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February 28, 2017
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China to Conduct Test Flight of CZ-8 Carrier Rocket by 2018



Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
China is planning to develop the next-generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by the end of 2018, Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology said Monday. The core-stage of CZ-8 will be based on CZ-7 and CZ-3A (Long March 3A) carrier rockets, the CZ-8 is expected to have two solid-propelled boosters with a diameter of 6.5 feet, the representative added. "If everything goes well, i ... read more

NUKEWARS
US, S. Korea and Japan look to turn screw on Pyongyang
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Senior US, South Korean and Japanese officials met on Monday to discuss how better to enforce international sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs. ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korea's Lotte 'agrees land swap' for US missile system
Seoul (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
South Korean retail giant Lotte agreed Monday to provide land to host a controversial US missile defence system loathed by Beijing, Seoul's defence ministry said. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report
United Nations (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Victims demand justice 70 years after bloody Taiwan massacre
Taipei (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
For Pan Hsin-hsing the sight and smell of lilies held a particular horror for many years - the pungent flowers decorated the room where his executed father lay before the funeral. ... more
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NUKEWARS
China says US must work together on solution to N. Korea
Beijing (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China called on the US to shoulder more responsibility in tackling North Korea's rogue nuclear programme Friday, slapping down claims by President Donald Trump that Beijing could bring the isolated state to heel. ... more
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Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: experts
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Recent satellite imagery appears to show China is completing structures intended to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a Washington think-tank said Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
South Africa rhino poaching dips, stays above 1,000
Johannesburg (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Poachers killed 1,054 South African rhinos for their horns in 2016, a 10 percent dip on a year earlier, the environment ministry said Monday, as officials struggle to quell the slaughter. ... more
FIRE STORM
China detains 24 after deadly hotel fire
Beijing (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
Authorities have detained 24 people after a fire sparked by unsafe welding and cutting work killed 10 people in eastern China, state media said Sunday. ... more
SINO DAILY
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Chinese authorities have blocked a prolific feminist social media account for allegedly breaking the law with posts critical of US President Donald Trump, its editors said Thursday. ... more


Global art sales plummet, China biggest market: report

TRADE WARS
China overtakes US as Germany's top trade partner
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China overtook the United States last year to become Germany's biggest trading partner for the first time, official data showed, a shift likely to reassure Berlin as worries grow over US President Donald Trump's protectionist leanings. ... more
TRADE WARS
China selects new chiefs for top economic posts
Beijing (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China has replaced its commerce minister and the head of its top economic planning body, state media said Friday, as the country grapples with mounting financial pressures. ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korea lashes ally China over coal import ban
Seoul (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
North Korea denounced its chief ally and diplomatic protector China for "dancing to the tune of the US" after it banned coal imports in apparent punishment for a missile launch. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
China's TCL brings back physical keyboard in new BlackBerry
Barcelona (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Chinese electronics company TCL unveiled Saturday its first BlackBerry-licensed smartphone which brings back the device's signature physical keyboard as it seeks to revive the once mighty brand. ... more

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China to Conduct Test Flight of CZ-8 Carrier Rocket by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2017
China is planning to develop the next-generation CZ-8 (Long March 8) medium-lift carrier rocket and will conduct the first test flight by the end of 2018, Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology said Monday. The core-stage of CZ-8 will be based on CZ-7 and CZ-3A (Long March 3A) carrier rockets, the CZ-8 is expected to have two sol ... more
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Global art sales plummet, China biggest market: report
Paris (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Global art sales plunged in 2016 as the number of high-value works sold dropped by half, while China regained its status as the world's top market, Artprice said in an annual report released Monday. Art auctions worldwide totalled $12.5 billion (11.8 billion euros) last year, down 22 percent from $16.1 billion in 2015, it said. The world's biggest database for art prices and sales, worki ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China overtakes US as Germany's top trade partner
Beijing (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
China selects new chiefs for top economic posts
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
US Treasury's Mnuchin dials back Trump economic promises
Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 14, 2016
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016
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US Air Force general urges better communication with Russia in Syria
Washington (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
The US-led coalition bombing the Islamic State group in Syria needs better communication with the Russian military and other regional players, a top US Air Force general said Friday. General Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, who heads the Air Combat Command, said air space is getting increasingly congested as IS loses territory and efforts against the group focus on smaller areas. "By definition, ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Trump eyes jump in defense spending
Colombo (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
Sri Lanka slams lawyers over 'Snowden refugee' claims
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: experts
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Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before
Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The University of Manchester is to lead a consortium to build the next generation of robots that are more durable and perceptive for use in nuclear sites. The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between 95 billion pounds and 219 billion pounds over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highl ... more
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Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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Taipei (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
For Pan Hsin-hsing the sight and smell of lilies held a particular horror for many years - the pungent flowers decorated the room where his executed father lay before the funeral. He was just six years old when Pan Mu-chih, a doctor and local politician, was arrested, tortured and killed in a 1947 massacre that was the precursor to years of political purges in Taiwan, known as the "White Te ... more
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