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China sentences four to death over Xinjiang unrest

BEIJING — China has sentenced four people to death over unrest in the ethnically-torn Xinjiang region, state media reported Thursday, after vowing to crack down on “terrorism” in the troubled far-western area. Two others were jailed for 19 years over a wave of deadly violence in July in the region,…

China hits back at Romney trade jibes

China slammed US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Thursday after he said he would end his country’s “trade surrender” to Beijing, accusing him and other would-be candidates of “scapegoating China”. An English-language commentary by the state Xinhua news agency called his remarks “old-fashioned and ill-advised”, warning: “China is no cause of…

Trapped Chinese miners unlikely to survive: Xinhua

Three workers trapped in a mine in northeastern China since it flooded 10 days ago are unlikely to survive the disaster, according to the state Xinhua news agency. Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled 19 miners from the pit in China’s Heilongjiang province, providing a rare good-news story in an industry…

China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumors

China’s state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the “cancer” of online rumours, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites. The Xinhua news agency’s call for an end to online “rumour-mongering” came days after a similar warning from a…

China moves Tibet hardliner to heavily Catholic province

BEIJING (Reuters) – The hardline Chinese official removed last week as Communist Party chief of restive Tibet has been made head of the province in the center of contention over China’s Catholics, giving him an influential role in another sensitive religious issue. Zhang Qingli, who gained a reputation as an…

Chinese media dismisses ‘cock-and-bull’ Pentagon report

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s state news agency on Thursday condemned a Pentagon report on China’s growing military might, calling its account of Beijing’s weapons modernization drive an alarmist “cock-and-bull story.” The Pentagon’s annual assessment of China’s military strength, which was released on Wednesday, said Beijing appeared to be on track…

Tibetan monk sets self on fire to protest Chinese crackdown

BEIJING (AFP) – A monk has set himself on fire in an area of south-western China with a large Tibetan population that has experienced unrest in recent years, state media reported on Monday. The official Xinhua news agency quoted local authorities as saying the monk set himself on fire in…

Storm threatens China chemical plant

China battled Monday to avert a disaster at a chemical plant on its northeast coast as a severe tropical storm that has killed three people in South Korea approached. Workers were rushing to repair a dyke protecting a chemical plant after it was breached by high waves in the province…

Obama seals U.S. austerity bill, but markets anxious

The US debt mountain undermined financial markets Wednesday despite President Barack Obama signing a major austerity bill which raises the borrowing ceiling and averts default. Credit rating agencies said they were still keeping a watchful eye on the ability of the United States to cope with its debt. Global stocks…

China says U.S. fails to defuse ‘debt bomb’

China warned Wednesday that tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to defuse Washington’s “debt bomb”, and signalled it would further diversify its holdings away from the dollar. After months of bitter negotiations with his Republican rivals, US President Barack Obama finally signed an emergency bill…

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