Man detained over WeChat rumors

Chinese police have detained a man suspected of spreading rumors on WeChat, following authorities’ new regulation on instant messaging services. The man managed a WeChat public account that had published unconfirmed

Rare panda triplets born in Guangzhou

China announced yesterday the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city

Authorities hunt fugitive billionaire

An international manhunt is underway for a Chinese businessman who fled the country following allegations of fraud, authorities said yesterday. Interpol has issued a red notice for Liao Rongna of the

Probes threaten to squeeze foreign profits

In the past month, Chinese antitrust authorities pressured at least seven carmakers to cut prices and raided the offices of software maker Microsoft. The companies join Qualcomm, Caterpillar, Mead Johnson

HONG KONG | Growth slows as tourists buy less jewelry

Hong Kong’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter as tourist spending on jewelry and watches plunged, underlining the city’s reliance on Chinese visitors. Expansion from a year ago was weaker

McDonald’s, Yum ordered to reveal suppliers amid Shanghai probe

Shanghai has ordered McDonald’s and other foreign restaurant chains to disclose their product sources as the city seeks to regain consumer trust after a food scare sparked safety concerns in

Beijing has over 150 economic fugitives in the US

More than 150 people suspected of economic crimes from China remain at large in the U.S., the China Daily reported yesterday, as officials pledge to step up efforts to hunt

18 surrender after Xinjiang violence

Eighteen people who took part in violence that killed almost 100 people near China's border with Pakistan last month have handed themselves in to authorities, Chinese state media said yesterday. Authorities say a

TIBET | Tour bus plummets into valley, killing 44

A tour bus on a highway in Tibet fell off a 10-meter cliff after crashing into an SUV and a pickup, killing 44 people and injuring 11 others, China's state media reported

Inflation remains below annual target

China's consumer price index rose 2.3 percent in July from a year earlier, well below the ruling Communist Party's 3.5 percent target for the year. The latest inflation rate was unchanged

Beijing rejects U.S. proposal to ease South China Sea tensions

China rebuffed a U.S. proposal for countries to refrain from “provocative” acts in the South China Sea as growing tensions over disputed territorial claims dominated a meeting of regional foreign

Police arrest four for spreading online rumors amid clampdown

Chinese police arrested four people on suspicion of spreading online rumors as authorities tightened regulations on instant-messaging services. The suspects used social-networking services to spread rumors or had forwarded rumors published

Volunteers step up in response to quake

Minutes after the deadly earthquake shook western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can

Concerns grow over rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s release 

A fiery critic of China’s authoritarian government whose imprisonment and accounts of torture triggered international criticism of Beijing appears set for release yesterday amid concerns he will continue to be denied freedom

Quake death toll jumps to 589 as rescuers find scores of bodies

The death toll in southern China’s earthquake jumped from 410 to 589 yesterday as search and rescue teams found scores more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from

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

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