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  1. China's first spacewalk set for later this month

    Posted Sep 08th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai China will launch its third manned space flight and attempt its first spacewalk this month, shortly before marking the 59th anniversary of its founding on October 1, in a display of confidence to the world. State media said the Shenzhou VII would head into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern province of Gansu between ...

  2. The same sad story all over again in Tibet

    Posted Apr 12th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove Year after year, Beijing has shepherded foreign journalists to Tibet on officially sanctioned visits in the hope of convincing reporters that economic development has brought ... the violence of Tibetans against Chinese, rather than simply blaming the Dalai Lama. I await my chance to return. Bill Savadove is a senior writer at the Post ...

  3. Students hang flags in show of support

    Posted Apr 28th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Students at Shanghai's elite Fudan University have hung Chinese flags from their dormitories in a rare show of campus activism ahead of a string of sensitive dates in May and June. Students have hung about 20 flags from two buildings on the universit ...

  4. After 100 years, bridge taken for repairs

    Posted Apr 07th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Shanghai yesterday began moving a century-old bridge for repairs as part of a massive infrastructure project aimed at revamping the waterfront Bund district ahead of the World Expo in 2010. Workers lowered the southern section of the Waibaidu Bridge on to a barge waiting below, watched by scores of spectators at the mouth of Suzhou Creek. Other boats then nudged ...

  5. Tibetan culture at a crossroads as young grapple with development

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Chengdu Tsewang, an ethnic Tibetan, is so assimilated into Chinese culture that she cannot even write her name in her native language. She speaks Tibetan with her father, but likes to watch Chinese-language television programmes. 'I can't write Tibetan,' the 22-year-old shop assistant said, as she wrote the Chinese characters for her name. Her shop ...

  6. Bjork faces ban after provocative Tibet call

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Quirky and controversial, Icelandic singer Bjork is likely to be banned from the mainland after making a call for Tibetan independence during a weekend performance in Shanghai. In the final performance of her encore, the singer chanted 'Tibet, Tibet' near the end of her song Declare Independence, people who attended the show said. 'It ...

  7. Biggest mourning since Mao died

    Posted May 20th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove It was a national display of public grief unmatched since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Then, the government declared a week of mourning. At 3pm on September 18, the nation stood to attention for three minutes while sirens sounded to mark his death. Yesterday, pedestrians stopped, drivers stopped their vehicles, trains were halted and workers bowed ...

  8. Travellers head back as snow, rain turn south

    Posted Feb 13th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Battle for train and bus tickets With the threat of more rain and snow looming in the south, migrant workers flocked back to mainland cities yesterday at the end of the Lunar New Year holiday. The China Meteorological Administration is forecasting snow or rain for southern areas, including Guizhou province , in the next few days. Guangzhou is also experiencing ...

  9. Richest village's monument to itself reaches for the sky

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Huaxi Huaxi to flaunt its wealth with a 72-storey building The mainland's richest village is building a monument in the sky dedicated to itself - a 72-storey tower with a price tag of at least 1 billion yuan. Huaxi village proclaims that the 300-metre high building falls under a central government policy of building a 'new socialist countryside', even ...

  10. His plans are grand, but can he save the world?

    Posted Aug 13th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... In this exclusive interview, Foreign Editor Peter Kammerer asks former US president Bill Clinton about his new initiative to solve global problems The world's greatest thinkers, most ... is therefore high when former US president Bill Clinton comes on the telephone and, in his southern drawl, announces that he thinks he has a foolproof plan to save the planet. Named the Clinton Global ...




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