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Archived Since:June 14, 2011

Blog Post Archive

In Chinese Year of the Horse, dogs will have their day

BEIJING – China will ring in the Year of the Horse this Friday - and like with any fresh start, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart. For many in China, Feng Shui masters and their astrological readings and predictions are merely a fun activity to …

China jails prominent rights activist for four years

A Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Peop …

China's official crackdown on graft brings a happy New Year – for sharks

BEIJING – As China prepares to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Horse, conservationists are hoping it may also turn out to be the Year of the Shark. The predator seems to be getting a break thanks to the most unexpected of reasons – the Chinese Communi …

Chinese activist accused of 'making a racket' goes on trial

BEIJING – Dozens of police worked to keep the calm in front of a courthouse in Beijing at the start of the trial of a prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist and legal scholar on Wednesday. “All you officials are corrupted!” one man screamed at a …

Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking?

BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more. It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Plan …

Chinese mom buys front-page ad in desperate bid to see son over holidays

BEIJING -- Just how far would a mother go to ensure her son came home for the holidays? One Chinese man in Melbourne, Australia, is learning the hard way after his mother printed "Letter to My Son" on the front-page of a Chinese-language newspaper. The unnamed woman took out the …

Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

BEIJING – Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive. Commuters across Beijing found themselves cloaked in a thick, gray haze as air p …

World in turmoil: Seven countries to watch in 2014

The world will face countless challenges in 2014, but a few nations in flux stand out in the crowd. NBC News correspondents and writers explain how the outcome of wars, negotiations and elections in these countries could have a deep impact on their own populations and regions, an …

Kerry gives $35.5 million boost to China's neighbors amid US-Beijing tensions

Taking clear aim at China's growing aggressiveness in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will boost maritime security assistance to the countries of Southeast Asia amid rising tensions with …

Chinese mom sues after she was fined $54,200 for flouting one-child policy

Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan ($54,200), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare. Liu's desperation prompted a fruitless attempt to sell …

Despite changes to one-child policy, Chinese parents say having two kids is too expensive

BEIJING – Despite China announcing changes to its strict one-child policy, many young parents say they will not choose to have a second child due to the high cost of living in modern-day China. “Giving birth to a second child is not difficult, but we do not have the …

U.S. bombers fly over disputed island chain without informing China

Two American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea on Monday evening, a U.S. defense official confirmed, just days after the Chinese government included the area in an air defense identification zone. The official said the flight was a training mis …

China destroys 500 barbecues that cause 'serious air pollution'

BEIJING -- More than 500 illegal outdoor barbecues, which Chinese state media say cause "serious air pollution," have been destroyed in Beijing as part of an emergency program to alleviate the city's often hazardous pollution. The raids were part of a three-month operation to …

China's 'inflammatory' airspace announcement draws sharp rebuke from US

China’s efforts to claim airspace over a disputed chain of islands, also claimed by Japan, drew a sharp rebuke from top U.S. officials. Even as the United States grapples with Iran’s nuclear weapons program and the conflict in Syria, the flare-up in the East C …

China to relax one-child policy as part of economic, social reforms

China is to loosen its one-child policy as part of major reforms aimed at securing its economic future and strengthening policy ties with the United States, state media reported Friday. The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) will also reduce the number of crimes punishable by …

Chinese baby boom? Not so fast say experts

As part of larger economic and social reforms, China announced Friday that it will begin relaxing its strict one-child policy. But demographers warn that looser social policies may not lead to a sudden baby boom in China. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports from Beijing. Related

China's Communist Party promises 'unprecedented' reform - but will it deliver?

BEIJING -- China's ruling Communist Party embarked on its historic and secretive Third Plenum meeting Saturday, promising to bring "unprecedented" economic reforms and raising the hopes of domestic businesses and foreign investors. But many Chinese people and international …

Family of blind Chinese dissident get permission to visit him in the U.S.

BEIJING - The mother and brother of a prominent blind Chinese activist have received permission from the government to visit him in United States, a rare sign of tolerance on the part of authorities amid a broader crackdown on dissents. Although, his family won't believe the gov …

Five arrested over Tiananmen Square 'terrorist attack,' Chinese authorities say

BEIJING, China -- Five people were arrested in relation to a fiery car crash in Beijing's iconic Tiananmen Square that killed five people and injured 40, police said early Wednesday. Police said the five were caught just 10 hours after the attack with help from the local governm …

Sexist driving tips by Beijing police spark outrage

BEIJING – For female drivers across China, police in Beijing may now be the worst backseat driver they’ve ever encountered. The Beijing Police Department posted a strange series of messages on China’s Twitter-like service, Weibo, Tuesday entitled “Women D …

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