- Alibaba won and lost a friend in Washington; how it happened Updated: May-27-16 10:13 pm
SHANGHAI - In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.
- South Sudan: Army major arrested allegedly smuggling ivory Updated: May-27-16 8:04 am
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan authorities arrested an army major and a Chinese oil worker for allegedly trafficking elephant ivory and endangered pangolin meat through the country's Paloich oil fields.
- Lobsang Sangay sworn in as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile Updated: May-27-16 7:01 am
DHARMSALA, India - Lobsang Sangay was sworn in for his second term as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Friday and said he will make maximum efforts to achieve regional autonomy for Tibet during his five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next 50 years if it's unsuccessful.
- Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action on economies Updated: May-27-16 6:02 am
SHIMA, Japan - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting evidence the formula is failing to yield promised results in Japan.
- US investigating Chinese steelmakers in trade secrets case Updated: May-27-16 3:23 am
BEIJING - U.S. regulators are investigating whether Chinese steelmakers used stolen American trade secrets in a case that adds to tensions over accusations Beijing is flooding global markets with low-cost steel.
- The Latest: G-7 wants to close gaps on fighting extremism Updated: May-27-16 1:03 am
ISE, Japan - The latest news on the Group of Seven summit in Japan, where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days (all times local):
- China top general visits Japan WWII chemical weapons site Updated: May-26-16 6:20 am
BEIJING - China's top general urged Japan to speed up the disposal of leftover World War II chemical weapons on Thursday, a day before President Barack Obama is to visit a Japanese city destroyed by a U.S. nuclear bomb.
- New Taiwan president to visit allies Panama, Paraguay Updated: May-26-16 1:00 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan says President Tsai Ing-wen will visit allies Panama and Paraguay next month on her first overseas trip since taking office, amid speculation over possible moves by China to tighten its diplomatic noose around the self-governing island.
- The Latest: No plans for Japan PM to visit Pearl Harbor Updated: May-25-16 11:03 am
SHIMA, Japan - The Latest on President Barack Obama's trip to Vietnam and Japan (all times local):
- Obama's Hiroshima trip parachutes him into history disputes Updated: May-24-16 7:21 am
HANOI, Vietnam - By visiting Hiroshima, Barack Obama parachutes himself into a seemingly endless dispute among key U.S. allies and trading partners over World War II. In Tokyo's decades-long tug-of-war over history with its neighbors China and South Korea, it's the American president who could end up losing.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China 'happy' US-Vietnam ties warming Updated: May-23-16 11:58 pm
A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:
- A look at verbal U-turns by Philippines' likely next leader Updated: May-22-16 1:07 am
MANILA, Philippines - Rodrigo Duterte kept Filipinos guessing for months last year whether he would run for president. He repeatedly declared that he wouldn't, then cited different reasons when he finally did. On the campaign trail, he flipped and flopped on a number of key pronouncements. That has made it difficult to discern when the brash Duterte, who spikes his speeches with sarcasm and hyperbole for added punch, is serious or, in his own words, is "just taking you for a ride."
- Hawaii inmate sues after schizophrenic cellmate beats him up Updated: May-20-16 9:25 pm
HONOLULU - A former U.S. Pacific Command defense contractor imprisoned for giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend has sued the federal government after a paranoid schizophrenic cellmate beat him up.
- New Taiwan president omits one-China principle in speech Updated: May-20-16 10:26 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's new independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen tread carefully around the thorny issue of relations with China in her inaugural address Friday, emphasizing the importance of two decades of growing exchanges without mentioning the one-China principle fundamental to Beijing.
- US could lift arms embargo on Vietnam amid China tensions Updated: May-19-16 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama could lift restrictions on arms sales when he makes his first visit to Vietnam next week. That would remove a final vestige of wartime animosity but would not please China, which views growing U.S. defense ties in its backyard with deep suspicion amid rising military tensions in the South China Sea.
- China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration Updated: May-18-16 8:16 am
BEIJING - China is staging large-scale joint war games featuring mock beach landing, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan, just days before the inauguration of the self-governing island's new independence-leaning president.
- China: Afghanistan backs Beijing stance on South China Sea Updated: May-16-16 8:31 am
BEIJING - China on Monday said landlocked Afghanistan has expressed support for Beijing's stance on the South China Sea dispute, the latest country from outside the region to line up behind China's calls for bilateral talks on the issue.
- China says US report hypes up its so-called military threat Updated: May-15-16 12:36 am
BEIJING - China's defense ministry criticized a U.S. report assessing its island-building efforts in the South China Sea, saying it "hyped up" China's so-called military threat.
- Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails Updated: May-14-16 8:48 am
ZARAZA, Venezuela - It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse - and a strategic relationship gone adrift.
- Report: China has reclaimed 3,200 acres in South China Sea Updated: May-13-16 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON - China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea. But the country's focus has shifted to developing and weaponizing those man-made islands so it will have greater control over the maritime region without resorting to armed conflict, according to a new Pentagon report.
- Sri Lankan leader begins 2nd visit to India in 17 months Updated: May-13-16 8:14 am
NEW DELHI - Sri Lanka's leader began his second state visit to India in 17 months Friday in a trip that underscores his island nation's delicate efforts to balance relations with regional superpowers India and China.
- China navy plane hits buildings, no casualties reported Updated: May-11-16 11:53 pm
BEIJING - A Chinese navy fighter jet on a nighttime training mission crashed into buildings in an eastern city, but the pilot ejected safely and there were no reports of casualties, the Defense Ministry reported Thursday.
- Queen Elizabeth II: Chinese officials were 'very rude' Updated: May-11-16 4:03 pm
LONDON - Britain's 90-year-old monarch has made a rare foray into political affairs, being caught on film characterizing Chinese officials as "very rude" in their dealings with British counterparts during a state visit last year.
- Chinese officials, Michigan sign agreements to boost trade Updated: May-11-16 3:16 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder's office says Chinese government officials have signed documents that will boost investment between China and Michigan.
- China says US patrols justify defensive deployments Updated: May-11-16 12:37 am
BEIJING - Upping the ante in the feud over who is responsible for rising tensions in the South China Sea, China on Wednesday said repeated U.S. Navy patrols in the area are forcing it to boost the defense capabilities of the islands it controls and may require it to launch more air and sea patrols.