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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 […]

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Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Chinese President Hu Jintao inspects PLA troops. By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party administration is girding for a long-term struggle with the United States over winning hearts and minds in Asia. In the run-up to President Obama’s meeting with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York on Sept. […]

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Japan asks China to cover damage to patrol boats

Japan asks China to cover damage to patrol boats

TOKYO – Japan asked China to pay for damage to Japanese patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel near disputed islands, as simmering tension between the two Asian neighbors showed no signs of easing Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku’s remarks came a day after Japan’s prime minister rejected China’s demand that Tokyo apologize […]

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China premier threatens Japan over boat dispute

China premier threatens Japan over boat dispute

BEIJING – China’s premier has threatened Japan for the first time in a growing fight over disputed islands, saying his country will take “further actions” if Japan does not immediately release a ship captain whose detention has splintered relations between the Asia powers. Wen Jiabao’s comments Tuesday night in New York were the first by […]

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Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Japanese relations have been plunged into their lowest point since several weeks of rabid anti-Japanese riots in a dozen-odd Chinese cities in 2005.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has lifted its tight control over Chinese NGOs and allowed nationalistic groups to hold protests in Beijing against Japanese occupation of the Diaoyu […]

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China announces break in contacts with Japan, without informing Tokyo

BEIJING – Japan said Monday it was not officially informed of China’s decision to break off high-level government contacts over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China’s willingness to play hardball with […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]