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Hourly News 2008-07-02
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Quake-battered Sichuan on High Alert as Flood Season Begins

Southwest China's Sichuan province is on high alert as the flood season began.
Local meteorological departments say that due to the abnormally high rainfall in May of this year¡¯s summer flooding has the potential to be the worst in a decade.
The devastating May 12 earthquake damaged more than 1,800 reservoirs, 500 embankments and 470 hydro electric power stations in the province.

China Opposes Linking Tibet-related Issues to Olympics

China says it firmly opposes connecting Tibet-related issues with the Beijing Olympic Games.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks in response to a question concerning French President Nicolas Sarkozy's recent comments about the Dalai Lama.
Sarkozy said on Monday that he would attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if the latest contact between China's central government and the private representatives of the Dalai Lama achieve progress.
The spokesman said the Tibet issue is China's internal affairs, and China opposes politicizing the Olympics.

Hu Says China Ready to Expand Cooperation with Thailand

Chinese President Hu Jintao says China is ready to work with Thailand to expand and deepen strategic cooperation.
Hu told visiting Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej that China values relations with Thailand and seeks to pursue deeper friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
For his part, Samak said the Beijing Olympic Games is a grand event for the people of Asia and the world at large and Thailand opposes politicizing the Olympics and wishes success for the Games.

China Attaches No Political Conditions to Development Assistance

China says it attaches no political conditions to its development assistance to other developing countries.
China's special envoy on Africa affairs Liu Guijin said on Tuesday that the primary aim of development assistance or development cooperation is to help the recipient country to realize its social and economic development.
He said that in providing official development assistance to other countries, China has always followed three principles, that is, equality, mutual benefit and effectiveness.
The Chinese envoy also said that China supports the mediation efforts taken by the African Union to try to resolve the Zimbabwe issue.

Beijing Drives High-emission Vehicles off the Road for Olympics

As part of a drive to curb pollution ahead of the Olympic Games, Beijing has ordered more than a quarter million high-emission vehicles off the roads.
300,000 high-emission vehicles have been banned until after Sept. 20.
The new emission rules accompanied a raft of measures Beijing is taking that includes closing or relocating high-pollution businesses and expanding the public transit system.

AU Adopts Resolution on Zimbabwe Dialogue, National Unity

The African Union has adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a government of national unity for Zimbabwe through dialogue.
The just concluded 11th AU summit adopted a resolution on Tuesday, encouraging Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to honor their commitment to initiate dialogue with a view to promoting peace, stability, democracy and reconciliation.
It also expressed support to the call for the creation of a government of national unity.

IEA Warns of Tight Oil Market in Medium Term

The International Energy Agency has warned of a tight oil market in the medium term till 2013, blaming market fundamentals rather than speculation for the record high prices.
It says the oil market will remain tight in the medium term, although soaring prices and slower economic growth are reducing demand rise.

World Bank Approves Climate Investment Funds

The World Bank has approved the creation of the Climate Investment Funds, a pair of international investment instruments designed to help developing countries mitigate rises in greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
Two trust funds will be created under the Funds, one is the Clean Technology Fund, and the other the Strategic Climate Fund.

Protesters Clash with Police in Mongolia, 40 Injured

Protesters clashing with police in Mongolia's capital of Ulan Bator over election fraud resulted in 40 injured.
Some 1,000 people took to the streets to stage a protest saying there were fraudulent practices in the ballot counting of the recent parliamentary election.

Russia Asks All Countries to Join Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

Russia is calling on all countries to join the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty to ensure a "full-scale and effective operation" on the international stage.
A statement released by Russia`s Foreign Ministry says Russia has systematically complied with its NPT liabilities and confirmed its strong and invariable support for the treaty.
The statement goes on to say says Russia is certain newly-emerged challenges to the nuclear non-proliferation can and must be eliminated with reliance on the NPT.
To date, 190 countries have joined the treaty, which was first inked in 1968 and became effective in 1970.

U.S. to Shift to Others If Missile Defense Talks with Poland Fail

The United States, which is focusing on getting a missile defense deal done with Poland, has warned that it could turn to other countries if such a negotiation fails to make progress.
The U.S. started negotiations with Poland on the missile shield issue in 2002. But the two countries have failed to make any significant progress in the past several years.



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