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US automakers aim for luxury market in China

US automakers aim for luxury market in China

China is the new El Dorado for US automakers looking to develop sales of their luxury brands, which globally are lagging behind German and Japanese competitors. General Motors, the largest US automaker, already sells more cars in China each month than it does in its home market and expects that to continue. "Our joint ventures...

China mine fire kills 24 in Liaoning

China mine fire kills 24 in Liaoning

At least 24 miners have been killed and 54 injured by an underground fire at a mine in China's north-eastern Liaoning province, reports BBC quoting state media of China. The mine is operated by the state-owned Liaoning Fuxin Coal Corporation, said the Xinhua news agency. The cause of the fire is not immediately clear, but...

Dozens arrested in HK crackdown

Dozens arrested in HK crackdown

Police in Hong Kong say 116 protesters have been arrested during clashes since Tuesday, as operations to dismantle activist camps continue. The authorities, acting on court orders, are clearing part of the Mong Kok commercial district in Kowloon. Overnight on Tuesday, protesters fought running battles on the streets around Nathan Road, with police using batons...

China opens Mega dam on Brahmaputra

China opens Mega dam on Brahmaputra

China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, state-run media reported, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers that has prompted concern in neighbouring India. The first generating unit of the 9.6 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) Zangmu Hydropower Station, which stands more than 3,300 metres above sea level, went into operation...

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Does socialism have a future?

TWENTY-five years ago this month, the Berlin Wall was dismantled. Responding to a relaxation of travel restrictions, East Germans flocked to it, and were joined by West Berliners in tearing it down. The authorities had no will to stop them. With other uprisings in Europe's socialist countries, the Wall's fall precipitated a cataclysm in the entire Soviet bloc, leading to the USSR's disintegration. World Communism collapsed, and the capitalist West emerged victorious in the Cold War.   Was the collapse of...

Strong earthquake in west China kills 4

Strong earthquake in west China kills 4

A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least four people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials said Sunday. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's...

Pain of childbirth ‘taster’ in China hospital eye opener for men

Pain of childbirth ‘taster’ in China hospital eye opener for men

A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province and about 100 men have signed up to be tortured. Most are...

Six nurses killed in latest attack on Chinese medical workers

Six nurses killed in latest attack on Chinese medical workers

A man with a history of mental illness stabbed and killed seven people, six of them nurses, at a sanitorium dormitory in northern China on Thursday in the latest of a string of attacks on medical workers, state media reported. An administrator was among those killed and another nurse was seriously injured in the...

KNOT SO TRUE

The economy of a handshake

ONE was walking with his hands extended. The other had hands by his side. One had a slight smile on his face. The other one's expression came close to a grimace. Then they shook hands. And this is how the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe met at the Great Hall of the People, a grand reception hall just by the Tiananmen Square in Beijing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit's economic leaders' meeting,...

11 children killed in China bus crash

11 children killed in China bus crash

Eleven kindergarten children were killed when their packed bus crashed into a truck in eastern China, state media reported on Tuesday, in the latest of a series of accidents that have sparked anger over unsafe school transport. The collision took place around 8 a.m. when the truck collided with the minibus carrying 14 children...

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