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China must build aircraft carrier 'soon' military says

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:00

China must build an aircraft carrier "soon" if it wants to be taken seriously as a global superpower, a Chinese military official has said.

In China, stark reminders of ethnic unrest

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:00

In a stark reminder of the ethnic unrest facing China, a top leader from Tibet said Friday more security troops were needed while Muslim-majority Xinjiang warned 2009 would be a "severe" year.

Three people in Beijing self-immolation bid have "unreasonable demands"

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:00

The three people from Xinjiang who set themselves on fire in downtown Beijing last month took the extreme action after their "unreasonable demands" were refused, the regional governor said here Friday.

China warns on Xinjiang stability

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:00

Maintaining stability in restive Xinjiang will be a more difficult task this year, a top Chinese official says.

China Human Rights

Thu, 03/05/2009 - 11:00

According to the U.S. Department of State's 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, China’s human rights record remained poor and has worsened in some areas.

Clinton 'very encouraged' by EU stance on Guantanamo inmates

Thu, 03/05/2009 - 11:00

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she was very encouraged by the position of European nations on hosting inmates from Guantanamo prison, which Washington has moved to close.

16 Members of Congress Urge Secretary of State Clinton to Address Human Rights in China

Thu, 03/05/2009 - 11:00

On the eve of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit to the U.S. on March 9, 16 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urging her to make certain her conversations with the Chinese government are consistent with the true state of deteriorating human rights conditions in China.

China to boost military spending

Wed, 03/04/2009 - 11:00

China says it will increase military spending by a "modest" 14.9% this year to 480.6bn yuan ($70.2bn; £50bn).

FACTBOX-China's defence capabilities

Wed, 03/04/2009 - 11:00

China's defense spending has risen steadily in recent years. A government spokesman said on Wednesday the official military budget would grow to 480.7 billion yuan ($70.2 billion) in 2009, a 14.9 percent rise on last year.

China: Labor disputes up 95 percent last year

Wed, 03/04/2009 - 11:00

Labor-related lawsuits nearly doubled in China last year mainly due to mass factory shutdowns, a senior official with the Supreme Court said.

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