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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 […]

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China cracks down on Peace Prize winner's wife, dissidents

China cracks down on Peace Prize winner's wife, dissidents

More than 30 Chinese intellectuals have been detained, warned or placed under house arrest in a crackdown to stifle celebration of the Nobel peace prize being awarded to the imprisoned democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo. Among those facing restrictions are the laureate’s wife Liu Xia who visited her husband in Jinzhou prison earlier today. However, she […]

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Hu and the generals face challenge by Xi and the 'Gang of Princelings'

Hu and the generals face challenge by Xi and the 'Gang of Princelings'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com In theory, the upcoming plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee is devoted mainly to fine-tuning the country’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan for the years 2011-2015. Personnel changes have not even been included in the publicized agenda of the plenum, which opens on Oct. 15. However, all eyes are on […]

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Peace prize winner meets tech firms in Europe, China over suppression of dissent in Iran

WorldTribune.com LONDON — A leading European company has acknowledged that its technology was exploited by Teheran to track and harass the pro-democracy opposition. As a result, Nokia Siemens said it would withdraw from Iran. The statement took place after Nokia executives met Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi. Ms. Ebadi was said to have outlined […]

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China's first peace prize infuriates its ruling class

China's first peace prize infuriates its ruling class

BEIJING – China has long wanted a Nobel prize. Now that it has one, its leaders are furious. The Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to imprisoned democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Friday, lending encouragement to China’s dissident community and sending a rebuke to the authoritarian government, which sharply condemned the award. In naming Liu, […]

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Japan to buy U.S. drones to track China, N. Korea

Japan to buy U.S. drones to track China, N. Korea

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Defence Ministry is looking to buy three US-made Global Hawk spy drones to help monitor China’s military movements and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, a report said Monday. Japan hopes to use the camera-equipped unarmed aircraft to boost the officially pacifist nation’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, watch remote islands and monitor suspicious […]

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Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

By Sol W. Sanders Nothing should make the world so nervous as conflict between the two East Asian behemoths, China and Japan. Their long history of curiously incestuous but bitterly conflicted relations dominates history in their part of the world. That is why even a minor clash between a Chinese fishing boat and small Japanese […]