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Oct 8, 2007

All news is good news this week. China’s ruling Communist Party is determined to make sure that its five-yearly congress goes without a hitch and is remembered as a glorious moment in its 58-year rule.

Oct 5, 2007

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and other campaigners against climate change lead experts' choices for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, an award once reserved for statesmen, peacemakers and human rights activists.

Oct 5, 2007

A clash between farmers and police in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang over the price of cotton injured at least 40 people, a Hong Kong human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

Oct 5, 2007

Cotton farmers in China's far west clashed with police and paramilitary guards over alleged price-fixing by local authorities, leaving 40 people injured, witnesses and a Hong Kong media report said Friday.

Oct 3, 2007

China cannot compromise on its claim to Taiwan and is ready for "grave" scenarios, a top adviser said, days after the island's ruling party resolved to recommend a new constitution, with implications of independence from China.

Oct 3, 2007

Taiwan's military is likely to unveil a domestically developed cruise missile during next week's National Day parade that is capable of hitting targets in China, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

Oct 1, 2007

Collective for the Boycott of the Beijing Olympics (COBOP), a group of French Associations supported by many other organisations, journals, professors, philosophers and intellectuals held a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy today, calling for boycotting next year's Beijing Games.

Oct 1, 2007

She grew up in poverty in the remote Xinjiang region of China, was twice married and the mother of “at least 11 children”*, but later came to be known as “The Millionairess” because of her successful trading and business acumen. Rebiya Kadeer later came to international prominence when she was imprisoned by the Chinese authorities and adopted as a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International.

Sep 28, 2007

With the appointment of a new bishop and the controversy over government 'approval' of future Lamas, it may be easy to forget that China's significant Muslim population suffers from similar religious restrictions.

Sep 28, 2007

China's leaders are dreaming of prosperity and good fortune by deciding to open the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing at 8:08 p.m. on Aug. 8. But when the Olympic torch is lit in Beijing's spectacular new National Stadium, known as the "bird's nest" for its intricate steel beams, the world's attention may be focused as much on China's failures as its success.

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