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China arrests American Christian aid worker near North Korean border

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BEIJING - China arrested on Friday a Korean American Christian aid worker who was being held near the country's border with North Korea, signalling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region.

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China lodges protest after Obama approves Taiwan frigate sale 19 Dec 2014

BEIJING - China said on Friday it had lodged a protest with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorising the sale of up to four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.

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China revises up size of 2013 economy, sees no effect on 2014 growth 19 Dec 2014

BEIJING - China revised up the size of its economy in 2013 but sees that having little effect on economic growth this year, amid expectations that Beijing may roll out more stimulus to support the slowing economy.

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China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power 19 Dec 2014

BEIJING - China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country's maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in the region.

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China's top judge urges swift, severe sentences in Xinjiang 19 Dec 2014

BEIJING - China must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terror attacks, national security and social stability in its restive region of Xinjiang, the country's top judge said, in comments likely to further worry rights groups and exiles.

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Special Report - Depleted oil field is window into China's corruption crackdown 19 Dec 2014

LIMAU, Indonesia - In a muddy clearing in southern Sumatra, a portable diesel power plant hammers away alongside a wellhead, struggling to extract crude from a depleted reservoir that lies below farmland and rubber plantations.

China oil giant probes 'worthless' deals in Indonesia 19 Dec 2014

HONG KONG - It is particularly difficult to monitor smaller offshore investments in high risk oil and gas exploration, say current and former officials at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). Deals where managers engineer kickbacks can be disguised as misjudgements or blamed on faulty data, they say.

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Hotelier IHG kicks off Chinese-focused Hualuxe roll-out 18 Dec 2014

LONDON - InterContinental Hotels Group will open up to three of its new Hualuxe hotels in China in 2015, the first of a Chinese-specific brand it hopes to eventually roll out globally.

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Xi's visit to Macau deals cold deck to VIP gamblers 18 Dec 2014

HONG KONG - As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town.

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China FX regulator says closely monitoring Russian rouble slide 18 Dec 2014

BEIJING - China is closely monitoring the slide in the Russian rouble, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, as the currency of one of its major energy importers struggles to avoid a free-fall.

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