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Jan 14, 2010

Google complaints add to list of Sino-U.S. disputes

BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Internet giant Google’s
<GOOG.O> threat to quit China, citing cyber-attacks and
tightening censorship, could add to strains between Beijing and
the United States, already at odds over currency, trade and
Taiwan.

(For full coverage of the Google case, see
[ID:nSGE60C01H])

With the two giant nations joined at the hip economically,
Sino-U.S. tensions are unlikely to escalate into outright
confrontation, but could make cooperating on global economic
and security issues all the more difficult.

Jan 13, 2010

Adobe software may have been exploited in cyber attack

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – An attack on Google and
at least 20 other companies, that originated from China, seems
to have exploited a vulnerability in the popular Adobe Acrobat
and Adobe Reader software, possibly to steal proprietary codes.

Google <GOOG.O> said on Tuesday that it would review the
feasibility of its business operations in China, after a cyber
attack originating from China resulted in the loss of
intellectual property. [ID:n12210451]

Dec 28, 2009

China introduces law to boost renewable energy

BEIJING (Reuters) – A new Chinese law requires power grid operators to buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators, in a move that will increase the proportion of energy that comes from renewable sources in coal-dependent China.

The amendment to the 2006 renewable energy law was adopted on Saturday by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, the Xinhua news agency said.

Dec 18, 2009

US may block China mine investment near Navy site

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. mining company
Firstgold <FGD.TO> still hopes to complete a partnership deal
with a Chinese mining company despite U.S. national security
concerns that could cause President Barack Obama to block it,
the company’s chief executive said on Friday.

Firstgold has been told by the Committee on Foreign
Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, a panel headed by
the Treasury Department, that it would recommend Obama reject
the plan for China’s Northwest Nonferrous International
Investment Co to buy 51 percent of the company.

Dec 18, 2009

U.S. may block China-backed mine development near Navy site

BEIJING (Reuters) – A company developing a gold mine in Nevada has warned that the United States may reject its proposed partnership with a Chinese mining firm on national security grounds because the mine is near a military installation.

Toronto-listed FirstGold said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) planned to recommend to U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he reject a plan to develop Relief Canyon mine, near Lovelock, Nevada, due to its proximity to the Fallon Naval Air Station.

Dec 18, 2009

US may block China-backed mine dvlpt near Navy site – miner

BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A miner developing a gold mine
in Nevada has warned that the United States may reject its
proposed partnership with a Chinese mining firm, on national
security grounds because the mine is near a military
installation.

Toronto-listed FirstGold <FGD.TO> said the Committee on
Foreign Investment in the United States planned to recommend to
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he reject a plan to
develop Relief Canyon mine, near Lovelock, Nevada, due to its
proximity to the Fallon Naval Air Station.

Dec 10, 2009

Currency shift hits North Korea business, spooks China traders

DANDONG, China (Reuters) – Traders in the Chinese border city of Dandong say business has been drying up in neighboring North Korea following an abrupt currency shift that could spell months of uncertainty for its fragile economy.

Trucks laden with goods roll across a snowy, one-lane bridge connecting the two countries, but the traders said many shops and markets within impoverished North Korea had closed as owners try to get a clearer idea of how currency rules and prices will be set by the state, which dominates the economy.

Nov 20, 2009

U.S. seeks release of geologist in China secrets case

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States is seeking the release of an American citizen detained in Beijing for two years, in a case similar to the detentions of Rio Tinto staff which launched an international debate over China’s secrets laws.

Xue Feng, a geologist born in China, was detained late in 2007 after negotiating the sale of an oil industry database to his employer at the time, a U.S.-based consultancy.

Nov 19, 2009

More English needed as China steps up peacekeeping

HUAIROU, China (Reuters) – A lack of proficiency in English has been one of the main factors hindering Chinese peacekeeping forces in their missions overseas, officials said on Thursday at a new training center outside Beijing.

U.N. peacekeeping missions have given China, which has not been in an overseas conflict for three decades, a channel for diplomatic outreach and military experience as the People’s Liberation Army modernizes.

Nov 17, 2009

China calls for return of art treasures from abroad

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is ratcheting up pressure for imperial treasures to be repatriated, condemning overseas auctions of its relics and demanding they come home.

China is particularly eager to get back a series of bronze animal heads looted in 1860 by British and French soldiers when they burned down the Qing emperors’ summer palace in Beijing.

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