Dec 27, 2015

China's rubber-stamp legislature OKs controversial anti-terrorism law

China’s rubber-stamp national legislature approved the country’s first anti-terrorism law on Sunday, amid concerns that its requirements that tech companies share information with the government could hurt business interests and further infringe upon human rights. The National People’s Congress said its standing committee adopted ...

Thousands of plants cut production as Beijing smog persists

Dec 21, 2015

Thousands of plants cut production as Beijing smog persists

Beijing has ordered 2,100 factories to suspend or reduce production as part of its “red alert” measures to deal with smog, the government said Monday, as the city remained shrouded under toxic haze for the third consecutive day. The Chinese capital imposed the highest ...

Dec 18, 2015

Beijing issues second smog red alert of the month

China’s capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million from Saturday to Tuesday. Levels of PM2.5, the ...

Dec 14, 2015

Wife of ex-Politburo member Bo Xilai gets reduced life term

A Beijing court has commuted the death sentence for the wife of fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai to life in prison, winding down one of the biggest scandals to rock China’s political elite in recent years. Gu Kailai has been serving a suspended death ...

Beijing lifts smog red alert

Dec 10, 2015

Beijing lifts smog red alert

Beijing’s first ever red alert for smog was lifted Thursday, as blue skies and sunshine replaced the thick haze that covered the city for days. The Chinese capital put its air pollution emergency plan into action earlier this week, pulling half of all private ...

Smog from Beijing may reach northern Japan

Dec 9, 2015

Smog from Beijing may reach northern Japan


The ongoing pollution “red alert” in Beijing may affect northern Japan, a model of weather patterns suggests, although pollutants will be well within safe limits when they arrive. Noxious smog particles may drift to Hokkaido and elsewhere, according to a new simulation of air ...

Oct 12, 2015

China officials to huddle, draw up new plan for troubled economy

China’s communist rulers will gather later this month, state media said Monday, to set the world’s second-largest economy course over the next five years, as slowing growth raises global concerns. The Communist Party meeting, known as the Fifth Plenum, is expected to focus on ...