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China Warns Philippines in South China Sea Dispute

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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China is telling the Philippines to stop harming its rights and interests by complaining about Chinese activities in the South China Sea. At a foreign ministry briefing Tuesday, spokesman Hong Lei said the Philippine government should stop publishing “irresponsible statements” that do not match the facts. He added that Chinese vessels were carrying out scientific […]

Tourism, Flights, Fugitives on Agenda for China-Taiwan Talks

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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A plan to let Chinese tourists visit Taiwan on their own — rather than as part of tour groups — is expected to be approved at a meeting between Chinese and Taiwan officials in Taipei Wednesday. The officials will review a total of six cross-Strait agreements negotiated by the two governments since Taiwan President Ma […]

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South Korea’s Nuclear Negotiator to Meet with Chinese Counterpart

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea says its top envoy to nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea will visit China this week to meet with his counterpart. South Korea’s foreign ministry announced Tuesday that Wi Sung-lac will meet Thursday with China’s representative to the six-party nuclear talks, Wu Dawei. The two are expected to discuss ways of reviving the […]

China Floods Kill 14, Displace 45,000 as Drought Eases

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy rains have eased a drought that has gripped parts of central and southern China, but killed at least 14 people and displaced tens of thousands in a southwestern region. Chinese state media said Tuesday that 35 other people are missing and 3,000 are stranded in a single county in Guizhou province. It said 45,000 […]

China Floods Kill 14, Displace 45,000 as Drought Eases

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy rains have eased a drought that has gripped parts of central and southern China, but killed at least 14 people and displaced tens of thousands in a southwestern region. Chinese state media said Tuesday that 35 other people are missing and 3,000 are stranded in a single county in Guizhou province. It said 45,000 […]

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US: China Agrees to end Wind Power Subsidies

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has agreed to stop subsidizing domestic manufacturers of wind energy turbine components, after the United States filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging the subsidies illegally shut out foreign competition. The U.S. challenge was filed in December, just weeks before a U.S. visit by China’s President Hu Jintao. The challenge accused Beijing […]

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Chemical Spills Contaminate Drinking Water in Eastern China

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Schools are closed and stores have been stripped of bottled water in eastern China after a pair of incidents contaminated drinking water used by hundreds of thousands of people. In the first incident, a traffic accident late Saturday caused 21 tons of carbolic acid to spill into the Xin’an River, the main source of drinking […]

Fresh Charges Roil Two South China Sea Disputes

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario says China has “aggressively violated” a 2002 agreement with its Southeast Asian neighbors by recently unloading building materials on a set of reefs near his country. Del Rosario said in a commentary published Tuesday that China’s action is the most serious challenge to Philippine sovereignty in the South […]

Chinese Floods Kill 14, Displace 45,000 as Drought Eases

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say 14 people are dead and tens of thousands have been displaced by flooding in southwestern China. The official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday that 35 other people are missing and 3,000 are stranded in a single county in Guizhou province. It said 45,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes […]

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Rains Ease Chinese Drought, Bring Flooding Fears

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Several days of torrential rains in drought-stricken southern and eastern China has triggered flood warnings and the evacuations of tens of thousands of people. State television on Monday showed water roaring through towns in southwestern Guizhou province and hundreds of damaged or destroyed houses. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said some 200,000 people in the […]

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