North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defence buildup in Asia


WASHINGTON North Korea's latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defence systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defence experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.


China offers rewards for online 'terrorist' tip-offs - Xinhua 7:37am GMT

SHANGHAI China has pledged to reward people who report online "terrorist" content up to 100,000 yuan (10,471 pounds) for each tip off, after giving out 2 million yuan worth of rewards last year, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Chinese, Indian border troops hold joint disaster drills 3:18am GMT

SHANGHAI Chinese and Indian border troops have conducted a joint disaster relief exercise, China's defence ministry said on Monday, signalling warming ties between the two Asian powers as they seek to resolve a long-festering border dispute.


U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea launch, vows action 07 Feb 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's latest rocket launch and promised to take punitive steps, while Washington vowed to ensure the 15-nation body imposed "serious consequences" on Pyongyang as soon as possible.


Seven countries call for EU action to help steel industry 06 Feb 2016

PARIS Seven countries including France, Britain and Germany have urged the European Union to step up action to relieve an ailing steel industry suffering from tumbling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia.

Efforts to revive Afghan peace talks continue in Pakistan 06 Feb 2016

ISLAMABAD Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China met in Islamabad on Saturday to continue work on a roadmap for peace talks with Taliban insurgents who have ramped up their violent campaign against the government in Kabul.


Insight - Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest 06 Feb 2016

QIAN'AN/DONGGUAN, China This year, labourer Fan Fu and 20 or so colleagues working on the Zixia Garden apartment complex in Hebei province have not joined China's legion of migrant workers returning home to celebrate new year with their families.


China faces diplomatic 'crisis' over missing Hong Kong booksellers 06 Feb 2016

HONG KONG/GUANGZHOU, China For years Gui Minhai, a China-born publisher of tabloid books on China's leaders, had believed he could live and work overseas on a Swedish passport without fear of persecution by Chinese authorities, which ban such works on the mainland.


After Piraeus Port, China's COSCO eyes Greek trains to build Europe hub - sources 05 Feb 2016

ATHENS/SHANGHAI China's COSCO is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port, two people familiar with the matter said, as the state owned shipping giant forges ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub.

China graft watchdog raps financial regulators 05 Feb 2016

BEIJING China's main ruling Communist Party anti-graft watchdog has criticised four financial regulators after its latest inspection, saying they had problems ranging from using public funds for holidays to lack of corruption risk controls.