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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, May 03, 2004

China Letter News Digest

China Letter News DigestA "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on each one.

Daily Times - Site Edition: "BEIJING The border between Pakistan and China for land route trade through the Karakorum Highway (Xinjiang) will be reopened next week. "

Premier Wen begins official visit to Germany: "Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in the southern city of Munich Sunday on a three-day official visit to Germany. This is Wen's first visit to Europe since he took office more than one year ago. "

The Australian: Dalai Lama urges positive spin [May 03, 2004]: "'I think that many people live under the impression that the world is getting worse,' he said. 'I do not agree with that. My feeling is that during the last century, the world has become a much better place.'"

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Let Us Pray

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Let Freedom Ring? Not So Fast. China's Still China.: "The leadership team headed by the president and party chief Hu Jintao that many hoped would tolerate more open debate has instead slapped new restrictions on free speech and the press that some say remind them of the repressive years after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown."

RADIO AUSTRALIAMedia monitoring group Reporters Without Borders has described Asia as "the world's biggest prison for the press", with 200 journalists jailed, three condemned to death and 16 murdered in the last year