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White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

Trump: 'I Should Have Left Them in Jail!'

President chastises father of UCLA player arrested in China

(Newser) - President Trump is singing a different tune after helping three UCLA athletes who were arrested for shoplifting in China come home. “I should have left them in jail!” the president tweeted Sunday in response to an interview in which one of the players' fathers downplayed his role in... More »

China Is Watching Us, or at Least Chinese Cameras Are

'Wall Street Journal' looks at security concerns over industry leader Hikvision

(Newser) - It may not be a household name in the US, but many Americans have surely come under the gaze of a product made by the Chinese company Hikvision. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Hikvision is the No. 2 seller of surveillance equipment in the US and is No. 1... More »

World's First Head Transplant on Corpse a Success, Doc Says

Sergio Canavero says procedure on live patient will happen soon—but he has many doubters

(Newser) - The first step in what USA Today says would be an "audacious" therapy reportedly took place in China Friday: the world's first human head transplant, achieved with two corpses. And Sergio Canavero—the Italian doctor behind the alleged procedure, says he plans to do the same thing next... More »

After Trump Visit, China Sends Top Envoy to North Korea

Xi may be seeking to reset relations

(Newser) - China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations, after President Trump last week urged Beijing to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of China's... More »

More than 2K Pieces of the 'Buddha' Found in Box in China

Also 260 statues and pieces of an ancient temple

(Newser) - When Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha, died 2,600 years ago, legend has it that he was cremated and his remains split up among eight royal families, then eventually dispersed to several different countries. Now scientists in Jingchuan County, China, say they've found a box with thousands of pieces... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

Trump Intercedes on Basketball Players' Behalf

Trump asked Chinese president to help UCLA students accused of shoplifting

(Newser) - The case of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting sunglasses in China has taken on geopolitical significance, so much so that the president of the United States himself has gotten involved. The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the case during... More »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

It's the World's Biggest Radio Dish, and It's Looking for ETs

In the Chinese countryside, a structure that searches for 'a civilization's fainter radio whispers'

(Newser) - Nestled in southwest China lies the largest radio dish in the world, and Ross Andersen reveals in the Atlantic the dish's purpose: to serve as "Earth's first flagship observatory custom-built to listen for a message from an extraterrestrial intelligence." Andersen journeyed into the remote countryside to... More »

Trump Leaves China and Really Changes His Tone

He talks tough on trade

(Newser) - Hours after leaving Beijing, President Trump on Friday delivered what appeared to be a sharp rebuke to China, declaring that he won't allow the US to be "taken advantage of any more" when it comes to trade. He pledged to always "put America first." Speaking at... More »

Trump on Trade Imbalance: 'I Don't Blame China'

President gives country 'great credit' for taking 'advantage' of US, vows to fix 'imbalance'

(Newser) - President Trump has previously expressed being "disappointed" at China for "taking advantage" of the US with "one-sided" trade, as well as called the country a "currency manipulator." But speaking in Beijing on Thursday, he appeared to admire any clever exploitation of the US. "I... More »

3 UCLA Players in China in Legal Limbo Over Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are confined to their hotel for now

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China are confined to their hotel as the legal process unfolds, reports ESPN . In theory, that could take months, depending on whether a formal investigation is launched, a Chinese law expert tells the Los Angeles Times . But the best bet is that... More »

China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump Arrival

He received unusually lavish airport welcome

(Newser) - China pulled out all the stops for President Trump's airport arrival in Beijing: honor guard, marching band, jumping children. The ceremony accompanying Trump's arrival Wednesday afternoon was elaborate even by China's lavish standards. Heads of state are usually given a low-key reception at the airport, with the... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

White House Has a New Name for Asia

How does 'Indo-Pacific' sound?

(Newser) - President Trump is known for his nicknames , his unusual suggestions for what to call new legislation , and now, perhaps, for rebranding an entire region. As he starts the first leg of his 10-day visit to Asia on Friday, the AP reports that Trump and administration officials are moving away from... More »

Criminal Probe in Russian Teen Model's Death

Authorities want to know how and why 14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba died

(Newser) - A teen model from Russia died during an assignment in China last week—and now there's a criminal probe by authorities in her home country as to why she died, and how a girl so young found herself in such a position in the first place. The inquiry into... More »

In Rare Move, China Elevates Xi Jinping to Status of Mao

Chinese leader's ideology is enshrined in constitution, will be taught in schools

(Newser) - Prepare to hear the name Xi Jinping for years to come as a main player on the world stage. China's Communist Party on Tuesday made a rare constitutional move that elevates Xi to the status of Mao Zedong and sets the stage for him to rule indefinitely. Specifically, the... More »

This Kills More People Than War, AIDS, or Smoking

Pollution, responsible for 9M premature deaths in 2015: study

(Newser) - Environmental pollution—from filthy air to contaminated water—is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger, or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, reports the AP . One out of every six premature deaths in the world in... More »

Xi Jinping Spoke for Over 3 Hours. Here's What He Said

China's leader wraps up 1st term, lays out goals for future

(Newser) - Xi Jinping marked the end of his first five-year term as China's leader by giving a speech that seemed nearly as long, the New York Times reports. In a nearly 3.5-hour speech to open the Communist Party Congress, Xi spoke of his accomplishments and goals, addressing the economy,... More »

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