China News

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.

Voice of Russia | Nov 03, 2011

China may provide a 100-billion-loan to the eurozone, a spokesman for the Chinese Central Bank said in an interview with the French newspaper Figaro. At the same time he said that Beijing needed to make sure that the European Financial Stability Fund was an efficient and viable structure.

Voice of Russia | Nov 03, 2011

A small Spanish tablet PC maker, NT-K, has won a patent battle against Apple. The Valencia-based firm successfully appealed a court-imposed ban on the import of its computers, manufactured in China, to Spain and is suing Apple for compensation over uncompetitive market behavior. RIAN

People's Daily | Nov 03, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The growth of China's non-manufacturing sector slowed in October, as indicated by a decline in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said Thursday.

The non-manufacturing sector's PMI, a key economic indicator, fell to 57.7 percent in October from 59.3 percent a month earlier, the CFLP said.

A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion from the previous month, while a reading below 50 indicates contraction.
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BBC | Nov 03, 2011

China morning round-up: Much of the Chinese media focuses on the country's first successful space-docking mission.

BBC | Nov 03, 2011

Tough times at the Great Mall of China

The Sydney Morning Herald | Nov 03, 2011

Two unmanned Chinese spacecraft have docked successfully and are orbiting the Earth together in a step that moves China closer to its own space station.

New York Times | Nov 03, 2011

China changed its policy regarding tattoos and army recruitment.

BBC | Nov 03, 2011

China refuses to commit to the European Financial Stability Fund until the situation with Greece has been clarified.

BBC | Nov 03, 2011

Tibetan exile leader Lobsang Sangay urges US politicians to ask China for access to areas where monks have been setting alight to themselves.

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