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Dec 19, 2007

A Chinese cyber-dissident who criticised the government over human rights abuses ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games has been detained on suspicion of subverting state power, his wife said Wednesday.

Dec 19, 2007

The World Bank has come up with a new way to look at the relative clout of economies, and it turns out most previous estimates have exaggerated the size of China's and India's economies by roughly 40 per cent.

Dec 19, 2007

China continues to be one of the world's fastest growing economies, but in the past year, it faced many worries and criticisms ranging from concerns about inflation, social stability and environmental degradation to global complaints about the safety of Chinese-made goods.

Dec 17, 2007

Taiwan's Vice President Annette Lu on Sunday accused China of interfering with the island's upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls by trying to squeeze its air space.

Dec 17, 2007

Is China readying to bury the hatchet with India in Arunachal Pradesh? For the first time Beijing granted a visa to a resident of Arunachal but the signals are mixed.

Dec 17, 2007

Anxious to retain Kathmandu's allegiance to its 'One China policy' that accepts Tibet as a part of China, Beijing has stepped up its Tibet campaign in Nepal with a blitzkrieg of delegations and propaganda.

Dec 17, 2007

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's principled diplomacy vis-a-vis China has become a hot topic among diplomatic circles in Hong Kong and Beijing in recent days. Merkel, an advocate of the so-called "value-oriented diplomacy" which attaches prime importance to human rights and freedom, met with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama who is the spiritual leader of Tibet, in her office in September.

Dec 12, 2007

Pakistan and China on Tuesday signed an extradition treaty to make cooperation more effective on preventing and suppressing crimes, keeping in view the acts of international terrorism and organised crimes.

Dec 12, 2007

UNPO General Secretary and Members participated in the three day conference in Brussels, co hosted by ALDE and NRP, on topics such as nonviolent strategies and the first world Satyagraha, the situation in the Middle East and enlargement of the EU.

Dec 12, 2007

This year again, large numbers of China’s Muslims will not be allowed to conduct the pilgrimage to Mecca. One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj is a fundamental duty for all able-bodied Muslims, but Chinese law, while theoretically protecting freedom of religion, operates a de facto selection of candidates to the Hajj on the basis of political beliefs and wealth.

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