Good News Resource About China

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Reference Sites for Immigration/Citizenship assistance, Weather, Currency conversion, Time-zone conversion and CNN Asian News.

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1. China 2. Hong Kong and Macau 3. Taiwan 4. Tibet, Xinjiang and China's other Minority Nationalities 5. Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan Stock Exchanges with Business and Economic Information links and news about the Asian financial crisis.

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6. Singapore 7. World and Asian News (This section includes Mandarin and Cantonese radio broadcasts, some in RealAudio format) This also includes Asian Studies and Asian-American Information Sources

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8. How to View Chinese Characters on the WWW

Introduction
Welcome! These pages provide links to sources of political, social and economic news about mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Tibet and Xinjiang available on the Internet. There are also several links to sources of Stock market and business data, info on the ongoing effects of the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis, as well as Asian and world news which also contains information about recent developments among the global Overseas Chinese community. This site seeks to improve public understanding and awareness of East Asia by attempting to provide a balanced mix of links highlighting differing points of view on pressing issues. Found a dead link? Have any ideas for improvements? Is this site getting too big or confusing? Don't be shy! I welcome all comments or suggestions. Very special thanks to the thousands of visitors who have helped to make this site so successful.

Finding News About China contains the following sections. There are obvious areas of overlap between them, so try other sections if you cannot find the subject you are looking for. Sources which regularly cover news from all parts of "Greater China" are located under the World and Asian News heading.

1. News About China
This section is divided into the following subheadings:
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Government and Politics Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting Business and Economic Information almost all links for this topic are located in Section 5.

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Newsgroups Human Rights and Minority Nationalities Disputed Territories Environment, Health, Education and China's Space Program Other sources

Chinese Government Links: The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington D.C. and The New York Consulate of the People's Republic of China provides useful information about visas and entry requirements into China.

The Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the U.N. is online, providing information on press-releases, resolutions and speeches.

China's Foreign Ministry is online, providing statements on foreign policy, press releases and scheduled diplomatic events.

The U.S. State Department China Homepage has been established, with up-to-date information regarding American foreign policy.

The China Trade Relations working group is a U.S. government organization which examines issues and policies regarding trade with China.

The U.S. Embassy in China has also established a homepage.

Chinese law explained is a useful site providing an introduction to a number of legal issues within the PRC.

Analyses of political and economic conditions in China are available from Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd in Hong Kong. Other background papers on China are also stored on this site.

The Constitution of the People's Republic of China was adopted in 1982, and amended in 1988 and 1993.

China Political Reference Almanac provides a short description of the most important government structures and political offices.

Online Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting: Reuters dispatches on China can be read on the The Web Connection. See Section 6.

Xinhua, the official news agency of the CCP, has its news releases available online. (Requires Chinese Character format). Chinahourly.com, Explore the World, Understand China! Chinahouly helping to ensure your success in China! providing you uptodate China

news, business information, Travel, economy, Life style and culture; Website Design, Marketing Research

Also available online are P.R. C. government press releases and White Papers pertaining to current events at the China Internet Information Center. Click here for the mirror site in the United States.

The Beijing-sponsored news agency China News Service can be accessed through the Internet. To read these dispatches, you need to register a password first. Only dispatches filed more than a week ago can be viewed without paying a subscription fee. China News Service's dispatches are also available in Chinese, as are those of the affiliated Hong Kong China News Agency. These sites include archives of dispatches dating back several weeks.

China Daily, the national English Language newspaper is available online.

Articles from the official weekly Beijing Review from January 1996 up to the edition published about a month ago are available online.

Inside China Today offers daily news for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, and includes a travel section and cultural/historical resources. It also includes a brief background on China's most pressing issues.

Feng Hua Yuan (Maple Garden) -- A biweekly, Canada-based Chinese-language magazine with news, culture, entertainment and links sections.

Lateline Interactive provides an excellent variety of daily news. It also includes information about travel, Chinese sports and games, and a searchable database of Chinese celebrities.

The People's Daily is now online, including an archive going back several weeks. Among other news sources sources at this site are the People's Daily Overseas Edition and the Shichang Bao, an economic newspaper produced by the People's Daily.

There is also a comprehensive list of links to Chinese news organizations from the U.S.-based Aweto Company.

