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Dr Mahathir’s Formula For South China Sea Peace: Forget The Warships

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KUALA LUMPUR- Keep out the warships and instead have joint small-boat patrols – that is Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s prescription for maintaining peace in the disputed and resource-rich South China Sea. “I think there should not be too many warships. Warships create tension,” the 92-year-old leader told the South China Morning Post in an…

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China Hosts Russia And Iran As Us Tensions Rise

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QINGDAO – China opened a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the United States over trade and Washington’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal. Armoured vans lined the streets of the coastal city of Qingdao as world leaders arrived for the 18th annual summit of the…

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Man Picks Up Dolphin, Walks Off With It At Beach In China

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BEIJING – Chinese authorities are investigating a case where a man reportedly picked up a dolphin at a beach and is filmed walking with it slung over his shoulder. The incident reportedly occurred on May 1 at Guangdong province’s Yangjiang city, local reports say. Guangdong’s Southern Metropolis Daily said in a report on Thursday (May…

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China Bans New Polluting Projects In Three Cities – Ministry

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BEIJING – China’s environment ministry has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new polluting projects in the next six months after they failed to meet air quality targets over the winter, an official said on Thursday. The three cities – Handan in Hebei province, and Jincheng and Yangquan in Shanxi – all failed to…

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China Says Space Station Burns Up Over South Pacific

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SHANGHAI – China’s Tiangong-1 space station re-entered the earth’s atmosphere and burnt up over the middle of the South Pacific on Monday, the Chinese space authority said. The “vast majority” of the craft burnt up on re-entry, at around 8:15 a.m. (0015 GMT), the authority said in a brief statement on its website, without saying…

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China Sends Divers To Rescue Missing Crew Of Capsized Vessel

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MUAR – China is sending a team of divers to help in the rescue of 14 crewmen believed to be trapped in a Chinese sand-dredger that capsized off Johor yesterday. The divers are from the SOS Maritime Centre in Guangdong, said Liu Dongguan, counsellor at the Embassy of China in Kuala Lumpur, at a press…

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China Warns Taiwan It Won’t Tolerate Separatist Activities

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BEIJING – China said on Monday that it would never tolerate any separatist schemes for self-ruled Taiwan and would safeguard China’s territorial integrity with the aim of “reunification” with an island it considers its sacred territory. Premier Li Keqiang issued the warning in a speech to the opening of the annual session of China’s parliament,…

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Hong Kong Football Fans Take A Stand As Chinese Anthem Law Looms

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  HONG KONG – Dressed in red and armed with flags, fans of Hong Kong’s national football team politely applauded the Lebanese anthem while they waited to seize their moment. As the Chinese national anthem “March of the Volunteers” boomed from the loudspeakers at Hong Kong Stadium, fans erupted into full-throated boos, some waving flags,…

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China Give Assurance To Reduce Tension In South China Sea – Najib

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  MANILA – China has given a positive response to reduce tension in South China Sea, including freedom to sail and fly in the disputed area. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said his counterpart from China, Li Keqiang had during the ASEAN-China summit today said South China Sea will become an “anchor of peace…

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China Sets New World Record For Rice Yield

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  SHIJIAZHUANG (Hebei Province, China) – Yuan Longping, renowned developer of hybrid rice, has set a new world record, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. A hybrid rice project headed by Yuan has achieved a yield of 1,149.02 kg of rice per mu (about 0.07 hectares), or 17.2 tonnes per hectare, in north China\’s Hebei Province,…

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China Museum Removes Photographs Comparing Africans To Animals In Racism Row

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  BEIJING – A Chinese museum has removed photographs which compare African people to animals from a controversial exhibition after being accused of racism, the curators said Friday. Social media users in Africa had led outrage over the montages, including one showing an open-mouthed African child alongside a monkey in the same pose, and another…

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Fun’s Over: China’s Shared Sex Dolls Snuffed Out

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BEIJING- China’s rentable sex dolls have been yanked off the market and the firm responsible for them has apologised, just days after the “shared girlfriends” began strutting their silicon stuff. Chinese sex-products retailer Touch said in a statement on Monday that it “will actively explore healthier and more harmonious ways to diversify people’s sex lives”.…

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China Cracks Down On Pyramid Scams After Deaths

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Beijing – China’s latest crackdown on pyramid schemes was prompted by three shocking deaths: one young man who was beaten, another who was found dead in a pond, a third left to die on a road. Like elsewhere in the world, the scams have proliferated in China as fraudsters trick people into thinking they can…

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China, Russia Must Take Direct Action Against N. Korea

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WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch. “China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,” Tillerson said in a statement. He said China supplies…

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China ‘To Offer Malaysia Radar, Rocket Launchers Based In Johor’

