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China

12.04.2010

The Chinese government puts the maintenance of social stability as a paramount task. Social unrest, or what is called mass incidents in Chinese, have been increasing. Officially, the number of mass incidents in 1995 was just more than 10,000; by 2006, the number was more than 60,000. The real figure is probably higher. Just last month in Kunming, what appeared as a dispute between unlicensed street vendors and law-enforcement officers, or chengguan in Chinese, escalated into a full-blown rampage by concerned citizens, leaving dozens of people injured and 10 vehicles damaged.

09.04.2010

A “pigeon bomb” explosion — suspected to be a terrorist attack — occurred in Shenzhen [...] on the morning of March 31st. A pigeon of unknown origins with a bomb died to it flew to the northwest corner of the News Center Building [信息枢纽大厦] near Futian and suddenly exploded. The bird died a cruel death, but there were no human casualties.

07.04.2010

Think of it as a tale of two countries. When it comes to procuring the resources that make industrial societies run, China is now the shopaholic of planet Earth, while the United States is staying at home. Hard-hit by the global recession, the United States has experienced a marked decline in the consumption of oil and other key industrial materials. Not so China. With the recession's crippling effects expected to linger in the US for many years, analysts foresee a slow recovery when it comes to resource consumption. Not so China.

01.04.2010

At least 51 miners have survived the underground coal mine explosion that left at least eight dead and one injured in central China's Henan Province Wednesday.

Henan Governor Guo Gengmao said Thursday mine manager Wang Guozheng has not been contactable since the gas explosion occurred at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday in the mine operated by Guomin Mining Co., Ltd. in Yichuan County, Luoyang City.

At least eight have died and it was estimated that 27 others may be still trapped underground, said a spokesman with the rescue headquarters.

18.03.2010

China has finished the construction of a tunnel under the Amur River to accommodate an extension of a pipeline intended to pump millions of tons of Russian oil to the energy-hungry country every year, the Xinhua news agency said Thursday.

More than 80 Chinese workers have been involved in the drilling of a 1,900-meter tunnel on the Russian-Chinese border since September last year, Xinhua said.

04.03.2010

A flurry of recent diplomacy has centered on the United States' drive to have a further round of United Nations sanctions slapped on Iran over its nuclear program on concern that it might not be solely for peaceful purposes; something Tehran consistently denies.

The most magnificent gesture, according to a report in the UK's Telegraph newspaper on February 28 [1], was made by Tehran:

Seeking to undermine [sanctions] efforts, Iran on Sunday presented Russia with two rare Persian leopards - a gift personally solicited by Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister.

02.03.2010

The triangular security relationship between the United States, China and Taiwan is under strain again. The January 29 announcement of the $6.4 billion U.S. arms sales package to Taiwan marks a low point, but no major change in direction, for a U.S.-China relationship that began a downward spiral months ago. While not likely to cause bilateral relations to nosedive, the arms package does add another dip to a recently bumpy ride attributable to a host of issues ranging from Copenhagen 2009, the Iranian nuclear impasse to the Google debacle.

21.02.2010

Russia has repeatedly pledged to expand its trade with China, as the Kremlin appeared to view these commercial ties as an important indicator of what was officially described as a bilateral strategic partnership.

19.02.2010

State Council of the People's Republic of China published a report on human rights in the United States in 2007 on March 13, 2008. This document is Beijing's reaction to appearance of the Report on human rights in the world the US Department of State posted on its web site on March 11. The American report includes the traditional accusations of China and other countries, unfair more often than not. This is the ninth year in a row that China drew a report on the state of affairs with human rights in the United States itself.

29.10.2009

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - China and the United States kicked off an annual trade meeting on Thursday with both sides reiterating calls against protectionism, against a backdrop of friction over trade and the value of their currencies.
The annual Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting, held in a garden compound in the lakeside city of Hangzhou, comes just a few weeks before U.S. president Barack Obama's first official trip to China.