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Aug 30, 2007

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's straight talking on freedoms during her three-day China trip signals a departure from a traditionally low-key European stance on sensitive issues, analysts said.

Aug 29, 2007

China welcomed U.S. pressure on Taiwan to drop its plan for a referendum on membership of the United Nations, saying the island's attempts to assert nationhood were doomed to failure.

Aug 29, 2007

As of September 1, China is tightening control over Tibetan Buddhism with a new law requiring government permission for the reincarnation of lamas. Tibetan activists say this is another attempt by communist Chinese leaders to undermine Tibetan culture and even absurdly to control the religious afterlife. VOA's Heda Bayron has more on the story from our Asia News Center in Hong Kong.

Aug 29, 2007

Yahoo has asked a California court to throw out a case brought by the World Organization for Human Rights USA, claiming the company helped the Chinese government violate the rights of a writer who was jailed after Yahoo turned over his e-mail records.

Aug 29, 2007

Actress and activist Mia Farrow has launched a scathing attack on China for its apathy towards the inhabitants of the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan.

Aug 29, 2007

Mark Seidenfeld, a 39-year-old American telecommunications executive, lived for years in this booming alpine city as a prominent executive, one of thousands of foreign businessmen who shuttled around town in chauffeured SUVs as they managed Kazakhstan's transition from Communism to one of the most sophisticated market economies in the former Soviet Union.

Aug 28, 2007

China's Communist Party will open a critical meeting on Oct. 15, state media said on Tuesday, announcing a congress at which president and party chief Hu Jintao is expected to consolidate power with a leadership reshuffle.

Aug 28, 2007

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China's largest oil producer, announced Monday that route of China's second West-East natural gas pipeline has been basically decided.

Aug 28, 2007

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel raised human rights and other sensitive issues with China's leaders overnight, while bluntly telling them to respect the rules of international trade and development.

Aug 24, 2007

China Aid learned that Chinese central government has launched a nationwide targeted campaign to clamp down the so-called "illegal religious activities" since mid-July 2007. Reports indicate massive arrests have occurred in at least 8 provinces including Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Jiangsu, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi and Anhui. Some are still being detained for receiving bibles while some were persecuted by having their water and electricity cut off by the government because of hosting Sunday schools at home.

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