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  • Senate committee backs new sanctions targeting North Korea

    November 7, 2017 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON- A Senate committee has unanimously approved legislation that imposes sanctions on Chinese banks and other financial institutions if they're found to be helping North Korea evade existing penalties from the U.S. and U.N. Security Council. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted 23-0 to pass the... more »
  • China mourns death of oldest panda

    September 14, 2017 7:39 AM

    BEIJING- China is mourning the death of the world's oldest panda, Basi, who passed away at the age of 37. Caretakers in the eastern city of Fuzhou said Basi was suffering from a number of ailments, including liver and kidney problems, when she died Wednesday. Her body is... more »
  • Global effort on North Korea gets Beijing boost

    August 6, 2017 12:49 PM

    MANILA, Philippines - China is providing a welcome boost to the global campaign to pressure North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear tests. China is the North's economic lifeline. The Trump administration is cautiously embracing China's apparent newfound cooperation. But Washington says it will be... more »
  • 'Transformers' film tops box office despite franchise low

    June 25, 2017 12:13 PM

    NEW YORK - Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" scored a franchise-low debut but still easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend. The Paramount Pictures release, the fifth in the "Transformers" series, totaled $69.1 million in five... more »
  • FBI offers $10K reward to help find missing Chinese scholar

    June 18, 2017 12:21 PM

    URBANA, Ill. - The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the central Illinois university when she... more »
  • Trump says China could solve the North Korea 'problem'

    April 21, 2017 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says that if China wants to solve "the North Korean problem, they will." Trump has been pressing China both publicly and privately to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear ambitions. In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said that China is the "economic lifeline"... more »
  • Trump to China: Help on North Korea for a good trade deal

    April 11, 2017 8:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he gave his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping an ultimatum in their meeting last week: solve the North Korea crisis and you'll get a good trade deal. Trump tweeted Tuesday, "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will... more »
  • China summit gives Trump's Mar-a-Lago a presidential sheen

    April 5, 2017 7:42 AM

    PALM BEACH - For a president who happens to be an expert at branding, the transformation of his Mar-a-Lago resort into the "Winter White House" is the ultimate marketing ploy. This week President Donald Trump writes his members-only oceanfront property deeper into American history books by meeting at the Florida... more »
  • US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

    March 24, 2017 12:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China. The State Department said Friday that the entities and people contribute to activity that "only serves to escalate regional conflicts further and poses a significant threat to regional security." The statement... more »
  • US trade deficit jumps to 5-year high of $48.5 billion

    March 7, 2017 8:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The figure underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's... more »
  • Surveys show China factory activity picks up steam

    February 28, 2017 9:57 PM

    HONG KONG - Surveys show that China's factory activity picked up pace last month, adding to recent evidence that a key sector of the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing. The official manufacturing purchasing managers' index released Wednesday by the Chinese Federation of Logistics and Purchasing rose to 51.6 in... more »
  • China's coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

    February 27, 2017 11:34 PM

    BEIJING - China says that its coal consumption fell in 2016 for a third year in a row. Preliminary data released Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that coal consumption fell by 4.7 percent. The bureau says the share of coal in China's total energy consumption mix fell... more »
  • Drone captures 'cat and mouse' game with Siberian Tigers Play Video

    February 23, 2017 3:55 PM

    HEILONGJIAN PROVINCE – Some cameramen in China found out what happens when you mix Siberian tigers with drones. Video footage published by China’s Central Television shows some “rather chubby tigers” chasing a drone around their habitat in China’s Heilongjiang Province. It was all fun and games until a... more »
  • DC panda fans bam-boo-hoo as US-born cub leaves for China

    February 21, 2017 7:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The National Zoo in Washington is saying a final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo is packing up the American-born panda for a one-way flight Tuesday to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program. Bao Bao is scheduled to leave the... more »
  • 8 dead, 3 missing after central China coal mine blast

    February 13, 2017 9:24 PM

    BEIJING - Eight people are dead and three missing after an explosion inside a coal mine in central China. The blast occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Zoubao mine in Hunan province. Eighteen people escaped, according to a Tuesday statement from China's national safety regulator, the State Administration... more »
  • China's birthrate rises after one-child policy loosened

