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China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Nov. 14, 2019 3:01 AM EST

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street high

Nov. 14, 2019 1:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday amid doubts about the status of a U.S.-Chinese trade deal after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. Shanghai and Seoul advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Investors were...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street high

Nov. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday amid doubts about the status of a U.S.-Chinese trade deal after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. Investors were wary after The Wall Street Journal reported Chinese negotiators...

Sour grapes: Trade war puts cork in US wine sales to China

Nov. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EST

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Caught in the crossfire of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, U.S. vineyards are struggling to sell Syrah in Shanghai and Chardonnay in Shenzhen. They risk losing their foothold in one of the world’s fastest-growing wine markets. The 16-month dispute...

Economy in mind, Bolsonaro changes tack and cozies up to Xi

Nov. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — What a difference a year makes. In the months before last year’s presidential election in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro described China as predatory and thumbed his nose at the Chinese government by visiting Taiwan, Beijing’s archrival. Now, as a more pragmatic president,...

Chinese, other students flee Hong Kong as violence worsens

Nov. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — University students from mainland China and Taiwan are fleeing Hong Kong, while those from three Scandinavian countries have been moved or urged to leave as college campuses become the latest battleground in the city’s 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine police used a boat...

Global stocks sink after Trump threatens more China tariffs

Nov. 13, 2019 7:48 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks sank Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened more tariff hikes on Chinese imports if talks aimed at ending a trade war fail to produce an interim agreement. Market benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo declined. Wall Street looked set to slip. Trump...

Chinese buyer of British Steel looks to grow abroad

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jingye Group's purchase of British Steel Ltd. gives the privately owned Chinese steelmaker a chance to grow outside a home market dominated by giant state-owned mills. The deal adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that want to speed their growth in industries from...

As Hong Kong descends into chaos, China mulls its options

Nov. 13, 2019 4:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A sharp escalation of violence in Hong Kong is once again raising the question of how China's central government will respond: Will it intervene, or allow the chaos to persist? The Liaison Office, which represents mainland authorities in Hong Kong, said Wednesday that actions in the...

China holding 3 Taiwanese over national security suspicions

Nov. 13, 2019 12:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Wednesday that it is holding three Taiwanese on suspicion of committing subversion or other crimes against the Chinese state, part of a trend that has prompted a travel warning from the island's government. The three were suspected of carrying out activities harmful to...