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China’s Xi Backs Beleaguered Hong Kong Leader

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s new leadership is lending its support to Hong Kong’s chief executive, who is under fire for a series of scandals. Chinese Communist party Chief Xi Jinping met Thursday with Leung Chun-ying in Beijing, and praised the work being done by Leung’s administration. Leung’s opponents are now calling for his impeachment following revelations that he […]

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US, China Report Progress on Trade Disputes

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. and Chinese officials finished two days of trade talks Wednesday, touting progress on a number of economic issues that have complicated the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. The annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, held this year in Washington, was the first high-level meeting since President Barack Obama’s re-election […]

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US Indicts 2 Chinese Nationals in Alleged Hi-Tech Scam

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. prosecutors in Oregon have unsealed criminal indictments against two Chinese nationals for their alleged attempts to illegally acquire sensitive technology that can be used in missile and radar systems. The 12-count indictment names Wan Li Yuan and an unidentified accomplice using the alias Jason Jiang, and says they conspired to violate U.S. export regulations […]

Six Chinese Officials Fired for ‘Mishandling’ School Attack

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities have fired six officials for their “improper handling” of last week’s knife attack at an elementary school in a central province that left 23 students injured. The official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday two school principals, two police officers, a local safety official, and a county education director were removed from their posts. […]

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China School Attacker Influenced by End-of-World Prophecies: Police

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say a man who attacked students with a knife outside an elementary school in central Henan province last week may have been influenced by ancient prophecies predicting the end of the world. Police say Min Yongjun rushed into the school Friday with a kitchen knife and allegedly slashed 23 students and an elderly […]

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China Defends Flight Over Disputed Islands

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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China has defended the flight of a government plane in disputed airspace near contested islands in the East China Sea, an incident that provoked a diplomatic dispute with Japan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday Japanese aircraft and ships have entered waters around the islands since September. “The Foreign Ministry has demanded many […]

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Man Stabs 22 Children at Chinese Elementary School

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say a man stabbed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday. The official Xinhua news agency says the knife-wielding man attacked the children outside a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province. It said the children, whose ages are not known, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police […]

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Japan Scrambles F-15s After Chinese Plane Enters Disputed Territory

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese media reports say Tokyo has scrambled F-15 fighter jets after a Chinese plane entered disputed airspace near contested islands in the East China Sea. The reports quote Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura as saying the jets were sent in response to a Chinese Oceanic Administration airplane that was spotted near the islands on Thursday. […]

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China Sentences 3 Muslim Uighurs to Death

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say three Muslim Uighurs have been sentenced to death after they were found guilty of trying to hijack a plane earlier this year. The official Xinhua news agency reported a Chinese court sentenced a fourth man to life in prison Tuesday over the attempted hijacking in June in the restive northwestern region […]

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Report: China Among World’s Worst Jailers of Journalists

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading media rights group says China is currently holding at least 32 journalists behind bars, making it the world’s third-worst jailer of the press. The Committee to Protect Journalists said reporters working in the restive areas of Tibet and Xinjiang are most vulnerable. It said nearly two-thirds of China’s imprisoned journalists are Tibetans or […]

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