Issue: November 08, 2010   (Archive)
Monday, October 20, 2014   

No holds barred as top diplomats talk
US Secretary of State John Kerry and a top Beijing official had "candid exchanges" over several contentious issues dogging bilateral relations, an American diplomat said.

Taiwan test-fires 'ship killers' from submarine
Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States.

Tainted lard firm in NT$3b payout
The owner of Taiwan instant noodle brand Master Kong will pay out NT$3 billion (HK$765 million) over the latest in a string of food safety scandals that have triggered public outrage.

Workers torched by villagers
Villagers seized construction workers, tied them up, doused them in gasoline and set them alight when a dispute turned violent, the government said, providing grisly details of the latest bout of rural unrest.

Taipei mulls island ships
Taiwan is considering stationing armed vessels permanently in the Spratlys, a move bound to renew friction in the region.

Party set to expel ex-security chief
Disgraced former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang looks set to be expelled from the Communist Party at a key meeting next week, possibly paving the way for his formal prosecution.

Land dispute claims eight
Eight people have died in a clash between construction workers and villagers in southwestern China over a land dispute.

Poverty traps 82 million
More than 82 million people in China still live on less than about US$1 (HK$7.80) a day, a senior official said, despite a decades-long boom that made it the second-largest economy.

Widow keeps 2b yuan estate as son loses suit
A renowned painter's son who sued his 95-year-old mother over a 2 billion yuan (HK$2.52 billion) artistic treasure trove left by his father has lost the case.

Russia ties deepen
Russia and China pledged to ramp up efforts to promote a just world order as they signed dozens of deals in Moscow ranging from energy to finance.

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