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The Oil Slicks Covered 4 Square Miles. A Day Later, 13 Times That

Environmentalists are fretting after tanker spill in East China Sea

(Newser) - Environmental activists are raising the alarm following what the New York Times calls the largest tanker oil spill in nearly 30 years. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tons, or more than 1 million barrels, of natural gas condensate when it collided with a freighter in the East China Sea... More »

Found in China: Dino With a 'Rainbow Glimmer'

Jurassic Period's 'Caihong juji' had shimmering feathers like those found on hummingbirds

(Newser) - Scientists are now saying there may have been "a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined," thanks to the recent discovery of a fossil in China's Hebei province. Reuters reports that a closer look at the "exquisitely preserved," almost completely intact fossil of a... More »

China Is No Longer Accepting the World's Recycling

Move is causing buildup of paper, plastic overseas

(Newser) - China has declared that it's no longer accepting "foreign garbage"—which has left a lot of countries, including the US, wondering what to do with it. As part of a drive to reduce pollution, the country stopped accepting 24 kinds of waste on Jan. 1, including mixed... More »

Behind Titanic Replica's Delay: Movie Didn't Say It Was So Big

NPR looks at the progress being made on full-scale replica in China

(Newser) - The Titanic will float again—it just won't sail anywhere. NPR checks in on the progress being made in China on a full-scale replica of the Titanic that's being built hundreds of miles from the ocean. An infomercial played at the site touts an Aug. 30, 2017, completion... More »

Analysts: Sorry, but We May Have a Global Crisis This Year

Eurasia Group lays out a bunch of ways it might happen

(Newser) - Given that "the global order is unraveling" in "a world without leadership," Eurasia Group has some sorry news: "If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis—the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown—it feels like 2018." What kind of... More »

Ship Seized, Accused of Transferring Oil To North Korea

South Korea says it seized the Lighthouse Winmore in November

(Newser) - On the heels of reports Chinese ships were transferring oil to North Korean vessels in violation of UN sanctions, South Korea has announced it seized a ship suspected of doing just that last month, the BBC reports. South Korean officials say the Lighthouse Winmore picked up oil supposedly bound for... More »

Reports: Chinese Ships Seen Giving Oil to N. Korean Ships

If reports are true, it could put China in violation of UN sanctions

(Newser) - China may be officially adhering to tough new sanctions against North Korea, but it appears that some Chinese ship captains aren't so willing. The Chosun Ilbo , a prominent South Korean newspaper, reports that US reconnaissance satellites have captured images of Chinese vessels transferring oil to North Korean vessels at... More »

Coming Soon: Big Change in Global Economic Rankings

China projected to overtake US as No. 1 in 2032

(Newser) - America can still boast of having the world's biggest economy—but only for about 15 more years. A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London predicts that China will overtake the US for the top spot in 2032, reports Bloomberg . In fact, the report illustrates... More »

'Vulgar Butcher' Gets 8 Years in Prison for Subversion

Activist Wu Gan was known for irreverent remarks, imagery in mocking Chinese officials

(Newser) - A prominent activist who called himself the "Ultra Vulgar Butcher" was given an eight-year prison sentence Tuesday for subversion, the harshest sentence handed down in a sweeping crackdown on rights campaigners. Per the AP , the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said in an online statement that Wu... More »

China on Trump's Strategy: Drop the 'Cold War Mentality'

'Otherwise it will injure others and damage itself'

(Newser) - In unveiling a new US national security strategy Monday, President Trump called out China and Russia as "attempting to erode American security and prosperity," and he outlined myriad ways—weapons development, intellectual property theft, dumping money into the developing world—in which he sees them doing that, per... More »

If Things Implode in N. Korea, Here's What Happens Next

Rex Tillerson shares light details from discussions with China

(Newser) - It's the conversation that was never had—until now, apparently. The New York Times reports that US diplomats have long tried to open a discussion with China about how things would play out if Kim Jong Un's government (and his father's before that) began to implode. US... More »

In China, 10 Publicly Sentenced to Die, Then Immediately Killed

It's at least the third public sentencing to occur in Lufeng since 2015

(Newser) - Thousands in China turned out for the event, which had been publicized on social media four days prior. As people talked and smoked in the stadium in Lufeng in southern Guangdong province, the Guardian reports that 10 people were sentenced to death and then whisked away to be immediately executed.... More »

Mass Disappearances Are Happening in China

Rights groups say thousands of Uighurs have vanished

(Newser) - Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of people in China's far west have been spirited away without trial into secretive detention camps for alleged political crimes that range from having extremist thoughts to merely traveling or studying abroad, rights groups and academics estimate. The mass disappearances, beginning the past year,... More »

Document Reveals China's Plan for North Korean Refugees

China Mobile document indicates 5 refugee camps will be built

(Newser) - With a conflict on the Korean Peninsula looking increasingly possible, China is reportedly preparing. The country is said to be laying the groundwork for refugee camps for thousands of prospective migrants along Jilin province's border with North Korea, reports the New York Times , citing a document produced by a... More »

Report: China Using LinkedIn as Spy Tool

German intelligence finds 'broad attempt to infiltrate parliaments, ministries, and administrations'

(Newser) - German officials may want to offer some of their LinkedIn contacts endorsements for "espionage" and "subterfuge." Per Reuters , the country's BfV intelligence service has revealed that Chinese intelligence operatives are setting up fake social-media accounts and attempting to connect with senior diplomats and politicians not only... More »

Daredevil Dies in Fall From 62-Story Building

Wu Yongning had reportedly posted more than 300 videos of his 'rooftopping' feats

(Newser) - He was famous on social media, then went silent. Now Wu Yongning's fans have learned why he stopped posting in November. The BBC reports that the Chinese daredevil, known for posting videos of himself at the top of tall buildings scaled without safety devices, is confirmed to have died... More »

World's Biggest Starbucks Is No Longer in Seattle

30K-square-foot behemoth opens in Shanghai

(Newser) - Shanghai now boasts the biggest Starbucks in the world—an upmarket "Reserve Roastery" that, at 30,000 square feet, is more than 40 times bigger than the average apartment in the city. The establishment is the first Reserve Roastery outside the US, and it's almost twice as big... More »

Top Chinese General Kills Himself

Zhang Yang was target of corruption probe

(Newser) - A former top Chinese general under investigation for major corruption has killed himself, official media reported Tuesday, denouncing his death as a "despicable" act to escape punishment. Zhang Yang was placed under investigation in late August on suspicion of bribery, having a large amount of property that he could... More »

Suspect in Beijing Child Abuse Scandal: 22-Year-Old Teacher

RYB Education 'extremely shocked and distressed' about her alleged crimes

(Newser) - Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a US-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger . Police in Beijing's Chaoyang district said in a statement Saturday that an investigation into a kindergarten run by Beijing-based RYB Education has... More »

Parents in China Outraged at Kindergarten's 'Devil Teachers'

Beijing's RYB Kindergarten is hit with accusations of drugging, abusing kids

(Newser) - "Demand justice for these children!" That's just one message posted on Chinese social media following allegations that a Chinese kindergarten run by a company listed on the NYSE abused the kids in its charge. Per the New York Times , parents allege teachers at RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi... More »

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