- US, India move forward on joint military research projects Updated: Jun-03-15 1:55 pm
NEW DELHI - After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.
- Taiwan candidate seeks to reassure US on China ties Updated: Jun-03-15 3:33 am
WASHINGTON - Taiwan's opposition presidential candidate will look to reassure U.S. officials this week that victory in the January 2016 election for her party, which Beijing views with suspicion, won't revive tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
- Olympic champion Nastia Liukin engaged Updated: Jun-02-15 9:41 pm
Nastia Liukin has some bling to go with her Olympic gold.
- IOC cites challenges for Almaty and Beijing Olympic bids Updated: Jun-01-15 1:21 pm
LONDON - The IOC on Monday cited serious challenges facing the two bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics, including pointed concerns over Beijing's air pollution and lack of natural snow and Almaty's budget risks and limited experience in hosting major events.
- In a nation of smokers, Beijing bans lighting up indoors Updated: Jun-01-15 6:04 am
BEIJING - China's capital began imposing the country's toughest ban on smoking in public places Monday in hopes of stemming a looming health crisis in a society where smoking remains a nearly ubiquitous part of dining, social events and life in general.
- Vietnam: Don't tie US weapons sales to human rights issues Updated: Jun-01-15 4:37 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Questions about human rights violations by the Vietnamese government should have no bearing on whether the U.S. should fully remove its ban on lethal weapons' sales to Hanoi, Vietnam's defense minister said Monday after meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
- Surveys show Chinese manufacturing remained weak in May Updated: Jun-01-15 12:08 am
HONG KONG - China's factory activity remained subdued last month with both export demand and employment contracting, according to an official survey Monday that adds pressure on Beijing for more economic stimulus.
- At 32, Coughlin eyes 4th Olympics and chance at history Updated: May-29-15 3:50 pm
Natalie Coughlin has thought about quitting, about getting on with the rest of her life.
- China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory Updated: May-29-15 7:31 am
BEIJING - Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.
- Malaysia denies entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Updated: May-29-15 6:01 am
HONG KONG - Malaysian authorities denied entry to a radical Hong Kong lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Friday, the second time this week they have barred one of the city's outspoken pro-democracy activists.
- Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows Updated: May-28-15 5:50 am
BEIJING - Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops.
- After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government's ear Updated: May-28-15 3:47 am
BEIJING - In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country's premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators capriciously enforce rules and extort bribes. Within days, officials came knocking.
- Ex-Chinese legislator on trial for organizing prostitution Updated: May-27-15 11:52 pm
BEIJING - A former member of China's national legislature who is accused of running a brothel with 100 prostitutes at a luxury hotel that he ran in southern China has gone on trial on charges of organizing prostitution.
- Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on Updated: May-27-15 5:07 pm
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Defense Secretary Ash Carter strongly defended America's right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction effort.
- China fines chemical company $12M for polluting, jails staff Updated: May-27-15 5:38 am
BEIJING - A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan ($12 million) and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams.
- China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region Updated: May-27-15 4:14 am
BEIJING - China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a surge of violence that reached as far as Beijing.
- Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat Updated: May-27-15 2:53 am
SEOUL, South Korea - The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.
- Frenzied month for American sprinter Justin Gatlin Updated: May-27-15 2:35 am
Within a matter of days this month, Justin Gatlin had an Olympic relay silver medal stripped, shattered his personal-best mark in the 100 and missed a meet in Beijing over a misunderstanding.
- Usain Bolt wins 200 at cold, wet Golden Spike meet Updated: May-26-15 4:17 pm
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Usain Bolt cruised to victory in the 200 meters race at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, as the Jamaican star prepares for the world championships after a season marred by injuries.
- China's army plays down South China Sea island-building Updated: May-26-15 2:49 pm
BEIJING - China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.
- IMF official says China's yuan no longer undervalued Updated: May-26-15 6:52 am
BEIJING - The International Monetary Fund no longer believes China's tightly controlled currency is undervalued, an IMF official said Tuesday, a stance that might help Beijing in its wrangling with Washington over exchange rate controls.
- Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions Updated: May-26-15 1:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.
- China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods Updated: May-25-15 10:49 am
BEIJING - China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth.
- Usain Bolt getting back into shape ahead of worlds Updated: May-24-15 12:57 pm
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Usain Bolt is not worried by Justin Gatlin's fast times and is using this season to get into shape ahead of the world championship in Beijing after his injuries last season.
- China readies national carbon market to fight climate change Updated: May-24-15 1:41 am
BEIJING - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.