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Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

June 11, 2013 10:26 am | by ANDY WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

US secrets leaker has options to stay in Hong Kong

June 11, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American defense contractor who says he leaked information on classified U.S. surveillance programs could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him. Edward Snowden's whereabouts were not immediately known on Tuesday, although he was believed to be staying somewhere in the Chinese autonomous region...

Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come

June 11, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents. "We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.

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China marks decade of human spaceflight

June 10, 2013 12:15 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science.

Leak of NSA programs tests US, China ties

June 10, 2013 10:14 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

June 5, 2013 10:48 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

China says looking forward to cyber talks with US

May 31, 2013 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking forward to "even-tempered talks" on cybersecurity when a Chinese military delegation meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, as Washington continues to press Beijing over the issue ahead of a summit next week.

China says US hacking claims faulty

May 30, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent allegations of Chinese hacking of Pentagon defense programs are faulty and underestimate China's ability to produce its own defensive weaponry, the country's Defense Ministry said Thursday. Newly publicized claims allege that China employed cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs...

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US defense programs target of China cyber threat

May 29, 2013 10:58 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 U.S. weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on American leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches.

Australian lawmaker confirms China hacked spy base

May 29, 2013 10:53 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints of Australia's new spy agency headquarters years ago and the breach has been dealt with since then, an opposition lawmaker said Wednesday in the first confirmation of media reports. "These events did take place some time ago," senior opposition lawmaker George Brandis told Sky News television...

Tightest job market ever for China's college grads

May 29, 2013 10:47 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the job market in China is still much better than in many other parts of the world, 2013 is being billed locally as the worst for young graduates. A record number of them — about 7 million — are leaving universities and graduate schools to seek their first employment at a time when companies are hiring fewer people.

China premier warns EU over solar, telecom probes

May 28, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Premier Li Keqiang, China's top economic official, has criticized the European Union for pursuing anti-dumping cases against Chinese solar power and telecommunications equipment that he warned will hurt both sides. In a speech in Swizerland, Li said the action will hurt European consumers and might encourage trade protectionism...

Plans for Australia spy HQ hacked by China

May 28, 2013 10:31 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done.

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NYU researchers took bribes from Chinese group

May 23, 2013 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a U.S.-funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Monday. Zhu Yudong, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Yang Xing, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in court...

EU: China may be dumping mobile network equipment

May 15, 2013 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior EU official says China may be illegally dumping and subsidizing the import into Europe of mobile telephone networks and their essential elements. But Competition Commissioner Karel De Gucht says an official investigation, while approved by the European Commission, won't be launched now as officials seek an amicable resolution.

Huawei founder gives first ever media interview

May 9, 2013 11:17 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. Until Thursday. During a visit to the company's New Zealand operations, Ren sat down with four local journalists at a Wellington hotel. The rules were strict: no international media, no photos.

China denies renewed US cyberattack claims

May 7, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's military on Tuesday denied renewed U.S. accusations that it sponsored cyberattacks and said the two sides should cooperate against the global threat of computer crime. The accusations in the latest Pentagon report on the Chinese military are "irresponsible and harmful to the mutual trust between the sides..."

China emerging as new force in drone warfare

May 3, 2013 11:43 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China's security forces considered a tactic they'd never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar. New light has been cast on China's unmanned aerial vehicle program, which has been quietly percolating for years and now appears to be moving into overdrive.

China automaker to open electric bus plant in CA

May 1, 2013 10:42 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California's Mojave Desert. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce plans to open the first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States.

Yahoo's email service in China to close in August

April 23, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo's email service in China will close this summer as part of an arrangement worked out with its partner in that country, Alibaba Group. The service is scheduled to close Aug. 19. Yahoo is recommending users of its free email service in China transfer their accounts to another provider such as Aliyun, an email alternative offered by Alibaba.

Portable ATMs, phone-charging in China quake zone

April 22, 2013 10:46 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China's full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with x-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels — even a tent for insurance claims.

US says hacking undermines China's interests

April 9, 2013 10:11 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hacking that originates inside China is undermining its relationship with the United States and harms Beijing's long-term interests, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday, in the latest high-level public expression of concern over a problem that has prompted threats of commercial retaliation from Washington.

Apple issues apology in China over service policies, but state media attacks seen backfiring

April 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has issued an apology to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement posted in Chinese to Apple's website on Monday said the complaints had prompted "deep reflection" and persuaded the company of the need to revamp its repair policies, boost communication with Chinese consumers and strengthen oversight of authorized resellers.

Panasonic to boost output in China

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Monday it will boost production of motors used in air purifiers and ventilation fans at its plant in Guangdong, China, amid growing demand for the products in the country and Southeast Asia.

O2Micro wins Best Product Award at 2013 China ACE awards

March 14, 2013 11:19 am | by O2Micro | News | Comments

O2Micro International Limited (Nasdaq:OIIM), a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, is pleased to announce that it received "The Best Product Award" at the 2013 China ACE Awards in the Power Management category. The award ceremony was held on March 1st at the 18th Annual IIC-China.

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