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Hong Kong customs seized a shipment of nine armored vehicles aboard a ship originating in Kaohsiung and bound for Singapore that was transiting through Hong Kong on Nov. 23 after it was tipped off by China, Hong Kong media reported Saturday.
 
Last UK governor slams HK independence activists
Hong Kong's last British colonial governor Chris Patten attacked the city's pro-independence movement Friday as the push for a split with China grows over fears of Beijing's tightening grip.
 
A global business thriving on people's love for art
Jussi Pylkkanen thinks himself more of an aficionado and part of the cultural landscape - that connects museums, foundations and art dealers from the four corners of the earth - than the president of Christie's, one of the two biggest international auction houses.
 
High-level trade talks between the United States and China ended on Wednesday in Washington, with both sides saying much had been achieved in brokering a range of consensus and hammering out positive results.
 
The editor of a Chinese website monitoring human rights issues has been detained on suspicion of subverting state power, according to an announcement on the website.
 
At least 67 killed in China scaffolding collapse
Scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China collapsed into a deadly heap on Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars and wooden planks tumbling down on about 70 workers in the country's worst work-safety accident in over two years.
 
Armored vehicles bound for Singapore seized in Hong Kong
Taiwan's Defense Ministry on Thursday rejected Hong Kong media claims that armored personnel carriers bound for Singapore and seized in Hong Kong were the property of the island's Armed Forces.
 
Anbang boosts holding in major builder
Chinese insurance conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group has substantially boosted its holdings in China State Construction Engineering Corp, the country's biggest construction company, drawing regulatory attention to the purpose behind the move.
 
China's largest online travel agency Ctrip will buy British flight search app Skyscanner for US$1.7 billion, the companies said, as it steps up its overseas ambitions.
 
In ancient mythology, Chinese unicorns are lucky, rare creatures that appear to mark the arrival or death of a great leader, like Confucius. Today, China's tech unicorns-private companies valued at $1 billion or more-are far more commonplace and look increasingly cursed.
 
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