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BEIJING | China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

BEIJING — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S. A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang … Continue reading BEIJING | China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

BEIJING | North Korea tells China it’s committed to denuclearization

BEIJING  — North Korea‘s foreign minister said his country remains committed to ending its nuclear weapons program in talks Friday with his Chinese counterpart, according to China’s foreign ministry. The talks in Beijing between Ri Yong Ho and Wang Yi came amid a lack of progress in international efforts to persuade North Korea to reverse … Continue reading BEIJING | North Korea tells China it’s committed to denuclearization

BEIJING | ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ fails to click with Chinese audiences

BEIJING  — Chinese audiences aren’t exactly going nuts over the U.S. box office hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” despite its all-Asian cast and theme of rising Asian prosperity. Industry data show the film made just $1.2 million over the three days of its initial release, far behind local productions in the world’s second-largest movie market. That … Continue reading BEIJING | ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ fails to click with Chinese audiences

BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

BEIJING  — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details other … Continue reading BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

BEIJING | China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

BEIJING — China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Cabinet official Ding Xuedong as saying Monday that … Continue reading BEIJING | China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

BEIJING | US senator says China, US ‘competitors but not adversaries’

BEIJING — China and America are “competitors but not adversaries,” U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday, despite a spiraling trade war and other tensions that have pushed relations to their lowest point in years. The upbeat message at their meeting in Beijing came amid concerns that the U.S.-China trade dispute … Continue reading BEIJING | US senator says China, US ‘competitors but not adversaries’

BEIJING | China says accusations against alleged spy ‘out of thin air’

BEIJING — China said Thursday that accusations against an alleged Chinese spy accused of attempting to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies were “made out of thin air.” Yanjun Xu, an operative of China’s Ministry of State Security, was charged Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, after being extradited to the U.S. from Belgium. … Continue reading BEIJING | China says accusations against alleged spy ‘out of thin air’

PARIS | Interpol president reported missing during trip to China

PARIS — The president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he traveled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said Friday. Meng Hongwei‘s wife reported Friday that she had not heard from her 64-year-old husband since he left Lyon, France, where Interpol … Continue reading PARIS | Interpol president reported missing during trip to China