China responsible on arms exports

China has always adopted a responsible and prudent attitude on the exportation of weapons, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. China rigorously fulfills the obligations of international laws such as the United Nations resolutions, as well as domestic rules, spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing. Hong’s remarks came after the Stockholm International […]

25 killed in SW China colliery accident

The death toll from a coal mine accident that occurred last week in southwest China’s Guizhou Province rose to 25 after the bodies of four missing miners were retrieved, local authorities said Monday. An outburst of coal and gas at the Machang Coal Mine, which belongs to the Gemudi Company of the Guizhou Water & […]

China protests Japan’s violation of one-China policy

China on Monday made representations to Japan over its violation of the one-China policy during its commemorations of an earthquake anniversary. “We have made solemn representations to Japan and are strongly dissatisfied with and protest Japan’s acts,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Monday. For Monday’s commemorations of the earthquake that […]

CPPCC’s new leader rejects Western political systems, champions consultative democracy

CPPCC’s new leader rejects Western political systems, champions consultative democracy

The newly-elected leader of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) pledged Tuesday that China will promote consultative democracy and will not copy Western political systems under any circumstances. “We need to steadfastly uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), adhere to and improve the system of multiparty cooperation and political consultation […]

China-U.S. ties not necessarily defined by rivalry: U.S. security advisor

The United States looks for new opportunities to further its relations with China, and the two countries are not necessarily destined for confrontation, U.S. top security advisor Thomas Donilon said here on Monday. During a foreign policy speech at the Asia Society, Donilon said Washington will continue its strategic re-balancing in Asia-Pacific with a focus […]

U.S. slaps fresh sanctions on DPRK bank, individuals

The Obama administration on Monday slapped fresh sanctions on a primary foreign exchange bank and four individuals in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for their alleged role in the Asian country’s nuclear and missile programs. The Department of Treasury blacklisted the Foreign Trade Bank ( FTB) in Pyongyang and Paek Se-Bong, chairman of […]

EU strengthens sanctions against Iran

The European Union (EU) on Monday decided to strengthened its sanctions against Iran. Following a review, Foreign Ministers of the 27-member bloc met in Brussels decided to prolong the EU restrictive measures in response to “serious human rights violations in Iran” by 12 months. The EU also added nine persons responsible for the alleged human […]

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday in a military hospital in Caracas, Vice President Nicols Maduro announced on the national radio and television. With tears in his eyes, Mature addressed Venezuelans from the Doctor Carlos Arvelo military hospital, where Chavez passed his last two weeks after he came back from Cuba on Feb. 18. “At […]

China ups spending related to quality of life

China’s central budget for 2013 features notable spending increases in areas closely related to quality of life, including education, healthcare, social security and public housing. Government spending on medical and health care increased by 27.1 percent year on year to 260.25 billion yuan (41.31 billion U.S. dollars), according to the central budget report submitted to […]

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