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China Lifts Procurement Rules That Hurt Foreign Companies

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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China says three regulations limiting the ability of foreign companies to bid on government contracts will be lifted beginning Friday. In a posting on its website, the finance ministry says that from July 1 it will no longer enforce the rules, which have long caused U.S. and European companies to complain of unfair discrimination. Beijing […]

China Disables Film Rating Systems for Propaganda Extravaganza

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities are taking no chances on negative reaction to a star-studded film about the founding of the Communist Party, released to mark the party’s 90th anniversary this week. Viewer rating systems and comment fields have been removed without explanation from entries for the movie on Chinese entertainment websites. Readers still are able to give […]

Shares in Chinese Automaker Surge in Stock Exchange Debut

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Shares in innovative Chinese automaker BYD rose 44 percent Thursday in the company’s debut on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. BYD, maker of the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid car, raised $220 million in a share offering aimed at financing a research and development center. It ended the morning trading session at $4 a share. The […]

Arrest Halts Ordination of Catholic Bishop in China

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Church-oriented news organizations say a Catholic priest in China has been arrested shortly before he was to have been ordained as a bishop. Vatican-linked Asia News and others say Joseph Sun Jigeng was arrested on Sunday in northern Hebei province, and is believed to be in custody at a guest house in the provincial capital. […]

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Russian Paper Cites Security Concerns For Canceled Kim Summit

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russian and East Asian media provided conflicting accounts Thursday of the reasons for the apparent cancelation of a secret summit between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Neither government has confirmed that a meeting was in the works, though several news outlets quoted Russian sources saying the two were to […]

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China Defends China Sea Exercises, Eyes US-Philippines Drill

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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China’s military insists that a series of recent naval exercises are not related to its disputes with regional neighbors over the South China Sea. Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said Wednesday media reports have speculated excessively about a series of six naval exercises this month, including one in waters near China’s Hainan Island bordering Vietnam. […]

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Amnesty: China Targeting Human Rights Lawyers

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says China has increasingly subjected human rights lawyers to harassment, arbitrary detention and even physical abuse in an effort to stifle dissent. A report issued Thursday by the human rights watchdog outlines the steps Chinese authorities have taken to silence human rights lawyers, including suspending or revoking licenses to prevent them from representing […]

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Chinese Artist Seeks Review of Tax Claim

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The design firm of Chinese government critic Ai Weiwei is challenging a $1.85 million tax bill presented by authorities to the acclaimed artist and activist just days after he was released from nearly three months of confinement. A lawyer retained by Ai’s company said he filed an appeal Wednesday asking for an administrative review of […]

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Hu, Bashir Open Talks After Red-Carpet Welcome

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has held talks with Omar al-Bashir after a red-carpet welcome for the Sudanese president, who faces an international arrest warrant for crimes against humanity. In opening remarks at the Great Hall of the People Wednesday, Mr. Hu said he hopes the visit will consolidate friendship between the two countries and promote […]

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China Says Taiwan Shares Responsibility to Defend Spratlys Claim

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese official dealing with Taiwan relations has said the two governments have a common responsibility to defend Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Yang Yi, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a news conference in Beijing Wednesday that Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are obliged to […]

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