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  • Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Germany, says Britain denied him visa
    Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Germany, says Britain denied him visa 2 hours 10 minutes ago

    By Ayhan Uyanik and Sui-Lee Wee MUNICH/BEIJING (Reuters) - Dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei, whose passport was returned last week four years after it was confiscated, arrived in Germany on Thursday to visit his son and said Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa. Ai, 58, told reporters at Munich airport he was pleased to be able to travel again after authorities in Beijing returned his documents. When asked if he planned to visit London, he said: "Could be, could be if they give me visa." Earlier on Thursday he said Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration because he had not declared a "criminal conviction". More »

  • Search still on for missing Yellowstone worker from China 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Search and rescue teams are continuing to search Yellowstone National Park for a seasonal worker from China who went missing July 23 while swimming. More »

  • Europe's chipmakers see China turbulence hitting auto business
    Europe's chipmakers see China turbulence hitting auto business 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Results from Europe's big chipmakers show business conditions have deteriorated quickly in previously healthy markets for auto electronics and industrial components, adding to concerns over the industry's traditional drivers - computers and phones. China's recent stock market crash and the spillover effects on consumer and business trends in the world's biggest growth market have added uncertainty at a time when chip inventories normally are built up to meet surging year-end product demand. Europe's market leaders Infineon, NXP and ST have reported generally solid second-quarter results, but both Infineon and NXP said on Thursday said they are bracing for tougher conditions in the current quarter, while ST said last week it expected tepid growth around 2.5 percent. More »

  • UK restricts dissident Chinese artist's visa request
    UK restricts dissident Chinese artist's visa request 3 hours ago

    Ai Weiwei says UK embassy denied him six-month visa over "criminal conviction" before a visit by Chinese president. More »

  • Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa
    Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa 4 hours ago

    Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his application. More »

  • Swissport airport services sold to China's HNA for $2.8bn
    Swissport airport services sold to China's HNA for $2.8bn 4 hours ago

    Ground handling and cargo company Swissport International serves about 224 million passengers annually and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo More »

  • Real Madrid beats AC Milan 10-9 on penalties in China 5 hours ago

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Real Madrid won the Chinese edition of the International Champions Cup on Thursday by beating AC Milan 10-9 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Shanghai. More »

  • How potato could solve China's future food needs
    How potato could solve China's future food needs 5 hours ago

    Rice is at centre of China's cuisine but nation of over one billion people is exploring to develop potato as new staple. More »

  • Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail 5 hours ago

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail by a U.S. court, a press official from Tianjin University, his employer, said on Thursday. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S. authorities said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems. More »

  • President Obama Wants The U.S. To Build The World’s Fastest Computer
    President Obama Wants The U.S. To Build The World’s Fastest Computer 6 hours ago

    The building of a superior supercomputer in the U.S. would send a clear challenge to China’s dominance in the computing world More »

  • Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei hits out at UK over six-month visa ' …
    Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei hits out at UK over six-month visa ' … 6 hours ago

    The Government has been accused of denying the "rights" of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei after he was denied a six month visa to visit the UK. More »

  • China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea 7 hours ago

    China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and ... More »

  • China shares slide as banks investigate their market exposure
    China shares slide as banks investigate their market exposure 7 hours ago

    By Donny Kwok and Nathaniel Taplin HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China shares fell again on Thursday after a report that banks were trying to get to grips with their financial exposure to the stock market slump in June, added to a pall of uncertainty for investors. Concerns about the level of borrowing to fund market positions have been magnified by the grey market - a loosely regulated network of state-owned commercial banks, trust companies, fund managers, and grassroots finance firms. If banks decide to rein in their exposure to the stock market, it could squeeze a line of credit for potential buyers and so undermine confidence in a price recovery. More »

  • China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa
    China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa 7 hours ago

    Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday. More »

  • China vows more targeted policy steps to lift economy
    China vows more targeted policy steps to lift economy 8 hours ago

    China's Politburo has promised to step up "targeted" adjustments to economic policy to foster stable growth in the world's second-largest economy, media said on Thursday. In a rare acknowledgement of the challenges ahead, state radio quoted the decision-making body of the Communist Party as saying that China had yet to find new drivers to power its economy at a time when old engines are flagging. To ensure that the economy can sustain a "reasonable" pace of growth, the Politburo reiterated the government's line that it would keep economic policies broadly stable, while increasing targeted adjustments. More »

  • China says U.S. 'militarising' South China Sea
    China says U.S. 'militarising' South China Sea 9 hours ago

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbours and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarization of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law. More »

  • China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan 9 hours ago

    China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defence drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south. The manoeuvres also come as the United States ramps up military cooperation with its allies in Asia in response to China's increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims in the disputed waters of the South and East China seas. China and Russia are veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, and have held similar views on key policy questions like the crisis in Syria, putting them at odds with the United States and Western Europe. More »

  • Political prisoners, Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnes …
    Political prisoners, Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnes … 9 hours ago

    By Aung Hla Tun and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar freed some political prisoners and 155 Chinese citizens jailed for illegal logging in an amnesty for nearly 7,000 people on Thursday, a move that could ease diplomatic tensions with influential neighbour China. A total of 6,966 prisoners were pardoned including the Chinese citizens held in Kachin state, of which 153 were given life sentences last week that prompted a diplomatic protest by an "extremely concerned" China. Thirteen of those released were prisoners of conscience, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which said it was still checking names to confirm if more had been freed. More »

  • Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners
    Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners 9 hours ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners. More »

  • China's Baidu to buy back $1 billion shares after investor selldown
    China's Baidu to buy back $1 billion shares after investor selldown 9 hours ago

