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Hu, Bashir Open Talks After Red-Carpet Welcome

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:00 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 controversial visit will consolidate friendship between the two countries and […]

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Report: China’s Communist Party Seeks to Repress Western Influence

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Danish news report says China’s ruling communist party has urged provincial authorities to fight Western influence and intensify control of the Internet and the media. The Danish daily Information said Tuesday that the party’s powerful Central Committee had issued a classified document in March, calling for efforts to prevent foreign influence in China. The […]

Chinese Premier Signs Multi-Billion Dollar Deals with Germany

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has signed $15 billion worth of trade agreements with Germany as his delegation agreed to purchase 88 European-made Airbus planes. The contracts came at the end of the Chinese leader’s three-country tour of Europe, marked by billion-dollar deals with Britain and Hungary and promises of more to come. Mr. Wen also […]

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Reports: Chinese Artist Ordered to Pay nearly $2 Million in Back Taxes

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A close friend of celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the artist-activist, who was released by police last week after nearly three months in confinement, has been ordered to pay nearly $2 million in back taxes and fines. Chinese authorities said Ai confessed to tax evasion. But his family denies he evaded any taxes and […]

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Chinese Local Governments Pile Up Trillions of Dollars of Debt

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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China says its local governments have accumulated about $1.7 trillion of debt due to self-created financing vehicles and massive bank loans. The central government’s chief auditor, Liu Jiaya, revealed the scope of the local government debt Monday during a speech to the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Liu says the amount of money owed by […]

Chinese Premier Meets With German Chancellor

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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German and Chinese leaders on Tuesday pledged an increase in trade between their countries over the next few years as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao began the final stage of his three-nation European trip. German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Mr. Wen to Berlin with a reception Monday, and the two leaders participated in the first-ever joint […]

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China Counters US Senate Rebuke on South China Sea

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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China is brushing off a sharp rebuke from the U.S. Senate, saying the American lawmakers should look for better ways to promote peace and stability in the South China Sea. At a foreign ministry briefing in Beijing Tuesday, spokesman Hong Lei said a unanimous resolution from the U.S. legislative body “doesn’t hold water.” He reiterated […]

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Sudan’s Bashir Arrives in China Amid International Intrigue

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in China for a controversial visit following a mysterious delay blamed by Sudanese officials on U.S.-backed pressure. Chinese officials said after Mr. Bashir’s arrival early Tuesday that a meeting with President Hu Jintao — originally set for Monday evening — will now take place Wednesday. It was not clear whether […]

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Chinese Firm Opens Iraq’s First Oil Field in 20 Years

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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China’s largest state oil company says it has begun operations at an oil field in Iraq, marking the first new oil project to get under way in that country in more than 20 years. The China National Petroleum Corporation said on its website that it began pumping oil last week at the Al-Ahdab field 180 […]

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Sudanese President Arrives 1 Day late for China Visit

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Beijing a day late for a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. Television coverage showed the African leader disembarking from his airplane and being greeted by officials in the Chinese capital Tuesday morning. A Monday evening meeting with Mr. Hu was canceled after Mr. Bashir failed to arrive […]

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