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Taiwan President Mulls Peace Treaty with China

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou says he would like to sign a peace treaty with China in the coming decade, if the people of the island agree. Mr. Ma’s comments came on Monday in Taipei, with recent opinion polls showing him leading his chief rival, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, in the race for the presidency. Elections […]

Activists: Chinese Police Arrest 7 Near Buddhist Protest Site

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tibetan activists say Chinese police arrested seven Tibetans Sunday near a monastery in Sichuan province where a monk set himself on fire a day earlier to protest Chinese rule. The Tibet Express publication says the arrests occurred as protesters shouted slogans demanding greater freedom for Tibet and the unconditional return of the Dalai Lama, who […]

China Replaces US as EU’s Largest Trading Partner

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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China says it has surpassed the United States to become the European Union’s largest trading partner. The Ministry of Commerce said Sunday that China-EU trade exceeded trade between the United States and Europe for the first time in July. Citing data from the European statistics agency Eurostat, the ministry said China-EU trade totaled $49.4 billion […]

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Activists Monitor Cancelation of China Dog-Eating Festival

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Animal rights activists are converging on the Chinese city of Jinhua to ensure that a festival Tuesday celebrating the eating of dogs does not proceed as scheduled. The city, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, canceled the 600-year-old festival in September after local officials were shamed by an Internet campaign begun by animal rights advocates. […]

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Wal-Mart CEO in China Resigns Amid Mislabeled Pork Allegations

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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Retail giant Wal-Mart says its chief officer and another top executive in China have stepped down amid accusations that the company sold mislabeled pork. Chinese authorities last week ordered Wal-Mart to close more than a dozen stores in the city of Chongqing following charges that the stores had sold ordinary pork as organic for the […]

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Tibetan Man Sets Himself on Fire

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Tibet activist group says a young Tibetan man set himself on fire Saturday to protest Chinese rule in the region. London-based Free Tibet said Sunday that 19-year-old Norbu Dathul – a former monk – set himself ablaze just before noon Saturday in the main market of Ngaba Town in eastern Tibet. The group said […]

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China Insists Upon Stable Exchange Rate for Yuan

Posted October 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Beijing is signaling it will not give in to U.S. pressure to allow the value of China’s currency to rise. Chinese media quoted Premier Wen Jiabao Saturday as saying Beijing favors “a basically stable exchange rate” in order to protect Chinese exporters. The Chinese leader has been attending an import and export fair in the […]

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China Confirms 1 Dead in Air Show Crash

Posted October 15th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials confirmed Saturday that one pilot was killed in a jet fighter crash at an air show outside the northern city Xi’an Friday. State television showed the JH-7 “Flying Leopard” fighter-bomber plunging to the ground and exploding during a demonstration Friday morning. One pilot ejected and landed safely. Jin Qiansheng, an official with the […]

US Clothing Chain to Multiply Stores in China

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. clothing company Gap has announced plans to triple the number of its stores in China by the end of next year. The San Francisco-based clothing chain said Thursday it will open about 15 stores by the end of this year and plans to have a total of 45 by the end of fiscal year […]

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China Sends Patrol Boats into Thailand to Retrieve Stranded Sailors

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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China has sent naval patrol boats into nearby Thailand to escort home sailors and ships stranded after 12 Chinese mariners were killed in an apparent hijacking last week on the Mekong river in northern Thailand. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday that 164 sailors and 28 cargo ships were stranded after Beijing ordered a […]