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  • China’s new pollution rules will have global impact

    By Sep 30, 2014

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    Shanghai smog. Pic: Leo Fung (Flickr CC)

    Operating a global system makes everything a global issue. Case in point: pollution-fighting measures in China are shaking up global coal markets. Recent legislation will ban the burning of the dirtiest coal in China’s urban areas, effectively limiting imports on coal that contains high levels of ash and sulfur starting in 2015. This could mean

  • China underestimates Hong Kong’s resolve

    By Sep 29, 2014

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    Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday. Pic: AP.

    It was a coincidence but a symbolic one. On the day that Hong Kong’s police launched repeated volleys of tear gas onto pro-democracy demonstrators in the heart of the city, Chinese President Xi Jinping was reported to be calling on all Chinese to embrace the spirit of Mao Zedong and protect the position of the Communist Party.

  • Ghani Ahmadzai sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president

    By Sep 29, 2014

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    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Pic: AP.

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

  • China: Two men sentenced to death for killing of imam in Xinjiang

    By Sep 29, 2014

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    China: Two men sentenced to death for killing of imam in Xinjiang

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say two men were sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for killing a pro-government Muslim cleric in the far western city of Kashgar. The government-run news portal Tianshan Net said the court in Kashgar on Sunday found Gheni Hasan and Nurmemet Abidilimit guilty of organizing and leading

  • Japan, NKorea meet in Chinese city over abduction

    By Sep 29, 2014

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    SHENYANG, China (AP) — Negotiators from North Korea and Japan are meeting in a northeastern Chinese city for talks on the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents. The meeting between Japan’s Junichi Ihara and North Korea’s Song Il-ho in Shenyang is expected to last only one day. Japan is expected to pressure the

  • Shanghai to lift restrictions on 27 industries in free trade zone

    By Sep 29, 2014

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    Shanghai to lift restrictions on 27 industries in free trade zone

    BEIJING (AP) — China has announced the lifting of restrictions on foreign investment for several industries, from green tea to civil airplane engines, in a special free trade zone in the business hub of Shanghai.

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