Chinese firms face off with ratings agencies

2014-09-19 10:30

Chinese companies hounded by debt obligations accrued over the past few years are grappling with a new adversary at what is a very inconvenient time.

China official hangs himself after being fired

2014-09-18 16:58

An official in eastern China has hanged himself after being sacked following a corruption probe into his presence at an extravagant banquet, state media says.

India, China relations on new footing

2014-09-17 12:30

India's new prime minister Narendra Modi is determined to build closer relations with China, whose leader comes with pledges to invest billions.

Chinese dairy group buys Australian farms

2014-09-17 09:30

Chinese dairies looking for new sources of cows' milk are buying Australian farms and intend to bring Chinese workers to help staff them, reports a newspaper.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

2014-09-16 19:29

Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

China bans 'dirty' coal sale, imports

2014-09-16 14:26

China will ban the sale and import of "dirty" coal in less than four months, in an anti-pollution move that could have repercussions.

China posts biggest daily loss in 6 months

2014-09-16 09:53

China shares have had their worst day in more than six months, as investors continue to fret about weak economic data and started to worry about liquidity.

Wild China sturgeon on brink of extinction

2014-09-15 13:40

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reports, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.

UPDATE Prost penalised for Heidfeld crash

2014-09-15 08:12

Nicolas Prost has admitted he was at fault for the final-corner crash with Nick Heidfeld at the inaugural Formula E race in Beijing on Saturday. Watch the bizzare crash!

China factory growth slows to near 6-year low

2014-09-14 17:30

China's factory output has grown at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other key sectors also cooled.

Ancient flying reptile named after 'Avatar' creature

2014-09-13 20:20

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled the creatures from the film Avatar.

3 get death for China train station attack

2014-09-12 22:52

A Chinese court has sentenced three people to death and one to life in prison for an attack at a train station in China that triggered a sweeping crackdown on 'militant violence'.

iPhone smugglers celebrate China iPhone delay

2014-09-12 14:41

The likely delayed launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, has sparked a race to pre-order the phone in Hong Kong.

4 on trial for 'China's 9/11' knife attack

2014-09-12 13:00

Four people have been accused of orchestrating a knife attack that killed dozens of people at a Chinese train station have gone on trial.

ePrix preview: Formula E lights up

2014-09-12 09:31

Motorsport will enter a new era with the first Formula E race, on the streets of Beijing, China on Sunday. Get the facts and figures for the upcoming Chinese ePrix in a race preview!

Pelican-like pterosaur enters record books

2014-09-12 05:00

Fossil hunters have found the remains of a pterosaur whose jaw suggests the flying reptile skimmed fish from surface water and stored the prey in a pelican-like throat pouch.

Iran: West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

2014-09-11 17:42

Iran says world powers should abandon their “illogical demands” over its nuclear programme, ahead of talks to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute.

China, Russia to build seaport: report

2014-09-11 13:40

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, in a further sign of the powerhouses' growing alliance.

China: Dalai Lama must respect reincarnation

2014-09-10 14:25

China has repeated a call on the Dalai Lama to respect what it says is the historic practice of reincarnation, after the Tibetan spiritual leader implied he may be the last to hold the position.

Over half of Chinese see war with Japan - poll

2014-09-10 13:09

More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll has revealed, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

Beijing's thirst may stunt regional growth

2014-09-10 10:15

China is about to realise a dream to redirect China's river flows, but critics say the resources grab by the political capital will harm regional China.

Ancient pits reveal origin of peach domestication

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists say an analysis of well-preserved ancient peach pits traces the domestication of this sweet fruit back at least 7 500 years to China's lower Yangtze River Valley in the vicinity of Shanghai.

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.

UK shares, government bonds show strains

2014-09-08 12:18

British shares and government bonds have shown strains as a poll put the campaign for Scotland to split from the rest of the UK in the lead for the first time.

China kills nearly 5 000 dogs to control rabies

2014-09-07 19:23

Chinese authorities have killed almost 5 000 dogs after blaming five human deaths on rabies in southwestern Yunnan province.


