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Obama to Meet the Dalai Lama at White House

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, June 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama will meet the Dalai Lama at the White House on Wednesday, a move certain to anger China which considers the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader a dangerous separatist. Obama and the Dalai Lama will meet privately at 10:15 a.m. (1415 GMT), a White House

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China Says There is no Discrimination in Xinjiang Ahead of Ramadan

BEIJING, June 2 – Religious discrimination does not exist in China’s unruly western Xinjiang region and there will be no interference in Ramadan activities, the government said on Thursday ahead of this year’s holy month, despite criticism from rights groups. The fasting month of Ramadan, which begins next week, is a sensitive time in Xinjiang,

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Chinese Worker Wounded in Pakistan Bomb Attack

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 30 – A Chinese worker and his driver were wounded in Pakistan on Monday in a bomb attack claimed by ethnic nationalists opposed to plans for extensive Chinese investment, police said. The attack is likely to raise concern about a planned China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), involving $46 billion in Chinese investment

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Ties Unscathed by Queen Elizabeth’s “Rude” Comment, China Paper Says

BEIJING, May 12 – Ties between China and Britain will not be harmed by Queen Elizabeth being caught on camera saying Chinese officials were “very rude”, said an influential Chinese newspaper on Thursday which instead laid the blame on Western media “barbarians”. In footage broadcast by the BBC of a garden party at Buckingham Palace

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Cannes Festival Entry Focuses on Taiwan Death Penalty Debate

By Fabian Hamacher TAIPEI, May 9 – A prize-winning Taiwanese film exploring the use of the death penalty will screen at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, adding to recent increased debate about the island’s use of capital punishment. Leon Lee’s 23-minute film titled “The Day To Choose” puts its main character, a lawyer

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China Bars Vaccine Sales by Drug Wholesalers After Scandal

BEIJING, April 26 – China has banned drug wholesalers from selling vaccines, state media said on Monday, after a scandal in which about $90 million worth of improperly stored vaccines was suspected of being sold illegally in dozens of provinces. China is pushing ambitious healthcare reforms to improve its home-made medicines, but the vaccine scandal

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China Eyes Deeper Military Ties with Afghanistan

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, April 21 – China wants to have deeper military ties with Afghanistan, including counter-terrorism intelligence cooperation and joint drills, a senior Chinese officer told a visiting Afghan envoy. China is working with Pakistan and the United States to broker peace talks to end a Taliban insurgency that has raged for 15

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