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December 13, 2012
China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
Geneva (AFP) Dec 11, 2012
China's patent office for the first time became the world's largest last year, as the number of global patent filings continued to grow despite the sluggish economy, the UN's intellectual property agency said Tuesday. Launching its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012 report, WIPO said global patent filings last year swelled to a record 2.14 million and that China had dethroned the United States to take the biggest portion of the pie. China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) had ... read more
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Environmental satellite produces first photo of Earth
China's first synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite for environmental monitoring has produced its first "clear, coherent and informative" image of Earth, authorities said Monday. The satell ... more

Global anger as N. Korea fires long-range rocket
North Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday days before its young ruler marks 12 months in power, intensifying the threat posed by the nuclear-armed state and provoking global condemnation. ... more

China marks massacre amid tense Japan ties
China marks the 75th anniversary Thursday of the killing of huge numbers of people in Nanjing by Japanese soldiers, in a year when a territorial row sent ties between the Asian powers plunging. ... more
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Launch thrusts N.Korea back on US agenda
North Korea's surprise long-range rocket launch has forced it back onto the agenda of re-elected US President Barack Obama, who had all but given up at finding a way to influence the pariah state. ... more


North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket
North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday days before the first anniversary of its former ruler's death, magnifying the threat posed by the nuclear-armed state and provoking outrage from the US. ... more
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US seen as 'first among equals' in 2030: intel report
The United States will likely be the "first among equals" in 2030 in an increasingly chaotic world where China is the top economy and demand soars for resources, a US intelligence report said Monday. ... more

India minister: we must accept China in our backyard
India's foreign minister has said New Delhi must accept China's growing presence in its own backyard as Beijing steps up its investments and diplomatic efforts in South Asia. ... more
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Poland wants NATO-Russia deal scrapped: minister

Under junta rule, Thailand pivots towards China

Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane

Chinese, Lao leaders mark successful launch of communication satellite

US Engine Dilemma: No Space Without Moscow

Japan rocket launches its first commercial satellite

China's scientific satellites to enter uncharted territory


Philippines eyes greater US military presence
US and Philippine officials will meet this week to discuss expanding American presence in the Asian nation, a senior diplomat said, amid tensions with China over its claims to vast waters in the region. ... more

US lawmakers, Chinese friends seek Liu Xiaobo release
US lawmakers and Chinese friends of author Liu Xiaobo on Wednesday appealed for his freedom, vowing not to forget the world's only jailed Nobel laureate two years after he won the prize. ... more

China development threatens wildlife: WWF
From tigers to dolphins, animal populations in many of China's ecosystems have plummeted during decades of development and urbanisation, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study said Wednesday. ... more
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China gives hijackers death sentences
A Chinese court sentenced three men to death for an attempted hijacking of an airplane in flight that left two other hijackers dead. ... more

China government church strips Shanghai bishop of title
China's state-run Catholic church has stripped a bishop of his title after he dramatically split with official religious authorities, a spokesman for the organisation said Tuesday. ... more
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Death for three Xinjiang plane hijackers: China media
A court in China's restive Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang sentenced three men to death on Tuesday after they were found guilty of trying to hijack an aircraft and detonate explosives, state media said. ... more

Chinese cities becoming too costly for expats: survey
Chinese cities now dominate the list of the most expensive places in Asia for expatriate residents due in part to a stronger local currency, a regional survey showed Wednesday. ... more

Chinese firm to build electric cars in Bulgaria: report
A Chinese automaker backed by billionaire US investor Warren Buffett has signed an agreement with energy giant Bulmineral to build an electric bus and car factory in Bulgaria, a report said Wednesday. ... more
China to claim one-third of luxury market: survey

HSBC being punished for 'stunning failures': US

IMF warns Hong Kong property faces price correction

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UN, US lead condemnation of Mali PM's ouster

Mali crisis deepens as PM quits under pressure from ex-junta

US general in Nigeria after warning over African Islamists

Philippines gives green-light to electric tricycles

Chinese firm to build electric cars in Bulgaria: report

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BHP Billiton sells stake in Australian LNG
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it would sell its interest in the Browse natural gas project offshore Western Australia to Chinese state-run oil producer PetroChina for $1.63 billion. ... more

China's accelerating overseas buys raise fears
China's biggest overseas takeover, the $15 billion purchase of Canada's Nexen, is a huge step in Beijing's push for foreign acquisitions - but its drive to secure resources and markets is causing unease. ... more

Chinese strikers weighing legal steps in Singapore
Four Chinese bus drivers facing possible jail for instigating Singapore's first industrial strike in 26 years were given more time on Wednesday to explore their legal options. ... more

IMF warns Hong Kong property faces price correction
The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday warned that Hong Kong could see an abrupt fall in property prices after years of dramatic increases in one of the world's most expensive housing markets. ... more
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Google sells off more Motorola assets


China to claim one-third of luxury market: survey


US to press on trade in China talks


Two Tibetans die in latest self-immolations


Japan firm recalls China tea on pesticide fears


China dissident Hu Jia kept at home on rights day


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Japan economic data sparks recession fears

Japanese car sales in China rocket 72% in November

Oil market gains on China data

China among world's most unequal countries: survey

China says two arrested for inciting self-immolations

Watches, mistresses on show as China highlights graft

Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media

Nobel laureate Mo Yan takes swipe at critics in lecture

Glencore gets Chinese go-ahead for 6.1bn Viterra buy

Tibetan, 16, burns herself to death in China: Xinhua

China bank lending rises in November

China's CNOOC say Nexen staff will benefit from takeover

China's economy shows pick-up amid leadership transition

Chinese inflation rises to 2.0 percent in November

Five charged in US over Iran, China exports

Police clash with thousands of rioters in south China

Agony endures 75 years after Nanjing Massacre

China lambasts US over Tibet self-immolation comments

Myanmar apologises to monks over mine protest injuries

Chinese insurer PICC soars on Hong Kong debut

Four Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan

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