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  • Kerry tries to ease Asian territorial disputes

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried Sunday to calm the brewing storm over territorial disputes in Asian waters, appealing to China and its neighbors to settle their differences and ease tensions. Kerry said at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian...

  • Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors. Amid concerns about recent provocative steps taken by China and others regarding several disputed territories in the sea, Kerry...

  • McDonald's sales hit by China scandal, US weakness

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Friday that the decline included a 3.2 percent drop in the U.S. and a 7.3 percent drop in...

  • WTO upholds 'rare earth' ruling against China

    BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products. In March, the WTO dispute settlement panel found that China's...

  • Fiery Chinese rights lawyer released from prison

    BEIJING (AP) — One of China's best-known rights lawyers and a bold government critic whose accounts of torture drew international criticism of Beijing was released from prison Thursday but appeared to be under close supervision by the authorities. The United States urged China to allow Gao...

  • Pope to fly over China, rare chance for greetings

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' upcoming trip to South Korea will provide him with an unusual opportunity to speak directly to the Chinese leadership: His plane is due to fly through Chinese airspace, and Vatican protocol calls for the pope to send greetings to leaders of all the countries he...

  • China tightens grip on instant messaging services

    BEIJING (AP) — China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information. The government announced that only established media...

  • China probes automakers, technology firms

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of global automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany's Audi will be...

  • Volunteers step up in China's response to quake

    LONGTOUSHAN, China (AP) — Minutes after a deadly earthquake shook western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can bring its plentiful experience and enormous resources to bear in...

  • Concerns grow over Chinese rights lawyer's release

    BEIJING (AP) — A fiery critic of China's authoritarian government whose imprisonment and accounts of torture triggered international criticism of Beijing appears set for release Thursday amid concerns he will continue to be denied freedom outside prison. Before being detained and jailed, Gao...

  • Pretending to be rivals, U.S. Export-Import Bank subsidizes foreign export agencies

    President Obama and his allies in the business lobby say they need export subsidies to compete with China's export subsidies. One problem with that argument: U.S. export programs directly subsidize China's export programs.

  • China announces move to restrict use of coal

    Beijing will stop using coal for electricity in six main districts by 2020, according to state-run media agency Xinhua.

  • U.S. businesses to invest $14 billion in Africa

    President Obama plans to announce a $14 billion commitment from U.S. business to invest in Africa in areas ranging from construction and energy to banking and information technology.

  • China top worry in annual Japan defense report

    TOKYO (AP) — China's growing airspace and maritime activities have escalated tension in area waters, Japan's Defense Ministry said in an annual report Tuesday, stressing the need for its military to play a greater role both inside and outside the country. But there is growing concern that...

  • China investigates 2 Canadians for secret stealing

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China's military and national defense research, state media said. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a one-paragraph report late Monday that Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn...



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