N Korea kicks off rare party congress with ‘miraculous results’

(From Reuters) North Korea kicked off the first congress of its ruling Workers' Party in 36 years on Friday, with Kim Jong-un expected to further consolidate his control over a country that has grown increasingly isolated over its pursuit of nuclear weapons. April 25 House of Culture, the venue of Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) congress, in Pyongyang Ahead of the event, ...
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US billionaire Schwarzman: China wants the American dream

(From CNN Money) China and America may butt heads often on a litany of issues but the aspirations of people in both countries are pretty much the same. Schwarzman That's how American billionaire Stephen Schwarzman sees it. After all, he says, President ...
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Xi says China will boost cooperation with foreign groups

(From Reuters) President Xi Jinping told Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger on Thursday China would encourage more cooperation with foreign companies and organizations, amid persistent U.S.-China commercial tensions. Iger and Xi in Beijing Trade friction is an issue in the ...
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Applicants at US job fair

US jobless claims jump, but labor market remains strong

US jobless claims last week posted their biggest increase in more than a year, but analysts say the labor market is continuing to strengthen. The Labor Department reported on Thursday that initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 17,000 to a ...
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chinese worker loads steel rods

Chinese commodity markets steadier

It appears the Chinese commodity markets have returned to normalcy. After last month's frenzy of trading that saw speculators trade 1.7 trillion yuan ($261 billion) futures in a single day, trading volumes across the nation’s three biggest exchanges are more than ...
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Philippines: Marcos alleges admin’s ‘Plan B’ on poll cheating

(From agencies) Philippine Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday revealed a reported “Plan B” of the administration to cheat in the upcoming ...
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Tsai Ing-wen campaigning

Beijing ‘tightens screws’ on Taiwan’s new president

(From Reuters) When Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan's president later this month, she will end a period of unprecedented rapprochement with rival Beijing -- and China is ...
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Hui Muslim students in a school in Gansu

Chinese province bans religion in schools after video of girl reciting Quran goes online

(From AP) A heavily Muslim Chinese province has demanded strict adherence to a ban on religion in schools after a video circulated online in which a ...
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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this file photo

China says South China Sea criticism will rebound like a coiled spring

(From Reuters) International criticism of China over the disputed South China Sea will rebound like a coiled spring, a senior diplomat said on Friday, accusing the ...
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Satellite image of Sinpo South Shipyard

N. Korea completes work at missile sub shipyard: US think tank

(From AFP) Recent satellite images suggest North Korea has completed the external refurbishment of a shipyard dedicated to building and launching a new class of ballistic ...
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Russian BMD-4M fighting vehicle

Russia’s new mobile air defense system has one very unique feature

(From the National Interest) By Dave Majumdar Russia is developing a new mobile air defense system for its elite airborne troops that will be based on the ...
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(From China Daily) With the technology-themed Met Gala red carpet held in New York earlier this week, "smart tech" has become a buzzword in the fashion industry. The two worlds, which rarely interacted with each other a few years ago, are now ... Read More
(From Yibada) "Descendants of the Sun" stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo has once again found themselves in a dating rumor in spite of the refuting claims beforehand. The SongSong couple was reportedly shopping for groceries together. Rumors of a budding romance between ... Read More
(From China Daily) It won't be long before China cultivates more homegrown talents like National Hockey League (NHL) prospect Song Andong. The country has launched an integrated winter sports development plan aiming at nursing talents from a grassroots level to the elite ... Read More
(From ABC News) For a thousand years China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler's rest stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality. Distinct from ... Read More
North Korea and South Korea may be at loggerheads. But there is one thing they can both agree upon: That kimchi is the best dish in the world. Kimchi or kimchee is Korea’s favorite fermented delicacy. It is similar to that ... Read More
(From Alizila) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has announced the inaugural investments of its Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, committing money and resources to three startups in the online apparel, e-commerce services and logistics spaces. Online fashion rental and sharing site Yeechoo, on-demand logistics ... Read More