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Tokyo shaken by second quake in three days TOKYO: Tokyo was hit by its second quake in three days on Tuesday, giving the capital's skyscrapers a shake but there were no reports of damage or casualties.The 4.8 magnitude jolt struck Tokyo and areas of eastern Japan at 12:57 pm (0357 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook the capital on Sunday.The temblor's epicentre had a relatively shallow depth of about 23 kilometres (14 miles) in Chiba, east of Tokyo, the USGS said.There was no threat of tsunami.Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year, but rigid building codes and strict enforcement mean even powerful tremors frequently do little damage.A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima ...

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China must abide by same rules as everyone else: Biden SYDNEY: China must abide by the same international rules as everyone else, US Vice President Joe Biden warned after a UN-backed tribunal ruled against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.The United States has no claims of its own within the vast area, but insists that all shipping has a right to pass through seas it regards as international waters.It has previously deployed aircraft carriers and a host of other vessels to assert freedom of ...

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China economy beats growth forecasts in second quarter BEIJING: China's economy expanded more than expected in the second quarter of the year, data showed Friday, fuelling hopes growth may be stabilising, but analysts warned private investment still needed to pick up.The world's second biggest economy grew 6.7 percent year on year in April-June, slightly quicker than forecast in an AFP survey and the same as the previous three months.The result is also in line with the government's 6.5-7.0 target for the full year ...

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Tropical storm kills 21 in China, 13 missing BEIJING: A tropical storm in China has left 21 people dead and 13 missing, reports said Thursday, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain. Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan last week, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as part of the island saw its strongest winds in over a century.It had weakened into a tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Fujian province on Saturday, but ...

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China committed to market reforms, fighting overcapacity: Premier Li BEIJING: China's Premier Li Keqiang told European Union officials on Wednesday that the country was committed to market reforms and remained determined to tackle a steel capacity glut that has sharpened tensions between the two sides.Li, speaking at an EU-China business summit, said China had always abided by its commitments on reform, and would work to improve market access for foreign companies in the hope that all firms could compete on a level playing field."We ...

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Recent natural disasters had large impact on China's economy - Premier Li BEIJING: Recent natural disasters in China have had a relatively large impact on the economy, Premier Li Keqiang said, according to state radio on Tuesday.In the last few weeks, China has been hit by super typhoon Nepartak and severe flooding, which killed more than 100 people and damaged infrastructure, livestock and agriculture.Li made the comments made during a meeting with high-level officials and business leaders on Monday.China will try to maintain economic growth within a ...

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China rejects Hague tribunal judgement: foreign ministry BEIJING: Beijing "does not accept and does not recognise" the ruling by a UN-backed tribunal on its dispute with the Philippines over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.The declaration in a statement on its website followed a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague that China has no historic rights to its claimed "nine-dash line"."The award is null and void and has no binding force," the ministry said. "China ...