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December 18, 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 resists moves to sanction N. Korea: diplomats
China is resisting US-led efforts to order new sanctions against North Korea over its rocket launch and the UN Security Council could take weeks to decide a formal move, diplomats said. ... more

PM-in-waiting says disputed islands are Japan's
Shinzo Abe, the man set to become Japan's next prime minister, wasted no time after his election victory on Sunday in staking Tokyo's claim on islands at the centre of a dispute with China. ... more

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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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


China business is brisk on N. Korea's trade lifeline
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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Doomsday cult arrests surpass 400 in China
China is stepping up a crackdown on "evil" cults, detaining more than 400 members of the "Almighty God" doomsday sect in just one province, with scores of others held nationwide, state press said Tuesday. ... more

Stately pleasure dome rises in China's Chengdu
A thousand kilometres from the nearest coast a towering glass wave rolls over the plains of Sichuan, the roof of what Chinese officials say will be the world's largest standalone structure. ... more
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US official warns of 'strong' action over N. Korea rocket launch

U.S. Navy sends guided-missile destroyer to Japan

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China cracks down on doomsday rumours: state media
China has detained dozens of people, some of whom it terms doomsday cult members, as part of a nationwide crackdown on rumours about a supposed forthcoming apocalypse, state media said Monday. ... more

Testing time for China's migrant millions
Dozens of frustrated parents crowded into a Beijing office, surrounding an education official and brandishing copies of the constitution to demand their children be allowed to take an exam. ... more

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
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Brazil fears mad cow case will force cut in beef prices
Brazil is worried that fears over a single case of mad cow disease from more than two years ago could force it to slash its beef prices, after China, Japan and South Africa this week suspended imports. ... more

WTO appoints panel to probe China, US trade disputes
The World Trade Organization on Monday established a panel to look into a complaint from China against the United States in connection with a string of trade disputes between the two countries. ... more
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Markets cheer Japan conservatives' return to power
Investors on Monday cheered after Japan's conservatives swept back to power in national elections, with promises of a fix for the economy and tougher diplomacy in a territorial spat with China. ... more

China makes U.N. appeal for maritime claim
China has submitted to the United Nations what it calls geological evidence that would mean disputed islands in the East China Sea close are Chinese territory. ... more

Incoming Japan PM pledges no compromise on islands
Japan's premier-in-waiting Shinzo Abe came out fighting Monday after his sweeping election victory, saying there can be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the centre of a dispute with China. ... more
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Japan economy woes may temper Abe's zeal: analysts
Shinzo Abe's thumping majority gives him freedom to push his hawkish foreign policy agenda, but Japan's powerful business lobby may temper his more extreme instincts, particularly on China, analysts said Monday. ... more

China says more cities record home price rises
The cost of new homes increased in more Chinese cities in November than in the previous month, official figures showed Tuesday, despite efforts from the government to keep the market in check. ... more

Foreign investment in China falls again in November
Foreign direct investment in China fell in November for a sixth straight month, the government said Tuesday with the outlook expected to remain weak in 2013 due to global uncertainties. ... more

Coal use set to surpass oil in a decade: IEA
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China's longest high-speed railway to open Dec. 26: report


China to boost domestic demand in 2013: state media


Apple shares extend downward slide


Britain looks to Chinese tourists for Christmas cheer


Launch thrusts N.Korea back on US agenda


North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket


US lawmakers, Chinese friends seek Liu Xiaobo release


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China gives hijackers death sentences


Chinese cities becoming too costly for expats: survey

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US seen as 'first among equals' in 2030: intel report

India minister: we must accept China in our backyard

Chinese strikers weighing legal steps in Singapore

IMF warns Hong Kong property faces price correction

Japan scrambles fighters for China plane

China 'lacks leverage' over N. Korea: state media

China defies US sanctions pressure over North Korea

China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

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Top China provincial leader sacked: Xinhua

China, S.Africa suspend Brazil beef imports: source

BHP offloads Australia LNG interest to PetroChina

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Global anger as N. Korea fires long-range rocket

China marks massacre amid tense Japan ties

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