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Report: China Developing Spaceship for Lunar Mission

Advanced spaceship will have space for multiple astronauts

(Newser) - China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media. The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts, the AP... More »

Chinese Media Taken in by Satirical Trump Story

They reported that he wrapped White House phones in tinfoil

(Newser) - A satirical story about a paranoid President Trump wrapping the White House telephones in tinfoil was believable enough to be carried by major media outlets in China. The story from the New Yorker's "Borowitz Report" ended up in publications such as business magazine Caijing this week after appearing... More »

China: We Can Stop Trump's 'Head-On Collision' With N. Korea

Beijing suggests 'suspension for suspension'

(Newser) - North Korea and President Trump are like two accelerating trains bound to crash into each other, according to China, which sees itself as the only "signalman" able to avert catastrophe. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Wednesday of a "looming crisis" on the Korean peninsula and wondered:... More »

China's Premier: 'We Will Make Our Skies Blue Again'

National People's Congress is underway again

(Newser) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Sunday to make the country's smoggy skies blue again and "work faster" to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity. His words to delegates at the opening of the annual National People's Congress highlight how public discontent... More »

Abandoned Girl Looking for Parents via Street Stall

She was left on a neighbor's doorstep as a sick infant

(Newser) - For all of her short life, a 9-year-old girl in China has been missing her parents, and for half of her life, she's been trying to find them with a handmade sign at a street stall where she also sells vegetables, reports the Times . "I am quite healthy... More »

Chubby Tigers Catch, Destroy Exercise Drone

But it apparently wasn't as tasty as they'd hoped

(Newser) - Some chubby tigers in a Chinese wildlife habitat apparently didn't take kindly to their exercise routine, catching and destroying a drone meant to get them moving, UPI reports. Footage released by China Central Television shows one of the Siberian tigers catching up to the drone and knocking it out... More »

In Rare Move, North Korea Snaps at China

One expert calls editorial a 'frontal assault'

(Newser) - It's not just North Korea's relationship with Malaysia that may be splintering . In a rare move Thursday, the country appeared to accuse ally China of working with North Korea's enemies to "bring down its social system," reports Reuters . An editorial published by the state-controlled KCNA—... More »

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 »

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