Asian stocks rose this week, with the regional gauge capping its longest streak of weekly gains since September, as U.S. data signaled resilience in the world’s biggest economy and concern about the Ukraine crisis eased.
China’s leaders want to lift the gray blanket of deadly smog that often chokes Beijing’s residents by shifting power plants to the less populated western part of the country inhabited by minorities. That’s turning into a nightmare for Ani Yetahon who lives in Oriliq, a village about 1,800 miles from the capital where some residents still walk to the well for their water.
Sri Lanka’s deepening economic ties with China offer it a cushion from any measures aimed at pressuring the South Asian country into cooperating with investigations into alleged crimes during its civil war.
China is beefing up spending on high-tech weapons and upgrading combat readiness as it throws its military weight behind territorial claims that have stirred tensions with Japan and Southeast Asian neighbors.
Pope Francis said he exchanged letters with Chinese President Xi Jinping a year ago and that the Vatican has relations with the Asian nation, according to an interview with newspaper Corriere Della Sera.
Known as “Mayor Bulldozer” for the massive infrastructure projects he built while running the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, Ji Jianye traveled to Beijing last year to represent his province in the national legislature. He won’t be at this year’s gathering which starts today.