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Our Brutal Winter 2014? Thank Asia's Smog

Study says air pollution in China makes storms more intense in US

(Newser) - Next time there's a story about how horrifically bad the smog is in China or India, don't pity only the residents of Beijing or New Delhi. A new study suggests that air pollution in Asia results in more erratic, intense winter storms over North America, reports CNN . The... More »

Jar of Fresh Air Sells for $860 in China

Artist's stunt is meant as a protest against pollution

(Newser) - Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and... More »

US Sends Warships to Japan as Tensions Rise

Chuck Hagel gives warning to China on 10-day Asia trip

(Newser) - Visiting Japan today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US is sending two more ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter a possible North Korean attack, the AP reports. But he saved his sharpest remarks for China, linking Russia's takeover of Crimea with China's aggressive behavior in a... More »

China's Dog Crackdown Is Boneheaded

Regulators will determine which breeds can be house pets

(Newser) - Dogs in China better watch their backs. A creepy-sounding government panel called the National Companion Animal Standardization Committee has been formed to start assessing which types of dogs will make the cut as house pets, writes Adam Minter at Bloomberg View . These "dog-hating Chinese bureaucrats" will rank breeds in... More »

S. Korea Returns Soldiers' Remains to China After 60 Years

But soldiers from the North are still there

(Newser) - The last of the Chinese soldiers who helped North Korea avoid defeat in the Korean War six decades ago have finally gone home. South Korea today repatriated the remains of 437 soldiers from China who have been in the so-called "enemy cemetery" near the city of Paju all these... More »

Forbidden City to Get More Forbidden

Beijing attraction to limit tourists for fear of damage

(Newser) - A week after Michelle Obama toured Beijing's Forbidden City , China has announced the former imperial palace won't open its doors to quite so many tourists, amid fears that the traffic is damaging the site, Reuters reports. How those numbers currently stack up: more than 14 million tourists each... More »

World's Priciest Dog Sells for $2M

Property developer in China buys Tibetan mastiff

(Newser) - AFP thinks this is the highest price ever paid for a dog, and no wonder: A property developer in China shelled out $2 million for a Tibetan mastiff puppy. A second puppy of the same breed went for about $1 million. The sale came at a "luxury pet"... More »

Experts: No Way Did China's Radar Miss Malaysia Jet

Radar along northern arc too robust, analysts say

(Newser) - Momentum seems to be building behind one definitive conclusion: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did not follow the northern arc, or so say a growing chorus of sources. China is among the Asian countries searching that huge arc for the plane, and experts say they'd be amazed if it had... More »

New Radar Evidence the Jet Turned West

Thai military releases its data

(Newser) - Thailand is offering what CNN calls "the second radar evidence" that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight took an altered path toward the Strait of Malacca. All looked normal on Thailand's military radar until 1:22am, when Flight 370 vanished. Within six minutes, an unknown aircraft was spotted moving... More »

Missing Jet's Route Was Changed via Computer

As China launches land search

(Newser) - The first turn that took Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off course was made through a computer system, not by manual operation of the plane's controls, reports the New York Times , citing "senior American officials" involved in the investigation. Officials say the "seven or eight keystroke" change was... More »

Malaysia Takes Heat as Search Drags on

It's unclear when communications system went off: officials

(Newser) - With the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now in its 10th day and seemingly no nearer an answer, Malaysian officials are facing a rare dose of anger, both internally and externally, in the country whose media rarely question its leadership. "I've never seen anything like it, not... More »

Chinese Site May Show Images of Plane Debris

Xinhua releases images of '3 suspected floating objects'

(Newser) - China's official Xinhua News Agency said today that a government website has satellite images of suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off the southern tip of Vietnam. The report says the images from around 11am on March 9 appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of... More »

Oil Slicks Spotted; 239 Feared Dead in Jet Crash

Vietnam planes see them in water, but no wreckage yet; 239 people feared dead

(Newser) - Hope is fading for the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished yesterday. Chinese media say the plane crashed off the south coast of Vietnam about 1:40pm ET as it traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, reports CNN and Reuters . But no official confirmation about the fate... More »

China's 'Banana' Slur Shows Where America Shines

Eric Liu: America's diversity is why it still has an edge over Beijing

(Newser) - When Gary Locke, the first Chinese American to serve as ambassador to China, left the job last month, a state-run newspaper ran an oh-so-classy essay calling him a "banana." Meaning, yellow on the outside and white on the inside—a traitor to his race who is not "... More »

China: Knife Attack Was Our '9/11'

Blames Uighurs, vows to respond with 'iron fists'

(Newser) - China is blaming Uighur separatists for yesterday's knife rampage that left 33 people dead, and state media isn't exactly downplaying the attack, notes the LA Times , calling it "a typical terrorist attack and also a severe crime against humanity. It was China’s 9/11." With four... More »

28 Dead, 113 Hurt in China Knife Attack

Assailants storm railway station in Sunnan province

(Newser) - Reports of a horrific knife attack at a train station in southwest China say 28 people are dead and 113 injured. The official Xinhua News Agency says a group of men carried out the attack at the Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, report the BBC and AP . It remains... More »

China Slams Departing US Envoy With Slur

State news service essay calls him 'banana' with yellow skin and white heart

(Newser) - Today was Gary Locke's last day as US ambassador to China, and Beijing is apparently happy to see the last of him. The official China News Service ran an essay that included this line:
  • “Gary Locke is a US-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana—‘yellow
... More »

China's Smog Is 'Nuclear Winter' Bad

Crop scientist says the nation's food supply is at risk

(Newser) - Just how lousy is Beijing's air these days? Chinese President Xi Jinping found it necessary to demonstrate his support for the people by ... walking around and breathing yesterday. That's it. "Breathing the same air, sharing the same fate," read the headline on the state's official... More »

World's Most Ancient Cheese Found in China

Mummies from 1615 BC were buried with cheese

(Newser) - The oldest cheese ever found was already stale nearly a thousand years before the earliest Greek philosophers were munching on feta. Researchers in China have discovered that the odd clumps of yellow matter found on the necks and chests of mummies from as early as 1615 BC are actually lumps... More »

China to Obama: Don't Meet Dalai Lama

Move will 'gravely damage' relations, Beijing warns

(Newser) - China has warned President Obama that he will inflict "grave damages upon the China-US relationship" if he meets with the Dalai Lama today as planned. The White House says the president will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader as a show of concern for human rights in China—a move... More »

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