Beijing has hit back at criticism from the United States about its human rights record.


Every few months, elected leaders in most rural villages of China dutifully appear at outdoor blackboards and offer an accounting in yellow chalk of village finances.


Every few months, elected leaders in most rural villages of China dutifully appear at outdoor blackboards and offer an accounting in yellow chalk of village finances.


Chinese President Hu Jintao left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, starting a five-nation Asia-Africa tour that is designed to enhance China's friendship with developing countries in the region and reaffirm the basis of the Chinese foreign policy.


CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — A protester threw a shoe at China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao Monday while he was giving a speech at Cambridge University, police said.

Taipei turmoil

Bonnie Chen and agencies The Standard 07.11.2008
Taipei turmoil

Anger turned to violence on the streets of Taipei late last night as riot police tried to disperse protesters following a historic meeting between the island's president and a top mainland envoy.

Taiwan's SEF Chairman Chiang pours water for Chen, Chairman of China's ARATS during a cross straits negotiations meeting at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. REUTERS

The first talks in 60-years, aimed at forging closer economic links between Beijing and Taipei, have started in Taiwan.

Taiwan's top negotiator on China policy P.K. Chiang (L) shakes hands with Chen Yunlin at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. Photo: Reuters.

The highest-ranking mainland official to visit Taiwan in 60 years has called for dialogue with the island to help improve relations.

China condemns attacks on its envoy

China has condemned an attack on one of its envoys visiting Taiwan, and demanded the island severely punish those who manhandled him.

An undated file photo of a church on Heixiazi Island (Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island) at the confluence of Heilongjiang River and Wusulijiang River that serve as a natural border between China and Russia. [CFP]

China and Russia held a ceremony at Heixiazi Island on Tuesday to unveil the boundary markers for eastern section of China-Russia boundary.

Hu: Let's take Six-Party Talks ahead

SEOUL: President Hu Jintao and his Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart Lee Myung-bak have agreed to expand cooperation in political, economic and other fields, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

(AP Photo/Greg Baker, FILE)

BEIJING (AP) — Hua Guofeng, who briefly ruled China as communist founder Mao Zedong's successor but was pushed aside as a prelude to reforms that launched an economic boom, died Wednesday at the age of 87, state-run media reported.

Former Canadian PM Jean Chretien

Canada's former prime minister said on Monday that the country's current leader was wrong not to attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics and predicted Canada could pay a heavy price for his absence.

3 terrorists on the run following blasts

The authorities in Xinjiang say three of the people involved in yesterday's attacks in Kuqa were women.

Hu to Bush: Time to lift US ties to a higher level

Jiao Xiaoyang China Daily 11.08.2008
Hu to Bush: Time to lift US ties to a higher level

China is ready to work with the US to take bilateral relations to a higher level in a sustained, healthy and stable manner, President Hu Jintao said Sunday.

Security clamp after Xinjiang blasts

Carol Chung in Beijing The Standard 11.08.2008
Security clamp after Xinjiang blasts

Beijing has stepped up security checks on provincials arriving at Beijing railway station following a series of bomb attacks in Kuqa, Xinjiang, yesterday morning.

Police at a roadblock in Xinjiang after the Kashgar attack earlier this month. REUTERS

Several explosions have rocked a city in southern Xinjiang. The Xinhua news agency said the blasts - which occurred early this morning - were in downtown Kuqa.

Chinese Islamic group issues new Olympic threat

URUMQI, China - A Chinese Islamic group that has threatened to attack the Beijing Olympics released a new video warning Muslims to avoid being on planes, trains and buses with Chinese at the games, a U.S. group that monitors militant organizations...

An ethnic Muslim is questioned by a police in China's Xinjiang region

BEIJING (AFP) — China's Olympic run-up stuttered again Monday as it reported that terrorists killed 16 policemen in the nation's far northwest, while pollution returned to fill athletes' lungs in Beijing.

Olympics: President Hu says don't politicise the Games

Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Friday efforts to politicise next week's Beijing Games over disputes on a wide range of issues would not work and were contrary to the Olympic spirit.

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