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Blind activist emerges from US embassy

A blind Chinese activist who fled persecution by local officials in his rural town and sparked a diplomatic standoff by holing up in the U.S. embassy for six days emerged Wednesday after U.S. officials said China had assured his safety.  Read more

Chen Guangcheng forced to leave US embassy after threats to family

Mr Chen, one of China’s leading dissidents, said he had been abandoned by US officials hours after they claimed to have agreed a deal to keep him and his family safe.  Read more

Chen Guangcheng: America shows a naivity that beggars belief

If there ever really was a “deal” over the fate of the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, it comes as no surprise that within hours of him walking out of the US Embassy it was unravelling.  Read more

Pole dancing grandma

In China, where older women are expected to lead a quiet life tending to their grandchildren, retired grandmother Sun Fengqin’s hobby is unusual – she pole dances.  Read more

Taiwan again claims sovereignty over South China Sea islands

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that Taiwan remains willing to work with other countries on exploring resources in the South China Sea, while reaffirming the nation’s claim to several disputed island groups and surrounding waters in the region.   Read more

Bo Guagua sexually harassed Huntsman’s daughter

The latest issue of Hong Kong-based Yazhou Zhoukan claims to have information that Bo Guagua, the son of defenestrated former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, sexually harassed the daughter of the former United States ambassador to Beijing, Jon Huntsman. The incident reportedly angered Huntsman and nearly caused a diplomatic crisis between China and the US.   Read more

China manufacturing rises in April to 13-month high

China’s manufacturing activity rose in April to a 13-month high, official data showed Tuesday, indicating the world’s number two economy may have bottomed out in the second quarter.  Read more

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