Birds' nests land Chinese man in soup

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A Chinese man has been arrested in Colombo while trying to smuggle out swallow’s nests with a street value of $50 000, hours before the country’s president was due to arrive.

China makes rare admission of naval near-miss

2014-09-04 12:15

China has honoured a submarine captain for averting an underwater 'emergency' after his crew reportedly saved the vessel from sinking into waters thousands of metres deep.

Can China save Mugabe?

2014-08-29 10:26

Even Beijing's support may not be enough to rescue Zimbabwe's sinking economy, as President Robert Mugabe turns to 'old friend' China after being snubbed by the US.

China's Xi hails Mugabe as renowned leader

2014-08-25 23:12

China’s president Xi Jinping has hailed Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe – a pariah in the West – as a renowned African liberation leader and an "old friend" of the Chinese people.

China's Xi eyes increased investment in Cuba

2014-07-23 10:30

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in a visit to expand investment in the fellow communist nation, his last stop on a four-country Latin American charm offensive.

North Korea missiles a 'serious provocation' - South

2014-07-10 11:29

South Korea has condemned a series of missile launches by nuclear-armed North Korea as a "serious provocation" that threatened stability on the peninsula.

China holds ceremony to mark China-Japan war

2014-07-07 09:55

President Xi Jinping has criticised people who he says "beautify the history of aggression" as China marks the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan amid rising tensions.

China: 32 terror groups broken up in crackdown

2014-06-23 15:41

Chinese authorities say they broke up 32 terror groups and arrested more than 380 suspects in the far west in the first month of a crackdown aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party's resolve to maintain order.

Western democracy only brings chaos - China paper

2014-06-09 10:13

China's top newspaper has warned against aping Western-style democracy, pointing to Thailand and Ukraine as examples of the kind of chaos the system can bring.

China says 29 arrested in anti-terror crackdown

2014-06-05 09:16

Chinese authorities have announced 29 more arrests in their continuing anti-terrorism crackdown in Xinjiang following a series of deadly attacks blamed on Muslim extremists.

China police seize 1.8 tons of bomb material

2014-05-27 07:37

Police in China's restive Xinjiang seized 1.8 tons of bomb making material and detained five people, authorities say, following a string of deadly attacks blamed on militants.

China to crackdown on 'arrogance of terrorists'

2014-05-22 11:43

China has called the attack in Urumqi a "serious violent terrorist incident" and vowed to strengthen a crackdown on the "arrogance of terrorists" after ninety-four people were wounded.

China warns US cyber charges may damage ties

2014-05-20 12:44

China has warned the US was jeopardising military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and calls the US 'the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace'.

French minister in the soup over disgusting food

2014-03-29 14:06

France's trade minister has had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China's President Xi Jinping was disgusting.

Chinese citizens try to cope with smog

2014-02-25 10:21

Pollution-weary residents of smog-hit Beijing have turned to black humour to help cope with gruelling conditions as a large swathe of China was covered by a thick blanket of haze.

Chinese tycoon accused of running mafia

2014-02-21 15:09

Authorities have accused a Chinese mining tycoon of running a vast mafia that blackmailed, beat and gunned down rivals, travelled in Rolls Royces and fostered ties with drug-fuelled parties.

Don't cover up corruption, China warns

2014-02-04 13:12

Authorities in China have warned they will go after officials who cover up corruption, in an effort to curb widespread graft, according to state media.

Chinese official sentenced to death for fraud

2014-01-23 18:25

A Chinese municipal official has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting more than $1m in bribes, the official news agency reports.

China hails progress in corruption crackdown

2014-01-10 19:12

China has hailed its crackdown on corruption, saying "new progress and achievements" had led to a 13.3% increase in the number of people punished last year.

China's Xi in surprise restaurant visit

2013-12-28 14:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping has displayed his common touch with a surprise visit to a steamed bun restaurant in Beijing, where he lined up and paid for his food, happily chatting to surprised customers.

China bans shark fin soup from official events

2013-12-09 07:13

China has announced a ban on the serving of shark fin and bird's nest soup at official banquets, as part of a sweeping government crackdown on corruption and excessive spending.

China: Another official under investigation

2013-11-28 11:45

China has placed a provincial vice governor under investigation, the latest senior official to fall in a highly-publicised anti-graft campaign under the country's new leadership.

China-Norway relations remain frosty

2013-10-28 12:51

China's three-year snub of Norway over a Nobel Peace Prize award has illustrated the sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy, though there is a hope that relations will get better.

