Dec 22, 2014

Taiwan thanks U.S. for frigate sale

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense thanked the United States on Friday for selling four Perry-class frigates to the island despite opposition from China. The ministry said Washington’s move reaffirms U.S. support for the Taiwan Relations Act enacted in 1979 by the U.S. Congress to ...

Dec 21, 2014

Plaintiff wins China gay conversion case

A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the ...

Dec 21, 2014

Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China

A leading Chinese sexologist’s revelation that she has been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about the country’s largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. Li Yinhe made the relationship public Thursday on her blog, which was ...

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Dec 20, 2014

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of “one China,” as pro-democracy campaigners in both semiautonomous territories call for free leadership elections. Security has been tight during Xi’s two-day visit to Macau to mark the ...

Dec 20, 2014

U.S. aid worker working near China-North Korean border arrested

A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the ...

Dec 20, 2014

China arrests U.S. aid worker in North Korean border town

A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region. ...

Deal reached over Chinese coral poachers

Dec 19, 2014

Deal reached over Chinese coral poachers

Japan and China agreed Thursday to boost measures to prevent coral poaching by Chinese vessels in Japanese territorial waters, the Fisheries Agency said. Representatives of the two governments, meeting in Dalian, northeastern China, struck a deal to continue enforcing a stricter crackdown and impose ...

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Dec 19, 2014

Hong Kong tycoon, ex-deputy leader found guilty of massive corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader, Rafael Hui, were found guilty of corruption Friday in a blockbuster trial that shocked a city known for clean governance. Kwok’s billionaire brother Raymond was cleared after a seven-month trial over payments ...