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China seeking control of East Asia, U.S. commander says

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Tuesday that China is seeking control of East Asia, comments that could further inflame tensions between the two world powers.


North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …


Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.


North Korea’s rocket launch preparation puts U.S., China on notice

The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation …


U.S. manufacturing weakens in line with China factory slowdown

Factory activity in the world’s two biggest economies – the United States and China – slowed in January, a discouraging trend for the global economy.


What Xi’s Iran trip tells us about China’s Middle East plans

HONG KONG – Chinese President Xi Jinping covered a lot of ground in his first swing through the Middle East, announcing $55 billion in aid and giving a speech to …


Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz confident in China bet despite turmoil

Worries about the Chinese economy are rocking markets the world over, but Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he’s confident in Beijing’s policymaking – and that his coffee empire is still …


Robert J. Samuelson: Market signals recession, or not

Unexpected event could dip a slow-growing global economy into a decline.


U.S. stocks slide as fears spread of slowdown in China

NEW YORK – U.S. stocks are opening sharply lower as worries intensify about China’s economy and dropping oil prices. China’s main stock index plunged again Thursday, triggering the second automatic …


Hong Kong unsettled by case of 5 missing booksellers

HONG KONG – Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said Sunday that they will press the government for answers after a fifth employee of a publishing company specializing in books critical of …


Top business story in 2015: China’s sharp economic slowdown

China’s economy lost some luster and its leaders their aura of invincibility. A commodities boom went bust, spreading pain from Texas oil fields to Indonesian coal mines.


U.S. celebrates Wambach’s final game but falls 1-0 to China

Abby Wambach walked off the field for the final time like a rock star – mic drop and all.


Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China for pageant

HONG KONG – Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year’s pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, 7:53 p.m.

Leaders of China, Taiwan meet for first time since 1949 split

Breaking with nearly seven decades of estrangement, the presidents of mainland China and Taiwan sat down for talks Saturday – the first such encounter between leaders of the two sides …


China’s new baby policy lifts kid stocks, sinks condom maker

Shares of companies that make diapers, baby strollers and infant formula got a boost Friday from China’s decision to scrap its one-child policy. But for the maker of a popular …


China decides to end 1-child policy, allow 2 children

China’s ruling Communist Party announced Thursday that the country will start allowing all married couples to have two children, abolishing an unpopular policy that has limited many urban families to …


Fossil teeth show earliest sign of people in southern Asia

Dozens of fossil human teeth from a cave in China show that people lived in southern Asia more than 80,000 years ago, researchers report.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 7:34 p.m.

Another blast hits Chinese city where explosions killed 7

An explosion damaged a six-story building Thursday in southern China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at …


Editorial: Don’t let protectionism kill Moses Lake jobs

International trade dispute puts jobs of 400 Moses Lake workers at-risk


China worries, sinking drugmakers slam stock market

Ongoing worries about the health of the Chinese economy and another big sell-off in drugmakers pushed the stock market back toward its lowest level of the year.


Japan can’t keep apologizing for WWII, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says

TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that Japan inflicted “immeasurable damage and suffering” on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of offering his own apology, drawing …


U.S. women sweep China to avenge loss in World Grand Prix Finals volleyball

With the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship already secured, the United States added a three-set victory over China on Sunday to cap the tournament. The top-ranked Americans avenged their …


WV students savor trip to China

Students traveling in China with West Valley cross country coach Ty Brown saw many famous sights, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. “I was completely amazed …


U.S. women look to get offense going against China at World Cup

OTTAWA, Ontario – The last time the United States played China in the Women’s World Cup was in the 1999 final at the Rose Bowl, when the Americans won on …


Blackmail a possible motive for U.S. personnel office hackers

WASHINGTON – The investigation into the cyberattack on computers at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is proceeding on the theory that the hack was directed by the Chinese government …


Chinese soccer on upswing with new talent and big investment

SHANGHAI – For Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, the new season has brought new optimism. After several years of turmoil that saw the team stripped of its 2003 CSL …


Spin Control: China flag at Capitol stirs flap

OLYMPIA – Hey, did you hear about how some true patriots tore down the Chinese flag that was flying over the Washington Capitol last weekend because the pinko governor was …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Japanese people in Spokane were boycotting the Chinese gambling houses because of the “strained diplomatic relations” between their home countries.


U.S. disputes China’s export subsidies, says they violate fair trade rules

WASHINGTON – The United States is challenging China at the World Trade Organization, alleging the Chinese government unfairly subsidizes exports in seven industries. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative …


Deal allows Pac-12 to stream men’s basketball games in China

The Pac-12 will stream 27 men’s basketball games in China this season. The deal with the Pac-12 Networks and LeTV will allow users to live stream Pac-12 games, including all …