Xinjiang chief signals new curbs on births, beards and veils

Southern Xinjiang will “implement family planning policy equally on all ethnic groups, to lower and stabilize an appropriate birth rate,” Zhang Chunxian wrote in the August edition of Qiushi, an

Troops, volunteers dig through quake debris 

About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes yesterday after an earthquake in southwest China that killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used

US looks to calm South China Sea tensions 

The United States will be looking to calm tensions stoked by recent Chinese oil drilling in disputed waters of the South China Sea at an upcoming meeting of the region’s foreign ministers,

Rising lakes formed by quake threaten flooding 

Rescuers raced yesterday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed 410 people and has left thousands homeless. Rescue teams

Gov’t to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020 

China’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s Municipal Environmental

Authorities investigate 2 Canadians for secret stealing 

Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China’s military and national defense research, state media said. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a one-paragraph report

Yunnan quake claims 398 victims

Rescuers dug through shattered homes yesterday looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province as the death toll rose to at least 398 people, with more than 1,800

Death toll rises to 75 in factory blast 

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long

Gov’t controls narrative of violence in tense west 

When a remote county in China’s far west exploded last week in what appeared to be the country’s worst ethnic violence since 2009, it took the government six days to put out

Car parts plant blast kills 69, hurts 187

A suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others, state media reported yesterday, again

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

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