China No 3 leader says more attention needed for Hong Kong young

HONG KONG - China's third-ranked leader wants greater attention paid to young people in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, after they staged pro-democracy protests last year that shut down parts of the city for two and a half months.


Chinese official at Iran nuclear talks sees hope of a deal 05 Mar 2015

MONTREUX, Switzerland - China's representative at talks on Iran's nuclear programme said on Thursday he saw hope that a deal would be done, a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said "significant gaps" remained to be negotiated.


China signals 'new normal' with higher spending, lower growth target 05 Mar 2015

BEIJING - China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as Premier Li Keqiang signalled that the lowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No.2 economy. | Video

China to meet 2015 growth target despite headwinds - Official 05 Mar 2015

BEIJING - China's 2015 economic growth will meet the official target of around 7 percent, even though the economy faces headwinds, a senior government official said on Thursday.

China asks Myanmar to "lower temperature" on border 05 Mar 2015

BEIJING - Myanmar must help "lower the temperature" along its border with China, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, urging all parties to exercise restraint after clashes with rebels that have pushed refugees into China.


Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations to counter China influence 05 Mar 2015

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions of dollars in the region.


China premier says confident of peaceful growth in Taiwan ties 05 Mar 2015

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that he was confident of the peaceful growth in relations with self-ruled Taiwan, an island China claims as its own, saying it was a historic trend that could not be reversed.

China to raise defence budget 10.1 percent this year in high-tech drive 05 Mar 2015

BEIJING - China will boost its military spending by 10.1 percent this year to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion) as it cranks up its development of high-tech weapons systems, the government announced on Thursday.


China parliament to debate painful reforms as economy slows 04 Mar 2015

BEIJING - China's top leaders are expected to revise down their 2015 economic growth target to around 7 percent on Thursday when the annual parliamentary meeting begins in Beijing, signalling the slowest expansion for a quarter of a century.

China provocation more alarming than its defence buys - U.S. general 04 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - China's rapidly increasing defence spending is not a cause for alarm unless Beijing uses its resources to be provocative, the U.S. Army's commander in Asia said on Wednesday after China announced plans to boost its defence budget by 10 percent.

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