| Jul 24, 2014

China woos Latin America with deals

by Jean-herve Deiller

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour in Cuba on Wednesday, heading home with dozens of deals underlining Beijing’s growing interest — and influence — in the region. Xi kicked off his trip at a summit of the BRICS emerging ...

Jul 24, 2014

China censors squash reports on giant inflatable toad

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong’s harbour last year sparked a national craze ...

Jul 24, 2014

Scandal sheds light on global supplier to fast food industry

It isn’t a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald’s locations. OSI Group, a privately-held company based in ...

Military exercises delay flights throughout China

Jul 22, 2014

Military exercises delay flights throughout China

China’s airline regulator has warned travelers to expect flight delays at 12 airports through mid-August, and an airport employee says military exercises are the reason. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said Tuesday the airports affected include Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou and Qingdao. The ...

Jul 22, 2014

Success of Chinese reform is key to BRICS' rise

by Pankaj Mishra

Last week, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) took a decisive step toward building institutions that could plausibly challenge the long geopolitical and economic ascendancy of the West. But Vladimir Putin's posturing at the meeting just hours before a Malaysia Airlines jetliner ...

Jul 22, 2014

China's Xi signs Venezuela resource deals during Latin America blitz

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela Monday, his latest stop on a Latin American tour showcasing China’s growing influence in the region. During his four-country visit to what is often considered America’s back yard, Xi has ...