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Liu Xiaobo in court: Guilty only of 'fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen'

Liu Xiaobo in court: Guilty only of 'fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen'

• The following is an abridged statement by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, co-author of the Charter 08 campaign for constitutional reform, given in his trial on Dec. 23, 2009. In February, the result of his appeal against an 11-year jail sentence for subversion was announced — the court upheld the verdict. June 1989 […]

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China not enforcing sanctions on luxury goods to N. Korean rulers

China not enforcing sanctions on luxury goods to N. Korean rulers

A U.S. congressional report says Beijing is not adhering to U.N. sanctions on luxury goods to nuclear-armed North Korea. A new study says China is turning a blind eye to U.N. sanctions on luxury goods to nuclear-armed North Korea, in effect helping leader Kim Jong Il cement another dynastic succession. China holds the key to […]

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Increasing unease over China's 'peaceful rise'

By Sol W. Sanders  After the Pearl Harbor catastrophe, a sardonic joke made the rounds: “Well, we did get the Third Avenue El back!” The dismantled elevated railroad along Manhattan’s Upper East Side had been sold as scrap to Japan — and to Tokyo’s burgeoning armaments industries that armed and equipped the attackers. It has […]

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Rise of Xi Jinping bodes well for the PLA and the 'Gang of Princelings'

Rise of Xi Jinping bodes well for the PLA and the 'Gang of Princelings'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Vice-President Xi Jinping’s appointment as Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Military Commission (CMC) has confirmed his status as heir apparent to supremo Hu Jintao. Xi’s gaining his concurrent military appointment was a major result of the annual plenary session of the CCP Central Committee, which closed in Beijing […]

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At pre-summit summit U.S. opts for appeasement in exchange for post-summit verbiage

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com GYEONGJU, South Korea — On land and on sea, the United States is calling a temporary truce with China. First the U.S. Treasury Department decided against publicizing a damning report classifying China as a “manipulator” of its undervalued currency, and then the Pentagon cancelled another round of naval exercises in the […]

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Tibet student protests spread over Chinese-language-only curriculum

Tibet student protests spread over Chinese-language-only curriculum

Tibetan students march in protest on the streets of Tongren in western China’s Qinghai province on Oct. 19. /AP / Free Tibet For the second day, Tibetans vent their anger on indications the Chinese language will be used exclusively in classes. Thousands of Tibetan students pressed ahead with protests for the second day running amid […]

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Chinese writer detained back home after speaking about Liu Xiaobo in California

Chinese dissident writer Yu Jie was put under house arrest upon his return home to Beijing on Oct. 14, after saying in Los Angeles last week that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Liu Xiaobo would make Chinese Communist Party think twice about imprisoning critics. “Twenty years ago Liu Xiaobo said that China needed someone with moral clarity about […]

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Beijing makes nice with Asia-Pacific neighbors but fails to retreat on ties with Pyongyang and Teheran

Beijing makes nice with Asia-Pacific neighbors but fails to retreat on ties with Pyongyang and Teheran

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com INSIDE CHINA At the height of the Sino-U.S. confrontation over the Yellow Sea this past summer, hawkish military commentator Gen. Luo Yuan raised eyebrows when he cited a Mao quotation: “If people don’t offend us, we won’t offend them; but if people run afoul of us, we sure will fight back.” […]

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About the 'currency war' . . . it has already broken out

By Sol W.  Sanders Annual Washington jamborees of those monuments to post-World War II international economic cooperation, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, dramatize by their increasing irrelevance the continuing world economic crisis. Bloated, pampered, tainted bureaucracies whose research is increasingly suspect, they have no solutions. Ultimately, when VIPS go home and November […]

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A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Jailed dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo has won the Nobel Peace Prize despite the seething fury of Beijing’s ruling Marxist mandarins.  The somewhat surprising announcement, awarding the 54 year old academic who has called for multi-party democracy and respect for human rights in China, was as […]