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EXPLAINER: Chinese builder’s debt struggle rattles investors

Sep. 21, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global investors are watching nervously as one of China’s biggest real estate developers struggles to avoid defaulting on tens of billions of dollars of debt, fueling fears of possible wider shock waves for the financial system. Chinese regulators have...

China keeps virus at bay at high cost ahead of Olympics

Sep. 21, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Beizhong International Travel Agency in the eastern city of Tianjin has had only one customer since coronavirus outbreaks that began in July prompted Chinese leaders to renew city lockdowns and travel controls. Most of China is virus-free, but the...

Parents in China laud rule limiting video game time for kids

Sep. 20, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming. “If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their...

New Hong Kong electors chosen, with only 1 opposition member

Sep. 20, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The 1,500-member panel that picks Hong Kong’s next leader will have only one opposition-leaning member, according to results Monday from a tightly controlled selection process amid a crackdown on dissent in the city. Separately, Hong Kong national...

Universal Studios opens Beijing park under anti-virus curbs

Sep. 20, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Harry Potter fans came dressed as wizards as Universal Studios opened its first theme park in China on Monday under anti-virus controls, The Hollywood studio’s “Jurassic Park,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Harry Potter” film franchises, plus Minions...

Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

Sep. 19, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers...

Air France-KLM plane returns to Beijing after smoke in cabin

Sep. 18, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An Air France-KLM flight returned to Beijing shortly after takeoff on Saturday after smoke filled the cabin, the airline said. The Boeing 777 connecting Beijing Airport with Paris-Charles de Gaulle suffered a technical failure linked to overpressure in...

China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate

Sep. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Four candidates vying to lead Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party — and replacing outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy...

Lawsuit over eggs tests China's policies on unmarried women

Sep. 17, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — After almost two years, an unmarried woman suing for the right to freeze her eggs in Beijing is getting her case heard in court Friday in a rare legal challenge against the country's restrictions on unmarried women in reproductive health. Teresa Xu has...

EXPLAINER: Why World Bank is under fire over set of rankings

Sep. 17, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for allegations that it bowed to pressure from China and other governments, the World Bank has dropped a popular report that ranked countries by how welcoming they are to businesses. The report is important to many companies and investors...