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China creates three new military units in push to modernise army
BEIJING, Jan 1 (Reuters) - China has created three new military units and will update equipment as well as modernising its command structure, state media said on Friday, as part of a major overhaul of the armed forces announced by President Xi Jinping ...

China factory activity shrinks in soggy start to 2016
China looked set for a soggy start to 2016 after activity in the manufacturing sector contracted for a fifth straight month in December, suggesting the government may have to step up policy support to avert a sharper slowdown. While China's services ...

China sends warning to Taiwan as it prepares to elect first woman president
As a British-educated admirer of Margaret Thatcher, the woman set to become leader of China's fierce rival Taiwan was always likely to be regarded with suspicion by Beijing's Communist Party apparatus. The fact that she is head of a party dedicated to ...

China Focus: China's innovation, entrepreneurship strong despite flagging growth
BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Wang Ruixu's first year after college graduation was a year of breakthroughs. In 2015, the app Wang and his team developed, "Jianzhimao," which helps users find part-time jobs, amassed over 5.8 million users and received ...

China buzz: What's new in President Xi's office?
Checking out the fixtures and fittings. While President Xi delivered his televised New Year speech from his office, many viewers seemed more interested in how the new pictures and fixtures have been arranged. Some meticulous WeChat users also spotted ...

Xinhua Insight: Fulfilling lots, China expects new goals
BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- One week before New Year, light came to 39,800 people in remote northwest China, the last group being able to light their homes in the world's most populous country. At the end of 2015, China met its goal of providing ...

China Creates 3 New Army Units to Modernize Military
BEIJING — China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military — the world's largest standing force — and improve its fighting capacity. State television on Saturday showed President Xi Jinping giving military ...

Snow to disperse smog in China
BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Snow will disperse smog in parts of China, the weather observatory said on Saturday. Snow will hit northern China and northeastern China, while rain will sweep some parts in southern China on Monday and Tuesday, the National ...

Structural reform to power China's stable growth
BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The supply-side structural reform to improve all-factor productivity will help China gather future growth steam, according to the country's finance minister. Despite heavy downward economic pressure, the Chinese economy is ...

Vietnam protests after China lands plane on disputed Spratlys
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Saturday by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built in a contested part of the South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman ...

After a year of disruption, China looks to 2016 with cautious optimism
A man in Dongsheng, one of Beijing's largest slums, stands next to a sign reading "demolish." The area is set to be torn down this year, uprooting an estimated 100,000 people. A man in Dongsheng, one of Beijing's largest slums, stands next to a sign ...

China vows to build powerful modern army
The defense ministry has offered more details concerning the establishment of new forces, as well as the deepening reforms in the Chinese military. During a press conference held by the defence ministry, spokesman Yang Yujun said that forming a new ...

Spotlight: Sri Lanka eyes closer ties with China in 2016
COLOMBO, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka is seeking to further cement its relations with China in the year ahead, a senior government minister told Xinhua here recently. A high-level delegation led by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is ...

As 2016 begins, China stands at new starting line
BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- As the year 2016 begins, China is on the home stretch to building a "moderately prosperous society in all respects." A meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in late October set out an inspiring development proposal ...

Hong Kong unsettled after 5th member of firm publishing books critical of ...
Hong Kong unsettled after 5th member of firm publishing books critical of ...

China lands test flight in disputed island chain
China said it had landed a test flight on a newly completed airfield in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a sign of its growing military capabilities in the region. The flight drew a quick protest from Vietnam, which said China had ...

How China's 'pregnancy police' brutally enforced the one-child policy
Jan. 1 marked a significant cultural shift in China — starting this year, families will be able to have two children. This alters the one-child policy that was introduced in 1978 to control the country's population. In this excerpt from her new book ...

India-China ties progressed but relations remain complex: Envoy
BEIJING: Ties between India and China are set for a "very active" year with likely visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to each other's country even as the relationship remains complex due to the unresolved boundary ...

China Has Impulse to Get Fiscal
China has gone back to the tried and true way to get the economy going: government purse strings. Even more could be in store. While China's slowing economy has major structural explanations such as high debt levels and overcapacity, a more proximate ...

New World to Prepare Buyout Offer for $7 Billion China Unit
New World Development Co., controlled by the family of 90-year-old Hong Kong billionaire Cheng Yu-tung, is planning an offer to take its $7 billion China unit private, a person with knowledge of the matter said. New World Development could make an ...

China Shanshui Dispute Intensifies as Unit Files Lawsuit Onshore
China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd., which defaulted on bonds last year after a shareholder tussle, faces a mounting management dispute after a unit filed a lawsuit against it. Shandong Shanshui Cement Group Ltd., its main operating arm, accused China ...

China building second aircraft carrier which will focus more on military ops
BEIJING: China's second aircraft carrier, which is now under construction, will focus more on military operations training and technological experiments to improve its defence systems as the 2.3 million strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) undergoes ...

Deepening China concerns roil markets
Deepening concerns over the weakness of the Chinese economy saw sharemarket trading there suspended after steep falls with the sell-off spilling over to other countries in the region, prompting a heavy sell-off in the Australian dollar. Shares were ...

Hong Kong says "no indication" China involved in case of missing booksellers
HONG KONG Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said on Monday there was no indication so far outside agents were involved in the disappearance of five booksellers specializing in publications critical of China, but that it would be "unacceptable" if any ...

China begins environmental inspection in northern province
SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A one-month environmental protection inspection of north China's Hebei Province began on Monday, at the behest of central authorities. The inspection will continue till Feb. 4, examining implementation of Party and ...

Circuit Breaker: China Calls Time on Stock Market Fall
China's stock market regulator announced last month that come the New Year it would introduce a circuit breaker–a forced pause to trading–if shares fell too precipitously. On the first trading day of the year, officials had to reach for the newly ...

'Belly money:' How China profits from population control
Hangzhou, China (CNN) The odd collection of voices cuts through the cold Beijing air, the sounds emanating from a small, unremarkable back room. Inside, there's 20 or so people, most in their sixties and above. They're singing somber songs from the ...

Beijing Says Pollution Lessened in 2015 Despite Smog Alerts
Environmental authorities in Beijing say the Chinese capital's air quality in 2015 was better than the year before despite the city's first two red alerts for pollution late in the year. China has been setting national and local targets to reduce its ...

China lodges protest with Myanmar after land mine injures one
BEIJING China said on Tuesday it had lodged a protest with Myanmar after a land mine injured a Chinese person on their common border, the latest incident of cross-border conflict to strain ties between the neighbours. China has repeatedly demanded ...

China to allow mainlanders to make transit stops in Taiwan
China said on Tuesday it would allow transit stops in Taiwan for its citizens travelling from three Chinese cities, allowing people from the mainland to travel on from the island for the first time. The change is another step towards normalising travel ...


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