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China Cracks Down on High Prices for Tourists

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan are vowing to toughen regulations on businesses that serve tourists, after a restaurant was forced to close because it allegedly misled and grossly overcharged customers during January’s week-long Spring Festival. State media reported that the Fulin seafood restaurant in the resort city of Sanya was forced […]

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Video of Near-Naked Chinese Boy Running in Snow Sparks Furor

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Home video showing a four-year-old Chinese boy forced by his parents last month to run almost naked through the snow of New York City is sparking controversy and allegations of child cruelty. The short video, posted on YouTube and other video-sharing websites, shows the crying boy running toward his parents in his underwear and shoes, […]

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Sudanese Rebels Claim Capture of Chinese Workers

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese rebels say they are holding nearly 30 Chinese workers following a battle with Sudan’s army in the state of South Kordofan, which borders newly independent South Sudan. A rebel spokesman says 29 Chinese are being held for their own safety and are in good health. The rebels say they captured the Chinese workers on […]

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Longtime Chinese Activist Charged with Subversion

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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A veteran Chinese dissident has been charged with subversion for publishing a poem urging his fellow citizens to rise up and demand greater freedoms. Chinese police arrested Zhu Yufu nearly a year ago after he posted his poem, titled “It’s Time,” on the Internet. The poem was published during the height of the Arab Spring […]

Japan Arrests Chinese Skipper After 4 1/2-Hour Chase

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say they have the skipper of a Chinese fishing boat in custody after his vessel was halted in Japanese territorial waters on Sunday. The officials say the skipper, Zhang Tianxiong, refused orders to stop for an inspection and led a coast guard vessel on a four-and-a-half-hour chase before being stopped when his 135-ton […]

11 Chinese Sailors Killed in River Boat Attack

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China has suspended shipping on the Mekong river, days after 13 sailors were killed on two cargo boats in an apparent hijacking by drug smugglers. The official Xinhua news agency said the shipping ban extends to passenger vessels as well as cargo ships. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the two boats came under […]

11 Chinese Sailors Killed in River Boat Attack

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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China has suspended shipping on the Mekong river, days after 13 sailors were killed on two cargo boats in an apparent hijacking by drug smugglers. The official Xinhua news agency said the shipping ban extends to passenger vessels as well as cargo ships. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the two boats came under […]

11 Chinese Sailors Killed in River Boat Attack

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials said Sunday at least 11 Chinese were killed and two are missing after their boats were attacked in the Mekong River by suspected drug traffickers. Chinese Foreign Ministry officials told the Xinhua news agency that two cargo boats were attacked Thursday in the Golden Triangle area of the Mekong River. The Bangkok Post […]

Chinese Man Sentenced in Fake US Army Scam

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese national has been sentenced to three years in prison in California for duping other Chinese immigrants to pay him so they could join a fake U.S. Army unit he created. Yupeng Deng was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles after pleading guilty to charges of theft by false pretenses, creating false government documents and […]

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First Solo Chinese Tourists Arrive in Taiwan

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Unaccompanied Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan for the first time Tuesday, in the latest sign of improving ties between the communist mainland and the self-ruled island. The visitors were admitted under a deal struck earlier this month allowing 500 Chinese individuals to travel to the island each day. Tourists from the mainland previously could visit […]

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