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Beijing Air Quality Worst on Record

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Beijing is under an extreme smog warning Sunday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a third day, and people warned to stay indoors. The municipal environment warning center issued an alert Saturday in China’s capital, advising the elderly, children and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness to avoid going out or doing strenuous exercise. The […]

Dozens Dead and Missing in China Landslide

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say at least 18 people have been confirmed dead and dozens are missing after a landslide swept through a village in southern China. Local authorities and state media said rescuers had recovered 18 bodies in the village in Yunnan province, including seven people from one family. The official Xinhua news agency said dozens […]

Amid Disputes with China, Philippines, Japan Pledge Tighter Cooperation

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ top diplomat has pledged cooperation with Japan on tighter security, warning that China’s efforts to defend its maritime claims are threatening stability in Asia. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made the comments after meeting in Manila with his counterpart from Tokyo, which is involved in its own tense territorial dispute with China. “We […]

Following Strike over Censorship, China Newspaper Publishes Weekly Edition

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese newspaper where journalists had gone on strike to protest government censorship has published its weekly issue as scheduled, but is urging Beijing to reform its media control policies. The Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly was available in several parts of the country Thursday, following reports that editors at the progressive paper had reached a tentative […]

China’s December Trade Figures Stronger Than Expected

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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China posted stronger than expected trade figures for December, in a further sign that the world’s second-largest economy continues to recover from its worst slowdown in years. Official data released Thursday showed export growth more than quadrupled from the previous month to 14.1 percent. December imports increased 6 percent after after failing to grow at […]

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Following Strike over Censorship, China Newspaper Publishes Weekly Edition

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese newspaper where journalists had gone on strike to protest government censorship has published its weekly issue as scheduled, but is urging Beijing to reform its media control policies. The Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly was available in several parts of the country Thursday, following reports that a tentative deal had been reached between Communist Party […]

China Moving Ahead with Bo Xilai Case

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China is moving ahead with the long-awaited case against disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, whose alleged involvement in a murder and corruption scandal has upset Chinese leadership. In a short article Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency says the “serious law violation case” involving Bo “has been transferred to judicial organs.” It did not say […]

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Japan Increases Surveillance of East China Sea Islands

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has increased surveillance around disputed East China Sea islands, after Chinese ships made a rare prolonged visit to the waters around them. Tokyo controls the islands and refers to them as Senkaku, while Beijing considers them to be Chinese territory and calls them Diaoyu. Japan said four Chinese surveillance ships entered the waters around […]

Japan Summons Chinese Ambassador over Island Dispute

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest the presence of government ships near contested islands, as a simmering territorial dispute continues to hamper relations between the two Asian powers. Tokyo’s foreign ministry lodged a “strong protest” against China on Tuesday during a meeting between senior diplomatic officials, and demanded that Beijing stop sending vessels […]

Chinese Protesters Demonstrate Against Media Censorship

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Scores of Chinese protesters have demonstrated outside of one of the country’s most outspoken newspapers to speak out against government censorship. The protesters in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdon province, called Monday for the resignation of the provincial propaganda chief after censors on Thursday blocked a New Year’s article in the influential Southern Weekly newspaper. […]

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