Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget

Forbidden City entrance  Forbidden City entrance

Stephon Marbury will switch teams for final season in Beijing

Jul 20, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The 40 year old Stephon Marbury will wrap up his career in China where he has become a major star

FINAL SEASON. Stephon Marbury will switch teams to the Beijing Fly Dragons for his final season after several seasons with the Beijing Ducks. Photo by STR/AFP

Washington approves $1.3-B arms sale to Taiwan

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Taiwan thanks the US for its continued commitment under the legislation and says the deal increases Taiwan’s confidence and ability to maintain the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait

ARMS SALE. Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan. Trump file photo from courtesy of CBS News; Tsai file photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment – report

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers

FIERY CROSS/KAGITINGAN REEF. In 1998, China built a weather station that is seen in a photo from January 2006. After a decade, the marine observation station became a military fortress. File photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/Digital Globe

Ivory Coast footballer Cheick Tiote dies during training

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:56 AM

The 30 year old died while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises

TRAGIC PASSING. Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, had played 7 years with English team Newcastle United. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Chinese tourists are Beijing's new weapon in economic war

May 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

China lifts a ban on 27 Philippine tropical fruit export companies after President Rodrigo Duterte declared his separation from the United States during a visit to Beijing in October

PHOTO OP. Chinese tourist Pei Shuang, 43, takes a photo with her tablet computer inside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on February 4, 2015. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

4 Indonesian soldiers killed in South China Sea training

May 18, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The island where the accident took place was part of the small Natuna archipelago where there have been repeated clashes between Chinese and Indonesian vessels

TENSIONS AT SEA. This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. File photo by Abimata Hasibuan/AFP

Duterte set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing

May 08, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia meet with Filipinos in Hong Kong and join the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

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Apr 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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Mar 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Mar 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

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Mar 22, 2017 - 12:34 PM

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China defense spending to rise 'around 7%' – official

Mar 04, 2017 - 12:22 PM

2nd UPDATE In particular we need to guard against outside meddling in the disputes says Fu Ying spokeswoman for the National People s Congress

This photo taken on February 27, 2017 shows Chinese military police attending an anti-terrorist oath-taking rally in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. File photo by STR/AFP

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Feb 21, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold after teammate fails drug test

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:42 AM

Bolt s Olympic gold total falls to 8 after a retest of his 2008 relay teammate Nesta Carter s sample tests positive for a banned substance

"HEARTBREAKING." Jamaica's Usain Bolt is deprived of one of his "triple-triples" due to no fault of his own. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Taiwan president heads to U.S. as Beijing watches

Jan 07, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UPDATED Donald Trump himself appeared to have ruled out meeting President Tsai Ing wen this trip saying it is a little bit inappropriate to meet anybody until he takes office January 20

US TRIP. This picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaking during a press conference in Taipei.  Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan warns of growing threats from China

Dec 27, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Ties between Taiwan and China have turned increasingly frosty since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing wen s election victory in January

GROWING THREATS. Taiwan's defense minister Feng Shih-kuan says threats from China are growing daily after Beijing's aircraft carrier and a flotilla of other warships passed south of the island in an exercise as tensions grow. File photo from Wikipedia

Choking smog clears from northern China

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A cold wind from the northwest arrives on Thursday December 22 blowing away the toxic pollution

A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016.  Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

Satellite images appear to show Vietnam dredging on disputed reef

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands where Vietnam has a lighthouse shows several vessels in a carved out embankment on the reef s edge

DREDGING WORK. This satellite image taken on November 30, 2016 and released on December 9, 2016 by US-based Planet Labs shows dredging work (C below) on a small reef under Vietnamese control in the South China Sea. Image by Planet Labs/AFP

Trump taps China-friendly governor as ambassador to Beijing

Dec 08, 2016 - 1:14 AM

The transition team says the governor had accepted the position chosen for his experience in public policy expertise on trade issues and tremendous understanding of China and Chinese people

TERRY BRANSTAD. This file photo taken on January 23, 2015 shows Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. File photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images/ AFP

Dredge report: Firm that built China's islands gets PH deal

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

CCCC Dredging will create 4 artificial islands totalling 208 hectares of reclaimed land in Davao the port city on the southern island of Mindanao where Duterte was mayor the Beijing Youth Daily reports

CHINA'S PROMISE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by China President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Netizens nervous over Duterte's pro-China, anti-US statements

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Some Filipinos online fear the President may be making and breaking the wrong ties

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Oct 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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Preparing for China: Indonesia holds military drill at South China Sea islands

Oct 06, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Chinese fishing and coastguard vessels have been embroiled in repeated confrontations with Indonesian patrol boats and navy ships in waters around the Natunas this year sharply raising tensions between Jakarta and Beijing

NATUNAS VISITS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on board KRI Imam Bonjol warship in Natuna Waters, on 23 June 2016, during his first visit. Photo from the Presidential Palace

Three Russian Olympians fail retroactive Beijing dope tests

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Three more Russian Olympic medallists have tested positive for banned substances

Duterte trip to China eyed before end of 2016

Aug 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also shortlists two career officials and one political appointee to become the Philippines next ambassador to China

Turkish weightlifter stripped of 2008 Olympic silver medal for doping

Jul 23, 2016 - 4:11 AM

Sibel Ozkan is ordered to return her silver medal after a sample retest showed signs of the banned substance stanozolol

