft

Politics is the art of compromise

The Legislative Yuan began a two-week extra session on Monday to review the qualifications of 29 candidates nominated to the Control Yuan and two high-profile bills – one to

Chinese portal Sohu reports USD45 million loss

The loss for the three months ended June 30 compared with a $69 million loss in the previous quarter and an operating profit of $64 million in the same period

RELIGION | Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member

MEAT SUPPLIER | Chinese unit fell short of standards

A U.S. meat supplier said yesterday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards. The president of OSI Group, David G. McDonald,

HONG KONG | Pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semiautonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial

Feature In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water’s

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