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China launches main part of its 1st permanent space station

Apr. 29, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term, the latest success for a program that has realized a number of its growing ambitions in recent years. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly...

Germany's Merkel presses China for human rights dialogue

Apr. 28, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed China's prime minister Wednesday for broader discussions on human rights issues, telling him that the relationship between their countries “means that we can address difficult issues and put everything on the table.” ...

EXPLAINER: What's happened so far at China's annual congress

Mar. 08, 2021 00:46 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Midway through its annual session, China’s ceremonial parliament is focusing on boosting the economy, building self-reliance in technology and further squeezing room for political opposition in Hong Kong. The weeklong meeting of the National People’s Congress, which...

Chinese exports surge as global demand recovers from virus

Mar. 07, 2021 00:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports surged 60.6% over a year earlier in the first two months of 2021, after factories reopened and global demand started to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Exports rose to $468.9 billion, customs data showed Sunday, accelerating from...

China sets growth target 'over 6%,' tightening HK control

Mar. 05, 2021 08:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader set a healthy economic growth target Friday and vowed to make the nation self-reliant in technology amid tension with the U.S. and Europe over trade and human rights. Another official announced plans to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the...

China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change

Mar. 05, 2021 06:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets on Friday that give little sign that it will step up its pace in combatting climate change. On a smoggy day in Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang...

China boosts defense spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic

Mar. 05, 2021 02:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is increasing its defense spending by 6.8% in 2021 as it works to maintain a robust upgrading of the armed forces despite high government debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A national budget report issued Friday said China would spend...

Shares slip in Asia after bond yield spike hits Wall St

Mar. 04, 2021 23:13 PM EST

Asian shares slipped Friday after surging U.S. bond yields renewed pressure on high-flying technology companies. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index dropped as much as 2% and shares fell in most other markets. Investors were disappointed with remarks by...

EXPLAINER: What to look for at China's annual Congress

Mar. 04, 2021 15:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature begins its annual meeting this week with economic growth, climate and a crackdown on political opponents in Hong Kong expected to be on the agenda. COMMUNIST PARTY FIRMLY IN CHARGE WHILE XI REIGNS SUPREME The...

China, looking post-virus, to push tech autonomy at Congress

Mar. 04, 2021 11:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are shifting focus from the coronavirus back to long-term goals of making China a technology leader at this year's highest-profile political event, the meeting of its ceremonial legislature, amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and...