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China targets illegal flats after Beijing apartment block blaze kills 19

BEIJING China's capital is targeting factories and warehouses illegally leased out as flats in a campaign to clear fire hazards after a fire in an apartment block killed 19 people, state television reported on Thursday.

China air force again flies round Taiwan, over South China Sea 11:27am GMT

BEIJING China's air force has again flown bombers and other warplanes through two strategic channels near Taiwan and also over the disputed South China Sea during training drills, state media said on Thursday.

Australia urges strong, sustained U.S. engagement in Asia, warns on China 8:18am GMT

SYDNEY Australia called on Thursday on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with "like-minded" partners while warning against China's rising influence.

Real estate developer Zhongtian eyes China's 2nd biggest equity deal of 2017 7:15am GMT

BEIJING/SHANGHAI A provincial real estate developer in China, Zhongtian Financial , unveiled a plan to acquire a stake in a local life insurance firm for as much as $4.7 billion (3.53 billion pounds), in what could be the country's second-biggest domestic equity investment this year.

China's internet regulator denounces its former chief now under investigation 3:55am GMT

BEIJING China's internet regulator had said it will purge the "evil influence" of its former top official who the ruling Communist Party has put under investigation for suspected corruption.


China tells Myanmar military it wants closer ties 3:34am GMT

BEIJING China wants closer ties with Myanmar's military to help protect regional peace and security, a senior Chinese general told the visiting head of the southeast Asian country's army.


China must enhance protection of intellectual property rights - Premier Li 2:04am GMT

SHANGHAI It is strategically important for China's economy that the country enhances protection of intellectual property rights, the state news agency Xinhua quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying, as the cabinet promised to improve regulations.

China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market 22 Nov 2017

BEIJING China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world's biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain.

Factbox - Policies, companies in northern expansion by China's pig farmers 22 Nov 2017

Backed by official encouragement, China's largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt.

Few tears in China as old friend Mugabe ousted in Zimbabwe 22 Nov 2017

BEIJING China is shedding few tears over the ousting of its old friend Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe, fed up with the ruinous state of its economy and confident a new government will not antagonise China or change course on policies towards it.