BEIJING (AFP) - Powerhouse China dominated the Asian Weightlifting Championships this week, taking 12 of the 15 gold medals on offer as many nations failed to field their best teams. Besides sweeping most of the individual events, China's men and women also took away the team titles at the championships held in the eastern Chinese city of Tongling from April 13-17. In Sunday's final day of competition, China's Yang Zhe won the men's 105-kilogramme category with a combined total of 403 kilograms, while Behdad Salimi of Iran won the over-105 kg category with a combined weight of 458kg. With numerous qualifying events for the 2012 London Olympics still to come, many of the region's top lifters chose not to compete, Ma Wenguang, chairman of the Chinese Weightlifting Association, told Xinhua news agency. Top lifters including world champions Svetlana Podobedova, Maiya Maneza and Zulfiya Chinshanlo from Kazakhstan, and Olympic champion Jang Mi-Ran of South Korea, all skipped the championships.