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US Chamber of Commerce to China: No protectionism

BEIJING - (AP) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned China against protectionist economic policies Thursday, saying pressures are growing in the United States during an election year to retaliate with measures of its own. "Put simply, ongoing policy approaches by China are eroding the support of...

Another US Internet company pulls back in China

WASHINGTON - (AP) Two U.S. companies that sell Internet addresses to Web sites said Wednesday they had stopped registering new domain names in China because the Chinese government has begun demanding pictures and other identification documents from their customers. One of the domain name companies...

Australia worries about Rio Tinto verdict

SYDNEY - (AP) Australia's leader said Tuesday that secrecy surrounding China's trial of four Rio Tinto workers for commercial espionage leaves room for doubt about the convictions. Canberra says the jail sentence handed to Australian citizen Stern Hu on bribery charges was harsh, and has criticized...

Iran top nuclear envoy arrives in China for talks

BEIJING - (AP) Iran's top nuclear negotiator arrived Thursday for talks with Chinese officials, just after Beijing appeared to drop its opposition to possible new U.N. sanctions against Tehran over its uranium enrichment program. China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and ending its...

Google has censorship balancing act outside China

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Google Inc. didn't stop wrangling with censorship when the company moved its search engine out of mainland China to shed its restraints on what can be shown on the Internet. Even in countries Google has no intention of leaving, the world's Web search leader has been under...

Lawyer: Rio Tinto exec not to appeal sentence

SHANGHAI - (AP) A jailed Australian former Rio Tinto executive has opted not to appeal his 10-year sentence for bribery and commercial spying, his lawyer said Thursday, in a case that rattled foreign businesses and prompted Australia to criticize secrecy surrounding the trial. In a brief text message...

First talks on new Iran sanctions resolution

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) Ambassadors from China and five major powers met for the first time Thursday to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran, which is refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and start negotiations on its suspect nuclear program. After nearly three hours of talks, Russia's...

Obama's nuclear summit yields early dividends

WASHINGTON - (AP) President Barack Obama's nuclear summit has paid early dividends: China's agreement to work with the U.S. on possible sanctions against Iran and Ukraine's decision to rid itself of nuclear bomb-making materials. Obama opened the global security summit Monday night after...

China eases home grown tech purchase rule

BEIJING - (AP) China has eased requirements for companies to qualify for government purchasing of technology after a plan to favor domestic technology was met with heavy criticism from other countries and business groups. Beijing caused alarm among foreign companies with a November announcement that...

As they fold, Indonesia garment makers blame China

JAKARTA, Indonesia - (AP) Mufardi Rusli's neighbors hunch over tables covered in brightly colored fabric, the whirring of their sewing machines echoing across his Jakarta neighborhood. For Rusli, the sound is a bitter reminder of the $2 line of jackets that bankrupted him, costing him a garment business...

US group says worried about China protectionism

BEIJING - (AP) A major U.S. business group said Monday it sees signs of growing protectionism in Chinese industries and called on the government to open markets further to foreign companies. The American Chamber of Commerce in China gave a generally upbeat assessment in an annual report on business...

China lifts travel ban against people with HIV

BEIJING - (AP) China has lifted a two-decade-old ban on people with HIV and AIDS from entering the country, just as it is about to welcome the world to the Shanghai Expo. The decision announced by China's Cabinet, the State Council, follows similar moves by the United States and South Korea to...

SKorea, China, Japan trade chiefs praise FTA study

SEOUL South Korea - (APINTL) Trade ministers from China, Japan and South Korea on Sunday praised efforts to explore a potential joint free trade deal to boost commerce among three of Asia's biggest economies. South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and...

China's shift away from cheap labor hard on all

SHANGHAI - (APINTL) Global manufacturers struggling with life-or-death pressures to control costs are finding that the legions of low-wage Chinese workers they rely on have limits. A strike at Honda Motor Co. and the official response to a spate of suicides at Foxconn Technology, a maker of electronics...

Taiwan and China make progress in trade pact talks

TAIPEI, Taiwan - (AP) Taiwan and China have agreed on the structure and content for a landmark trade deal that could bring about the closest relations between the longtime rivals since their split amid civil war in 1949. The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement ECFA is the centerpiece of Taiwanese...

Kyrgyzstan crisis a threat to China's influence

BEIJING - (AP) Bustling trade between China and Kyrgyzstan has slowed to a trickle since deadly violence broke out in Kyrgyzstan, and experts say the crisis could diminish Beijing's economic clout in the country while bolstering rival Russia's already dominant influence. Most days, as many...

China orders tighter supervision of offshore oil

SHANGHAI - (AP) China's leaders have ordered oil companies to beef up safety precautions for offshore oil drilling to prevent calamities similar to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, warning of "increasing risks" from aging equipment and weak rescue capabilities. Safety officials and others...

Taiwan, China finishing important trade pact

TAIPEI Taiwan - (APINTL) Negotiators from China and Taiwan worked Thursday to finish a bilateral trade deal that seems destined to change the island's character in a way not seen since it split from the Chinese mainland amid civil war 61 years ago. In one sense, the Economic Cooperation and Framework...

Hu hails China-Taiwan trade pact

BEIJING - (AP) President Hu Jintao hailed a historic trade pact between China and Taiwan on Monday when he met with the chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party, saying it signals progress on their deepening ties. Hu told Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung during his visit that the trade deal signed...

China promises tougher action on toxic dairy

BEIJING - (AP) China must do more to track down hidden caches of dairy laced with the toxic chemical melamine after large batches turned up recently in two provinces, a Chinese Health Ministry official said Tuesday. Chen Rui, an assistant director of the Ministry of Health's Food Safety and Health...

Germany, China sign billions of dollars in deals

BEIJING -- (AP) Chinese and German companies signed deals worth billions of dollars to make trucks and power equipment Friday as the prime ministers declared their countries' economies had recovered from last year's global recession. German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought the heads of major...

PC maker Lenovo turns to profit on China sales

BEIJING - (AP) Lenovo Group, the fourth-largest personal computer maker, said Thursday it rebounded to a quarterly profit from a loss a year earlier, driven by strong sales in China and other emerging markets. Profit was $55 million for the three months ending June 30, or 54 cents per share, compared...