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US politicians attack 'nightmare' of Xi Jinping's China

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio joins chorus of condemnation as Beijing begins trial of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang<p>Chinese president Xi Jinping is transforming his country into a “nightmare” for anyone who dares to oppose the Communist party, members of a US congressional committee claimed …

China’s coming crash?

By Robert J. Samuelson<p>Robert J. Samuelson<p>Columnist focusing on economics<p>Bio<p>It’s time to worry about China.<p>On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic growth …

City Politics

Chinese navy warns US spy plane in contested South China Sea

Escalation comes days after Beijing warned Washington that its determination to defend its territory was "unshakeable"<p>Tensions in the South China Sea escalated further on Thursday after reports that a United States spy plane had flown over contested islands in the region triggering eight separate …

China cuts interest rates for third time since November as economy sputters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a bid to lower companies’ borrowing costs and stoke a sputtering economy that is headed for its worst year in a quarter of a century.<p>A fluttering Chinese national flag casts its shadow on the headquarters of …

China Is Becoming Russia's Economic 'Loan Shark' | VICE News

While the world watches Moscow's ostentatious commemoration of 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this Saturday, the eyes of Russia's politicians and bankers will be firmly fixed on China's President Xi Jinping — or, more specifically, on his pen.<p>Xi, who will attend the WWII festivities as …

Nepal is accepting earthquake aid from countries around the world—but not from Taiwan

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, April 26, Taiwan—an island familiar with devastating earthquakes— rushed to assemble an emergency relief team, supplies, and $300,000 in financial assistance. But then on Sunday, the team was put on standby and Taiwanese officials were told …

Mao had a little red book. Xi Jinping has a little red app.

China’s current leader, President Xi Jinping doesn’t have his own “little red book,” like Chairman Mao did. Not yet, at least.<p>But Xi does have a little red app. And Xi's smartphone tool says something about the aspirations and power of a man who is placing himself alongside Mao, the “Great …

Here’s How Much Of China’s Secondhand Smog Is Ending Up In American Air

California says thanks.<p>Chinese factories, coal plants, and millions of new cars are an obvious source of Beijing’s thick smog. But they also contribute to air pollution in California.<p>New research at the University of California-Davis finds that in the state’s Central Valley–one of the most polluted …

China declares war on 'forbidden game' of golf

There are no Chinese golfers participating in The Masters this week, and perhaps that is fitting. It's already been a rough spring for "the rich man's game" in China.<p>On March 30, Chinese authorities announced the closure of 66 "illegal" golf courses -- roughly 10% of all courses in the country -- …

It looks like the Chinese slowdown is finally here.

Earlier this month, the Chinese government brought down its 2015 GDP growth target to “around 7%,” from 2014’s goal of “around 7.4%.” It’s a sharper drop than we’ve seen so far this century.<p>We’ve barely settled into 2015, and already it’s looking like “around 7%” will be a hard mark to hit. In Q1, …

Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

China's top weather scientist has made a rare official acknowledgement: climate change, he says, could have a "huge impact" on the country's crop yields and infrastructure.<p>Zheng Guogang, the head of China's meteorological administration, tells Xinhua news agency that China is already experiencing …

Canada, China to launch North America’s first yuan hub

Canada's Finance Minister and China's ambassador to Canada will officially inaugurate the opening of a Canadian offshore trading hub for the Chinese currency Monday, a move that will make transactions cheaper for companies doing business with the East Asian giant and could boost trade between the …

China

Disgraced former top Chinese military officer dies before trial

BEIJING (Reuters) - One of the most senior Chinese military officers to be accused of corruption has died of cancer, the state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, sparing the government what could have been an embarrassing trial.<p>Then member of Central Military Commission Xu Caihou attends a meeting …

China summons Myanmar diplomat after bomb kills four

Beijing demands that Myanmar investigate the bomb that fell on China's territory, killing four Chinese.<p>China has summoned the Myanmar ambassador for a meeting in Beijing after a bomb from a Myanmar warplane fell in Chinese territory, killing four people in a sugarcane field, according to China’s …

China

Chinese fighter jets scrambled after bombing kills four

Fighting between government forces and rebels has been raging near Burma's border with China since last month<p>Chinese fighter jets have been scrambled to the skies above the country's southwestern border with Burma after four Chinese farmers were killed in what appeared to have been a botched …

Air raid by Burma kills four in China

Beijings summons Burmese ambassador and Chinese aerial patrols increase as tensions rise over operations against rebels in border region<p>China has summoned Burma’s ambassador for a meeting after a bomb from a Burmese aircraft fell in Chinese territory and killed four people, the foreign ministry in …

Ex-NSA director: China has hacked 'every major corporation' in U.S.

The Chinese government -- seeking to steal valuable secrets -- has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation's former spy director.<p>Mike McConnell, who served as director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush, made the comments during a …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

China protests over 'deadly Myanmar border raid'

<b>China has sent fighter jets to its border with Myanmar and lodged a diplomatic protest after a Myanmar warplane reportedly dropped a bomb on its territory, killing four civilians.</b><p>The bomb exploded in a sugar cane field near Lincang in Yunnan province along the frontier with Myanmar, reports …

Five Chinese feminists held over International Women's Day plans

Activists are being criminally detained after reportedly planning to distribute stickers with slogans highlighting sexual harrassment<p>Concern is growing for five Chinese feminists detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and creating a disturbance” after planning to highlight sexual harassment on …

UK-China trade bromance a blow to White House

U.S. efforts to counter China's growing influence in Asia have been dealt a blow by Britain's decision to join a new China-led financial institution modeled on the World Bank.<p>Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Thursday that the U.K. has applied to join the Asian Infrastructure …

China Says It Will Decide Who the Dalai Lama Shall Be Reincarnated As

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China economic data weaker than expected, fuels policy easing bets

China's February imports sink in news sign of weakness

BEIJING (AP) — China's imports shrank in February for a second month in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.<p>Imports …

Hard-hitting Smog documentary blocked by China

"Under the Dome", an independent documentary produced by former Chinese state media journalist Chai Jing, was no longer available on popular mainland video sites, including Youku and iQiyi, as of Saturday afternoon.<p>A link on Youku's website that previously led to the video now prompts the message: …

Britain has enduring responsibility for democracy in Hong Kong, report says

Britain has an "enduring moral responsibility" to ensure that Hong Kong is "democratic, stable and prosperous," and diplomats should do more to uphold the treaty that governed the former territory's return to China 18 years ago, a Parliament committee says.<p>But a new report issued Friday by the …

This Beijing Subway Now Has A Library Of Free E-Books For Passengers

The books are curated by the National Library of China (NLC), which hopes to help make people more likely to read in everyday life. Working with …

China: 10 injured in rush-hour railway knife attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> Knife-wielding attackers wounded 10 people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou Friday, before local police shot dead one suspect and arrested another.<p>The attack took place during the morning rush hour, when the assailants attacked people in front of the station, …

Obama wants China to stop copying the NSA's surveillance plans

President Obama has criticized a Chinese plan to force US tech companies to install backdoors into their products for sale in the country. Without stopping for a moment to consider the phrase about glass houses and stones, he told <i>Reuters</i> that China would have to change its stance if it wanted to do …

China's corruption crackdown is putting gambling revenue in a free fall

It was the ninth straight month of decline as Beijing encourages the semi-autonomous territory to diversify away from gambling and reins in high rollers from the mainland.<p>February revenue fell to 19.54 billion patacas ($2.45 billion), compared with 38.01 billion patacas for the same period last …