Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation

BEIJING - A Canadian couple accused of spying near China's sensitive border with North Korea has been kept in near isolation for more than 80 days, their son said, and they have repeatedly been denied access to legal counsel.


Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia 8:02am BST

SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.


ADB chief doesn't welcome Chinese-backed Chinese rival 8:01am BST

BEIJING - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief said on Thursday he doesn't welcome a China-backed rival bank that will have a virtually identical aim.


China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute 3:47am BST

BEIJING - China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim.

China local debt fix hangs on Beijing's wishful thinking 23 Oct 2014

SHANGHAI - China is asserting control over once-chaotic local government financing by banning the use of opaque funding vehicles, but filling the gap with a huge expansion of the fledgling municipal bond market will raise a whole new set of problems.


Gucci says sales trends still negative but on the mend 23 Oct 2014

PARIS - Sales trends at Italian fashion brand Gucci showed signs of turning the corner in the third quarter, particularly in major markets such as western Europe and China, despite remaining negative, owner Kering said on Thursday.


U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong 23 Oct 2014

GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.


Business activity improves in China, euro zone but little sign of turnaround 23 Oct 2014

LONDON/BEIJING - Euro zone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster but there were worrying signs that the upturn could be short-lived.


China vows better rule of law, but no word of disgraced security chief 23 Oct 2014

BEIJING - China's Communist Party unveiled legal reforms on Thursday aimed at giving judges more independence and limiting local officials' influence over courts, but it made no mention of the fate of its former domestic security chief who is under investigation for corruption.


China does not rule out Tibet visit by U.N. rights chief 23 Oct 2014

BEIJING - China has not ruled out a visit by the United Nations human rights chief to its unrest-plagued regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but said on Thursday he must apply through "appropriate channels".

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