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Heavy snow hits north and central China, disrupting traffic and canceling classes

Feb. 21, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Heavy snow has blanketed northern and central China, disrupting traffic and forcing schools to cancel classes. Flights and intercity train traffic on which much of China’s commuters rely were delayed or canceled on Wednesday. Authorities in the provinces of Hebei,...

China-born Australian democracy blogger won't appeal suspended Chinese death sentence

Feb. 21, 2024 02:48 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A China-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying Wednesday a legal challenge would be detrimental to his welfare. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage...

China cuts key interest rate in latest move to boost its ailing property sector

Feb. 20, 2024 09:20 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China’s central bank announced Tuesday that it cut its 5-year loan prime rate while leaving its 1-year rate unchanged in the latest move to ease pressures on the ailing property market. The 5-year rate was lowered by 0.25 basis points to 3.95% while the 1-year rate...

Indonesia's presidential election has high stakes for US and China and their rivalry

Feb. 13, 2024 21:29 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — When Indonesians cast their votes on Wednesday for a new president in one of the world’s biggest elections, the stakes will also be high for the United States and China and their mounting rivalry in the region. The Southeast Asian nation is a key...

ISU defends its decision to give Russians bronze medal from Beijing Olympics after doping case

Feb. 09, 2024 13:12 PM EST

The governing body that oversees figure skating defended its decision to award the bronze medal from the 2022 Beijing Olympics to the Russian squad Friday, despite the disqualification of team member Kamila Valieva for a highly publicized doping violation that caused a reshuffling of the medals. ...

A former TikTok executive sues the company, alleging gender and age discrimination

Feb. 09, 2024 12:12 PM EST

A former TikTok executive has filed a lawsuit against the social media platform, alleging she was retaliated against and fired from her position because the company’s owners in China determined she “lacked the docility and meekness” required of female employees. Katie Puris,...

Chinese technology company lashes back at US claims it has ties to military

Feb. 09, 2024 04:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Nasdaq-listed Chinese technology company that makes parts for self-driving vehicles is threatening to sue the U.S. government after it was included in a list of companies the Pentagon says have links to the Chinese military. Hesai Technology’s core product is...

Japan repeatedly spots Chinese coast guard and warships near disputed waters

Feb. 08, 2024 12:54 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chinese coast guard vessels have been passing by Japanese-claimed waters for weeks in the East China Sea and China's warships have been edging near Japan's southwestern islands in recent days, Japanese officials said. A fleet of four Chinese coast guard vessels on...

Ships from US, Australia and Japan conduct joint drills in South China Sea in defiance of Beijing

Feb. 08, 2024 06:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Warships from the United States, Australia and Japan have held joint drills in the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing, which claims sovereignty over virtually the entire strategic waterway. The U.S. 7th Fleet that oversees most U.S. Navy operations in the...

China names a new stock regulator and reports new developer financing in a bid to soothe markets

Feb. 08, 2024 05:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese shares rose Thursday as investors appeared to welcome Beijing's choice of an industry veteran to head its securities watchdog, in its latest effort to boost confidence in ailing markets. Wu Qing, a former chair of the Shanghai Stock Exchange with a reputation...