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Hong Kong students begin pro-democracy boycott

Hong Kong students begin pro-democracy boycott

Hong Kong students have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. Thousands of students from more than two dozen universities and tertiary institutions have vowed to take part. It is a prelude to a larger protest on 1 October planned by pro-democracy group Occupy Central. ...

China troops withdraw from Indian border

China troops withdraw from Indian border

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said yesterday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier. The row over an alleged incursion by hundreds of Chinese troops into territory claimed by India has dominated Xi's...

Alibaba Group raises $21.8b in record US IPO

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the e-commerce company that started in 1999 with $60,000 cobbled together by Jack Ma, cemented its status as a symbol of China's economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion in a US initial public offering. The company and shareholders including Yahoo! Inc sold 320.1 million shares for $68 each, according to a statement, after offering them for $66 to $68. The sale -- which values Alibaba at $167.6 billion -- is already the largest by any company...

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in...

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India China sign $20bn landmarks deals

India and China have signed 12 agreements in Delhi, one of which will see China investing $20bn (£12.2bn) in India's infrastructure over five years. At a news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, India's PM Narendra Modi said "peace on the border" was important for progress. Talks came as India accused China of fresh territorial...

China leader Xi begins India visit

China leader Xi begins India visit

China's President Xi Jinping has begun his first official visit to India, with a focus on improving trade ties and resolving the decades-old dispute over border areas. China is one of India's top trading partners and the Asian neighbours are the world's most populous countries. .@PMOIndia shared the rich Buddhist heritage of Gujarat with Prez...

Rains in China kill 19, thousands evacuated

Rains in China kill 19, thousands evacuated

Heavy rains in China's southwest have killed at least 19 people and left 20 missing, with tens of thousands of people evacuated due to flooding, state media reported Monday. The China News Service reported that 12 people had died in the city of Chongqing, three in neighboring Sichuan province and another four in Shaanxi...

4 sentenced in China over Kunming station attack

4 sentenced in China over Kunming station attack

Three people have been sentenced to death for a deadly mass knife attack in Kunming, with a fourth jailed for life, Chinese state TV says. The group were accused of organising the March 1 attack at a Kunming station that killed 31 people and injured 141. Video: China court sentences 3 to death for Kunming...

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Was Abe's Dhaka visit a strategic game changer?

Was Abe's Dhaka visit a strategic game changer?

In a few hours Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan leaves our shores to fly to his next destination, Sri Lanka. In the past twenty hours in Dhaka, he covered a lot of ground to talk and listen to the economic and commercial requirements of Bangladesh. In the end Abe has signed agreements...

Chinese president's Pak visit postponed over ongoing protests

Chinese president's Pak visit postponed over ongoing protests

Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Pakistan has been postponed, the Pakistani foreign ministry says. The ministry said the delay was "in view of the current political situation in Pakistan" and the trip would be rescheduled "as early as possible". Islamabad has experienced three weeks of anti-government protests, some of which have been violent. A...

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