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U.S. China News 2012.07.26

Thu, July 26, 2012

Chinese maker of US Olympic uniforms baffled by backlash
Los Angeles Times
Nearly half the clothing in the U.S. today is made in China, while nearly all the rest is manufactured in other countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, said Daniel Ikenson, an economist at the Cato Institute in Washington. China‘sapparel exports in 2010
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US, China Trade Accusations on Human Rights
Voice of America
For its part, the Chinese delegation released a statement calling on the U.S. to “take an unbiased look” at its human rights conditions. It also pointed to Beijing’s recent efforts to improve people’s livelihoods by various legal reforms and social security programs
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China Buys Canadian Energy: Lessons for the US
Heritage.org
If completed, this would be the single largest acquisition that Chinese companies have made in the outward investment splurge that started in 2005. It raises a series of issues for American policymakers to consider. The most basic point is that the two sides
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China labels US helicopter allegations “fictitious”
Reuters
BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) – China’s defence ministry on Thursday labelled as “fictitious” a case in which United Technologies Co. admitted selling software in contravention of U.S. export rules that helped Beijing develop its first modern military attack
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Chinese maker of US Olympic uniforms says pay attention to the performance
Fox News
The Chinese maker of the Ralph Lauren U.S. Olympic uniforms that created a stir earlier this month has a message to officials irritated by the clothing company’s move: “Pay attention to the performances of the U.S. athletes and not their clothes.” The Los
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China to test superpower claims on foreign soil
Chicago Tribune
LONDON (Reuters) – China’s table-topping gold medal haul at the Beijing Olympics cemented its claim as a sporting superpower but the red-clad army of 396 athletes march into London with little swagger as they renew their battle for supremacy with the
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Chinese politician Bo’s wife charged with murder
U.S. News & World Report
By CHARLES HUTZLER and GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press. BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of a British businessman, the government said Thursday, pushing
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Positive signs for USChina military ties, top US commander in Asia-Pacific
Fox News
Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III said China and the People’s Liberation Army have been accepting of his visits since he took the helm at the U.S. Pacific Command in March. The U.S. has also been accepting of Chinese visits, and the dialogue between the two
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Admiral: Positive signs for USChina military ties
Fox News
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – The top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region said Wednesday he’s seeing positive signs as he tries to develop relations between the U.S. and Chinese militaries. Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III said China and the People’s
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China denies it used stolen US technology to develop its 1st modern military
Washington Post
BEIJING — Allegations that China used stolen U.S. technology to develop a modern military attack helicopter were “severe deviations” from the facts, the Chinese Defense Ministry said Thursday. A division of United Technologies Corp. pleaded guilty in
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US: Chinese Political Reforms Have Lagged Behind Economic Advances
Voice of America (blog)
The head of the U.S. delegation, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner, told reporters Wednesday that the overall human rights situation in China continues to deteriorate. “We recognize China’s extraordinary record of economic
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China’s solar companies warn of trade war with EU
Reuters
“If the EU were to follow the precedent of the U.S. and launch an anti-dumping investigation on Chinese solar products, the Chinese solar industry would suffer a fatal blow,” Yingli Solar’s (YGE.N) chief strategy officer, Wang Yiyu, said. “The investigation would
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China indicts Bo’s wife for murder
Reuters
Mexico urges U.S. to review gun laws after Colorado shooting · 158 · Fourteen killed in Denver movie theater shooting · 105 · Penn State hit with $60 million fine, BEIJING (Reuters) – China will try Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, on charges of murdering a British man, state media said on Thursday in the latest turn in a scandal that has rocked the government in Beijing and could bring Gu the death penalty. The contentious dismissal of Bo has already shaken the Communist Party’s looming
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US says human rights deteriorating in China
The Associated Press
By By MATTHEW PENNINGTON – 1 minute ago. WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Wednesday the human rights situation in China is deteriorating and it is time for its authoritarian government to allow dissent. Assistant Secretary of State Michael
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US Raises Concern Over China Human Rights Situation
RTT News
The U.S. urged the Chinese government to release such lawyers as well as imprisoned democracy activists like Liu Xiaobo, Chen Wei and Chen Xi, who have actively pursued political openness and the promotion of fundamental freedoms for Chinese
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US congressman says no legal power to stop China-Canada oil deal
