Aug 8, 2014

China loses appeal of WTO ruling on rare earth exports

China lost an appeal at the World Trade Organization in a case brought by the United States, the European Union and Japan to challenge China’s restrictions on exports of rare earths, according to a WTO Appellate Body ruling published on Thursday. “China has not ...

Aug 8, 2014

China to build lighthouses in South China Sea, news agency says

The Chinese government will construct lighthouses on five South China Sea islands, the state-run China News Agency reported Thursday. Technical staff conducted thorough survey work and measurement of the waters around the islands for eight days starting July 27, the report said, citing Yang ...

Aug 8, 2014

China imposes new restrictions on instant messaging tools: Xinhua

China will force real-name registrations on public accounts of instant messaging tools and require those wishing to publish or reprint political news to seek prior approval, state media and Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Thursday. Last year, China launched a campaign to clamp down ...

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Aug 7, 2014

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold informal talks with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum this weekend in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw, government sources said. It is not known whether Kishida ...

Aug 6, 2014

Xi should push rule of law

If Chinese leader Xi Jinping is serious about enacting reforms, he should implement political and judiciary changes designed to strip the party of its privilege and firmly establish the rule of law.