The Canton Daily (Guangzhou Ribao) is available. Some of its articles are provided in English. China News Digest's home page provides links to CND's electronic publications. These are:
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Hua Xia Wen Zhai -- a weekly Chinese-language journal containing, among other things, comment on and analysis of Chinese current affairs. An indexed archive of Hua Xia Wen Zhai dating back to the inaugural issue of April 1991 can be found at the same site. You can also perform a keyword search of past issues thanks to the Information Technology Institute of Singapore.

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CND-Global -- an English-language bulletin issued every other day containing articles about Chinese current affairs from the Western and Chinese press. Back issues from March 1989 to the present are available on CND's FTP server. Issues from September 1993 to the present can be viewed directly here. You can perform a keyword search of past issues. CND-Global is distributed free of charge by E-mail. Until 1995, CND-Global received CND Books and Journals which contained news and reviews related to Chinese arts, literature and society. Another archive of this supplement can

be found here For information about subscribing to CND-Global, send E-mail to CND-INFO@CND.ORG. See also details of CND's Europe/Pacific Section below.
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China Daily and CB Net -- Well-packaged daily updates from China Daily and China Business Weekly. Need a subscription for most of the information, but two weeks is free.

Some of China Daily's science and culture stories from several months ago are available from Beijing.

Window on China provides a diverse number of links to a variety of general information sources about both Mainland China as well as Taiwan.

The search engine Yutopian.com was established specifically to provide links to Chinese-cultural sites.

Several Hong Kong newspapers are available online. See Section 2.

Shanghai on the Internet is a site dedicated to commerce, import and export and real estate in Shanghai, a general introduction to the city.

Shanghai's Liberation Daily (Jiefang Ribao) is online in Chinese, as is the Xinmin Evening News.

Shanghai Today, a monthly journal published by the Shanghai government, is also available.

The bi-weekly Chinese-language magazine Feng Hua Yuan contains news summaries and comment on current affairs.

China and the World is a scholarly e-magazine and information database about social and political issues in contemporary China.

China 2000 is a monthly, Washington-based newsletter on U.S.-China relations. It includes articles written by notable Chinese officials and academics about a variety of current topics.

China Informed is an online database containing current articles about China topics.

Business and Economic Online Information Sources: Links for this topic are also located in Section 5.

The Far Eastern Economic Review's stories on China are available. See Section 5 or Section 6.

Asia, Inc. publishes a weekly roundup of economic developments in China. You can perform of a keyword search of these articles.

Jardine Fleming provides bulletins on economic developments worldwide.

The China IT & Telecom Report is available from Interfax.

The New York-based Leadership for Environment and Development Program provides background reports on the Chinese economy. Newsgroups: You can get some of the above electronic journals delivered to you by E-mail. Details of how this is done can be found in back issues of these journals. There are other bulletins too available free of charge by E-mail subscription which contain news about China. These include:

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CND's Europe/Pacific Section (CND-EP), a supplement to CND-Global which, despite the title, mostly contains general news about China culled from various Western and Chinese sources. There is an archive here. The bulletin is E-mailed to subscribers once or twice a week. To subscribe, send mail to LISTSERV@IUBVM.BITNET with SUB CND-EP Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message.

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Dignity, an electronic weekly newsletter containing articles taken mostly from Western and Chinese media sources concerning human rights and other political and social issues in China. To subscribe, send mail to LISTPROC@CORNELL.EDU with SUB DIGNITY-L Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message. Archives of Dignity are maintained by the IFCSS.

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Chinabit Weekly, a newsletter containing roundups of China news as well as book reviews, is published by La Trobe University, Australia. To subscribe, send your request to listserv@latrobe.edu.au. In the body of the message, type the following commands: SUBSCRIBE chinabit

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The weekly electronic journal China's Scholars Abroad (CHISA) Chinese Magazine (web page requires Chinese character reader) contains roundups of mainland news in Chinese. It is produced on the mainland under the auspices of the State Education Commission. To subscribe, send a message to listserv@chisa.edu.cn with SUB CHISA-CM Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the first line of the mail body.

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The Oriental-List is a mailing list with information about travel conditions in and around China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and neighboring areas. To be included to this list, send email to pnh@axion.net.

