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Beijing

Switzerland, China agree swap boosting role of yuan

The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing on Monday, marking an important step in the development of a market for yuan in Switzerland, the Swiss central bank BNS said. The agreement, highlighting steps towards international use of the yuan, ensures that Swiss francs will be available in China and that yuan, also known as renminbi, will be supplied to financial centres in Switzerland. The BNS statement said that the agreement was "an important step" for...

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

When an extraordinary photograph of a blurry “monster” emerges from the remote valleys around Beijing, online commentators are understandably liable to cry foul and dismiss it as an elaborate fake, The Independent reports. But a series of images showing a creature closely resembling the character “Gollum” from Lord of the Rings now appear to have turned out to be “genuine”. The photos were captured by a Chinese tourist in Huairou, who claimed to have had an encounter with a “monster” with human-like form but enormous ears, reports the UK-based newspaper. He said he and his friends were camping in the wilderness when he spotted the “creature”, and he quickly took a number...

Democracy Referendum

Hong Kongers defy Beijing

Hong Kong citizens cast their ballots in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform yesterday, as booths opened across the territory in a poll that has enraged Beijing and drawn nearly 650,000 votes since it opened online. Tensions are growing in the former British colony over the future of its electoral system, with increasingly vocal calls from residents to be able to choose who can run for the post of chief executive. Hong Kong's leader is currently appointed by a 1,200-strong pro-Beijing...

China Xinjiang attack on cops ‘kills 13’

China Xinjiang attack on cops ‘kills 13’

Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China's restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say. The attackers drove a car into the station and set off explosives on Saturday morning, the local government said on its website. Three police suffered minor injuries but no civilians were hurt, it added. The...

PM flies to Beijing from Kunming

PM flies to Beijing from Kunming

A red carpet was rolled out to welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she arrived in Beijing from Kunming this afternoon. A special flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Beijing International Airport around 2:00pm (local time). On her arrival in the Chinese capital, Hasina was received by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of China Liu Zhenmin and Bangladesh Ambassador to China Muhammad Azizul Haque. Hasina was presented a bouquet and then introduced with those in the presentation line. The prime minister then walked through the static guard before going to Diaoyutai State Guest House in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her tour. Earlier, the prime minister departed...

China follows US in carbon pledge

China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing yesterday that an absolute cap on carbon emissions will be introduced. "The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap," Reuters reported He as saying. Though...

China denounces US cyber-theft charges

China denounces US cyber-theft charges

China has denounced charges brought by the US against five army officers accused of economic cyber-espionage. Beijing said it had "never engaged or participated" in cyber theft and that the charges would damage co-operation between the two countries. China has summoned the US ambassador to Beijing over the incident, the state news agency Xinhua reports. US...

MH370 co-pilot made mid-air phone call: Report

MH370 co-pilot made mid-air phone call: Report

A crew member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a desperate call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing, reports The New Straits Times today. The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's...

Relatives of MH370 passengers clash with cops in Beijing

Relatives of MH370 passengers clash with cops in Beijing

Dozens of angry relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner clashed with police outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday as they demanded the airline and the government in Kuala Lumpur explain what happened. The relatives threw water bottles at police, who had formed a human wall around the embassy gate....

MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE

Flight engineer under probe

Flight engineer under probe

Police are allegedly investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as they focus on the pilots and anyone else on board who had technical flying knowledge, a senior police official said. The aviation engineer, Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, a Malaysian, had said on social...

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