Japan to issue visas again for Uyghur activist Kadeer, Dalai Lama

Originally by AP news, Published by BEITBART, 15 Apr 2010

TOKYO, April 15 (AP) – (Kyodo)—Japan plans to issue entry visas for Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer and Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for their respective visits planned for May and June, despite China’s demand that it refrain from doing so, government sources said Thursday.

Kadeer and the Dalai Lama, criticized by China for allegedly engaging in what it calls separatist activities, will be visiting Japan for the second time since the Democratic Party of Japan seized power from the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in last August’s general election.

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Dutch-Chinese media not free of state censorship

Originally Published by Rnw.nl news 14 April 2010 

 By Sigrid Deters  

The riots in Xinjiang or the Dalai Lama: topics that have been subject to severe censorship in the Chinese media. In the Netherlands, it’s also difficult for Chinese-language media to handle such “sensitive” stories.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide looked at the way four Chinese-language media outlets reported events over the past year. It turns out that certain subjects are often covered from one side only, or sometimes avoided altogether.

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China steps up quake rescue effort as death toll hits 589

Originally published by Reuters,15 Apr 2010

By Lucy Hornby and Ben Blanchard

 * Thousands injured after series of quakes, aftershocks

* Schools cave in, some students trapped

* Appeal for tents in near-freezing temperatures

* Government rushes in aid, some roads and bridges damaged

BEIJING, April 15 (Reuters) – The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest China has risen to 589, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, with hundreds of homes and some schools toppled in the remote mountainous Tibetan Plateau.

The agency quoted local quake-relief headquarters as giving the figure following Wednesday’s quake, which also injured thousands. The death toll had earlier stood at 400.

Hundreds of troops have been sent to Qinghai Province’s Yushu county. Xinhua said teams of rescue workers, as well as health and disease control experts had also been dispatched, together with groups tasked with detecting aftershocks.

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Dungans, Uyghurs Attacked In Northern Kyrgyz Town

Originally published by RFE/RL,9 Apr 2010

TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan– Antigovernment protest actions in Kyrgyzstan’s northern town of Tokmok have reportedly escalated into ethnic clashes, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

Groups of protesters allegedly attacked people from two ethnic minorities — Dungans and Uyghurs — and their houses, cafes, and shops.

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Kyrgyz president offers terms for resignation

Originally published by Reuters, 13 Apr2010

By Dmitry Solovyov

TEYYIT, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) – Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said on Tuesday he might resign if the interim government guaranteed his safety and calmed the turmoil gripping the country since an uprising against his five-year rule.

Raising for the first time the possibility of ceding power, Bakiyev attached several conditions to stepping down, in a sharp shift in tone that could offer a way out of his standoff with the new self-proclaimed government which controls Kyrgyzstan.

When asked by reporters under what conditions he could resign, Bakiyev said: “I believe first and foremost if there is a guarantee that the roaming of these armed people ends in Kyrgyzstan, that this redistribution of property and this armed free-for-all stops.

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Obama hopes for yuan move, but China pushes back

 Originally published by Reuters,13 Apr 2010

By Paul Eckert and Tabassum Zakaria

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that China had yet to set a timetable for reforming the yuan despite “frank” conversations with President Hu Jintao and a Chinese spokesman said Beijing would not bow to foreign pressure on currency reform.

Obama spoke at a news conference at the end of a nuclear security summit in Washington where the two leaders met on Monday for the first time since Sino-U.S. tensions over the yuan had threatened to escalate into a serious dispute.

“With respect to the currency issue, President Hu and I have had a number of frank conversations,” Obama told reporters. In diplomatic terms, the word “frank” typically means neither side held back.

“I have been very clear of the fact that it is my estimation that the RMB (yuan) is undervalued, and that China’s own decision in previous years to begin to move toward a more market-oriented approach is the right one,” Obama said.

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Protests flare against China at US nuclear summit

Article Link, 12Apr 2010

By Karin Zeitvogel

AFP

WASHINGTON — Scores of chanting Tibetans and silently meditating Falungong practitioners staged a peaceful protest here Monday, using a gathering of world leaders at a nuclear security summit as a soapbox to protest against China.

More than 100 Tibetans chanted angry slogans in a square and a park on the edge of Washington’s Chinatown, both a stone’s throw from the Washington Convention Center where President Barack Obama is hosting the leaders from 46 nations, including China’s President Hu Jintao.

“Hu Jintao, free Tibet! Wake up, wake up, USA! Wake up, wake up, Obama!” shouted the Tibetans, many waving the yellow, red, blue and white flag of the remote Himalayan region invaded by Chinese troops in 1950.

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Obama, Hu discuss yuan on nuclear summit sidelines

 Originally published by Reuters, 12 Apr 2010

By Paul Eckert and Caren Bohan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama repeated on Monday his call for more yuan flexibility during a meeting with China’s Hu Jintao, deploying careful diplomatic language while Beijing stressed dialogue.

A later report from the official Chinese news agency reflected a stiffer tone from Hu, the Chinese president, but in Washington there was a deliberate effort to stress the cordial nature of the talks.

“The president reaffirmed his view that it is important for a … sustained and balanced global economic recovery that China move toward a more market-oriented exchange rate,” Jeffrey Bader, a top White House adviser, told reporters.

The Obama administration wants to avoid embarrassing Hu over the yuan currency while he attends a nuclear security summit in Washington, shrugging off domestic political pressure for stern words against Beijing.

The U.S. Treasury recently delayed publication of a report that politicians had urged Obama to use to name China a currency manipulator, paving the way to eventual official action.

Foreign currency investors will scrutinize Obama’s and Hu’s words for evidence of a shift in Beijing’s yuan policy. Analysts say this makes sense for China in the long term, but they do not expect significant changes in the immediate future.

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