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Dec 7, 2007

J. Wells Dixon [Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyer for several Guantanamo prisoners]: "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) returned to the United States Supreme Court yesterday for arguments in Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, which will likely decide the fate of about 300 men held without charge or trial in Guantanamo Bay.

Dec 7, 2007

The Chinese assistant of an American Christian businessman remained detained Friday, December 7, after being sentenced to two years « education through labor » on charges of helping foreigners in « illegal activities », a Christian rights group said.

Dec 7, 2007

The deteriorating U.S. economy, presidential election season and tensions with Iran will influence U.S. Asia policy. However, beyond these important peripherals, Washington will confront increasing dissonance in Chinese foreign policy, new versions of old tensions over Taiwan and obstacles in the six-party talks on North Korea.

Dec 7, 2007

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart, George W. Bush, spoke on the phone about building closer bilateral ties and resolving global disputes such as Iran, China said Friday.

Dec 7, 2007

A wave of high-level visits by the Dalai Lama to Western countries will have no effect on the status of Chinese-ruled Tibet, and will only serve to harm relations with Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Dec 7, 2007

Due to shrinking surface area, Xinjiang's largest salt lake, Aibi Lake, has increased the desertification of the area and subsequently transformed into one of China's major sandstorm sources.

Dec 6, 2007

Chinese Foreign Minister denies his country is cyber-spying on others - but says China is a victim of web-attacks

Dec 6, 2007

A majority of Europeans and Americans said they perceive China's emergence as a major economic power as a threat, according to a survey published by the German Marshall Fund.

Dec 6, 2007

The United States has proposed starting a dialogue with China on nuclear weapons and strategy. VOA's Al Pessin reports the proposal came during an annual meeting between senior U.S. and Chinese defense officials at the Pentagon, which included military officers responsible for each country's nuclear weapons.

Dec 6, 2007

The Geneva-based Center on Housing Rights and Evictions has given its 2007 Housing Rights Violator Awards to Burma, China and Slovakia. The citation is given to governments or public institutions that systematically violate housing rights and fail to abide by international law. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.

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