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China Current Events: July 25

Slowing economy sharply weakens China’s tax revenue growth The Chinese government collected much less tax in the first half of this year as the economy expanded at its slowest pace since the depth of the global financial crisis, according to data released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Tuesday.  Read more China announces South [...]

China Current Events: July 21

Chinese court upholds Ai Weiwei’s US$2.4 mil. tax fine A Chinese court on Friday upheld a US$2.4 million fine for tax evasion against the country’s most famous dissident, Ai Weiwei, after barring him from attending the hearing, in a case that critics accuse Beijing of using to muzzle the outspoken artist.  Read more China’s population [...]

Current Events in China: July 17

More than 900,000 affected in Chinese rainstorms Torrential rain last week affected about 750,000 people in central China’s Hunan province, the provincial flood control and prevention headquarters said on Monday.  Read more Philippines warns China fishermen to stay away The Philippines on Monday warned a large Chinese fishing fleet in the Spratlys to stay clear [...]

Current Events in China: July 7

China reacts calmly to US after WTO auto complaint China on Friday urged the United States to ensure trade disputes did not harm overall economic ties, after Washington filed a WTO complaint over Chinese duties on imported American cars.  Read more In U.S.-China Car Clash, Obama Should Drive Harder President Obama is right to blast [...]

Current Events in China: July 4

China rushes surveillance ships to islands claimed by Vietnam Amid rising tensions between China and its neighbours over the disputed territories in the South China Sea, Beijing today sent four surveillance ships to the area also claimed by Vietnam after spotting a foreign fishing vessel there.  Read more China protest against alloy plant enters third [...]

China Current Events: June 30

Plane hijacking foiled in restive western China Passengers and crew foiled a hijacking attempt by six people on a plane in China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region Friday, a regional airline and state media said.  Read more Shanghai ‘face-eater’ tries to chew off woman’s face According to local Chinese press, an intoxicated bus driver in Wenzhou [...]

China Current Events: June 23

China manufacturing hits 7-month low: HSBC Chinese manufacturing activity hit a seven-month low in June, data from HSBC showed Thursday, putting pressure on Beijing to do more to boost the world’s second-largest economy.  Read more China behind N. Korea embargo breaches: UN A U.N. panel has found Chinese involvement in more than half of the [...]

China Current Events: June 19

Chinese spacecraft docks with module A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked with an orbiting module Monday, another first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space.  Read more Chinese bank ‘owner’ highlights audacious mainland fraud In a China awash with fake iPhones, pirated DVDs and knockoff Louis Vuitton [...]

Current Events in China: June 2

Exclusive: China arrests security official on suspicion of spying for U.S. A Chinese state security official has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, sources said, a case both countries have kept quiet for several months as they strive to prevent a fresh crisis in relations.  Read more U.S. to improve strategic [...]

Current Events in China: May 23

US military aircraft have fake parts from China: Senate report A report on counterfeit electronic parts published by the US Senate Armed Services Committee after a yearlong investigation uncovered about 1,800 cases of fake parts in US military aircraft, and more than 70% of 1 million suspect components can be traced back to China, reports [...]

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    • Obama says US will defend Japan in island dispute with China - The Guardian April 24, 2014
      The GuardianObama says US will defend Japan in island dispute with ChinaThe GuardianThe US is duty-bound to come to Japan's aid in the event of a conflict with China over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Barack Obama declared at the start of a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring Washington's allies in the face of ...Obama calls for p […]
    • Degrees of Influence Peddling in China and US - New York Times April 24, 2014
      Degrees of Influence Peddling in China and USNew York TimesTo understand how money and politics intertwine in the world's two largest economies, look no further than two important articles in The Times in the last few days. First, Michael Forsythe, Chris Buckley and Jonathan Ansfield reported on a Chinese ...and more » […]
    • Japan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-court - Reuters April 24, 2014
      BBC NewsJapan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-courtReutersThe Chinese government has described the case as a simple business dispute unrelated to wartime compensation claims, but it has become a cause célèbre for activists in China seeking redress from Japan. Mitsui paid about 2.92 billion yen ($28.5 million ...China Court Frees Japanese Ship […]
    • Why Japan's economy is in better shape than China's - CNBC.com April 24, 2014
      CNBC.comWhy Japan's economy is in better shape than China'sCNBC.comThe Japanese economy expanded 0.7 percent on year in the final quarter of 2013, substantially slower than China's 7.7 percent expansion. While growth in the mainland economy has slowed from double-digit levels in recent years it remains on course to ...and more » […]
    • Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea) - Foreign Policy (blog) April 23, 2014
      Foreign Policy (blog)Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea)Foreign Policy (blog)As President Barack Obama prepares for his trip to Asia this week, he will face questions not just about the administration's signature rebalance, or "pivot" toward that region, but also about the crisis in Ukraine. The leaders Obama will meet in South ...Chin […]
    • Would China fight for disputed islands? - BBC News April 23, 2014
      BBC NewsWould China fight for disputed islands?BBC NewsUS President Barack Obama touched down in Japan on Wednesday to hold talks with America's key Asian ally. China's leaders will be watching the visit from afar. Ahead of his arrival, Mr Obama told a Japanese newspaper that a cluster of islands in the ...China says it will maintain patrols near J […]
    • Obama arrives in Japan, backs its island dispute - USA TODAY April 23, 2014
      Obama arrives in Japan, backs its island disputeUSA TODAYJapan is Obama's first stop in a four-nation tour in which he hopes to convince Asian allies and adversaries that the U.S. "pivot" to Asia is more than just rhetoric. He'll also visit South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, but not China, the ... […]
    • China factory activity shrinks for fourth month - Reuters April 23, 2014
      China factory activity shrinks for fourth monthReutersChina's central bank will cut the amount of deposits rural banks must hold as reserves by between 0.5 and 2 percentage points, it said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of measures to help combat the slowing economy. CICC estimated that the reserve ...China factory activity shrinks for fourth month […]
    • Will China drop gold next? - MarketWatch April 23, 2014
      Wall Street Journal (blog)Will China drop gold next?MarketWatchHONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Investors have done well in the past with a simple strategy of buying what China was buying. So earlier this year, things were looking up for gold when it was revealed that China had swept past India to become the world's ...China shares mixed on free trade zone pla […]
    • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China - Reuters April 22, 2014
      BloombergSearch for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for ChinaReutersChina's deployment for the search - 18 warships, smaller coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker - has stretched the supply lines and logistics of its rapidly expanding navy, Chinese analysts and regional military attaches ...China Challenges Obama […]