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Report: Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang region

Eight people were killed in a knife attack in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported.

Trump tells Xi he'll respect 'One China' policy in first call

US President Donald Trump told China's Xi Jinping that he would respect the "One China" policy during the two leaders' first call since Trump's inauguration, the White House said late Thursday.

China commends Trump for 'constructive relationship' message

China has commended US President Donald Trump for a letter he has sent President Xi Jinping anticipating a "constructive relationship" between the two countries, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Chinese woman gives birth to baby from 16-year-old frozen embryo

China's adoption of a two-child policy last year has spurred a woman in Guangdong province to give birth to a baby from a 16-year-old frozen embryo, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.

Chinese Supreme Court judge says Trump is 'enemy of the rule of law'

A judge in China's Supreme Court, the country’s highest judicial body, has scolded US President Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks regarding a US judge who had opposed one of his executive orders.

China condemns 'wrong remarks' by Mattis on East China Sea islands

China condemned "wrong remarks" reportedly made by US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Tokyo about a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea, state media reported Saturday.

China denies engaging in currency, trade war despite Trump claims

China has never used a "currency war" to increase its trade competitiveness, the nation's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, after US President Donald Trump accused Beijing of purposefully devaluing the yuan.

China welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster

The Year of the Rooster has officially begun in China, marking the country's most important annual holiday.

More than half of Chinese cities choking under smog

Air pollution was reported on Wednesday by more than half of the 338 Chinese cities monitored by the country's environmental protection authority.

China promotes rival trade deal as US exits Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just one day after President Donald Trump announced the US is withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China on Tuesday used the opportunity to promote a rival regional trade deal.

China schedules first automated lunar sampling mission for November

China has scheduled the launch of lunar probe Chang'e-5 for November this year, in a mission marking several new accomplishments for the nation's space programme.

Twelve confirmed dead after landslide strikes central China hotel

Ten bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a central Chinese hotel flattened by a landslide this week, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12, Xinhua reported Sunday.

"The good times are over": Chinese fear Trump impact on economy

China's economy shows signs of stabilization. But Donald Trump is threatening high import duties on Chinese products. Economists and entrepreneurs say serious harm to China's economy is highly likely.

American business group warns against US trade conflict with China

Beijing (dpa) - The American Chamber of Commerce in China said Wednesday that Beijing will likely respond if US president-elect Donald Trump imposes restrictions on trade or investment between the two countries.

IMF raises China growth forecast, but warns of sharper slowdown

China's economy will expand by 6.5 per cent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, as it warned that the growth, driven by government spending, will not be sustainable. 

Taiwan calls for respect after China military move in Taiwan Strait

Taiwan-China interactions should be based on fairness and respect, Taiwan Premier Lin Chuan said late Thursday, after a Chinese military vessel passed close to Taiwan earlier in the day, a move that escalated tensions. 

China launches first commercial rocket mission

A Chinese rocket successfully sent three satellites into space in the country's first commercial mission on Monday.

McDonald's to sell 80 per cent of its China business

McDonald's plans to give up direct control of 80 per cent of its business in China and Hong Kong as part of a drive to franchise more restaurants worldwide, the company said in a statement Monday. 

Northern China drops pollution warnings as smog moves south

People in northern China were Monday enjoying a rare respite from choking air pollution as the smog which choked the area for weeks moved to the country's south.

Apple removes New York Times apps from China store, paper reports

Apple has complied with a request from Chinese authorities to remove two New York Times apps from its app store in China, the newspaper reported Thursday. 

China conducts South China Sea drill with aircraft carrier

China has conducted its first military drill with the country's sole aircraft carrier in the disputed South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

China smog shuts motorways, cancels flights

China's air and road transport was hit by thick smog in north and central parts of the country Monday, state media reported, as high pollution levels continued to affect the region.

China to ban all ivory trade by end of 2017

China plans to phase out all ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017, state media reported on Saturday.

China plans massive expansion of high-speed rail network

China plans to link 80 per cent of its cities with a high-speed rail network by 2020, state media reported on Thursday.

Eight dead or missing in explosion at Chinese fireworks factory

An explosion at a fireworks factory in China has killed or left missing at least eight people, state media reported on Sunday.

Chinese state media: Trump trade adviser pick "no laughing matter"

US president-elect Donald Trump's appointment of a hawkish trade adviser is "no laughing matter," Chinese state media said Friday, in language much less diplomatic than used by the Foreign Ministry a day earlier.

Chinese factories keep operating despite smog alerts

On the fifth day of China's "smogpocolypse," thousands of factories were continuing to operate despite orders to temporarily shut down during a government-issued pollution "red alert."

China welcomes African island nation's break with Taiwan

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe to break ties with Taiwan.

Record-breaking smog smothers northern China for fourth day

Some 460 million people breathed the dirtiest air of 2016 on Tuesday during a fourth day of smog "red alerts" across 23 Chinese cities.

China confirms return of underwater drone to US

China confirmed Tuesday that it has returned a US Navy underwater drone back to US authorities, which the country seized last week in the South China Sea.

Beijing roads quiet as smog alert hits 24 Chinese cities

Streets, roads and parks in the Chinese capital Beijing were eerily quiet on Saturday in response to an official red alert by authorities to combat heavy smog.

China "appropriately handling" US navy drone issue

The Chinese military is working with its US counterparts on "appropriately handling" the issue of a seized US Navy underwater drone, China said on Saturday.

Beijing declares "red alert" as winter smog closes in

China may have declared war on air pollution, but this weekend Beijing faces the highest state of alarm. The authorities have declared a "red alert," and Beijingers are increasingly fed up at the slow progress on air pollution.

Report: China has installed new weapons in South China Sea

New satellite images show China has significantly strengthened its military capabilities on contested islands in the South China Sea, a move that may increase tensions with its neighbours and the US. 

China launches record-breaking 20th rocket into high orbit

China launched the first of a new generation of weather satellites on Sunday, registering a record-breaking 20th launched rocket this year, state media reported.

Report: Secret detentions used to extract confessions in China

The Chinese government still uses a secretive detention system called "shuanggui" to extract confessions from Communist Party members suspected of corruption, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

Beijing reiterates protest after Trump tweets criticize China

After US president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday evening to criticize China amid an ongoing uproar over his unexpected phone call with Taiwan's president, Beijing on Monday said it will focus on studying US policy toward China.

Hawkish state-run Chinese paper slams Trump's Taiwan call as "petty"

China's most hawkish state-run tabloid denounced the phone call between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and US president-elect Donald Trump as a "petty gesture," in a typically blistering online editorial on Saturday.

Chinese firm building full-size Titanic replica for tourists

Construction has begun on the world's first full-size replica of the Titanic in China, a country that fell in love with the 1997 blockbuster movie about the doomed ocean liner.

China's top court acquits man 21 years after his execution

China's top court on Friday denounced and revoked the conviction of a man executed for rape and murder 21 years ago, saying the original decision was made "without a shred of evidence".

18 dead in central China as bus plunges into lake

Eighteen people died when a bus plunged off a road and into a lake near the city of Ezhou in central China, state media reported on Friday.

Fire leaves 22 coal miners trapped in north-eastern China

Twenty-two miners were trapped after a fire at a mine in north-eastern China, state media reported Wednesday.

Chinese company Ctrip acquires Skyscanner for 1.74 billion dollars

China's top online travel agency Ctrip is planning to acquire British flight comparison website Skyscanner, the companies said on Thursday.

Report: 67 killed in eastern China construction accident

The death toll in a construction accident in eastern China has risen to 67, regional newspaper Jiangxi Xinwen reported Thursday.

Chinese spaceship Shenzhou 11 lands back on earth

China's longest manned space flight returned to earth on Friday after more than a month in orbit, local media reported.

Alibaba smashes sales record on annual Singles Day

Internet giant Alibaba broke its own sales record of 14.3 billion dollars during China's "Singles Day" 24-hour online shopping binge on Friday, defying fears of an economic slowdown in China. 

Death sentences handed to two high-ranking officials in China

Two senior Chinese officials were sentenced to death on Friday, making them the latest targets in an ongoing campaign against corruption among public officials.

At least 2 dead, 9 injured in power plant explosion in east China

At least 2 people were killed in an explosion at a thermal power plant in east China's Shandong province on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China passes far-reaching internet security law

China adopted a new cybersecurity law on Monday, reinforcing and upgrading systematic state control of the internet.

Beijing reviews, defends intervention into Hong Kong council row

Chinese legislators have defended their intervention into a Hong Kong constitutional row saying they are tackling a "grave threat to national sovereignty and security" posed by two separatist council candidates.

33 missing miners confirmed dead after Chinese coal mine blast

All 33 coal miners trapped after a gas explosion earlier this week have now been found dead, the official Xinhua news agency said Wednesday. 

