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U.S., Australia, And Rights Group
Up In Arms Over Arrests Of Pair

NEW YORK -- Human Rights Watch called on the World Bank to press China to release an Australian and an American detained in a Tibetan minority area near the sight of a controversial Bank project, whom the Chinese confirmed Friday were being “questioned.” more...

Envoy Urges U.S. To Not Raise Bar
For China's WTO Accession

BEIJING -- China's ambassador to the United States on Thursday called on Washington not to raise the threshold for China's admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). more...

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Friday, August 20, 1999
Hang Seng Index
  13566.74     +1.22%  
Taipei Weighted:
  8117.42     +1.92%  
Shanghai Composite:
  1637.74 (8/19 close)     +3.53% 

Friday, August 20, 1999
Shanghai B Share:
  47.58sp;   -0.49%  
Shenzhen B Share:
    93.75  -0.16% 
Friday August 20, 1999
US$ = HK$7.76
US$ = 8.28 yuan
US$ = T$31.83
US$ = 0.94 Euro
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  • Shenzhen Shares End Lower On Interim Caution
  • China Airlines Sees Profitable First Half
  • China.Com To Seek Strategic Partners
  • Hong Kong Stocks Close Higher As Hot Cash Flows In
  • Automaker’s Net Up On New Models, Lower Costs
  • Firms Punished For Tax Rebate Frauds
  • ... and more


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