Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Sep 27, 2016

Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers that are rivals to the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” ...

Sep 27, 2016

China sentences activists for 'disturbing social order': Xinhua

Three labor activists were given suspended sentences of two to four years, Chinese state media said Tuesday, citing their involvement with “overseas organizations hostile to China.” Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labor rights group the Panyu Workers’ Center, was given a three-year sentence ...

Sep 26, 2016

China's North Korean coal imports surge despite sanctions: data

China’s coal imports from North Korea have surged in recent months, government data showed Monday, raising questions about Beijing’s commitment to international sanctions intended to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program. As the isolated country’s sole ally and main provider of trade and aid, Beijing’s participation ...

Luxury carp making comeback outside Japan

| Sep 26, 2016

Luxury carp making comeback outside Japan

The popularity of nishikigoi carp is growing outside Japan. Known as the “swimming jewel,” one nishikigoi can fetch up to tens of millions of yen. Exports from the Tokai region, an area that actively breeds and raises Japanese brocaded carp, grew to ¥264 million ...

Sep 26, 2016

China probes North Korea bank suspected of nuclear link: report

China is investigating executives of a North Korean bank believed to finance the illicit procurement of arms and materials related to the isolated country’s banned nuclear program, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily reported on Monday. China and the United States have agreed to step up ...

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

Sep 25, 2016

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies — and perhaps extraterrestrial life — Sunday in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific ...