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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 »

27-Year-Old Telegram Holds Tiananmen Secret

UK received advance indication China was planning to massacre students

(Newser) - British officials knew in advance that the Chinese government was likely preparing to kill student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989—and their intelligence didn’t come at the last minute. Indeed, a telegram sent to Margaret Thatcher's administration from Britain's ambassador to China on May 20, 1989—... More »

China Blasts Trump's Twitter 'Obsession'

As South Korea hires official to monitor Trump's tweets

(Newser) - A few too many tweets directed at China may have finally prompted the country to lash out at Donald Trump. An editorial posted to the Chinese website of state-run news agency Xinhua on Tuesday slammed Trump's "obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy'" as "undesirable." It continued:... More »

China Will Start Easing Its 2,000-Year-Old Salt Monopoly

Country's monopoly on salt predates the Great Wall

(Newser) - China has started an overhaul of its salt industry, easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000 years and predates the Great Wall, the AP reports. New regulations went into effect at the start of this year. Under a plan published by China's... More »

The World's Highest Bridge Is Now Open to Traffic

China's Beipanjiang Bridge is the height of a 200-story building

(Newser) - It appears China has yet to meet a chasm it can't build a bridge over. CCTV reports the country just opened the world's highest bridge—beating its own record. The Beipanjiang Bridge is 1,850 feet above the Beipan River. That's essentially the height of a 200-story... More »

Trump's North Korea Tweets End With China Slam

'Nice!'

(Newser) - The experts Reuters spoke with described it as feasible , but Donald Trump wasn't among that cohort: In a Monday night tweet , the president-elect addressed Kim Jong Un's Jan. 1 assertion that North Korea is nearly ready to test an intercontinental ballistic missile: "North Korea just stated that... More »

New Police Abuse Hits Home for Chinese Middle Class

No charges against police in death of environmental researcher

(Newser) - Abuses of power by Chinese police are finally hitting home for the college-educated Chinese middle class after the death of one of their own. NPR reports 28-year-old environmental researcher Lei Yang was killed in May after police allegedly caught him paying for sex at a foot massage parlor. Police originally... More »

China Just Gave Elephants Some Great News

Ivory ban is a game changer, conservationists say

(Newser) - A year even more disastrous for elephants than it was for celebrities is ending with some great news for the species. China, by far the world's biggest market for ivory, announced Friday that it is phasing out the ivory trade and will have a complete ban in place by... More »

Chinese Media Warn of 'Showdown With US'

Editorials condemn appointment of Peter Navarro

(Newser) - Surprise: China is not too pleased that an economist who's referred to Beijing as "the planet's most efficient assassin" will head the new White House National Trade Council. "The US can no longer push China around today," says China's state-run tabloid Global Times in... More »

Trump Makes 2 Controversial Picks for His Economic Team

One of them wrote Death by China

(Newser) - Donald Trump has chosen the author of Death by China and The Coming China Wars to lead a new national trade body, signaling that he isn't planning to budge on the anti-China rhetoric of the campaign trail. Economist Peter Navarro, a leading China hawk, has been appointed head of... More »

Pentagon: China Gave Us Back Illegally Seized Drone

Beijing says there were 'friendly consultations'

(Newser) - China has returned to the US an unmanned underwater drone the Chinese navy seized unlawfully last week in international waters, the Pentagon says. The Chinese navy vessel that seized the drone returned it near where it had been taken, and it was received by the USS Mustin about 50 miles... More »

China Says It'll Give US Its Underwater Drone Back

While blaming US for having 'hyped up' the whole affair

(Newser) - China will be returning that American underwater drone it snatched out of international waters Thursday, the Pentagon announced Saturday. "Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," CNN quotes a Pentagon spokesperson as saying.... More »

Trump Slams 'Unpresidented' China Act

Beijing says it's talking to the US about seized drone

(Newser) - In what appears to have been a spelling error and not a play on words, Donald Trump slammed China's "unpresidented" seizure of a US underwater drone in a tweet Saturday morning. "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water... More »

China Just Seized an Underwater US Drone

It was operating in the South China Sea

(Newser) - More tensions with China: The Pentagon says a Chinese naval ship on Thursday seized a US underwater drone in the South China Sea, reports Reuters . US officials have lodged a formal request to get the unmanned, underwater vehicle, or UUV, back. "The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey... More »

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