Fifteen dead after blast in Chinese coal mine

Fifteen miners were confirmed dead after an explosion in a coal mine in south-western China on Monday, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

Merkel: Germany to protect its industrial base in face of China moves

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany would protect its position as an industrial centre amid tensions between Beijing and Berlin over Chinese attempts to buy into key technological sectors in Europe's biggest economy.

Red Cross: Only quarter of aid target raised after North Korea flood

Following a rare appeal for aid from North Korea following severe flooding in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said Saturday it has only raised a quarter of its target aid amount globally.

China begins construction on first domestic-made aircraft carrier

China has begun assembling its first domestic-built aircraft carrier, the country's Ministry of Defense said Thursday, the latest step in an ongoing drive to modernize its armed forces.

China to begin new military exercises in South China Sea

China will begin new military drills Thursday in the disputed South China Sea, according to a defence ministry statement.

China arrests two citizen journalists during Communist Party plenum

Chinese police arrested two citizen journalists this week while an important Communist Party meeting is underway, an international press freedom watchdog said Wednesday.

Duterte says he wants to "separate" from US, praises China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants to "separate" from the United States and praised China in a speech to a business forum in Beijing.

Philippines' Duterte sees "springtime of relationship" in China visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping committed more than 9 billion dollars in loans for development projects at his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine presidential communications Office announced on Thursday.

Philippine president arrives in China for portentous state visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte touched down in Beijing on Tuesday evening for a portentous four-day state visit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.

China+16 conference on education held in Beijing

A high-level dialogue on human resources exchange between China and the EU and a conference of education ministers between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries were held in Beijing this week.

Chinese police arrest man suspected of killing 19

Chinese police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of killing 19 people in the south of the country, the worst case of mass murder by an individual in modern Chinese history, state media reported Thursday.

16 bodies found in south-west China village

Sixteen people, including three children, were found dead in their homes in a village in south-westen China, state media reported Thursday.

Body pulled from mud and rubble in China after typhoon, 26 missing

A body was retrieved from the debris of dozens of houses destroyed in a landslide in eastern China's Zhejiang province as a result of heavy rains brought by typhoon Megi, the authorities said on Thursday.

Several people missing in China as typhoon rains trigger mudslide

More than two dozen people were missing in China's eastern Zhejiang province after torrential rains from Typhoon Megi triggered a large mudslide that buried dozens of homes on Wednesday, local media reported.

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

The world's largest radio telescope - based in a lush mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou province - began exploring space in search of extraterrestrial life on Sunday.

Pokemon Go launch in China given hope with new technology venture

A ban on Google Maps means that Pokemon Go is still unavailable in China months after being launched in other parts of the world. However, local fans may finally be able to join the craze if a new technology venture succeeds.

Lufthansa seals joint flights deal with "ideal partner" Air China

The Lufthansa Group and Air China signed a partnership agreement Tuesday enabling the two airlines to operate joint flights between Europe and China. 

Taiwan premier tells China "no more political conditions"

Taiwan's national sovereignty and dignity should not be compromised for the sake of concessions from China, Taiwanese Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday, two days after opposition officials bypassed the government and met with Chinese officials in Beijing.

China launches Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit

The Tiangong-2 space laboratory was launched into orbit on Thursday from a launch facility in the Gobi desert, according to state media reports. 

Chinese police arrest over a dozen villagers in Wukan amid clashes

Authorities have raided homes and arrested at least 13 people in a remote village in southern China amid protests over the recent jailing of its elected chief, witnesses said Tuesday. 

China-Russia naval drills to counter "common threats" in disputed sea

China and Russia were poised to begin naval drills in the South China Sea late Monday, with no sign that Beijing will relinquish its claim to nearly all of the contested waters.

Volkswagen to explore electric car partnership with China's Jianghuai

German automaker Volkswagen, whose biggest market is in China, signed a memorandum of understanding with Jianghuai Automobile Co (JAC) Wednesday to push forward negotiations on joint development of electric vehicles.  

Giant pandas rebound off endangered list

Pandas are no longer endangered but remain “vulnerable”, according to the world's largest environmental decision-making forum.

Communique: G20 sees itself as well prepared for fallout from Brexit

The Group of 20 leading advanced and emerging countries see themselves well prepared for possible negative effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, and other global uncertainties, according to a draft of the G20 summit communique seen by dpa on Monday.