Reuters
“More than a foot in the door, this is a body in the door for the Chinese in the North American energy market, and it’s one that came about because of U.S. procrastination and a lack of diligence,” he said. Forbes blames the deal on President Barack Obama
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US presses China on “deteriorating” rights conditions
Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pressing China to address its “deteriorating” rights record, citing cases including the nephew of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng who activists say has been targeted following his famous uncle’s departure for
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U.S. Finds China’s Human Rights Situation Is Deteriorating
Bloomberg
China briefed the U.S. on the nation’s efforts to improve legislation and judicial justice, including changes to the Criminal Procedure Law, and on the development of grassroots elections, the official Xinhua News Agency said. China called for the U.S. to
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US Summer Olympic gold medal haul: $600k
Wall Street Journal
100, although China came away with more of the coveted yellow metal at 51 vs. 36. The U.S., too, leads in total medals won in all of the 27 summer Games that have been held since 1896, according to data from Sports Reference. Overall, the U.S. has won
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US drought: China feels the heat
Alaska Dispatch
HONG KONG, China — As the world’s largest importer of American agricultural products, China stands to get walloped by the drought that is ravaging US croplands. With the worst dry spell in 50 years threatening to kill corn and soybean crops across a wide
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Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romney’s Face
ABC News (blog)
After controversy arose over Ralph Lauren’s 2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms’ Chinese origins, Mitt Romney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that the issue is “extraneous” to the focus of the games. “The Olympic games are about the athletes and we’re going to watch the
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Starwood Hotels 2Q net income falls, revenue up
msnbc.com
“Some would argue that makes us vulnerable to a downturn in China. That might be true but this is the more important point: China has a long way to grow,” he said. “Look at it this way: China’s economy is over one-third the size of the U.S. but there are less
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China solar firms say EU complaint signals trade war
Chicago Tribune
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s solar firms warned of a trade war on Thursday, calling on the Chinese government to respond with all means to an anti-dumping complaint filed by European competitors that they said could be a fatal blow. Ratcheting up the stakes
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Chinese Want US to Stop Playing Defense While They Improve Their Offense
Heritage.org (blog)
Last week, Chinese General Zhu Chenghu stated that China “will have to modernize its nuclear arsenal” as U.S. missile defense “may reduce the credibility of [China’s] nuclear deterrence.” Even if the statements reflected reality, it should encourage the U.S. to
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Growing China clout sparks concern in Taiwan media
U.S. News & World Report
By ANNIE HUANG, Associated Press. TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan regulators have put strict conditions on a bid by a China-friendly media group to purchase the island’s second largest cable TV system as concerns grow that China’s commercial clout is
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BASF profit falls, says China growth slowing
msnbc.com
In particular, it said that growth was easing in China, which has powered the global economy recently while Europe has struggled and the U.S. experiences an uncertain recovery. The company said that “the Chinese growth engine has started to stall” and that
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US: Chinese Political Reforms Lag Behind Economic Advances
Voice of America (blog)
Posner said that during the meetings Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. urged China to release pro-democracy activists and lawyers who have been imprisoned because their clients have been critical of official actions. The U.S. official said his Chinese
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US Defends Value of Human Rights Dialogue
China Digital Times
Mr. Posner was reporting on the latest session of an annual human rights dialogue with China, which took place this week in Washington and included representatives from American and Chinese government agencies. During the meetings, he said, the State
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Chinese Face Major Health Risks On The American Fast Food Diet
Forbes
This morning I read that China is experiencing soaring numbers of its citizens suffering from obesity and chronic illness because the urban, higher wage earning, commuting population has jumped on the American fast food band wagon in staggering numbers
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Demand in North American, emerging markets boosts earnings
Washington Post
The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer said Thursday that that worldwide demand for cars increased in the second quarter in the US, China, Russia and India, and would rise again in the second half of the year — but at a slower pace. Volkswagen warned the car
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US: China human rights ‘deteriorating’
BBC News
The US has called on China to address its ”deteriorating” human rights situation following an annual dialogue. Cases involving activists, lawyers and bloggers were raised at the talks, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner told reporters at a briefing.