Apple iPhone lacks key licence in China

2014-09-19 07:26

Apple's iPhone 6 still lacks a key network access licence in China, state media has confirmed.

China sentences 4 for 'plotting terror attacks'

2014-09-18 08:12

China has sentenced four people to up to 20 years in jail for 'plotting terror attacks', and the latest in a wave of rulings as the government accelerates a crackdown on Islamist militants.

Australia plays down China 'dirty coal' ban

2014-09-17 12:00

Australia has played down the impact of China banning the sale and import of "dirty" coal, saying miners would adapt and exports would not be affected.

China dairy group buys Australian farms

2014-09-17 07:53

Chinese dairies looking for new sources of cows' milk are buying Australian farms and intend to bring Chinese workers to help staff them, a newspaper reports.

Birds' nests land Chinese man in soup

2014-09-16 15:41

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 ups medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

2014-09-16 13:58

China is set to send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN says.

Wife says police detain 81-year-old Chinese writer

2014-09-15 12:41

A well-known 81-year-old Chinese writer has been taken from his home and detained by police after he wrote several articles critical of a senior politician, his wife says.

China's giant online shopping 'crocodile'

2014-09-15 07:00

Alibaba has become by far the dominant e-commerce company in China, a country with the world's greatest number of internet users, in only 15 years.

China on track to develop Indian railways

2014-09-14 17:00

China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week.

China to neighbours: Fight extremism

2014-09-13 10:27

China's President Xi Jinping has urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism.

China offers $50m to Mali

2014-09-12 19:15

China has extended $51m in funding to Mali at a time when the West African country is negotiating a programme with the International Monetary Fund.

China entices US tech firms in spite of state control

2014-09-12 14:04

The size of the Chinese market is so alluring to Western companies that even pro-internet freedom firms may have to put moral outrage to the side in their pursuit of new business.

Chinese Fosun make counter-bid for Club Med

2014-09-12 13:00

Chinese group Fosun with its French ally Ardian and other partners have made a counter-bid for French holiday company ClubMed.

Formula E: First race in China on Sunday

2014-09-12 09:29

The new racing series Formula E will kick off this weekend in China but the sport's boss Alejandro Agag says it's not trying to compete with Formula 1 at all... VIDEO

New curbs on threatened shark trade

2014-09-11 17:48

Seven threatened species of shark and ray are to get greater protection, as a historic agreement aimed at safeguarding the world's oldest predator takes effect.

China misses out on iPhone 6 global release

2014-09-11 14:49

Millions of people in China, increasingly a critical pillar of Apple's business, may have to wait until the year-end before they can buy the new iPhone 6.

Squirrel critters shed light on mammal origins

2014-09-11 09:16

Scientists have announced the discovery of fossils belonging to three squirrel mammals that indicate as a group, they appeared earlier than some experts thought.

China eyes first space station by 2022

2014-09-10 13:49

China expects to establish its first space station by around 2022, building upon the experience of an experimental module already in orbit.

Zim pays almost R2bn to service Chinese loans

2014-09-10 11:17

Zimbabwe has spent almost R2bn in unbudgeted expenditure to service outstanding loans from China in an effort to encourage new financial support.

Wesizwe narrows half-year losses

2014-09-09 15:08

Wesizwe Platinum says it is does not expect to earn revenue until 2019 after posting a R3.8m loss for the six months to June.

China, US should avoid military incidents - Rice

2014-09-09 11:10

China and the US need to avoid incidents that complicate relations between their militaries, the US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says.

Exports push China's trade surplus to record

2014-09-08 13:00

Chinese exports have risen 9.4% year-on-year to $208.5bn in August, according to government data.

Dalai Lama says no need for successor

2014-09-07 21:20

The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.

China: 2 pilots killed in aircraft carrier tests

2014-09-06 08:43

Two Chinese test pilots have been killed during development of the country's first aircraft carrier fighter wing, state media say, in a rare admission of problems with the naval programme.

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