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Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.


European shares edge back up, Edenred tops gainers

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European shares edged back in positive territory on Tuesday after ending a three-day recovery in the previous session when Wall Street and Chinese markets were closed for holiday.

Delaware man accused of taking thumb from 2,000-year-old Chinese terra-cotta warrior

A 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage" is missing a thumb, but surveillance video helped lead the FBI to both the thumb and a suspect in the theft.


Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Danish toymaker Lego is hoping to build a following with Chinese parents by promoting its place in the classroom as well as the toy box.

Immigration and Emigration

For Taiwanese, Tests of Loyalty to China Bring Trouble in Workplace

Chinese employers in Australia, mirroring Beijing’s strong-arm tactics, have fired workers who do not recognize Taiwan as part of China.


China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come

GUANGHE, China (Reuters) - For some in China's ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives.


With Blackface and Monkey Suit, Chinese Gala on Africa Causes Uproar

A skit in the annual Lunar New Year gala, which is broadcast live to millions, aimed to accentuate African ties. But many found the portrayals offensive.


Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A skit on China's widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

S.E.C. Blocks Chinese Takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

The proposed deal drew sharp criticisms from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who said it could put the security of United States financial markets at risk.

SEC blocks Chinese takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange


Chinese superstars steal new year show with first duet in 20 years

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two of China's most famous and well-loved pop stars stole the show at state television's annual glitzy, often much mocked marathon show welcoming in the lunar new year on Thursday, singing their first public duet in two decades.

Figure Skating

How Nathan Chen Became an Artist

He’s the United States’ best shot at an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. His embrace of a Chinese defector’s story may help him get there.


Taiwan president wishes China happy new year, gets warm response

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wished "friends" in China a happy Lunar New Year on Thursday, drawing a surprisingly warm reaction from Chinese state media which is more used to disparaging her as a dangerous separatist.

North America's most Chinese city

A trip to eat the world's best dumplings might be shorter than expected for those in North America: Forget Shanghai and head to Richmond, British Columbia, a bustling suburb of Vancouver and the most Chinese city in on the continent.


China's ZTE says is trusted partner after U.S. concern

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp hit back on Thursday against concerns from U.S. lawmakers that it is a vehicle for Chinese espionage, saying it was a trusted partner of its U.S. customers, state news agency Xinhua reported.


For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more.

FBI, CIA and NSA say these Chinese-made phones are a security risk


Apple in talks for first order from Chinese chipmaker: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy storage chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies, a move that would mark the iPhone maker's first buy from a Chinese memory chipmaker, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday.


A dog's life: In Beijing's Forbidden City, no holiday for canine patrol

BEIJING (Reuters) - As China ushers in the Lunar Year of the Dog, hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling to their hometowns to spend the week-long national holiday with their families.


Philippines opposes China naming features on its continental shelf

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - The Philippines on Wednesday said it would oppose what it said were attempts by Beijing to formally assign Chinese names to undersea features on part of Manila's continental shelf on its Pacific Ocean coast.


Chinese province says former leader's graft case involves huge sums

BEIJING (Reuters) - The corruption case against former senior Chinese official Sun Zhengcai involves massive sums rarely seen in the country's modern history, the government of one of the provinces he used to run said in comments published on Wednesday.


Chinese online retailer raises $2.5 billion for logistics arm

BEIJING (Reuters) - Inc said on Wednesday it had raised $2.5 billion for its logistics arm, as the second-largest Chinese e-commerce firm seeks to further bolster its position in online retail in its home country and beyond.


Cash and carry: Woman in China rides through X-ray scanner rather than part with purse

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A woman in southern China accompanied her purse through a train station's luggage x-ray machine rather than part with the bag amid the Lunar New Year holiday rush, Chinese media...


Baidu earnings beat forecasts, eyes U.S. listing for video unit iQiyi

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc posted a forecast-beating quarterly revenue increase and unveiled a U.S. listing plan for its Netflix-like video platform iQiyi as it looks to rev up new drivers for growth.


