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Political tensions behind China Japan economic issues: Beijing

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th January 2015

Political tensions behind China Japan economic issues: Beijing BEIJING: Political tensions are partly to blame for Japanese investment in China recording its biggest fall for almost a quarter of a century, Beijing’s commerce ministry said Thursday. Investment from Japan slid 38.8 percent to $4.33 billion last year, Chinese figures show, with a respected Japanese industry group saying the drop was the steepest since...


US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat BEIJING: Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party. “There is no doubt that we are very concerned about the freedom of the press, about the ability for...


Japan to extend two billion Yen for aid projects

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Japan to extend two billion Yen for aid projects ISLAMABAD: Government of Japan has decided to extend Yen 2 billion to Pakistan for the implementation of two grant aid projects. In this regard, Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Saleem Sethi, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, would sign an exchange of notes on Wednesday, Jan 28 here at Economic Affairs Division (EAD)....


Mongol hangs himself in China protest: group

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Mongol hangs himself in China protest: group BEIJING: A Mongol herder hanged himself from the gate of a Chinese government building in protest at land seizures in the latest instance of unrest in Inner Mongolia, a rights group said Tuesday. The suicide on January 19 came as part of several demonstrations by ethnic minority Mongols against alleged land grabs by local authorities,...


China officials dine on endangered salamander

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

China officials dine on endangered salamander BEIJING: Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing’s austerity campaign. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of Shenzhen, the Global Times said. “In my territory, it...


China’s online population nears 650 million: govt

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China’s online population nears 650 million: govt BEIJING: The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world’s largest online population continues to rise. There were 648 million Internet users in China at the end of 2014, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the official Xinhua news agency...


India trying to tarnish Muslim identity of Kashmir: Speakers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

India trying to tarnish Muslim identity of Kashmir: Speakers ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar have said that India is trying to tarnish the Muslim identity of Jammu and Kashmir by rehabilitating non Kashmiris in the territory. Mrs Shamim Shawl, Secretary General Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen speaking at the seminar organised by Kashmir Tehreeke Khawateen in Islamabad (Indian Occupied) on unethical settlement of Hindus in Jammu said,...


Japanese hostage crises: a timeline

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th January 2015

Japanese hostage crises: a timeline TOKYO: The apparent execution of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State militants, marks one of the darkest moments in Japan’s experience of kidnapping. Here are some key hostage crises that have embroiled Japanese nationals abroad in the past: September 1977: Five armed Japanese Red Army (JRA) members hijack a...


China’s online population reaches 648 mln

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

China’s online population reaches 648 mln ISLAMABAD: China’s netizen population, the world’s largest, reached 648 million at the end of 2014, 16 million more than in June. According to Jin Jian, deputy director of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), online economy accounts for seven percent of GDP, up from 3.3 percent the previous year, Beijing Daily reports. More than...


Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages

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Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages TOKYO: Japan on Saturday vowed to “never give up” its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence. Whether freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, the self-employed contractor he had gone to rescue, were alive remained unknown a day...


Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th January 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army HONG KONG: Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests. “Through drills and training camps, the new voluntary uniformed youth group aims to promote civic awareness,” China’s state-run China Daily reported on...


21 confirmed dead after tugboat sinks in China

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

21 confirmed dead after tugboat sinks in China BEIJING: Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media reported Saturday. The vessel was raised Saturday, 40 hours after it sank while undergoing testing with 25 people, including eight foreigners, aboard in the eastern province of Jiangsu on Thursday afternoon, state...


Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

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Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe TOKYO: Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next “Big One.” More than 14,000 people gathered to commemorate the victims in the western port city of Kobe, where a 7.2-magnitude quake hit at...


China media: Zhou, Bo formed ‘clique’ to challenge leaders

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China media: Zhou, Bo formed ‘clique’ to challenge leaders BEIJING: The two biggest Chinese politicians to fall in recent years, ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang and former high-flyer Bo Xilai, formed a “clique” together, state media reported Thursday as President Xi Jinping pledges a crackdown on Communist Party factionalism. The two men “celebrated their political rapport” and vowed to “play a big game”, the China...


