- UK: Hong Kong bookseller 'removed' in breach of China treaty Updated: Feb-12-16 10:54 am
HONG KONG - Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a "serious breach" of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.
- Australian minister resigns for breaching code of conduct Updated: Feb-12-16 12:11 am
CANBERRA, Australia - An embattled Australian government minister resigned on Friday for breaching ministerial standards through a business trip to China, clearing the way for the prime minister to announce a final Cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections due this year.
- US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election Updated: Feb-11-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.
- Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest Updated: Feb-11-16 11:14 am
HONG KONG - Several dozen people appeared in a Hong Kong court Thursday to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police sparked by a clampdown on holiday street food vendors.
- Kenyan athletes allege doping bribery Updated: Feb-10-16 5:44 pm
EMBU, Kenya - Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions.
- Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations Updated: Feb-09-16 5:16 am
In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.
- US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China Updated: Feb-09-16 4:14 am
WASHINGTON - North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development - China.
- Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey Updated: Feb-08-16 11:20 am
BEIJING - Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.
- Ian Mader named AP's news editor in Florida Updated: Feb-08-16 10:45 am
MIAMI - Ian Mader, a veteran foreign correspondent with a reputation for breaking news and challenging reporters, has been named The Associated Press Florida news editor based in Miami.
- UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.
- The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):
- New Year's fireworks a little quieter in Chinese capital Updated: Feb-07-16 1:08 am
BEIJING - Much of China's population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a small aircraft will make sure of that.
- Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease Updated: Feb-06-16 4:04 am
BEIJING - The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey - the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.
- China sheds more light on 3 missing Hong Kong booksellers Updated: Feb-05-16 2:52 am
HONG KONG - Mainland Chinese authorities confirm they've detained three missing Hong Kong booksellers for an investigation into unspecified criminal activity, shedding more light on a case that's gripped residents with fear that Beijing is tightening its hold on the city.
- Report: China's yuan to erode, not end, dollar's dominance Updated: Feb-04-16 11:41 am
WASHINGTON - China's yuan will chip away at the U.S. dollar's dominance over the next decade but is unlikely to supplant it as the world's top currency, says a report from a federal watchdog.
- North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China Updated: Feb-03-16 11:42 pm
BEIJING - The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.
- APNewsbreak: Missing reporter tells wife he's back in China Updated: Feb-03-16 8:52 am
BEIJING - The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said she was able to speak to him by phone Wednesday and he told her he had voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but she believes he was forced back and spoke against his own will.
- China urges restraint over North Korea rocket launch Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 am
BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
- China top economic planner predicts 6.5 to 7 percent growth Updated: Feb-03-16 6:39 am
BEIJING - China's top economic planner on Wednesday predicted that the world's second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5 and 7 percent this year.
- ChemChina boss adds to deal crown with Syngenta takeover Updated: Feb-03-16 5:45 am
HONG KONG - ChemChina's offer to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta is the latest in a string of deals that has turned the company into a Chinese chemical colossus with an increasingly international profile. A look at the state-owned company and its founder and chairman Ren Jianxin:
- Ambassador: US to continue South China Sea flights, sail-bys Updated: Feb-03-16 4:01 am
MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.
- China reduces sentences for 11 Uighurs, including Canadian Updated: Feb-03-16 3:52 am
BEIJING - A court in western China has reduced the sentences of 11 Uighurs convicted of terrorism and endangering state security, including a naturalized Canadian preacher whose life term had been sharply criticized by Ottawa.
- Jackson Martinez to join Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande Updated: Feb-03-16 1:04 am
BEIJING - Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League said Wednesday it has signed Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez for a new record sum in the Asian transfer market.
- Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties Updated: Feb-02-16 12:51 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue.
- US concerned over disappearance of 5 Hong Kong residents Updated: Feb-01-16 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. says the disappearance of five Hong Kong residents associated with a publisher specializing in books banned in mainland China raises serious questions about Beijing's commitments to the territory's autonomy.