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Chinese firm sues Venezuela as crisis tests ally's patience

Chinese firm sues Venezuela as crisis tests ally's patienceCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — One of China's biggest state-run conglomerates has sued a Venezuelan counterpart in a U.S. court in a dispute over unpaid bills, a sign of Beijing's growing impatience with its socialist South American ally as it slides into bankruptcy.



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Chinese general being investigated for corruption kills self

Chinese general being investigated for corruption kills selfBEIJING (AP) — A former top Chinese general under investigation for major corruption has killed himself, official media reported Tuesday, denouncing his death as a "despicable" act to escape punishment.



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Top Chinese General Commits Suicide Amid Corruption Probe

Top Chinese General Commits Suicide Amid Corruption ProbeIt is the most senior suicide yet in President Xi Jinping’s five-year crackdown on graft



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Powerful blast rocks Chinese port city, two dead

Powerful blast rocks Chinese port city, two deadAn explosion so powerful it was heard several kilometres away killed two people and injured over 30 in China’s port city of Ningbo on Sunday while toppling several disused buildings, authorities and residents said, but there was no word as to the cause. Local authorities said two people died and two were seriously injured, while state media said more than 30 people were treated in hospitals in Ningbo, just south of Shanghai and one of China’s largest ports. Authorities on Sunday night still had not announced a suspected cause of the explosion, which took place around 9:00am (0100 GMT) in a relatively new residential area in northern Ningbo marked by rows and rows of towering housing blocks.



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Chinese police detain woman suspected of abusing children

Chinese police detain woman suspected of abusing childrenBEIJING (AP) — Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a U.S.-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger.



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Trump refuses to take questions during China visit, becoming first president since George H.W. Bush to bow to Chinese pressure

Trump refuses to take questions during China visit, becoming first president since George H.W. Bush to bow to Chinese pressurePresident Donald Trump broke with tradition during his Asia trip on Thursday as he refused to take reporter questions during or after his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.



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World's priciest whisky bought by Chinese millionaire revealed to be fake

World's priciest whisky bought by Chinese millionaire revealed to be fakeWhen Chinese millionaire, Zhang Wei, splashed out  £7,600 on the world’s most expensive whisky shot in a Swiss bar, he boasted to his fans that it was the same age as his great, great grandmother would have been – 139 years old. Unfortunately for the martial arts fantasy writer, the headlines generated not only admiration, but suspicion by experts who doubted the authenticity of the spirit’s true provenance when they spotted discrepancies in the bottle’s cork and label. An analysis from Scottish experts has now confirmed that Mr Zhang was unwittingly duped into buying a fake dram, and the Waldhaus am See hotel in St Moritz has recently flown its manager, Sandro Bernasconi, to China to reimburse him, reported the BBC. Analysis has shown the whisky was not as advertised Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire The whisky had been poured from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt, and Mr Zhang’s shot is believed to have been the largest sum ever paid for a poured dram of Scotch. Had the bottle been genuine, it would have been worth £227,000. When doubts emerged about its provenance, the hotel sent the whisky to specialists in Dunfermline who carried out carbon dating tests that showed it was probably made between 1970 and 1972. Further lab tests revealed it was probably a blended a Scotch and not a single malt. Mr Bernasconi flew to China to break the bad news to Mr Zhang and to pay him back but he said the author was not angry. “He thanked me very much for the hotel’s honesty,” he told the BBC.



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Taiwan president arrives in Hawaii despite Chinese objections

Taiwan president arrives in Hawaii despite Chinese objectionsTaiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen landed in Honolulu on Saturday en route to the island’s diplomatic allies among Pacific nations and set off for a visit to a Pearl Harbor memorial, despite strong objections to the visit from China. China regards self-ruled Taiwan as sovereign territory and regularly calls it the most sensitive and important issue between it and the United States, complaining to Washington about transit stops by Taiwanese presidents. China has not renounced the possible use of force to bring the island under its control.



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Chinese President Xi Jinping Declares Era of “National Rejuvenation”

Chinese President Xi Jinping Declares Era of “National Rejuvenation”Chinese president Xi Jinping declared an era of national rejuvenation in a speech that garnered 1.5 billion virtual claps on a virtual applause app released in conjunction with the Communist Party congress.



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'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congress

'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congressRumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users on Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party’s leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened with a speech by Xi in Beijing’s vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog", an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang’s wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes, marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis. "I want to ask about his secret for longevity," said one posting on China’s Twitter-like social network Weibo. "How many organs must he have had replaced to be standing in the middle of the stage?" asked another. Jiang Zemin checked his watch 10 times in Xi speech before I lost count 00:45, 01:25, 01.35, 01:40, 01:43, 01:50, 01:55, 01:59, 02:10, 02:19 pic.twitter.com/sAbhC1U9TC— Neil Connor (@neilaconnor) October 18, 2017 Looking for “Jiang Zemin Theory”. pic.twitter.com/OqE3Ew6am1— Nathan Attrill (@nathanattrill) October 18, 2017 Jiang, the former party leader and Chinese president for a decade from 1993, is occasionally the subject of rumours of his demise. The most recent came in May amid a flurry of online speculation that he had died of a stroke in Shanghai, the commercial hub that Jiang formerly governed as mayor and party chief. Past presidents are typically on hand for the congress, during which the top leadership and party policies for the next five years are set in stone, and Jiang’s immediate successor Hu Jintao, 74, was on Xi’s right hand. Jiang, a former factory engineer, came to power in the traumatic aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and led China through an era of stunning economic transformation. Attendees refill delegate's cups as Jiang Zemin, China's former president, bottom center, sits with eyes closed Credit: Bloomberg Jiang’s legacy remains mixed, as his term set the blueprint for rapid economic growth that gave rise to ills such as rampant environmental degradation and a widening wealth gap, which today’s leaders are grappling with. But with his big smile, grasp of several languages, and sometimes clownish behaviour including making jokes in English, Jiang is fondly remembered as a relatively colorful figure compared to his stiff successors Hu and Xi. A music lover who played the piano, Jiang was known for bursting into song on foreign trips, including a memorable rendition of Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender" during a state visit to the Philippines. "Holy (expletive)! He is getting younger than ever," said one Weibo posting. Jiang’s presence was largely ignored by state media, however. Official mention of past leaders has become increasingly rare under Xi, who took power in 2012 and moved swiftly to clamp down on dissent as party mouthpieces push a cult of personality around him.  



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