China looks set to hit its full-year growth target of 8% after a surprisingly strong second quarter notable for a surge in
investment driven by powerful fiscal and monetary stimulus.
Annual gross domestic product growth accelerated in the second
quarter to 7.9 percent from 6.1 percent in the first quarter, making
China the best-performing major economy and reinforcing hopes that the
world economy is pulling out of its deepest recession in 80 years.
For hundreds of years, Uighur shopkeepers have been selling bread and firewood along the edges of Kashgar's old town to families whose ancestors bought their traditional mud-brick homes with gold coin and handed them down through the generations.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced a storm of criticism from human rights activists on a maiden visit to China after saying she will not let rights concerns hinder cooperation. China had given a nervous welcome to US President Barack Obama, fea
The majority Han who he says will get no respite from Tibetan frustration this year — or for generations. "After I die," the 53-year-old grizzled herder says, "my sons and grandsons will remember. They will hate the government."
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