Canadian winery owners face closed trial in China

Charges of smuggling against a Canadian winery owner who has been locked up in a Chinese jail for more than a year are trumped up, his lawyers say, accusing China of criminalizing a customs dispute, one that could have far-reaching consequences for an ... ( read original story ...)

Progress made on draft of South China Sea code of conduct

China and the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asia ... Liu was quoted as telling Xinhua News Agency following Thursday's meeting in the southern Chinese city of Guiyang. The Philippines welcomed the finalization of the draft of the framework. ( read original story ...)

China, Japan extract 'combustible ice' from seafloor

The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the fuel was successfully mined by a drilling rig operating in the South China Sea on Thursday. Chinese Minister of Land and Resources Jiang Daming declared the event a breakthrough moment heralding a ... ( read original story ...)

Is China unstoppable in the South China Sea?

Hong Kong (CNN)Manila and Beijing are to hold direct talks on the South China Sea for the first time Friday, a move that may strengthen Beijing's hand in the festering dispute. By agreeing to bilateral negotiations, analysts say the Philippines weakens the ... ( read original story ...)

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei act on realty speculation

The Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei governments are teaming up to intervene and stop speculation in the real estate market, senior officials said. Tongzhou district, Beijing's subsidiary administration center, is forming a realty regulation enforcement alliance ... ( read original story ...)

Trade groups appeal to Beijing to postpone cybersecurity law

BEIJING (AP) — A coalition of 54 global business groups appealed to Chinese authorities Monday to postpone enforcing a cybersecurity law they warned violates Beijing's free-trade pledges and might harm information security. The appeal by groups from the ... ( read original story ...)