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World shares gain on upbeat comment on China-US trade talks

Oct. 21, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares rose after China's top trade negotiator said over the weekend that Beijing and Washington were making progress in trade talks. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported that Vice Premier Liu He told a conference in the southern city of Nanchang that the most recent trade...

China detains Japanese man, possibly on spying allegations

Oct. 21, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have detained a Japanese man, Japan's government said Monday, and news reports suggested he might be accused of spying. The man in his 40s has been held since September in Beijing on unspecified charges of a possible violation of Chinese law, the chief Japanese Cabinet...

China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

Oct. 21, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister lashed out at U.S. foreign policy Monday, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure or a "big stick" approach, while reiterating threats to force the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan to accept rule from Beijing. Gen. Wei Fenghe did not refer directly...

American ambassador defends rules for Chinese diplomats

Oct. 21, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China defended plans to require Beijing's diplomats to report contacts with some Americans and said Monday that Washington is considering additional rules for employees of entities controlled by the ruling Communist Party. The change comes as the United States,...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 21, 2019 4:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

Oct. 21, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister is issuing a stinging rebuke of the U.S. at a defense forum in Beijing, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure and a "big stick policy." Gen. Wei Fenghe did not refer directly to the U.S. in his opening remarks at the Xiangshan Forum. But he repeated...

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Oct. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland...

Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban

Oct. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks and mocked China's leaders while forming human chains in defiance of a ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering along the city's subway lines Friday night, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh...

China's economic slowdown deepens, weighing on global growth

Oct. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in the latest quarter as a trade war with the U.S. deepened a slump that is weighing on the global economy. Growth in the world's second-largest economy slipped to 6% in the three months ending in September, down from the previous...

Global markets brush off disconcerting data out of China

Oct. 18, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets largely brushed off more disconcerting economic signals from China, which on Friday reported that its economy grew at its slowest pace in 26 years last quarter. The 6% growth pace China reported for July-September was worse than most economists were expecting, highlighting a...