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China; Sudan: Eight Agreements Signed

(July 2, 2008) It was reported on June 13, 2008, that, according to Sudan's Finance Minister Dr. Awad al-Jaz, China and Sudan have pledged to develop their partnership. To that end, the two sides signed eight agreements and preferential loans worth 160 million yuan (about US$23.2 million), as well as an agricultural cooperation protocol that […]

China; Taiwan: Reunification Talks Resume After Almost a Decade

(July 2, 2008) The Chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) resumed talks on cross-strait relations on June 12, 2008, in Beijing, nearly a decade after their […]

China: New Regulations on Defense Lawyers in Capital Cases

(June 2, 2008) On May 21, 2008, China's Supreme People's Court and the Ministry of Justice issued the Circular Distributing Certain Provisions on Fully Guaranteeing Lawyers' Carrying Out Defense Obligations According to Law and Assuring the Quality of Handling of Death Penalty Cases. Some highlights of the Provisions are: • Where a legal aid institution […]

China: Added Restrictions on Television, Audiovisual Media

(May 2, 2008) On February 14, 2008, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued a ten-point circular that tightens restrictions on foreign animated works. The purpose of the circular is to further standardize order in and to strengthen regulation and supervision of the broadcast of televised animated works, so as “to create […]

China: Film Censorship

(May 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued the Circular on Restating Film Censorship Standards, reiterating but elaborating upon the standards set forth in China's Regulations on the Administration of Films (in force on Feb. 1, 2002; art. 25 lists ten types of forbidden content (Dianying […]

Australia; China; France: Extradition Treaties

(May 2, 2008) On April 24, 2008, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) ratified extradition treaties with France and Australia. Each treaty has 23 articles. The treaties cover, among other matters, extradition obligations, extraditable offenses, reasons that can be used and reasons that should be used […]

China: Classified Memo on Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Paris-based media freedom organization Reports Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) (RSF) issued a press release making public a purportedly classified memo dating from 2007, obtained from Chinese sources, advising provincial-level officials on the behavior they should adopt towards foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. […]

China: New Visa Restrictions

(May 2, 2008) On May 6, 2008, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) admitted that more restrictive visa requirements had been introduced: “[w]e have made some arrangements according to usual international practice. That is, in the approval process we are more strict and more serious with the procedure,” spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a […]

China; New Zealand: Free Trade Agreement

(May 2, 2008) On April 7, 2008, New Zealand and China signed a free trade agreement (FTA). The FTA covers: • staggered removal of tariffs on 96% of New Zealand exports; • rules to determine products that qualify for tariff cuts, to counter unfair trade or unexpected surges in imported products; • provisions to facilitate […]

China: Supreme People’s Court 2008 Work Report Delivered

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao Renmin Fayuan Gongzuo Baogao, XINHUA, (last visited Apr. 3, 2008).) According to the Work Report, […]