China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area.
A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to ally Pakistan next week for a visit postponed last year amid mass anti-government demonstrations in that country's capital, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Growth declined to 7 per cent from the previous quarter's 7.3 per cent, official data showed Wednesday. That was China's weakest performance since the global financial crisis, when growth fell to 6.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.
Chinese authorities have released five women's rights campaigners whose detentions for more than a month sparked an international outcry and underscored the government's tight restrictions on independent social activism.
A top official who led China's biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies admitted in court Monday that he was guilty of corruption and abuse of power, the court said.
Six people were hospitalized and hundreds of firefighters deployed to fight a hydrocarbon fire following an explosion at a plant in southern China that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene, officials said Tuesday.