Latest Beijing News

China's growth slows as officials try to reassure investors

Oct. 19, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz Friday to shore up confidence in its sagging stock market. Growth in the quarter that ended in September slipped to 6.5 percent over a year earlier from the previous quarter's 6.7...

China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

Oct. 19, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media reported. Lu Wei is accused of accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million)...

Southeast Asian navies to hold 1st joint drills with China

Oct. 19, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Oct. 22-28 drills in waters surrounding...

Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

Oct. 18, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims said Thursday his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the...

China 'regrets' US leaving postal union amid trade dispute

Oct. 18, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized Washington's decision to leave the United Nations treaty that regulates international postage, amid a worsening trade dispute between the world's top two economies. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move should not be linked to China, despite arguments...

China's yuan sinks further after US currency report

Oct. 18, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's politically sensitive yuan sank to a 22-month low against the dollar on Thursday after the U.S. Treasury declined to label Beijing a currency manipulator amid a mounting tariff battle. The closely watched yuan fell to 6.9411 per dollar at mid-morning, coming its closest to breaking...

The Latest: Mattis, Chinese counterpart discuss disputed sea

Oct. 18, 2018 5:53 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart (all times local): 5:50 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has met on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe. The face-to-face...

Mattis meets his Chinese counterpart, but no new agreements

Oct. 18, 2018 5:52 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military, after a rocky few months, may be stabilizing, although face-to-face talks between their respective defense chiefs Thursday produced no new agreements. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met for nearly 90 minutes, 30...

Trump administration won't brand China currency manipulator

Oct. 17, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has again decided not to brand China a currency manipulator. But the U.S. is targeting China and five others for special monitoring for what the administration says are practices that are worsening America's trade deficit. In a report issued Wednesday, the...

Business Highlights

Oct. 17, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

___ Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US BEIJING (AP) — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. says it has secured land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. The California-based company announced plans for...