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Wild Panda, Student Are Among Chinese Flood Victims

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say a 10-year-old wild giant panda is among the victims of flooding that has claimed at least seven lives this month in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. The official Xinhua news agency quoted local forestry officials Thursday as saying the dead panda was found in a reservoir with a large amount of water in its […]

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Philippines FM Heads to China to Discuss Territorial Spat

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario says he will discuss a dispute over waters around the Spratly Islands during high-level meetings in Beijing beginning Thursday. In a statement issued before his departure for China, del Rosario said he expects to discuss the dispute with Vice President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. But, he […]

More than 70 Chinese Miners Trapped in Three Separate Accidents

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in China say more than two dozen workers are trapped in a mine where a fire broke out in eastern Shangdong Province. The State Administration of Work Safety says an air compression device 225 meters underground caught fire Wednesday. Initial reports said 36 miners were trapped, but the safety agency has since lowered the […]

Chinese Authorities Quash Reports on Death of Jiang Zemin

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities are officially denying that Jiang Zemin is dead after days of speculation about the health of the former president. Reports that the 84-year-old former leader had died began spreading across the Internet following his failure to appear at ceremonies Friday marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. […]

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China Censors Internet Rumors on Jiang’s Health

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese censors are apparently blocking online discussion of former president Jiang Zemin, whose absence from a key Communist Party event in Beijing has sparked speculation that he is seriously ill. The 84-year-old Jiang was conspicuously missing Friday from state celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of China’s Communist Party. The Hong Kong economic […]

China Again Raises Interest Rates to Fight Inflation

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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China has raised interest rates for a third time this year, in another effort to cool inflation that is surging at its fastest pace since 2008. The central bank said Tuesday it increased the benchmark rate paid for one-year deposits to 3.5 percent from 3.25 percent. The one-year lending rate will increase to 6.56 percent […]

US, Chinese Oil Firms Face Heat Over Oil Spills

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Chinese oil companies are facing harsh criticism for their failure to disclose an oil spill off the eastern coast of China for almost a month. The environmental group Greenpeace said it is “disappointed” in the delays in reporting the spill, which has contaminated 840 square kilometers in Bohai Bay off the coast of […]

Landslides Kill at Least 25 in Western China

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say at least 25 people have died in massive landslides triggered by torrential rainstorms in the country’s northwest and southwest. Eighteen people were killed when an landslide engulfed 12 houses in the town of Lueyang in Shaanxi province. Weather forecasters are predicting the region will be plagued by more days of heavy rains. […]

Study Finds China Leads World in Clean Energy Investment

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says China has become the world’s biggest investor in renewable energy projects. The report, prepared with United Nations participation, also said developing countries outspent developed countries on green energy projects for the first time last year. Worldwide spending on renewable energy projects in 2010 reached $211 billion, almost one-third more than in […]

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Said Not Yet Ready for Launch

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state media say construction equipment, cranes and shipping containers still litter the deck of the country’s first aircraft carrier, indicating the vessel is far from ready for launch. The Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper reports on its website Wednesday that naval enthusiasts were disappointed when the ship failed to to begin sea trials on […]

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