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June 7, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong reported at noon today that the situation in other Chinese cities outside Beijing continued to deteriorate. The worst unrest was in the main city of Chengdu in Sichuan province in central China. According to a U.S. official, downtown Chengdu now resembles the urban riots of the United States in the 1960s. The city's main department store has been burned out and some residents of Chengdu have been smashing windows and looting other stores. Overall, at least four people were reported to have died.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Most museum exhibitions try to give answers, but an unusual Chinese antiquities show the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has announced as its big fall attraction will focus on 3,000-year-old artifacts in bronze, gold and jade that mainly have produced bafflement. "China's Lost Civilization: the Mystery of Sanxingdui" is to feature more than 120 ceremonial objects that include towering human figures and trees made of bronze, carved heads and masks. They come from Sanxingdui and Jinsha, archaeological sites near Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China.
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June 17, 1989 | K. SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
While the world watched in horror as army troops and tanks brutally suppressed protesters around Beijing's Tian An Men Square on June 4, a similarly violent confrontation took place in this provincial capital, off camera and out of sight to all but a few Western observers. The details may never be fully known, but what is certain is that thousands of Chengdu residents defied authorities by rushing to defend a student-led demonstration from an attack by police, and that some paid with their lives.
FOOD
August 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold
If you follow the peregrinations of local Chinese kitchens, you've probably been hearing a bit about Chengdu Taste lately, a new restaurant specializing in the dishes of its namesake city that was pretty much acclaimed as the best Sichuan restaurant in town from the first days of its opening. When I noted the unavailability of an appetizer translated as "Diced Rabbit With Younger Sister's Secret Recipe," the San Gabriel Valley cognoscenti knew what I was referring to even without a mention of the restaurant's name, and I was sent links to recipes, to articles noting the dish's ubiquity in Chengdu and a short biography of the woman who invented it. (According to Fuchsia Dunlop, second-sister rabbit cubes were popular enough to inspire a Chengdu poet to compose an ode in its honor.)
BUSINESS
February 8, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
It's past midnight on a cold, wet Tuesday and the MGM club is hopping. Scantily dressed women stand behind a large circular bar, playing dice with customers to see who will take the next drink. Disco balls twirl from the mushroom-shaped ceiling. Cigarette girls peddle roses and Havana cigars. David Xu, a 24-year-old businessman with a wisp of hair under his lip, is on his fifth glass of wine and crooning along with a band performing on stage. "This is my home," he says.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
Foxconn Technology Group, the maker of Apple Inc.'s iPhones and iPads, has shut down the plant where an explosion Friday killed three workers and injured 15 others. The company said that within a week, it expects to complete a safety inspection of the facility in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu before resuming operations. It said suspending operations for a week would not affect supply of the Apple devices because it has a week's worth of inventory. Preliminary findings suggested that the blast was caused by combustible dust in one of the facility's polishing workshops, the company said in a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger revealed details about the company's forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort while appearing at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China.  Speaking on Thursday at the annual conference, Iger said the planned Shanghai development "can't be the Disneyland that Walt built in 1955 for all kinds of reasons.... It has to look, feel, resemble China's Disneyland. And that has taken a lot of thought, a lot of work. " Shanghai Disney Resort, which is under construction, is slated to include two hotels, 495,000 square feet of retail space, a dining and entertainment venue, a lake and other facilities and amenities.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Most museum exhibitions try to give answers, but an unusual Chinese antiquities show the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has announced as its big fall attraction will focus on 3,000-year-old artifacts in bronze, gold and jade that mainly have produced bafflement. "China's Lost Civilization: the Mystery of Sanxingdui" is to feature more than 120 ceremonial objects that include towering human figures and trees made of bronze, carved heads and masks. They come from Sanxingdui and Jinsha, archaeological sites near Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Emily Alpert
BEIJING -- Chinese television reported at least two people had been killed Saturday morning when a powerful earthquake shook Sichuan province. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.6 with a depth of less than eight miles. The official New China News Agency reported that it shook buildings in the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu. Several aftershocks were reported. Some flights headed to Chengdu made emergency landings in Chongqing, and flights out of the Chengdu airports were suspended, the news agency reported.
