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China accuses MPs of 'interference' in Hong Kong

The Chinese government has lodged a strongly-worded protest about a British parliamentary inquiry into Hong Kong.

The Foreign Affairs Committee has announced plans to look into how the former British territory has progressed since becoming part of China in 1997.

The Chinese government strongly opposes British MPs' inquiry into Hong Kong. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a letter to the committee Beijing said the investigation amounted to a "highly inappropriate act which constitutes interference in China's internal affairs".

Three children stabbed to death in China primary school

A man has stabbed three children to death and injured several others at a primary school in China.

The suspect entered the school in Shiyan city of Hubei province on Monday, the first day of term after the summer break, and stabbed a teacher and eight students.

The man, believed to be a parent of a student, reportedly attacked the children because the school refused to allow his daughter to start the new term as she had not completed her homework.

He killed himself by jumping out the school building to evade arrest, state media said.

China rejects US claims that jet made 'dangerous' pass

China has rejected accusations from the US that a Chinese fighter jet's "acrobatic manoeuvres" near a US Navy surveillance aircraft were dangerous.

A spokesman for the Chinese defence ministry said the pilot conducted operations that were "professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the US planes."

He called the US accusations "groundless" in a statement issued Saturday night, and said that China was conducting "routine identification and verification" flights.

Pictures show Chinese jet flying near US navy plane

Pictures of a Chinese fighter jet performing a "very dangerous" manoeuvre within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane have been released by the US Department of Defence.

A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident in which took place in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 meters from it.

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident. Credit: US Department of Defence

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US surveillance plane in close shave with Chinese jet

The US has lodged a formal diplomatic protest after a Chinese jet flew within 20-30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet Credit: REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 metres from it.

The US Navy P-8 Poseidon, an anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, was flying around 135 miles (217 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base.

Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser, said: "We have communicated directly to the Chinese government our objection to this type of action."

Members of banned cult face murder charge in China

Five alleged members of an outlawed religious cult are facing trial in China for the murder of a woman at a McDonald's in May.

The defendants are accused of beating the woman to death after she turned down requests for her phone number in Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province.

Members of the Quannengshen 'Almighty God' cult stand trial in Hengshui City Credit: Reuters/CCTV

Chinese state media reports that police have arrested almost 1,000 members of the Quannengshen group in recent days, accusing them of a spate of murders among other crimes.

Founded in the 1990s in the central Henan Province, the 'Almighty God' cult preaches that Jesus has been reborn in the guise of the founder's wife. It has declared war on the 'Red Dragon' - seen as a thinly-veiled reference to China's Communist party.

Coal explosion in China traps 29 workers underground

An explosion in a coal mine in eastern China has trapped 29 workers underground, state media have reported.

About 30 rescuers were trying to reach those trapped in the private mine in Huainan city in Anhui province but were awaiting the arrival of heavy rescue equipment, China Central Television said.

Ten other miners managed to escape, one of whom was injured.

The government had ordered the mine shut down twice in June, but it had continued operating. Most of the trapped miners were in their 40s, it was reported.

Jackie Chan's son 'arrested on drug charges'

Jaycee Chan, son of martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing in connection with possible drug use.

According to reports by Chinese online and state media, Jaycee Chan (aka Fang Zuming) was present when Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (aka Ko Chen-tung) was recently arrested on drugs charges.

Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan Credit: Reuters

The 31-year-old is the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Citing local police, Reuters reported that both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan's home.

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