Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

Cherry blossom season sees another Chinese shopping spree in Japan

“Explosive buying” by Chinese visitors is once again being witnessed in Japan, this time during the cherry blossom season through early April after the Chinese went on a similar spree during the Chinese New Year holidays in February. According to the Japanese Consulate General ...

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

Mar 31, 2015

China's jailing of Uighur who grew beard 'absurd'

A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard is “absurd,” an overseas group said Monday as online accounts of the penalty disappeared. Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, said ...

Mar 30, 2015

Tuberculosis showing a resurgence in China

by Cesar Chelala

China now has the second-largest tuberculosis epidemic — second only to India — with more than 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis every year. What makes the situation particularly serious, says the Chinese Center for Disease Control, is that China has the largest number ...

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Mar 30, 2015

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, along with other board members of the China-led regional economic forum. Xi stressed Beijing’s intention to place great value on friendship and ...

Mar 30, 2015

Russia, Australia, Netherlands to join China's development bank

Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China’s regional and global influence. The AIIB, seen as a challenge to ...

Mar 30, 2015

Solar Impulse departs Myanmar for China

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Myanmar’s second-biggest city of Mandalay early Monday and headed for China’s Chongqing, the fifth segment of a landmark flight to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by the sun. The single-seat aircraft’s team spent more than a week waiting ...

Mar 29, 2015

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ...