Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

MONTREAL, (AFP) - Canada urged Beijing on Tuesday to grant clemency to a Canadian sentenced to death for drug trafficking, after his sentence reignited a diplomatic dispute that began last month. Ottawa has warned its citizens about the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China following a..

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China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - A diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa intensified on Tuesday as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws in China after a Canadian drug suspect was sentenced to death. The Canadian government updated its travel advice hours after a court in..

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China-N. Korea trade battered by UN sanctions Monday, January 14th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - China's trade with North Korea plummeted last year, data showed Monday, as harsh UN sanctions batter the nuclear-armed country's economy. Beijing is a key ally of the isolated state and its main source of trade and aid -- but in 2017 it backed United Nations measures to punish..

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China will tackle US trade dispute in 2019: minister

BEIJING, (AFP) - China will work to straighten out trade frictions with the US this year, the country's commerce minister told state media, following talks with US negotiators this week. A large US delegation ended a three-day visit to Beijing Wednesday in the first face to face trade talks since..

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Chinese children given expired polio vaccines in latest scare Friday, January 11th, 2019

SHANGHAI, (AFP) - At least 145 children were administered expired polio vaccines in eastern China, state media reported, despite the government promising to prevent such lapses in the industry following a major scandal last year. Three county-level health officials in Jiangsu province have been..

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US official says China trade talks ‘went just fine’ Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - US and Chinese officials extended trade war talks into a third day on Wednesday, with a member of the American delegation saying negotiations "went just fine". The US officials have been in Beijing since Monday for the first sit-down talks since President Donald Trump and Chinese..

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N. Korea’s Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday on an unannounced visit for talks with President Xi Jinping, as preparations ramp up for an expected second summit with Donald Trump. China is the isolated, nuclear-armed North's key diplomatic ally and main source of..

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Taiwan arrests BASF engineers for ‘leaking tech’ to China Monday, January 7th, 2019

TAIPEI, (AFP) - Six former and current engineers for German chemicals giant BASF have been arrested in Taiwan on suspicion of leaking valuable technology to a competitor in China, authorities said Monday. Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) released a statement saying the suspects were..

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US warns citizens of arbitrary action in China Saturday, January 5th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The United States warned its citizens Thursday they could face arbitrary action by authorities when they visit China, following the detention of a number of Canadians. Updating a travel advisory, the State Department maintained its previous guidance that Americans should..

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Taiwan reunification with China ‘inevitable’: Xi Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

BEIJING, (AFP) - Taiwan's unification with the mainland is "inevitable", President Xi Jinping said Wednesday, warning against any efforts to promote the island's independence and saying China would not renounce the option of using military force to bring it into the fold. China still sees..

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China’s Supreme Court to take on intellectual property cases Sunday, December 30th, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) - Intellectual property rights cases can from next month be taken to China’s Supreme Court, the government said on Saturday, as the country seeks to strengthen protections in the face of complaints from the United States about the issue. China and the United States are..

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No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Theresa May’s prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the..