China starts 2017 engulfed in smog, issues pollution alerts

Heavy smog that blanketed parts of China over the weekend cleared somewhat on Monday ... Severe pollution is forecast to persist in the region for three to seven days, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Authorities have been issuing smog alerts ... ( read original story ...)

China Twitter boss leaves after seven months

The head of Twitter's China operations has left the firm after seven months in charge. Kathy Chen announced she was leaving following a restructure of the business in Asia. While Twitter is blocked in China, it lets Chinese advertisers reach a global audience. ( read original story ...)

What was behind China's 2016 baby boom?

As soon as China abandoned its one-child policy a year ago, Zheng Xiaoyu and her husband started trying for a sibling for their nine-year-old son. Their efforts bore fruit with another boy -- one of a million extra births this year. "The traditional ... ( read original story ...)

Beijing starts 2017 under a cloud

Beijing woke on the first morning of the New Year covered in thick toxic fog, with a concentration of harmful particles 20 times higher than international standards. After a long period of pollution in December, the Chinese capital was again smothered ... ( read original story ...)

China court jails 16 for black market kidney trading

Xinhua news agency said. Among them were two doctors, a nurse and an anaesthetist who the court said carried out secret transplant surgery. A shortage of donors has led to a booming black market for organs. The Lixia district court in Jinan city in China's ... ( read original story ...)

Taiwan Leader Urges China for 'Calm' Talks as Pressure Grows

I believe we should be able to find a solution that allows both sides to maintain peaceful and stable relations," President Tsai Ing-wen said in a year-end news conference. Tensions have grown since China suspended contacts with Tsai's administration in ... ( read original story ...)

China says it will shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

JOHANNESBURG -- China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. The Chinese government will end the processing and selling of ivory and ivory products by the end of ... ( read original story ...)

China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching

“China is moving from being the main problem to the main solution,” he said, calling Friday’s announcement “the most astonishing and wonderful piece of news.” Ms. Pepper of the Natural Resources Defense Council urged other nations, including ... ( read original story ...)

China vows shutdown of ivory trade by end of 2017

Ivory is displayed before being crushed in China’s Guangdong province on Jan. 6, 2014, an event aimed at shedding China’s image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks. JOHANNESBURG — China says it plans to shut down its ivory ... ( read original story ...)