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Chinese Toddler's Route to Fame: Her Appetite

Meet internet sensation Xiaoman

(Newser) - She's not yet 3, but Bai Cairan already has an agent and a diapers commercial under her belt. Why? Because the toddler in China loves to eat. The Wall Street Journal catches up with the odd phenomenon of little Bai, better known to legions of fans as Xiaoman. In... More »

US Doesn't Know How China Found, Wiped Out Its Spies

China killed or jailed more than a dozen CIA sources in 2 years

(Newser) - At the start of the decade, the Chinese government fatally shot a man in the courtyard of the government building where he worked—a public killing meant to send a message to his colleagues. The man was one of more than a dozen CIA sources killed or imprisoned by the... More »

China Used Top Gun Move in 'Unprofessional' Intercept

Taunt against US pilot?

(Newser) - A bit more info on what the US Air Force has called an "unprofessional" interception of an American "nuclear sniffer" aircraft by two Chinese fighter jets. A US official tells CNN that China's two Su-30 planes that approached a US WC-135 Constant Phoenix plane Wednesday over the... More »

A Tower That Fights Smog Is Waging a Battle in China

Smog Free Tower cleans up air within 65 feet of it

(Newser) - With pollution levels in pockets of India and China reaching deadly levels , innovators around the world are designing and engineering ways to fight the war on smog. One device, a 23-foot-tall wind-powered air purifier called the Smog Free Tower, sucks in air from its surroundings and filters out tiny pollution... More »

Chinese Fighter Jets Intercept US Plane

US protests 'unprofessional' move

(Newser) - A pair of Chinese fighter jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of an American radiation-sniffing surveillance plane over the East China Sea, the US Air Force said Friday, the latest in a series of such incidents that have raised US concerns in an already tense region. On Wednesday, the two... More »

'Golden Visa' Program Is Booming—and Controversial

AP analysis finds that Chinese have spent at least $24 billion on them in the last decade

(Newser) - When the sister of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, promoted investment in her family's new skyscraper from a Beijing hotel ballroom stage earlier this month, she was pitching a controversial American visa program that's proven irresistible to tens of thousands of Chinese. More than 100,000... More »

New US-China Deal Touted as 'Herculean Accomplishment'

Deal allows US beef into China; Chinese poultry into US

(Newser) - China will finally open its borders to US beef while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to hitting the American market as part of a US-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant step in their efforts to boost US exports and even America's trade gap... More »

First Large Chinese-Built Airliner Makes Maiden Flight

China touts C919 as Airbus, Boeing rival

(Newser) - The first large Chinese-made passenger jetliner completed its maiden test flight on Friday, a milestone in China's long-term goal to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The takeoff of the C919 brought cheers and applause from hundreds of invited guests at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and was broadcast live... More »

Guy Pays $130 to Ship $1M Antique. It Goes Poorly

The 3K-year-old bronze pot was in pieces when it arrived

(Newser) - A man in China is likely regretting his decision to hire an express delivery company to ship his $985,000 antique bronze pot after the package apparently got the Ace Ventura treatment . The unnamed man says the pot dates back to the Zhou dynasty—making it about 3,000 years... More »

North Korea: China Can't Stop Our Nukes

Pointed editorial says country would give up its ally

(Newser) - Don't expect pressure from China to have an effect on North Korea's nuclear weapons program. That was the message in an editorial published by the North's state news media Wednesday, described by an expert as the harshest critique of China to come out of the country in... More »

THAAD Up and Running, Though Not Without Grumbles

Over money, health issues, and more

(Newser) - After last month announcing it would deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea within the year, the US military says THAAD is now operational and—in what is sure to thrill Kim Jong Un—"has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles," per the New ... More »

Tibetans Call for Return of Panchen Lama, Now 28

Little is known of Tibet's second-ranked monk 22 years after his detention

(Newser) - This week marked the 28th birthday of Tibet’s Panchen Lama, reinvigorating calls for his release from detention by the Chinese government. Radio Free Asia reports that at just 6 years old, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were detained when the exiled Dalai Lama named him the 11th reincarnation... More »

Trump: 'Major Conflict' With N. Korea Possible

Tillerson says Kim Jong Un 'isn't insane'

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants to resolve America's differences with Pyongyang peacefully—but there is the chance we "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Trump tells Reuters that the country is currently his biggest international worry. Asked whether he considers Kim Jong... More »

Rumors Swirl as Gas Shortage Hits N. Korea

Beijing may have tightened supply

(Newser) - An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon—and driving rumors that China is to blame. The shortage, which is extremely unusual... More »

China Wants to Set Up a Base on the Moon

It's in talks with the European Space Agency to team up on 'Moon Village'

(Newser) - China's lunar ambitions keep growing: Beijing and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon, reports the AP . The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media, and... More »

Gere Touched Hollywood's 'Third Rail,' and He's Just Fine

Criticism of China cost him mainstream roles, but he's happy with indie films

(Newser) - Richard Gere was once on the Hollywood A-list, with blockbusters such as Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, and An Officer and a Gentleman. Not so much anymore. He's 67 now, but other actors in their 60s are still pulling down mainstream leading roles. So why not Gere? He tells the... More »

N. Korea: US Is 'More Vicious' Under Trump

Official says he's more 'aggressive' than Obama

(Newser) - North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Obama. In an interview... More »

Trump: US Dollar Is 'Getting Too Strong'

He shifted on 3 policies in WSJ interview

(Newser) - President Trump managed to do an about-face on no less than three policies in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday—and he made what analysts say were highly unusual comments about the American dollar in the process. "I think our dollar is getting too strong, and... More »

Trump Offers Incentive to Get China to Act on North Korea

He promises a 'far better' trade deal

(Newser) - Forget a " ruthless blow ." North Korea says the US will face "catastrophic consequences," including possible war, if it continues to provoke the country, reports the Guardian . The message from a foreign ministry spokesman comes days after the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a missile carrier, and... More »

Outrage Over United Incident Spreads to China

Some call for United boycott over what they see as discrimination against Asians

(Newser) - A set of viral videos showing an Asian man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight over the weekend has prompted plenty of outrage in the US, but there's been overseas reaction, too—specifically in China, CNBC reports. A passenger who took one of the videos of the... More »

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