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China Chides Vietnam Over Island Dispute – Reuters

From Reuters: China chided its neighbour Vietnam on Tuesday, saying the Southeast Asian country was straining ties by asserting claims to a chain of islands that may be rich in oil. Vietnamese protested in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi and the consulate in Ho Chi Minh city over the weekend, proclaiming that the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands belonged to their country.

December 11, 2007

Taiwan Leader Won’t Declare Independence – Peter Enav

From AP: Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian pledged Monday that before he steps down in May 2008 he will not declare formal independence — a move China has said would require it to retake the island by force. Chen’s comments on the issue were his most explicit to date. They appeared to be aimed at reassuring Washington, the island’s most important foreign partner.

December 11, 2007

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