NEWS
June 30, 1985 | From Reuters
Nineteen people died in Chengdu and seven were seriously ill after drinking almost pure industrial alcohol sold as rice wine, the People's Daily reported Friday. The paper said two farmers and a wine merchant in the central Chinese city had been arrested and charged. It said the three bought more than four tons of industrial alcohol in mid-May, added some water and a dash of flavoring, then bottled the brew and sold it as rice wine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger revealed details about the company's forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort while appearing at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China.  Speaking on Thursday at the annual conference, Iger said the planned Shanghai development "can't be the Disneyland that Walt built in 1955 for all kinds of reasons.... It has to look, feel, resemble China's Disneyland. And that has taken a lot of thought, a lot of work. " Shanghai Disney Resort, which is under construction, is slated to include two hotels, 495,000 square feet of retail space, a dining and entertainment venue, a lake and other facilities and amenities.
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
Reporting from Beijing --  A strong earthquake struck China's mountainous Sichuan province  Saturday morning, leaving at least 113 people dead and more than 3,000 injured. Chinese authorities assessed the magnitude of the quake at 7.0, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported 6.6. Although nowhere near in magnitude, the tremor evoked troubling memories of the great earthquake almost exactly five years ago along the same fault line that killed almost 90,000. The earthquake's epicenter was about 80 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu, in Lushan country near the city of Ya'an.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Emily Alpert
BEIJING -- Chinese television reported at least two people had been killed Saturday morning when a powerful earthquake shook Sichuan province. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.6 with a depth of less than eight miles. The official New China News Agency reported that it shook buildings in the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu. Several aftershocks were reported. Some flights headed to Chengdu made emergency landings in Chongqing, and flights out of the Chengdu airports were suspended, the news agency reported.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
 BEIJING -- A strong earthquake struck China's Sichuan province on Saturday morning, state media said, and early reports from the scene indicated significant injuries and at least 41 deaths. The earthquake's epicenter was about 80 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Chengdu, in Lushan County near the small city of Yaan. Chinese television said at least 41 people were killed and 600 injured. Authorities warned that the death toll could rise sharply. But the damage did not appear anywhere close in scale to that of a 2008 earthquake nearby that caused nearly 90,000 deaths, one of the worst natural disasters in recent Chinese history.
WORLD
February 9, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
A crusading former police chief in the boomtown of Chongqing disappeared under unexplained circumstances and reportedly may have tried and failed to obtain political asylum at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Chongqing issued an unusual and cryptic statement Wednesday saying that Vice Mayor Wang Lijun was "highly stressed and in poor health … because of long-term overwork" and that he was "accepting vacation-style treatment. " The reports that he might have sought asylum in the United States were fueled by an unusual police presence at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will travel to Washington next month for meetings with senior U.S. officials ahead of his expected ascendance to the nation's presidency, a visit that will also include stops in Iowa and California, the White House announced today. The trip to the White House is scheduled for Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day. Xi will meet with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior officials "to discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues," according to a statement from Biden's office.
WORLD
February 9, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
A crusading former police chief in the boomtown of Chongqing disappeared under unexplained circumstances and reportedly may have tried and failed to obtain political asylum at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Chongqing issued an unusual and cryptic statement Wednesday saying that Vice Mayor Wang Lijun was "highly stressed and in poor health … because of long-term overwork" and that he was "accepting vacation-style treatment. " The reports that he might have sought asylum in the United States were fueled by an unusual police presence at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu.
NEWS
September 28, 1985 | Associated Press
Vice President George Bush will make a six-day trip to China, beginning Oct. 13, for talks with government leaders and representatives of the American business community, it was announced Friday. A statement issued by Bush's office said the journey, including four stops outside of Peking, will give the vice president a chance to view Chinese efforts to modernize public works, industry and agriculture.
WORLD
December 7, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
If pandas weren't so darn cute, we wouldn't be up in the clouds at the edge of a mountain ravine slick with moss and mud, clinging for life to shoots of bamboo. And get this: There is almost zero chance that we'll actually see a panda. We keep our eyes on the ground, not just to keep from falling, but because the best we can hope for is to discover panda droppings (and even the chances of that aren't so hot). "To be honest, I've been working in these mountains for 20 years and I've never seen a panda in the wild," says Dai Bo, 43, a wildlife biologist with China's Forestry Ministry who's wearing a camouflage jacket and hiking boots and has a zoom-lens Canon around his neck, just in case.
NEWS
August 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Vice President Joe Biden used the keynote address of his four-day visit to China to again make a strong pitch about the health of the U.S. economy, stating that the nation “will never default” and continue to tackle its deficit challenge. Referring to the debt-ceiling accord that averted such a default earlier this month, Biden passed blame from foreign soil on what he called the "strong voice" within the Republican Party that prevented an even stronger deal, and predicted it will ultimately be decided in the 2012 campaign.
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