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December 17, 2012
China Makes First Asteroid Fly By
Beijing (XNA) Dec 17, 2012
China's space probe Chang'e-2 has successfully conducted a maneuver in which it flew by the asteroid Toutatis, about seven million km away from the Earth. Travelling in deep space, Chang'e-2 made the flyby on Dec. 13 at 16:30:09 Beijing Time (08:30"09 GMT), the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced on Saturday. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, nam ... read more
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China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
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. ... more

China commentary urges Japan not to pick fights
China's official news agency urged Japan's new leaders Sunday not to "pick fights" with neighbours as election exit polls showed the hawkish Shinzo Abe on course to become the next prime minister. ... more

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China commentary urges policy shift as Japan votes
China's state media Sunday urged Japan to seek a post-election foreign policy that will improve relations with its neighbours, as Japanese voted in a poll likely to bring in a more hawkish administration. ... more


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On China's economic front line with North Korea, rocket launches are far from traders' minds and few worry about sanctions impeding the flow of cars - or pianos. ... more
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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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Conservatives win Japan poll: broadcasters
Japan's conservative opposition swept to victory in polls Sunday, broadcasters said, in an apparent shift to the right as tensions rise with China and the economy continues to stumble. ... more

Brazil fears mad cow case will force cut in beef prices
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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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China's longest high-speed railway to open Dec. 26: report
The world's longest high-speed rail route, running from the Chinese capital Beijing to Guangzhou in the south, will open for business on December 26, state media said Saturday. ... more

China to boost domestic demand in 2013: state media
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Apple shares extend downward slide
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