China's companies, billionaires must step up to fight Ebola - WFP

BEIJING - China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday.

China likely will never open all files on painful past, official says 10:28am BST

BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party will likely never open all the files on its recent painful past, including the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward, and sees no need to reassess those periods, a senior party historian said on Monday.

Famed US-born translator and Chinese citizen, dies aged 98 4:17am BST

BEIJING - Sidney Shapiro, a famed U.S.-born translator who was one of the few Westerners to gain Chinese citizenship and become a member of a high-level parliamentary body, died on the weekend in Beijing, his granddaughter said. He was 98.

Qatar fund to buy stake in Hong Kong department store operator for $616 million 3:32am BST

HONG KONG - Qatar Holding LLC has agreed to pay $616 million (382.45 million pounds) for about one fifth of Lifestyle International Holdings , a department operator in Hong Kong and mainland China - the latest addition of a high-end retail brand to the sovereign wealth fund's portfolio.

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials - paper 3:18am BST

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday.

Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters 19 Oct 2014

BEIJING - China has sent coastguard vessels to disputed waters in the East China Sea after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered Beijing by sending a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine that honours the dead from Japan's wars.


Companies look for more fairness as China eyes legal reforms at key meeting 19 Oct 2014

BEIJING - China is set to unveil key legal reforms this week that will try to limit the influence local officials have on court cases, a move being closely watched by company executives who hope it will make the legal system more impartial.


U.S. and China look to manage differences, cooperate against threats 18 Oct 2014

BOSTON - America and China's top diplomats stressed the need to manage differences and cooperate against global threats including Islamic State and Ebola, as they sought to warm the mood between their countries ahead of a summit next month.


Japan ministers visit war dead shrine day after Abe sends offering 18 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Three Japanese cabinet members visited a shrine for war dead on Saturday a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drew angry responses from China and South Korea by sending a ritual offering there.


Kerry seeks to warm summit mood with dinner for China's top diplomat 18 Oct 2014

BOSTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, to his Boston home on Friday for talks aimed at warming the often strained U.S.-China relationship ahead of a summit between their leaders next month.

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