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Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China

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HONG KONG - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial centre, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday.

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Hong Kong's loud American defies pro-Beijing 'smear campaign' 12:14pm GMT

HONG KONG - China has often accused "foreign forces" of trying to destabilise free-wheeling Hong Kong during the current pro-democracy protests, with a garrulous expat American emerging as a key target of attack.

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China says agrees with U.S. to speed up military conduct talks 10:45am GMT

BEIJING - China and the United States agreed at a meeting earlier this month in Washington to speed up talks on a mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and a code of safe conduct, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

China's growth-obsessed officials ignoring green policies - parliament 10:27am GMT

BEIJING - Local officials determined to make their economies bigger at any cost are ignoring Beijing's push to cut hazardous air pollution, opting instead to expand heavy industries and cut clean energy from the grid, a Chinese parliamentary report said.

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Visa, Mastercard welcome Beijing's plans to free bank cards market 9:13am GMT

BEIJING - Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc welcome China's plans to open up its market for clearing domestic bank card transactions, as they stand to gain access to a growing market worth more than $1 trillion a year.

China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles 9:04am GMT

BEIJING - China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was source of flying safety concerns.

China probes Uighur mayor of restive Xinjiang city for graft 5:50am GMT

BEIJING - The ethnic Uighur mayor of a major city in China's unruly far-western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, state media said on Thursday, one of the few minority officials to be caught up in the government's war on graft.

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United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan 5:27am GMT

BEIJING - The United States welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as Western troops pull out.

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China's official PMI seen edging up to 51.2 in October but still subdued 4:33am GMT

BEIJING - Growth in China's manufacturing sector likely picked up slightly in October as demand improved, a Reuters poll showed, offering some tentative signs that the world's second-biggest economy may be stabilising but at levels which are subdued.

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China's official PMI seen edging up to 51.2 in October but still subdued 4:32am GMT

BEIJING - Growth in China's manufacturing sector likely picked up slightly in October as demand improved, a Reuters poll showed, offering some tentative signs that the world's second-biggest economy may be stabilising but at levels which are subdued.

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