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Missing Chinese journalist under investigation in China - wife
BEIJING Feb 4 A Chinese journalist and rights activist who disappeared in Thailand last month is in police custody in China and is under investigation, his wife said on Thursday. Li Xin, a former writer for the Southern Metropolis Daily, a respected ...

China calls for Syria peace talks participants to show goodwill
BEIJING China on Thursday urged participants in Syrian peace talks to show goodwill, after a United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct them after Syria's army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo ...

Xi Jinping Assuming New Status as China's 'Core' Leader
BEIJING — China's president, Xi Jinping, has already grasped more power more quickly than his two recent predecessors, and he has shown a taste for audacious decisions and a loathing for dissent. But a new push to praise him as China's “core” leader, ...

The Unreal, Eerie Emptiness of China's 'Ghost Cities'
Caption: An abstract sculpture frames a construction project near Meixi Lake Development, Changsha, Hunan province. Kai Caemmerer. Gallery Image. Slide: 3 / of 14 . Caption: LCD screens on a building glow near Kangbashi New Area, Ordos, ...

Report: China bolsters state hacking powers
At a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the spotlight for inking a landmark deal with the US barring economic espionage, a new report released Wednesday shows that he may be giving his security and intelligence agencies a larger role in ...

UPDATE 1-China's Guangdong to allow forward carbon trades to boost liquidity
(Adds details on custodial trading plan). BEIJING Feb 5 The China Emissions Exchange in Guangdong has introduced new rules to encourage secondary trading of carbon permits and boost liquidity, including over-the-counter forward trades to hedge risk ...

China-backed development bank appoints five foreign vice presidents
BEIJING Feb 5 The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) appointed five non-Chinese vice presidents, the China-backed lender said on Friday, following vows that it would be an international institution and not used to boost Beijing's influence ...

China vs. the machine (learning)
If American businesses want to curb the theft of their trade secrets and intellectual property by other countries, they are going to have to do it themselves. Experts say their best hope is machine learning ...

Slip Sliding Away: China's Capital Outflow Quandary
As China's foreign exchange hoard drops by hundred-billion-dollar chunks, a key question for economists and investors is what China's bottom line is and what Beijing can do to defend it. China's net foreign-exchange reserves have fallen by over $600 ...

Pope extends olive branch to China in a bid to mend ties
Pope Francis has expressed his admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See. The pope expressed respect for and awe of China, its culture and its ...

China's reach over fleeing dissidents is expanding worldwide
BANGKOK, Thailand — Flee China if you dare. But know that, even in foreign lands, your criticism of the Communist Party may be punished if Chinese agents find you and spirit you back to the mainland. That's the message China's government is sending to ...

Tianjin Explosions Were Result of Mismanagement, China Finds
BEIJING — The blasts that killed 165 people at one of China's busiest seaports last year were a result of a culture of mismanagement at a chemical warehouse and lax oversight by regulators, according to a government investigation whose results were ...

Ponzi Scheme in China Gained Credibility From State Media
HONG KONG — At every turn in his improbably rapid rise, Ding Ning, 34, went to great efforts to convey the image of strong government backing for his Internet financing business. There was his company's lavish annual meeting and banquet last year in ...

China's Bubble-Making Machine Continues In Shanghai Housing
shanghai Imagine what would happen if China did not allow its locals to invest abroad? Housing prices would have gone up by 50% instead of the 31% they went up in Shanghai last year. Despite pressure from the government to curb rising home prices, ...

"Tough" Campaign Talk on China
The Republicans have done everything short of holding a physical challenge in lieu of primary voting (though Rick Perry did suggest a pull-up contest before dropping out of the race). Donald Trump claims he'll be so good at the military "your head will ...

An eerie look inside China's enormous, empty 'ghost cities'
China has a number of would-be metropolises in the country. These grand cities have sprawling roadways, towering apartments and glimmering government buildings. These same places also lack inhabitants. The spectacle of China's “ghost cities” emits an ...

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom ...

China faces diplomatic 'crisis' over missing Hong Kong booksellers
HONG KONG/GUANGZHOU, China For years Gui Minhai, a China-born publisher of tabloid books on China's leaders, had believed he could live and work overseas on a Swedish passport without fear of persecution by Chinese authorities, which ban such ...

Four-Country Talks Resume on Path to Afghan Peace
ISLAMABAD — China, the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan launched their third round of talks Saturday aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk peace with the Afghan government. At the start of talks in the Pakistani ...

Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men
FUZHOU, China — The history class began with a lesson on being manly. Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth-grade teachers at a primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers ...

No Capital Controls for China, Please
As China has faced increasing flows of capital out of the country this past year and as the renminbi (yuan), newly approved for international reserve currency status by the International Monetary Fund, underwent devaluation, some people began calling ...

China starts investigation of Sinochem Group president Cai Xiyou
BEIJING Cai Xiyou, president of Sinochem Group, the Chinese energy and chemicals conglomerates, has been put under investigation for serious discipline violations, China's main anti-corruption agency said on Saturday, using the usual euphemism for ...

Christian Group Says China Charges Pastor With Embezzling
BEIJING — A pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds, a Christian rights group said. China's state-sanctioned Protestant church body announced a week earlier than Gu ...

The Latest: China Regrets North Korea's Rocket Launch
SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local): 1:55 p.m.. China, North Korea's main ally, has expressed regret at Pyongyang's rocket launch. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a ...

Much of China's population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey
BEIJING — Much of China's population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a ...

Strife and Death in China's P2P Sector
China's peer-to-peer lending sector, those mostly online platforms that connect borrowers with lenders, has been plagued by mismanagement, fraud and now, in at least one case, death. Tongxin Venture Capital, a P2P platform based in eastern Shandong ...

New breed investors embrace China's white-knuckle ride
BEIJING A new breed of small investor is riding China's rollercoaster stock markets, looking for a quick buck and thriving on the volatility that has sent others scurrying to the exit clutching their stomachs. Last summer's 40 percent crash and a 20 ...

Spring Festival celebrated across China
BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- From the southernmost islands to the icebound provinces in the north, people across China are celebrating the lunar new year, or Spring Festival which falls on Monday. Liu Chao and his wife from an impoverished village in ...

One Belt, One Road will benefit China – and the world
Throughout 2015, a major focus of the international community has been China's economic slowdown and the potential impact on the world economy. To boost the economy, the Chinese government has launched various initiatives in the past few years, the ...

China's foreign-exchange reserves decline to $3.23tr
Beijing/Shanghai: China's foreign-exchange reserves shrank to the smallest since 2012, indicating that the central bank sold dollars as the yuan's retreat to a five-year low exacerbated depreciation pressure. The world's largest currency hoard declined ...


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