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/ 29 April 2008

S Korea probes Chinese violence at torch relay

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has voiced its concern to the Chinese ambassador in Seoul over violent incidents during the Olympic torch relay in the capital, and a police investigation is under way, an official said on Tuesday. South Korean newspapers ran angry editorials denouncing Chinese students who hurled rocks at groups criticising Beijing.

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/ 23 April 2008

Unprecedented Aussie crackdown for Olympic torch

Police began an unprecedented security crackdown in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, on Wednesday to protect the Olympic flame from protests during the latest leg of the torch’s troubled journey around the world. China had hoped the torch’s progress would be a symbol of unity in the run-up to the Beijing Games.

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/ 24 October 2007

Twelve years and counting for Aung San Suu Kyi

Australia slapped financial sanctions on Burma’s generals and their families on Wednesday as supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 12 years in captivity with protests in 12 cities. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the measures would hit 418 people, including leader Senior General Than Shwe.

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/ 21 October 2007

China’s Africa push: Who stands to benefit?

China’s push into Africa is prompting growing interest over Beijing’s motives in the world’s poorest continent, with opinion divided over who stands to benefit most. Speaking at the launch this week of a China research programme run by the Johannesburg-based South African Institute of International Affairs, its chief academic said China had ”changed the game of development”.