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Nov 18, 2006

Morality in politics is two-edged. If enough people agree with the principled stand a politician makes, he is a hero. If they do not, he is a fool. This is the curious position in which Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds himself after his blunt (critics would say impolitic) criticisms of China for jailing a man from Burlington named Huseyincan Celil.

Nov 18, 2006

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 17 November 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Nov 18, 2006

Despite the announcement that work on a major new gas pipeline from Kazakstan to China will start in 2008, it remains unclear whether the Kazaks have sufficient reserves to make it feasible, especially in view of their other supply commitments.

Nov 17, 2006

The wife of a Canadian citizen held in a Chinese jail on alleged links to terrorism is hopeful Prime Minister Stephen Harper can shed some light on her husband's condition.

Nov 17, 2006

At long last, this country has a leader in Ottawa who is motivated by principles, not by money

Nov 17, 2006

China's apparent snub to Canada on the sidelines of this weekend's Apec summit in Hanoi has been put down in the media to Ottawa's criticism of Beijing's handling of human rights.

Nov 17, 2006

The Pentagon says it has sent three more Guantánamo captives to Albania for resettlement as refugees -- men from Algeria, Egypt and the former Soviet Union -- whom the military had concluded weren't enemy combatants.

Nov 17, 2006

IN CHINA, as elsewhere, people with HIV/AIDS often suffer discrimination. But a far bigger group of virus carriers in China encounters similar bigotry. For 130m Chinese carrying the hepatitis B virus, which can cause fatal liver diseases, it can be hard to get a job—or even a decent education, as a group of schoolchildren in the far west recently found out.

Nov 15, 2006

Canada will not "sell-out" its position on human rights to cash in on trade and investment with China, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday, firmly putting his government\'s stamp on relations with the Communist powerhouse.

Nov 15, 2006

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not have an official meeting with his Chinese counterpart during this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, in an apparent snub by Beijing over the Conservative government's emphasis on human rights.

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