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Taiwan ‘won’t recognise’ any Chinese air defence zone over South China Sea

TAIPEI - (Reuters) - Taiwan's new defence minister said on Monday the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island's top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension. U.S. officials have...

Beijing’s silent prayer on Brexit vote – better in than out

BEIJING (Reuters) - While some world leaders have trumpeted support for Britain to stay in the European Union in this month's referendum, China has kept a low profile. But with an important stake in the economic consequences, Beijing also quietly wants the "remain" camp to win. Relations between Britain...

Jaguar Land Rover sues Chinese automaker over Evoque copycat

BEIJING (Reuters) - Jaguar Land Rover is suing Chinese automaker Jiangling Motor  for allegedly copying the British firm's Range Rover Evoque, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said - a rare move by a foreign automaker to fight copycats in the world's biggest autos market. A spokesman...

Democracy is nothing to fear, Taiwan tells China on Tiananmen anniversary

(Reuters) - On the anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on student-led protests in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, Taiwan's new president told China on Saturday that democracy is nothing to fear. Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post on the 27th anniversary that Taiwan could serve as an example...

Microsoft sells patents to Xiaomi, builds “long-term partnership”

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Software maker Microsoft Corp is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi , a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes...

Which countries have the most slaves? Key figures from global survey index

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the third Global Slavery Index released on Tuesday. The survey by Walk...

China bets on duty-free paradise to keep luxury spenders at home

Sanya, China (Reuters) - China's efforts to lift local consumption, spur domestic tourism and keep within its borders citizens that splurge in Milan or Seoul have spawned a duty-free paradise on the southern island of Hainan that it hopes will satisfy a lust for luxury. Firms such as the...

China’s towering glass-bottom platform opens

A glass-bottom platform that takes visitors a towering 400 metres above ground opens in China. Yuming Woo reports. At 400 metres above the ground, this glass-bottom platform isn't a relaxing spot for those with a fear of heights. While some were visibly nervous, others were relaxed. Owners of the...

Beijing fetish restaurant teases with lobster and sex

BEIJING (Reuters) - With drinks served in breast-shaped cups and beers opened with bottle openers shaped like a wooden penis, the father and daughter team behind a Beijing S&M restaurant are encouraging customers to mix food with sex. Owner Lu Lu, a 27-year-old divorcee, said business has been good...

China faces headaches from warning Vietnam-U.S. ties

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - At a stroke, the U.S. and Vietnam have complicated the strategic outlook for China over the disputed South China Sea. As U.S. President Barack Obama marked one of his last trips to Asia by the historic lifting of Washington's arms embargo on Vietnam, he repeatedly...