Other leaders dominate as Obama misses Apec

2013-10-07 10:14

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Asia-Pacific leaders have taken centre stage at a regional summit after President Barack Obama was a no-show due to the US government shutdown.


China's President Xi to make first visit to India

2014-09-09 08:37

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to India as head of state on a regional visit that will also take him to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan, the foreign ministry says.

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties

2014-09-01 15:00

Japan and India have agreed to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China.

Mugabe a true son of Africa – diplomats

2014-08-27 12:42

African diplomats in China have reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a true son of Africa, during his week-long visit to that country.

Uighur group: 100 casualties in China clash

2014-07-30 10:21

A clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group says.

China's Xi Jinping arrives in Cuba

2014-07-22 09:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Cuba, officials say, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology.

China-US confrontation would be a disaster - Xi

2014-07-09 11:23

Confrontation between China and the US would be a disaster and both must respect each others' sovereignty, Chinese President Xi Jinping says as he opened annual talks between the world's two biggest economies.

North Korea fires projectiles before Xi's Seoul visit

2014-07-02 09:47

North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials say, on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks in Seoul.

Hateful gossip in Beijing 'targets govt, rich'

2014-06-11 11:27

A majority of "rumours" swirling in Beijing target government officials and the rich, state-run media says, underscoring popular resentment at society's "haves" amidst deepening inequality in China.

China pins Xinjiang attacks on terrorists groups

2014-06-06 09:28

Chinese state media has issued details on 81 people sentenced on terror-related charges saying the bulk had belonged to terrorist organisations and committed murder and other violent crimes.

Beijing ramps up security for Tiananmen anniversary

2014-06-04 15:13

China imposed smothering security in central Beijing on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a topic that remains a taboo in the communist nation.

China sentences 55 in mass trial at stadium

2014-05-28 08:33

Authorities in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang have mounted a mass sentencing in a stadium for 55 people on offences including terrorism, state media says, as they press a crackdown on escalating violence.

Survivors tell of terror after China market attack

2014-05-23 10:54

Survivors tell of terror after deadly China market attack in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang.

Several dead in blast in China's Xinjiang

2014-05-22 07:22

Several people have been killed and injured after two vehicles ploughed into a market and explosives were thrown in China's restive Xinjiang region, home to mostly Muslim Uighurs.

Russia, China leaders meet amid West's criticism

2014-05-20 08:18

Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks with visiting Russian leader Vladimir Putin, as the two powers seek to build ties in the face of Western criticism and territorial disputes.

China's president heads cybersecurity body

2014-02-28 07:55

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to co-ordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing's concern over its vulnerability to online attacks.

Russia, China hail Mugabe – report

2014-02-24 10:02

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reportedly praised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for his “astute leadership in spearheading Africa’s fight for self-determination”.

Asian tensions prompt Kerry's visit to China

2014-02-14 12:54

Secretary of State John Kerry has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid increasingly tense territorial rows between Beijing and Washington's security allies Tokyo and Manila.

Call for China, EU free-trade deal

2014-01-27 20:29

A top diplomat is calling for China and the European Union to consider a multi-billion-dollar free-trade deal.

China 'reform panel' holds first meeting

2014-01-23 10:13

A Chinese Communist Party panel official in charge of implementing reforms has held its first meeting, with four top officials on board, a report says.

Steamed buns sell like hot cakes

2013-12-30 13:50

A surprise visit by China's president to a Beijing steamed bun restaurant has sparked a bun craze.

China marks Mao's birth with noodles and songs

2013-12-26 09:24

Admirers of Communist China's founder Mao Zedong have celebrated the 120th anniversary of his birth with noodles and fireworks.

Biden: China must reduce tension in Asia Pacific

2013-12-05 09:27

US Vice President Joe Biden says that China must take steps to reduce tensions in the Asia-Pacific to protect its growing stake in regional peace and stability.

Post-Tiananmen crackdown 'will fuel unrest'

2013-11-01 14:46

Festering discontent with China's governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing has been intent on clamping down, analysts say.

Anti-corruption activists face trial in China

2013-10-28 09:43

Three Chinese anti-corruption activists are due to face trial on charges of "illegal assembly", in a case seen as a sign of an official clampdown on citizens' demands for reforms.

Putin wins Iran, China backing for Syria plan

2013-09-13 15:02

President Vladimir Putin has won the support of Iran and China at a regional summit on Russia's initiative for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

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