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LiAngelo Ball: UCLA Made Me Thank Trump After Release From Chinese Jail
China summons Australian ambassador amid meddling row
China Says War Must Not Be Allowed On Korean Peninsula
Chinese President Xi Jinping says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula
China colhe DNA e biometria de minoria muçulmana em Xinjiang
China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan
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China Guards Beat South Korean Journalist Covering South Korean President Visit
2017-12-14 21:07:15 Beijing: Chinese security personnel beat and severely injured a South Korean photojournalist covering President Moon Jae-In's visit to Beijing on Thursday, media groups said. The scuffle took place hours before Moon met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in an attempt to ease tensions over the US deployment of a missile defence system in South Korea. The incident occurred at a Beijing convention centre during the opening ceremony of a trade partnership event attended by Moon, who began his four-day state visit on Wednesday   Read More ...
As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands
2017-12-14 20:39:29 WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases. The Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative closely tracks developments in the South China Sea, where China and several Asian governments have conflicting territorial claims   Read More ...
As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands
2017-12-14 20:09:17 WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases. The Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative closely tracks developments in the South China Sea, where China and several Asian governments have conflicting territorial claims   Read More ...
UK remembers deadly tower blaze, 6 months on
2017-12-14 20:05:03 SURVIVORS of a blaze that killed 71 people six months ago in the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London wept during a multi-faith memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday attended by members of the royal family. Bereaved relatives held pictures of their loved ones as they commemorated Britain’s deadliest fire since World War II, a tragedy that has profoundly shocked the nation   Read More ...
Astronauts back after five-month ISS mission
2017-12-14 20:04:58 TWO astronauts, from the US and Italy, and a Russian cosmonaut landed yesterday in Kazakhstan after almost five months on the International Space Station. American Randy Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli of Italy and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russia landed on the Kazakh steppe at 2.37pm local time in a Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Over 139 days in space the three men “have supported hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only microgravity laboratory,” NASA said in a statement   Read More ...
Swedes to work longer for higher pension
2017-12-14 20:04:54 SWEDEN said yesterday it would raise the earliest retirement age from 61 to 64 in order to secure future pensions, following a broad cross-party agreement. “We are reforming the Swedish pension system in order to raise pensions and increase security for both today’s and future pensioners,” Social Affairs Minister Annika Strandhall and Financial Markets Minister Per Bolund said in a statement   Read More ...
Greek protest against budget cut
2017-12-14 20:04:49 Workers take part in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Some 20,000 people demonstrated in Greece yesterday as a general strike against new budget cuts and labor reform paralyzed the civil service and disrupted trains and ships. Greek unions called the 24-hour labor action against new budget cuts and plans to revamp labor mobilization rules. In addition to shutting down the public sector, the strike sidelined trains and ships, disrupted some domestic flights and the operation of public hospitals and schools   Read More ...
Italians allowed to write living wills
2017-12-14 20:04:44 ITALY’S Senate gave final approval yesterday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation’s long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues. As soon as the 180-71 vote was tabulated, cheers erupted outside parliament among a small group of right-to-die activists who saw the bill as a victory after several high-profile euthanasia cases prompted criminal prosecutions   Read More ...
Let me go home, NK defector in Seoul pleas
2017-12-14 20:04:39 A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul yesterday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang. More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled homeland to move to South Korea. But they often struggle to make a living in the capitalist South and sometimes fail to adjust to their new lives   Read More ...
Israel closes Gaza crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes
2017-12-14 20:04:30 ISRAEL announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings yesterday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital stoked Palestinian anger. Israeli aircraft struck three facilities belonging to Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, before dawn yesterday after the latest rocket attacks, Israel’s military said   Read More ...
Iraq hangs 38 IS members for terrorism
2017-12-14 20:04:19 IRAQ hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences yesterday in the southern city of Nasiriyah. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. “The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (IS) accused of terrorist activities,” said Dakhel Kazem, a senior official in the provincial council   Read More ...
