China probes former senior aide to Hu Jintao over graft


BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao on Monday, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft.

Police fire on Myanmar protesters, one dead, 20 hurt - reports 1:05pm GMT

YANGON - Myanmar police fired on protesters near a mine at the centre of a long-running land dispute on Monday, killing one person and wounding 20 others, media reports said, as the China-linked company announced plans to expand the project.


China says officials should learn minority languages 10:49am GMT

BEIJING - Officials from China's majority Han population who work in ethnic minority regions need to make an effort to become conversant in their languages, the government said on Monday, calling for better understanding of minority cultures.

China to 'regulate' foreign NGOs with new law 10:25am GMT

BEIJING - China aims to "regulate" foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under a law being discussed this week, state media said on Monday, which aims to step up supervision of the fast-growing sector.


Xiaomi raising over $1 billion from investors including GIC - source 10:17am GMT

SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI - China's Xiaomi [XTC.UL] is raising over $1 billion (640 million pounds) from investors including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC that would value the smartphone maker at over $45 billion, a person familiar with the deal said.


China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony 9:35am GMT

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. | Video


China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offence 9:09am GMT

BEIJING - China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, with a drugs offence, meaning he is almost certain to face trial.

China's Greenland Group says to build two-billion-pound headquarters in Seoul 8:07am GMT

HONG KONG - China's Greenland Group said on Monday it plans to invest over 20 billion yuan (2 billion pounds) to build the tallest twin-tower in the capital city of South Korea, the latest massive project of the state-backed developer overseas as it speeds up expansion outside home.


Kingfisher sells stake in B&Q China business for $219 mln 7:37am GMT

LONDON - Home improvement group Kingfisher said on Monday it had agreed to sell a 70 percent stake in its loss-making B&Q China business to Wumei Holdings Inc for 140 million pounds ($219 million).

China issues property registration rules to aid anti-graft drive 6:38am GMT

SHANGHAI - China issued rules requiring real-estate owners to register their holdings with authorities, a major step in the fight against official corruption that should make it harder for property speculators to evade regulations.

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