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 ...

Beijing calls Clinton 'biased' on Chinese women's issues

Sep 28, 2015

Beijing calls Clinton 'biased' on Chinese women's issues

A Chinese government official said Monday that Hillary Clinton was “biased” on women’s issues in China, while a newspaper compared the presidential hopeful to Donald Trump for her tweet saying it was “shameless” for China’s president to preside over a U.N. conference on gender ...

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, ...