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  • Red China: Beijing in uneasy embrace of the greenback

    07/27/2009 2:06:17 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 144+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 7/26/2009 | Richard McGregor in Beijing, Daniel Dombey in Washington
    When top US and Chinese officials meet on Monday for the first high-level talks of the Obama administration, the American complaints about Chinas currency that long bedevilled relations will barely be on the table. For years, Washington alleged that Beijing unfairly manipulated its currency, the renminbi, to support exports, and demanded that China allow it to appreciate to force structural changes in its economy. Humbled by the financial crisis and heavily reliant on Beijing to climb out of it, Washington has shifted gear, relegating the currency to a subset of its push for broader economic reforms in China. The US...
  • Riot hits China's Xinjiang region capital - Xinhua

    07/05/2009 9:22:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,961+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 5, 2009
    Rioters in China's far west Xinjiang region burned vehicles and blocked traffic in the regional capital Urumqi, and police rushed to the scene to impose order, the state news agency reported on Sunday. Restive Xinjiang is divided between the largely Muslim Uighur people and Han Chinese...
  • Catholics in China told to defend faith even if it means martyrdom

    06/17/2009 2:10:10 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 3 replies · 288+ views ^ | 6/17/09 | Nick Squires
    Joseph Zen, the former archbishop of Hong Kong, said the Vatican should harden its line towards Beijing and that a planned meeting of China's officially sanctioned priests and bishops would be a "slap in the face" to Benedict XVI. Catholics who were persecuted by the state in China should be prepared for martyrdom. "If the circumstance so requires, then we must be ready for martyrdom, there is no choice," he said.
  • Freak Beijing storm turns day into night

    06/16/2009 11:42:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1,321+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 16, 2009
    China correspondent Stephen McDonell and ABC cameraman Rob Hill saw day turn into night as a freak storm swept across the capital Beijing today."It was pitch black outside and you could see people looking out from the office towers across the road from us," McDonell said."In a couple of the photos you can see a clock in the distance showing it was around 11:30 am local time."The storms were expected to affect western and northern Xinjiang, most part of Inner Mongolia, north-east China and north China.Today's extreme weather follows yesterday's hail storms across eastern China's Anhui province, which killed...
  • On the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen, speculations about China's future

    06/06/2009 6:43:34 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 268+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 5, 2009 | Kristia Cavere
    Twenty years ago, in the spring of 1989, millions of Chinese people peacefully demanded democracy from their Communist government. Centered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the protestors were protected by the populace who set up barriers to keep them free from government intervention. But on the morning of June 4th, the Communist regime ordered tanks and soldiers to quell the protest. The violence and bloodshed that was the result has two opposing witnesses. The Chinese government insisted that 241 people died, whereas the Chinese Red Cross stated that over 2,600 had perished. Two decades later the innocent blood that was...
  • Tensions rise in China ahead of Tiananmen massacre anniversary

    05/14/2009 12:56:37 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 495+ views
    Kyodo via Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2009 | Kyodo
    An exiled dissident detained for months in China has been slapped with charges of fraud as tensions in the country rise with weeks left to the day the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square was crushed by Chinese troops 20 years ago. Zhou Yongjun, a student leader during the spring 1989 protests, was arrested by police at the end of September last year while crossing into the southern city Shenzhen from Hong Kong, a network monitoring human rights abuses in China said. "Tensions rise every year leading up to the anniversary, but there has been more tension specifically this year,"...
  • McCain in Asia next week [to visit Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and Tokyo]

    03/30/2009 6:41:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 580+ views
    WASHINGTON - Republican US Senator John McCain leaves Washington on Friday on a week-long trip to Asia that will take him to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and Tokyo, his office said on Monday. . . . . . Details of the trip were not immediately available, but the Arizona senator, planned to hold several public events. On his online Twitter feed, Mr McCain revealed Monday that he had met with China's ambassador to the United States in preparation for the trip.
  • Bone analysis shows 20% (Chinese athletes) lied about age

    03/12/2009 4:05:58 PM PDT · by llevrok · 14 replies · 850+ views
    NewsVine.Com ^ | 3/12/09
    BEIJING X-ray bone analysis of 15,000 young Chinese athletes shows about 20 percent have lied about their ages, provincial sports authorities say. The analysis was conducted by sports officials in southern Guangdong province and reported on the Web site of the Southern Metropolis Daily. The confirmation of age-faking again puts pressure on Chinese sports officials. Several of China's gold-medal winning female gymnasts at last year's Olympics were widely suspected of being underage, although they were later cleared by officials of the sport's world governing body. NBA player Yi Jianlian is also widely reported to have falsified his age on...
  • PHOTOS: China won't trade art for rights in Tibet

    02/25/2009 12:29:38 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 599+ views
    atimes. ^ | Feb 26, 2009 | By Antoaneta Bezlova
    As nationalistic passions burn over the fate of looted Chinese artworks auctioned in Paris this week, Beijing is attempting to keep the focus on past humiliations by Western powers and away from delicate issues like human rights and China's handling of Tibet. The twisted tale of two animal heads, cast in bronze, that once adorned the Qing Dynasty pleasure gardens in Beijing and disappeared, allegedly in pillaging by the British and French armies in 1860, took another turn last week when their current owner suggested he would return them if Beijing agreed to free Tibet. "I would be very happy...
  • ICBM test to launch India into Big Five