Human Rights and Minority Nationalities: News releases by Western human rights organizations concerning human rights in China are available at the following sites: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

At the same site, there are html (or pdf) versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into:
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Chinese Miao (Hmong) Mongolian (Cyrillic) Tibetan Uighur Yi Zhuang
Independant Federation of Chinese Scholars and Students in the U.S. is an organization of scholars and students of Chinese descent. This organization is dedicated to human rights issues in China.

Amnesty International is a leading international watchdog organization dedicated to protection of basic human rights and has provided a page specifically for China's Human Rights Issues.

Human Rights in China (HRIC). An organization founded by Chinese scholars and scientists in March 1989. The organization's bulletins are often posted to the newsgroups talk.politics.china and soc.culture.china.

Human Rights Watch provides news releases about human rights issues around the world. There are sections devoted to human rights in China and Tibet.

The New York-based Chinese-language monthly magazine Beijing Spring has articles on political and human rights issues. It is published in New York by prominent rights activists, including astrophysicist Fang Lizhi and popular journalist Liu Binyan. The same site contains Chinese-language archives of the journal China Spring.

Laogai Research Organization is a non-profit group which pursues research about prison labor inside China.

China Labour Bulletin provides information about organized labor activism inside China.

Minority Nationalities:

Links about Tibet and Xinjiang can be found in Section 4.

For a VERY detailed overview of China's various minority nationalities and their languages presented by SIL International can be found at The Ethnologue 13th Edition Catalog of Languages.

In addition, a wonderful Survey of China's Minority Nationalities and Nationalities Policy presented by Le Centre Internationale de Reserche en Améngagement Linguistique of the Université Laval in Canada

Disputed Territories:

For an introduction to China's disputed territories, the CIA has provided a brief summary. The E-conflict World Encyclopedia has an overview of the Spratly Islands dispute, as well as the Paracel Islands dispute.

The Paracels Forum has an ongoing forum and collection of incidents relating to border disputes in the South China Sea. Including construction of structures on disputed reefs, and the international law issues involved. The Border Dispute Consultancy provides background information on the Indo-Sino dispute over the territories of Aksai Chin and Arunchal Pradesh. This Diaoyutai Island fact sheet provides information detailing the ongoing Diaoyutai Islands disputes. (Please keep in mind that this web site reflects

the pro-Chinese point of view on the issue. Due to the lack of pro-Japanese sites on the issue, it is difficult to find a balanced mixture of links on this issue.)

Environment, Health, Education and China's Space Program:

Environment:

China is presently experiencing extremely serious environmental problems. The homepage for China's National Environmental Protection Agency is online. (Requires Chinese character format)

The World Bank has made available a database of China pollution indicators and status. It contains summary information about pollution, pollution impact, and environmental conditions in China.

China Environment is presented by the World Resources Institute to provide an overview of China's environmental issues. For information about the Three Gorges Dam project, the world's largest (and most controversial) water-control project, you can check-out the following websites:
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The International Rivers Network has organized an information campaign to oppose the project from an environmental standpoint. There is an introduction to the environmental and social issues surrounding the project, in addition to a mailing-list.

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Sanxia.org is a Hong Kong based organization about issues surrounding the Three Gorges Project. (In Chinese and English. Lately, this site has not been accessible.)

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You can get official information about this project from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New York by following this link.
Health:

China Information Service System on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Window provides information and links about such forms of traditional medicine as acupuncture and moxibustion.

Chinese Medical News provides free, timely medical and pharmaceutical information, released twice monthly.

Education: China's leading University, Peking University (also known as BeiDa) is online.

China's primary University of science and technology and first Internet-equipped institution is at: Tsinghua University.

Also, check-out other major Chinese Universities such as Fudan University in Shanghai, or Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University in Guangzhou and Nanjing University in Nanjing.

The China Education and Research Network is the gateway to the main academic computer network in China. From here, you can get to any Chinese universities on the internet. Or for an easier way around China's academic centers, look at Academic WWW In China.

Worldwide Classroom provides links to China's schools on the net.

China's Space Program:

China's National Space Administration is online. It is the agency which provides planning and management of China's space-related industry and reasearch. (May be slow to load.)

Mark Wade's Encyclopedia Astronautica provides a great overview of the Chinese Space Program.

