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Stories with place: Greater China
  • China says quality of its groundwater has worsened 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:25 am
  • BEIJING - Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

  • HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:10 am
  • HONG KONG - Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.

  • Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:28 am
  • LONDON - The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

  • Luxury automakers scramble to woo young Chinese 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:42 am
  • BEIJING - At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China's lucrative but crowded market.

  • Asia shares mixed on lackluster China data 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:10 am
  • TOKYO - Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.

  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:03 am
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

  • China Mobile profit down 9.4 percent 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:28 pm
  • BEIJING - China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, said Wednesday its quarterly profit declined 9.4 percent from a year earlier despite a rise in customer numbers as spending per account declined.

  • Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:26 pm
  • HONG KONG - Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.

  • Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:10 pm
  • TOKYO - President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

  • No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:55 pm
  • BEIJING - Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.

  • Yum's profit rises as KFC sales in China rebound 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:16 pm
  • NEW YORK - Yum Brands reported a higher-than-expected profit for its first quarter highlighted by a rebound in KFC sales in China, where concerns about the safety of the chain's chicken supply eased.

  • Guangzhou, Wanderers advance to 2nd round in ACL 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:11 pm
  • SYDNEY - Guangzhou Evergrande ensured its Asian Champions League title defense progressed to the knockout stages while Al Ain topped Group C after a 1-1 draw against two-time winner Al Ittihad.

  • Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:01 am
  • BEIJING - Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.

  • Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:49 am
  • QINGDAO, China - Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors.

  • Manila mayor off to Hong Kong to apologize 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 11:20 pm
  • MANILA, Philippines - The mayor of Manila flew to Hong Kong Tuesday to apologize to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in a mishandled hostage taking in 2010 which soured relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong.

  • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 7:16 am
  • TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.

  • Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 6:07 am
  • SHANGHAI - A quarter of the police in Shanghai began carrying guns during routine patrols for the first time this week as part of a China-wide boost in police firepower following a deadly mass knifing blamed on Xinjiang separatists.

  • Much at stake in last ACL preliminaries 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 12:11 am
  • SEOUL, South Korea - With so many spots still up for grabs in the knockout rounds and so many clubs in contention, the Asian Champions League is raising its profile with an intensely tight competition.

  • Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:07 am
  • BEIJING - Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry.

  • GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:52 am
  • BEIJING - The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million.

  • Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight' 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:50 am
  • SHANGHAI - Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix.

  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 8:56 am
  • SHANGHAI - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

  • Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:46 pm
  • TOKYO - A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.

  • Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:38 pm
  • ROME - Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.

  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:17 am
  • SHANGHAI - Given how he finished last season, Sebastian Vettel's start to the 2014 F1 campaign has been humbling, to say the least.