STRIPPED. Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan poses with her silver medal in the Women’s 48kg Clean & Jerk competition during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The IOC has stripped her of recognition and ordered her to return the medal after a retest of a urine sample turned up positive for a banned substance. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Divide and rule by Beijing throws ASEAN into disarray

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:00 PM

ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy but divisions have never been starker with Beijing blamed for driving a wedge between members

ASEAN SUMMIT. Laos is hosting the 49th AMM and the 23rd ARF, a meeting between the foreign ministers of the ASEAN members countries and its 3 dialogue partners aimed to strengthen political, cultural and discuss the solution of global economic, including human trafficking and the South China Sea territory dispute. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

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Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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PH embassy to Filipinos in China: Be careful

Jul 11, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The Philippine embassy advises Filipinos in China to avoid political discussions especially on social media

HISTORIC CASE. The Philippine delegation presents its arguments before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in November 2015. File photo courtesy of PCA

Bus fire kills 30 in central China – Xinhua

Jun 26, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Official news agency Xinhua says the bus driver has been detained by authorities

Locator map of Beijing, China

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Jun 15, 2016 - 7:27 PM

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Justice Carpio: Talks with China OK, if PH wins case

Jun 10, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Joint exploration with China is also possible under Philippine law says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (2nd from right) joins the powerhouse Philippine team in The Hague from July 7 to 13. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Licuanan on Duterte's whistling: I'm willing to suspend judgment

Jun 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

A known women s rights activist Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says she s willing to put together what [Duterte] says and actually what he does

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, Patricia Licuanan, addresses the opening of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. UN file photo by Loey Felipe

Opera Software shareholders accept Chinese bid

May 25, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The Chinese consortium still needs the go signal from US and Chinese regulatory authorities before it can complete the acquisition

Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line

May 21, 2016 - 5:35 PM

China s warning comes a day after new president Tsai Ing wen s inauguration speech where she called for positive dialogue with the Chinese mainland but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

May 20, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The search zone has so far yielded no clues as to what happened aboard MH370 a scheduled flight that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history

UNTIL AUGUST. A file picture dated March  6, 2016 shows a woman writing messages for the passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on a banner during a remembrance ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Taiwan's Tsai calls for 'positive dialogue' with Beijing

May 20, 2016 - 9:37 AM

3rd UPDATE Beijing skeptic Tsai takes the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January signalling the end of an 8 year rapprochement with China

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan opposition leader and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (L) introduces her companions to outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou (R) before sitting down to discuss transfer of power at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei, Taiwan, March 30, 2016. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

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May 18, 2016 - 12:14 PM

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31 Beijing Olympics athletes test positive after new analysis - IOC

May 18, 2016 - 2:11 AM

Up to 31 athletes from 12 countries could be banned from the Rio Olympics for doping after new tests on samples from the 2008 Beijing Games

DOPING TESTS. The suspect athletes from the Beijing Games took part in 6 sports, but none were named by the IOC. File photo by Gero Breloer/EPA

US warship sails by South China Sea reef, irking Beijing

May 10, 2016 - 7:29 PM

UPDATED It is Washington s third freedom of navigation operation in the disputed waters launched in recent months after China built several artificial islands as it asserts claims to nearly all the sea

Indonesia says China wants Uighurs caught joining extremist group extradited

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:56 PM

The Uighurs were sentenced to 6 years each in 2015 for attempting to join the Islamic State linked Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen

Elite Indonesian anti-terror police from Densus 88 escort four Turks arrested on arrival at Jakarta airport on September 14, 2014. Bima Sakti/AFP

Indonesia demands 'bully' China hand over fishing boat

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:23 PM

It was the latest salvo in a rare public row between the nations which began two weeks ago when Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed near Indonesia s Natuna Islands

NO BULLYING. Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti calls on China to hand over a fishing boat it claims was operating illegally in its waters near the South China Sea. AFP

China's industrial output growth wanes

Mar 12, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED After having the slowest growth since 2008 Premier Li Keqiang set the target growth at 6 5 to 7 but acknowledges that China will face a tough challenge this year

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Mar 05, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Beijing will oppose separatist activities for the independence of Taiwan and safeguard China s sovereignty and territorial integrity says Premier Li Keqiang

WARNING FOR TAIWAN. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his speech during the opening of the fourth Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 5, 2016. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

China raises 2016 defense spending by 7.6%

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:26 PM

3rd UPDATE Beijing is increasing its military heft and asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea raising tensions with its neighbors and with Washington

CHINA'S DEFENSE. Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers salute each other on Tiananmen Square ahead of the Fourth Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, March 2, 2016. File photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

China to secure 'de facto' control of South China Sea

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:03 AM

US Admiral Harry Harris says that by building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands China has shown it is determined to achieve military supremacy in the region

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Beijing beats New York as world billionaire capital – survey

Feb 25, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The Hurun Report says there are 100 billionaires in Beijing compared to 95 in New York

epa04572942 Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin speaks during an agreement ceremony with Atletico Madrid in Beijing, China, 21 January 2015. China's Wanda Group officially announced it has invested 45 million euro to acquire a 20 per cent stake in Spanish Primera Division soccer club Atletico Madrid. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Beijing pins Hong Kong riot on 'radical separatists'

Feb 14, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The riot that left police officers hurt showed elements of terror Zhang Xiaoming says

Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2B bid

Feb 10, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The Opera Software board unanimously recommends the consortium s offer to shareholders