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China toddler started fire which killed 12

Investigators in China have accused a three-year-old girl of playing with a cigarette lighter and starting a workshop fire which killed 12 people, state media reported. "Many others" were injured in the blaze at a clothing workshop in Junbu in the southern province of Guangdong last week, the official Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday. The workshop owner's toddler ignited a stack of sponges while playing with a lighter, the report said, citing local investigators.

HKEx in cooperation talks with mainland China stock exchanges

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd said it is in talks on cooperation with mainland China stock exchanges, a deal that could allow investors to buy mainland-listed stocks via the Hong Kong exchange. The Hong Kong exchange operator said there was no guarantee such a deal could be reached. HKEx shares had jumped nearly 6 percent on Wednesday, their biggest gain in over a year, on a report on the cooperation talks in the 21st Century Business Herald.

NK leader's visit to China unlikely in near future: envoy to China

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is unlikely to visit China in the near future as Pyongyang's nuclear test last year limited bilateral exchanges, South Korea's ambassador to China said Wednesday. Since taking over power in late 2012 following his father Kim Jong-il's sudden death, the young leader has not paid a visit to any foreign countries, including China, the North's chief ally and biggest economic benefactor.

NK leader's visit to China unlikely in near future: envoy to China

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is unlikely to visit China in the near future as Pyongyang's nuclear test last year limited bilateral exchanges, South Korea's ambassador to China said Wednesday. Since taking over power in late 2012 following his father Kim Jong-il's sudden death, the young leader has not paid a visit to any foreign countries, including China, the North's chief ally and biggest economic benefactor.

Nepal accused of succumbing to China pressure on Tibetans

Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Kathmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The allegations, detailed in a new report based on the testimony of Tibetan refugees, monks, activists and senior Nepalese officials, highlight the intensified restrictions slapped on Tibetans in the Himalayan nation since 2008.

China house price rises slow in March

Price rises for new homes in China slowed in March for the third straight month, an independent survey showed, as authorities say they are looking to curb high housing costs. The average price of a new home in 100 major cities rose 10.04 percent year-on-year in March to 11,002 yuan ($1,775) per square metre, according to the China Index Academy which compiled the survey, released late Monday. The increase compared with a rise of 10.79 percent in February, according to the academy, the research unit of real estate website operator Soufun.

China unveils anti-graft rules for urbanization drive -state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has unveiled plans to tackle corruption and abuse of power in the real estate sector, state media said, as it tries to smooth the way for the mass migration of millions of Chinese into cities from the countryside. The anti-graft plans are part of an urbanization program designed to underpin a restructuring of China's economy, the world's second largest, away from exports towards one based mainly on domestic consumer demand.

S. Korea, China plan joint movie on Korean independence hero

BEIJING, March 27 (Yonhap) -- Senior civilian representatives of South Korea and China plan to jointly shoot a movie about a Korean national hero who assassinated a top Japanese official more than a century ago, an official of an organization promoting Seoul-Beijing relations said Thursday. If realized, it would be the first joint movie about Ahn Jung-geun, who shot to death the Korean Peninsula's first Japanese governor-general, Hirobumi Ito, at a railway station in Harbin in 1909, according to the official at the Korea-China Friendship Association.

Health costs of China's polluted air 'up to $300 bn a year'

Premature deaths and health problems from air pollution cost China as much as $300 billion a year, an official report said Tuesday, calling for a new urbanisation model for the world's second-largest economy. "As China prepares for the next wave of urbanisation, addressing environmental and resource constraints will become increasingly more urgent because much of China's pollution is concentrated in its cities," said the joint report by the World Bank and the Development Research Center of the State Council, China's cabinet.

China: Chinese plane spots object in southern Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING, China - China's state news agency says a Chinese plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. Xinhua News agency says the crew aboard the IL-76 plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday. Satellite images from Australia and China have identified possible debris in the area that may be linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 people aboard.
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