    January 23, 2017 10:11 PM

    BEIJING - The number of births in China has risen nearly 8 percent in the year after the government loosened its unpopular one-child policy. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said this week that 17.86 million children were born last year, an increase of 1.31 million from 2015. Nearly... more »
  • Chinese coal mine caves in, killing 9 workers

    January 17, 2017 10:03 PM

    BEIJING - Nine people have been killed in the partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the people killed were doing maintenance work inside the mine shaft at the time of the accident. Rescuers were able to save one person,... more »
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    January 17, 2017 9:43 PM

    BEIJING - U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China... more »
  • China's Xinjiang tightening border amid terrorist threats

    January 9, 2017 10:10 PM

    BEIJING - China says it is tightening border controls in its northwestern Xinjiang region amid rising terrorism threats. State media reported Tuesday that Xinjiang's governor Shohrat Zakir made the pledge in a speech at the region's main annual political meeting on Monday. Zakir said increased measures taken in the last... more »
  • Pentagon says China has returned unmanned underwater drone

    December 20, 2016 12:25 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon says China has returned the unmanned underwater drone the Chinese Navy seized last week. In a statement issued late Monday, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says the Chinese Navy vessel that had seized the drone returned it near the location where it had been taken. The incident... more »
  • Dissidents urge Trump to press China on human rights

    December 7, 2016 7:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Exiled Chinese dissidents are urging President-elect Donald Trump to champion human rights in China and recognize self-governing Taiwan as "a full democratic country." Several former political prisoners spoke before at congressional commission days after Trump spoke by phone with Taiwan's president in defiance of decades of diplomatic convention.... more »
  • Taiwan paid Dole's lobbying firm for work that included arranging phone call

    December 7, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Last week's phone chat between Donald Trump and the president of Taiwan wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment thing. According to federal filings and published reports, it was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by former Sen. Bob Dole, acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government. The filings... more »
  • 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    December 6, 2016 11:00 PM

    BEIJING - A gas explosion in central China has killed seven coal miners and left four more missing in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry. A statement from the local propaganda department said rescuers were still trying to reach people trapped underground after the Monday night blast... more »
  • US, China, EU, others fail to reach environmental goods deal

    December 4, 2016 12:05 PM

    GENEVA - High-ranking officials representing 46 countries including the U.S., China and European Union nations have failed to agree on a list of "environmental goods" like solar-powered air conditioners or LED light bulbs that could be targeted for lower tariffs. The two-day meeting at World Trade Organization involved a bid... more »
  • Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

    December 3, 2016 11:20 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say a coal mine explosion in a northern region has trapped 36 people, killing 17 of them. The official Xinhua News Agency says 17 people have been confirmed dead after Saturday's explosion at a coal mine run by the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in Inner... more »
  • China's October exports fall in new sign of global weakness

    November 7, 2016 11:13 PM

    BEIJING - China's exports fell again in October in a fresh sign of weak global demand. Imports also declined. Customs data on Tuesday showed exports contracted by 7.3 percent from a year earlier to $178.1 billion, an improvement from September's 10 percent decline. Imports fell 1.4 percent to $129.1 billion,... more »
  • China state media say all 33 miners found dead

    November 1, 2016 11:39 PM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say all 33 coal miners trapped underground in a gas explosion earlier this week have been found dead. Two miners survived Monday's explosion but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered and rescuers were shown bowing their heads... more »
  • Losing out to China, workers embrace Trump

    September 15, 2016 11:17 AM

    EDITOR'S NOTE - This is part of Divided America, Associated Press' ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society. HANNIBAL, Ohio - Crushed by Chinese competition and feeling betrayed by mainstream politicians, workers in the hills of eastern Ohio are embracing Donald Trump and his... more »
  • US, China formally join global climate pact

    September 3, 2016 12:22 PM

    HANGZHOU, China - The United States and China have formally joined the sweeping global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered documents to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon entering their countries into the pact during a ceremony Saturday on the sidelines... more »
  • Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

    May 22, 2016 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Sunday heads to Vietnam and Japan intent on building stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China. That forward-looking message will be delivered even as Obama confronts the legacies of two wars long past -... more »
  • China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

    April 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners in six states say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China. The ministry says it won't serve the legal papers because the... more »
  • Financial markets are calmer, but world economy faces risks

    April 16, 2016 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The world economy is still sluggish. But at least markets are calmer and China's economic problems look more manageable than they did the last time the world's top finance officials met back in February. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies emerged from... more »
  • Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt rose to record

