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North Korea's Main Coal Buyer Abruptly Pulls Out for 2017

China is done buying for 2017 amid growing frustration with Pyongyang missile tests

(Newser) - China on Sunday began a suspension of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year as it increases pressure on its communist neighbor to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, reports the AP . The ban is in line with UN Security Council sanctions imposed... More »

As US Carrier Enters South China Sea, What's Trump's Move?

'Navy Times' reports the Navy wants him to OK freedom of navigation operation

(Newser) - The US Navy wants to embark upon a fresh freedom of navigation operation around China's man-made islands in the South China Sea , in what would be the first under President Trump, the Navy Times reports, citing defense officials. The operation would most likely be carried out by the San... More »

China Bans Drug So Deadly It's a 'Terror Threat'

Carfentanil is so lethal an amount smaller than poppy seed can kill

(Newser) - So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China—until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic.... More »

China Has Deadliest Air Pollution? Maybe Not

India's air pollution is just as bad: study

(Newser) - China has long been the world's worst when it comes to air pollution, but a new study suggests that India's trouble is now on par with China's and poised to exceed it. The study from the Health Effects Institute and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation finds... More »

Man Who Got Lost 54 Years Ago Finally Finds Way Home

Wang Qi accidentally crossed the Chinese-Indian border in 1963

(Newser) - In 1963, a 23-year-old surveyor for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army accidentally crossed the border into India. He remained stuck there for 54 years, making it back to his homeland only last week, reports the BBC . The strange tale of Wang Qi starts with a nighttime stroll away from camp.... More »

Trump Talks to Xi, Grants 'One China' Request

President pledges to keep long-standing policy

(Newser) - A day after offering belated Chinese New Year greetings , President Trump gave Beijing something more substantial: his assurances that he respects America's long-standing "one China" policy and plans to adhere to it. Trump had his first conversation with China's President Xi Jinping late Thursday and the White... More »

Samsung Battery Supplier Hit by ... Yes, Fire

Facility in China reportedly burned because of waste, which included batteries

(Newser) - Samsung recently offered an explainer on why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have been exploding (it was reportedly the batteries). Now the company is going to have to get into a cruel coincidence at one of its supplier's factories. Per Bloomberg , Samsung SDI Co., one of two manufacturers that... More »

Man's Quest to Kill Roach in His Ear Has Unfortunate Result

A doctor ended up needing to pull it out

(Newser) - If you can bear it, we offer what Newsflare aptly describes as some "rather unpleasant footage" for your viewing displeasure—the type you won't want to see, can't help but see, and won't be able to unsee. It's video filmed last week that shows a... More »

Trump Offers Late New Year Message to China

He says he wants a 'constructive relationship'

(Newser) - President Trump has issued well-wishes to China for the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the world's most populous nation, saying he hoped to work with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to build a "constructive relationship." But his card must've gotten lost in the... More »

Hong Kong Billionaire Has Mysteriously Gone Missing

Mystery deepens on whereabouts, reason for alleged abduction of Xiao Jianhua

(Newser) - A website rumor was just the start of a mystery that involves a missing Canadian billionaire and a possible abduction from a ritzy Hong Kong hotel by Chinese cops. The BBC reports on Xiao Jianhua, who was reported missing over the weekend and has been the subject of conflicting reports... More »

World's Largest Human Migration Underway Again

Chinese head home for Lunar New Year

(Newser) - Thought it was hectic traveling at Christmas or Thanksgiving? That was nothing to what some travelers will encounter with Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off Friday. In what Bloomberg dubs the "world’s biggest human migration," hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens will be on the move for... More »

WHO on 'High Alert' Over Bird Flu

Worrying strains are spreading fast

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it's on high alert over outbreaks of bird flu that have killed people in China and caused large-scale slaughtering of birds elsewhere. "The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high... More »

Giant Prehistoric Otter Found—but Why So Big?

The size of a wolf, the bite of a badger

(Newser) - Picture an otter, then envision it ballooning to twice—or triple, or quadruple—its size until it's a 110-pound creature: It's not a journey into the imagination, but to yesteryear. An international team of scientists has announced news of the largest otter ever found, one that lived some... More »

China Wants This Guy Kept Out of Inauguration

Says ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, rest of Taiwan delegation should be barred from event

(Newser) - A tense political triangle just got even stickier in advance of Donald Trump's inauguration. China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the US shouldn't allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend Friday's ceremony, Reuters reports. This request was passed to both the Trump transition team and to President Obama'... More »

China Is Now Teaching Its 'Effeminate' Boys to Man Up

New textbook 'Little Men' is being introduced in middle schools

(Newser) - China is apparently concerned that its boys are becoming too effeminate. The country's solution: a masculinity-promoting school textbook called Little Men, aimed for use in grades 4 and 5. The illustrated book talks about fathers and sons, and it encourages boys to stress their masculine side, with money management... More »

Trump Signals Policy Shifts on Russia, China

He's keeping sanctions, but maybe not for long

(Newser) - Donald Trump dropped some big hints about changes to US policy on its biggest world rivals in a Wall Street Journal interview released Friday evening. On Russia, Trump said he is planning to keep the latest American sanctions in place "at least for a period of time," but... More »

Abducted Man Tastes Oysters, Longtime Mystery Unravels

Li Risheng was sold by his mother at age 7—and just found his father, 13 years later

(Newser) - When Li Risheng was 7, he endured one of the most horrible betrayals a child can experience: being sold by his own mother. "It was a rainy day, two of my mum's friends came to our home," Li, now 20, tells Guangzhou Daily , via the South China ... More »

What Trump Talked About With China's 2nd-Richest Man

Trump and Jack Ma had a 'great meeting'

(Newser) - Donald Trump met with Jack Ma, currently China's second-richest man , Monday, calling it a "great" discussion. Ma's e-commerce company Alibaba "claims it can create 1 million US jobs by helping small businesses sell their products to China and Asian consumers," the AP reports. Ma told... More »

Ted Cruz Irks China, Meets Taiwan Leader

Move comes amid tense relations after Trump phone call

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has joined his rival-turned-ally Donald Trump in tweaking China . The Texas senator met with Taiwan's president Sunday when she stopped in Houston on her way to Central America, reports the AP . Cruz made a point to show that he was defying the wishes of China in doing... More »

Beijing Advises Umbrellas to Shield Against Its Gross Snow

Meteorological Bureau warning means snow days aren't really fun

(Newser) - "The snow is very dirty! The snow is very dirty! The snow is very dirty!" This thrice-emphasized warning from Beijing's Meteorological Bureau appeared on Chinese social media site Weibo on Thursday after the country's Ministry of Environmental Protection announced the city's average air-quality index for... More »

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