Tag: China

US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

GENEVA (AP) — Syria’s Ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said the request violates principles of impartiality because it comes from nations that support the rebels battling the government troops. U.N. Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel says the council will decide Tuesday whether to hold the debate Wednesday. The United States, Turkey and Qatar pressed the […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
Chinese premier visits Pakistan praises ties and signed economic agreements

Chinese premier visits Pakistan praises ties and signed economic agreements

May 23, ISLAMABAD (AP) — China provides Pakistan with aid and foreign investment, while Islamabad offers Beijing important diplomatic backing in the face of Muslim-majority nations who might otherwise criticize China’s handling of its minority Muslim Uighur population. China’s premier signed economic agreements and praised Pakistan in glowing terms as he began a two-day visit […]

May 23, 2013 | By More
North Korea sends high-profile Military official to China

North Korea sends high-profile Military official to China

May 22, PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Choe Ryong Hae, a top Workers’ Party official and a vice marshal tasked with supervising the North Korean military, departed on a chartered Air Koryo flight with a political and military delegation. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongcai was among the dignitaries on the tarmac for his departure.   North […]

May 22, 2013 | By More
No significant results in Myanmar president’s US visit

No significant results in Myanmar president’s US visit

May 21, AP – Forty-seven years – that’s how long it has been since the US last received a head of state from the country most still call Burma. Experts like Ernest Bower of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) welcomed Monday’s visit (20.05.2013) from Myanmar’s President Thein Sein as a “historic occasion.” […]

May 21, 2013 | By More
Chinese, Indian leaders played down border dispute, calls for cooperation

Chinese, Indian leaders played down border dispute, calls for cooperation

May 20, NEW DELHI (AP) — Friction has been building between the Asian giants in recent years as they vie for regional influence and access to fuel needed to feed their growing economies. Li Keqiang’s trip to India, his first visit abroad since becoming Chinese premier, seems intended to minimize those tensions. The leaders of […]

May 20, 2013 | By More
UN chief Ban ki Moon hopes for Syria conference in early June

UN chief Ban ki Moon hopes for Syria conference in early June

May 19, AP – MOSCOW — The U.S. and Russia have agreed to try to bring the Syrian regime and opposition to the negotiating table, but no date has been set. Neither Syrian President Bashar Assad nor the main Western-backed opposition group has made a commitment to attend. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is holding […]

May 19, 2013 | By More
Weeks after a tense border standoff Chinese premier visits India to boost ties

Weeks after a tense border standoff Chinese premier visits India to boost ties

NEW DELHI (AP) — China says Premier Li Keqiang’s choice of India for his first trip abroad since taking office in March shows the importance Beijing attaches to improving relations with New Delhi. “We think very highly of this gesture because it is our view that high-level political exchanges between our two countries are an […]

May 19, 2013 | By More
UN General Assembly approves Arab-backed Syria resolution

UN General Assembly approves Arab-backed Syria resolution

May 16, AP – UNITED NATIONS The United States co-sponsored the resolution, saying it would promote a political solution. But key Syrian ally Russia urged a “no” vote, saying it was “counterproductive and irresponsible” to promote a one-sided resolution when Moscow and Washington are trying to get the Syrian government and opposition to agree to […]

May 16, 2013 | By More
IAEA: Iran in Parallel nuclear talks in Vienna, Istanbul

IAEA: Iran in Parallel nuclear talks in Vienna, Istanbul

May 16, AP – In Vienna, the UN atomic agency, the IAEA, will press Iranian officials to grant access to sites, documents and scientists involved in Teheran’s alleged efforts to develop atomic weapons. Two sets of talks on Wednesday aimed at easing tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme are not expected to produce any major breakthrough […]

May 16, 2013 | By More
Government views prostitution as an “ugly social Phenomenon” Sex workers in China face horrifying abuse

Government views prostitution as an “ugly social Phenomenon” Sex workers in China face horrifying abuse

May 14, AP – The government officially views prostitution as an “ugly social phenomenon” and the solicitation, sale and purchase of sex in China are illegal. However, despite frequent government crackdowns, prostitution remains rampant and sexual services are openly offered in massage parlors, karaoke bars and nightclubs. Police in China frequently beat, torture and arbitrarily […]

May 14, 2013 | By More