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The Sui Dynasty (581-618 CE) was a brief one with only two reigning emperors but it managed to unify China following the split of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period. As had happened previously in Chinese history, a short-lived dynasty made important structural changes which paved the way for
What happens to Chinese oil if US-North Korea war erupts?
Chinese workers examine an oil pipeline. Photo: Handout More than half of China's crude oil production and up to a third of global seaborne trade of the commodity could be thrown into jeopardy if a conflict between the United States and North Korea erupted, analysts predict. It's a scenario that wou
China May Have Found a New Way to Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers
The Pentagon just released its annual report on China's military power, which once again highlighted Beijing's efforts to put American aircraft carriers at risk. Right on cue, China announced a major milestone for a system that might be a key component of its antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) strate
Typhoon, hurricane - how blind men forecast changing winds in ancient China
During the Spring and Autumn Period, blind men - who were believed to have heightened sensory perception - were employed to predict changes in the wind A Wan Chai street after Typhoon York hit Hong Kong in 1999. Picture: Martin Chan Having spent most of my life in a country unmolested by cataclysms
China says earthquake hits North Korea
SHANGHAI/SEOUL - China's earthquake administration said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a "suspected explosion". The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 5:30 a.m. EST, was recorded a depth of zero mile
China Says 'Suspected Explosion' Behind North Korea Quake
Authorities in China on Saturday said a "suspected explosion" was thought to be behind a 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, raising concerns of yet another nuclear test by Pyongyang. The quake was detected in North Hamgyong Province, near North Korea's Punggyeri nuclear site. South Korean auth
Not All See China's Great Power Diplomacy as Huge Success
Analysts say China's foreign policy achievements are likely to be a key focus next month when the Communist Party hosts a crucial once-in-five-year leadership meeting. But don't expect China's leaders to say much about the challenges and setbacks they've faced since Xi Jinping came to power, even th
China to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea
A North Korean soldier guards barrels near Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. Photograph: AP Beijing bans exports of some petroleum products and imports of textiles as Pyongyang and US urged to calm tensions Staff and agencies China has said it will ban exports of some petroleum
Australia Positioning to Help US Check China's Maritime Expansion
Australia, concerned about its vast regional trade network, is joining Japan, India and the United States in countering Chinese expansion in Asia's biggest maritime dispute. Six Australian warships were moving toward the South China Sea this week, with no publicized destination, for military exercis
Alibaba's Jack Ma: 'I don't have time to spend money'
It appears the richest man in Asia does not have time to spend all those earnings. This week, Bloomberg published a video interview with Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in which he made it clear he doesn't use his time by going on shopping sprees. "I don't have
China's leverage over 'Rocket Man' is key to avoiding nuclear war in East Asia
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship while also trading personal insults. Most recently, Trump blasted the "Rocket Man" in his inaugural speech to the United Nations, promising to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens th
Russia and China's Joint War Game Sends a Message to Trump: Stay Out of North Korea
The world's second- and third-most powerful navies are teaming up-part of a not-so-veiled threat against America and her allies. As President Donald Trump stood before the United Nations earlier this week and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and its 25 million people, Russian and Chinese
North Korean Minister Says Trump Is the One on a Suicide Mission
North Korea's foreign minister unleashed a torrent of criticism at the United Nations General Assembly in response to President Donald Trump's speech at the same venue, saying Pyongyang is ready for a preemptive nuclear attack if needed. Ri Yong Ho's comments came hours after U.S. Air Force bombers
China's forgotten Second World War
Well before it battered London, a Blitz devastated the south-western Chinese city of Chongqing, China's temporary wartime capital. At noon on 3 May 1939, Zhang Xiluo, a reporter for a local newspaper, was getting ready for lunch. Suddenly, he heard a sound whose terrifying significance he knew well.
Russia, China use UN stage to push back on a US-led world order
Russia's Lavrov says some countries should get past "lording it over others" China urged the US to meet old commitments on North Korea
5 Cool Menu Items We Found at a Hong Kong McDonald's
From Corn & Cheesy Champignon Toasties to Iced Chunky Ovaltine, here are dishes you won't find at a U.S. Mickey D's. Forget Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. We sent TheStreet's Asia correspondent Alex Frew McMillan to a McDonald's in Hong Kong and he found plenty on the menu (and in the restaurant it
Ishigaki mayor to propose official name change of disputed islands in Okinawa
NAHA - The city of Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture said Thursday its mayor plans to propose changing the name of a group of islands over which it has administrative authority to officially include "Senkaku." Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama is pushing for the name change of the Japanese-controlled islets in
North Korea crisis: China warns Pyongyang's nuclear testing 'more serious by the day'
The situation on the Korean peninsula is getting more serious by the day and cannot be allowed to spin out of control, Chinese Foreign MinisterWang Yi told his German counterpart, the state-run China News Service said on Thursday. A resolution to the North Korea issue cannot only rely on sanctions a
Beijing eyes 'robotic and human settlement' on Mars with ambitious 2020 mission
Preparations for China's ambitious mission to Mars in 2020 are "going smoothly", a top space scientist said, as he told a forum of the potential for "robotic and human settlement" on the mysterious planet. Zhang Rongqiao said China is seeking to become the first country to conduct joint orbital and
Trump's Gift to China Relieves Pressure on Xi to Rein In Kim
Xi JinpingPhotographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg President Donald Trump had big news to share: China, under U.S. pressure, had just ordered its banks to stop doing business with North Korea. Here was proof that President Xi Jinping was finally acting to rein in his ally. "I want to just say, and th