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  1. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Tokyo and Seoul to resolve their bitter trade conflict through dialogue on Wednesday and said China was willing to help at the annual meeting of the three foreign ministers.Wang met his South Korean and Japanese counterparts Kang Kyung-wha and Taro Kono at Gubei Water Town near the Great Wall in Beijing at the start of three-day summit the previous day.The...
  2. The Chinese foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that a British consulate worker has been detained in Shenzhen.Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Simon Cheng Man-kit, a trade and investment officer at the Scottish Development International section of the British consulate in Hong Kong, was detained over a violation of the law.“My understanding... about this person is that Shenzhen police...
  3. Hong Kong authorities made the year’s largest seizure of goods destined to be smuggled into mainland China, in a joint operation on Tuesday that confiscated more than HK$12 million (US$1.5 million) worth of high-value products.But the gang of seven fled in a speedboat, taking advantage of dense mangroves in waters northwest of Hong Kong to evade capture, a senior customs official said.After a...
  4. A young woman was threatened and pushed off her seat on a subway train in central China after she refused to offer it to an older male passenger.The incident, which happened at around 6pm on Tuesday in Changsha, Hunan province, was filmed by another passenger, surnamed Jin, who provided the footage to the Xiaoxiang Morning Post.In the footage, the man, wearing a yellow T-shirt and sunglasses,...
  5. Radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is becoming the latest source of tension between Japan and South Korea, potentially undercutting Tokyo’s effort to promote the 2020 Olympics.In recent days, South Korean officials have summoned a Japanese diplomat to express concern about a planned release of treated radioactive water into the ocean by Tepco, the plant’s owner. They are also...
  6. A Hong Kong policeman who swapped a HK$425,000 (US$54,200) Rolex watch turned in at a station for a counterfeit made a mistake but did not commit a crime, his lawyer told a court on Wednesday.The District Court also heard that constable Chow Hop-chun, 28, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of theft, had opted not to testify on the third and final day of his trial.Chow’s lawyer, Eric Kwok...
  7. After Japan waged a trade war against South Korea last month, an asset manager in Seoul was quick to turn the tensions into an investment strategy.NH-Amundi Asset Management, which manages about 40 trillion won (US$33 billion) of assets, has launched a Korean equity fund that invests in local suppliers that may benefit from Japan’s restrictions on exporting some key materials and parts to...
  8. Ping An Insurance (Group), China’s biggest insurer by value, is in talks to buy Huaxia Life Insurance from missing Chinese financier Xiao Jianhua, according to several sources familiar with the matter.Talks between the two parties had gone on in fits and starts for several months since last year, stalling over the asking price of Huaxia, which claims to have 500 billion yuan (US$71 billion) in...
  9. Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman and that will remain Beijing’s legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out any changes after self-governing Taiwan passed a law to legalise same-sex marriages in May.Taiwan’s equality bill was passed after years of heated debate that divided the island, which Beijing claims as its own.There are thriving gay scenes in...
  10. Socorro Munoz fled indoors as the laurel-lined square outside her shop in central Mexico became a public execution ground one sunny afternoon in early August.“I didn’t want to see,” the 62-year-old storekeeper explained as she relived the moment a tide of lynchings swept into Tepexco’s picturesque Plaza de la Constitución, leaving seven alleged kidnappers dead.Witnesses say many in this farming...