East Asia

University Monitoring Project: North Korea has restarted construction on a nuclear reactor that is essential to building nuclear weapons

May 19, 2012

“The reactor, for possible completion by 2014-2015, would be able to supply needed electricity as well as fissile material for a nuclear weapon. It would be capable of producing enough plutonium to [produce] “a little more than one bomb per year”.”

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Human Rights Group: The Chinese Government has arrested activist Chen Guangcheng’s nephew on suspicion of murder in revenge for Chen’s actions

May 13, 2012

“ChinaAid Association on Friday revealed the photo of a notification of arrest issued by police authorities in Shandong Province. The notice says the arrest took place on Wednesday.”

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Federal Reserve approves application for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy a majority stake in the U.S. subsidiary of Bank of East Asia

May 9, 2012

“The United States on Wednesday opened its banking market to ICBC, China’s biggest bank, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.”

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Report: Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng was in such poor health that U.S. Officials initially feared he had advanced colon cancer

May 7, 2012

“Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing last week in such poor medical condition that U.S. officials suspected he might have advanced colon cancer, pushing them to speed up his exit from the embassy and into a local hospital.”

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Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng afraid that his detained nephew may be tortured

May 7, 2012

“But it has emerged that his nephew, Chen Kegui, is being investigated in connection with a bloody fight that broke out when local officials tried to enter the family home in Linyi after the escape.”

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U.S., China outline a deal to allow Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng to study abroad

May 6, 2012

“The U.S. and China forged the outlines of a deal Friday to end a diplomatic standoff over legal activist Chen Guangcheng that would let him travel to the U.S. with his family for a university fellowship.”

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Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng to President Obama: Please do everything you can to get our family out

May 3, 2012

“Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed to US President Barack Obama to help get him and his family out of China, saying he feared for his life just hours after leaving the US embassy in Beijing.”

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Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng: I was abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital

May 3, 2012

“At the embassy, Chen said he came under tremendous pressure from American officials—“not those from the embassy but others “—to leave the diplomatic facility as quickly as possible. From the very beginning, he said, the assumption was that he would stay in China.”

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Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng released from the American Embassy in China, causing turmoil

May 3, 2012

“In a series of dramatically conflicting developments on Wednesday, the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left American custody under disputed circumstances, and what briefly looked like a deft diplomatic achievement for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned into a potential debacle.”

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The U.S., European Union, South Korea and Japan have submitted a list of about 40 North Korean companies to the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions committee

May 2, 2012

“The United States, European Union, South Korea and Japan have submitted a list of about 40 North Korean companies to the U.N. Security Council’s sanctions committee for possible blacklisting due to Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch, envoys said on Tuesday.”

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Secretary of State Clinton promises to press China on human rights

May 2, 2012

“Before leaving for China on Monday, Clinton promised to press China’s leaders on human rights, an issue that has dropped down the agenda between the two countries in the more than two decades since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.”

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Secretary of State Clinton travels to China amidst controversy over a blind Chinese dissident housed by the American Embassy

May 1, 2012

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left on Monday on a high-stakes trip to Beijing, where a blind dissident is reportedly holed up in the U.S. embassy in a drama threatening to overshadow top-level meetings between the two governments.”

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President Obama calls for more freedom in China but declines to comment on escaped Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng

April 30, 2012

““It is our belief that not only is that the right thing to do because it comports with our principles and our belief in freedom and human rights, but also because we actually think China will be stronger as it opens up and liberalizes its own system,” the president added.”

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Blind Human Rights Lawyer Chen Guangcheng escapes from extralegal house arrest in China; the U.S. may be currently sheltering him

April 29, 2012

“An official in the Chinese Ministry of State Security on Friday said that Mr. Chen had reached the United States Embassy, but American officials would not confirm reports.”

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2 members of China’s Politburo call for loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party

April 25, 2012

“The disclosure of the remarks follows reports that Zhou is under investigation after he opposed the decision to strip ousted Chongqing party leader Bo Xilai of his Politburo post this month.”

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