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China: Intercept of U.S. surveillance plane was 'legal, necessary'

China: Intercept of U.S. surveillance plane was 'legal, necessary'

World
July 25 (UPI) -- China on Tuesday said a weekend encounter between two Chinese fighter jets and a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the East China Sea was "legal, necessary and professional."The Chinese ministry of defense issued a statement defending the incident, which the United States said nearly caused a collision.The Pentagon said the two Chinese J-10 aircraft intercepted the U.S. Navy P-3 surveillance plane while it was operating over international waters."The aircrew deemed the intercept unsafe and unprofessional," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said.A U.S. official said one of the Chinese planes flew beneath the U.S. plane and maneuvered to reappear 300 feet ahead.The intercept caused the U.S. pilot to "take evasive action to avoid collision," the official said, also n...
Bieber's 'bad behaviour' leads to China ban

Bieber's 'bad behaviour' leads to China ban

Entertainment
Despite his musical success, worldwide fame and millionaire status Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China.The 23-year-old has fallen foul of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, who object to the Baby singer's "bad behaviour".The city bureau said they were excluding the "talented singer" from their country in the interests of imposing standards and order and "cleaning up" the domestic performance market.Image:Bieber on stage in Beijing, China, during his visit in 2013Responding to a fan on their website, the bureau pointed to the fact that the "controversial" Canadian had previously caused "public dissatisfaction" in his private life.They wrote: "We think it's not appropriate to allow bad behaviour in performances. Therefore, it's not appropriate to bring in artists who...
China may match or beat America in AI

China may match or beat America in AI

Finance
AT THE start of this year, two straws in the wind caught the attention of those who follow the development of artificial intelligence (AI) globally. First, Qi Lu, one of the bosses of Microsoft, said in January that he would not return to the world’s largest software firm after recovering from a cycling accident, but instead would become chief operating officer at Baidu, China’s leading search engine. Later that month, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence postponed its annual meeting. The planned date for the event in January conflicted with the Chinese new year.These were the latest signals that China could be a close second to America—and perhaps even ahead of it—in some areas of AI, widely considered vital to everything from digital assistants to self-driving c
An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

Finance
STONECUTTERS ISLAND in Hong Kong used to be a favoured habitat for poisonous snakes and eye-catching birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle. Thanks to Hong Kong’s rapid development, it is no longer so hospitable. Its sky is full of gantry cranes, stacking 20-foot-long shipping containers in multicoloured tessellations, like giant Lego bricks. A cluster of decorative containers, daubed in graffiti, line the perimeter of container terminal eight, which is partly operated by COSCO, a state-owned Chinese shipping giant. In bright yellow lettering, one slogan instructs passers-by to “Respect Past, Embrace Future”.Few Hong Kong companies have as much to tell about the past as Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), the world’s seventh-biggest container shipping line. Its founder, Tung Chao-yun
China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMore than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say.About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks.Pictures posted by the People's Daily newspaper show bulldozers moving earth and large boulders as the rescue effort continues.A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after teams of workers used ropes to move large rocks while dozens of others searched the rubble, AFP news agency reports, citing local authorities.The landslide blocked a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) stretch of a river, Xinhua news agency...