The Space Policy Project at the Federation of American Scientists has created a brief introduction to the Chinese space program.

Dragon Space is a website reporting on recent events in the Chinese space program.

Other: Should a major breaking news story occur in China, you could try connecting to one of the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) groups to exchange views and information in a real time basis. This IRC channel would be called #china. Hunt around, but there could well be others or even a purpose-created channel for the given topic. Consult the IRC FAQ for details of how to connect to the service. Newsgroups:

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2. News About Hong Kong
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1997 Hong Kong Transition Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting Hong Kong Government and Politics

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Business and Economic sources almost all links for this topic are located in Section 5.

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Environment, Health and Education Macau

1997 Hong Kong Transition:

CNN's Hong Kong Transition Page provides ongoing news pertaining to the 1997 Hong Kong transition, historical multimedia archives and pressing post-transitional issues.

The South China Morning Post has also established a web page with the latest information following the Hong Kong Transition and a site putting the 1997 Transition in Historical Perspective.

The Hong Kong Transition Project has information concerning the analysis of the transition period from 1984 to 1997 and aspects of the transition of Hong Kong from a British Colony to an SAR region of the People's Republic of China.

Online Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting:

The South China Morning Post is one of the most comprehensive online source of news, business information, jobs and entertainment in Hong Kong in the English Language. The newspaper also has a daily one-sentence summary of each of its main stories. There is also a searchable archive of SCMP's articles online as well.

Ming Pao provides Hong Kong and China news in Chinese.

The Hong Kong Standard puts its main local stories, China news and business news online. It also provides an archive of the last week's editions of the newspaper.

The Beijing-controlled Ta Kung Pao is online.

Sing Tao Daily is available online in Chinese.

For RTHK broadcasts, see Section 6.

Hong Kong Government Sites:

The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong has established a highly useful web site with Hong Kong travel information.

There is a searchable archive of Hong Kong Legislative Council (Legco) proceedings from October 1995 to the present. Legco papers can also be searched here. A diary of Legco proceedings is also available. Here is a link to the Office of the Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive, Tung Chee-Hwa.

Local organizations with websites containing news of their activities include:
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The Democratic Party The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong The office of Emily Lau The Better Hong Kong Foundation.
This link will take you to see a copy of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR as adopted by the National People's Committee in Beijing.

This link will take you to see a summary of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

For information about the selection of the chief executive, visit the site maintained by the DAB.

Analyses of political and economic conditions in Hong Kong are available from Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Other background papers on Hong Kong are also stored on this site.

Business and Economic Online Information Sources:

Almost all links for this topic are also located in Section 5.

The Far Eastern Economic Review's stories on Hong Kong are available. See Section 5 or Section 6.

The Hong Kong government also provides press releases and news bulletins concerning developments in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Directory provides a useful search engine for companies, government sites and other institutions in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Job Website is dedicated to providing information about job recruitment in Hong Kong. The site boasts the largest online database for jobs in the SAR.

The South China Morning Post Classifieds are also online.

China Hong Kong Trade Homepage provides a trade directory, business news headlines, and links to other related sites. The site also covers Hong Kong pop-culture topics.

Hong Kong Business- Vital Statistics is a highly useful site with official information on Hong Kong's economic and social statistics.

Environment, Health, Education and Outer Space:

The Planning, Environment and Lands Bureau is the government body overseeing environmental and environmental law issues in Hong Kong.

Click here to see a list of environmental groups in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Department of Health is the government body which handles health care policies in the SAR.

The Hong Kong Medical Association brings together government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for exchange of views and co-ordination of public health efforts.

Several major Hong Kong universities such as The City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong are online. For a more thorough list, look at Academic Web Sites in Hong Kong.

Worldwide Classroom provides links to Hong Kong's schools on the net.

Newsgroups:

If your news server provides it, see also the newsgroup clari.world.asia.hongkong.

Macau Links:

All Macau pages are in Portugese, Chinese and English.

The Macau Government Information Center includes links to government news releases and information sources.

Macau Handover Ceremony page. (U.S. mirror site.)

The Macau99 Page has news regarding the Handover ceremony. (May take several attempts to load properly)

Macau in Transition Q + A. This site has questions that address and discuss relevant issues regarding the Handover and post-Handover governance.

