February 2008

Spielberg 'breached Olympic spirit'

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

Organisers of the Beijing Olympics denounced any linking of sport and politics as a contravention of the “Olympic spirit” on Thursday following the resignation of Steven Spielberg, the US film director, as an artistic adviser on the games’ opening and closing ceremonies.

China: Link to Darfur 'unfair'

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

Efforts to link China to the Darfur crisis are "irresponsible and unfair," a government spokesman said in comments published Thursday, following director Steven Spielberg's decision to drop out as a Beijing Olympics adviser on human rights grounds.

The power of protest

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

The Chinese foreign ministry argued that "it is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur", and went on to urge America to stop its "Cold War thinking", accusing some of its detractors of harbouring "ulterior motives".

Beijing Olympics Won't Change China

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

The summer Olympic Games to be held in Beijing will probably be the most watched ever. That and the location -- China -- make it irresistible to those with a political cause to advocate, be that cause the host country's record on human rights, press freedom and political dissent, or its policies on Dafur.

EU President Advises Against Protests

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

The European Union wants athletes to resist raising human rights and other sensitive political issues during the Beijing Olympics.

Bush says still plans to visit Beijing Olympics

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 11:00

US President George W. Bush said Thursday he had not changed his plans to attend the Beijing Olympics, despite a growing row over China's support for Sudan amid the Darfur crisis.

In Olympic year, China urged to use its influence in Darfur

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

China has been called upon to abandon its support for Sudan by a coalition of Nobel Prize-winners and international athletes, who demanded that this year's Olympic hosts cease to trade with a regime which is held responsible by the world for the carnage in Darfur.

China tells US to drop Cold War attitude after 'spy' arrests

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

China on Thursday told the United States to drop its "Cold War" attitude and stop accusing Beijing of espionage, after US authorities arrested four people on charges of spying for the Chinese.

UNPO Meets Dutch MP Van Baalen (VVD)

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

UNPO met Dutch MP Hans Van Baalen (VVD) to ask him to intervene at meetings planned for March 2008 between the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  The meetings will discuss Dutch human rights policy and relations with China – topics of particular importance to UNPO Members.

Work could start on Xinjiang railways - NDRC

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:00

Construction could start this year on three railways in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, sources with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday.

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