China News

Washington Post | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING — More than a year and a half after prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng disappeared, China’s government gave the first sign Friday that he is alive, saying he would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation.
A brief report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency did not answer key questions about Gao — the condition of his health and his whereabouts now and in the 20 months since he disappeared, presumably at the hands of the authorities.
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Foxnews | Dec 16, 2011

More than a year and a half after prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng disappeared, China's government gave the first sign Friday that he is alive, saying he would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation.

Voice of Russia | Dec 16, 2011

The American stealth drone RQ-170 Sentinel which was lost by the Americans in Iran could be a real trophy for Chinese and Russian experts. Iranian Officials have already announced that military engineers from Russia and China could get access to the drone. Such an opportunity would be really fortunate if it materializes.

Voice of Russia | Dec 16, 2011

The internal Syrian opposition supports the idea of inviting observers from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to the republic, Qadri Jamil from the People’s Front for Freedom and Change told ITAR-TASS in Moscow. He also visited Moscow in October as the head of the delegation of the Syrian regime’s opponents.

New York Times | Dec 16, 2011

More than a year and a half after Gao Zhisheng disappeared, China’s government gave the first sign Friday that he is alive, saying he would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation.

Christian Science Monitor | Dec 16, 2011

Actor Christian Bale, in China to promote 'The Flowers of War,' tussled with thugs as he tried to visit Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Was the encounter a bit self-promotional or helpful?

Voice of Russia | Dec 16, 2011

Direct foreign investments in the Chinese economy have dropped by nearly 10 percent over the past month marking the first break in China’s sustainable investment growth that continued since August 2009.

Guardian | Dec 16, 2011

Actor shoved and prevented from meeting lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who is under house arrest in Shandong provinceChristian Bale, star of Batman and The Fighter, has been roughed up by guards in China while attempting to visit a human rights lawyer who has been under house arrest for over a year.Embarrassingly for the authorities, the actor was in Beijing to promote his new state-backed movie, The Flowers of War.Bale was trying to visit blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who has been living in isolation...

Guardian | Dec 16, 2011

The standoff in Wukan exemplifies the growing tensions between state and society in a rapidly urbanising countryAfter continuous confrontation between villagers and local officials for almost four months, the land grab in the fishing village of Wukan, in Guandong province, China, has now led to the death of one of the elected village leaders in police custody, and further escalated into a violent "mass incident"...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

HONG KONG, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong stocks gained 258.55 points or 1.43 percent, to close at 18,285.39 on Friday, tracking afternoon's rally in the Chinese mainland markets and recoveries in other regional index.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between a day low of 18,025.60 and a day high of 18,390.41. Turnover totaled 54.34 billion HK dollars (6.98 billion U.S. dollars), compared with Thursday's 58.67 billion HK dollars.

Property and financial heavyweights led the charge, which ...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's old-for-new home appliance subsidy program had stimulated 300.4 billion yuan (47.68 billion U.S. dollars) in sales by the end of November, the Ministry of Commerce said Friday.

The sales volume of five types of home appliances under the government subsidy scheme -- televisions, air conditioners, computers, refrigerators and washing machines -- reached 81.3 million units by the end of last month, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Meanwhile ...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China United Coalbed Methane Co. and its U.S. partner Asian American Gas, Inc. said Friday that they have gotten the government nod on their development plan for the Panzhuang coalbed methane project in central China's Shanxi province.

The two companies said the Panzhuang project is the first Sino-foreign commercial coalbed methane project in the country.

Each company holds a 50-percent stake in the project, and Sino-American Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of the U ...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Although China cannot rise as the savior of the floundering world economy, its stable growth will offer more than just confidence amid deep economic gloom.

China wrapped up its most important economic meeting of the year with an agreement to focus on maintaining stable economic growth while preventing a potentially destabilizing rebound in inflation next year amid the "extremely grim and complicated" global outlook.

Economic targets mapped out at the meeting al ...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING - China lowered the average import tariffs on some goods on Thursday in order to boost imports and promote balanced trade, said an expert with the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

"As global economic growth is slowing, many countries have taken measures to reduce imports. In this instance, China's move to cut tariffs shows its responsibility to the world," said Liu Shangxi, deputy chief of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science under the MOF.

The average tariff on more than 730 kinds ...

People's Daily | Dec 16, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday put into operation a project extending its ultra high voltage (UHV) system to boost electricity transmission capacity from the country's energy-rich northern regions to the power-short central provinces.

After the extension, the 640-km Jindongnan-Nanyang-Jingmen 1,000-kilovolt alternating grids will double the electricity transmission capacity and greatly relieve the power shortage when demand peaks in winter and summer under the Central China Grid ...

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