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China should not expand bullet train network: Expert

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 15:43

It is unwise for China to further expand its high-speed rail network as most of the trains are operating at heavy losses, an expert has said even though Chinese bullet trains have made a big splash abroad including India.

Pro-democracy lawmakers blast UK over Hong Kong report

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:20

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no "commitment" to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing.

China puts prominent writers under house arrest as Kerry visits

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 18:20

A prominent writer who has angered China by advocating Tibetan rights said she and her husband were placed under house arrest during a visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

China vice premier says reforms cannot be rushed

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 15:18

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said on Wednesday that China needed to find the right speed in its financial reforms.

Chinese ambassador warns against `chaos` in Hong Kong

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 13:42

China`s ambassador to Britain today warned of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections. <br><br> Discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest level in years over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing`s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city`s next chief executive in 2017.

China, US hold high-level talks; vow to improve ties

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 13:17

China and the US today launched high-level talks to discuss critical issues in bilateral ties amid escalating regional tensions, as Chinese President Xi Jinping said the two countries stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. <br><br> Xi, opening the two-day annual talks in Beijing, said problems in bilateral ties are not to be afraid of as long as both sides work to solve them.

Six killed, 25 missing in China mudslides

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 10:37

At least six people died and 25 remained missing after mudslides triggered by rain hit two villages in China`s Yunnan province Wednesday, local authorities said.

China`s Xi warns confrontation with US would be disaster

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 09:39

Confrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster and both must respect each others` sovereignty, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday as he opened annual talks between the world`s two biggest economies.

Beijing`s South China Sea claim `problematic`: US official

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 14:46

China`s claim to the strategic South China Sea - also claimed in part by the Philippines and Vietnam, among others - is based on a line drawn on 20th century maps.

China newspaper posts map of A-bombed Japan

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 13:00

A Chinese newspaper published a map of Japan with mushroom clouds rising above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, provoking outrage Tuesday from Tokyo`s foreign minister, who is from the first of the cities to be obliterated.

Cyber spying, maritime disputes loom large in US-China talks

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 12:53

he United States will press China to resume cooperation on fighting cyber espionage to ensure an orderly cyber environment, a senior US official said on Tuesday ahead of annual talks between the world`s two largest economies this week.

Merkel raises human rights on China trip

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 11:48

German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue of human rights publicly in China on Tuesday unlike many Western visitors invoking the fall of the Berlin Wall and telling students their country needed "free dialogue". <br><br> The German leader, who grew up in the former East Germany, noted in her carefully worded remarks at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing that China and Germany have a forum to discuss rights.