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Jim Randle
August 26, 2015 10:52 PM
Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
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Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
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Video Fear, Uncertainty As China Stock Slide Deepens

Stock prices in China closed down again on Wednesday, for their fifth consecutive session, despite fresh measures by the government to boost the index and broader economy. The Shanghai Composite index closed down 1.3 percent after a turbulent ride, rising and falling more than three percent. On the street, comments about the market’s movement and concerns about China’s slowing economy were about as varied as the volatile trading band. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Some Stocks Rebound as China Worries Continue

U.S. stocks rebounded briefly Tuesday following a chaotic day in stock markets around the world. Analysts say worries that China’s economy may be in bigger trouble than first thought led to the recent rout in global stocks. But by Tuesday, bargain-hunting investors were back, and China’s central bank introduced additional steps to boost its weakening economy. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
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Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
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Video Global Stock Rout Continues on China Worries

U.S. financial markets fared only slightly better than their counterparts in Asia and Europe as the global stock sell-off continued Monday. Worries about slowing growth in China is fueling much of the uncertainty that has pummeled stocks around the world. But as Mil Arcega reports, economists say the volatility is a normal part of a healthy stock market.
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Video Modest Diplomacy of Kashmir’s Bus Service Endures

India and Pakistan are known for their tense relations, but one modest program aimed at bridging those differences in the hotly contested Kashmir region has endured for more than 10 years. Ayaz Gul gives details from Islamabad.
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Video Bangkok Shrine Hit by Fatal Blast Reopens

Families of those killed in a Monday evening blast at a popular Hindu shrine in the Thai capital were among those praying there Wednesday as it reopened.  The explosion killed 22 — including 11 foreigners — and injured more than 120 other people. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
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Video Chinese Markets Suffer Biggest Decline in 3 Weeks

The economic fallout continues in the aftermath of China's dramatic devaluation of its currency, the yuan, last week. VOA’s Bernard Shusman updates the Chinese monetary situation from New York.
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Video Second, Smaller Blast in Bangkok

Bangkok was hit by a second, smaller blast a day after a powerful bomb tore through a popular shrine. The initial explosion killed more than 20 people, including foreign visitors, and wounded about 120 others. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok.
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Video Thai Prince Leads Cyclists as Monarchy Approaches Crossroad

Thailand’s crown prince has made a rare appearance at a public event to honor his mother, the queen. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok reports this comes at a time of anxiety about royal succession in the kingdom.
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Video Bomb Explodes in Central Bangkok

At least 18 people have been killed and scores of bystanders wounded in an explosion near a popular tourist site in central Bangkok. Steve Herman reports from the scene.
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Video Silk Road Art to Come to Los Angeles

One of the world's largest collections of Buddhist art can be found in a barren region of western China along the Silk Road, an ancient trade route. Buddhist monks created the art inside hundreds of caves near Dunhuang over a 1,000-year period. Next year, the Getty Museum will offer its visitors the chance to see some of the works in Los Angeles. VOA's Mike O' Sullivan reports.
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Video US Company Developing Space-Based Tracking

One of the reasons Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hasn't been found is because the plane couldn't be tracked continuously over the ocean. In fact, nearly 3/4 of the globe is untrackable by ground-based radar, the typical way to keep track of aircraft since the 1940s. VOA's Carolyn Presutti explains how one company plans to deploy space-based tracking payloads so that 100% of the earth is trackable and no plane will ever be "lost" again.
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Video Couple's Legal Battle in Thailand Highlights Surrogacy, Gay Rights

Thailand has tightened laws governing the country's booming surrogacy industry, which enables people to hire Thai women to carry and give birth to their children. One foreign same-sex couple whose surrogate delivered their baby before the ban has been stuck in the country for months because the surrogate refuses to sign documents to allow the infant a passport. VOA 's Steve Sandford reports.

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