Mar 31, 2015

U.S. admiral says China 'creating a great wall of sand' in sea

China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. told a naval conference in Australia that competing ...

Mar 31, 2015

Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on U.S. sites

Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based Web resource that hosts some of the group’s data, according to an analysis released by the group. Greatfire.org ...

Mar 31, 2015

China closes 66 golf courses

China’s Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 “illegal” courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile ...

Mar 31, 2015

Rhodes scholarships open up to Chinese students

The Rhodes Scholarships, founded by one of Britain’s most acquisitive colonialists and whose laureates have gone on to become presidents and prime ministers, are to be opened to Chinese students, their administrative trust said. The scholarships to Oxford University were established in 1903 in ...

Mar 31, 2015

China plan aims to double number of doctors

China will almost double the number of general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a health care system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said. China’s fast-growing health ...

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

“Explosive buying” by Chinese visitors is once again being witnessed in Japan, this time during the cherry blossom season through early April after the Chinese went on a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. According to the Japanese Consulate General ...

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

Mar 31, 2015

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard is “absurd,” an overseas group said Monday as online accounts of the penalty disappeared. Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, said ...

Mar 30, 2015

Tuberculosis showing a resurgence in China

by Cesar Chelala

China now has the second-largest tuberculosis epidemic — second only to India — with more than 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis every year. What makes the situation particularly serious, says the Chinese Center for Disease Control, is that China has the largest number ...

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Mar 30, 2015

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, along with other board members of the China-led regional economic forum. Xi stressed Beijing’s intention to place great value on friendship and ...