Authorities shackle Uighur scholar’s feet for a month 

For more than a month, Chinese authorities have shackled the ankles of an outspoken minority Uighur scholar accused of separatism while he awaits trial, his lawyer said yesterday. The treatment of

CONSERVATION | In Hong Kong, you can find a home where cows and buffalos roam

Shai Oster To city dwellers worried about mice and rats, spare a thought for Hong Kongers confronting half-ton feral beasts. A few miles from some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in

Activist’s attorneys plan no show in court 

A scheduled trial for a Chinese human rights activist Yang Maodong may not proceed today after his lawyers said they would not attend the court proceedings because authorities did not

Fighters back from Iraq, Syria are threat 

China and its Central Asian neighbors face increased terrorism threats as their own nationals return home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the head of a regional anti-terrorism organization said yesterday. The

BRIEFS | China fines Audi, Chrysler on monopoly charges

Chinese authorities have fined automaker Audi USD40.5 million and Chrysler USD5.2 million on charges of violating anti-monopoly law in a sweeping probe of the auto industry. The government announced yesterday

Premier Li promises more open economy 


China’s premier promised yesterday to open the world’s No. 2 economy wider to foreign companies, promising favorable conditions despite a wave of anti-monopoly investigations that business groups say might be

Killings by anti-terror cops raise concerns 


When attackers from China’s minority Uighurs killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs

TAIWAN | Oil maker fined heavily over tainted lard

Taiwan has fined a cooking oil supplier 50 million New Taiwan dollars (USD1.67 million) over its sale of tainted lard, the public health watchdog said yesterday. The Public health authority in

TAIWAN | Mainland tourist numbers record fast growth

The number of individual tourists from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan more than doubled to 615,000 in the first seven months of this year, a spokesman said yesterday. Individual tourists,

Business group says gov’t needs to speed up reform 


The report by the European Chamber of Commerce in China adds to warnings that Beijing needs to open the state-dominated economy and not use regulation to promote growth of Chinese

Washington and Beijing discuss avoiding military incidents 


The matter appeared to be one of a relatively few contentious issues raised during a visit intended to lay the groundwork for President Barack Obama’s trip to Beijing in November. Overall,

McDonald’s sales slump worst since 2003 due to supplier scandal

McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, posted the worst same-store sales decline in more than a decade, hurt by sluggish demand in the U.S. and a health scare involving a

Mainland exports up 9.4 percent, imports shrink again

Exports rose 9.4 percent last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July but higher than many economists had been forecasting. Imports, however, contracted 2.4 percent, after shrinking 1.6 percent

Wanted: Media directors for Chinese temple

Help wanted: Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice

HONG KONG | UK accepting chief executive election limits ‘insult,’ Chan says

Ting Shi and Jasmine Wang The U.K. government’s acceptance of China’s plan for limiting free elections in its former colony of Hong Kong is a “great insult,” said the city’s former

Alibaba seeks to raise up to USD24.3b in IPO record

China’s Alibaba Group is seeking to raise up to USD24.3 billion in its upcoming IPO — an amount that would be the most raised by a company in a stock market

Xi delays Pakistan trip over rally

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said Saturday that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to the country has been postponed over the mass anti-government demonstrations shaking its capital, Islamabad. Thousands of protesters, led

BRIEFS | Authorities kill nearly 5,000 dogs to control rabies

Chinese authorities killed almost 5,000 dogs in one city after blaming five human deaths on rabies, the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. The city of Baoshan in southwestern Yunnan province killed

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