    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's biggest internet search engine company, said on Thursday it will buy back shares worth $1 billion after the company's stock price slid following a weak earnings report earlier this week. The repurchases will take place over the next 12 months and be funded from the company's existing cash balance, New York-listed Baidu said in a statement. Baidu shares have fallen 14 percent since July 27, when it reported lower-than-expected second-quarter profit. More »

  • Nephew of blind activist Chen released from China prison 9 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — The nephew of lawyer and blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest. More »

  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast
    Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast 10 hours ago

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. More »

  • Brewer AB InBev reports sharp drop in profits
    Brewer AB InBev reports sharp drop in profits 10 hours ago

    Sales of Budweiser were up six percent, with "particularly strong growth in China," brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev reported More »

  • China says 'many' countries sending troops for war anniversary 10 hours ago

    China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that "many" countries were sending troops to participate in or watch a military parade in central Beijing in September to commemorate the end of World War Two, but would only name Russia amongst those nations. With just a month or so to go until the parade, which will take place through Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China has given few details about who will be attending, aside from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers. President Xi Jinping could be left standing on the stage with few top Western officials, diplomats have told Reuters, due to Western governments' concerns on several issues, such as the presence of Putin and Russian troops. More »

  • China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher
    China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher 10 hours ago

    Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX gained ... More »

  • Ai Weiwei Denied UK Visa Over 'Conviction'
    Ai Weiwei Denied UK Visa Over 'Conviction' 10 hours ago

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been denied a six-month business visa for the UK after failing to declare a "criminal conviction". The dissident was told he is limited to a three-week trip in a letter from the British Embassy in Beijing. Ai posted a photo of the letter on his Instagram account which said it was "a matter of public record that you have previously received a criminal conviction in China, and you have not declared this". More »

  • Myanmar pardons nearly 7,000 prisoners
    Myanmar pardons nearly 7,000 prisoners 11 hours ago

    Chinese loggers and former military officials among detainees included in latest amnesty by reformist government. More »

  • Taipei mayor won't publicly back 'One China', Shanghai forum at …
    Taipei mayor won't publicly back 'One China', Shanghai forum at … 11 hours ago

    An annual forum between the mayors of Shanghai and Taipei might not take place as scheduled this year because the mayor of the Taiwan capital will not publicly endorse Beijing's "One China" principle. The dispute highlights the deep mistrust between the two sides despite the establishment of the best ever trade ties since Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008. Taiwan has been holding the annual "Two Cities" forum with China's economic capital since 2010 but this year's visit to Shanghai is under a shadow because Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has repeatedly refused to recognise "One China". More »

  • Chinese Shoppers Pictured Avoiding Escalators After Mum Killed In Accident
    Chinese Shoppers Pictured Avoiding Escalators After Mum Killed In Accident 11 hours ago

    The accident has seen an outpouring of grief for the young mum - but some people in China have taken to mocking the safety record of escalators in the country by filming themselves in all sorts of weird positions getting on and off More »

  • Audi cuts 2015 car sales outlook on China
    Audi cuts 2015 car sales outlook on China 11 hours ago

    Audi lowered its global sales forecast because of slumping demand in China, the luxury-car brand's biggest market. Two months ago, Audi still guided for a significant gain in 2015 global volume, which a spokesman said at the time translated into growth of between 5 and 9.9 percent. Ingolstadt-based Audi is following its parent VW, which on Wednesday trimmed its China sales outlook while holding out the possibility of lower profit from its two joint ventures in the world's biggest car market. More »

  • Johnson, Rose to light up Hong Kong Open
    Johnson, Rose to light up Hong Kong Open 11 hours ago

    Dustin Johnson will make his Hong Kong Open debut in October, joining a field that will also include former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the organisers said on Thursday. American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the names who have won the tournament... you realise there's a great history there," the 31-year-old said in a statement issued by Asian Tour, who will co-sanction the Oct. 22-26 event with the European Tour. More »

  • Almaty says not snowed under by issues facing Beijing
    Almaty says not snowed under by issues facing Beijing 12 hours ago

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Organisers of Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics fired a thinly veiled shot at Beijing's proposed plans on Thursday, offering a sneak preview into their strategy to win selection ahead of the Chinese capital. Although the Kazakhstan delegation was careful not to directly comment on their rival's bid, which is strictly against International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules, the inference was clear. Beijing, who hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, remain favourites to be awarded the Games, despite relying on artificial snow in their nearest mountains and the staging of some indoor events at venues used seven years ago. More »

  • UK fund firm Schroders tops forecasts on strong inflows
    UK fund firm Schroders tops forecasts on strong inflows 12 hours ago

    By Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) - Schroders , Britain's biggest listed asset manager, posted forecast-beating first-half profit on Thursday, helped by strong demand for its fixed-income products and sending its shares higher. "In the short term, with continuing uncertainty in the eurozone and China and the prospect of interest rate rises in the U.S., market volatility is likely to remain high, which may impact retail investor demand in particular," the company said in a statement. More »

  • Samsung Electronics cautious on second half; capital returns disappoint
    Samsung Electronics cautious on second half; capital returns disappoint 12 hours ago

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc. The firm also reported a 4 percent fall in second-quarter profit and ruled out a "special dividend" similar to a big year-end payout for 2014. Samsung's dominance is being chipped away at the low-to-mid end by Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and in the premium segment by Apple, while some markets show signs of saturation. Researcher TrendForce last week cut its 2015 global smartphone market growth forecast to 8.2 percent from 11.6 percent earlier. More »

  • Samsung Electronics posts 8% fall in Q2 net profit
    Samsung Electronics posts 8% fall in Q2 net profit 13 hours ago

    South Korean giant Samsung Electronics posted an 8.0 percent fall in second quarter net profit on less than stellar sales of its flagship smartphone and stiff competition from cheaper Chinese rivals More »