The University of Macau World Wide Web Server has other useful links for Macau.

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3. News About Taiwan
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Government and Politics Taiwan-Mainland Relations Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting Business and Economic news is in Section 5 Mailing lists and Newsgroups Environment, Health and Education

Taiwan Government Sites:

The Taiwan Government Information Office in Taipei includes links to numerous government departments and information sources.

Many links to government sources and information on government branches and organizations can be found at The Republic Of China Online.

The Office of the President of the Republic of China is also online including news and information about the executive branch of the government of the Republic of China.

For news about Taiwan's legislative yuan elections in December 1995 and presidential elections in March 1996 try here.

Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in New York City provides useful information about doing business in Taiwan.

Here is a copy of the Constitution of the Republic of China, along with brief explanations of the background of this document.

The Republic of China WWW Sites Directory provides a wealth of links to Taiwanese web servers, as does the Taiwan WWW Virtual Library.

The Taiwan Political Reference Almanac provides provides a short description of the most important government structures and political offices.

Taiwan-Mainland Relations:

The Republic of China Mainland Affairs Council provides information about the latest Taiwan-Mainland relations.(Requires Chinese character format).

The Nando Times has provided a timeline of past China-Taiwan tensions, as well as updates about the current situation.

The Taiwanese government has provided a statement about its official position on United Nations membership.

Taiwan Security Webpage has a wealth of up-to date information on Taiwan-Mainland relations and other regional security concerns.

Future China Research is another page with nurmous papers, news and articles regarding China-Taiwan relations.

Ken Davies' Taiwan Page (Economist Intelligence Unit editor in Hong Kong) has commentary regarding China-Taiwan relations.

UpTaiwan is -to-date information on Taiwan-mainland relations as well as internal political and economic developments in provided, in Chinese, by Taiwan's China Times. This can found at the following sites:
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China Times National Sun Yat-sen University Taiwan Ministry of Education Taiwan Carnegie Mellon University USA The newsgroup alt.Chinese.text.big5
Online Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting:

Dispatches from Taiwan's Central News Agency can be read in Chinese without a Chinese operating system. It includes an archive of dispatches from the last several days.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York provides English-langauge news at their website.

SinaNet News Center provides headline news about Taiwan in English and Chinese. English-language new items are updated three times weekly. With a password access, you can view Taiwan's Central news Agency's wire service for real-time news.

The weekly analysis of the Free China Journal produced by the Taiwan Government Information Office contains news and political and economic developments on the island.

Window on China provides a diverse number of links to a variety of general information sources about both mainland as well as Taiwan.

Taiwanese Organizations has a well-rounded list of useful sites about Taiwan, Travel, and more in the CCLink Taiwan Information Database.

Reuters dispatches on Taiwan can be read on The Web Connection. See Section 6.

Broadcasting Corporation of China is a broadcasting service which owns a live news station, six radio networks and an international station broadcasting in Chinese.

CCC News produces an online news digest servicing worldwide Chinese. Around 30 pieces of Chinese or English Internet news is included in this daily up-date news digest.

The Central News Agency provides real time Chinese/English/Spanish News, 24 hours a day.

Sino News provides news and discussions about current events in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas Chinese.

Business and Economic Information Sources:

All links for this topic are now located in Section 5.

The Far Eastern Economic Review's stories on Taiwan are available in Section 5 or Section 6.

Mailing lists:

For English-language news updates on Taiwan, try joining the discussion group Taiwan-culture. To register automatically, send an E-mail to mailbase@ncl.ac.uk with JOIN TAIWAN-CULTURE Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message.

News about environmental issues in Taiwan can be obtained by joining the Taiwan Environment mailing list. To subscribe, send an E-mail to listserv@listserv.syr.edu with SUB TW-ENV Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message.

Newsgroups:

A daily summary of stories from the English-language newspaper China News, published in Taipei, is usually posted to the soc.culture.taiwan newsgroup under the heading "News from Taiwan." The latest bulletin can also be viewed here.

For those whose news servers provide it, the newsgroup clari.world.asia.taiwan is an excellent source of news.

Environment, Health and Education: Environment: The Taiwanese Government's Environmental Protection Agency is online. Click here for the English version. News about environmental issues in Taiwan can be obtained by joining the Taiwan Environment mailing list. To subscribe, send an E-mail to listserv@listserv.syr.edu with SUB TW-ENV Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message.

