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U.S. Repeats Calls on China to Release Nobel Prize Winner

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has renewed calls for China to free jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo who won the Nobel Peace Prize one year ago. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland made a new call Friday as the Nobel Prize committee announced new peace prize winners for this year. Nuland also urged Beijing to stop harassing Liu’s wife […]

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At Least 46 Killed in Road Accidents in China

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 46 people have been killed in two road accidents in China. Chinese officials say at least 35 people died when a bus rolled over after colliding with a car Friday near the port city of Tianjin in northern China. Officials also say 11 people were killed Friday when their minibus crashed into a […]

US Senate Postpones China Currency Bill Vote

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has postponed its final vote on a bill intended to retaliate against China’s alleged currency manipulation. The bill is now set for a likely vote on Tuesday, and is expected to pass with bipartisan support. The measure, however, faces stronger opposition in the House of Representatives, where Republicans are in charge. Earlier […]

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12 Punished in China Subway Crash

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese investigators say human error caused a subway train crash last month in Shanghai and 12 people have been punished in connection with the wreck. News reports from China say the government dismissed the chief dispatcher at the Shanghai Metro Line 10, on which the accident occurred. Eleven other managers and workers of the operation […]

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China Currency Bill Advances In US Senate

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says China has been “gaming” the international trading system by intervening in the foreign exchange markets to make its currency cheaper. He says the action hurts U.S. companies by making their goods more expensive in China and giving Chinese-made goods a price advantage on U.S. markets. Mr. Obama spoke Thursday in […]

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China Urges Banks to Help Suffering Small Businesses

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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China is urging banks to loosen up lending to small businesses, which account for most of the country’s job growth but have been hard hit by tight money policies aimed at slowing inflation. The official Xinhua news agency says Premier Wen Jiabao raised the issue this week during a visit to eastern Zhejiang province, a […]

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Russia Detains Suspected Chinese Spy

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian security officials say they have detained a Chinese interpreter who was allegedly trying to gain access to sensitive Russian missile technology. The Federal Security Service said Wednesday the arrest was made in October of last year, but it did not explain why it took so long to report the incident. The announcement comes a […]

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Japan Builds Up Forces Near Disputed Island Chain

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese authorities say they have deployed a new Coast Guard vessel to help patrol a disputed island chain in the East China Sea. Officials say the 1,300-ton patrol boat arrived Tuesday at Ishigaki port in Okinawa, about 170 kilometers from the islands known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diaoyu. An incident near […]

Chinese Commentary Proposes Small Battles Over South China Sea

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A commentary in a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated newspaper says it is time that Beijing launched some “tiny-scale battles” in the South China Sea to deter its neighbors from stealing China’s resources. The article appears on the website of the Global Times newspaper under the headline “Time to teach those around South China Sea a lesson.” […]

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Death Toll Reaches 17 in Chinese Mine Accident

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say 17 people are now dead in a coal mine explosion in southwestern China. The official Xinhua news agency said three mine workers died in hospital and another body was recovered from the mine on Wednesday. It said 11 other miners are receiving treatment in a hospital. Workplace safety officials said the […]

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