Putin warns of opposition’s coup plans, praises Trump
2017-12-14 20:04:14 RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin yesterday said the opposition was hoping for a “coup,” during a marathon press conference that marked his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in March elections. At the annual event, which this year lasted almost four hours and saw more than 1,600 journalists accredited, Putin also touched on Olympic doping, North Korea and the achievements of US leader Donald Trump   Read More ...
China-South Korea FTA negotiations to open soon
2017-12-14 20:04:08 CHINA and South Korea are preparing for the second round of talks on a bilateral free trade agreement that has been effective for nearly two years and generated mutual benefits. The negotiations, which are under active preparation, will be focused on services and investment and will result in a negative list, Gao Feng, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference in Beijing yesterday   Read More ...
Blossoming time for tutoring firms
2017-12-14 20:04:03 TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Zhao Di spent all of Saturday from 8:30am to 9:00pm in a private tutoring center studying Chinese, math and English. It was the busiest, most exhausting day in his week. Zhao studies at a private middle school in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province. In his class, almost everyone takes tutoring classes outside school on weekends. For Chinese parents, private tutoring is not just a supplement to school classes, but a necessity   Read More ...
Xi tells Moon talks only way out for Koreas
2017-12-14 20:03:59 WAR must not be allowed to break out on the Korean Peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of “sleepwalking” into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions   Read More ...
Win-win as CPC works with foreigners
2017-12-14 20:03:55 “HOW does a Communist organization coexist with a German enterprise? Will it affect our business?” That was the concern of Chinese German Yang Zhiming, manager of the Nanchang subsidiary of medical supplier Fresenius Kabi, when members of the Communist Party of China applied to set up a branch in the company. “Chinese and German people have different cultures, customs and ways of thinking   Read More ...
Biggest snow sculpture for expo
2017-12-14 20:03:50 A snow sculpture depicting a girl opening her arms is going through its finishing touches in Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, yesterday. With an arm span of 40 meters, the 35-meter-tall sculpture will be the biggest snow sculpture ever created for the Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo. First started in 1989, the annual event has attracted top artists from around the world to take part in snow sculpture competitions every year   Read More ...
HK extends Smart Departure points
2017-12-14 20:03:45 HONG Kong’s Immigration Department said that self-service departure for visitors to Hong Kong (Smart Departure) would be extended to other control points from yesterday. The department said in a statement yesterday that following the launch of Smart Departure in October at Hong Kong International Airport, the service will cover Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, Hung Hom, Shenzhen Bay, Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, Sha Tau Kok, China Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal this month   Read More ...
Improved facilities for villages
2017-12-14 20:03:40 ONE in every four Chinese villages had e-commerce distribution sites by the end of 2016, official data showed yesterday, reflecting an improved logistics network in rural areas. By the end of last year, 99.7 percent of villages had access to electricity, while 11.9 percent could use natural gas, according to results of China’s third national agriculture census. A total of 91   Read More ...
‘Election outcome won’t affect Russia-China ties’
2017-12-14 20:03:36 RUSSIA and China will remain strategic partners in the long term regardless of the outcome of the upcoming Russian presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “I am fully convinced that the development of relations with China enjoys a national consensus in Russia, and irrespective of the outcome of the (Russian presidential) election campaign. Russia and China will remain strategic partners for an extensive historic perspective,” Putin said   Read More ...
As China Courts Neighbors, New Images Show More Building in Disputed Waters
2017-12-14 20:00:10 China has built more infrastructure on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in the past year, including underground tunnels and radar installations, even as it has sought to repair relations with other claimants, according to an analysis of fresh satellite images.   Read More ...
