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China double high-speed train crash kills 16

A Chinese high-speed train derailed Saturday when it was hit by another express, state media said, throwing two carriages off a viaduct and killing at least 16 people. The derailed train had been crippled by a lightning strike and was stationary when the second one ploughed into it, the reports…

Chinese police swoop in on activists over call to a ‘jasmine revolution’

BEIJING — China has detained top activists and deployed heavy security in large cities after the launch of a web campaign calling for protests echoing popular uprisings in the Arab world, campaigners said on Sunday. Up to 100 leading Chinese rights lawyers and activists have disappeared since Saturday with police…

China prohibits smoking in movies, television

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China’s media watchdog, called for “strict control” of smoking scenes…

China targeted in bill on currency manipulation

House passes bill targeting China for currency manipulation, Senate prospects uncertain The House has approved legislation that would allow the U.S. to seek trade sanctions against China and other nations for manipulating their currency to gain trade advantages. The 348-79 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate, where its…

Another worker ‘suicide’ at Apple, Sony manufacturer in China

‘Blood-stained dagger’ found at site of alleged suicide Seven employees of a thriving tech firm based in southern China have fallen to their deaths so far this year. Foxconn’s long client list includes Apple and Sony Ericsson, and the welfare of its employees has begun drawing international attention as stories…

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