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China’s ban on GMO corn costs US up to $2.9 billion, grain association says

China’s rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) estimated in a report that rejections…

Ancient erotic art offers glimpse of China’s lost sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) are among more…

France seizes record haul of counterfeit drugs from China

French customs have confiscated millions of counterfeit drugs imported from China in what they described as the biggest seizure of its kind within the European Union. A total of 2.4 million drugs for various ailments were seized at the end of February……

Chuck Hagel first U.S. defense chief to visit Chinese aircraft carrier

QINGDAO, China (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited China’s sole aircraft carrier on Monday in an unprecedented opening by normally secretive Beijing to a potent symbol of its military buildup. A U.S. official said the visit to the carrier the Liaoning, at a port in the northern city…

Taiwan stages massive anti-China trade pact rally

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday in a bid to pressure embattled President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China. The protesters, many wearing black shirts and headbands reading……

China’s not the ‘Cookie Monster’ of global resources, ‘gobbling up everything everywhere it looks’

No, China is not the ‘Cookie Monster’ of global commodities (via GlobalPost) HONG KONG — China’s coming for your water. Your food. Your oil. Your iron ore. The country has a “voracious appetite.” At least that’s the drumbeat you’ve been hearing in headlines over the last several years. With nearly…

China arrests more than 1000 baby trafficking suspects

China this month arrested more than 1,000 people suspected of involvement in baby-trafficking, in a police operation which also rescued 382 infants, local media reported on Friday. A total of 1,094 suspects involved in four baby trafficking rings were detained in a nationwide operation which began on February 19, the…

China can prevent 13 million smoking deaths by 2050: study

China can prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to, researchers said Wednesday. The estimated number of lives saved, more than the population of……

Chinese policeman sentenced to die for killing pregnant woman

A policeman in China was sentenced to death on Monday for fatally shooting a pregnant woman and injuring her husband while drunk, authorities said. Hu Ping was also ordered to pay the victim’s family 73,324 yuan ($12,000), according to the Guigang Intermediate People’s Court in the southern region of Guangxi.…

8 ‘terrorists’ shot dead after attack in China’s Xinjiang province

A total of 15 people died in an "attack" in China's Xinjiang region on Friday, with eight "terrorists" shot dead by police and three blowing themselves up, having killed four people, authorities said. The incident in Aksu prefecture is the latest violence……

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