Peace talks with Philippine communist rebels to restart soon

The Philippine government and communist rebels said Friday that formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels` armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerilla campaign.

Chinese city makes `socalist values` mandatory: Report

A Chinese city is attempting to force its eight million residents to memorise and recite a series of "socialist values," state-media reported Friday, with spot-checks to ensure conformity.

Peace talks with Philippine communist rebels to restart soon

The Philippine government and communist rebels said Friday that formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels` armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerilla campaign.

Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday.

China official admits millions in jade bribes: Report

A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday.

China official admits millions in jade bribes: Report

A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday.

About 300 Chinese said fighting alongside Islamic State in Middle East

About 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in China that militants pose a threat to security.

China bans national anthem at weddings, funerals

China`s national anthem can no longer be performed at weddings, funerals, balls or other non-political functions and should only be performed at certain dignified events, state media said on Friday.

Hong Kong `revolution` defeated: China's media
Hong Kong `revolution` defeated: China's media

 Chinese state-run media on Friday triumphantly declared the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement "defeated", warning domestic and foreign "hostile forces" against destabilising the city.

China to send first anti-graft investigators to Parliament

The anti-corruption watchdog of China`s ruling Communist Party said on Friday it would send investigators to the country`s Parliament for the first time ever, in a demonstration of the party`s dominance over the organs of state.

Communist Party paper brands China`s ex-security chief `traitor`

China`s top Communist Party mouthpiece has branded the country`s former security czar, now being investigated for corruption, as a "traitor", likening him to several past turncoats who were all executed.

Hong Kong protesters steadfast in final hours before police clearance

Bands of determined protesters and hundreds of wet tents pitched near Hong Kong government headquarters were all that remained on Wednesday of months` long pro-democracy protests in the final hours before police clear the main protest site. 

Top Chinese official gets life for $6m bribery: Court

A former top Chinese economic planning official was convicted of bribery Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison, the court said, after a former lover went public with a litany of accusations against him.

China defends Confucius Institute after new doubts in US

China defended its government-funded Confucius Institute programmes on Friday after new questions were raised in the United States about their transparency and effect on academic freedom.

China targets woman general as graft investigation widens: Report

China`s military is investigating another top officer in its widening crackdown on corruption, a woman major-general with a senior post at an army university, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Thursday.

China orders further crackdown on domestic media

China has ordered a further crackdown on its domestic media, telling news organisations to sack illegally recruited employees and close local offices if they have too many of them, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China media watchdog to send artists to countryside

 China will send artists, film-makers and TV personnel to live among the masses in rural areas in order to "form a correct view of art", according to a state media watchdog notice.

More than 500 China lawyers sign protest letter at new law

More than 500 lawyers in China have signed a protest letter against a proposal to make insulting or defaming court personnel a crime, with a prominent advocate saying Friday it would restrict their freedom to defend their clients.

Chinese lawyers fear draft law will muzzle them

Lawyers in China fear a proposal to make insulting or defaming court personnel a crime will restrict their freedom to defend their clients, a prominent advocate said Friday, weeks after the Communist Party pledged to ensure the "rule of law".

China takes "zero tolerance" approach to regional polluters: Cabinet

China will take a "zero tolerance" approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document.