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China has started building its own aircraft carrier: official

China has started to build its first domestically produced aircraft carrier in the port city of Dalian in the northeastern province of Liaoning, the Liaoning party chief said Saturday. The online edition of the Hong Kong daily Ta Kung Pao said Liaoning communist party secretary Wang Min disclosed the project at a meeting of the provincial people's congress. This appears to be the first time that a Chinese official has confirmed the existence of a Chinese domestic aircraft carrier building program.

China's high-speed rail link to N. Korea border city to open in 2015

China will open a high-speed rail link to the country's northeastern border city of Dandong, where about 70 percent of trade with North Korea is believed to be concentrated, in August 2015, state-run media reported Thursday. The new link between Dandong and Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, will run 207 kilometers and shorten the time of travel between them to 1 hour from the current 3 hours and 35 minutes, Xinhua News Agency said.

China to open high-speed railway near N. Korean border next year

BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- China will open a high-speed railway near its border with North Korea next year, state media said Thursday, in an indication that Beijing is committed to deepening its economic ties with Pyongyang despite the North's nuclear ambition. Construction of the 207-kilometer rail link between China's northeastern city of Shenyang and its border city of Dandong, where most of bilateral trade with North Korea is conducted, began in 2010 and will be opened in August next year, official Xinhua news agency reported in a dispatch from Shenyang.

Russia scrambles to contain record floods

Russians in the Far East on Tuesday battled rising floodwaters as authorities evacuated more than 23,000 people and scrambled to prevent the outbreak of disease. Heavy rains pounding Khabarovsk, a Far Eastern city located near the Chinese border, since July have swelled the local Amur River to nearly seven metres -- a level unseen since monitoring of the area began in 1895. The floodwaters damaged property, infrastructure and crops, displaced tens of thousands and raised fresh questions about the Russian government's readiness to handle natural disasters.

North Korean helicopter puts on lonely show of force

By Maxim Duncan DANDONG, China (Reuters) - A single, ancient-looking North Korean helicopter dropped five paratroopers on their side of the Chinese border on Friday in a rather less-than-defiant, lonely show of force following weeks of angry war rhetoric from Pyongyang. North Korea has ramped up its threats after being hit by new U.N. sanctions since carrying out a third nuclear test in February, prompting the United States to fly stealth jets over the peninsula and to prepare anti-missile systems for Guam and Alaska.

NK-China trade

SHENYANG, China, March 22 (Yonhap) -- China's import of North Korean fishery products resumed after a week-long suspension, presumably linked with Pyongyang's warlike rhetoric towards the outside world, a media report said Friday. China News Service, a semi-official media outlet, said that after Pyongyang escalated tensions by threatening to attack the United States, inbound shipments of North Korean shellfish to Hunchun, a city near the North's eastern border, and other border areas were almost suspended.

Quiet amid the snows after N. Korea atom blast

A frosty quiet hung over the broad Yalu river that divides North Korea from China on Tuesday, after Pyongyang ruptured the diplomatic atmosphere with its third atomic weapons test. More Chinese troops than usual -- six rather than the standard two or three -- stood guard on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge linking the two countries. Beijing's reaction to Pyongyang's atomic blast is seen as key. It is the North's sole major ally and biggest trading partner, with most of the business passing through Dandong in China's far northeast.
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