    February 16, 2016 4:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose in December to a record high despite cutbacks by China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt. The Treasury Department says foreign ownership of Treasury securities increased 0.7 percent in December to a fresh record of $6.17... more »
  • Chinese drone maker unveils human-carrying drone

    January 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a company... more »
  • Stocks sink on first day of 2016 on China, Mideast worries

    January 4, 2016 10:40 AM

    NEW YORK - It was a gloomy start to the new year on Wall Street as stocks sank as part of a global sell-off. Investors worried about new signs of a slowdown in China and a flare-up in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. That sent the price of oil... more »
  • In final year, Obama seeks to stave off lame duck status

    December 26, 2015 4:00 PM

    BC-YE--Obama (Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. ) By AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads into the final quarter of his presidency with a string of wins, including an Asia-Pacific trade agreement and the historic nuclear accord with Iran. But Obama's last year as president also... more »
  • Obama calls China's Xi to work together at talks

    December 11, 2015 10:39 AM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are recommitting to close cooperation toward a global climate agreement as talks head into overtime. Obama and Xi spoke on the phone on Thursday evening. The White House says Friday the call was to coordinate efforts at the talks outside... more »
  • Guo Jie, oldest surviving Olympian, dies at 103

    November 16, 2015 9:35 AM

    BEIJING- Guo Jie, a former Chinese discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, has died. He was 103. The official Xinhua News Agency said Guo died Sunday. Guo represented China in the discus at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after setting a national record the year before. At... more »
  • US women's soccer to play China in victory tour finale at Superdome

    October 13, 2015 6:48 PM

    CHICAGO - The U.S. women's team will play China in an exhibition at the Superdome in New Orleans on Dec. 16, the final game of the Americans' post-World Cup victory tour. The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday the women's team will play three other matches in December that will... more »
  • US intel official not optimistic about US-China cyber deal

    September 29, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's top intelligence official says he's not optimistic that the cyber agreement the U.S. struck with China will end Chinese cyber threats in the United States. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently agreed not to conduct or knowingly support cyber theft of trade secrets... more »
  • US stocks fall sharply on China growth worries

    September 28, 2015 4:56 PM

    NEW YORK - The stock market had its worst drop in nearly a month as investors worried about more signs of weakness in China's economy. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 312 points, or 1.9 percent, to 16,001 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index sank 49 points, or 2.6... more »
  • Lobster on menu again for Obama's 2nd China state dinner

    September 24, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Plenty of things will be different at Friday's White House state dinner for China, ranging from the setting to the decor to the post-dinner entertainment. But the White House decided to keep one thing the same: Maine lobster is back on the menu. The lobster will be... more »
  • Obama's personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

    September 24, 2015 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrives in Washington late Thursday for a state visit, it's clear that Obama's overtures have produced decidedly mixed results. During intimate walks and hours... more »
  • McCain: Navy should ignore China's claims in South China Sea

    September 17, 2015 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is pressing the Pentagon to sail Navy ships within 12 miles of artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea and claiming as sovereign territory. Republican Sen. John McCain says the U.S. needs to go within the 12-mile... more »
  • Poll: Americans concerned most over China's economic power

    September 9, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new survey finds that China's economic muscle remains a more serious concern for Americans than security threats posed by cyber attacks and the Asian nation's growing military power. The survey was released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center ahead of a U.S. state visit this month by... more »
  • US stocks surge, getting a boost from China's rally

    September 8, 2015 4:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are closing sharply higher, bouncing back from a drop last week, as the market's recent bout of volatility continues. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 390 points, or 2.4 percent, to 16,492 Tuesday. That's the Dow's second-biggest gain this year following an even bigger surge... more »
  • Chinese drywall suit still not served

    September 7, 2015 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than a year after suing the Cabinet agency that oversees China's biggest state-owned companies, lawyers for people who say their homes were ruined by Chinese drywall are still trying to get the lawsuit served. And arguments are scheduled in December about whether other defendants are shielded... more »
  • US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

    September 1, 2015 4:12 PM

    NEW YORK - Markets are turning turbulent again after investors were unnerved by more signs of weakness in China, the world's second-largest economy. U.S. stocks sank 3 percent Tuesday, their third-worst drop this year. The two bigger falls occurred in the last two weeks. The Dow Jones industrial... more »
  • US stocks fall sharply on bleak Chinese manufacturing report

