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May 22 2017

18:13

How China's real estate bubble pushes up prices in Sydney

It didn't seem a hotbed of revolutionary anger. It was one of the big, global conferences that usually are the domain of the powerful and the respectable.

04:17

China bans dog meat sales during notorious Yulin festival: reports

Beijing: Chinese authorities have banned dog meat sales at the country's notorious Yulin dog-eating festival, two US non-profit organisations have reported. An activist, carrying a dog that he bought from a dog seller, leaves a market during a dog meat festival in Yulin in 2016.

May 21 2017

16:57

Upcoming China-Hong Kong bridge: unifying link, or tentacle of Beijing control?

As a 30-km bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration at a time of growing tension between the two sides. The bridge, which snakes out over the estuary with soaring pylons, viaducts and towers using more steel than 60 Eiffel Towers, was first proposed in the late 1980s.

12:11

China stifled US spying by killing CIA informants

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May 20 2017

18:08

Top Philippine judge calls for fresh arbitration case over China 'threat'

May 20 A Philippines Supreme Court judge called on Saturday for Manila to file an international arbitration case and a complaint with the United Nations over what the country's leader said was a threat of war made by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's business-focused rapprochement with China, said the use or threat of force to settle disputes between states is outlawed under the U.N. Charter and if the president did nothing to protest that, he was "selling us out".

13:42

Veteran negotiators optimistic about Trump's Mideast bid

Two veteran Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, who logged many hours together in failed efforts to strike a deal, said Saturday they are optimistic about President Donald Trump's Mideast bid. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke in separate interviews on the sidelines of a regional World Economic Forum meeting.

09:10

Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct

" A framework agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea marks a potentially significant step toward cooling tensions in the strategic waterway, analysts said Friday. While details of the agreement reached Thursday weren't disclosed, it is a definite sign of progress on reaching a final code of conduct that the parties committed to 15 years ago, the experts said.

04:30

US protests intercept by Chinese jets; China blames US

This undated combination of photos shows the U.S. Air Force WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft during flight, left, and two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets taking off. A pair of Chinese fighter jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of an American radiation-sniffing surveillance plane over the East China Sea, the U.S. Air Force said Friday, May 19, 2017, the latest in a series of such incidents that have raised U.S. concerns in an already tense region.

May 19 2017

23:55

Ex-IBM Corp. employee admits to economic espionage charge

An ex-IBM Corp. software developer has pleaded guilty in New York to economic espionage and theft-of-a-trade secret. Prosecutors say in a release that the 31-year-old onetime Beijing, China, resident stole computer code to benefit the National Health and Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China.

19:10

Wives of Detained Lawyers Appeal to Trump to Press China on Rights

In this Aug. 1, 2016 file photo, a man films Li Wenzu, left, wife of imprisoned lawyer Wang Quanzhang, holds a paper that reads "Release Liu Ermin" as she and supporters of a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer and activists stage a protest outside the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Tianjin, China.

14:15

Talk of China dog meat festival ban all bark, no bite: Restaurants

BEIJING: Animal rights groups say dog meat has been banned at a controversial festival in China, but local restaurants claim they haven't heard anything about the purported prohibition. The celebration in the southwestern town of Yulin has long drawn international criticism but this year authorities have prohibited sales of butchered canines, the Humane Society International said.

09:45

China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, passes on a hand-written letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 19, 2017. A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

09:45

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

In this May 16, 2017 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, gas flare out from a drilling platform that extracted natural gas from combustible ice trapped under the seafloor of the South China Sea. Commercial development of the globe's vast reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as combustible ice has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor.

09:45

China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 19, 2017. A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi stressed the impo... .

07:30

Progress made on draft of South China Sea code of conduct

In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130. China on Friday, May 19, 2017, said it reached agreement with the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on the rough outline of a legally binding code of conduct designed to prevent clashes in the strategic South China Sea.

03:07

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

The US$17 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, expected to be completed by the end of 2017 after nearly eight years, will be one of the longest sea bridges at 22.9 kilometres, with a 6.7-kilometre underwater tunnel. PEARL RIVER ESTUARY, China: As a 30-kilometre bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration at a time of growing tension between the two sides.

May 18 2017

22:34

Inventive 'little brat' mounts home-made WannaCry attack to fund budding romance in China

The worldwide WannaCry cyberattacks inspired a boy in eastern China to concoct his own home-made extortion scheme - against his father. The father arrived home to find the power cut and a demand for money on a piece of paper taped to the door of the flat in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, on Tuesday, Changzhou Daily reported.

17:57

Chinese police release video footage to refute journalist's torture claim

Chinese police released a video on Thursday of detained human rights activist Jiang Tianyong to refute what it described as rumors he had been tortured, though Jiang's wife said the clip had not assuaged fears for her husband's safety. Disbarred lawyer Jiang, 46, who had spoken out against a government crackdown on dozens of rights activists in 2015, went missing in Changsha city in November last year, his wife told Reuters at the time.

13:09

Chinese student charged with 'extremism' over Blue Whale suicide game chat group

Authorities across the country on the alert over the spread of the game, which has been linked with teen deaths worldwide A 17-year-old student in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, has been arrested and charged with "spreading extremism" over a chat group he ran about the Blue Whale online game that encourages players to harm themselves or even commit suicide. State television reported on Wednesday that the student ran an online chat group with 500 members.

08:35

Yulin in China to ban sale of dog meat ahead of annual dog meat...

Guangxi city's new Communist Party secretary said to be behind move to prohibit selling of dog meat; animal-rights activist hails compassion of 'the younger generation in Yulin and in China' Chinese officials are set to ban the sale of dog meat at the annual Yulin festival, according to China-based activists. The Humane Society International and advocacy group Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project say the southwestern city is poised "to prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event".

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