Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

Jan 17, 2015

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, signaling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian, a vice minister at the Ministry of ...

21 confirmed dead after Chinese tugboat sinks on trial voyage

Jan 17, 2015

21 confirmed dead after Chinese tugboat sinks on trial voyage

Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media reported Saturday. The vessel was raised Saturday, 40 hours after it sank while undergoing testing with 25 people, including eight foreigners, aboard ...

Jan 16, 2015

Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades. Some 36 migratory shorebird species, numbering between 3 million and 8 ...

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Jan 16, 2015

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultralow-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that Chairman Jun Lei said is comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 but thinner, lighter and much cheaper. The ...

Jan 16, 2015

China diagnosed 104,000 new HIV cases in 2014: report

China diagnosed 104,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2014, media reported Friday, highlighting growth in infections in the country despite a comparatively low overall rate. The figure was a 14 percent increase on the number of new cases diagnosed in 2013, the Beijing Times ...