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China investigates top official for alleged graft

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said Saturday that they are investigating a senior national politician for alleged violations of Communist Party rules and the country’s laws, as Beijing shows no easing in its efforts to find and punish corrupt officials. Su Rong, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative …

As sabers rattle, Vietnamese businesses fret

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Like thousands of other factory owners in Vietnam, Nguyen Van Phuc relies on China for the expertise and raw materials needed to keep his production line humming. But spiking tensions between Hanoi and Beijing over maritime territorial claims are threatening that relationship and his bottom line. …

Philippines insists US military accord is legal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government insisted Tuesday that its new accord letting the U.S. expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the agreement will withstand constitutional challenges. Two court petitions argue that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement violates the constitutional ban on foreign …

Hospitals reach out to attract affluent immigrants

HOUSTON (AP) — The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It’s an enviable repast that diners take in bed — hospital beds. When it comes to ordering meals at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, immigrant patients can choose from …

Vietnamese woman self-immolates to protest China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A 67-year-old Vietnamese woman died after setting herself on fire in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday in protest against China’s deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi, state media reported. The woman self-immolated in front Reunification Palace around 6 a.m., Thanh …

Vietnam threatens legal action against China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister said Thursday for the first time that his country is considering legal action against China over its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, a move that Beijing would likely fiercely oppose. China claims nearly all of the South China Sea as its …

China rules out Windows 8 for government computers

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says it will avoid buying computer equipment that runs on Windows 8 in a setback for Microsoft’s efforts to promote the operating system. Tuesday’s announcement said desktop, laptop and tablet personal computers bought for government use must use a different operating system. The brief statement …

Why there’s bad blood between China and Vietnam

BEIJING (AP) — China’s deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam’s coast near the Paracel Islands has prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. The conflict pits two neighbors with very similar governments but whose people bear ill feelings rooted in a rivalry that dates back …

Vietnam PM texts nation amid anti-China riots

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister sent a text message to millions of citizens urging them to act in defense of the country’s sovereignty following China’s deployment of on oil rig in disputed waters, but said that “bad elements” shouldn’t be allowed to engage in violence. The message, sent …

Hong Kong starts destroying ivory cache

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong started incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory on Thursday to show it’s serious about cracking down on an illegal wildlife trade that is devastating Africa’s elephant population. Authorities destroyed the first batch by burning a metric ton of elephant tusks and carved …

China tensions top Southeast Asian summit talks

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AP) — Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea at a Southeast Asian summit Sunday that was hosted for the first time by Myanmar, a former pariah state now eager to show off its fragile democratic reforms. …