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Tale of two parades as ordinary Chinese barred from display

It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows as 12,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and missiles rolled through Tiananmen Square in front of invited guests and foreign leaders, all the while ordinary Beijing residents were barred from watching. Barricades were set up hundreds of meters ...

Sep 4, 2015

U.S. may sanction Chinese firms next week: report

The United States is preparing to sanction Chinese companies connected to the cybertheft of U.S. intellectual property as early as next week, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Thursday. The FT cited three U.S. officials as saying the sanctions probably would come next week ...

| Sep 4, 2015

China event highlights shift to naval power in Pacific

China’s unveiling Thursday of “carrier-killer” missiles and cuts in troop numbers underlines its shift toward naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the U.S., analysts say. More than a dozen antiship ballistic missiles capable of traveling at 10 times the speed of sound were ...

Hong Kong activists plead not guilty over democracy protest

Sep 2, 2015

Hong Kong activists plead not guilty over democracy protest

Hong Kong pro-democracy student leader Joshua Wong pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of inciting unlawful assembly over a protest last year that triggered more than two months of paralyzing street rallies in the city. Wong, the teenage face of the “Umbrella Movement,” ...

Sep 2, 2015

Australia's secretive refugee camps hampered by ethical investors

Investors in the company that runs Australia’s secretive refugee camps are starting to flex their muscles in a way that may achieve what refugee advocates and politicians have failed to for years — greater transparency and oversight. Australia’s offshore immigration detention system, which involves ...

North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia

Sep 2, 2015

North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia

The North Korean National Choir has performed for the first time in the Russian capital, putting on a military-inspired concert. Members of the male choir wore full military dress for the performance at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. As they sang, a giant screen behind ...