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China declares war on golf courses Adam Minter
Last week, the Chinese government quietly went to war against golf -- or, to be more specific, against golf courses. Two-thirds of the country's approximately 600 fairways were allegedly built in violation of a 2004 national moratorium, and Beijing is ...

Three Scenarios For China-Taiwan Development Bank Tie-up
Taiwan has filed a letter of intent to join an Asian infrastructure development bank led by China, a risky venture as Beijing claims sovereignty over the proudly self-ruled applicant and the two once bitter rivals have tested economic cooperation only ...

US Defense Chief In Japan To Show Alliance Strong Amid China Worries
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani (R) gestures to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter before a military honours ceremony at the defense ministry in Tokyo April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter kicked ...

China Aims to Soothe Labor Unrest
BEIJING—As slowing growth fuels labor unrest in the world's second-largest economy, China's top leadership is pushing for greater efforts to foster harmony across its increasingly agitated workforce. In a recent directive, top Communist Party and ...

In China, it pays big money to be an “impoverished” village
A villager walks in Gansu province walks in front of a wall with the words, "Comprehensive development."(Reuters/Carlos Barria). SHARE. Written by. Lily [email protected] Obsession. China's Transition. 7 hours ago. For some Chinese villages, being poor comes ...

China sentences former mayor to 15 years for graft
BEIJING — A former mayor of the major eastern Chinese city of Nanjing has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges, as President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown continues to gather steam. Ji Jianye also was fined 2 million yuan ...

China to Start Keeping a List of Badly Behaved Tourists
Chinese tourists behaving badly abroad are in for a shock when they return to the motherland. New measures announced this week by China's national tourism authority mean that misdeeds by wayward Chinese vacationers will now be kept on record for a ...

China, Vietnam pledge peaceful resolution for sea dispute
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Vietnam have pledged to look for a peaceful resolution to their dispute in the South China Sea via talks, following a meeting between China's president and the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, state news agency Xinhua ...

Mapping China's New Silk Road Initiative
When China's president Xi Jinping laid out his plans to establish a “New Silk Road” across Central Asia in 2013, he was doing more than invoking China's distant past. Instead, he was sketching out a new direction for Chinese trade and investment, one ...

Shanghai city government strips deputy secretary of post
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shanghai authorities said on Wednesday the deputy secretary of the city government had been removed from his post, as China widens an anti-corruption crackdown on senior officials. The Shanghai government posted the brief ...

China urges caution from US on dispute with Japan
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry urged the United States on Thursday to act and speak cautiously after the U.S. defense chief repeated Washington's opposition to any "coercive unilateral" actions by China over a group of islets disputed ...

China TV host's mocking of Mao Zedong draws fire, applause
BEIJING (AP) — China's state broadcaster is investigating one of its hosts after a video of him insulting Mao Zedong was leaked online, causing a stir and rekindling debate on the complicated legacy of the father of communist China. China Central ...

How China's State-Owned Giants Thrive or Fail: Lessons From the Oil Industry
China's big oil companies may all be controlled by the government, but they're becoming increasingly stark examples of how some state enterprises thrive amid challenges while others falter. The nation's three big energy companies ostensibly have the ...

Fears Subside Over China's Asia Bank Plans
CANBERRA, Australia—Two of the U.S.'s main allies in the Asia-Pacific say they are confident a new Beijing-proposed infrastructure investment bank will be a multilateral institution rather than a geopolitical tool of China. In separate interviews ...

China to Build Pipeline From Iran to Pakistan
China will build a pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran to Pakistan to help address Pakistan's acute energy shortage, under a deal to be signed during the Chinese president's visit to Islamabad this month, Pakistani officials said. The arrival of ...

China's diplomacy highlights neighbors
BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Exemplifying the Chinese proverb "a near neighbor is better than a distant cousin", China's recent political exchanges with its neighbors have shown its priorities in diplomacy. The ongoing visit to China by Vietnamese ...

Labor Strikes Surge in China
HONG KONG—. There are an increasing number of protests in China, driven by the country's slowing economy labor activists say. In some cases protesters have been able to force compromises by their bosses on wages and benefits. The China Labor ...

China Says Construction in Contested Waters Is for Maritime Purposes
BEIJING — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday defended China's island-building work in contested waters in the South China Sea, saying the infrastructure the nation was constructing around reefs, rocks and shoals was within China's ...

Beijing struggles to become a global, livable city
BEIJING — Strict visa rules, choking air pollution, slow Internet and blocked websites are major impediments as this capital strives to reach a lofty global status in the next five years, a major international business group warned Thursday. Craving ...

Can Indonesia's 50 Cent-an-Hour Workers Mimic China's Success?
Workers arrange false eyelashes at the PT Bio Takara factory in Purwokerto, Central Java, Indonesia. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg. Recommended. JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon Dimon Says Once-in-3-Billion-Year ...

Insight: Lovely airport, where are the planes? China's white elephants emerge
DACHANGSHAN ISLAND, China (Reuters) - When officials reopened the airport on the sparsely populated Dachangshan island off China's north-east coast after a $6 million refurbishment in 2008, they planned to welcome 42,000 passengers in 2010 and ...

Environmental Order in China to Prevent Building of Contested Dam
BEIJING — The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has issued an order preventing dam-building on a stretch of the upper Yangtze River, which will result in the scrapping of a proposed hydroelectric dam near the western metropolis of Chongqing ...

China says it's a robust force for peace in South China Sea
BEIJING — China said Friday it only seeks peace in the South China Sea, rejecting comments by President Barack Obama that Beijing is using its muscle to intimidate neighbors in a region where U.S. officials say China also is aggressively creating ...

China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet
SAN FRANCISCO — Late last month, China began flooding American websites with a barrage of Internet traffic in an apparent effort to take out services that allow China's Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country. Initial security ...

China Antitrust Regime Faces Test in Massive Shell-BG Oil Deal
For Royal Dutch Shell and Britain's BG Group , a $70 billion marriage may partly depend on winning the blessing of bureaucrats in Beijing. Shell's bid to acquire BG marks one of the biggest deals the energy sector has seen in years, and could present a ...

Exploring the Fun Side of China's War on Corruption
For officials under scrutiny, China's corruption crackdown is no laughing matter. But for many others, it is. President Xi Jinping's aggressive effort to curb graft has inspired a wave of political jokes, most of which are generally supportive of the ...

China Gets Tough With Surrogate Mothers
China appears to be a bit conflicted about its birth policies. While it has rolled back its strict “one-child” policy in order to address problems of an aging population, it is worried that surrogate pregnancies are undermining its remaining controls ...

Does China-led development bank make Beijing renegade or mainstream?
The answer may be 'both.' In maritime Asia, China wants to exert more strength and control. On the international scene, it wants to be seen as good citizen. By Peter Ford, Correspondent April 10, 2015. close. China's President Xi Jinping, center ...

Hiking China's Great Wall, the wild and free way
On the outskirts of Beijing, it's easy to find a ride to the Great Wall. The drivers of black cabs — unregistered taxis and vans — call out to me in broken English. Some pull at my clothes. “Sir! Great Wall! Great Wall! I take you!” “Great Wall! One ...

China accuses Obama of hypocrisy in remarks on South China Sea
According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative report, this image dated March 16, 2015, shows a chain of artificial land formations, along with new structures, fortified seawalls and construction equipment. (Photo courtesy CSIS Asia Maritime ...


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