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The Sydney Morning Herald | Nov 03, 2011

A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China on Thursday in the 11th such incident involving Buddhist monks and nuns.

BBC | Nov 03, 2011

Tibetan Buddhist nun dies after setting herself on fire in the latest in a series of similar incidents in south-west China.

Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Nun is 11th ethnic Tibetan this year to have taken own life in region known as centre of defiance against strict Chinese controlA Tibetan nun has burned herself to death in south-west China, Xinhua news agency said, the 11th ethnic Tibetan this year known to have set themselves on fire in a region that has become the centre of defiance against strict Chinese control.Qiu Xiang, 35, set herself on fire at a road crossing in Dawu county of Ganzi, called Kandze by Tibetans, in Sichuan province, the state news agency said.The nun was from the county's Tongfoshan village, Xinhua said.

BBC | Nov 03, 2011

China has completed its first space docking mission by joining two space vehicles together in orbit.

People's Daily | Nov 03, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's two oil giants have announced measures to increase diesel supply to ease shortages in many parts of the country at the demand of government authorities, local media reported Thursday.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) talked with two state-owned oil companies last week, ordering them to beef up diesel distribution to areas in urgent need and with inadequate reserves, the Beijing News reported.

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People's Daily | Nov 03, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed higher after data released Thursday showed that the country's non-manufacturing growth slowed in October.

The Purchasing Managers Index in the country's non-manufacturing sector, a key economic indicator, fell to 57.7 percent in October from 59.3 percent a month earlier, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said.

The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.16 percent, or 3.98 points, to close at 2,508.09.

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People's Daily | Nov 03, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Thursday warned of cases of "trust crises" between local officials and the public that could both undermine the CPC's ability to govern and disrupt social harmony.

The public's lack of trust in local government departments and officials can be blamed for many incidents involving mass participation in recent years, such as this year's cases of unrest in Zengcheng and Zhili, as well ...

People's Daily | Nov 03, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on the residents of Hong Kong to help the region overcome obstacles and create a better future by focusing on economic development while promoting democracy.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Leung Leung Shing, a Hong Kong businessman, and his delegation from the Hong Kong Federation of Guangdong Hakka Associations, Ltd. during their Beijing visit.

The Hakka, a subgroup of China's Han ethnic group, live predomin ...

npr | Nov 03, 2011

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Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Instability caused by Greek crisis hampers efforts to persuade Chinese to buy European bonds or capitalise European firewallFollow all the latest developments at the G20 summit on our live blogDoubts are rising that the Chinese will be willing to produce funds swiftly to buy European bonds or capitalise the European firewall fund at the G20 summit, partly due to the instability caused by the Greek crisis.The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been urging the Chinese to agree to contribute...

Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Human rights organisations warn that governments are likely to tone down criticism of China's crackdown on dissidentsEuropean leaders are likely to ease pressure on China over human rights in exchange for Beijing's involvement in a bailout, campaigners have warned. Major rights organisations fear governments and EU officials will tone down criticism – a particular concern given that this year saw the most severe crackdown on activists, dissidents and lawyers for over a decade."It is...

Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Human Rights Watch report accuses Chinese-run copper mines of labour abuses, including illegal safety practices, hostility to trade unions and dangerously long shiftsChinese-run copper mines in Zambia are breaking the law with poor health and safety conditions, hostility to trade unions and regular labour shifts of 12 and even 18 hours, a rights watchdog claimed on Thursday.Workers describe abusive employment conditions that violate national and international standards and compare unfavourably with other multinational copper miners in Zambia, according to...

Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Newly elected president Michael Sata must back up rhetoric with action on labour rights, says Human Rights WatchZambia's new president should back up his anti-Chinese rhetoric with steps to ensure workers at Chinese-owned copper mines are safe and adequately paid, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.In a 122-page report the international rights watchdog said that despite improvements in recent years, safety and labour conditions at Chinese owned mines were worse than at other foreign-owned mines, and Chinese mine managers often violated government regulations.Complaints about Chinese...

Guardian | Nov 03, 2011

Shenzhou-8 craft reaches Tiangong-1 section that was already in orbit and attaches itself successfullyTwo unmanned Chinese spacecraft have docked successfully and are orbiting the Earth together in a step towards China having its own manned space station.The Shenzhou-8 craft that was launched on Tuesday docked with the already orbiting Tiangong-1 module, said Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space programme. The assembly had orbited Earth several times, with onboard instruments working normally, she said.The US and Russia are the only other countries to have mastered space docking...

New York Times | Nov 03, 2011

Some applicants from China are good. Some are too good to be true. American colleges struggle to tell the difference.