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Chinese Court Upholds Tax Charges Against Dissident Ai Weiwei

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has upheld a $2.4 million tax-evasion fine against dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who says the charges are politically motivated. Speaking to reporters outside a Beijing court Thursday, the internationally recognized artist called the ruling “shameless,” saying his lawyers were not allowed to present his case. “Moreover, they didn’t even inform us of […]

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Japan’s Noda Vows No Compromise in Island Dispute with China

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Tokyo will not compromise on its claim to a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute with China. Speaking at a news conference at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Noda also defended his government’s recent purchase of the East China Sea […]

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Chinese Court Upholds Tax Charges Against Dissident Ai Weiwei

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has upheld a $2.4 million tax evasion fine against dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who says the charges are politically motivated. Speaking to reporters outside a Beijing court Thursday, the internationally recognized artist called the ruling “shameless,” saying his lawyers were not allowed to present his case. It was the second time that […]

Tibetans Hope China’s New Leaders Bring New Policies

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tibetan exiles from around the world are meeting this week in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala to discuss the plight of Tibetan people under Chinese rule of their homeland. The four-day meeting comes just weeks before China holds a once-a-decade transfer of power. And some wonder if the man slated to become China’s next […]

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Japan, China Hold High-Level Talks on Island Dispute, No Progress Reported

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A bitter territorial dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of improvement Tuesday, as foreign ministers from both countries held high-level talks to ease tensions. The official Xinhua news agency says Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi “reiterated China’s position” on the disputed East China Sea islands during the talks, which were held on the sidelines […]

China’s Top Officials Attend Launching of First Aircraft Carrier

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has launched the country’s first aircraft carrier into service, raising new concerns about Beijing’s growing military strength. Premier Wen Jiabao and other high-ranking officials joined hundreds of navy personnel in the ceremony Tuesday at Dalian port in northeastern China. China bought the 300-meter Soviet-built vessel in 1998 from Ukraine and had […]

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Tibetan Exiles Meet in India to Discuss Self-Immolations

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tibetan exiles from around the world are holding talks in northern India on ways to respond to a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans protesting Chinese rule. Some 400 delegates met in the Indian town of Dharamsala Tuesday for the start of the Special General Meeting of Tibetans. Tuesday’s gathering began with a procession of attendees […]

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Tibetan Exiles Meet in India to Discuss Immolations

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tibetan exiles from around the world are gathering in northern India for talks on ways to respond to a wave of self-immolation protests in Tibetan areas of China as well as garner support for their cause. Around 400 delegates are meeting in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala Tuesday for the Special General Meeting of […]

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Tibetan Exiles Gather in Northern India for Meeting

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Tibetan exiles from around the world are gathering in northern India for talks on ways to stem a wave of self-immolation protests as well as garner support for their cause. Around 400 delegates are meeting in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala Tuesday for the Special General Meeting of Tibetans. The four-day gathering began with […]

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Japan, Taiwan Coast Guards Trade Water Cannon Fire Near Disputed Islands

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts Tuesday in the East China Sea, further complicating a tense territorial dispute that has also upset Japan-China relations. The tussle, which was shown on Japanese television, came as at least eight Taiwanese patrol ships escorted dozens of fishing boats near disputed islands claimed by all […]

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