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French Government Rejects European Constitution Referendum

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A French European Constitution referendum was a treaty to establish a constitution for Europe. On 29th May 2005, it was organized to decide whether France would approve the proposed constitution of the European Union or not.

At the last of voting, France finally rejected the treaty of EU (European Constitution) referendum. French voters overwhelmingly rejected it in key referendum. France was the first country who rejected this treaty. Regarding this ratification, 55 percent of people voted against the proposal where as it was supported by only 45 % of people.

As per the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt, this rejection by one EU’s member is a kind of political earthquake. The EU president Jose Manuel Barroso also condemned this disapproval action. As per the BBC news, this referendum could deal a fatal blow to EU constitution if it ratified by all 25-member state.

Foreign Minister Michel Barnier stated it as a real disappointment to EU constitution. He also requested other countries to start their voting process.

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Mar 14, 2010

Myanmar Frees Opposition Figure After Seven Years

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Myanmar’s ruling junta (government) liberated the deputy leader of the country’s pro-democracy party after imprisonment of seven years, but did not present any explanation about taking part in allowed in coming elections.

The liberation of 82-year-old Tin Oo, who assisted to find the National League for Democracy with Suu Kyi, came out before a U.N envoy visit to Myanmar to check the regime’s progress on human rights. After his release, Tin Oo told reporters, “I will continue to work for democracy.”

Tin Oo, had spent about seven years in prison and under house arrest. The junta restored his imprisonment on an annual basis since his arrest in 2003. Tin Oo also said that he would ask government to allow him to visit Suu Kyi, and thanked the United Nations, European Union and others for compelling his release. Human rights groups stated that the junta still holds nearly 2,100 political prisoners, along with Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi.

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Mar 13, 2010

Sources Of Tension Between China And US

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for China and other autocratic governments to put restrictions on citizens’ use of the Internet, warning to provoke earlier uneasy ties with Beijing.

Both the two giant nations are popular economically. The major sources of tension between them are:

Currency and debt: The United States complains that China maintains its currency undervalued using artificial means, thus illegally helping exporters. China has confidentially pegged the yuan to the dollar since mid-2008, this made its currency weakened compared other trade partners as the value of the dollar fall.

Trade and investment: A World Trade Organization panel is evaluating US duties on Chinese trade, after the United States initially charged security duties on China after it agreed to join the WTO. Other trade disagreement is concentrated around steel products, poultry, Chinese tariffs on raw materials exports, and quality and safety tasks over Chinese food, toys and other goods which Chinese manufacturers looks as a perspective of protectionism.

Diplomatic and military influence: As China has evolved as the world’s third largest economy it is acquiring higher power, especially in Asia and Africa. It is also increasing its military and space capability, and Washington asked Beijing to be more open regarding its defense spending and strategic objectives.

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Mar 10, 2010

Dalai Lama Finally Meets Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama personally received the Dalai Lama gladly to the White House. Obama admired his goals for the Tibetan people, but he put their get-together off-camera and restrained in an attempt to prevent intensifying tensions with China.

He also delivered encouragement to the Dalai Lama’s appeal for talks with the Chinese government.

China opposed this, as it considered any official foreign leader’s meeting with the Buddhist monk as violation of its sovereignty. China had recommended Obama not to meet Dalai Lama. China became a global rival for the U.S. and an anticipated partner.

The Dalai Lama met with reporters outside the White House, and declared that he is very happy with the visit, and later at news conference at the State Department condemned China for its childish and limited approach to Tibetan efforts for enormous rights. He also said that he hoped a negative Chinese response to his meeting with Obama.

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Mar 9, 2010