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People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

China's autumn harvest surpassed expectations this year, despite a constant battle with droughts, floods and pests. China Daily agriculture reporter Jin Zhu looks at how the world's most populous country makes sure it has enough to eat, and enough to help feed the world.

China's total output for grain this year hit a record high of 571 million tons, making it the eighth consecutive year production has exceeded forecast. More than 70 percent of this increase is expected to come from Northeast ...

People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

China's central government has ordered local governments to extend restrictions on the property market, some of which are set to expire within coming months.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has emphasized the need for policy continuity in the property market, and has forbidden local governments from making "directional change," the Legal Evening News reported yesterday, citing unidentified officials with the ministry.

Last year, 48 cities issued restrictions on the numb ...

Guardian | Dec 03, 2011

Decision to permit protests and ceasefire with Shan rebels announced as US secretary of state concludes tripBurma has approved a new law permitting peaceful protest for the first time at the end of a high-profile visit by the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the first by such a senior US government official in five decades.The new law, signed by President Thein Sein and reported by Burmese state media, requires protesters to seek permission at least five days in advance.Demonstrations of any kind were previously banned in the traditionally repressive nation, where authorities have...

Guardian | Dec 03, 2011

Undercover investigation alleges hours of overtime, late wages and fines for using the toilet without permissionWith Christmas three weeks away, an undercover investigation has revealed the bleak realities of life in Chinese toy factories serving a market worth £2.8bn a year in the UK alone.Big brands such as Disney, Lego and Marks & Spencer pay only a fraction of the shop price of products to the factories that make their toys. Last summer – as factories geared up to cope with demand for the Christmas period – investigators spent three weeks in the industrial cities of Shenzhen and...

Guardian | Dec 03, 2011

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader says arrival of Chinese pandas at Edinburgh zoo should spur rights debateThe arrival of two pandas at Edinburgh zoo should be used as a chance to engage China over human rights issues, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said."The pandas have caught the public's imagination. Now is the time to put human rights front and centre of the political debate while people are listening," he said."Alex Salmond has been curiously silent over human rights issues. He must tell us what discussions he has had about human rights during his trip. We must make...

BBC | Dec 03, 2011

Last minute preparations are being made for the arrival of two giant pandas which are being brought from China to Edinburgh Zoo.

BBC | Dec 03, 2011

Ten years since the term "BRICs" was coined - referring to the economic powerhouses of Brazil, Russia, India and China - China's role is fast overtaking in the Gulf.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Dec 03, 2011

A former Tibetan monk who set fire to himself as an anti-China political protest has survived, according to advocacy groups.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Dec 03, 2011

Alvaro Quiros of Spain holds a one-shot lead after the third round of the Hong Kong Open, while joint overnight leader Rory McIlroy has dropped 3 behind.

Voice of Russia | Dec 03, 2011

Russia and China have discussed the prospects of a bilateral partnership within the framework of BRICS and the SCO at a conference on Russia-Chinese cooperation in Asia and the Pacific held in Moscow on December 1-2. It was attended by Chinese diplomats and experts from the Institute of International Studies.

Washington Post | Dec 03, 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s low-key presidential election campaign moved into high gear Saturday, as the three candidates jousted in a televised debate that could go a long way in determining the future of the incumbent’s efforts to bring the democratic island closer to China.
President Ma Ying-jeou, from the ruling Nationalist Party, faced off against chief rival Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party and veteran politician James Soong. Ma supporters fear that Soong, once a Nationalist stalwart, will split the votes of the China engagement camp and help Tsai’s cause.

People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Commerce Minister Chen Deming said Friday that China-U.S. trade rose 17 percent year-on-year to reach 363 billion U.S. dollars in the first ten months of the year.

The increase led to China and the United States becoming each other's second-largest trading partners, Chen said at a dinner held by the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham-China).

Trade between China and the United States will likely exceed 400 billion U.S. dollars in 2011 and the figure wi ...

People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. automaker General Motors Co. and its Chinese joint venture Shanghai GM will recall 993 vehicles in China, the country's consumer quality watchdog said Friday.

The vehicles being recalled include 124 Opel Antara SUVs and 869 Chevrolet Captiva SUVs, which were all manufactured between Aug. 26 and Sept. 15, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in an online statement.

In reports submitted to the AQSIQ, the au ...

People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. federal trade panel determined Friday that the U.S. solar industry was materially injured by imports of solar cells from China.

All the six commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted in the affirmative in the case, which was filed by a group of U.S. photovoltaic (PV) companies.

These companies alleged that Chinese PV products were subsidized by the Chinese government and sold in the U.S. market at less than fair value.

Th ...

People's Daily | Dec 03, 2011

HONG KONG, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Commissioner of Insurance office announced on Friday that total gross premiums of the local insurance industry in the year's first three quarters amounted to 172.8 billion HK dollars, representing an increase of 12.6 percent over the same period in 2010.

Gross and net premiums of general insurance business rose 12.5 percent to 27.4 billion HK dollars and 10.1 percent to 19 billion HK dollars over a year earlier.

Overall underwriting profit also inc ...