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China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:06PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

CHICAGO (AP) — China is promising to streamline a regulatory process that has held up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States. The country also pledges to enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies....

Serbia jails 11 rights activists during China summit

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:40AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia. Amnesty International says nine Bulgarians, a Slovak and a Finn — all supporters of the Falun Gong group that has been banned in China — were jailed by...

China arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:17AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that Feng Zhiming was charged with using torture to coerce a confession, dereliction of duty and taking bribes. Three days...

Beijing ramps up bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 6:06PM UTC Comments Off Shiva Keshavan of India prepares to start his run during a training session for the men's singles luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics by holding a series of international athletic competitions and promotional events....

Avon settles China bribery charges for $135 million

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:00PM UTC Comments Off Avon settles China bribery charges for $135 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Avon cosmetics will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there. Avon Products Inc. is the world’s largest direct seller of cosmetics. Its Avon China unit entered the plea Wednesday in...

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