Four Olympic medallists from Beijing 2008 test positive for doping

Four medallists from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were among the six latest athletes who have tested positive for doping in the reanalysis of doping samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday.

South African pilot dies in China air show crash

A South African pilot died when his stunt plane crashed at an air show in northern China, state media reported on Saturday.

China unveils probe and rover for 2020 Mars mission

China on Wednesday released images of the Mars probe and rover that the country plans to use in its ambitious mission to the Red Planet in 2020.

Three top Chinese weightlifters fail 2008 doping tests

Three former Olympic weightlifting champions from China have failed retests of their doping samples from the Beijing 2008 Games, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said on Wednesday.

World's highest, longest glass bridge opens in central China

The world's highest and longest glass bridge opened to visitors in central China on Saturday, Xinhua news agency said.

Russia lose second 2008 Olympic relay medal to re-analysis of samples

Russia have lost the Olympic women's 4x400-metre silver medal from 2008 due to the re-analysis of Anastasia Kapachinskaya's doping sample testing positive, just two days after having the women's 4x100m gold withdrawn.

China hits back at Australia over blocked power grid sale

The Australian government's decision to block the purchase of an energy grid by two Chinese firms will deter companies from investing in the country, China's Commerce Ministry warned on Wednesday.

China approves Hong Kong-Shenzhen stock exchange link

China has approved a long-awaited link between the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock markets, state media reported on Tuesday, about two years after a similar link was established between the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges.

China launches experimental "hack-proof" satellite

China launched the world's first experimental quantum communications satellite on Tuesday, local media reported.

At least 21 killed in pipeline explosion in central China

At least 21 people were killed in a pipeline explosion at a power plant in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua reported. 

US, Chinese navies to hold first drills since South China Sea ruling

A US destroyer is making the first visit by an American warship to a Chinese port since an international tribunal last month ruled against Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea.

Chinese state media blasts Trump for "scapegoating" China

Chinese state media attacked US Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday for playing the "China-bashing card" in his efforts to shore up his support, and accused him of offering no real ideas on how to improve relations. 

China sentences third activist in trials following national crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin gave an activist a three-year suspended prison sentence for "subverting state power" on Friday.

China jails activist for 7.5 years in second case following crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin sentenced an activist to seven and a half years in prison for "subverting state power" on Wednesday, in the second known trial following the arrests of hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists.

Japanese defence report "smears" China after military drill

A defence policy report approved by the Japanese government on Tuesday has inflamed tensions with China by describing Beijing's military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat.

China fires rockets, torpedoes in new East China Sea manoeuvre

Chinese naval aircraft, submarines and ships launched a new manoeuvre in the East China Sea, state media reported on Monday, firing rockets and torpedoes in the waters where China and Japan are locked in a dispute over a group of unoccupied islands.

China sentences first activist connected to rights lawyer crackdown

A court in northern China's city of Tianjin found a legal activist guilty of "subverting state power" on Tuesday, in the first known trial following the arrests of hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists.

China's Didi Chuxing confirms merger with rival Uber China

Car-hailing app Uber will sell its China business to domestic competitor Didi Chuxing, the Chinese company confirmed in a statement on Monday. 

Report: Uber said to merge with China's Didi for $35 billion company

Car service app Uber is preparing to sell its China business to domestic car-hailing app Didi Chuxing, with the combined business valued at 35 billion dollars, a news report said Monday. 

Mass robot dance in eastern China sets Guinness World Record

A total of 1,007 robots danced for a minute in eastern China's Shandong province, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous robot dance, a report said Sunday. 

China, Russia plan new military drills amid maritime disputes

China will hold joint military exercises with Russia in the South China Sea in September, following a recent international court ruling against Beijing in a territorial dispute with Manila.

Former top Chinese general gets life sentence for taking bribes

A Chinese military court on Monday sentenced former general Guo Boxiong to life in prison for accepting bribes, in the highest-level military prosecution in decades.

China and North Korea foreign ministers hold first talks in two years

China and North Korea's top diplomats met Monday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Laos, according to a Chinese state media report.

At least 72 dead, 78 missing in north China floods amid protests

At least 72 people are dead and 78 are missing in China's northern Hebei province, official reports said Saturday, with protesters saying some deaths were caused by the government releasing flood water from a reservoir. 

World Bank, WHO: China needs more healthcare reform as country ages

China needs to deepen reform of its health system to meet the growing needs of a rapidly aging population and to control high costs in public health spending amid an economic slowdown, a study said Friday.