Kyrgyz opposition says running government, wants election

 Originally published by Reuters,7 Apr 2010

By Olga Dzyubenko and Maria Golovnina

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva said on Thursday she had taken over the government after violent protests forced the president of the Central Asian country to flee the capital.

She said she wanted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who she helped bring to power five years ago, to resign.

“We have a caretaker government now in place, and I am the head of it,” Otunbayeva told Reuters by telephone.

“It will remain in place for half a year, during which we will draft the constitution and create conditions for free and fair (presidential) elections,” she said.

Bakiyev left Bishkek — where demonstrators torched the prosecutor-general’s office and tried to smash trucks into government buildings — and flew to the southern city of Osh, an opposition member of parliament earlier told Reuters.

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Pakistan Uyghurs in Hiding

Originally published by RFA , 6 Apr 2010

By Shohret Hoshur

HONG KONG—Two prominent members of the exiled Turkic-speaking Uyghur community, many of whom oppose Chinese rule in their homeland, are on the run from the authorities following police raids on their homes.

Omer and Akbar Khan, who co-founded a charity to teach Pakistani Uyghurs their own language in the northern city of Rawalpindi, said they had fled from police after neighbors told them their close relatives had been detained for several hours.

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but we have decided to stay away from the police for some time, because of the unknown fate of two other guys [we know],” said Omer Khan, 35, who recently applied for a Belgian visa to attend a training program for Uyghur activists outside China.

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China ‘Watching’ Kyrgyzstan

Originally published by RFA,8 Apr 2010

By Luisetta Mudie

 HONG KONG—China voiced concern Thursday about events in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, where opponents of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev took control of the government after a wave of deadly violence around the country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Beijing was “deeply concerned” about the situation in Kyrgyzstan, which borders its troubled Muslim region of Xinjiang in the northwest.

“China … hopes the country will restore peace soon and maintain stability,” Jiang told reporters at a regular news briefing.

“China hopes that relevant issues will be settled in a lawful way.”

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China cyber-spies target India, Dalai Lama: report

Originally published by  Reuters, 6 Apr 2010

By Lucy Hornby and David Ljunggren

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) – A cyber-espionage group based in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defense Ministry and emails from the Dalai Lama’s office, Canadian researchers said in a report on Tuesday.

The cyber-spies used popular online services, including Twitter, Google Groups and Yahoo Mail, to hack into computers, ultimately directing them to communicate with command and control servers in China.

The report, entitled “Shadows in the Clouds”, said the spy network was likely run by individuals with connections to the Chinese criminal underworld. Information might have been passed to branches of the Chinese government, it added.

“We did not find any hard evidence that links these attacks to the Chinese government,” said Nart Villeneuve, who, like the other authors of the report, is a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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U.S. says China nuclear programs lack transparency

Originally published by  Reuters, 6 Apr2010

By Phil Stewart and Paul Eckert

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lack of transparency surrounding China’s nuclear programs raises questions about its strategic intentions, the United States said on Tuesday.

“China’s nuclear arsenal remains much smaller than the arsenals of Russia and the United States,” the administration said in a nuclear policy document published on Tuesday.

“But the lack of transparency surrounding its nuclear programs — their pace and scope, as well as the strategy and doctrine that guides them — raises questions about China’s future strategic intentions.”

“The United States and China’s Asian neighbors remain concerned about the pace and scope of China’s current military modernization efforts, including its quantitative and qualitative modernization of its nuclear capabilities,” it said.

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Spying on Computer Spies Traces Data Theft to China

Originally published by  The New York Times  5 April  2010


 TORONTO — Turning the tables on a China-based computer espionage gang, Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry.

In a report issued Monday night, the researchers, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, provide a detailed account of how a spy operation it called the Shadow Network systematically hacked into personal computers in government offices on several continents.

The Toronto spy hunters not only learned what kinds of material had been stolen, but were able to see some of the documents, including classified assessments about security in several Indian states, and confidential embassy documents about India’s relationships in West Africa, Russia and the Middle East. The intruders breached the systems of independent analysts, taking reports on several Indian missile systems. They also obtained a year’s worth of the Dalai Lama’s personal e-mail messages.

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China executes Japanese drug smuggler

Originally published by BBC News, 6 Apr 2010

China has executed a Japanese man convicted of drug smuggling, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

 He is the first Japanese citizen to be put to death in China since diplomatic ties between the two countries were re-established in 1972.Mitsunobu Akano was executed in northeast Liaoning Province.Both Japan and China employ the death penalty, but Japanese officials said they feared a possible impact on ties after the execution.

Xinhua reported that Akano, 65, was caught illegally carrying more than 1.5kg of “stimulant drugs” at an airport in Dalian in September 2006.

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North Korea’s Kim: Mentored, paid, “betrayed” by China

Originally published by Reuters, 5  Apr 2010

By Jon Herskovitz

 SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il first went to China as a child for safety during the Korean War. He may soon be heading back for a trip seeking to shore up the support that keeps his destitute and derelict state alive.

The North has a long, deep and troubled relationship with China that some experts liken to a marriage of convenience, where both parties must endure the pain of being together because they would be worse off apart.

“China’s food and energy assistance can be seen as an insurance premium that Beijing remits regularly to avoid paying the higher economic, political and national security cost of a North Korean collapse, a war on the peninsula, or subsuming of the North into the South,” the U.S. Congressional Research Service said in a report earlier this year.

Kim’s expected trip will likely lead to a return to stalled international talks hosted by Beijing on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, analysts said, while he will try to win sweeteners from China for heading back to the table.

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