Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

In New Video Game, China Seizes Disputed Islands From Japan

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:11 am

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force escort ship Kurama leads other vessels during a fleet review amid heightened tension last year over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
Itsuo Inouye AP

Chinese gamers may soon be able to settle by force a thorny international dispute between their government and Japan over who controls a small chain of islands in the East China Sea.

The basic platform of the newly released Glorious Mission Online was developed as a training tool for the People's Liberation Army. Game maker Giant Interactive Group (GIG) has expanded the "first-person shooter" game with a simulation of a Chinese amphibious assault on the Senkaku islands, as they are known in Tokyo, or Diaoyu, as Beijing calls them.

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Thu July 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Bo Xilai, Disgraced Chinese Official, Is Indicted

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:01 am

Before his fall: Bo Xilai in 2010.
Jason Lee Reuters/Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn speaks with Renee Montagne about the case against Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai, a rising star among China's political elite until his career collapsed in early 2012 after his wife was connected to the murder of a British businessman, was charged Thursday "with taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power," China's Xinhua News writes.

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Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured By Earthquakes In China

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:50 am

Rescuers clear debris Monday in China's Gansu province, where dozens of people were killed when earthquakes struck the region.
Guo Gang Xinhua/Landov

The death toll is climbing after two earthquakes that struck western China early Monday.

More than 70 people are dead and at least 400 others are injured in Gansu province, the BBC says. According to The Associated Press, China's state media say the death toll stands at 75.

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Sat July 20, 2013
The Salt

From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 5:22 pm

In Turkey, bits of meat are wrapped in squares of pasta to make manti.
thebittenworld Flickr

Popular lore has it that the Italian merchant Marco Polo was responsible for introducing the noodle to China. This legend appeals to Italians, but if you ask the Chinese, they may beg to differ.

In her latest book, On the Noodle Road, author Jen Lin-Liu chronicles a six-month journey along the historic Silk Road from eastern China, through central Asia, Turkey, Iran and eventually arriving in Italy, in search of the true origin of the noodle.

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Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

China Scraps Some Controls On Lending Interest Rates

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:00 am

China's central bank announced that it was removing some controls on the interest rates charged by banks for the loans it issues clients.

Reuters explains that the People's Bank of China said in a statement that it was removing the floor "on lending rates for commercial banks, meaning that banks will now be able to cut rates as much as they see fit to attract borrowers."

Reuters adds:

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