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Former top Chinese general sentenced to life for corruption

Feb. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A former top Chinese general has been given a life sentence for taking and distributing bribes and possessing a large amount of property whose origins he could not account for. Fang Fenghui, former chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department, is the latest military figure...

Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial

Feb. 20, 2019 2:27 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The daughter of a Chinese Communist Party veteran boycotted his funeral Wednesday, calling it an improper tribute to a man who once worked for Mao Zedong but later became a fierce critic of the regime. Li Rui's memorial was held at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, where many...

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

Feb. 19, 2019 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The White House said that meetings between mid-level delegations will begin in Washington following talks last week in Beijing...

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Feb. 19, 2019 7:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister...

World stocks turn lower ahead of more China-US trade talks

Feb. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock mostly fell in Europe and Asia on Tuesday and U.S. markets looked set to open lower as Chinese and U.S. negotiators geared up for trade talks in Washington. Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 11,256 while the CAC 40 in France slipped 0.5 percent to 5,141. Britain's FTSE 100 sank 0.7...

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Feb. 18, 2019 11:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade. New Zealand's international spy agency in November stopped mobile company Spark from using the equipment in its...

Asian shares gain on hopes for progress on China-US trade

Feb. 18, 2019 11:04 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are mostly higher as Chinese and U.S. officials prepare for trade talks in Washington this week. U.S. markets were closed Monday for President's Day. Analysts said much is riding on the outcome of the trade talks after an inconclusive end to an earlier round in Beijing last...

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

Australia blames 'state actor' for hacking political parties

Feb. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A "sophisticated state actor" was behind a cyberattack on the Australian Parliament's computing network that also affected the network used by major political parties, the prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not identify the state behind what he...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...