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US expatriates pursue American dream in China

Calum MacLeod USA Today 07/13/2011
Birth defects linked to coal smoke, pesticides: China study

Pregnant women who are exposed to coal smoke and pesticides are up to four times more likely to have babies with serious birth defects than women not exposed to these chemicals, a Chinese study has found.

Cleveland native Carl Setzer, 29, delights in using unusual ingredients at his popular Beijing microbrewery.

After South Koreans, U.S. citizens had formed the second-largest national group among the nearly 600,000 foreigners living on the Chinese mainland at the end of 2010, says China's national statistics bureau. At a time when many Americans back home worry whether fast-rising China is out to eat their lunch, the number of Americans living on the Chinese mainland has reached a record high of 71,493, according to Chinese census bureau figures released in April. In addition, more than 60,000 Americans live in Hong Kong, according to the U.S. State Department. A 2005 estimate of 110,000 Americans living in China included Hong Kong residents. Another 430,000 people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau lived in China at the end of 2010, but Beijing does not count them as foreign residents.

China's Jiang "rested at home" during death rumours - report

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin was resting at home last week as rumours swirled that he had died, prompting at least two media outlets to report he had in fact passed away, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Top China editor says 'private interests' censor press

One of China's most influential journalists said Monday that efforts to silence the country's press frequently come from "private interests" rather than Beijing's official army of censors.

China warns U.S. officials not to meet Dalai Lama

China's Foreign Ministry warned U.S. officials on Thursday not to meet with visiting exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, saying it hoped Washington "appropriately dealt" with Tibet-related issues.

China says ex-president death reports 'pure rumour'

China's official media said Thursday that reports claiming former president Jiang Zemin had died were "pure rumour", after days of intense speculation about his health.

Hong Kong Plans To Open Economic, Trade, Cultural Office In Taiwan This Year

The Hong Kong government said Monday it planned to open an economic, trade and cultural office in Taiwan this year to further promote long-term co-operation and exchange between the two regions.

Chinese electric taxis struggle to win mass appeal

A pioneering electric taxi project in China's southern economic powerhouse of Shenzhen seems a success by most accounts. Riders are enthusiastic, there have been no accidents and drivers are termed "gracious," not a term usually applied to mainland drivers.

World's longest sea bridge opens in China... (but don't think about crossing it on foot, it's the length of a marathon)

China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge - which stretches five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais.

Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to speaks to reporters outside his studio in Beijing after his detainment by Chinese authorities.

Although prominent Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been charged with tax evasion, his lawyer Pu Zhiqiang says that the tax authorities have yet to provide evidence for the charge.

China's $600 billion housing push faces roadblocks

Langi Chiang and Don Durfee Reuters 06/24/2011
China's $600 billion housing push faces roadblocks

Taoyuan Village, the first affordable-housing project in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, should be a shining example of Beijing's ambitious $600 billion plan to offer high-quality housing for the millions of Chinese priced out by the urban property boom. But the residents of this new town, with its gleaming high-rises and clean lanes, have a different view.

Gome Says It's Suing Ex-Chairman Chen in Beijing for Breach of Agreement

Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd., China’s second-largest electronics retailer, said it filed a lawsuit in Beijing against former chairman Chen Xiao for breaching an agreement to protect the company’s reputation.

Hong Kong scholar freed after China cuts sentence

A Hong Kong-based historian jailed on state secrets charges in China was released Thursday after his heavy sentence was reduced in a show of clemency that a rights group says has been increasingly rare for political prisoners.

Russia, China warn West against Arab interference

Russia and China oppose outside interference in the unrest in the Arab world, the two presidents said on Thursday in a declaration, as the West seeks their support for increasing pressure on Syria.

HSBC, Citi given nod to underwrite China corporate debt: sources

The China units of HSBC Holdings (HSBA.L) (0005.HK) and Citigroup Inc (C.N) have won initial approval to underwrite corporate debt in China, paving the way for them to be the first foreign banks to win the coveted licenses, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

China rebukes US over South China Sea disputes

China criticized the U.S. on Tuesday over a senator's call for multilateral negotiations to resolve festering territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Police struggle to quell mass riots in southern China

James Pomfret, Xavier Ng Reuters 06/13/2011
Police struggle to quell mass riots in southern China

Police in southern China have struggled to contain riots by hundreds of migrant workers over several days in a city near Guangzhou after a young pregnant street hawker was harassed by security guards, media reports said Monday.

China Genetically Modifying Cows To Produce Human Breast Milk

Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.

PLA chief 'confirms first China aircraft carrier'

A top Chinese military official has confirmed that Beijing is building an aircraft carrier, marking the first acknowledgement of the ship's existence from China's secretive armed forces.


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