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 ...

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

Sep 24, 2016

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centers say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy ...