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China targets cement, batteries, metals in anti-pollution push
BEIJING Dec 27 (Reuters) - China will raise standards for the production of cement, batteries, leather and heavy metals as part of its efforts to cut air, water and soil pollution, the environment ministry said on Friday. Beijing, facing growing public ...

China set to begin building fourth Antarctic base for climate change research
ANTARCTICA – A team of 28 construction workers arrived at the site of what will be China's fourth Antarctic research base, state media reported Thursday, and are set to begin construction. The group travelled over 300 miles to reach the future site of ...

China's State Media Condemns Abe Amid Boycott Calls on Weibo (1)
Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, center, waves as he leaves the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26, 2013. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg. China's state media condemned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a war shrine as Chinese ...

China's Legislature Approves Relaxation of One-Child Policy
China's legislature approved a policy to let some couples have a second child, after President Xi Jinping last month proposed relaxing population controls to help counter a shrinking workforce. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ...

Markets on Edge as China Moves to Curb Risky Lending
HONG KONG — China's financial system is in danger of becoming too big to bail out. Multimedia. Graphic. Tinkering by Beijing. Related. DealBook: China's Banks Are on the Rise (December 27, 2013). Enlarge This Image. Carlos Barria/Reuters. Shanghai's ...

China Warns Officials on Terror Attacks as Xi Shows Frugality
Chinese officials and police have been told to step up safety precautions in “key regions” and be on alert for terrorist attacks during the New Year and Spring Festival holidays amid ethnic tensions in Xinjiang. The order was given in a circular issued ...

China eases one-child policy, ends re-education through labor camps
Hong Kong (CNN) -- China's top legislature approved resolutions to officially amend its controversial one-child policy and end re-education through labor camps. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed the resolutions Saturday, ...

China Issues Blanket 'Battlefield 4' Ban
There are different kinds of bans in the video game world. There's the Australian ban, normally thought of as pretty extreme when a game is refused classification by their ratings board, and therefore not sold in stores in the country. But then there's ...

China Vows to Root Out Corruption After Exposing Election Fraud
China (CNGDPYOY)'s ruling Communist Party vowed to curb corruption and enforce party discipline following an official media report that hundreds of regional lawmakers accepted bribes and dozens committed electoral fraud. A total of 512 delegates in the ...

China formally abolishes re-education labor camps
BEIJING — In a step toward rule of law, China's national legislature on Saturday voted to abolish a much-criticized penal system that allowed police to lock up people for up to four years without due process. The standing committee of the National ...

China Formally Eases One-Child Policy
SHANGHAI—China's legislature on Saturday formally eased two restrictive social policies of its authoritarian system, allowing some couples to have a second child and ending a form of extralegal detention. The standing committee of the National People ...

More Than 500 China City Lawmakers Quit Over Cash for Votes
More than 500 local lawmakers in a southern Chinese city resigned over electoral fraud, as the ruling Communist Party reiterated vows to curb graft to maintain confidence in the country's political system. The People's Congress of Hengyang city ...

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another
The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders. But before the Great Wall, warring ...

World in turmoil: Seven countries to watch in 2014
The world will face countless challenges in 2014, but a few nations in flux stand out in the crowd. NBC News correspondents and writers explain how the outcome of wars, negotiations and elections in these countries could have a deep impact on their own ...

Woman, 94, in China sues children for better care
Photographed in March, Zhang Zefang, 94, sits on her bed in her living quarters, a converted garage. Zhang Zefang. The Daily Briefing. Final countdown. Portune's decision on 2014 expected... Buckeye Forum Podcast. The Dispatch public affairs team talks ...

China says poor performing SOEs to be "severely dealt with"
SHANGHAI Dec 29 (Reuters) - China will evaluate the performance of its state-owned enterprises in 2014 and "severely deal with" companies that perform poorly, are continuously loss-making or do not meet safety standards, state news agency Xinhua said ...

Beijing Bun Shop Gets China's President as Diner
Chinese President Xi Jinping dropped in unexpectedly at a traditional Beijing bun shop, where he queued up, ordered and paid for a simple lunch of buns stuffed with pork and onions, green vegetables, and stewed pig livers and intestines. Such visits ...

China Exclusive: Film director could face huge fine for birth violation
BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Renowned Chinese film director Zhang Yimou could face a fine of more than 7 million yuan (1.2 million U.S. dollars) for birth violations, a lawyer said. In an interview with Xinhua, Zhang and his wife Chen Ting admitted to ...

Starbucks to Audi Face China Clampdown on Foreign Firms
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month completed a year in office with public support falling to the lowest yet. Abe's fortunes next year will ride in part on the ability of his top spokesman to keep the cabinet unified as the government pushes ...

China's Cash-for-Votes Scandal Highlights Xi's Graft Challenge
A cash-for-votes scandal in China's southern city of Hengyang that snared more than 500 lawmakers underscores the challenges facing Xi Jinping as he enters his second year in charge of the world's second-biggest economy. The unprecedented electoral ...

Chinese Participation in Disposal of Syrian Arms Foreshadows More Engagement
BEIJING — China is lending its warships to the international effort to move chemical weapons out of Syria in a mission that Chinese media report is the navy's first in the Mediterranean Sea. Beijing has promoted the move as a demonstration of its ...

Hong Kong, China to Sign Cross-Border Funds Deal
Hong Kong and China will soon sign a deal where funds based in both markets can be sold to retail investors on either side, potentially allowing billions of dollars of cross-border investments in stocks and bonds. A deal according "mutual recognition ...

Opportunity Beckons in China Smog
SHANGHAI — As China's smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at the pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about the hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this past ...

Data Illustrate Poor State of China's Soil
Harvest in China's Liaoning province in 2008; a government report indicates as much as 2.5% of the country's soil could be too contaminated by heavy metals and other pollutants to farm. Reuters. SHANGHAI—New Chinese government figures illustrate how ...

The Year Mao Met the Smartphone
BEIJING—Elsewhere in the world, people wake up and check the weather forecast. In China, they now open a smartphone app to find out how bad the air is. That, in itself, represents a big advance in the past year, as the government bowed to public ...

China's Xi Amassing Most Power Since Deng Raises Risk for Reform
In one of the biggest initiatives since taking office, Xi Jinping, China's president, started an anti-corruption campaign that has reached into the military, state-owned enterprises, and the party's central committee. Photographer: Jason Lee/AFP/Getty ...

China Says It Will Shun Abe After Shrine Visit
BEIJING—China suggested Monday its leaders would shun Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest measure of how his visit to a controversial Tokyo shrine has further strained already tense ties. High-level visits between Japan and China have ...

China $3 trillion local government debt stirs alarm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Calls for China to accelerate financial reforms grew louder on Monday after figures showed its indebted local governments owe nearly $3 trillion in a debt build-up that some analysts called alarming. The National Audit Office, China ...

Exclusive: China may raise Iran oil imports with new contract: sources
BEIJING (Reuters) - China may buy more Iranian oil next year as a state trader is negotiating a new light crude contract that could raise imports from Tehran to levels not seen since tough Western sanctions were imposed in 2012, running the risk of ...

China Ends Year as Asia's Weakest Market
HONG KONG — China may be the world's fastest-growing major economy, but it can also lay claim to a more dubious superlative: home of the worst-performing stock market in Asia. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended 2013 on a low note on ...


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