China to strengthen investment in the UAE through Annual Investment Meeting
2017-12-14 19:37:48 Dubai: China, the second largest global economy and the UAE, the second biggest Arab economy, are strengthening their bilateral economic relations, according to a recent seminar in Dubai. With bilateral trade totalling $46.3 billion (Dh170 billion) in 2016, two-way trade between the UAE and China has already crossed $35 billion in the first nine months of the 2017, officials said at the Cross Border Industry-Focused Investment Cooperation Seminar   Read More ...
METALS-Copper near two-week high supported by Chinese data, global growth hopes
2017-12-14 19:08:11 * GRAPHIC-2017 asset returns: (Recasts, adds closing prices) By Maytaal Angel LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Copper hit a near two-week high on Thursday on global growth hopes after upbeat manufacturing data from China, overlooking a stronger dollar and Beijing’s surprise interest rates hike. China’s industrial output expanded at a faster than expected pace in November as growth in the world’s top industrial metals consumer remains resilient, supported in part by a construction boom   Read More ...
LiAngelo Ball: UCLA Made Me Thank Trump After Release From Chinese Jail
2017-12-14 19:07:04 Former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball now says his decision to thank President Trump for helping win his release from a Chinese jail was forced on him by the university. Ball and two other players -- who had been arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou -- thanked Trump in a Nov. 15 press conference after the president successfully appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping to release them from jail   Read More ...
Zwei Zwillingsbrüder heiraten zwei Zwillingsschwestern in China
2017-12-14 18:41:00 Newsticker Zwei Zwillingsbrüder heiraten zwei Zwillingsschwestern in China In China hat eine Doppelhochzeit von zwei Zwillingspaaren stattgefunden, berichtete die Zeitung Mirror. Die 26-jährigen Zheng Dashuang und Zheng Xiaoshuang heirateten die 23-jährigen Liang Jing und Lian Qing. Beide künftige Ehepaare waren gleich gekleidet: die Bräutigame trugen dunkle Anzüge und rote Fliegen. Die Bräute hatten weiße Kleider und gleiche Frisuren. Die Familien der Brautleute kennen einander bereits seit zehn Jahren   Read More ...
China willing to work with South Korea to maintain peace on Korean peninsula
2017-12-14 18:17:16 BeijingWar must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Mr. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions   Read More ...
Nepal's Left Alliance Will Maintain Good Ties With India, China: Leader
2017-12-14 18:12:58 Beijing: Nepal's Left party alliance which is set to form the next government would neither be "antiIndia" nor "pro-China" and maintain good relations with both the countries, a CPN-UML leader has said. "Both (India and China) are our neighbours, we respect both neighbours. India is our neighbour. No Nepali will be anti-Indian," said Ishwor Pokhrel, general secretary of the CPN-UML. He stressed that his party was neither "anti-India" nor "pro-China", with Nepal having many existing trade and transit agreements with New Delhi, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported   Read More ...
Death of Man in Skyscraper Fall in China Puts a Spotlight on ‘Rooftopping’
2017-12-14 18:10:35 Photo For months, Wu Yongning had climbed towers and buildings high above the streets of cities in China, turning a camera on himself as he teetered on ledges or clutched an antenna with one hand. Through his dizzying lens, he became a celebrity for his high-altitude stunts, amassing thousands of followers on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site. But on Nov. 8, his online posts suddenly stopped   Read More ...
China summons Australian ambassador amid meddling row
2017-12-14 18:02:40 BEIJING (AFP) - China has summoned the Australian ambassador amid a growing row over allegations of Chinese meddling in politics in Australia. "Officials of our ministry had an important dialogue with the Australian ambassador," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday, without specifying when the meeting took place. "The Australian side is very clear with our position on bilateral relations and the relevant issue," Lu told a regular news briefing   Read More ...
China, South Korea Leaders Reset Bilateral Ties
2017-12-14 18:00:18 The leaders of China and South Korea pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear program, resetting relations that had soured over Seoul’s deployment of an American missile-defense system.   Read More ...
