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Chinese Execute Researcher Accused of Spying for Taiwan

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A Chinese medical researcher and businessman was executed Friday on charges of spying for Taiwan, his family said.Ran Chen, who has Austrian citizenship, said her father’s execution by gunshot was confirmed at 5 p.m. via the Austrian embassy in Beijing.
“Today, our beloved father, Wo Weihan, was executed,” a statement from Chen and her sister Di Chen said. “His life was taken from him before he or our family could say its last goodbyes.”
(…) Human rights groups and diplomats from the EU, Austria and the United States had appealed to China on Wo’s behalf, contending that he did not receive a fair trial and was given an overly harsh sentence.
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Wo was accused of passing data on missile guidance systems and other sensitive information to a group linked to Taiwanese intelligence agencies. Taiwan and mainland China have been divided amid civil war since 1949.

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Written by Claudia

November 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

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China’s Hu Calls For Deeper Cooperation With Russia

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China and Russia must deepen their cooperation amid the most serious economic and political changes the world has seen since the Cold War, President Hu Jintao said on Sunday, quoted by Russian agencies.”Currently the international political and economic architecture is experiencing the most deep and serious changes since the Cold War. China and Russia should further strengthen their strategic cooperation,” Hu said at talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Interfax and RIA Novosti reported.

China’s Hu Calls For Deeper Cooperation With Russia – Reports

Even if this is only a “convenience marriage“, it’s a very dangerous one: a communist dictatorship plus an autocrac state in which the Russian mob has an outstandingn strength. This is not good.

Written by Claudia

November 24, 2008 at 9:02 am

China rejects UN report on torture as ‘untrue’

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a U.N. panel’s report alleging that police in China used torture, calling the accusations “untrue and slanderous” and saying some panel members were prejudiced against Beijing.
The U.N. Committee against Torture said it was “deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous Chinese legal sources, of the routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings,” in a 15-page report released Friday in Geneva.
Qin Gang, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said some members of the committee were “prejudiced” against China, had ignored evidence presented by the Chinese government on the issue of torture and were citing unverified or fabricated information.
“They put untrue and slanderous comments into the committee’s final conclusion, which lacks justice and professional objectiveness, against which China firmly opposes,” Qin said, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry’s Web site.

The Associated Press: China rejects UN report on torture as ‘untrue’

Yes, hmm, if they don’t like us, it’s because they are very bad people, because Communist China has sooo much respect for Human Rights… 😦

Written by Claudia

November 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Israel accuses North Korea of supplying Mideast with arms and nuclear technology

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Israel has accused North Korea of supplying at least half a dozen Mideast governments with nuclear technology or conventional arms.

World powers at a 145-nation Vienna meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the same time urged North Korea to stop reactivating its weapons-producing atomic programme.

The comments focused on North Korea’s black market role and its reversal of a commitment to mothball its nuclear activities in exchange for trade and security guarantees.

In the latest setback, US chief negotiator Christopher Hill returned Friday to South Korea from a three-day trip to the North to try to salvage a six-party disarmament pact after North Korea reversed the dismantling of its nuclear facilities. He was hoping to draw the government in Pyongyang back to the negotiating table with an offer of a face-saving compromise.

US State Department spokesman Robert Wood in Washington told reporters the North was still moving previously stored equipment from its nuclear facilities back to its original location.

In Vienna, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea urged the North to honor its nuclear pledge, shortly before the gathering — the IAEA general conference — passed a resolution expressing the same sentiments.

via Israel accuses North Korea of supplying Mideast with arms and nuclear technology – Times Online

More:

North Korea indicated on Wednesday it would not let international nuclear inspectors remove nuclear samples from its plant that makes arms-grade plutonium, a move which could hamper international disarmament efforts.

Separately, the United States said it had purchased 50,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil to be shipped to North Korea, although a U.S. official acknowledged that the Bush administration had disagreements with Pyongyang on verification.

So… what next??

Written by Claudia

November 13, 2008 at 12:20 am

PETER HITCHENS: How China has created a new slave empire in Africa

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Out of desperation, much of the continent is selling itself into a new era of corruption and virtual slavery as China seeks to buy up all the metals, minerals and oil she can lay her hands on: copper for electric and telephone cables, cobalt for mobile phones and jet engines – the basic raw materials of modern life.

(…) It is my view – and not just because I was so nearly killed – that China’s cynical new version of imperialism in Africa is a wicked enterprise.

China offers both rulers and the ruled in Africa the simple, squalid advantages of shameless exploitation.

For the governments, there are gargantuan loans, promises of new roads, railways, hospitals and schools – in return for giving Peking a free and tax-free run at Africa’s rich resources of oil, minerals and metals.

For the people, there are these wretched leavings, which, miserable as they are, must be better than the near-starvation they otherwise face.

via PETER HITCHENS: How China has created a new slave empire in Africa | Mail Online

I recommend to see the photos inside…

You can also read Will killing of oil workers harden China’s Darfur policy? about the consequences for Darfur of the recent murder of several oil Chinese workers. The Sudanese Government has blamed a rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which in turn has denied any implication in the murder and has accused the Government of trying to distract the international community from its own crimes in Darfur.

Meanwhile China and Russia have signed a pipeline deal: from Siberia to China:

‘The pipeline agreed on,’ the report goes on to say, ‘would have a capacity of 15 million tons of oil per year and would be a branch of the main East Siberia-Pacific Ocean trunk pipeline, which is still under construction.’

Hmm, interesting development.

Written by Claudia

October 28, 2008 at 6:52 pm

EU defies Beijing warning to award dissident human rights prize

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Hu Jia, one of China’s best-known dissidents, was yesterday awarded an EU human rights prize, despite a warning from Beijing that selecting the political prisoner would damage relations.

His wife and supporters welcomed the news that MEPs had picked him for the Sakharov prize, worth €50,000 (£39,500) Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and the East Timorese leader, Xanana Gusmao.

“Hu Jia is one of the real defenders of human rights in the People’s Republic of China,” said Hans-Gert Poettering, president of the European parliament.

Hu was sentenced to three and a half years in jail this spring on subversion charges, amid what human rights campaigners described as a coordinated crackdown on activists before the Olympics.

via EU defies Beijing warning to award dissident human rights prize // Current

This video shows the actual harrassment from police officers on Hu Jia:

Written by Claudia

October 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Zapatero goes to China

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Chinese President Hu Jintao met with the visiting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Beijing on Saturday.

Hu said, as this year marked the 35th anniversary of China-Spain bilateral ties, China is willing to work with Spain to strengthen bilateral cooperation for joint development. Hu expressed hopes of further high-level exchanges among governments, parliaments, parties and local agencies between the two countries in the future.

He also urged enterprises of both countries to increase mutual investments and take active measures for trade balance. Exchanges and cooperation in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports and tourism are also expected to expand, said the President.

In addition, Hu stressed the two countries should strengthen negotiations and cooperation on important international issues like global finance, climate change, anti-terrorism and food safety, so as to safeguard the common interests of both countries.

Zapatero said the Spanish government attaches great importance to its relationship with China and is willing to play its role in promoting a Sino-European relationship in the future. China and Spain established an all-round strategic partnership to put forward bilateral cooperation in 2005.

via The Daily Mail – Daily News from Pakistan – Newspaper from Pakistan

Even if it’s logical to find new allies and to work hard for new commercial partners, I believe the moment is not the most appropriate one, with Zapatero begging for a seat in the G-20 meeting.

Written by Claudia

October 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm