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China asks U.S. to support resumption of talks with Philippines

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BEIJING China's foreign minister has asked the U.S. secretary of state John Kerry to support the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following a ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month.

Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renews design concerns 25 Jul 2016

HOUSTON A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said on Monday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns.

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Diplomatic win for China as ASEAN drops reference to maritime court ruling 25 Jul 2016

VIENTIANE China scored a diplomatic victory on Monday as Southeast Asian nations dropped a U.S.-backed proposal to mention a landmark international court ruling against Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea in a joint statement. | Video

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Special Report - Students, teachers detail cheating in programme owned by test giant ACT 25 Jul 2016

SHANGHAI/SEOUL/IOWA CITY For many Chinese high school students hoping to get into a U.S. university, the pitch is hard to resist.

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Bottom line - brands chase China's high-end lingerie market 25 Jul 2016

HONG KONG High-end lingerie sales are outpacing China's generally downbeat luxury market, and heating up competition between international brands and local rivals looking to go upmarket. | Video

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G20's deference for China's economic policies irks Japan 25 Jul 2016

SHANGHAI/TOKYO China dodged criticism of its economic management at a G20 meeting it hosted on the weekend, even winning plaudits for yuan transparency, much to the frustration of Japanese officials who are calling for more reforms from Beijing.

New Hong Kong election China pledge rule faces first legal challenge 25 Jul 2016

HONG KONG Three Hong Kong activists have asked the High Court to review an election commission ruling that could bar anyone who advocates independence from China from standing in an upcoming poll, the first legal challenge to a decision that was supported by Beijing's representative in the city.

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U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military 25 Jul 2016

BEIJING The U.S. and Chinese militaries have reduced the risk of encounters between them having "unintended consequences", a top U.S. official said on Monday, while China reiterated it would not accept interference in the South China Sea.

China sets up South China Sea environment protection fund 25 Jul 2016

BEIJING China has set up a 15 million yuan (1.7 million pounds) environmental protection fund for the South China Sea having already spent double that in the past four years, the Xinhua state news agency said on Monday.

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One in six support Hong Kong independence from China - poll 25 Jul 2016

HONG KONG About one in six people in Hong Kong want the special administrative region of China to become independent of the mainland, a university poll has shown, although few think it will ever happen.