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• Rice Concludes Visit to Beijing; Focus on Taiwan, Dalai Lama, and North Korea
• WTO Members Meet in Dalian; Developing Nations Call for an End to Farming Subsidies
• Australia Grants Defector Permanent Visa despite Chinese Protest




Rice Concludes Visit to Beijing; Focus on Taiwan, Dalai Lama, and North Korea

7-10: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice spent Saturday meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and other senior-level Chinese officials. China is the first stop of Rice’s Asia tour, with additional visits planned for South Korea, Japan, and Thailand. Rice has said that the primary goal of the Asia tour is to prepare for the resumption of talks with North Korea, which are scheduled to restart on July 25.

Rice also urged Chinese officials to meet with the Dalai Lama; arguing that he is not a threat to Chinese sovereignty in Tibet. She also expressed her hope that China would open ties with Taiwanese President, Chen Shuibian. China had welcomed Taiwanese opposition party leaders, Lien Chan (KMT) and James Soong (PFP), but not President Chen (DPP), leading many analysts to conclude that China is attempting to isolate the Taiwanese President. Rice also expressed her concern over China’s slow progress in providing democratic and human rights reform.



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WTO Members Meet in Dalian; Developing Nations Call for an End to Farming Subsidies

7-12: In Dalian, WTO members met for continued negotiations on agricultural subsidies and tariffs. These negotiations are a continuation of the Doha Round in 2001.

The US, EU, China, and the G-20 met to continue discussions on a May compromise on developed nations’ farm subsidies and tariffs. (The G-20 includes major farming producers and developing nations from Australia to India.) The May deal had ended with a compromise, but without a timetable or date. At the Dalian meeting, both Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai and British Prime Minister Tony Blair mentioned that 2010 appeared to be a reasonable possibility.

Poorer nations and major agricultural producers have protested the US and the EU have pushed for lower trade barriers on developing nation’s sensitive markets, but are unwilling to lower trade barriers on their own sensitive markets, particularly farming. China and India have accused developed nations of attempting to divide developing nations in the G-20 into separate categories in order to continue such unjust trade practices.





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Australia Grants Defector Permanent Visa despite Chinese Protest

7-13: On July 11, Australia granted Chinese defector Chen Yonglin, his wife, and his daughter permanent visas. Australia typically grants permanent passports as means of providing de facto refugee status.

Chen had applied for refugee status on the basis that he sympathized with political dissidents and believed he would be executed if he returned to China. He also alleged that he had proof of a vast Chinese spy network in Australia.

The Chinese Counsel in Sydney denied the existence of any spy network and called Chen’s allegations, “lies not worthy of response.”



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