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July 7, 2004 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
George H.W. Bush. Yasser Arafat. Fidel Castro. Kim Jong Il. These are only a few of the luminaries who have eaten at Quan Jude, China's legendary roast duck restaurant. Far less known is Yang Zongman, a compact, serious 54-year-old woman who is an assistant manager at the government-owned culinary landmark. Standing next to the restaurant's tall, animated hostesses in their slinky evening dresses, she might be mistaken for a midlevel manager hopelessly behind the times.
June 10, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
In the aftermath of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's visit last month, Chinese companies in recent days have held a series of low-key groundbreaking ceremonies across the border for projects designed to jump-start the moribund North Korean economy. The North Korean regime, largely out of desperation, has leased parcels of its territory to the Chinese. The parcels include grassy islands in the Yalu River, near the crossing made famous in 1950 when China intervened in its communist neighbor's behalf in the Korean War; and ports at the northern tip of the country that will give China access to the Sea of Japan through North Korea for the first time in 150 years.
December 7, 2011 | By David Pierson and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Cheap-chic retailer Forever 21 Inc. is opening a flagship store in Beijing, part of the company's plan to reenter the world's largest emerging consumer market. In a ceremony Tuesday in Beijing, the Los Angeles clothing maker committed to opening a 24,000-square-foot space next year in a multistory mall in Wangfujing, the Chinese capital's central shopping district. Two additional stores, in Shanghai and Hong Kong, are also expected to open in the first half of 2012. The expansion marks Forever 21's second attempt to crack the China market.
March 3, 2005 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
He arrived at the entrance to a North Korean government-owned restaurant and karaoke club here in the Chinese capital with a handshake and a request. "Call me Mr. Anonymous," he said in English. This North Korean, an affable man in his late 50s who spent much of his career as a diplomat in Europe, has been assigned to help his communist country attract foreign investment. With the U.S.
February 4, 1990 | Associated Press
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 | From Reuters
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 | From Reuters
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 | United Press International
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 | Reuters
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.
November 8, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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