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  1. Summer Palace on trail of looted relics

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li in Beijing Beijing's Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan, has embarked on a global hunt for relics looted from the site nearly 150 years ago by British and French troops. ... of Art in New York, Chen Mingjie, head of administration at the Old Summer Palace park in north Beijing, told the Beijing News. Chen estimated that 1.5 million items lost from the park were ...

  2. Arms smugglers held as Tibetan anger rises

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com China says it has cracked a ring of firearms smugglers who sneaked guns and ammunition into Tibet and neighbouring Sichuan and Yunnan across ... of security across the southwest yesterday after a string of nine self-immolations in protest against Beijing's repressive rule this year. The report did not give details about when most ...

  3. Hard road to Beijing for NPC petitioners

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... Ivan Zhai Thousands of mainland petitioners who want to air their grievances to the central government have been heading to Beijing ahead of today's National People's Congress ... a great number of officials and police to block petitioners heading to Beijing to seek redress. Some petitioners were caught at the very beginning. A Liaoning petitioner in her sixties identified ...

  4. Officials drop imperial palace treasure hunt

    Posted Sep 18th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... manages the imperial garden on the outskirts of Beijing- in October last year. According to the plan, a team of specialists would target museums and libraries in the United States, Europe ...

  5. Freed workers due in Beijing after hostage ordeal

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com The 29 Chinese workers freed by Sudanese rebels are expected to arrive in Beijing today. Their employer, the state-owned hydropower engineering ... Chinese worker died but 17 managed to escape. Xinhua said the release was the result of efforts by Beijing, the Sudanese government and other parties. It is not known if a ransom was paid. ...

  6. Beijing can broker Sudanese peace

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and credibility on both sides, Beijing has what it takes to bring the rivals together. An apparent willingness to make every effort to ease tensions, expressed at the weekend in Khartoum by visiting envoy Zhong Jianhua, is what the region and international community want to hear. Being assertive and responsible is expected from influential players in the global arena. Beijing has thankfully been ...

  7. General takes charge of elite Beijing guard

    Posted Apr 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of Beijing, according to local media reports. Top officials with the municipal party committee, government, people's congress and people's political consultative conference in Baoding, Hebei province, prepared a feast on March 15 to welcome Major General Xu Linping, 55, as the new commander of the 38th Group Army under the Beijing Military Region, the Baoding Daily reported two days ...

  8. Beijing opens military door to private sector

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The mainland has released guidelines for private businesses to research and develop weapons and military equipment in a move to speed up military modernisation ... the commission's vice-minister, said Beijing's strategy to develop a modern force required the authorities to open up the military industry to the private sector. 'The need to make full use ...

  9. Rethink foreign policies as interests expand abroad

    Posted Feb 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... are bursting with calls by mainlanders for the central government to find ways to better protect Chinese nationals overseas, including suggestions that Beijing should consider deploying its armed ... for Beijing to conduct a fundamental rethink of its foreign policies, particularly in the areas of bolstering security for its businesses and citizens abroad. The reason is simple enough: ...

  10. 8 pre-Games terror attacks foiled, book says

    Posted May 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui China prevented eight possible terrorist attacks, including one on foreign embassies in Beijing, in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, a new book says. The book on the health legacy of the Games, jointly released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA), says the terror attacks, planned for the five ...




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