China, February 2014
The Chinese government responded to a recent US State Department report on human rights in the world by making public Friday its own report, blasting the US human rights situation. According to the Beijing report, the State Department report authors have carefully avoided mentioning human rights problems in the United States.
A Chinese economist and human rights activist who was recently expelled from a Chinese university said Thursday American universities’ education system is at risk due to cooperation with China’s intelligence services. Democracy advocate Xia Yeliang also said that top US universities may unwittingly help China's authoritarian system by educating its elites.
China continues to suffer a pollution crisis, with Beijing shrouded in acrid smog. Authorities have introduced anti-pollution policies and often pledged to clean up the environment but the problem has not eased.
The latest eruption in the Australian asylum-seeker wrangle leaves one Iranian refugee dead and a minister harshly criticized for lack of sympathy.The unrest at the Manus Island detention center, which escalated into a riot on Monday, in which 23-year-old Iranian Reza Berati was killed, has resulted in a row of strange attacks on Australia’s humanitarian record.
Russia and China "should not only develop strategic cooperation in the bilateral format and promote interaction in the practical sphere" but also "cooperate in ensuring peace, stability and creation of a multipolar world," Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said on Tuesday.
US aviation authorities have fined South Korea's Asiana Airlines $500,000 over last year's deadly San Francisco air crash for failing to properly help families of victims, officials said Tuesday.
While the American Navy is preparing to deploy its first laser weapon over China, some experts tend to believe that Chinese are going to use their smog as the best possible defense against it.
A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Russian-Chinese exercises “Naval Interaction-2014” will be held at the East China Sea at the end of May and the beginning of June, spokesperson for the Eastern Military District (EMD) Alexander Gordeyev said on Monday.
Chinese officials have become the leaders of emerging countries' movement against the actions of the US Federal Reserve. After Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors began their two-day meeting in Sydney yesterday, the conflict between the US and developing countries became public.
Archer Daniels Midland Co, one of the world's top grain trading companies, announced it will not accept crops containing a new genetically modified Syngenta corn trait until its strain is approved by major importers.The company stated it will not take any commodity with Syngenta's Agrisure Duracade trait for domestic processing or export.
US Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno on Saturday said Beijing and Tokyo must enhance communication to avoid "miscalculations" amid a simmering territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui summoned on Friday a senior US embassy official in China after US President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama at the White House despite warnings from Beijing the meeting would damage ties.
Facebook announced the purchase of a new mobile application WhatsApp for $19 billion. This is the biggest deal in the history of the social network. For comparison, Facebook paid merely $1 billion to buy Instagram. But the game seems to be worth the candle, since Facebook is practically buying a permit to the market that promises hundreds of millions of new users, but sadly remains closed for top Western Internet companies.
China's Foreign Ministry has protested against Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama scheduled for Friday."In this regard we express deep concern and have already made a serious declaration to the American side on this matter,"Chinese FM representative said.
China on Friday urged US President Barack Obama to cancel a planned meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
A senior Chinese official has warned the West against meddling in his country’s domestic affairs. Zhu Weiqun said that China has “time on its side” to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
China has "time on its side" to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, a senior official wrote on Wednesday, vowing with unusually strong language to ignore foreign pressure on human rights.
London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Antwerp might sink by the middle of the century. The recent climate change study quoting vice-president of the International Expert Group on Climate Change Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, says the recent floods in the UK are just a first sign of dramatic changes threatening the world. Heavy floods, droughts, hurricanes, tsunamis – we have seen it all in different parts of the world, and the scale of cataclysms is only growing. Aleksei Kokorin, Climate and Energy Programme Director at the World Wildlife Fund Russia, talked with the Voice of Russia about the evolving crisis.