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Moderate Earthquake Hits Northwest China

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted China’s Nangqian County in northwest Yushu prefecture Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Center says the epicenter of the quake was 118 kilometers west of the town of Gyegu at a depth of 25 kilometers. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties or damage in the area, largely […]

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Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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China and Vietnam pledged Sunday to resolve their maritime dispute in the South China Sea through peaceful dialogue. Chinese media sais Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vietnamese Vice Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son met in Beijing Saturday and agreed to address the dispute through negotiations and peaceful, friendly consultations. However, no details on specific […]

Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Hu Jia Freed From Jail

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The wife of a prominent Chinese human rights activist says he was released Sunday after spending more than three years in prison for subversion. The wife of Hu Jia said in a Twitter message that Hu is safe and very happy. Hu’s three-and-a-half-year prison sentence was set to end Sunday. Hu was jailed in 2008, […]

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Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Hu Jia Freed From Jail

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The wife of a prominent Chinese human rights activist says he was released Sunday after spending more than three years in prison for subversion. Zeng Jinyan said in a Twitter message that Hu is safe and very happy. Hu’s three and-a-half year prison sentence was set to end Sunday. Hu was jailed in 2008, just […]

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Taiwan May Open Parliament to Chinese Tourists

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s parliamentary speaker says he will consider opening the legislative floor to Chinese tourists so they can learn about how democracy works on the island. According to local media, lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng of the ruling Nationalist Party proposed late Friday that if Chinese tourists are allowed more access to the operations of Taiwan’s democracy, it […]

Colleagues of Chinese Artist Released from Detention

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has confirmed that four of his associates were freed from detention this week, soon after he was released from prison on bail. Ai was released Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. He is one of the most prominent activists detained in China’s crackdown on dissent, which began in […]

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US Calls for Calm Regarding South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. diplomat has appealed for restraint by all parties to the South China Sea territorial dispute. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Friday the U.S. does not take a stand on the sovereignty of the sea, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The three countries have been arguing about the […]

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US Calls for Calm Over South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. official says Washington wants nothing more than peace and stability for the hotly contested South China Sea. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters Friday the U.S. does not take a stand on the sovereignty of the sea, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The three countries have been […]

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Chinese Premier Begins Europe Tour

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Hungary Friday to start of a five-day tour of Europe that will also see him in Britain and Germany. Mr. Wen’s visit is likely to focus on economic issues. His trip coincides with sharp economic problems in Greece that have European leaders worried about the financial stability of the […]

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China’s Communist Party Membership Exceeds 80 Million

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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China’s official news agency says membership in the country’s Communist Party has surpassed 80 million. The Xinhua news agency reported Friday that party membership swelled to 80.27 million in 2010, an increase of two million from 2009. Xinhua quoted Wang Qinfeng, deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central committee, as saying that […]

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