Jul 28, 2015

China 'not planning' to build military bases in Maldives

China is not planning to build military bases in the Maldives, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the Maldives allowed foreigners to own land despite opposition concern the reform could be used for military expansion by China. The Indian Ocean island nation passed legislation ...

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

Jul 28, 2015

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 on Tuesday made Hong Kong’s Jia Jia the oldest-ever giant panda in captivity, and she celebrated in style. The equivalent of more than 100 years old in human terms, Jia Jia ...

Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...