SkyBridge decision on deal to sell firm expected by end of February: CIO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A decision on the sale of SkyBridge Capital LLC, owned by former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, to a consortium that includes Chinese conglomerate HNA Group [HNAIRC.UL] should be made by the end of February, the firm's chief investment officer said on Tuesday.


SkyBridge decision on deal to sell firm expected by end of February - CIO

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A decision on the sale of SkyBridge Capital LLC, owned by former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, to a consortium that includes Chinese conglomerate HNA Group should be made by the end of February, the firm's chief investment officer said on Tuesday.


Chinese paper says UK trying to grab attention with South China Sea mission

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Defence Ministry is trying to justify its existence and grab attention with a planned mission by a British warship to the disputed South China Sea next month, a Chinese newspaper said on Wednesday.


U.S. senators concerned about Chinese access to intellectual property

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing.


U.S. senators voice concern over Chinese access to intellectual property

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they were concerned about what they described as China's efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual property through Chinese companies with government ties.


Former senior Chinese politician Sun Zhengcai charged with bribery: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese prosecutors have charged disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai with bribery, state media said on Tuesday.


China's Xi stresses military modernization in pre-new year visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed military modernization and technological advances during meetings with servicemen and women ahead of the Lunar New Year, state media said.


Small earthquake rattles China's capital, Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - A rare small earthquake rattled the Chinese capital Beijing on Monday, centered in an area just south of the city in the neighboring province of Hebei.


China looks to retain local subsidies for electric vehicles: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - The Chinese government is leaning towards retaining local subsidies for electric vehicles after eliminating a prior proposal to scrap the funding, Bloomberg reported on Monday.


Ahead of Lunar New Year, China's Xi says will banish 'ghost' of poverty

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will banish the "ghosts" of poverty, Chinese President Xi Jinping told villagers in a poor southwestern part of the country during a traditional visit to outlying regions before the Lunar New Year.


Alibaba signs deal to offer Disney shows on video platforms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's entertainment arm has signed a licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co in a deal that will provide the Chinese group's Youku video streaming platform with the largest Disney animation collection in China.


BRIEF-Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Plans JV With U.S. firm Aridis Pharmaceuticals

* SAYS IT PLANS TO SET UP JV WITH CALIFORNIA'S ARIDIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC Source text in Chinese: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)


Mayhoola, Fosun vie for control of French fashion label Lanvin: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - Qatari investment fund Mayhoola, which owns Italian fashion house Valentino, and Chinese conglomerate Fosun, the company behind French tourism group Club Med, are vying to acquire a majority stake in struggling French fashion house Lanvin, two sources familiar with the talks said. 


Worries Rise as Pope and China Edge Closer to Deal on Bishops

A crucial issue is who gets to appoint the bishops and whether Rome will have a say. A retired archbishop of Hong Kong fears the Vatican is “selling out” Chinese Catholics.


China says new stealth fighter put into combat service

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.


Asia hit by Wall St's tumble, China stock indexes lose 6 percent

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares sank on Friday, with Chinese equities on track for their worst day in two years, as fears of higher U.S. interest rates shredded global investor confidence.


Asia hit by fresh Wall St. falls, China stocks reach multi-month lows

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks fell on Friday, with Chinese shares slipping to multi-month lows after Wall Street shares dropped again in the face of rapidly-rising bond yields, while perceived havens such as the yen and Swiss franc were in demand.


China's Didi, SoftBank to roll out taxi venture in Japan

SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing said it will set up a venture with SoftBank Group Corp to provide ride-hailing and other services for the Japanese taxi industry.


RPT-AIRSHOW-U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

* Cheaper Chinese military drones on display at Singapore Airshow


Chengdu Journal: At Chinese Fight Club, One Boxer’s First Rule: Don’t Tell His Parents

In Chengdu, the owners of the “Monster Private War Club” want to make fighting cool. But to stay open, they also need to keep it respectable.


