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Vocal Miss World Canada Barred From Entering China

Human rights activist Anastasia Lin denied entry in Hong Kong for pageant in Hainan

(Newser) - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her... More »

Obama Pardons 'Abe' the Turkey, and the Chinese ... Gloat

That was Abe as in Abe Lincoln, but the Chinese had a different interpretation

(Newser) - President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys named... More »

Gay Student Sues China Over Textbooks

Many medical textbooks in China classify homosexuality as a curable disease

(Newser) - A Chinese student is suing her government over medical textbooks that classify homosexuality as a mental disorder that can be cured through shock therapy. Twenty-year-old Qui Bai—whose family turned away from her when they found out she was gay—was looking for answers about her sexuality two years ago... More »

China's 'Ghost Cities' Were Hidden Until Now

Massive empty housing developments feel like 'an abandoned movie set'

(Newser) - People have known about China's "ghost cities" for years, but it turns out finding and tracking these massive, mostly empty housing developments is pretty much as difficult as hunting an actual ghost. That is, until China's largest search engine got involved, Quartz reports. Tech company Baidu was... More »

Australia Blocks Huge China Land Buy

1.3% of nation's land mass had been up for sale

(Newser) - To the dismay of Australia's biggest private landowner, the government has decided that the sale of an area the size of Kentucky to Chinese investors is not in the national interest. The Australian government has blocked the $350 million sale of parcels of land totaling almost 40,000 square... More »

China to ISIS: You'll Pay for 'Violent' Killing of Hostage

Beijing condemns 'cold-blooded' murder of national Fan Jinghui, Norway man

(Newser) - Beijing says it will punish ISIS militants after the group claimed in its Dabiq magazine that it had executed Chinese national Fan Jinghui , as well as Norway's Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, CNN reports. Dabiq says the two hostages, which ISIS put up "for sale" in September for ransom, were... More »

Canadian Beauty Queen in a Battle With Beijing

Anastasia Lin may not be allowed to compete in pageant in China

(Newser) - Anastasia Lin is an actress who believes her outspoken advocacy of human rights in her native China played a big role in her winning bid in May to become Canada's contestant in the Miss World pageant. But then the host country for the global beauty pageant was changed from... More »

Study Suggests These Are the Least Honest Countries

Here's how the US did

(Newser) - China ranks as one of the least honest countries and the UK as one of the most, if a new study out of the University of East Anglia in the UK holds any weight. Presenting their findings at the London Experimental Workshop this week, researchers say they analyzed more than... More »

China Discovers Huge Gold Deposit Deep Underwater

The gold could be worth more than $16 billion

(Newser) - A massive deposit of gold discovered more than a mile underwater off the eastern coast of China could have a value of more than $16 billion, China Topix reports. According to the People's Daily Online , the undersea deposit was found near the city of Laizhou in Shandong province and... More »

This Handshake Is a First in Chinese History

President of China, Taiwan meet on neutral ground

(Newser) - The leaders of China and Taiwan met Saturday for the first time since the formerly bitter Cold War foes split amid civil war 66 years ago, and though no concrete agreement resulted, both hailed the meeting as a sign of a new stability in relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping and... More »

China's Pollution Problem Just Got Much Worse

'China has been burning so much more coal than we believed'

(Newser) - We already knew China emitted a huge amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It turns out it's worse than we thought. "China has been burning so much more coal than we believed,” Yang Fuqiang, a former Chinese energy official, tells the New York Times . “This... More »

Taiwan, China Presidents Meeting for First Time in 66 Years

Controversial meeting will happen Saturday

(Newser) - Taiwan's president will meet Saturday with his counterpart from once icy political rival China, the Taiwanese side said, a historic first culminating nearly eight years of quickly improved relations despite wariness among many Taiwanese of the mainland government. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in... More »

This Is China's Answer to Boeing

State-owned firm rolls out C919

(Newser) - A state-owned manufacturer has unveiled the first plane produced by a Chinese initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners. China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and the multibillion-dollar effort to create the homegrown C919 jetliner is aimed at... More »

UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

China's One-Child Policy Is No More

Couples in China can now have 2 kids if they choose

(Newser) - For more than three decades, China has enforced a one-child policy meant to tamp down on population growth. Today marks a big change. Per the official Xinhua News Agency, China's Communist Party has replaced the one-child policy with a two-child policy, meaning any couple in China can have two... More »

Economist: Let Chinese Men Share Wives

His idea goes viral, gets pushback

(Newser) - Thanks to its one-child policy and a cultural preference for boys, males outnumber females in China by about 117 boys born for every 100 girls—and by 2020, the nation is predicted to have about 30 million bachelors (referred to as "guanggun," or "bare branches"). What... More »

US Defies China, Sails Close to Disputed Territory

Things are getting tense in the South China Sea

(Newser) - The US sent China a hard-to-miss message Tuesday—in the form of a naval destroyer—that it thinks Beijing is over-reaching in its claim of disputed waters in the South China Sea. The USS Lassen sailed close to manmade islands constructed by Beijing, and China says it monitored and warned... More »

US Sending Warship to Challenge China

US opposes claims in the South China Sea

(Newser) - The US Navy is preparing to sail a warship near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea in a long-anticipated challenge to what it considers Beijing's "excessive claim" of sovereignty in those waters, two US officials said Monday. The officials say the White House approved... More »

Thousands See 'Floating City' Caught on Video: Report

Meteorologists, conspiracy theorists see it differently

(Newser) - Too much carbon pollution? Check . Lots of billionaires? Check . A giant city floating in the sky? Well, according to Chinese TV news channels, China recently had a massive metropolis hovering over the clouds that was spotted by thousands of people, the Daily Express reports. In fact, a similar floating city... More »

China Now Has More Billionaires Than US

They've had their best year ever despite shaky economy

(Newser) - China has passed the United States in the number of billionaires it boasts, driven by the rise of fortunes in technology and manufacturing, according to a survey released Thursday. Despite a cooling economy, the number of Chinese billionaires rose by 242 this year to 596, according to the Hurun Report,... More »

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