Top China leader says Catholics must act 'independently'

BEIJING — One of China's top leaders has told Chinese Catholics that they need to operate "independently" of outside forces and promote socialism and patriotism through religion. Yu Zhengsheng's Thursday speech came at the end of a meeting of China's ... ( read original story ...)

China Turns to $503 Billion Rail Expansion to Boost Growth

China plans to spend 3.5 trillion yuan ($503 billion) to expand its railway system by 2020 as it turns to investments in infrastructure to bolster growth and improve connectivity across the country. The high-speed rail network will span more than 30,000 ... ( read original story ...)

Beijing Guoan bid for ex-Arsenal star Podolski

Beijing Guoan have made a bid for Galatasaray forward Lukas Podolski, the Turkish club has confirmed. Reports in Turkey suggest the Chinese Super League (CSL) club's offer for the ex-Germany international is worth around £5.5 million and Galatasaray have ... ( read original story ...)

How Beijing Is Penalizing Two U.S Strategic Partners in Asia

Taiwan and Singapore get squeezed. In 1992, in anticipation of the 1997 reversion of the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong to communist Chinese rule, the United States Congress enacted the U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act. The act made the findings that “the ... ( read original story ...)

China plans to land probes on moon and Mars by 2020

China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, by around 2018, and launch its first Mars probe by 2020. "To explore the vast cosmos ... ( read original ...

China says they will launch first Mars probe by 2020

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket climbs away from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Gobi Desert, boosting two astronauts toward orbit. They plan to spend a month aboard the recently launched Tiangong-2 space station module, a record for China ... ( read original story ...)

China Reassures Homeowners Worried About Land Rights

BEIJING — China has clarified for the first time a closely watched issue over land rights that has caused uncertainty for the millions of Chinese who park their wealth in their homes. Chinese officials said that a group of homeowners in the eastern city ... ( read original story ...)

China's 1st aircraft carrier sails into South China Sea

BEIJING -- China's first aircraft carrier and five other warships passed by Taiwan and sailed into the contested South China Sea on Monday, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said. The ships, led by the Liaoning, sailed past the Pratas Islands, also known as the ... ( read original story ...)