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KUALA LUMPUR — China will offer Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system, to be based in Johor, reflecting the widening defence and trade ties between the two countries in the South China Sea region, The Malaysian Insight reported sources as saying on Wednesday (Aug 9). The low-interest offer will be made by a…

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China Warns India Over ‘Military Build-Up’ In Doklam

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  CHINA says India has been building up troops along its side of the border and demands an “immediate withdrawal” amid an increasingly tense standoff in a remote frontier region high in the Himalayas. The standoff, on a plateau that lies at the junction between China, India, and Bhutan, is one of the worst border…

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China-India Border Spat Casts Shadow Ahead Of BRICS Summit

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BEIJING – China is taking an increasingly tough line on a border row with India amid a rising crescendo of nationalism in state media, and President Xi Jinping looks set for an awkward encounter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a multilateral summit next month. Diplomats say Beijing would like to resolve the border issue…

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For Pakistanis, China ‘Friendship’ Road Runs One Way

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  TASHKURGAN – The China-Pakistan Friendship Highway runs over 1,300km from the far western Chinese city of Kashgar through the world’s highest mountain pass and across the border. For China, the two-lane thoroughfare symbolises a blossoming partnership, nourished with tens of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment. But for many Pakistani businessmen living and working…

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China Calls For Early Resumption Of Talks On Korean Peninsula

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  WASHINGTON – China on Wednesday called for an early resumption of talks on the Korea Peninsula nuclear issue and reaffirmed its commitment to resolving the issue through negotiations, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. China and the United States began to talk about diplomatic and security issues on Wednesday. The dialogue was one of four…

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China To Mediate Between Pakistan And Afghanistan

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  ISLAMABAD – Chinese foreign minister would visit Pakistan and Afghanistan in a bid to defuse tensions between the two countries, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Pakistani foreign affairs adviser as saying on Thursday. “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will first visit Kabul and then Islamabad in a next few days,” Aziz told Voice of…

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Chinese Jets Intercept US Surveillance Plane

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WASHINGTON – Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180m of the American aircraft, US officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 240km southeast of Hong…

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Malaysia Will Receive Enormous Benefit From China’s OBOR

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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has repeated his confidence that Malaysia will receive enormous benefit from China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. He said this was due to the existence of interconnection, especially between China and Central Asia, China and Europe, China and Southeast Asia, as well as between…

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Of Sovereignty, Alibaba And Durian Diplomacy

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BEIJING – San ren yi tiao xin, huang tu bian cheng jin. This is a Chinese proverb which says that if people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold. Making Malaysians a people of one heart — a united and confident society — is one of the biggest challenges for Malaysia…

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China Bans Muslim Beards And Veils

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NO long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. China is intensifying its crackdown against what it deems religious extremism in the far-west province of Xinjiang, which is home to 10 million Muslims. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of…

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Premier Li Says China Will Resolutely Oppose Taiwan Independence

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China will resolutely oppose and contain Taiwan independence, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island. China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, whose ruling Democratic Progressive Party espouses the island’s formal…

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Trump Meets China’s Top Diplomat Amid Tensions

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WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump, who has attacked China on issues from trade to the South China Sea, held his first face-to-face talks with a member of the Chinese leadership on Monday, and the White House said it was a chance to discuss shared security interests and a possible meeting with President Xi Jinping.…

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U.S. Urges China To Use ‘All Tools’ To Moderate North Korea’s Behaviour

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BONN, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged China to do all it could to moderate North Korea’s destabilising behaviour after Sunday’s ballistic missile test by Pyongyang, Tillerson’s spokesman Mark Toner said. Tillerson made the comments during his first meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of…

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Banknote Shows Mao Zedong With An Extra Mole

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CHINA: Does Mao Zedong have a big mole near his mouth, or not? That’s what a man in central China was left wondering about after he found the image of the late leader sporting an extra mole on the watermark of a 100-yuan banknote he had withdrawn from the bank. The man from Wuhan, Hubei…

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Why Trump Can’t Bully China

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CAMBRIDGE: As US President Donald Trump proceeds to destabilise the post-war global economic order, much of the world is collectively holding its breath. Commentators search for words to describe his assault on conventional norms of leadership and tolerance in a modern liberal democracy. The mainstream media, faced with a president who might sometimes be badly…

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Family Of Girl Killed In China Amusement Park Ride Accident To Get RM562k

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CHONGQING: The family of the 14-year-old girl who was killed after she was thrown off a swing ride at an amusement park will be compensated, the authorities said a day after the tragic Feb 3 accident. According to news outlet China Global Television Network (CGTN), Gan Tian’s father on Saturday signed an agreement with Zhaohua…

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