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2nd Canadian Feared Detained in China

Canada tells Trump not to politicize Huawei case

(Newser) - A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations, the AP reports. Canada's Global Affairs department on Wednesday... More »

China May Have Made Its First Move Against Canada

Former diplomat reportedly detained in China, after Canada arrests tech exec Meng Wanzhou

(Newser) - China has been threatening retaliation ever since news broke that Canada had detained Chinese tech exec Meng Wanzhou . Now it appears that Beijing has taken its first action. Reuters reports that a former Canadian diplomat named Michael Kovrig has been detained in China. Kovrig works for a think tank called... More »

After Huawei Arrest, China Hauls in US Ambassador

Incensed Beijing also has words for Canadian envoy, wants tech exec released ASAP

(Newser) - China wasted little time in summoning the US ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of a Huawei executive in Canada—immediately on the heels of warning Canadian envoy John McCallum that there would be "grave consequences" if Meng Wanzhou is not released. Vice Foreign Minister Le... More »

N. Korea Is Denuclearizing? Not According to These Images

Satellite pics shows possible new missile site near border with China

(Newser) - People lie, satellite images don't—hence why the US and South Korea are closely monitoring a new suspected missile site near North Korea's central border with China. The facility in Hoejung-ni, "one of the most likely sites for deploying intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United... More »

Clue in Marriott Breach: 'Patience' of the Hackers

Sources say signs point to breach being an intel-gathering operation for Chinese government

(Newser) - Up to 500 million customers may have had their personal info compromised in a huge Marriott data breach , and investigators are now coming across clues as to who may be behind the hack. Sources tell Reuters that digital fingerprints—i.e., previously used "hacking tools, techniques, and procedures"—... More »

China Starts to Open Up on What It Agreed to Do

Confirms there is a 90-day window for trade talks

(Newser) - Though US markets are closed Wednesday in honor of former President George HW Bush, after Tuesday's 800-point plunge investors will be looking for hints as to what to expect Thursday morning, and all eyes are on China. Tuesday's sell-off was sparked by uncertainty over what exactly Trump and... More »

Result of Trump-Xi Dinner: A 90-Day Truce

Trade war seems to be on hiatus

(Newser) - The US and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth, per the AP . The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting Saturday between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires.... More »

Trump, Xi Lock Eyes Over Sirloin Dinner

US-China trade relations may hang in the balance

(Newser) - Table talk at President Donald Trump's dinner meeting Saturday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping will undoubtedly have a global impact, the AP reports. What they agree on—or don't—will likely move markets up or down, determine whether the world economy gets some relief from destabilizing trade tensions... More »

Photojournalist Aired Abuses in China. Now He's Missing

Wife says Lu Guang was last heard from on Nov. 3

(Newser) - A renowned photojournalist whose images have shed light on the challenges of China's economic rise hasn't been heard from in almost a month and is believed to be in state custody. Lu Guang, a first-place winner at the 2004 World Press Photo awards, had been meeting with photographers... More »

A Few Cheaters Is Normal. This Race Had 258

Some face lifetime bans after Sunday's half marathon in Shenzhen

(Newser) - More than 250 half-marathon runners are facing bans in China for what organizers describe as blatant cheating in a race in Shenzhen. Some 237 participants in Sunday's race face two-year bans after traffic cameras spotted them taking shortcuts. One video shows runners making a U-turn through a treed area... More »

China to Gene Researcher: Stop Your Work

Investigation underway into He Jiankui's claims to have altered the DNA of newborn twins

(Newser) - China has ordered a scientist to stop his controversial work after his bombshell claim about creating the world's first gene-edited babies . Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said Thursday that He Jiankui's work "crossed the line of morality and ethics adhered to by the... More »

Japan Making a Big Change to Its Military

Tokyo is getting its first aircraft carriers since WWII

(Newser) - Japan is bound by its post-war constitution to put little emphasis on the military, but a major upgrade is now in the works. The nation will get its first aircraft carriers since World War II, reports the Guardian . The plan is to retrofit two existing helicopter carriers so they can... More »

Blast Kills More Than 20 at Chemical Plant

Chinese officials investigating cause

(Newser) - An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early Wednesday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles in the latest challenge to efforts to boost industrial safety in the world's second-largest economy. The blast occurred just after midnight at a loading area next to the... More »

US Diplomat Got Dogs for Protection. Then They Vomited Blood

Mother of sickened diplomat in China speaks out

(Newser) - Of all the US diplomats in Cuba and China who have mysteriously fallen ill since late 2016, only one has been publicly named: Catherine Werner. She's also the only person who served in China and has been "medically confirmed" to have experienced what 26 Americans did in Havana,... More »

Taiwan to Consider Whether to Drop 'Make-Believe' Name

It competes at Olympics as 'Chinese Taipei'

(Newser) - Because of pressure from China, athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an "alternate national anthem" being played. Imagine if France or Australia had to... More »

The 'Kiss of Death' for Dolce & Gabbana in China

D&G products scrubbed from e-commerce sites after insulting comments against country

(Newser) - Dolce & Gabbana goods disappeared Thursday from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grew over remarks insulting to China that were apparently made by two of its Instagram accounts. The company has blamed hackers. Searches for Dolce & Gabbana turned up no items on major online retailers such as Alibaba'... More »

Car Plows Into Kids Outside China School

5 dead, 18 injured in horrific incident

(Newser) - A car plowed into a crowd of children outside a primary school in northeastern China on Thursday, killing five people and injuring 18, a local government spokesman said. The driver was taken into custody after the crash around noon in the coastal city of Huludao in Liaoning province, the spokesman... More »

Fashion House Tries to Deflect Fury in China

Dolce & Gabbana blames hackers for offensive social media posts

(Newser) - The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana apologized Wednesday for insulting remarks about China made on its Instagram accounts, but it also said the accounts had been hacked. Chinese celebrities reacted angrily after screenshots of the conversations were posted on social media, and several said they would boycott a... More »

Think You've Got a Handle on Foreign Languages? Meet Thaksin

Thaksin sells souvenirs, but Cambodian Red Cross will pay for his education after newfound fame

(Newser) - A young boy who's picked up parts of at least 12 languages and dialects while selling souvenirs to tourists at Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex is about to get a change of scenery—and a free education. Thaksin first won hearts around the world in a viral video... More »

'US Military Superiority Is No Longer Assured'

Commission warns Russia, China could prevail in war

(Newser) - A new report to Congress delivers a "flashing red" warning of a national security crisis. It's no migrant caravan, but the general degradation of American military might. "The US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might... More »

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