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Jun 16, 2012

China puts its first woman astronaut into orbit

JIUQUAN, China (Reuters) – China put its first woman into orbit on Saturday, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country’s ambitious space programme.

A Long March rocket blasted off in the early evening from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with it the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and the three astronauts, including 33-year-old female fighter pilot Liu Yang.

Jun 15, 2012

Liu Yang draws cheers as first Chinese woman set for space voyage

JIUQUAN, China, June 15 (Reuters) – China will send its
first woman into outer space this week, prompting a surge of
national pride as the rising power takes its latest step towards
putting a space station in orbit within the decade.

Liu Yang, a 33-year-old fighter pilot, will join two other
astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft when it lifts off
from a remote Gobi Desert launch site on Saturday evening.

May 29, 2012

Wine from the Gobi desert aims at booming market

WUHAI, China May 28 (Reuters) – As spring warms the sands of
the Gobi desert in China’s vast Inner Mongolia region, it’s not
just the local camels who are happy to see the end of a long,
cold winter.

Just a few hundred metres from towering sand dunes, workers
unearth row upon row of grapevines buried under the sand to
protect them from temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4
Fahrenheit).

May 25, 2012

Activist Chen urges China to prosecute “lawless officials”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng urged authorities in Beijing on Thursday to prosecute “lawless” local officials who harassed and abused the self-taught lawyer, his family and supporters, saying such prosecutions could help China establish the rule of law.

In one of his first interviews since arriving in the United States last Saturday, Chen told Reuters the rough treatment of his family and supporters who helped him escape house arrest last month was “entirely against Chinese law.”

May 24, 2012

Activist Chen urges China to prosecute those who harassed him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who flew to the United States last week, said on Thursday China’s handling of the local officials who harassed and abused him and his family will determine whether the country can begin to achieve rule of law.

“If authorities can promptly investigate and prosecute those lawless officials who broke China’s laws, then possibly China can rather quickly move onto the road of rule of law,” Chen told Reuters in an interview.

May 23, 2012

China activist worried about nephew’s legal plight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is worried his nephew will be subjected to a revenge show trial by Chinese officials and will work to publicize his plight from New York, a supporter said on Wednesday after meeting Chen.

Chen, who escaped from house arrest last month and sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, arrived in New York with his family on Saturday after China let him leave a hospital to quell a diplomatic rift with the United States.

May 20, 2012

Blind Chinese activist arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. Embassy was a huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic controversy while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 20, 2012

Chinese activist Chen arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. Embassy was a huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic controversy while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 19, 2012

Blind Chinese activist Chen leaves Beijing for U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) – China allowed a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng, to leave a hospital in Beijing on Saturday and board a plane bound for the United States, a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. embassy caused huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic rift while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 19, 2012

Blind Chinese activist appears to have left for U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) – China allowed a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng, to leave a hospital in Beijing on Saturday and board a plane bound for the United States, a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. embassy caused huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic rift while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.