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China denies hepatitis B vaccine killed babies

China’s health authorities said on Friday that they have found no link between a hepatitis B vaccine and the deaths of 17 children shortly after they were immunised. An investigation into the deaths, reported between December 13 and 31, has found no evidence that they were caused by the vaccine,…

China to require all journalists to pass exam on ‘Marxist view of journalism’

China will require its 250,000 journalists to pass a ‘Marxism test’ (via GlobalPost) Enlarge A newspaper vendor looks out from her booth on a street in Shanghai in January 2013. After a year in which Chinese media tested the government’s restrictions, the Party is now requiring journalists to pass a…

China’s Jade Rabbit rover makes crucial tracks in space and on Earth

Space has become the place to make political statements, and with this moon landing China is challenging established powers Hours after settling on the surface of the moon, the Chinese lander lowered a ramp and the Jade Rabbit rover trundled away on a three-month mission to explore the Bay of…

China to expand Antarctic imprint with two new research bases

Chinese workers are on their way to build the country’s fourth Antarctic research base and a fifth is being planned, state-run media said on Thursday as the country expands its imprint on the icy continent. Construction on the main building of the fourth camp, named Taishan, will be completed next…

Bitcoin prices recover after Chinese bank imposed new restrictions

Prices for the volatile virtual currency Bitcoin leaped in China on Thursday, after falling nearly 50 percent one day earlier due to new restrictions reportedly imposed by the central bank. On Thursday afternoon, Bitcoins were trading at 2,900 yuan ($478) each on China’s biggest trading platform BTC China, up more…

Mining the moon is pie in the sky for China: experts

China’s moon rover will survey for minerals on a dusty, barren crater named the Bay of Rainbows, but experts say there may be no pot of gold on the Earth’s natural satellite. The potential to extract the moon’s resources has been touted as a key reason behind China’s space programme,…

China’s first lunar rover lands on moon

A space module carrying China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon on Saturday, state television said, the first soft landing on the moon in nearly four decades and a major step for Beijing’s ambitious space programme. Scientists burst into applause as a computer generated image representing the spacecraft was…

Southeast Asia keeps a wary eye on China’s air zone expansion

Southeast Asia eyes Chinese air zone expansion (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Filipino fishermen waved from a boat bound for the Scarborough Shoal in May. China now bars access. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) Nowhere are governments keeping a closer eye on China’s latest move to press its territorial claims (see…

China’s first lunar rover enters the moon’s orbit

China’s first lunar rover entered the moon’s orbit on Friday, state media reported, a key step towards the vessel’s planned landing later this month. The rover — known as Yutu, or Jade Rabbit — reached lunar orbit late Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said, about 112 hours after it…

China dismisses Canada spy allegations

Beijing on Monday dismissed as “groundless” allegations that a Canadian naval engineer is a Chinese spy. Qing Quentin Huang, 53, was charged at the weekend under Canada’s Security of Information Act with two counts of attempting to communicate classified information to a foreign entity. He is alleged to have shared…

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