Hong Kong set to pick new leader anointed by Beijing

HONG KONG — The three candidates vying to be Hong Kong’s next leader squared off in a feisty debate in front of hundreds of voters who peppered them with questions. They wrangled over policy proposals for the semiautonomous Chinese city and took jabs ... ( read original story ...)

China: Australia should look beyond the nations' differences

China hopes Australia will continue to look beyond the countries' ideological differences and focus on bilateral business ties and other forms of cooperation, a senior Chinese official said Tuesday. Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang was responding to ... ( read original story ...)

China's trading partners raise alarm over food import controls

"We have to assess the food management of areas abroad that export food to China to ensure the food safety of our country," the minister in charge of AQSIQ, Zhi Shuping, said at a March 14 news conference. Zhi did not refer directly to the inspection ... ( read original story ...)

Beijing park dispenses loo roll using facial recognition

A park in Beijing has installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition to stop visitors from taking too much loo roll, media reports say. Machines at the Temple of Heaven park scan visitors' faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper. ( read original story ...)

China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls

"We have to assess the food management of areas abroad that export food to China to ensure the food safety of our country," the minister in charge of AQSIQ, Zhi Shuping, said at a March 14 news conference. Zhi did not refer directly to the inspection ... ( read original story ...)

China girds for U.S. trade penalties, but aims to avoid them

BEIJING - China’s government has been seeking advice from its think-tanks and policy advisers on how to counter potential trade penalties from U.S. President Donald Trump, getting ready for the worst, even as they hope for business-like negotiations. ( read original story ...)