Chinese legislature discusses draft laws

China’s top legislature opened its bimonthly session Monday to deliberate draft laws and amendments concerning civil procedure, mental health, the safety of special equipment and tourism, among others. A draft law on mental health, tabled for a second reading, stipulates that institutions and individuals should protect the privacy of mentally ill people by preventing leaks […]

Mainland, Taiwan experts envision closer cooperation in service sector

Experts from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan met at a cross-strait forum on Monday, highlighting the service industry’s new opportunities arising from the mainland’s drive to stimulate domestic consumption in the wake of the global financial crisis. Song Xiaowu, president of the mainland-based China Society of Economic Reform, said the mainland and Taiwan can work […]

ASEAN wants more investment, tourists from China

ASEAN wants more investment, tourists from China

The bilateral relationship between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) and China is very good and the regional bloc wants to see more investment and tourists from China, ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said here Monday. “The ASEAN relation with China has been very productive and both sides certainly take the relationship very seriously,” […]

China investigating reported incident involving Japanese ambassador’s car

Relevant authorities are seriously investigating the report that the flag of the Japanese ambassador’s vehicle was ripped off in Beijing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s office told the press on Monday evening. The Chinese government always conscientiously fulfill the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to protect the safety of foreign embassies and personnel, the office said. It […]

China promises to import more Indian commodities to attain balanced trade

China promises to import more Indian commodities to attain balanced trade

China promised Monday to import more Indian commodities including IT, pharmaceutical and agricultural products in order to make trade between the two countries “more balanced”. Visiting Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and his Indian counterpart Anand Sharma said after a ministerial meeting on trade and economic relations here that the two countries will also […]

31 Chinese fishermen missing in S. Korea due to typhoon

Two Chinese fishing boats capsized Tuesday in waters about 1.8 kilometers from the port of Hwasun in Jeju’s Seogwipo due to gale-force winds and high waves caused by Typhoon Bolaven, South Korea’s official news agency Yonhap quoted coast guard officials as saying. The accident which occurred around 2:40 a.m. local time left 31 Chinese fishermen […]

African immigrants talk about life in Beijing

Chinese companies have invested heavily in Africa in recent years and trade among Asian and African nations has soared. As their economic ties have grown, so have the number of African immigrants to China, now estimated at around half a million people. Turay Lamin owns Africa House, the sole restaurant serving pan-African cuisine in Beijing. […]

NBA Star Jeremy Lin Visits Taiwan

NBA Star Jeremy Lin Visits Taiwan

Basketball star Jeremy Lin is visiting his roots in Taiwan this week. The player, whose success as a point guard in the North American National Basketball Association sparked an international fan reaction known as “Linsanity”, hopes his second stop in Taiwan this month will help raise the status of basketball in Asia. Sixty young basketball […]

Taiwan Former VP Lien sets out APEC meeting goals

Taiwan Former VP Lien sets out APEC meeting goals

Taiwan will continue its drive for greater participation in regional economic integration at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting, according to former ROC Vice President Lien Chan Aug. 27. “As an active and significant contributor to APEC, Taiwan will share its experiences with other members in adopting policies that promote a free economy and […]

Taiwan rebuts Tokyo gov.’s sex slave claim

Taiwan rebuts Tokyo gov.’s sex slave claim

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan expressed serious concern Aug. 25 over Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s denial that the Japanese military had forced women into sexual slavery during World War II. “Ishihara’s recent comment is a heartless insult to the women who were devastated physically and mentally by their treatment at the hands of […]