August 2007

Merkel seen as tough on rights in China trip

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's straight talking on freedoms during her three-day China trip signals a departure from a traditionally low-key European stance on sensitive issues, analysts said.

China says its military not a threat

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:00

Claims that China's military development is a threat are "totally groundless," Beijing's defense chief said in Tokyo on Thursday while assuring his Japanese hosts that China is becoming more open about its defense spending.

China Replaces 5 Cabinet Ministers

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:00

China replaced its finance minister, the head of the secret police and three other Cabinet members, the government said Thursday, in a reshuffling of senior posts ahead of a major Communist Party meeting that will set policies for the next five years.

British minister presses China on human rights, Darfur

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:00

A British minister said Thursday he pressured China to improve its human rights record, telling officials a failure to do so could affect their staging of next year's Olympic Games.

American's imprisonment in Kazakhstan seen as political

Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:00

Mark Seidenfeld, a 39-year-old American telecommunications executive, lived for years in this booming alpine city as a prominent executive, one of thousands of foreign businessmen who shuttled around town in chauffeured SUVs as they managed Kazakhstan's transition from Communism to one of the most sophisticated market economies in the former Soviet Union.

Mia Farrow condemns China's apathy towards Darfur

Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:00

Actress and activist Mia Farrow has launched a scathing attack on China for its apathy towards the inhabitants of the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan.

Yahoo Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Alleging It Helped China Torture, Jail Dissident

Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:00

Yahoo has asked a California court to throw out a case brought by the World Organization for Human Rights USA, claiming the company helped the Chinese government violate the rights of a writer who was jailed after Yahoo turned over his e-mail records.

China Wants Control of Reincarnation of Tibetan Living Buddhas

Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:00

As of September 1, China is tightening control over Tibetan Buddhism with a new law requiring government permission for the reincarnation of lamas. Tibetan activists say this is another attempt by communist Chinese leaders to undermine Tibetan culture and even absurdly to control the religious afterlife. VOA's Heda Bayron has more on the story from our Asia News Center in Hong Kong.

China welcomes U.S. opposition to Taiwan U.N. bid

Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:00

China welcomed U.S. pressure on Taiwan to drop its plan for a referendum on membership of the United Nations, saying the island's attempts to assert nationhood were doomed to failure.

Respect international rules, China told

Tue, 08/28/2007 - 12:00

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel raised human rights and other sensitive issues with China's leaders overnight, while bluntly telling them to respect the rules of international trade and development.