China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

(Pingjiang, China-AFP) – China’s first glass suspension bridge, which dangles 180 metres (594 feet) over a canyon in the central Hunan province, has excited — and terrified — thousands of visitors since opening two weeks ago. “I’m afraid to look down. I can only look straight ahead,” said one young woman crossing the 300-metre long […]

09.10.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
China island-building altering South China Sea status quo: US

China island-building altering South China Sea status quo: US

Washington, United States | AFP | – China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land from the South China Sea in less than two years in an intensive island-building campaign in the disputed Spratly Islands, a new Pentagon report says. “By undertaking these actions, China is unilaterally altering the physical status quo in the […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
China conducts ‘live fire drill’ in disputed waters

China conducts ‘live fire drill’ in disputed waters

Beijing, China (AFP)  – China’s navy carried out a “live firing drill” in the South China Sea Tuesday in a bid to improve its maritime combat ability, state media reported, as tensions flare over the disputed waters. The exercise involved at least 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft, missile launch battalions of the Second Artillery […]

31.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane: reports

Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane: reports

Beijing, China (AFP)   – A man who tried to set fire to the cabin of a plane with more than 100 people aboard as it was landing in southern China early Sunday was overpowered by fellow passengers and crew, reports said. Two of the 95 passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital and the […]

28.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
PHL argues environmental, fishing claims vs China

PHL argues environmental, fishing claims vs China

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – After an “impassioned plea” from the foreign affairs secretary, the American lawyers of the Philippine government argued on Wednesday before the United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague the strength of the country’s environmental and fishing claims in the South China Sea. During the first day of oral arguments Tuesday, Foreign Affairs […]

13.07.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media

China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media

Beijing, China (AFP)   – China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts. Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defense spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Beijing’s South China Sea runway ‘nearly complete’: US think-tank

Beijing’s South China Sea runway ‘nearly complete’: US think-tank

Beijing, China (AFP) – Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbors, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and […]

06.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
PHL hits back at China: It’s not our fault that other countries support us

PHL hits back at China: It’s not our fault that other countries support us

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Friday hit back at China after Beijing’s accusation that the Philippines is trying to “rope in” other non-claimant countries in the dispute over resource-rich parts of the South China Sea. “We cannot be faulted if other countries have lauded the approach that we have decided to take in resolving this […]

29.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
China’s Great Wall is disappearing: report

China’s Great Wall is disappearing: report

(Beijing-AFP) – Around 30 percent of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses — erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres […]

29.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
PHL to argue China sea case at Hague next month

PHL to argue China sea case at Hague next month

Manila, Philippines (AFP)   – The Philippines will argue its case against China’s claim over most of the disputed South China Sea at The Hague next month, the foreign department said Monday. The Netherlands-based UN court is scheduled to conduct a hearing from July 7 on a case lodged by the Philippines in 2013 which […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Asian cities half of top 10 costliest expat destinations: survey

Asian cities half of top 10 costliest expat destinations: survey

(Hong Kong-AFP) – Asia has become one of the most expensive regions for people working abroad, according to a new survey, with its major cities accounting for half of the top 10 costliest expat destinations. Hong Kong climbed one place from last year to become the world’s second most expensive place for expats, Mercer said […]

19.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations ·
PHL gets G7’s back in China dispute

PHL gets G7’s back in China dispute

Manila, Philippines (AFP)   – The Philippines Sunday welcomed reports that the G7 summit would express concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea. Regional alarm is growing at moves by China aggressively to stake its claim to most of the sea, including a large-scale island-building programme. The United […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US lawmakers including presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio wrote Communist leader Xi Jinping on Thursday’s anniversary of the Tiananmen square crackdown, saying China’s continued rights abuse is a “barrier” to improved bilateral ties. In a letter marking the 26th anniversary of the military’s deadly crushing of pro-democracy protests in central […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PNoy: China should rethink reclamation in disputed areas

PNoy: China should rethink reclamation in disputed areas

MANILA, June 3 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged China to reconsider its reclamation efforts in the South China Sea, saying these activities escalate tension in disputed territories. In a briefing with Japanese reporters during his state visit to Japan, Aquino said China should rethink if its effort to build artificial islands […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

By Dan De Luce Washington, United States (AFP)  – China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea, an unprecedented move that suggests Beijing is trying to extend its military reach in the contested waters, US officials said Friday. The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security […]

02.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Amid growing China tensions, Aquino to seek stronger security ties with Japan in state visit

Amid growing China tensions, Aquino to seek stronger security ties with Japan in state visit

MANILA, May 29 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will seek stronger security ties with Japan during his state visit to the East Asian nation next week amid China’s increasing efforts to stake its claim on disputed territories in the South China Sea. At a press briefing on Friday, Department of Foreign Affairs Asec. Minda […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Tommy Hilfiger re-enacts his Fall 2015 fashion show in Beijing

Tommy Hilfiger re-enacts his Fall 2015 fashion show in Beijing

(Relaxnews) – For the first time ever, the designer’s entire runway show has been transported en masse as part of the label’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Opened and closed by Chinese supermodel Shu Pei Qin, the show was staged at the 751 Gasometer in Beijing in front of 800 specially invited guests and featured every element, […]

28.05.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

(Relaxnews) – China is set to become home to the tallest, longest, and, arguably, scariest pedestrian bridge in the world, when construction of a glass-bottomed bridge is complete in the national park that inspired the floating mountains from the James Cameron film “Avatar.” Hovering a dizzying 300 meters (984 feet) above the ground, the Zhangjiajie […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

Washington, United States (AFP) –  US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China’s territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned Thursday that could be “the next step.” Although the United States does not recognise China’s claims of sovereignty around the man-made structures, American P-8 […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Beijing, China (AFP) Sunday 5/17/2015 – China’s relationship with the US is “stable” despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is “vast enough” for both powers, state media said. Xi met with Kerry in Beijing as tensions between the world’s […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·