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China Wants an End to the Age of Gas-Powered Cars

The country will impose electric-car quotas on manufacturers

(Newser) - China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars, AP reports. China's industry ministry is developing a timetable to end production and sale of traditional fuel cars and will promote development of electric technology, state media on Sunday cited a Cabinet... More »

A 'Mars Village' Will Be Coming to Earth

China plans to build a Mars replica over 36K square miles of the Tibetan plateau

(Newser) - China's Qinghai province may be remote, but it's a heck of a lot less remote than Mars. So for those looking to experience the latter but willing to travel to the former, good news: China in July announced that it intends to build a Mars replica on what... More »

China Worried Nuclear Fallout Could Force Hand on North Korea

But it's still publicly committed to peaceful talks

(Newser) - North Korea has put China in a difficult spot with its latest nuclear test. And that spot will only get more difficult if radioactive contamination suddenly turns up in China. The Wall Street Journal reports China is stepping up its radiation monitoring in the wake of last weekend's North... More »

South Korean Drill Simulates Destruction of North's Regime

China says situation on peninsula at 'tipping point'

(Newser) - South Korea responded to the North's brazen new show of defiance with a calculated display of its own: It conducted a bombing drill that simulated the destruction of its neighbor's regime, reports CNN . Specifically, four jet fighters dropped eight one-ton bombs on a target, and all hit the... More »

India, China Pull Back Troops in Tense Himalayan Standoff

But fate of controversial road being built by China is unclear

(Newser) - India and China have agreed to pull back their troops from a monthslong face-off in the high Himalayas where China, India, and Bhutan meet, per the AP . India's Ministry of External Affairs said the two nuclear-armed nations have agreed to "go back to the status quo" before the... More »

US Hits North Korea on Coal, Oil, and ... Statues

New sanctions penalize Chinese and Russian firms for dealing with Pyongyang

(Newser) - The Treasury Department applied new sanctions Tuesday intended to squeeze North Korea even tighter. The sanctions were mostly against Chinese and Russian companies and individuals that the US accuses of conducting illegal business with Pyongyang and thus helping its nuclear weapons program, reports the Washington Post . The big hits were... More »

Teen Sent to Internet Addiction Camp Dies Within 48 Hours

Such 'boot camps' are popular, and controversial, in China

(Newser) - A Chinese couple sent their teenage son to an internet addiction treatment camp—and within days, he was dead. As the BBC reports, "boot camps" for internet and gaming addictions have become popular in China, with some being criticized as using harsh military-style discipline on attendees. Some even beat... More »

Cops: Writer Who Dreamed Up Tale of Murders Committed Some

Liu Yongbiao accused of bludgeoning 4 people to death

(Newser) - Police in China have arrested a well-known author who had already chosen the title for his next novel, reports the Guardian : The Beautiful Writer Who Killed. And that's what authorities allege Liu Yongbiao did more than 20 years ago. The Times of London reports Liu had been born into... More »

In the High Himalayas, Troops Throw Rocks at Each Other

Stones thrown after Kashmir patrol got lost

(Newser) - Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another in the high Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Indian officials said Wednesday after an altercation that escalated tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region... More »

China Says US Move Will 'Poison' Relations

Trump orders a preliminary inquiry into Beijing's trade practices

(Newser) - US relations with China took a potentially nasty turn on Monday when President Trump ordered a preliminary inquiry into Beijing's trade practices. Even before Trump formally signed a memorandum to put things in motion, China made it clear it was unhappy. The move will hurt the US economy and... More »

Courier Discovers Parcel He's Delivering Contains Live Baby

Chinese officials have apprehended the baby's mother

(Newser) - A woman was arrested this week in China after allegedly attempting to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage, CNN reports. According to the South China Morning Post , the 24-year-old woman instructed a courier not to look inside the bag when he picked it up for delivery Wednesday. But while... More »

North Korea: Millions Are Signing Up to Fight

Pyongyang adds to rhetoric as China urges calm

(Newser) - China's president delivered a direct message to President Trump: Ease up on the North Korea rhetoric. In a phone call with Trump Friday night, Xi Jinping said he wanted both sides to avoid "words and actions" that would make the situation worse, per the BBC , citing Chinese media.... More »

China Has Warnings for Both North Korea and US

If Pyongyang strikes first, China won't help, says editorial

(Newser) - A Chinese newspaper thought to reflect the thinking of leaders in Beijing has issued a warning to both North Korea and the United States about a preemptive strike. An editorial in the Global Times warns the North that if Pyongyang decides to launch an attack threatening US soil, China will... More »

36 Dead After Bus Crashes Into Tunnel Wall

Beijing orders investigation

(Newser) - A long-distance passenger bus crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China's northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others, official media reported Friday. The front end of the red bus was left mangled after it ploughed into the wall at the entrance to the... More »

China Warns North Korea on Missile Tests: Be 'Smart'

Beijing's warning comes a day after the UN imposed new sanctions on North Korea

(Newser) - China appeared to give a boost to US efforts to curtail North Korea's nuclear program on Sunday, one day after the United Nations voted to impose new sanctions on the country. After meeting North Korea's top diplomat, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea to make the... More »

Indian Boxer Offers Belt in Return for Peace With China

Indian and Chinese boxers squared off in the midst of a territorial dispute

(Newser) - A boxing ring may be a place of violence, but on Saturday night Indian champion Vijender Singh used one to make a plea for peace. Singh, a former Olympian and current WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion, defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China to become the new WBO Oriental super middleweight... More »

Trump Thinks China Rips Off US Businesses, May Act Soon

He's poised to open an official investigation against Beijing

(Newser) - Either President Trump is about to get tough on China over trade or the White House wants Beijing to think he's about to get tough on trade. The White House is putting the word out that the president thinks China is ripping off American businesses and aims to take... More »

China's State Media to Trump: Stop 'Emotional Venting' on Twitter

Xinhua agency says US president is 'pouring oil on the flames' regarding North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump's tweets have raised an eyebrow or several, but one country is officially rolling its eyes. The New York Times notes that China has long bitten its tongue whenever Trump has blasted its policies and actions . But a pair of Trump tweets over the weekend, in which he... More »

Trump Lashes Out at China After North Korea Missile Test

Says Beijing has done 'NOTHING' to rein in Pyongyang

(Newser) - One day after North Korea tested a missile that experts say has the range to hit major cities in the United States, President Trump took to Twitter to express his disappointment with China for doing "NOTHING for us" when it comes to the rogue country, CBS News reports. "... More »

China Announces Quantum Leap in Encryption

Soon-to-launch communications network said to be 'unhackable'

(Newser) - Communications just got tighter between Alice and Bob, leaving Eve out in the cold. These aren't real people, but rather the names commonly used in scenarios describing quantum cryptography , a type of technology surpassing traditional encryption in terms of keeping communications networks safe from hackers. It's a technology... More »

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