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  • China reports little progress by envoy on North Korea nuclear issue

    BEIJING/SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy to North Korea returned home Monday from a four-day trip to the rogue state without meeting its leader, Kim Jong Un, a signal that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development could lead t

    November 21, 2017 03:56 am JST
  • Japanese business delegation visits China in trade outreach

    BEIJING -- A joint delegation of three Japanese business groups opened talks here Monday with Chinese counterparts to discuss cooperation between the two countries' private and public sectors amid a transforming international order."Japan and China'

    November 21, 2017 03:06 am JST
  • Hitachi to make electric-vehicle motors in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese technology group Hitachi will turn out electrified-automobile motors in China as soon as fiscal 2020, aiming to capitalize on a government initiative there to boost production of environmetally friendly vehicles.Hitachi Automotive

    November 21, 2017 02:49 am JST
  • China says Myanmar, Bangladesh back its Rohingya proposal

    BEIJING (AP) -- China's foreign ministry on Monday said Myanmar and Bangladesh have endorsed its call for a negotiated resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis.Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that a three-stage solution proposed b

    November 21, 2017 01:16 am JST
  • Alibaba teams up with French grocer to go global

    HONG KONG -- Internet conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding is counting on a French-based food retailer to help expand its underdeveloped grocery business after becoming a major shareholder of China's biggest offline hypermarket chain.The Hangzhou-base

    November 21, 2017 12:45 am JST
  • Seven-Eleven Japan joins SoftBank bike-sharing service

    TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan intends to use many of its convenience stores as hubs for a bike-sharing business run by SoftBank Group, as the chain employs its well-positioned network to give the service a leg up on Chinese rivals that have gotten a h

    November 21, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • L'Occitane 'bullish' on China in tough global retail market

    HONG KONG -- L'Occitane International, the French cosmetics and personal-care products company, said it was optimistic on its outlook for mainland China, despite what it called a "challenging" global retail environment."We're still very bullish on C

    November 20, 2017 10:56 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Tencent rises to record

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Monday, as index heavyweight Tencent Holdings hit another record high and Thailand economy's expanded at the fastest pace in more than four years.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.2% to close at

    November 20, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • Hong Kong stocks recover to set fresh 10-year high

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares recovered from intraday lows to edge higher on Monday, as Tencent Holdings set a fresh record high.The Hang Seng Index rose 0.2% to end at 29,260.31, the gauge's highest close since December 2007, after

    November 20, 2017 08:43 pm JST
  • Chinese envoy exchanges views on Korean peninsula issue in North Korea

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- A Chinese envoy exchanged views on the Korean peninsula issue with North Korean officials during a visit to North Korea, China's state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.It did not immediately give details, but Song Tao, head of

    November 20, 2017 07:15 pm JST
  • Alibaba to buy stake in Chinese hypermarket Sun Art Retail for about $2.9bn

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba Group Holding said on Monday it will acquire a 36.16% stake in Sun Art Retail Group for about HK$22.4 billion ($2.88 billion) and form a three-way strategic alliance with France-based Au

    November 20, 2017 04:03 pm JST
  • Hong Kong stocks ease off 10-year high as China equities slide

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares edged lower in choppy trading on Monday morning, as concerns about rising funding costs in mainland China overshadowed an extended earnings-driven rally by heavyweight Tencent Holdings.The Hang Seng Ind

    November 20, 2017 02:31 pm JST
  • South Korean foreign minister to visit China to arrange presidential trip

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha will visit Beijing from Tuesday to arrange President Moon Jae In's first trip to China next month, the South Korean government said Monday. At a meeting on Wednesday, Kang and Chinese For

    November 20, 2017 01:05 pm JST
  • William Pesek

    Xi's risky numbers game

    Xi Jinping's recent coronation makes him Beijing's strongest leader perhaps since Mao Zedong. The Chinese president is already taking his exalted new status out for a ride by opening the financial sector to greater foreign ownership.Allowing giants

    November 20, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • China proposed three-phase plan for Rohingya issue

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said.More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Ba

    November 20, 2017 10:14 am JST
  • China up close

    Xi Jinping breaks taboo and enters the Forbidden City

    TOKYO -- Mao Zedong, the founding father of modern China, never once set foot inside the walls of Beijing's Forbidden City. While he did sometimes stand on the rostrum of Tiananmen -- the southernmost gate of the sprawling 72-hectare complex -- incl

    November 20, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Sebastian Strangio

    One-party Cambodia's grim message

    With the stroke of a judge's pen, political opposition to Cambodia's long-ruling prime minister, Hun Sen, has effectively ceased to exist. On Nov. 16, the country's Supreme Court did what most observers expected and ordered the dissolution of the po

    November 20, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Datawatch

    China breaking the Hollywood habit

    LONDON -- Mainland China's movie industry has long relied on help from elsewhere, but with several domestically produced movies cleaning up at the Chinese box office recently, the common model of coproductions may be on the way out.A look at sales f

    November 19, 2017 12:06 pm JST
  • Japanese robot maker taps China's demand for automation

    TOKYO -- As China's production lines become increasingly automated, several Japanese industrial robot makers have established partnerships with local players, eager to increase their presence in the world's largest manufacturing market.Since 2015, Y

    November 19, 2017 01:16 am JST
  • M6.9 earthquake hits southeastern Tibet, no casualties reported

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck southeastern Tibet on Saturday, with no immediate reports of casualties, Chinese state media said.The quake hit Nyingchi, some 300 kilometers east of Lhasa, at 6:34 a.m. with the epicenter estimat

    November 18, 2017 03:03 pm JST