Aug 21, 2015

Safety hazards found at 70 percent of Beijing chemical firms inspected

Safety hazards have been found at almost 70 percent of firms handling dangerous chemicals inspected in Beijing since two massive blasts killed 114 people last week, including a branch of Asia’s largest refiner Sinopec Corp. state media reported late Thursday. An inspection of 124 ...

Aug 18, 2015

Foreign companies around Tianjin blast suspend operations

Foreign companies have suspended operations around the Tianjin port as officials scramble to contain the toxic fallout of last week’s deadly chemical explosions, which dealt a blow to northern China’s emerging economic hub. Toyota said over half its China production capacity would be offline ...

Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics

Jul 31, 2015

Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the Winter and Summer Games. The Chinese capital beat Almaty 44-40 in voting, with one abstention. “I always said Almaty would get more support than people had expected, ...

Beijing confident in 2022 Games bid

Jul 29, 2015

Beijing confident in 2022 Games bid

Beijing has marketed its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government’s treatment of political dissidents and minority groups. As the IOC prepares to ...

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

May 30, 2015

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

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China already has its own copies of London’s Tower Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. Now a life-sized model by a film studio of one of the country’s own historical attractions — the Old Summer Palace — has ruffled the bosses of the original garden ...

Apr 27, 2015

China to merge scores of major state firms: report

China is considering merging scores of its biggest state-owned enterprises to create around 40 national champions from the existing 112, Xinhua, the nation’s official news agency, said Monday. The report said state firms would be merged or acquired, but gave no timelines or details ...

Mar 21, 2015

Switzerland, Luxembourg both plan to join China-led development bank

Switzerland and Luxembourg are planning to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s Finance Ministry said, the latest European nations to sign up to the multilateral lender which has drawn skepticism from the United States. Britain, France, Germany and Italy have already announced ...

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

Mar 15, 2015

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

China is falling short of its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country’s air pollution problem. Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made ...

Dec 19, 2014

Beijing increases visibility of 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics with a series of international sports competitions and promotional events, seeking to stir public support and cement its status as the front-runner to hold the games. The freestyle skiing World Cup event in ...