    September 1, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW YORK - More signs of weakness in China's economy are sending stocks and the price of oil sharply lower. The swoon Tuesday comes a day after U.S. stocks closed out their worst month in more than three years. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 335 points, or... more »
  • US stocks expected to open higher Tuesday

    August 25, 2015 9:23 AM

    BEIJING (AP) - Global markets are rebounding this morning, after China's central bank cut its key interest rate. It's a move aimed at supporting growth in the world's second-biggest economy. And it came after a 7.6 percent drop in the Shanghai stock index today. The index plummeted 8.5... more »
  • Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

    August 21, 2015 4:15 PM

    NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average has plunged more than 530 points and is in a correction amid a global sell-off sparked by fears about China's slowing economy. Oil tumbled below $40 per barrel for the first time since the financial crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average... more »
  • US stocks fizzle as Wal-Mart falls and China slumps

    August 18, 2015 4:55 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are closing lower after Wal-Mart cut its profit forecast and China's market slumped on renewed concerns about its economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33 points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 17,511 on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped five... more »
  • Dozens missing in massive Chinese port blast

    August 13, 2015 2:22 PM

    TIANJIN, China - A port company says dozens of its employees are unaccounted for in the aftermath of the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals in a Chinese port city. The company says a search is under way. The official death toll stands at 50, with more than... more »
  • 300 injured, 13 dead in Chinese port explosion

    August 12, 2015 3:41 PM

    TIANJIN, China - Police in the Chinese port city of Tianjin say at least 13 people have been killed in explosions sparked at a warehouse or dangerous materials. The state-run Beijing News said on its website that that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in... more »
  • Resurrection - Streaming Available

    June 10, 2015 1:57 PM

    Resurrection is a fantasy drama about an 8-year-old American boy named Jacob mysteriously appears in rural China, oceans away from the world he knows. Chicago immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, finds himself in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri when he is tasked to return Jacob to his home. When... more »
  • Chinese chemical company facility in Vacherie opposed

    June 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    VACHERIE - A China-based company's methanol manufacturing facility planned along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish is being opposed by two environmental groups. Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major... more »
  • Woman convicted for trying to import designer drug from China

    January 24, 2015 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans area woman has been convicted in federal court of conspiring to import a designer drug from overseas. Authorities says 34-year-old Yolanda Smith allegedly tried to import methylone, a euphoric stimulant also known as M1, from China to the United States. Customs and... more »
  • Mustang goes global to China

    January 20, 2015 7:41 PM

    DETROIT- The Ford Mustang is going global and the first top is China. Ford says the first shipment of 100 Mustangs left Portland, Oregon, by ship and is headed east. Shipments to Europe begin later this year, the fist time ever in the Mustang's 57-year history its being... more »
  • Poultry destroyed after bird flu found

    December 31, 2014 1:56 AM

    HONG KONG, China - Authorities in Hong Kong have begun destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market and suspended imports from mainland China after bird flu was found in some birds. The Hong Kong health secretary announced early Wednesday that the Cheung Sha Wan market will be closed for 21... more »
  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    December 22, 2014 11:02 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained. Prosecutors from Beijing's Dongcheng District say they indicted Jaycee Chan on Monday. If convicted, the... more »
  • Obama: 2014 made 'significant strides where it counts'

    December 19, 2014 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. At a news conference... more »
  • Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

    November 11, 2014 1:59 AM

    BEIJING, China - On the surface, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are all niceties - a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily at a global summit in China. That's where Obama and... more »
  • US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

    October 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    BOSTON - The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital. Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer can travel to China pending trial

    October 6, 2014 10:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer who won a new trial this year on a charge relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad. A federal judge said Thursday that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China in November... more »
  • Serena Williams out of China Open with injury

    October 3, 2014 2:04 AM

    BEIJING, China - Defending champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury. The top-ranked Williams had been due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals on Friday. Playing with strapping on her knee, the American beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in... more »
  • Strong quake kills at least 26 in southwest China

    August 3, 2014 11:24 AM

    BEIJING - A strong earthquake in southwestern China has killed at least 26 people and injured 79. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.1 quake hit Yunnan province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude was 6.5.... more »

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