China

Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

KOROR, Palau (Reuters) - Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.<p>Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic …

World News

How China's Railways Are Leading to High-Speed Debt

On a recent weekday morning, Liu Ai’jun boarded one of eight daily high-speed rail (HSR) services between Urumqi, capital of China’s north-western …

Chinese Communist Party

China may soon no longer entertain Trump's escalating trade-war on their country

<b>China has not ruled out tariffs on automobiles, semiconductors and Boeing airplanes to retaliate against Trump.</b><p>Perhaps nowhere outside America’s …

India News

Here Are 15 of the Strangest Things That Happen in China

China is a big country, and with so many people, there are bound to be some different and strange things happening.<p>In China, you can pay somebody to …

China

Beijing’s bomber backlash goes thermonuclear

The report, issued late last week, said China was leveraging its growing military, economic and diplomatic clout to rapidly establish regional …

Military

Trump's policies could enable America's economy to outpace China's

The great engine of American capitalism is once again firing on all cylinders, as shown by the 4.1 percent annualized growth of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of this year.<p>Most Americans (with the exception of Democrats in Congress) are celebrating the good economic …

Economics

Xi Jinping's ideology is getting in the way of achieving what he set out to do for China

Rumors were racing everywhere I went in Beijing this July. Had a secret coup toppled the government? Was the Chinese economy on the verge of collapse? Had popular discontent, triggered by U.S. tariffs, reached the point of explosion?<p>One deeper question lurked beneath these others: Had Xi …

Xi Jinping

Dumplings, tai chi and a hint of racism: a Chinatown takes root in suburban Tokyo | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

There is a suburb with streets that reverberate with the Chinese language, and are saturated with restaurants serving authentic Chinese cuisine. But …

Asia

The Guardian view on China: unease at home and abroad | Editorial

This has not been the easiest of summers for Xi Jinping and his country. Donald Trump’s tariffs have rattled nerves in Beijing, already unsettled by the slowing economy. The ministry of finance and the central bank have had an open spat over fiscal policy. There are grumblings that the leadership …

Opinion (UK)

Thoughts from my recent Beijing trip

This note was first for my paying subscribers but I decided to unlock it for everyone to read. Feel free to forward it to anyone you think might find …

News (China)

7 Seriously Strange Street Foods In China

We love eating at street-side vendors and have our favourite ones here in Yangzhou. However, those foods consist of delicious cold noodle dishes, …

Deep Frying

Xi calls for deepening of anti-corruption drive

China’s military must resist the ”corrosion” of corruption and ensure the fight against graft is deepened, President Xi Jinping told senior officers, …

Communist Party

Chinese firm hopes sex dolls with artificial intelligence will steal hearts of international consumers

Workers check the circuits of a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province in July. Photo: VCG<p>Amid China's push to turn the …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the 19th-century female pirate who launched a thousand (pirate) ships

<b>This week’s entry:</b> Ching Shih<p><b>What it’s about:</b> Blackbeard and Calico Jack can’t hold a peg leg to Ching Shih, a 19th-century South China Sea pirate …

South China Sea

Duterte hits China again over ‘nasty’ radio warnings

President Rody Duterte. PHOTO BY HNP MEDIA<p>For the second time in a week, President Rodrigo Duterte rebuked China for its “nasty” warnings against …

Philippines

Trade War Won’t Dent China’s GDP

Analysts are trying urgently to evaluate the potential impact of a full-fledged trade war on the Chinese economy. This typically involves estimating …

Economics

China's Guangdong to invest $21.8 billion each year in 2018-2020 into high-end industry

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's southeastern province of Guangdong aims to invest more than 450 billion yuan ($65.46 billion) in strategic and emerging industries in the three years through 2020.<p>Move came in line with Beijing's effort to upgrade its industries toward higher-value and low-pollution …

Guangdong

Barging into your home, threatening your family, or making you disappear: Here's what China does to people who speak out against them

The Chinese Communist Party has long sought to suppress ideas that could undermine the sweeping authority it has over its 1.4 billion citizens — and the state can go to extreme lengths to maintain its grip.<p>In just the past few years, the government has attempted to muzzle critics by making them …

U.S. Politics

How WeChat became China’s everyday mobile app | South China Morning Post

Many people outside China either still haven’t heard of WeChat or they think it’s the country’s equivalent of popular messaging service WhatsApp or …

WeChat

In China, Valentine’s Day is all about designer handbags, not true love | Lucy Siegle

News from China: the western celebration of romantic union, Valentine’s Day, has been dumped. It’s not you, it’s me or, rather, it’s a scheduling issue. Falling during Chinese new year, Chinese millennials and Generation Z-ers struggled to make time for it. Perhaps more critically, it wasn’t …

Opinion (UK)

Mueller Probe Looks at Trump Fundraiser Pay-to-Play With China, Malaysia

The Mueller probe is looking into whether Elliott Broidy, former vice chair of the Trump Victory Committee and a one time deputy chairman of the …

Trump Administration

China and Japan Dominate Day 1 Medals Table, Again

Japan and China traditionally dominate the medals tables in swimming at the Asian Games, at a fairly consistent rate. Over the last 8 versions of …

Swimming

China nabs 26 suspected tomb robbers, recovers valuable relics

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has arrested 26 suspects and retrieved almost 650 cultural relics stolen from an ancient burial site in northwestern Qinghai province, the Ministry of Public Security said on Sunday.<p>China’s official Xinhua news agency said experts believe many of the items recovered are of …

Archaeology

Taiwan President Stops in U.S. as Relations Warm, Angering China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan visited Houston over the weekend, her second brief stop in the United States in one week, a sign of efforts to deepen relations between Washington and Taipei despite vehement opposition from China.<p>Ms. Tsai stopped in Los Angeles last Monday, on her …

Los Angeles

How Tianjin, once China’s fastest-growing region, became its slowest

TIANJIN, a northern mega-city, has produced some of China’s wittiest comedians. It is a good thing that its 15m residents have a sense of humour. …

Aretha Franklin

Pentagon: China likely training for strikes against the US

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Tiandihui, Vailog set up 5 billion yuan China logistics fund

BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) -<p>* Chinese online road transport operator Tiandihui Group and Italy’s Vailog on Saturday agreed to set up a 5 billion yuan ($727.38 million) fund and joint venture focused on the logistics industry in China.<p>* Fund aims to “transform the ecology of highway ports and to open …

Real Estate

US points at China, not Russia, on election meddling

WASHINGTON (AFP) -<p>US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Sunday singled out China, North Korea and Iran as countries who could possibly meddle in American elections -- as President Donald Trump railed about a probe into Russian interference in 2016.<p>Trump himself pointed the finger of blame on …

Donald Trump

Sun shines with wushu gold to give China perfect Asiad start

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Sun Peiyuan won the first gold of the 18th Asian Games in Wushu to give powerhouse China a perfect start to their campaign on Sunday.<p>The 29-year-old clinched the men's changquan gold with 9.75 points after impressing with his acrobatic moves at the Jakarta International Expo at …

Tai Chi

Pentagon Warns of China's Expanding Military Reach

The Pentagon has released its annual report on China's military capabilities, and it noted several developments that could be of concern for U.S. …

Military