Latest Beijing News

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Sep. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — by...

USA Bobsled pilot Elana Meyers Taylor expecting baby

Sep. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor announced Wednesday that she will not compete this season because she is pregnant, though she plans to return in a year to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Meyers Taylor and her husband, fellow U.S. bobsledder Nic Taylor, are expecting their first child in March. Meyers...

Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol

Sep. 18, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for human rights. Pelosi thanked the activists for "challenging the conscience," not...

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests

Sep. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been canceled "in view of the latest situation...

A panda is the mascot for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A smiling panda and a walking Chinese lantern will be the mascots for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing. The mascots were revealed Tuesday at a ceremony at the Shougang Ice Hockey Arena in the Chinese capital. Beijing Mayor Chen Jining described them as adorable, unique and...

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The price of pork, China's staple meat, has soared almost 50% from a year ago due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever...

Air China jet returns to Dulles after engine fire reported

Sep. 17, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say an Air China jet bound for Beijing made an emergency return Tuesday to Dulles International Airport after reporting an engine fire. In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration says that the Air China flight landed safely Tuesday in Washington after reporting an...

Uncertainty over South Korea's World Cup visit to Pyongyang

Sep. 17, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's soccer association is unsure whether its World Cup qualifier against North Korea next month will take place in Pyongyang or on a neutral ground. The Seoul-based KFA said it hadn't yet received any information from its counterpart in Pyongyang regarding logistics for...

UN adopts Afghan resolution without China's 'Belt and Road'

Sep. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a compromise resolution Tuesday extending the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan that drops a Chinese demand to include a reference to China's $1 trillion "belt and road" initiative but stresses the need for regional connectivity. China...

Hong Kong activists appeal to US lawmakers to help movement

Sep. 17, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists involved in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong appealed to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday to support their fight by banning the export of American police equipment that is used against demonstrators and by more closely monitoring Chinese efforts to undermine civil liberties in the...