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US concerns over China weapons in Iraq

July 11, 2007
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The US has raised concerns with the Chinese government about the discovery of Chinese-made weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard Lawless, departing senior Pentagon official for Asia, on Friday said Washington had flagged the issue with Beijing. In recent months, the US has become increasingly alarmed that Chinese armour-piercing ammunition has been used by the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq.

Posted in Afghanistan, China, Iraq

Lou Dobbs On Dangerous Chinese Imports

July 10, 2007
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From toothpaste to children’s toy’s Chinese imports are endangering the health and well being of everone who purchases them.

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Researcher spots China’s new nuclear sub on Google Earth

July 6, 2007
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A satellite image of China’s new nuclear ballistic missile submarine is available on the Google Earth Internet site.

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Made in China: tainted food, fake drugs and dodgy paint

July 6, 2007
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China is facing a global crisis of consumer confidence as the country’s food safety watchdog acknowledged this week that almost a fifth of the domestic products it inspects fail to reach minimum standards. Following a number of contamination scandals in the US, the world’s biggest exporter is struggling to prove that it can match quality with quantity.In the first half of 2007, 19.1% of products made for domestic consumption were found to be substandard, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on Tuesday. Among products made by small firms, the failure rate was nearly 30%.

“These are not isolated cases,” Han Yi, director of the administration’s quality control and inspection department, told the state media. Underlining his concerns, officials said hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein were found in hospitals and excessive amounts of additives and preservatives were detected in children’s snacks.

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What The “Chinese Style” Internet Will Look Like

June 20, 2007
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Control freaks the world over, including most recently Tony Blair, have called for the introduction of a Chinese style Internet, where the World Wide Web is tightly regulated and free speech stifled on the whim of a government censor.

Here’s what Internet 2, the Chinese format, will look like.

Say goodbye to downloading your favorite music or videos in seconds via high-speed cable or ADSL. There is no high speed broadband Internet in China. Since every website you access has to first pass through a government approved list, even the likes of Yahoo and Google lag and stumble onto your monitor, as if you’re using dial-up.

Missile defense games

June 13, 2007
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Beijing has deployed some 1,000 missiles targeting Taiwan and the sea-lanes surrounding the island, with 50 to 100 being added annually. But Taiwan is not worried or deterred in pursuing its own different way of life, not because its mentor and protector the U.S. provides an “impenetrable shield” against Beijing’s missiles, but because Taiwan’s people have refrained from provoking Beijing.

Posted in China, Taiwan

China uses chips in dog crackdown

May 3, 2007
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The Chinese authorities in an area of Beijing have begun implanting digital chips into dogs in a bid to cut down on the number of unregistered dogs. Chips the size of a rice grain are being injected into the necks of dogs in a pilot project in the Xicheng district, Xinhua news agency reports.

The chip contains details of the dog’s breed, birth, inoculations and owner.

China implemented a “one-dog” policy back in November as part of a campaign to tackle a surge in rabies cases.

Posted in China, RFID

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