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New York Times | Dec 10, 2011

American intelligence agencies have ignored China for too long. Now Beijing’s spies are catching up.

Voice of Russia | Dec 10, 2011

Acting on a September agreement, China, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand have started to jointly patrol the River Mekong in order to suppress piracy. In October, shipping along this important waterway had come to a halt following a pirate attack which killed 13 Chinese sailors. (IF

Washington Post | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING — The U.S. ambassador to China on Saturday urged Beijing to improve its human rights record, pointing to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo as an example where China falls short.
In a statement released on the U.N.’s International Human Rights Day, envoy Gary Locke said protection of human rights in China had not kept up with the country’s massive economic gains.
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Washington Post | Dec 10, 2011

DHARMSALA, India — The political leader of the exiled Tibetan community accused China of violating human rights and leading Tibetans to commit “desperate” acts in demanding freedom, as he marked the 22nd anniversary Saturday of the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize.
At least 12 Tibetan monks, nuns and former monks have set themselves on fire this year — most in Tibetan areas of China’s Sichuan province — in what are seen as acts of desperation in the face of tightening Chinese controls over Tibetan life and culture.

Washington Post | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING — Three bus crashes in China have left at least 23 people dead and 48 others injured or missing, state media reported.
The official Xinhua News Agency said 12 people were killed and five were missing after their bus plunged into a river in Tibet. The driver and one passenger were the only survivors. The accident happened Tuesday but was not reported until Saturday.
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Washington Post | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING — China says its armed police began joint Mekong River security patrols on Saturday with forces from Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, a development likely to deepen Beijing’s influence in an unstable region on its southern flank.
The patrols are a response to the deaths of 13 Chinese sailors who were attacked on two cargo ships in early October along the Thai section of the river that flows through the lawless Golden Triangle region.

People's Daily | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Friday that 2011 marks a year of great progress for China's peaceful development course.

He made the remarks in an address at a New Year Reception hosted by the Foreign Ministry.

Noting that the world is moving toward multi-polarization, economic globalization and social informationization, Yang said countries in the world are becoming increasingly interdependent.

At the same time, as world economic recovery remains fragile a ...

People's Daily | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project, which is expected to ease power strains on the frigid plateau, began a trial run Friday.

The project ends Tibetan power grid's isolation -- making the power system on the Chinese mainland fully integrated and providing a solid base to sort out power shortages in Tibet, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said at a ceremony in Bejing.

It plays a very important role in improving people's lives and protecting the environment ...

People's Daily | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Environmental Protection this week announced that its proposal for tighter air-quality monitoring, which includes issuing standards for the much-talked-about "PM2.5" measure, has won overwhelming support in public feedback and that it would take citizens' advice in finalizing the measures.

In making the announcement, the ministry showed once again that China is responsive to public health concerns.

Particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diame ...

New York Times | Dec 09, 2011

A group of five Nobel laureates has called on China to release Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

KAMPALA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has met a group of officials from the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China who have expressed interest in investing in the East African country's banking and infrastructure sectors.

Museveni, according to a State House statement issued here on Friday, told the delegation led by Zhu Hongjie, vice president of the Exim Bank, that Uganda regards investors as true development partners.

He told the visiting delegation which he met in t ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday that it will cut corporate income tax by half for micro-and-small-sized enterprises to facilitate their growth amid financial strains.

The ministry deems enterprises with annual corporate income of no more than 60,000 yuan as micro-and-small-sized companies. After the adjustment, their tax base will be cut by 50 percent while the tax rate remains 20 percent, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's auto sales and output this year are set to surpass those of last year's 18 million units despite curbs on purchases, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said in a report on Friday.

In the first 11 months, auto output and sales grew about 2 percent year-on-year to 16.73 million units and 16.82 million units, respectively, according to the report.

In November, output and sales both exceeded 1.65 million units, which hit a high level in ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's housing market is expected to achieve a soft landing due to the effects that emerged from the government's strict house-buying limits, according to a think tank's report released Friday.

The Annual Report on Development of Housing Market in China (2010-2011), released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the dramatic rising trend of housing prices had been curbed preliminarily, with falls in both housing prices and sales.

On the basis of conso ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Dampened by the government's grip over the property market, commercial housing sales in China slipped 1.2 percent year-on-year in November, according to data released Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The total area of commercial housing sold during the month dipped 1.7 percent year-on-year, while the sector's climate index, which reflects overall conditions in the sector, fell to 99.87 points from October's 100.27 points, the NBS said.

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