China reports 17 new cases of mystery virus

BEIJING, (AFP): China reported 17 new cases of the mysterious SARS-like virus on Sunday, including three people in serious condition, heightening fears ahead of China's Lunar New Year holiday when hundreds of millions of people move around the country. The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm..

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China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949 Friday, January 17th, 2020

BEIJING, (AFP): China's birth rate dropped last year to its lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, adding to concerns that an ageing society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy. To avoid a demographic crisis, the government relaxed its one-child..

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China hopes UN meeting spurs India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

By EDITH M. LEDERER, UNITED NATIONS (AP): China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through..

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China says Taiwan policy intact despite election results Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

BEIJING (AP): A Chinese official said Wednesday that Beijing will not change its policy of annexing Taiwan through its “one country, two systems” framework, despite the heavy turnout in favor of pro-independence candidates in last weekend’s presidential and legislative elections. Ma..

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Human Rights Watch chief says barred from entering Hong Kong Sunday, January 12th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP): Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said Sunday he had been denied entry into Hong Kong, where he had arrived to launch the watchdog's annual report after months of civil unrest in the city. Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of occasionally violent protests,..

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Firms in China remain wary despite US trade deal Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Beijing (AFP): Washington and Beijing may be ready to sign a preliminary trade agreement, but companies in China are not taking any chances, forging ahead with contingency plans in case the tariff war resumes. As Chinese Vice Premier Liu He travels to Washington from Monday to Wednesday to seal..

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Anti-establishment views unite, divide Hong Kong protesters Thursday, January 9th, 2020

By DAKE KANG, HONG KONG (AP): Trump signs, Pepe the Frog graffiti and British and American flags have become a common sight at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests — and an unsettling one to longtime democracy activists on the left. Beijing has seized on the images to portray the movement as a..

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‘Return to right path’ Beijing’s new envoy tells Hong Kong Monday, January 6th, 2020

HONG KONG, (AFP): Beijing's new top envoy to Hong Kong said he hoped the protest ravaged city would "return to the right path" as he took up his post on Monday. Luo Huining replaced Wang Zhimin as head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong -- the most significant personnel change by China since..

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Hong Kong steps up response to mystery disease from China Saturday, January 4th, 2020

HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong authorities activated a newly created “serious response” level as fears spread about a mysterious infectious disease that may have been brought back by visitors to a mainland Chinese city. Eight possible cases have been reported of a viral pneumonia that has also..

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Chinese factory activity remains steady in December Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP): China's factory activity was in expansion territory for a second straight month in December amid a thaw in a trade war with the United States, official data showed Tuesday. The closely watched Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), a key gauge of activity in the country's factories, was..

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China has pain pill addicts too, but no one’s counting them Monday, December 30th, 2019

By ERIKA KINETZ, SHANGHAI (AP): Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin. Six years later, he was still alive. And still taking OxyContin. Wu said his doctor told him that OxyContin is not addictive,..

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China jails scientist who gene-edited babies

BEIJING, (AFP): A Chinese court on Monday sentenced the scientist who claimed to be behind the world's first gene-edited babies to three years in prison for illegal medical practice, state media reported. He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community last year by announcing the birth of twin..

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China slashes red tape for IPOs Saturday, December 28th, 2019

SHANGHAI, (AFP): Chinese lawmakers agreed Saturday to slash red tape for initial public offerings, approving an amendment to the country's securities law that also aims to better protect investors and prevent insider trading. Mainland authorities have recently stepped up moves to attract listings..

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Third day of Christmas clashes in Hong Kong Thursday, December 26th, 2019

HONG KONG, (AFP): Hong Kong endured a third straight day of political unrest over the Christmas period Thursday as police and pro-democracy protesters clashed inside shopping malls. Protesters spent the afternoon on Thursday marching through multiple malls chanting anti-government and anti-police..

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China hosts Japan, S.Korea with eyes on nuclear North

BEIJING (AFP): China hosts the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America's two key military allies in Asia and seeking regional unity on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. The gathering in the southwestern city of Chengdu..

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