Gov’t mulling cigarette tax increase to curb smoking 

The National Health and Family Planning Commission is joining with other government agencies to lobby for an increase in tobacco taxes, commission spokesman Yao Hongwen was quoted as saying by

TAIWAN | Pro-independence protests break out as top mainland negotiator arrives

Supporters of Taiwan’s opposition were protesting the arrival of Chinese official Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, as he arrived in Taoyuan, Taiwan, yesterday

Report: Ivory prices soar on new demand

Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches,

Leaders stress ‘new normal’ theme at key economic meeting

China’s leaders gathered for an annual meeting to map their economic plans for next year under the theme of “new normal,” a phrase adopted by President Xi Jinping to reflect

Hong Kong police: protest camp shutdown tomorrow

Police warned Hong Kong pro-democracy activists that they have until tomorrow to leave a sprawling protest camp which has blocked traffic in the Chinese financial hub for more than two months.

Uighur scholar Tohti’s students sentenced to up to 8 years

China sentenced seven students of incarcerated scholar Ilham Tohti, a member of the country’s Uighur minority, to three to eight years in prison for separatism, Hong Kong government broadcaster RTHK

Hong Kong | Teen protest leader Joshua Wong ends hunger strike

A prominent teenage leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests ended his hunger strike Saturday after 4 1/2 days at his doctor’s urging. The decision by Joshua Wong, the movement’s most prominent

Gov’t slams Philippines over South China Sea case

China yesterday again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its vast territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, a week before a deadline for Beijing to respond to

Beijing blocks carbon review sought by US at UN talks

China rejected scrutiny of efforts to limit carbon emissions, a key tool that the U.S. says is necessary as more than 190 countries work to devise a new deal to

Ex-security czar Zhou’s arrest makes Xi stronger

The criminal case against China’s ex-security chief not only plays to public demands to curb corruption but spells the downfall of one of President Xi Jinping’s biggest rivals, puts other challengers on

Environmental filmmakers have rare impact

One clip shows a girl swatting flies from a younger child among piles of trash. Another has children blowing up used medical gloves like balloons. The footage is on the computer

Mainland celebrates constitutional rights citizens are arrested for

Students in more than 400,000 schools across China recited the country’s 135-article constitution yesterday in a national celebration of the document that enshrines one-party rule as well as a series

Hong Kong | Student leaders mull protest retreat

Hong Kong student leaders said yesterday they’re considering retreating from protest sites on city streets after more than two months in the latest sign that momentum is fading in their

Beijing to end prisoner organ transplants on Jan. 1

China says it will cease transplanting organs taken from executed prisoners on Jan. 1 in response to human rights concerns, although uncertainties linger over where a replacement supply will come from,

Beijing among biggest losers in corruption ranking

China fell to 100th place on the list, down from 80th last year, the watchdog group said in its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Turkey slid to 64th place from 53rd

US seeks more evidence to pursue fugitive mainland officials

China must provide more evidence about fugitive graft suspects it wants returned from American soil, a U.S. official said as the two countries began annual talks on law-enforcement cooperation in

Mistress of corrupt official sentenced 

A Chinese court has sentenced the mistress of a disgraced former railway official to five years in prison for aiding his bribe-taking as Beijing widens a campaign against corruption to

Hong Kong | 3 protest leaders turned away by police 

Three founders of a civil disobedience campaign that helped spark Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests were turned away by police yesterday after trying to surrender in a bid to bring to

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