Greater China - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Greater China US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster' TOKYO (AP) — The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea's recent military actions are "a recipe for a disaster" and warned against a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese le... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:44:00Z US envoy: North Korea is intimidating the entire world UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea on Tuesday of intimidating the entire international community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks, and said any country that doesn't implement U.N. sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions. "No one is immune to the threat of North Korea," she told reporters be... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:06:00Z The Latest: Law enforcement officials flag North Korea link LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Two law enforcement officials say U.S. investigators suspect North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack. They say that's based on a preliminary investigation and stressed investigat... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:45:00Z From teenager to warlord in 'Farewell My Concubine' BEIJING (AP) — As a teenager, Zhao Hailong had a role in the award-winning film "Farewell My Concubine," the story of the life-long friendship between two men who met as apprentices in China's famed Peking opera. Today, almost 25 years later, Zhao is playing the lead on stage in the Peking opera classic of the same name. At a theater in Beijing, he plays ... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:04:00 GMT 2017-05-16T09:04:00Z The Latest: Cyberattack hits schools, hospital in Taiwan NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Taiwanese state media say the WannaCry cyberattack infected computers in 10 schools, the national power company, a hospital and at least one private business. However, the Central News Agency says ... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:49:00Z North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, wi... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:52:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z North Korea missile launch tests Trump's China outreach WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump's strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and back tough new penalties? If not, will Trump accept the growing calls f... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:46:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:46:00Z Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Ph... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:27:00Z Trade groups appeal to Beijing to postpone cybersecurity law BEIJING (AP) — A coalition of 54 global business groups appealed to Chinese authorities Monday to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they warned violates Beijing's free-trade pledges and might harm information security. The appeal by groups from the United States, Japan, Britain and other countries adds to complaints Beijing is improperly limiting acc... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:41:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z AP Top Stories May 14 P Here are the top stories for Sunday, May 14: Eight candidates have been interviewed for top FBI job; Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France's next president;... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:29:00Z Putin Shows Off Musical Talent on Piano in China Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:53:00Z Official: North Korea open to US talks under conditions BEIJING (AP) — A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set." Choe Son Hui, director general for North American Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, spoke briefly to reporters in Beijing en route to Pyongyang. She was traveling from Norway, where she led a delegation th... Sun, 14 May 2017 00:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T00:34:00Z China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and closing America's trade gap with the world's second-largest economy. U.S. trade experts offe... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:06:00Z Forum on China's economic reach helps leader extend his own BEIJING (AP) — China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort that envisions a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum opening Sunday is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances aimed at proje... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:45:00Z No China investor meetings this weekend for Kushner company NEW YORK (AP) — The sister of White House adviser Jared Kushner won't be attending an investor conference in China this weekend as reported after she was criticized for trying to raise money there last weekend using the lure of a U.S. visa program. Nicole Kushner Meyer, who had been representing her family's company in China, came under fire for what crit... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T23:27:00Z 'It takes up the whole river!' US ports welcome giant ship SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The largest cargo ship ever to visit ports on the U.S. East Coast is so long the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument could fit end-to-end along its deck and still leave room for Big Ben. The COSCO Development arrived Thursday at the Port of Savannah after cruising past dozens of onlookers who cheered and took photos of the mammo... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:58:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:58:00Z North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's nuclear weapons program poses a potentially "existential" threat to the United States, the national intelligence director said in a bleak appraisal to Congress on Thursday. He wouldn't say how close Pyongyang is to being able to strike the U.S. mainland. Dan Coats said the unprecedented nuclear and missile testing last year... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:37:00Z The Latest: US sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on global threats (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The Trump administration's national intelligence director says the U.S. sees Iran working to maintain last year's nuclear agreement. Tehran's rationale is that by sticking to the deal, it gets re... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:56:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:56:00Z Nissan annual profit rises on strong US, China, Europe sales TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co.'s profit rose by 27 percent in the fiscal year that ended in March to 663.5 billion yen ($5.8 billion), as strong sales in the U.S., China and Europe and the sale of its stake in a parts maker offset damage from the strong yen, the company said Thursday. But Nissan is forecasting a 19 percent drop in profit... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:56:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:56:00Z ShowBiz Minute: Depp, Hilton, Diddy Johnny Depp steps back into the spotlight at world premiere of new "Pirates" movie; Conrad Hilton appears in court for alleged car theft in Los Angeles;... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:27:00Z Johnny Depp steps back into the spotlight Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Javier Bardem hit the red carpet for the world premiere of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie in Shanghai. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:52:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:52:00Z China auto sales shrink in April as demand cools sharply HONG KONG (AP) — China's auto sales shrank in April as demand for most types of vehicles wilted, an industry group said Thursday. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.7 million passenger cars were sold in China last month, down 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago. That's down from 1.7 percent sales growth in ... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T10:30:00Z 8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said. The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:54:00Z Moon's rise to power in S Korea causes worries, hopes abroad SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Which of South Korea's neighbors and allies stand to benefit most from liberal Moon Jae-in's ascension to the presidency this week? It might be North Korea, which sees Moon as an advocate of a softer approach to ridding the North of nuclear weapons. This, in turn, could alarm a more conservative Washington. Beijing, meanwhile, likely hopes to win bi... Thu, 11 May 2017 00:18:00 GMT 2017-05-11T00:18:00Z Physics professor sues FBI agent over espionage arrest PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A physics professor once charged with plotting to provide secret U.S. technology to China sued an FBI agent in Philadelphia Wednesday over his arrest and questioned why he was targeted. Xi Xiaoxing, of Temple University, said the FBI wrongly accused him of espionage because it did not understand the science behind his work into superco... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:19:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:19:00Z US reps, Dalai Lama take aim at China sore spot Tibet DHARMSALA, India (AP) — As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian ... Wed, 10 May 2017 12:36:00 GMT 2017-05-10T12:36:00Z S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said as he took office Wednesday that he is open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about its aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles. Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military actio... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:08:00 GMT 2017-05-10T10:08:00Z Zhang Yimou says 'Great Wall' story may have been too weak BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Yimou says the disappointing U.S. performance of the biggest budget China-U.S. co-production to date, "The Great Wall," may have been down to a weak story, but he hopes other filmmakers won't be put off from attempting such ambitious Hollywood-Chinese collaboration. "The actors are all very good; (star) Matt Damon and everyone was spl... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:46:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:46:00Z