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China Boat Disaster Death Toll Likely In Hundreds

More than 400 Chinese tourists, many of them thought to be elderly, were still missing late Tuesday after a tour boat sank in the Yangtze River after being hit by a strong storm.

June 2, 2015
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China Fishing Plan In Antarctica Alarms Scientists

China ramps up annual krill harvests to about seven times the total by all nations combined.

March 23, 2015
Heavy pollution hangs over Beijing, China, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Stuart Leavenworth/McClatchy DC/TNS)

Chinese Environmentalists Accuse 1,000 Companies Of Polluting

Chinese activists are raising major pressure on corporate polluters.

December 9, 2014

Obama’s China Trip Exceeds Expectations With Wins On Climate Change, Trade

The president’s agenda may be stifled in Congress, but he’s making huge gains on the world stage.

November 12, 2014

U.S., China Announce Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Get the details on this monumental climate plan.

November 12, 2014

Susan Rice Seeks China Cooperation Against Islamic State As Beijing Visit Ends

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — National security adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 45 minutes on Tuesday, concluding a three-day visit to Beijing that was billed as a preparatory mission for President Barack Obama’s visit to China in November but saw her pressing China to join a coalition […]

September 9, 2014

Collapse Of Buildings In China Quake Renews Fears Of Poor Construction

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Heavy rains on Monday complicated rescue efforts in south China’s mountainous Yunnan province, where a major earthquake Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 2,000 others. Roads were blocked and telecommunications down in and around the Lubian County town of Longtoushan, 277 miles northeast […]

August 4, 2014

Kerry: U.S. And China Have Agreed To Disagree On Key Issues

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — U.S. leaders have accused China of hacking into American companies’ files, bullying U.S. allies in Asia, and treating dissidents and ethnic minorities inhumanely. But pay little heed to the appearance of a hostile Sino-U.S. relationship. That’s the message U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered Thursday at […]

July 10, 2014

As China Cracks Down On Dissent, Activists Press U.S. To Raise Issue

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — With Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials in the midst of two days of meetings with their Chinese counterparts, human rights activists are urging them to elevate a topic that President Xi Jinping would rather dodge: his government’s increasingly harsh treatment of critics and […]

July 9, 2014

China’s Xi Arrives In South Korea As Tensions Grow With North Korea, Japan

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to South Korea on Thursday, part of a courtship aimed at strengthening his hand in dealing with North Korea and Japan. South Korean President Park Geun-hye greeted Xi upon his arrival in Seoul, the fifth time the two […]

July 3, 2014

China Blasts Proposal To Name D.C. Street For Dissident Liu Xiaobo

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China reacted brusquely Wednesday to a vote in the U.S. Congress that approved renaming a street outside the Chinese embassy in Washington after China’s most famous political prisoner. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, labeled as “purely a farce” the vote by the House Appropriations Committee to name […]

June 25, 2014

Hong Kong Activists Push Democracy Through Polling

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Hong Kong’s 3.5 million registered voters are making a statement that they want ballot choices in 2017. China’s Communist Party is making a statement it wants to control those choices. Those entrenched positions are clashing this week as Hong Kong democracy advocates conclude an informal poll on […]

June 23, 2014

Hacking Charges Came Even As U.S. Wooed Chinese Investment

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Max Baucus, the U.S. ambassador to China, started his workweek Monday by urging China’s state-owned enterprises to invest in American infrastructure projects. “There is a huge opportunity,” he told a forum at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that scores of Chinese and U.S. executives attended. While Baucus was […]

May 20, 2014

China, Iran Say They’re ‘Strategic Partners’ As U.S. Watches Warily

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China and Iran announced this week that they’re deepening their military ties, with Tehran going so far as to claim that China now sees Iran as a “strategic partner.” The announcement came as Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s minister of defense and armed forces logistics, prepared to conclude a four-day […]

May 6, 2014

Obama’s Asia Trip Yields Better Military Ties But No Trade Concessions

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff MANILA, Philippines — President Barack Obama came to Asia with multiple missions: to advance U.S. trade interests, to reassure allies he’d back them in any serious confrontation with China and to rebut critics who dismissed his “pivot to Asia” strategy as being less than pivotal. He’ll return to Washington on […]

April 29, 2014

Obama’s Asia Trip Yields Better Military Ties But No Trade Concessions

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff MANILA, Philippines — President Barack Obama came to Asia with multiple missions: to advance U.S. trade interests, to reassure allies he’d back them in any serious confrontation with China, and to rebut critics who dismissed his “pivot to Asia” strategy as being less than pivotal. He’ll return to Washington […]

April 28, 2014

Sweeping New Chinese Laws Tackle Mounting Pollution Problems

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China’s lawmakers approved sweeping new environmental protections this week amid mounting concerns over pollution poisoning the nation’s air, water and soil. The amendments, approved Thursday by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, are the first revisions to China’s environmental protection law since it took effect […]

April 25, 2014

Plane Disaster Tests Once-Close Relationship Between China, Malaysia

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff NANYANG, China — Last October, as the U.S. budget meltdown was forcing President Barack Obama to abandon a key trip to Asia, China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, seized on Washington’s dysfunction and courted Malaysia with a big trade pact. “Our two countries have proven to be good neighbors, good […]

March 26, 2014

Michelle Obama Arrives In China For ‘Soft Power’ Visit

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Landing on an unusually blue-sky Beijing afternoon, Michelle Obama launched a six-day trip to China Thursday, aimed at smoothing Sino-U.S. relations with a carefully orchestrated exercise in soft diplomacy. Obama, joined by her mother, Marian Robinson, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha, was greeted on the tarmac at […]

March 20, 2014

China Blasts UN Report On North Korea Abuse, Faces Inquiry On Its Own Human Rights Record

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China finds itself under a harsh international spotlight this week as it attempts to block further United Nations actions against North Korea for that country’s alleged crimes against humanity, while facing a separate review of its own human rights record. On Monday, China, a member of the […]

March 17, 2014

Malaysian Official Discounts Terrorism In Case Of Missing Airliner

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and other nations resumed the search for a missing passenger jet at daybreak Sunday, amid mounting concerns over the possible cause of the plane’s disappearance. As the search entered its second day, questions about possible terrorism arose after it was discovered that two passengers […]

March 9, 2014

China Faces Dilemma In Ukraine, Where Both Trade And Ties With Russia Are In Play

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China wants to think of itself as a player on the world stage, but in the Ukraine standoff that pits Russia against the West, it has stayed mostly on the sidelines, issuing oblique statements that have left many outside observers shaking their heads. Asked earlier this week if […]

March 7, 2014

China Arrests More Than Three In Train Station Attack, Claims International Terror Story

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Chinese authorities said late Monday that they had arrested three more suspects in Saturday’s deadly bloodbath in southern China, an attack they hinted earlier in the day was linked to international terrorist groups. Both claims were difficult to verify, deepening the mystery of how a handful of […]

March 3, 2014

Chinese Officials Reportedly Shut Some Businesses As Pollution Soars

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — China’s capital region remained swathed Monday in a cloud of choking smog, prompting a rise in hospital visits and sales of indoor air purifiers and reports of rare industry shutdowns. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection on Sunday dispatched inspection teams to fine and shut down polluting industries […]

February 24, 2014

Obama To Meet With Dalai Lama At White House

BEIJING — The Dalai Lama is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday morning — their third meeting in four years and one that will be handled delicately to avoid inflaming relations with China. No photographs will be allowed of Obama and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader as they meet […]

February 21, 2014