    02/14/2009 12:28:25 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 2,657+ views
    Times of India ^ | 2/14/2009 | Rajat Pandit
    BANGALORE: India will test its most ambitious strategic missile next year, in what will be its first step towards having potent ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) capabilities, largely the preserve of the Big-5 countries till now. With the design work on the 5,000-km-range Agni-V virtually over now, DRDO chief M Natarajan on Friday said the missile would certainly be tested before December 2010. "I am very confident we will be able to do it,'' he said, speaking on the sidelines of the Aero India-2009 show here. The work on the nuclear-capable Agni-V basically revolves around incorporating a third composite stage in...
  • Fire Engulfs Beijing Hotel Complex

    02/09/2009 3:29:46 PM PST · by cmdjing · 17 replies · 914+ views
    BEIJING A fierce fire engulfed one of the Chinese capitals most architecturally celebrated modern buildings on Monday, the last day of festivities for the lunar new year when the city was ablaze with fireworks. By late evening the blaze was still raging and the cause remained unknown, but it seemed clear that the 34-story structure, not yet completed, had been rendered unusable. The building, a luxury hotel and cultural complex designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is part of China Central Televisions new headquarters, an angular two-legged behemoth built to coincide with the Beijing Olympics last year. Firefighters,...
  • Beijing suffers the curse of the Olympic city

    01/02/2009 3:30:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2009 | Richard Spencer in Beijing
    Three months after the end of the games, new figures show the "Olympic Effect" has been short-lived and hotels are empty, industrial output has fallen and the streets are quiet. Much of the pain is due to the worldwide financial crisis and in some cases due to brave decisions by the government to keep polluting industries shut to spare the environment. But even the biggest single symbol of the modern rise of China, the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, stands forlorn, largely unused except for a shrinking number of tourists. Attempts to attract the city's main football team to move...
  • ** Official 2009 Prediction Thread ** Place your Predictions Here

    12/31/2008 9:34:55 AM PST · by Scythian · 106 replies · 29,961+ views
    Okay, I'll start: 1) Blagojevich walks scott free 2) My salary continues to remain stagnate 3) The bailout results in a massive debt to taxpayers with zero benefit to them 4) Iran aquires nuclear weapons and we (including Bush) failed to do anything about it 5) Jamie Gertz continue's to become even more attractive as she ages
  • Freepers Living in China

    12/29/2008 1:38:20 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 12 replies · 588+ views
    December 9 2009 | Niuhuru
    Are there any Freepers living in China? If so, PM me! I'm looking for penpals!
  • MUST I buy separate ticket for Beijing Airport Express train?

    12/21/2008 9:05:36 PM PST · by rudy45 · 17 replies · 721+ views
    I have a dark blue card from Beijing Subway that I have been using. It says 一卡通 on the front. I use it on all the "regular" lines, 5, 13, 2, 1, 10 etc. and of course the system takes RMB2 from the card each time. I was hoping to be able to put RMB25 on the card, then use that same card on Airport Express 机场快轨, but the person at one of the stations said I couldn't. Is he right? MUST I buy a separate card for 机场快轨, even if I have enough money on my 一卡通? Thanks. It's...
  • China tells US to make sure Beijing's investments are safe

    12/03/2008 6:52:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 700+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/08 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) China's top envoy to high-level economic talks with the United States urged Washington Thursday to make sure Chinese investments in the US economy were safe. "We hope the US side will adopt every necessary measure to stabilise its economy and financial markets and ensure the safety of China's assets and investment in the United States," Vice Premier Wang Qishan said. He made the remark in prepared comments at the start of two days of Sino-US economy talks in Beijing that he is co-chairing with US Treasury chief Henry Paulson. At the end of September, China officially became...
  • [Chinese] Physicist admits sending US space know-how to China

    11/17/2008 1:56:56 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 16 replies · 943+ views
    Breibart ^ | 11.17.08
    A Chinese-born physicist Monday pleaded guilty before a US court to illegally exporting American military space know-how to China, US officials said. Naturalized US citizen Shu Quan-Sheng, admitted handing over to Beijing information on the design and development of a fueling system for space launch vehicles between 2003 and 2007, the Justice Department said. Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by helping Chinese officials based at the space facility on southern Hainan island to develop manned space flight and future missions to the Moon. He also acknowledged he had sent them in December 2003 a...
  • Questions about the Haidian Christian Three-Self Church, in Beijing

    10/31/2008 2:32:12 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 3 replies · 603+ views
    Has anyone been to this church, in Beijing? Do they have a statement of faith? Thanks.
  • Fidel Castro: Corrupt judges hurt Cuban Olympians

    08/26/2008 9:09:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 276+ views
    AP ^ | August 25, 2008
    Fidel Castro says corrupt judges are to blame for Cuba's sub-par showing at the Beijing Olympics. Castro alleges that judges blatantly stole semifinal fights from two Cuban boxers, and that a judge must have been bribed in the case of Angel Matos, who kicked a referee in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal taekwondo match.
  • China's gold medals came at a high price

    08/25/2008 8:01:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies · 337+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2008 | Barbara Demick
    Athletes sacrificed dearly -- one was separated from her toddler, one was banned from eating dinner, one missed a parent's funeral. While Americans spoke of fun, the Chinese were on a 'sacred mission.' If anybody feels a pang of jealousy over China's haul of Olympic gold medals, they need only pause to consider what the athletes went through to get them. The only mother on China's team, Xian Dongmei, told reporters after she won her gold medal in judo that she had not seen her 18-month-old daughter in one year, monitoring the girl's growth only by webcam. Another gold medalist,...