U.S., Chinese diplomats agree to exert pressure on North Korea over nuclear weapons: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Thursday reaffirmed the commitment of Washington and Beijing to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons.


U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cheaper Chinese military drones are chipping away at U.S. and Israeli domination of the industry, fuelling a new race as companies predict a rise in demand especially in regions such as Asia.


UPDATE 1-China revives QDLP outbound investment scheme in boost for foreign funds-sources

SHANGHAI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - China has resumed an outbound investment scheme after a two-year hiatus, granting licenses to about a dozen global money managers, sources said, signaling that Beijing is less worried about capital outflows amid a surge in the Chinese currency.


Foreign passport no amulet in China: Global Times

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Western countries should educate naturalized citizens that their new passport is no "amulet" in China, a hawkish Chinese newspaper said on Thursday, suggesting that detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai may have thought his foreign passport could shield him from Chinese law.

Chinese city has literally modeled itself on Paris

"We'll always have Paris," says Rick in cinematic classic "Casablanca" -- but what if Paris was replicated thousands of miles across the globe, in China?


Senators propose bill to block U.S. from using Huawei, ZTE equipment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican Senators introduced legislation on Wednesday that would block the U.S. government from buying or leasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] or ZTE Corp, citing concern the Chinese companies would use their access to spy on U.S. officials.

Watch humans fly in jumbo drone

Chinese startup Ehang has released footage showing its drone flying people. It is the first time the company has showed off video of the passenger flights to the public.


AIRSHOW-Govt policy constrains Embraer, Bombardier jet offerings in China

SINGAPORE/MONTREAL Feb 7 (Reuters) - Embraer SA and Bombardier Inc are targeting the Chinese market with a limited offering of smaller aircraft because regional airlines there are allowed to only operate jets with 100 seats or less, according to company executives.


Chinese regulator raps internet firms over vulgar content

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese content regulator has rapped major tech companies, including Alibaba Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, for not doing enough to root out "harmful information" published on their platforms.


China's Didi sets up electric car-sharing platform

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is setting up an electric car sharing service with 12 automakers, including BYD Co Ltd, local partners of Ford Motor Co and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.


Apple brings Alibaba-linked payment system into China stores amid market push

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc will accept Chinese mobile payment app Alipay in its local stores, boosting its ties with giant e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd amid a push by the iPhone maker to revive growth in the world's No.2 economy.


Op-Ed Contributor: Beijing Is Silencing Chinese-Australians

All Chinese-Australians should have the right to voice their opinions without fearing Beijing’s menace.


EU throws open door to Balkans with 2025 target for membership

STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union sought on Tuesday to reinvigorate the membership ambitions of six Balkan states and reclaim the region as its own amid growing Russian and Chinese influence, setting 2025 as a goal for Serbia and Montenegro to join.


Chinese paper says diplomatic ties with Vatican inevitable

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China and the Vatican will establish formal diplomatic relations sooner or later because Pope Francis has the "wisdom" to resolve problems between the two sides, a state-run Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday, amid increasing controversy over the issue.


AIRSHOW-China advances wide-body jet project with engine request

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Chinese state entity responsible for co-developing a new wide-body jetliner with Russia said on Tuesday it had asked engine makers for proposals for a powerplant.


Hot tea tied to higher cancer risk for smokers and drinkers

(Reuters Health) - Drinking scalding hot tea is associated with an increased risk of esophageal tumors in people who also smoke and drink alcohol, two habits that already make many cancers more likely, a Chinese study suggests.


Aurora to supply self-driving system to China's EV startup Byton

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. autonomous driving startup Aurora has added Chinese electric vehicle maker Byton to its growing list of clients for self-driving systems, Byton said on Monday, marking the latest partnership between automakers and tech companies.

Law and Legislation

Hong Kong’s Courts Have Defended Its Freedoms. Is Beijing Changing That?

Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, its British-created courts have protected the rule of law that made Hong Kong special. Now there are concerns of interference by Beijing.


'Let's talk': Japan hopes low-key strategy averts U.S. trade flare-up

TOKYO (Reuters) - Economic talks between the United States and Japan, tackling topics from persimmons and potatoes to energy and infrastructure, have helped keep Tokyo clear of protectionist moves such as those that recently hit Chinese solar panels and South Korean washers.


AstraZeneca links with Alibaba and Tencent in China push

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has clinched two new deals with Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent as the British drugmaker steps up its drive to expand business in China.


China's Xiaomi back to top five vendor as global smartphone market shrinks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has climbed back into the global top five vendors list as the global market shrunk annually, even if only by a fraction, for the first time in 2017, according to a leading industry tracker.


Floodwaters released by Chinese dam in Cambodia forces thousands to flee

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Floodwater released by a recently opened Chinese hydroelectric dam in Cambodia has forced hundreds of families from five villages to abandon their homes in recent weeks, the campaign group International Rivers said on Friday.


Alibaba’s Online Growth Surges, Even as It Looks Offline

The Chinese internet behemoth is investing in brick-and-mortar stores as it seeks to apply its tech smarts to the way customers shop in the real world.


Asian shares struggle, China dips on Lunar New Year profit-taking

TOKYO (Reuters) - An index of Asian shares swung into negative territory on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, as a late retreat in Chinese stocks pulled the benchmark lower and as concerns about rising interest rates softened investor sentiment.


Tencent-led group to invest $1.6 billion in menswear firm Heilan: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd is leading a deal to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.59 billion) in Chinese menswear group Heilan Home Co Ltd, upping a retail rivalry with fellow internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sources with knowledge of the matter said.


Ant Financial's money market fund imposes temporary caps for Lunar New Year

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ant Financial's money market fund will place a temporary daily cap on subscription volumes ahead of an expected surge in inflows during the Chinese Lunar New Year, as calls grow for tighter regulations of these funds to prevent systemic risks.


China's Lenovo swings to third quarter loss on U.S. tax reform, says outlook challenging

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group swung to a loss in the third quarter from a year-ago profit, hurt mainly by a one-off charge of $400 million resulting from a U.S. tax reform, and said the short-term outlook was challenging.


Lenovo chairman says mobile turnaround unlikely to happen by March

HONG KONG, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group said on Thursday a turnaround for its mobile business was unlikely to happen by March, as previously targeted.


Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have.

While the United States is focused on reining in costs, Chinese tech firms are looking to build the hospital of the future using artificial intelligence.


Kosovo's pollution draws protesters as city bans cars from town center

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Hundreds of people wearing white masks gathered in Pristina on Wednesday as authorities banned cars from driving in city center to counter pollution so bad it sometimes exceeds the pollution in Chinese cities.


Beijing treated to super lunar eclipse not seen since Qing dynasty

BEIJING (Reuters) - Millions of people across the Chinese capital were treated to a "super blood blue moon" eclipse on a cold but clear night on Wednesday, a phenomenon not seen since the late Qing dynasty more than 150 years ago.


China's ZTE Corp to raise $2 billion in share placement for 5G plans

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp said on Wednesday said it planned to raise 13 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) via a private placement to support 5G mobile network technology development.


Hong Kong lawmakers, following China, vote to ban ivory sales

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong voted on Wednesday to ban ivory sales in the world's largest ivory retail market, a move wildlife activists hailed as vital towards halting the slaughter of elephants.


Vatican rebukes cardinal over 'selling out' to China accusations

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday rebuked a senior cardinal who said its diplomats were "selling out" Chinese Catholics loyal to the pope as part of a deal aimed at normalizing ties with Beijing's communist government.


Google Brain co-founder raises $175 million fund for AI startups

(Reuters) - Andrew Ng, who formerly led artificial intelligence projects at Alphabet Inc's Google and Chinese firm Baidu Inc, has raised a $175 million fund to invest in AI startups, starting with one of his own aimed at computers detecting defects in products.