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China solar makers decry trade spat, urge dialogue
U.S. News & World Report
By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press. SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese solar panel makers are urging Beijing to seek talks with the European Union over a dispute they say threatens to escalate into a trade war. Four big solar panel manufacturers issued
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Yuan Strengthens on U.S. Stimulus Speculation, Stronger Fixing
Bloomberg
The Chinese currency rebounded from the weakest level since September 2011 after new home sales in the U.S. fell 8.4 percent in June from a two-year high. The Federal Open Market Committee meets next week. Stimulus measures in China are sufficient to
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China’s hawks gaining sway in South China sea dispute
Reuters
Most Chinese and foreign security policy analysts believe China wants to avoid military conflict across sea lanes that carry an annual $5 trillion in ship-borne trade, particularly if it raises the prospect of U.S. intervention. However, they say Beijing is
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China, US to continue human rights dialogue
China Daily
WASHINGTON – Both China and the United States are willing to continue their talks about human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect, the Chinese delegation to the latest round of ChinaUS human rights dialogue said in Washington on
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Solarworld-Led Group Files China Anti-Dumping Case in Europe
Businessweek
The EU ProSun group filed the anti-dumping complaint in Brussels after a similar request in the U.S. resulted in duties on solar imports from China. The group has 25 members including companies from Italy, Spain and Germany’s Sovello GmbH, EU ProSun
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Efforts Fail to Advance Human Rights With China—Again
The Weekly Standard (blog)
Low expectations for the 17th round of the U.S.China Human Rights Dialogue, conducted on July 23 and 24 in Washington, were borne out by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner’s briefing yesterday. Posner’s main points were that the dialogue is not a
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Mead Johnson slips on weaker 2Q China growth
msnbc.com
While revenue in North America and Europe declined 1 percent to $317.1 million, Mead Johnson said its U.S. business improved significantly compared to the first quarter of 2012. Mead Johnson is still forecasting $3.04 to $3.14 per share in adjusted net
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Beijing adopts aggressive stance as hawks gain sway in South China Sea dispute
msnbc.com
Eager to avoid military conflict? Most Chinese and foreign security policy analysts believe China wants to avoid military conflict across sea lanes that carry an annual $5 trillion in ship-borne trade, particularly if it raises the prospect of U.S. intervention.
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China’s bellicosity opens doors for US
Sydney Morning Herald
China’s aggression has solved this problem. It has so scared regional nations, they have been lining up to ask the US to re-engage. The Philippines has asked America to re-open Clark Air Base and Subic Bay, bases the Filipinos ordered closed more than 20
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US presses China on ‘deteriorating’ rights conditions
Chicago Tribune
China questions U.S. discrimination, prison conditions. By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – The United States is pressing China to address its “deteriorating” rights record, citing cases including the nephew of blind dissident Chen
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US presses Beijing on “deteriorating” human rights conditions in China
GlobalPost
During talks with the Chinese, led by a director general from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chen Xu, the US also raised concerns over China’s crackdown on the Uighurs and the self-immolations by about 40 Tibetans. And the US delegation raised concerns
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Should Olympic uniforms be made in the US?
CBS News
China was the dominant supplier, accounting for about 34 percent of clothes sold in the U.S.. While few Americans are cutting or sewing clothes, Ikenson noted that the apparel industry still employs plenty of Americans. From designing, branding, logistics and
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Outside View: China in the U.S. presidential campaign
UPI.com
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the need for Congress to act to extend tax cuts for the middle class in the East Room at the White House on July 9, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Obama was joined on stage by people who would benefit from the
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Soldier said he endured slurs from sergeant charged in death
Reuters
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – A black soldier testified at a court-martial on Wednesday that he endured racial slurs from the same U.S. Army sergeant whose hazing, according to military officials, led a ChineseAmerican soldier to commit suicide.
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Caterpillar 2Q profit grows 67 pct, lifts outlook
msnbc.com
Many countries in Europe are in recession or teetering near it, a pending budget crisis could send the U.S. back into recession and China’s growth is slackening. A worldwide slowdown would make it harder for Caterpillar to meet its 2012 goals. Still, the
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