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China Rejects Vietnamese Report of Maritime Incident

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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China has accused Vietnam of illegally entering its waters and endangering Chinese fishermen’s lives in a South China Sea territorial dispute. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued the condemnation of Vietnam late Thursday, after Hanoi said a Chinese fishing trawler rammed an oil exploration ship in Vietnam’s waters. But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said […]

Chinese Company to Launch English Microblog Service

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Chinese online media company Sina says it is launching an English-language microblog aimed at users abroad, The company says the English version of its popular Weibo microblog service will debut later this year, but no launch date has been set. Chinese reports last week saying the company was considering the move prompted some analysts […]

French IMF Candidate Voices Satisfaction After Beijing Talks

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde says she is “very satisfied” after two days of talks with Chinese leaders about her bid to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde spoke to reporters in Beijing Thursday following meetings with Vice Premier Wang Qishan, central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, and other senior officials. She said […]

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China Rejects UN Criticism of Monk Arrests

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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China has rejected criticism from a United Nations human rights panel about the status of more than 300 Tibetan monks arrested earlier this year in Sichuan province, saying the detained monks are undergoing “legal education” under the local authorities. The U.N. Working group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on Wednesday called on Beijing to disclose […]

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At Least 3 Chinese Kidnapped in Colombia

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Leftist rebels in Colombia have kidnapped four Chinese oil workers in southern Caqueta province. Both the Colombian and Chinese governments confirmed the incident Wednesday. Officials said the kidnapping took place Tuesday when armed men forced the workers out of their vehicle at gunpoint near the town of San Vicente de Caguan. The Colombian driver of […]

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Somali Pirates Free Chinese Ship With 29 Crew

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released a Chinese cargo ship and its 29 Chinese crew members after nearly seven months in captivity. The European Union’s anti-piracy force said Thursday that the MV Yuan Xiang is heading for a safe port after being freed a day earlier. It said it had no information on the condition of the […]

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Chinese Coal Driver Sentenced to Death in Killing of Mongolian Herder

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese coal driver has been sentenced to death for killing a Mongolian herder in a case that sparked weeks of unrest across Inner Mongolia. China’s official Xinhua news agency said the sentence was handed down Wednesday after a six-hour trial in the Chinese autonomous region. The court found that driver Li Lindong killed the […]

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China Says Libyan Rebels Will Visit Beijing

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say they will soon receive a delegation from the Libyan opposition movement in Beijing. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry official Chen Xiaodong announcing the visit at a briefing Thursday. He spoke as an envoy from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was ending a two-day visit in which he urged China to […]

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China Rebuts Panetta Remarks, Accuses US of Trouble-Making

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state media are accusing the United States of trying to provoke trouble between China and its Asian neighbors. The Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper quoted a policy expert Thursday commenting on written remarks provided by U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta to a Congressional panel considering his nomination to be the next U.S. […]

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Libya Seeks Chinese Help in Securing Cease-Fire With Rebels

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say an envoy from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged China to help secure a cease-fire between his government and rebel forces in the east of the country. The official Xinhua news agency said Abdelati Obeidi made the remark at a meeting in Beijing Wednesday with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Yang was […]

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