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Report Says Chinese Officials Ignore Lead Poisoning in Children

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says authorities in four Chinese provinces are hiding test results and denying care to children suffering the effects of industrial lead pollution. In a 75-page report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says parents, journalists and others who speak out about the problem have been “detained, harassed and ultimately silenced.” The […]

Australia, China Nearing Agreement on Prisoner Exchange Treaty

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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A new prisoner exchange treaty between Australia and China could allow mining executive Stern Hu and dozens of other Australians imprisoned in China to serve out their sentences at home. The Chinese-born Hu, an executive at Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, was sentenced last year for stealing commercial secrets and accepting bribes. A total of […]

New Round of Rain in China Forces Evacuation

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New bouts of torrential rain in central China Tuesday forced the evacuation of more than 55,000 people. Official news media said most of the evacuations were in the city of Xianning in Hubei province. Heavy downpours in the past week have triggered floods and landslides in 13 provinces in central and southern China, affecting more […]

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US Senators: China Blocking Inquiry into Counterfeit Parts

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 1:21 pm (UTC-5)
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Some leading U.S. lawmakers are accusing China of hampering an investigation into counterfeit electronics that ended up in U.S. weapons systems. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Senator John McCain spoke to reporters at a news conference in Washington Tuesday. They said China has so far declined allow the committee’s staff members to […]

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China Pushes Iran to Return to Talks on Sidelines of Security Summit

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged his Iranian counterpart to resume six-nation talks as soon as possible, to guarantee Iran’s right of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Both Mr. Hu and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, for the annual summit of the Asian regional alliance known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. […]

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Chinese Inflation Rate Rises in May

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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China’s inflation rate rose to 5.5. percent in May, its highest level in nearly three years despite government efforts to slow the fast-growing economy. Last month’s inflation rate edged above the 5.3 percent rate posted in April, driven by rising food prices brought on by crippling drought conditions in some parts of China. Beijing has […]

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China ‘Firmly Opposed’ to Foreign Involvement in Maritime Disputes

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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China says it is “firmly opposed” to foreign involvement in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and is warning other Asian nations to refrain from “irresponsible” comments on their competing maritime claims in the region. Tuesday’s warning in the Liberation Army Daily newspaper comes as the Philippines made clear it would welcome U.S. help […]

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New Chinese Websites Recount Stories of Corruption

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Internet users are flocking to a rash of new websites where citizens describe how they bribed government officials. One of the sites, called “I Made a Bribe,” attracted more than 60,000 visitors in its first three days. The inspiration for the websites comes from a site created last year by the India-based Janaagraha Centre […]

China Pledges Not to Use Force in China Sea Dispute

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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China said Tuesday it will not use force in disputes with its neighbors over the South China Sea, but delivered an implied rebuke to U.S. senators who say the U.S. military should safeguard navigation in the strategic waterway. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China will not “resort […]

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China Pledges Not to Use Force in China Sea Dispute

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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China said Tuesday it will not use force in disputes with its neighbors over the South China Sea, but delivered an implied rebuke to U.S. senators who say the U.S. military should safeguard navigation in the strategic waterway. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China will not “resort […]

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