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Seven killed after bombings in Chinese city of Liuzhou

A series of explosions targeting public buildings in a small city in southern China has killed at least seven people and injured more than 50, officials and state media have said.<p>The Ministry of Public Security said it was treating the case as a criminal act and not terrorism. It said a 33-year-old …

Extremism

Beware a China crisis that could crash down on us all

If the yuan dropped very sharply, inflation could soar, leading Beijing to raise interest rates, which would slow the country’s economy – which at the moment seems unthinkable<p>What are we to make of Beijing’s shock devaluation? With the British media classes fixated on Jeremy Corbyn, a potential …

China

People don't believe China's growth figures, and the truth about the economy could be far worse

Industrial production, retail sales, and investment all missed their forecasts. If China measured growth the way the US does (measuring the quarter-on-quarter change and then annualising it), it would have recorded only a 5.2% expansion (barely faster than the US in Q3 last year).<p>That growth might …

China

India's Modi meets Xi on China visit amid warming ties

XI'AN, China (AP) — President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting Thursday between the leaders of Asia's rising …

Chinese security chief 'spied on Xi Jinping'

Zhou Yongkang could face execution in China after becoming the highest profile victim of Xi Jinping's war on corruption<p>China's feared former security chief took advantage of his position to spy on top Communist Party rivals including Xi Jinping, the current president, it has been claimed.<p>Zhou …

China

Senator Who Cited Snowball In Climate Change Debate Cites Scripture To Back Himself Up

WASHINGTON -- Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, became the object of global ridicule recently when he sauntered onto the floor of the world's greatest deliberative body with what he declared was persuasive evidence climate change was a hoax. In his hands was a snowball.<p>Inhofe is not …

Only In China: Why A Smog Documentary Sends Chinese Stocks Soaring To Trading Limit

When journalist Chai Jing released her documentary on China’s air pollution, she probably could not have dreamed that her message would resonate so widely while boosting the share prices of so many “environmentally friendly” companies.<p>On Monday, more than a dozen stocks in the fields of pollutant …

China

Q&A: What the $18 Trillion National Debt Means for the U.S. Economy

The U.S. national debt recently topped $18 trillion, and deficits may start to climb again by 2018. What does it mean for the U.S. economy?<p>President Barack Obama is set to release his new budget Monday. Economics reporters Nick Timiraos and Josh Zumbrun answered your questions about the deficit and …

Economics

China is building a string of artificial islands to fortify its position in the disputed South China Sea

The largest island is being constructed at the Fiery Cross Reef close to the Spratly Islands, an island chain whose territory is partially claimed by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia.<p>US officials estimated that the Chinese construction at Fiery Cross Reef could accommodate an airstrip …

China's Villages Are Dying. A New Film Asks If They Can Be Saved

Ou Ning used to hate the countryside.<p>He had a comfortable life in Beijing where he worked as an artist. Yet in 2013, the 45-year-old packed his bags and traded his apartment for a centuries-old house in Bishan, a small village in China's Huizhou region. He brought with him his mother, younger …

The Handshake of Asia's Dreams?

Rumor has it that in early November, on the sidelines of the big, Asian regional economic meeting called APEC China's President Xi Jinping and Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo might shake hands.<p>A far cry if so from last January during the World Economic Forum at Davos when Xi and Abe did not meet …

China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States is damaging stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning a missile defense radar in Japan, China said on Thursday.<p>Japan, an ally of the United States, has voiced growing anxiety over China’s more assertive posture in the East China Sea, where the …

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S. | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of “mistaken U.S. practices”, China’s top diplomat told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk over …

Ten Fun And Fascinating Facts About Xi Jinping

A friend recently dropped off a hot-off-the-press copy of <i>Xi Jinping: The Goverance of China</i>. It is a compilation of speeches, main points of speeches, pictures, interviews and a biographical sketch of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Several different parts of the Chinese government bureaucracy …

China broadcaster says Xinjiang attack mastermind sought Islamic state | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A mastermind of violence in China’s Xinjiang region in which almost 100 people were killed sought to establish an Islamic state, official media said on Wednesday, reinforcing government warnings about an Islamist threat.<p>A court in the far western region sentenced 12 people to …

China likely to expel disgraced security chief from party: sources | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s disgraced former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, looks set to be expelled from the ruling Communist Party at a key meeting next week, sources said, possibly paving the way for his formal prosecution.<p>China's former Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang …

BBC's website is being blocked across China

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1116000/1116310_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524692851_dbea92870360d44e73e67e0223c1f320<p><b>Access to the BBC's English-language website has been blocked across China, the corporation has said.</b><p>BBC Global News director Peter Horrocks said it …

Hong Kong police beat protester in violent crackdown on demonstrations

Video footage showing a group of Hong Kong police officers beating a pro-democracy protester has galvanised the city, ratcheting up tensions in demonstrations that have paralysed large swaths of the city for more than two weeks.<p>The Hong Kong television station TVB showed about six plainclothes …

Chinese state-run paper blames US for Hong Kong democracy protests

A Chinese state-run newspaper has blamed the United States for being behind the pro-democracy protests that have rattled Hong Kong – a claim strongly rejected by the State Department.<p>Thousands of people returned for sit-ins in Hong Kong’s main protest zone on Saturday, responding to organisers’ …

Hong Kong democracy protesters defy tear gas, baton charge in historic standoff | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas after launching a baton-charge in the worst unrest there since China took back control of the former British colony two decades ago.<p>Some protesters erected …

China refuses to explain whereabouts of envoy to Iceland

China's foreign ministry has refused to address the whereabouts of its ambassador to Iceland after reports he has been detained for giving secrets to Japan.<p>Ma Jisheng left Reykjavik for China in January this year but did not return in March as expected. A New York-based Chinese language site …

The Last Shot: China Dips Into Its Massive Deposit Reserves

Having determined to make 7.5% GDP growth an unmovable target, China’s continued slow growth has now compelled its politicians to begin to draw down their silver bullet, the massive deposit reserves residing on the central bank’s balance sheet. It is unclear whether this will produce real growth or …

International Report Charts Path to Deep Carbon Cuts

World’s 15 largest emitters must get serious about climate change, scientists say.<p>Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon …

BBC told to stop wasting time on climate change deniers and skeptics of proven science

Two months ago, John Oliver delivered a bruising critique of the way TV networks handle science coverage. And now an independent progress report from within the BBC seems to agree with his message: climate change deniers and other skeptics of established science deserve less time in front of …

Associated Press News

Obama Administration Announces Massive Climate Change Funding

President Obama's new climate change push was reaffirmed on Thursday when the Department of Energy announced that it will make $4 billion in loans available to clean energy projects.<p>In a statement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said:<p>“As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is …

China snubs North Korea with leader's visit to South Korea

Analysis: Xi Jinping's arrival in Seoul today marks the first time a Chinese leader has visited South Korea ahead of Beijing's traditional ally North Korea. Is this a slap on the wrist for Pyongyang, or a more serious shift in Asia-Pacific relations?<p>Scott Snyder: Xi’s Seoul visit is a powerful …