China, South Korea Eye Warmer Ties Following Tensions
2017-12-14 17:40:15 Beijing: The presidents of China and South Korea sought Thursday to repair ties strained over a US anti-missile defence system, but the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security cast a pall over the summit. Relations between Beijing and Seoul have been icy since South Korea allowed the United States to install the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system to guard against threats from North Korea   Read More ...
In Blue Valley, here’s another Chinese-immersion school for your child
2017-12-14 17:33:33 When the Blue Valley School District opted to pilot a Chinese language immersion program at Wolf Springs Elementary this year, administrators held off on deciding whether the district would expand the opportunity to more students. “We identified with the Board of Education that we would only tackle one year at a time,” said Tonya Merrigan, the district’s chief of curriculum. “We had to study and make sure that it would be successful at Wolf Springs   Read More ...
China summons Australian envoy amid meddling row
2017-12-14 17:18:31 China has summoned the Australian ambassador amid a growing row over allegations of Chinese meddling in politics in Australia. “Officials of our Ministry had an important dialogue with the Australian ambassador,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday, without specifying when the meeting took place. “The Australian side is very clear with our position on bilateral relations and the relevant issue,” Mr   Read More ...
Largest vehicle ferry to connect China, ROK
2017-12-14 17:00:54 Work on China's largest roll-on/roll-off ferry has been completed and will be put into operation soon, authorities in east China's Shandong Province said Thursday. The 196-meter-long and 28.6-meter-wide ship, with a shipping capacity of 34,000 tonnes, can carry 1,080 passengers. The driveway is 2,480 meters long. The sailing speed is set at 23 knots. According to Rongcheng city government, the ship will begin operation in early 2018, sailing between Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province and Inchon, Republic of Korea   Read More ...
Putin says Russia, China to remain strategic partners regardless of political agenda
2017-12-14 17:00:43 Russia and China will remain strategic partners in the long term regardless of the outcome of the upcoming Russian presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. "I am fully convinced that the development of relations with China enjoys a national consensus in Russia, and irrespectively of the outcome of the (Russian presidential) election campaign, Russia and China will remain strategic partners for an extensive historic perspective," Putin told Xinhua during his annual press conference   Read More ...
China Says War Must Not Be Allowed On Korean Peninsula
2017-12-14 16:39:39 Beijing: War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions   Read More ...
Australian universities accused of sharing military technology with China
2017-12-14 16:18:00 The Defence Department has been accused of turning a blind eye to universities illegally sharing military technology with China. Key points: Hundreds of research projects linking Australian scientists with senior Chinese military figures Defence Department relies on self-assessment from universities to police interactions with overseas academics Collaborations mean Australian technology could be used against it on the battlefield Former senior defence official Peter Jennings has told AM there was a "likelihood" universities were breaking strict export controls on technology that could be used for military purposes   Read More ...
SBP starts hosting preps by observing in 2019 Fiba World Cup in China
2017-12-14 16:15:52 Tasked to host a once-in-a-lifetime basketball extravaganza in six years’ time, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is buckling down to work early as it will send a team to China to observe the 2019 Fiba World Cup preparations. That is the first step for the Philippines for its joint hosting of the 2023 Fiba World Cup together with Japan and Indonesia   Read More ...
Japanese and Chinese views on recent ties have greatly improved, poll shows
2017-12-14 16:12:07 BEIJING – Japanese and Chinese people’s views on recent relations between their countries have markedly improved, an annual survey showed Thursday, after years of abysmal readings. Japanese respondents who think the current status of bilateral ties is “bad” or “relatively bad” accounted for 44.9 percent, down sharply from last year’s 71.9 percent and going below 50 percent for the first time in seven years   Read More ...
China summons Australian ambassador over allegations of political meddling by Beijing
2017-12-14 16:12:03 SYDNEY – China summoned Australia’s ambassador to lodge a complaint over Canberra’s allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action said Thursday. Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on China’s influence overseas   Read More ...