China miner gives $7.5M after 22 killed by breach

A Chinese mining company said Tuesday it will donate 50 million yuan ($7.5 million) to people affected by a tailing pond collapse that caused a dam to burst and killed 22.

Nobel laureate Liu celebrates 55th birthday in prison

Jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo marked his 55th birthday on Tuesday in a prison in northeast China, prompting renewed calls from rights advocates for his immediate release.

Chinese resort to offer tax-free tourist shopping

Lydia Chen Shanghai Daily 27.12.2010
Chinese resort to offer tax-free tourist shopping

OVERSEAS tourists visiting Hainan Province will be able to shop tax-free from next year. The plan, which will apply to foreign travelers and those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, is a central government initiative aimed at building the southern ...

Activist to be granted medical parole

Zou Le, Teddy Ng Global Times 27.12.2010
Activist to be granted medical parole

An activist who was jailed for 30 months for inciting social disorder after trying to draw attention to the plight of children who had consumed melamine-tainted milk powder has been granted medical parole, some Hong Kong politicians said Sunday.

China bars political dissident access to lawyers

Sui-Lee Wee Reuters Africa 25.12.2010
China bars political dissident access to lawyers

One of China's most prominent human rights advocates, who was charged in June for subversion, has been denied access to his lawyers, a move that rights activists say sets the stage for a hasty and covert trial.

China bars English words in all publications

Chinese newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country's publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril.

President Hu meets chief executives of HK, Macao SARs

President Hu Jintao met Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Donald Tsang and Macao SAR Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On in Beijing Wednesday when the two SAR government leaders reported their work to central authorities.

China online stores offering cat and dog skin products

Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China's largest retail website Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, state media reported Tuesday.

Chinese endure power shortages as coal runs short

Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand.

McDonald's to double China restaurants by 2013

Fang Yan and Terril Jones Reuters 15.12.2010
McDonald's to double China restaurants by 2013

McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) plans to double the number of its restaurants in China to 2,000 by 2013, a senior executive said on Wednesday as it speeds up expansion in the fastest growing major economy.

Authorities step up their crackdown on smuggling across the HK border

Anyone who frequently uses the Sheung Shui metro station in Hong Kong, which borders Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, will probably notice a large group of mostly elderly people or young women standing around large boxes during most times of the day.

China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record

ANITA CHANG My Way News 04.12.2010
China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record

A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.

`Godfather' denies rape of Yunnan orphan, 12

Natalie Wong The Standard 29.11.2010

A social worker has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including rape, unlawful sexual intercourse, gross indecency and indecent assault involving two girls at an orphanage he set up in Yunnan.

Hong Kong jeweler bites bullet in gold checks

Dennis Chong The Standard 28.11.2010

Jeweler Chow Sang Sang has removed all 18 karat gold products from its 170 mainland stores, after Beijing authorities found one of its products to be low in gold content.

China launches hourly air quality data index

China has started publishing hourly air-quality information for major cities across the country as the world's top source of greenhouse gas emissions tries to rein in its notorious pollution.

A Chinese father jailed after campaigning for victims of a tainted milk scandal missed an appeal deadline but has applied for medical parole, state-run media said Tuesday.

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake awarded by Travel + Leisure

Theresa Zhang Fairmont Yangcheng Lake 19.11.2010
Philip Smith, GM of Fairmont Yangcheng Lake (left 3) and hotel management team

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake has won the prestigious 2010 China Travel Award from Travel + Leisure as one of the Best New Hotels in China.

China sentences woman to labor camp for Twitter post

A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a Twitter post that mocked Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese products during a recent demonstration, her fiance said Thursday.

For 30 years the Chinese have only been allowed one child - and now they are only allowed one dog

For the last 30 years they have been banned from having more than one child in their family.Now the residents of Shanghai are facing a new limit over the size of their household - the one-dog policy.

Wen Jiabao set for first Macau visit

Dennis Chong The Standard 07.11.2010
Wen Jiabao set for first Macau visit

Premier Wen Jiabao is to visit Macau at the weekend to attend an international business conference and to check around the SAR.

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