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U.S. Issues Total Ban on Xinjiang Cotton and Tomatoes

The U.S. government has banned the importation of all cotton and tomatoes produced in Xinjiang over concerns about the widespread use of forced labor in the region. The move is the most sweeping measure to date to block the...

Looted Ancient Bronzes Returned to Beijing

Two ancient bronze animal head sculptures looted from the Summer Palace during the Second Opium War were returned to China in accordance with the offer businessman François-Henri Pinault made during his visit to the country...

Two Looted Zodiac Sculptures to Return to China

Two zodiac sculptures stolen from the Old Summer Palace by British and French troops in 1860 will return to China later this year. The animal heads, cast in the mid-18th Century, inspired a set of replicas by artist Ai Weiwei...

China “Ready to Work” with New French President

China’s Foreign Ministry has said it is “ready to work” with France’s new Socialist president, François Hollande, but Beijing is viewing his election with some wariness. From AFP: Foreign ministry...

Hu’s Visit Injects New Life into China-France Relations

Xinhua News reports on President Hu Jintao’s three-day visit to France: With Hu’s three-day visit to France, which started on Thursday, the heads of state and top legislators of the two countries have visited each...

Sarkozy Urges China to Back Iran Sanctions

On his trip to China, President Sarkozy of France is encouraging China to support sanctions against Iran. From the New York Times: President Nicolas Sarkozy of France told President Hu Jintao of China that nations would have to...

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in China Visit

BBC reports on French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to China: Mr Sarkozy is expected to press the issues of UN sanctions against Iran in meetings with his Chinese counterpart. Both France and China are permanent...

Shi Pei Pu, Singer, Spy and ‘M. Butterfly’ Dies at 70

From the New York Times: Shi Pei Pu, a Beijing opera singer and spy whose sexually convoluted love affair with a French Embassy worker created one of the strangest cases in international espionage and was the inspiration for the...

French Cars Fail Tests in China

From BBC: China has stopped importing several French-made models of Renault cars, after a safety watchdog said it had found “safety problems”. A Renault spokesperson said problems had occurred in transport and...

Dalai Lama Made Citizen of Paris

After making a statement on Saturday that the CCP has dealt a “death sentence” on Tibet, the Dalai Lama was made a honorary citizen of Paris on Sunday. From the BBC: Mayor Bertrand Delanoe made the award in what...

Global Insight: China Sees EU as Mere Pawn

The Financial Times reports on the changing relationship between China and the EU on the eve of a summit in Brussels: China once seemed to take the EU as an institution more seriously, largely because of its apparent potential...

Sarkozy ‘Regrets’ Tensions over Dalai Lama Meeting

The official Chinese media is blasting President Nicolas Sarkozy following his meeting with the Dalai Lama. From BBC: One newspaper said he had shown the “wild ambition of a king of the world”. Another accused him of...

China Slams Upcoming Sarkozy-Dalai Lama Meeting

China has once again criticized plans by French President Sarkozy to meet with the Dalai Lama. Sarkozy canceled plans to meet with His Holiness during the Beijing Olympics. From AP: Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang reaffirmed...

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