CIA director expects Russia will try to target U.S. mid-term elections

LONDON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target U.S. mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin's attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling.

Lunar New Year

Taiwan Retaliates Against Chinese Airlines, Hampering Lunar New Year Travel

Taiwan, pushing back over encroachment on Taiwan Strait airspace, may leave thousands without flights home for the holiday.


Detained Chinese rights lawyer charged with subversion of state power: wife

BEIJING (Reuters) - The wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng said on Tuesday her husband had been charged with "inciting subversion of state power" and that police have summonsed her after she gave interviews to foreign media.


Macau regulator says met with Wynn executives over sexual harassment claims

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Macau's gaming regulator met with representatives of U.S. mogul Steve Wynn in the Chinese controlled territory over claims in a newspaper report that he routinely subjected women who worked for him to unwanted sexual advances.


China's Wanda Commercial gets $5.4 billion from Tencent-led investors

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group's debt-laden commercial property arm will receive a boost from a group of investors, led by technology giant Tencent Holdings, that is set to buy a 14 percent stake in the company for $5.4 billion.


U.S. businesses optimistic on China growth, bemoan unfair treatment

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. companies are more confident China will further open up to foreign investment in coming years, a top business lobby said on Tuesday, but it cautioned that an "astounding" three-quarters of its members do not feel welcomed by the Chinese government.


China declares intention to improve ties with Japan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hopes to work with Japan to establish more cordial relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart on Sunday, aiming to move on from a series of disputes, some dating back to before World War Two.


China says hopes to get Japan ties back on track

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hopes to work with Japan to get relations back onto a normal track, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Sunday during a meeting in Beijing.


Heavy snow in central, southern China causes travel havoc

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy snow continued to affect parts of China on Saturday, closing highways, causing train and flight cancellations, and even interrupting a soccer match between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in a southern Chinese province.


Heavy snow in central, southern China wreaks havoc on travel

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy snow continued to affect parts of China on Saturday, closing highways, causing train and flight cancellations, and even interrupting the final of a soccer match between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in a southern Chinese province.


Starbucks' 2018 may not be as bitter as some fear: analysts

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp shares fell 5 percent on Friday after the company reported weak holiday-quarter sales, indicating near-term troubles were far from over, but analysts said the brand's strength and a growing Chinese fanbase would help it ride out the rough patch.


Chinese investment in Cambodian province pushes up crime rate, says governor

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - China's growing presence and investment in a fast-developing Cambodian port and province have pushed up the crime rate and brought instability, its governor said in a letter to the government.


UPDATE plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Inc, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.


UPDATE plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Inc, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

companyNews plans to make U.S. foray this year - Bloomberg

Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Inc is preparing to enter the United States by the end of this year, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, in a move that will challenge its Chinese rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and U.S.-based Amazon Inc.

Sanctions against North Korea are strangling this Chinese city


Chinese bike-sharing firms gear up to launch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A pair of deep-pocketed Chinese bike-sharing companies are gearing up to launch in Mexico, looking to make their Latin American debut in the country that is home to one of the world's largest and most congested cities.


EMERGING MARKETS-Trade war fears temper emerging equity gains but currencies fly

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Renewed fears of trade wars stemming from U.S. protectionism capped gains in emerging market equities on Thursday but the weak dollar helped some currencies rise to multi-year peaks, led by the Chinese yuan.


China says has goodwill toward Taiwan, but won't allow separation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is willing to show utmost goodwill towards self-ruled Taiwan but won't allow its separation from China, the country's defense ministry said on Thursday after Taiwan's president said she does not rule out the possibility of a Chinese attack.


Chinese high-speed train fire triggers evacuation

BEIJING (Reuters) - A fire onboard a Chinese high-speed train forced passengers to evacuate on Thursday, the Shanghai Railway Bureau said, with an electrical installation thought to be at fault. No one was hurt.

Chinese firm found guilty of stealing US secrets