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China and India’s ‘water grabs’ endangering ecology in the Himalayas

More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia. New academic…

U.S. stocks jump on strong economic data

US stocks rallied sharply Thursday on strong economic data from China, Europe and the United States. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up a hefty 125.80 (0.81 percent) at 15,625.34. The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 21.08 (1.25 percent) to 1,706.81, an all-time closing high. And the…

Chinese videogame lets players re-take islands disputed with Japan

A video game backed by China’s military that lets players fight enemy forces in islands disputed between Beijing and Tokyo was set for release Thursday. “Glorious Mission Online”, China’s answer to “Call of Duty”, marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The game, an…

Bribery keeps Chinese public hospitals running

By Kazunori Takada SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Bribery is the lubricant that helps keep China’s public hospitals running, and the health system would struggle to function without illegal payments to poorly paid doctors and administrators, say medical practitioners and industry experts. They say government policies are partly to blame for a…

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China: Xinhua

A 61-year-old woman from northern China was confirmed Saturday as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, state media reported. The woman, from the city of Langfang in Hebei province, developed a cough and fever on July 10 and four days later was given a diagnosis of severe pneumonia,…

Nearly 300 dead after typhoon and rains lash China

At least 295 people have been confirmed dead or missing after rainstorms and Typhoon Soulik hit China, causing floods, landslides and buildings to collapse, the government said Monday. Torrential rains have battered the southwestern province of Sichuan since July 7 and have led to 68 deaths, with another 179 people…

China’s ‘green tide’ thanks to largest-ever algae growth

The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea. Pictures showed beachgoers swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of Qingdao, while bulldozers shovelled…

Report of how human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich prompts outrage and disgust

Human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich, with some firms offering wet nurse services, a report said, provoking outrage and disgust among web users Thursday. Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in the booming city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, provided wet nurses for newborns, the…

Chinese spacecraft completes space-docking mission

China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has completed a challenging mission to manually dock with a space module and its three astronauts are expected to return to earth on Wednesday, state media said Tuesday. The astronauts have completed their mission after docking twice with the Tiangong-1 space module, where they conducted medical experiments…

China now home to the world’s fastest supercomputer

A Chinese supercomputer is the fastest in the world, according to survey results announced Monday, comfortably overtaking a US machine which now ranks second. Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test,…

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