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Taiwan and China leaders to meet for the first time

REF: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in what will be the first meeting between leaders from the two rival nations since the end of a civil war in 1949.


The two presidents will “exchange views on cross-strait issues” Ma’s spokesman Charles Chen said on Tuesday, referring to the stretch of water separating mainland China and Taiwan.


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China extends its Black Monday stocks selloff

REF: Chinese stocks have tumbled another 6.41 percent on the opening of its markets on Tuesday, extending Monday’s nine percent plunge as worries mount over the state of its economy.


The falls followed wild early trading in Asian stocks, with some indices appearing to be recovering after opening lower on Tuesday.

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China bars ‘big’ shareholders from selling their stocks

REF: China’s market regulator has barred major shareholders and executives of listed companies from selling their shares for the next six months, it said in a statement, the latest government action to stem a slide in the markets.

China’s benchmark Shanghai stock index was down 3.7 percent on Thursday morning, extending losses from a day earlier, despite more government moves to avert a market collapse.

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China asks Pakistan to mend its fences with neighbours

Ref: The Chinese leadership has asked Islamabad to “mend its fences” with all its neighbours, including India, and expressed concern over terrorists still “flourishing” in centres on Pakistani soil, a media report today said.

The message from the Chinese leadership was conveyed during Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s visit to China that ended yesterday, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
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Khaleda meets Chinese party leaders

Source: BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has met Chinese communist party leaders at the Great Hall of Beijing.

BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, a member of Khaleda’s entourage, told bdnews24.com over telephone that Chinese vice-president Xi Jingpin led the Chinese communist party leaders at the meeting at 4pm Bangladesh time on Monday.

A cultural programme was organised in her honour afterwards.

Chowdhury said the opposition leader’s meeting with communist party leaders was focused on some bilateral issues of common concern of the two countries.

“Emphasis was made on developing the relationship between the two parties,” he added.

Earlier Khaleda attended a lunch hosted by the Communist Party of China.

Khaleda left Dhaka on Saturday for China at the invitation of the Communist Party.

She took a break on the way to see her younger son Arafat Rahman Coco who has long been living in Bangkok for medical treatment.

Khaleda will return on Dec 23, after another stopover in Bangkok.

Coco, along with Khaleda, was arrested in connection with GATCO graft case in September, 2007. During the tenure of the military-installed caretaker government in May, 2008, he left for Thailand for medical treatment on parole.

On Sunday afternoon, Khaleda visited the Olympic Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing. After she reached Beijing, she was welcomed by communist party international section’s director general Yun Shidong and other leaders.

Khaleda’s last visit to China was in 2006 as prime minister. She had visited there in 1998 as the opposition leader.

U.S. dismisses call for 6-way envoys` meeting, urges China to rein in N. Korea

Ref: The United States Monday dismissed China`s proposal to convene an emergency meeting of chief nuclear envoys to the six-party talks, instead urging China to step up pressure to stop North Korea`s provocations and its burgeoning nuclear arsenal.

“Six-party talks cannot substitute for action by North Korea to comply with its obligations and to cease its destabilizing actions on the Korean Peninsula,” said Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman. “We continue to urge China to use its influence and persuasion with the North Koreans to address their behavior and to address the serious problems that arose last week.”
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Typhoon Megi arrives in China

Ref: Typhoon Megi, the strongest storm to sweep through the northwest Pacific in two decades, has hit southern China, bringing torrential rains and powerful winds that prompted officials to shut down public services across the region, state media reported.

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Flood control authorities said more people would have to be evacuated from coastal Fujian province, in addition to the 160,000 already moved to safety ahead of the typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency said.
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China 'trying to block publication of UN Darfur report'

Ref: The report is being discussed by a United Nations committee which monitors sanctions against Sudan, including an arms embargo on Darfur.
Beijing says it is vaguely worded and full of flaws.
Ceasefires and peace negotiations have failed to end the conflict in the volatile western Sudanese region. The report says that a dozen different brands of Chinese bullet casings have been found in Darfur, some at sites where attacks on UN troops took place.

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Deadly traps miners in China

Ref: An explosion in a Chinese coal mine killed 20 and trapped more than 30 workers underground Saturday in the country`s central region, state media reported.


The China blast comes shortly after the world was riveted by the Chile`s dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners after they spent more than two months underground. Read more →

Rain batters China anew; 94,000 evacuated

Ref:Flooding has forced the evacuation of 94,000 people in the north China port city of Dandong after heavy rains caused the Yalu river to breach its banks, state media said Sunday.

More rain was expected to pound the region, which borders North Korea, and threatened to trigger more flooding Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Read more →