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Senate Reaffirms US Support for Japan in Land Dispute With China

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved an amendment that reaffirms Washington’s commitment to Japan in its territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. The measure was attached Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2012, which is still being debated in the Senate – the upper body of […]

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Chinese, US Soldiers Complete Joint Disaster Exercises

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Chinese and U.S. militaries are getting to know each other better, even as tensions rise across the Asia-Pacific region. Officers from the two countries completed a joint exercise Friday in Chengdu with the goal of finding ways to better coordinate a response to a natural disaster. The United States and China have spoken several […]

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ASEAN Chief Worries Beijing Raising Stakes in South China Sea

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South-East Asia’s leading diplomat is joining those worried China is dangerously raising tensions over the disputed South China Sea. ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan says Beijing’s plan to possibly board and search foreign ships is alarming. “Certainly it has raised a lot of concern and anxiety and I think it is creating a bit of […]

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Nephew of Blind Chinese Activist Sentenced to Prison

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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The nephew of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has been sentenced to more than three years in prison in a case seen by rights groups as retaliation for Chen’s escape from house arrest earlier this year. The Yinan County People’s Court convicted Chen Kegui Friday of assaulting officials earlier this year who stormed into his […]

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Nephew of Blind Chinese Activist on Trial

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The nephew of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has gone on trial in a case seen by rights groups as retaliation for Chen’s escape from house arrest earlier this year. The father of Chen Kegui said his son faced charges Friday in the northeastern Yinan County Court that he assaulted officials who stormed into his […]

Nephew of Blind Chinese Activist on Trial

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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The nephew of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has gone on trial in a case seen by rights groups as retaliation for Chen’s escape from house arrest earlier this year and subsequent asylum in the United States. The father of Chen Kegui said his son faced charges Friday in the northeastern Yinan County Court that […]

Group Says China Fueling Global Illegal Timber Trade

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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A top environmental group says China is fueling the global illegal timber trade as it tries to power its rapidly growing economy. A report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said China’s “insatiable appetite for raw material” is also “effectively exporting deforestation around the world.” It said China, the world’s second largest economy, is the […]

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China Border Patrols to Search, Expel ‘Illegal’ Foreign Ships

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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China will soon allow border police to board and search foreign ships that enter what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea. In a move likely to raise regional tensions, state media say police in the southern island province of Hainan will soon be authorized to “land on, check, seize, and […]

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China Border Patrols to Search, Expel ‘Illegal’ Foreign Ships

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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China will soon allow border police to board and search foreign ships that enter what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea. In a move likely to raise regional tensions, state media say police in the southern island province of Hainan will soon be authorized to “land on, check, seize, and […]

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Philippines Joins Vietnam in Refusing to Stamp New Chinese Passport

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Philippines has become the second Asian nation to refuse to stamp China’s new electronic passports, which include a controversial map depicting the South China Sea’s disputed waters as Chinese territory. The Philippine foreign ministry said Wednesday that stamping the Chinese passport could be seen as “legitimizing” what it calls Beijing’s “excessive” territorial claim, depicted […]

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