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December 14, 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

Japan scrambles fighters for China plane
Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the centre of a dispute between the countries. ... more

China 'lacks leverage' over N. Korea: state media
Beijing lacks leverage over North Korea and will block moves for strong new sanctions for fear of weakening its position further, Chinese state media said Thursday following Pyongyang's rocket launch. ... more
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China defies US sanctions pressure over North Korea
China resisted US-led pressure to bring its ally North Korea to heel for launching a long-range rocket, arguing that any response from the United Nations should be "prudent" and measured. ... 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
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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

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
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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


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

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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Great balls of China to defend against 'apocalypse'
As people across the globe tremble in anticipation of next week's supposed Mayan-predicted apocalypse, one Chinese villager says he may have just what humanity needs: tsunami-proof survival pods. ... more

Top China provincial leader sacked: Xinhua
A top Chinese provincial official has been sacked for "serious violations of discipline", state media said Thursday, the first such firing since the Communist Party's new leader vowed to fight graft. ... more
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Peatland Code could save more than 200 million tons of carbon dioxide

Pope warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

France to deploy 11,000 police for climate summit


China, S.Africa suspend Brazil beef imports: source
China and South Africa have joined Japan in suspending imports of Brazilian beef over an atypical case of mad cow disease, an official from the agriculture ministry said Thursday. ... 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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IMF warns Hong Kong property faces price correction

Chinese strikers weighing legal steps in Singapore

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UN, US lead condemnation of Mali PM's ouster

New Mali PM has 'respect' of US

New Mali PM crafts unity government to win back north

Chinese firm to build electric cars in Bulgaria: report

Ultrasound can now monitor the health of your car engine

Philippines gives green-light to electric tricycles


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

Encana sells stake in oil field to PetroChina subsidiary
Encana on Thursday sold a stake in its Duvernay oil field in Canada's Alberta province to Phoenix Duvernay Gas, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned PetroChina for Can$2.18 billion. ... 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
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President Obama signs bill recognizing asteroid resource property rights into law

China dreams of electric sheep at robot conference

China to set up BDS international maritime surveillance center

Rocket launch demonstrates new capability for testing technologies

SSL selected to provide new high throughput satellite to Telesat

Comet fragments best explanation of mysterious dimming star


BHP Billiton sells stake in Australian LNG


China's accelerating overseas buys raise fears


Chinese strikers weighing legal steps in Singapore


IMF warns Hong Kong property faces price correction


BHP offloads Australia LNG interest to PetroChina


Rio sells mine stake to China-S. Africa consortium


China government church strips Shanghai bishop of title


Two Tibetans die in latest self-immolations


Japan firm recalls China tea on pesticide fears


Death for three Xinjiang plane hijackers: China media

China dissident Hu Jia kept at home on rights day

Google sells off more Motorola assets

China to claim one-third of luxury market: survey

US to press on trade in China talks

CNOOC-Nexen deal the last for Canada?

Japan economic data sparks recession fears

Japanese car sales in China rocket 72% in November

Oil market gains on China data

Philippines eyes greater US military presence

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

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