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May 4, 2009

An old way of life is coming to a crashing end in north-western China with two-thirds of Kashgar’s Old City being bulldozed over the past few weeks under a government plan to “modernise” the area.

May 1, 2009

Australia should veto China's planned $19.5 billion investment in miner Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX) (RIO.L), Australia's main opposition Liberal Party said on Friday as political opposition to the deal continued to grow.

May 1, 2009

China has gotten off to a good start with the Obama administration and wants deeper bilateral cooperation, but is not interested in a "G2" arrangement by which Beijing and Washington shape the global economy, a senior Chinese spokesman said on Friday.

Apr 30, 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns instructions to media issued by China's Prison Bureau and Central Propaganda Department that they must only report information distributed through official channels.

Apr 30, 2009

Chinese authorities are planning to construct a new airport in the country's largest desert, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Apr 30, 2009

A new Chinese spy museum exhibits guns disguised as lipstick, hollowed-out coins used to conceal documents and maps hidden as a deck of cards.

Apr 30, 2009

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that he was "pleasantly surprised" at the willingness of some European allies to resettle prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and that the United States was close to making formal requests for European countries to accept specific prisoners.

Apr 30, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested on Thursday that as many as 100 detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba would end up housed on American soil.

Apr 30, 2009

Adil Hakimjan, the first freed Guantánamo prisoner to be granted asylum in Europe, says he is 'very happy.' President Obama called Friday for seven of the 17 remaining Uighurs at the prison to be released.

Apr 29, 2009

BEIJING appears to be reintroducing the tight visa controls and security measures that drastically reduced the capital's population during last year's Olympic Games, this time in anticipation of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

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