China News

Voice of Russia | Nov 26, 2011

­A court in China has handed down a death sentence on a Russian citizen, Marina Lopatina, for drug smuggling with the execution delayed for two years, the Russian embassy said after the sentence was announced on November 23. Lopatina, from Khabarovsk in eastern Russia, was accused of trying to smuggle in 2 kilograms of heroin, RIA Novosti reports.

Washington Post | Nov 26, 2011

BEIJING — In another sign of the impact on China’s economy of Europe’s debt crisis and the U.S. economic slowdown, factories in southern Guangdong province, the country’s manufacturing heartland, have been the target of a recent wave of labor strikes.
Thousands of workers clashed with police Thursday at a footwear factory in the city of Dongguan after 18 workers were reportedly laid off and overtime was cut. A thousand workers went on strike Tuesday at the Shenzhen factory of a Taiwanese electronics company. A day earlier, hundreds reportedly struck at a Shenzhen company that makes...

Washington Post | Nov 26, 2011

HONG KONG — A former high-ranking Hong Kong government official who is widely expected to be chosen as the territory’s next leader confirmed his candidacy Saturday.
Henry Tang said he wants to be the city’s third postcolonial leader. The current chief executive, Donald Tsang, is scheduled to step down in 2012 after seven years at the helm.
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Washington Post | Nov 26, 2011

BEIJING — China says joint police patrols with Thailand, Laos and Myanmar along the Mekong River will start next month.
China suspended shipping through Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle after two Chinese cargo ships were attacked and 13 sailors killed in early October.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the four countries agreed at a ministerial meeting in Beijing that the first joint patrol will be carried out before Dec. 15. It says the patrol will enable shipping to restart and guarantee security.
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The Sydney Morning Herald | Nov 26, 2011

Ai Weiwei, who was detained by the government for 81 days, has become to many the face of human rights in China, writes Tania Branigan in Beijing.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Nov 26, 2011

Celtic champions Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell have given Ireland a two-shot lead at golf's World Cup in Hainan, China.

People's Daily | Nov 26, 2011

BEIJING - Three branches of the US-based Otis Elevator Company in China will be fined for a deadly July accident at a Beijing subway station that occurred due to a malfunctioning Otis-produced escalator, local authorities said Friday.

An ascending escalator on Beijing Subway Line 4, an Otis 513 MPE, reversed suddenly, and killed a 13-year-old boy and injured 30 others on July 5.

Guangzhou Otis Elevator Co. Ltd., Beijing Otis Elevator Co. Ltd. and their parent company, Tianjin-based Otis El ...

People's Daily | Nov 26, 2011

VIENNA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China is to further help the least developed countries (LDCs) in their development effort through zero-tariff treatment and other measures, Yu Jianhua, China's Assistant Commerce Minister said here Friday.

Addressing a LDCs Ministerial Meeting in Vienna, Yu said China will focus on six concrete measures to advance the implementation of the Programme of Action (IPoA), adopted by the Fourth United Nations Conference on LDCs in Istanbul in May.

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People's Daily | Nov 26, 2011

HEFEI, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's leading private automaker, Chery Automobile Co., Ltd., is expected to export a record 170,000 units of vehicles in 2011, marking the highest annual export figure in the company's history, a company manager said Friday.

Chery exported 135,556 units of vehicles in the first ten months of this year, up 77.3 percent from a year earlier. This total accounts for 35.3 percent of total passenger vehicle exports of domestic brands, said Feng Ping, deputy general mana ...

People's Daily | Nov 26, 2011

BEIJING - China will probe US government support and subsidies for its renewable energy sector, following a recent move by the United States to investigate solar cells from China, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

The probe was launched at the request of domestic industry associations, which argue that US subsidy and support policies created unreasonable barriers for the renewable energy industry in China, the ministry said in a statement.

These measures "violated the United States' ...

Washington Post | Nov 26, 2011

BEIJING — More than 100 people, including over a dozen Chinese government employees, have been sentenced over chemical-laced pork that caused a food safety scandal earlier this year, state media said Saturday. One person was given the death penalty.
An investigation into the safety of pork was launched in March after several farms in central Henan province were found using the fat-burning drug clenbuterol — a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but can be harmful to humans — in pig feed. A subsidiary of Shuanghui Group, China’s largest meat processor, was one company selling...

People's Daily | Nov 26, 2011

ANZE COUNTY, Shanxi Province, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Ruihai faced a potentially life-threatening situation late one night when heavy rains triggered a mudslide near his home in a village in north China.

However, instead of calling the local fire department, he pulled out a small card with a telephone number on it and dialed up a local government official.

"The phone was answered right after I called. The township sent over more than 10 people," Zhang said. The workers sent by the townsh ...

New York Times | Nov 26, 2011

The nation’s commerce ministry opened an investigation on whether American subsidies in the solar, wind and hydroelectric sectors had hurt development of those industries in China.

The Globe and Mail | Nov 25, 2011

How does Canadian-listed firm operate in China, and with whom, exactly, does it buy and sell trees?

The Globe and Mail | Nov 25, 2011

Independent directors’ report on operations in China tripped up by lack of definitive, reliable data

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