China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

Mar 1, 2015

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

The number of wild giant pandas in China jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade, state media cited an official survey as showing, with a government agency crediting conservation measures for the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the ...

Feb 28, 2015

China gives ex-vice governor 17 years

A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former vice governor of Anhui province, was found guilty of taking more than $2 ...

Feb 28, 2015

Wild giant pandas on rebound, Chinese survey says

Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. According to a census by China’s State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in ...

Feb 28, 2015

China drafts law on counterterrorism operations abroad

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counterterrorism missions as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests. Experts said Article 76 of the draft anti-terrorism ...

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

Feb 27, 2015

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white ...

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Feb 27, 2015

Fast visas and dim sum: Spain seeks to attract Chinese tourists

Spanish five-star hotels are serving up white rice for breakfast as Spain offers quicker visas and seeks more direct flights from China to tap into the surging wave of Chinese tourists. When Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited China in September, he announced that ...

Feb 27, 2015

Taiwan says it may fly military planes in civil airspace set by China

A ranking Taiwan transport official on Thursday reiterated opposition to China’s planned corridors for commercial flights above the Taiwan Strait, suggesting the use of military planes for interception after the new airspace is implemented. Tseng Dar-jen, deputy transportation minister, said Taiwan would warn with ...