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China warned to expect revenge over the execution of Ugandans

Medard Lubega Seggona MP, who is leading a delegation to China to plead for more Ugandans on death row in the country.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala Ugandans have protested the execution of two Ugandan youth in China and have threatened revenge on Chinese living and selling fake products in the country. The threat has been made by six Ugandan legislators under their umbrella organization, the Buganda Caucus. They also demanded that the newly-elected United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa take on the issue as a matter of importance, so that Ugandans can know his significance in international relations. “We now urge the UNGA President to immediately intervene in this matter before other Ugandans are killed because Ugandans here could revenge,” the legislators warned. The Ugandans who were executed … Continue reading

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China ‘sex-tape’ official Lei Zhengfu jailed for 13 years

A Chinese official at the centre of a sex tape extortion scandal that became an internet sensation has been jailed for 13 years for accepting bribes. Lei Zhengfu, formerly a senior official in China’s Chongqing district, was sacked from his post after a sex tape featuring him was put online last year. He has also been fined 300,000 yuan ($48,000; £32,000). The investigation into his activities began after the release of the sex video which captivated public opinion. Lei was also convicted of accepting bribes of around 3.16m Chinese yuan ($510,000; £330,000). His lawyer says he may appeal, Chinese state media reported. A businessman who lured the official into the … Continue reading

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Chinese military cracks down on licence plate abuse

China’s new leadership is seeking to dismantle a system of privilege which has allowed the drivers of military vehicles to do as they please on the roads. On Sunday the Chinese military began replacing license plates on its cars and trucks to crack down on legions of vehicles, many of them plush luxury brands, which routinely break traffic laws and fill up with free gas. The People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department began supervising the removal of current military license plates that will expire on Tuesday, the PLA Daily newspaper reported. Luxury sedans and sport utility vehicles with PLA and People’s Armed Police license plates gliding through red lights or … Continue reading

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China blames North Korea for tensions with United States

A show of force by U.S. stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula after talk of war by Pyongyang has caused only minor concern in China, a measure of Beijing’s belief that the North is to blame for the tensions and that hostilities are not imminent. The presence of U.S. forces in places like South Korea and Japan has long worried Beijing, feeding its fears that it is being surrounded and “contained” by Washington and its allies, especially following the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia. The flying of B-2 and F-22 stealth jets in joint exercises with South Korea, bringing U.S. military might virtually to China’s doorstep, has barely generated a … Continue reading

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China Daily newspaper launches Africa edition

China Daily, China’s biggest English-language newspaper, has launched an African edition – the latest of several Chinese media initiatives in Africa. The state-run weekly, which also comes in digital form, aims to explain “the relationship between China and the African continent,” its editor says.China’s CCTV and Xinhua news agency already have operations in the region. The country has a growing economic role in Africa, including telecommunications and infrastructure investments. The newspaper is being published in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “The relationship between China and the African continent is one of the most significant relationships in the world today,” said the paper’s publisher and editor-in-chief, Zhu Ling. “It is growing and … Continue reading

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Rasmussen calls for closer ties with China

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) hopes to see a strengthened dialogue and closer ties with China and other international powers. “I would very much like to see a strengthened dialogue between China and NATO,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Xinhua News Agency in an exclusive interview in Brussels at the headquarters of the trans-Atlantic alliance. “China has the largest population in the world and the second-largest economy. China is playing a still stronger role on the international scene, so I think we have a common interest in helping each other to ensure peace and stability in the world,” Rasmussen said. He described as “historic” China’s attendance, along … Continue reading

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