fredag 19. desember 2014

A Diplomatic Triumph in Cuba Comes With a Challenge in North Korea

For more than five decades, the United States has found itself in periodic confrontation with two Communist nations that have survived on a diet of anti-Americanism. Read more

More Than 100 Vietnamese Brides Are Said to Have Disappeared From Hebei Villages

In a  cluster of villages in the Hebei Province city of Handan, about 300 miles southwest of Beijing, the police have set up a task force to investigate reports of marriage fraud, the official English-language newspaper China Daily reported. Read more

Fixing the Senkaku/Diaoyu Problem Once and For All

The leaders of both countries play to their domestic audiences and describe these barren rocks as “inherently part of Japan” or “sacred” ground. (Beijing 1970) The truth is anything but that. Read more

Apple under fire again for working conditions at Chinese factories

Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products continue to be poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, the BBC has said after an undercover investigation. Read more

China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week

China’s largest coal-fired power plant has been violating national emission standards for chemicals that cause dangerous fine particulate matter pollution, official figures show. Read more

torsdag 18. desember 2014

onsdag 17. desember 2014

As China’s Economy Slows, So Too Does Growth in Workers’ Wages

Growth in minimum-wage levels across China appeared to have slowed this year, amid low inflation rates and a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, a labor watchdog says. Read more

China is world's worst jailer of the press

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. Read more

An Executed Chinese Teenager Was Found Innocent 18 Years After Conviction

The retrial comes after a pledge by leaders of the ruling Communist Party to strengthen the rule of law "with Chinese characteristics". Read more

Chinese woman tries to sell her one-year-old daughter on the street

A woman has been found attempting to sell her baby daughter on the streets of China in order to pay her husband's £10,000 medical bill. Ni Qiong was photographed roadside in Fuzhou, China, with a written sign imploring pedestrians to purchase her one-year-old daughter. Read more

Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realises that he may be the last to hold the title.But he told the BBC it would be better that the centuries-old tradition ceased "at the time of a popular Dalai Lama". Read more

tirsdag 16. desember 2014

Shinzo Abe sets sights on Japan's pacifist constitution after election win

Japan’s re-elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said he is determined to rewrite the country’s pacifist constitution – drawing an immediate sour response from China. Read more

Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution

Beijing’s air quality has long been a cause of concern, but the effects of its extreme levels of pollution on daily life can now be seen in physical changes to the architecture of the city. Read more

Chinese state media face new competition from independent sources

Inside an internet addiction treatment centre in China

At the Internet Addiction Treatment Centre in Beijing, children must take part in military-style activities, including exercise drills and the singing of patriotic songs. They are denied access to the internet. One of the first experiences internees undergo is brain monitoring through electroencephalography (EEG). Read more

Indonesia May Sink Chinese Vessels

Indonesia may consider sinking Chinese vessels that were caught illegally fishing in Indonesian waters, a foreign policy adviser to Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says. Read more

Thorbjørn Jagland: Hvem har opptrådt uavhengig?

De som mener at vi ville fått mye bedre priser om bare «ekspertene» slapp til, kunne jo ta seg bryet med å ettergå hvem disse ekspertene har forslått prisen til de senere år. Les mer

mandag 15. desember 2014

Why China Won't Accept International Arbitration in the South China Sea

The crux of the matter is that China does not believe that the arbitral tribunal has jurisdiction to decide the case. More broadly, China rejects the notion that the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) can be used to decide South China Sea sovereignty issues.

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