Tycoon Li Ka-Shing losing status as China business ‘bellwether’: paper

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th January 2015

Tycoon Li Ka-Shing losing status as China business ‘bellwether’: paper BEIJING: A Chinese newspaper close to the ruling Communist Party on Wednesday said Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing’s days as a “bellwether” for China’s economy were probably over, downplaying a major corporate reshuffle. Billionaire Li, 86, last week announced a sweeping re-arrangement of his vast business empire. Hong Kong developer Cheung Kong Holdings, his flagship...


Confucius the Redeemer symbol of Xi’s Chinese Dream

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th January 2015

Confucius the Redeemer symbol of Xi’s Chinese Dream BEIDAIHE/, China: Arms outstretched like Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, a towering Confucius statue stands in the seaside resort that hosts the Chinese Communist leadership’s summer retreat, opposite a hulking monument to President Xi Jinping’s dreams. The gleaming gold-yellow sculptures are part of a 50 million yuan ($8 million) complex built by Wang Dianming,...


Divers find black box of crashed AirAsia jet: Indonesia ministry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th January 2015

Divers find black box of crashed AirAsia jet: Indonesia ministry JAKARTA: Indonesian divers Sunday found the black box of the AirAsia plane which crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. But they failed to retrieve it because it was stuck under debris from the main body of the plane, it added. “The navy divers in Jadayat...


China steps up political prosecutions: rights group

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th January 2015

China steps up political prosecutions: rights group BEIJING: China prosecuted almost 1,400 people for political offences in 2013, the vast majority in secret, an advocacy group reported Thursday as the ruling Communist party continues a crackdown on dissent. A total of 1,384 people were indicted on charges of “endangering state security”, an increase of 32 percent on the previous year, the US-based...


China encourages NGOs to sue in environmental oversight

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th January 2015

China encourages NGOs to sue in environmental oversight BEIJING: China on Wednesday granted non-governmental organizations more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. NGOs that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court...


Hong Kong takes next step on political reform

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th January 2015

Hong Kong takes next step on political reform HONG KONG: Hong Kong will take the next step in its contentious political reform process Wednesday when the government unveils new proposals for how the city should choose its next leader. Tensions remain high following more than two months of mass protests for fully free elections that failed to win concessions for pro-democracy campaigners. China...


Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th January 2015

Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report TOKYO: Japan is proposing jointly building Australia’s new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry. Under the proposal, Japan’s defense ministry is to cooperate with Australia in developing special steel and other materials for its new submarines, while Tokyo...


Suspected killer on trial in China wrongful execution case

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th January 2015

Suspected killer on trial in China wrongful execution case BEIJING: A man who confessed to murdering a woman in China 18 years ago went on trial Monday, three weeks after a court cleared a teenager who was wrongfully executed for the crime. The Intermediate People’s Court in Hohhot, the capital of China’s northern Inner Mongolia region, opened the proceedings against Zhao Zhihong and is...


‘Two big parts’ of AirAsia plane found: search chief

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd January 2015

‘Two big parts’ of AirAsia plane found: search chief JAKARTA:- Recovery teams have found two big parts of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the sea last weekend with 162 people on board, Indonesia’s top search official said Saturday. Search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told reporters that the huge relief operation came across the objects in the Java Sea off the island...


Bushfire burns out of control in southern Australia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd January 2015

Bushfire burns out of control in southern Australia SYDNEY:- Houses were lost as an intense bushfire raged out of control in South Australia on Saturday, as authorities warned the state faced its worst wildfire danger since deadly 1983 blazes. Officials said the scenic Adelaide Hills, northeast of Adelaide city, faced “an incredibly dangerous fire” which, with high winds and temperatures forecast, was impossible...


Searchers find ‘big parts’ of crashed Air Asia plane

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd January 2015

Searchers find ‘big parts’ of crashed Air Asia plane by Adek BERRY PANGKALAN BUN: – Recovery teams have found two big parts of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the sea last weekend with 162 people on board, Indonesia’s top search official said Saturday. The huge search operation came across the objects in the Java Sea off the island of Borneo late Friday night,...


Japan PM Abe pledges reforms to boost economy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st January 2015

Japan PM Abe pledges reforms to boost economy TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday pledged to carry out crucial structural reforms this year as part his drive to kickstart the economy, while stressing the country remained pacifist as he pursues his nationalist agenda. “This year we will once again make the economy the foremost priority, delivering the warm winds of economic recovery...


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