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  • US calls for Chinese navy’s help to rein in North Korea
    The US Navy’s top officer asked his Chinese counterpart to exert influence on North Korea to help rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programmes, a US official said on Thursday. Chief of US naval operations Admiral John Richardson spoke with his Chinese counterpart Vice-Admiral Shen Jinlong via a video teleconference. “Richardson voiced his concern about the nuclear and missile programmes and emphasised that China should use its unique influence over North Korea,” said...
  • University in China apologises after students forced to do internships at Foxconn
    A university in northern China has issued a public apology after it was accused of forcing students to do internships at the electronics manufacturer Foxconn. One second-year student at Shenyang Urban Construction University said she was told she might not be able to graduate if she did not complete a three-month placement at a Foxconn plant in Yantai in Shandong province, according to, a news website run by the Communist Youth League. Foxconn to hire its biggest intake of Chinese...
  • World food supplies depend on these risky transport chains
    In 2000, China imported 10 million tonnes of soya beans. Today, imports have risen to 80 million tonnes – about 40 per cent of the world’s soya trade – and by 2025 it is expected to be 106 million. In the process, soya has overtaken maize, wheat and rice as the world’s most traded food commodity. From the farm cooperatives of Iowa and North Dakota to the smallholders in Sorriso in Brazil, wealth has been built on China’s burgeoning appetite for the nondescript...
  • Beijing asks official Catholic body to localise faith
    China has asked its officially sanctioned Catholic body to interpret the Vatican’s teachings and dogmas to conform with the mainland’s developments and traditional culture, as part of its push to localise religions. Top political adviser Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-ranked member of the Communist Party, met leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association on Wednesday as it celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Yu called on the association to...
  • Call of duty: the military unit that connects China’s secret ‘red phone’ network
    It’s 57 years old, operates out western Beijing and connects the biggest players at the highest echelons of power in China. It’s the “Channel One Operater” unit, an all-women military group that transfers calls between leaders through a system of red desk phones. Shedding rare light on the top-secret web of communications, military mouthpiece PLA Daily revealed on Thursday that the unit was under the direct command of the Central Military Commission’s Joint...

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  • India ready for talks with China on border standoff

    India ready for talks with China on border standoffIndia said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

  • Trump at Six Months: Checking in On the President’s Campaign Promises

    Trump at Six Months: Checking in On the President’s Campaign PromisesDonald Trump’s promised a lot during his campaign, how is he doing after six months in office?

  • Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

    Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore womanBy Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.

  • Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percent

    Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percentFood and consumer products giant Unilever said on Thursday profits soared in the first half of 2017, raking in 3.3 billion euros after the Anglo-Dutch firm spurned a takeover bid by US rival Kraft Heinz. The 22.4 percent hike in the first six months compared to the same period last year showed "a substantial step-up in profitability despite the persisting volatile global trading environment," chief executive Paul Polman said. "The transformation of Unilever into a more resilient, more competitive and more profitable business is accelerating," he added in a statement.

  • MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

    MH370 search reveals hidden undersea worldThe painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370," Geoscience Australia's environmental geoscience chief Stuart Minchin said late Wednesday.

  • Army general among Thais convicted of human trafficking

    Army general among Thais convicted of human traffickingBANGKOK (AP) — A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade.

  • Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study Says

    Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study SaysMore than a third of dementia cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes such as controlling high blood pressure and getting more exercise, according to a major report published Thursday in ...

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