May 30, 2013 |
This spring, China's navy accepted the Pentagon's invitation to participate in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific - RIMPAC - naval exercise to be held off Hawaii. This will be the first time China takes part in the biennial event. Our allies should signal their intent to withdraw from the exercise if China participates. Failing that, the invitation should be withdrawn. RIMPAC is for allies and friends, not nations planning to eventually wage war on the United States. Russia sent ships in 2012, but while its senior officers may occasionally utter unfriendly words, they are not actively planning to fight the United States.
November 22, 2013 |
The Torrance Marriott South Bay, a 17-story hotel next to Del Amo Fashion Center, has been sold to a Chinese real estate developer for $74 million. Sichuan Xinglida Group Enterprises Co., which has built numerous mixed-use projects in mainland China, bought the hotel through its U.S. subsidiary XLD Group, real estate broker John Strauss said. The new owner will keep Marriott as the operator of the 487-room hotel but plans to renovate the property and eventually reposition it as a more upscale inn, said Strauss of Jones Lang LaSalle.
February 4, 1990 |
An Israeli scientific academy will open an office in Beijing next month, establishing the Jewish state's first presence in the Chinese capital, an Israeli diplomatic source said Friday.
December 31, 1986 |
The Chinese capital is running out of water and will face acute shortages after 1990 unless drastic saving measures are implemented immediately, the official Beijing Review said Tuesday.
January 21, 1988 |
The Beijing government plans to make its 7 million cyclists pay for the privilege of pedaling around the Chinese capital in a bid to raise cash for schools. The official New China News Agency quoted Mayor Chen Xitong as saying that a tax on bicycles could bring in $8 million to be spent on improving education in the city.
June 4, 1986 |
Scorching 101-degree weather, Peking's hottest for early June since 1922, struck the Chinese capital this week, the official New China News Agency reported Tuesday. Temperatures climbed to 101 degrees in Peking on Monday as a freak hot airstream swept into northern China. The unusual heat is expected to continue for a few days.
December 23, 1990 |
Three men were executed in the Chinese capital Friday for murder, one for gassing his wife and son while they slept so that he could live with his lover, the Beijing Evening News said. Details of the crimes of the other two men were not given.
August 12, 2004 |
Former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore took aim at hotels and schools in the Chinese capital on Wednesday for turning away a group of AIDS orphans in town for a three-day summer camp. Now a UNICEF goodwill envoy who is visiting China to draw attention to the problems of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis, Moore said Beijing hotels, hostels and schools "should hang their heads in shame" for not helping the 72 children.
November 8, 1992 |
Rival Cambodian factions and the multinational brokers of their stalled peace plan held talks in Beijing on how to overcome intransigence by the Khmer Rouge guerrillas. But the Khmer Rouge group did not attend the talks because of the delayed arrival of its representatives in the Chinese capital, and there was no news of progress by day's end.
July 12, 1986 |
China's State Council has dropped Coca-Cola from state banquet menus and has named the locally bottled Heavenly Palace Cola to replace it, the official China Light Industry Newspaper reported Friday. Coca-Cola has been the standard soft drink served at state banquets and official gatherings in the Chinese capital since 1981, when production of the drink began here.