Health: The Taiwan Department of Health has also provided a web page. Education and Online Museums: Several major Taiwanese universities inlcuding The National Taiwan University, the National Taiwan Normal University, the National Central University and the Taiwan Academic Network (with links to other major Universities in Taiwan) are online. There is also an alphabetical list of Taiwanese WWW Servers. The Overseas Web Server of R.O.C. webpage has a list of the webpages of Taiwanese student associations world-wide.

Worldwide Classroom provides links to Taiwan's schools on the net.

Here is the English-language homepage of the National Palace Museum in Taipei. This museum contains one of the world's finest collections of Chinese art and artifacts.

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4. News About Tibet, Xinjiang, and Other Minority Nationalities

Tibet News:

Bulletins from the London-based Tibet Information Network are archived at the Australian National University.

Tibet.com is the official website for the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile. It offers general information about the international Tibetan community and daily updates on the Dalai Lama's international travels.

Tibet Online Resource Gathering -- Another comprehensive Tibet site that includes nice graphics and detailed a history section.

World Tibet Network News, a newsletter published by the Canada-Tibet Committee providing frequent updates on developments in Tibet as well as the rest of China, mainly culled from the Western and Chinese press and reports from the Tibetan community abroad. To subscribe, send mail to listserv@vm1.mcgill.ca with SUB WTN-L Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name in the body of the message. Archives of WTN News can be found in the Australian National University's Coombs papers social science databank.

The Swedish Tibet Committee also keeps archives. The WTN newsletter is usually posted to the newsgroup talk.politics.tibet. ANU has a searchable database of human rights-related news about Tibet.

At the United Nations, there is a pdf version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into Tibetan

Xinjiang News:

For news and information related to the Xinjiang Special Autonomous Region, or news about the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority in China's far West, you can try the Eastern Turkistan Information Center

Also with news about the Human Rights situation in Xinjiang is the International Taklamakan Uighur Human Rights Association. At the United Nations, there is a pdf version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into Uighur.

Mailing lists:

The CentralAsia-L Announcement Archive can be accessed through the Harvard Central Asia Forum's web site at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~centasia.

This site also contains: an archive of the Central-Asia-Harvard-List (Harvard-specific announcements); online questionnaire for inclusion in the Harvard Central Asia Forum database; program descriptions and general information about the Harvard Central Asia Forum.

If you wish to obtain more information about the Forum, or to subscribe to either of these announcement lists, you may do so via the Forum Web Site, or by contacting the Forum at email: centasia@husc.harvard.edu. If you have any announcement of broad interest to the Central Asian studies community, send it to CentralAsia-L@husc.harvard.edu. The CentralAsia-L Announcement List currently has over 1,000 subscribers, making it an effective means for reaching the Central Asian studies audience.

Minority Nationalities:

For a VERY detailed overview of China's various minority nationalities and their languages presented by SIL International can be found at The Ethnologue 13th Edition Catalog of Languages.

In addition, a wonderful Survey of China's Minority Nationalities and Nationalities Policy presented by Le Centre Internationale de Reserche en Améngagement Linguistique of the Université Laval in Canada

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5. Stock Exchanges with Business and Economic Information
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Ongoing Effects of the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis Stock Exchanges and Currency Information General Asian Business and Economic Information Sources Business and Economic Information Sources for the People's Republic of China

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Business and Economic Information Sources for Taiwan Business and Economic Information Sources for Hong Kong Business and Economic Information Sources for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Region

Ongoing Effects of the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis

The International Monetary Fund homepage has the latest press releases from this organization.

The Singapore-based information center for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) is online.

Information on the Hong Kong Monetary Authority is available online, outlining the Currency board system, how it works and Hong Kong's monetary and banking policies.

The Central Bank of China is online, with information regarding Taiwan's response to the Asian Financial Crisis.

The Singapore Monetary Authority is also online with news about this nation's montary policy.

The homepage of the Asian Development Bank is also online.

The Nouriel Roubini's Global Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Site at New York University has a large number of editorial and scholarly papers written about the economic, financial and political causes, impacts and future prospects in its Asian Crisis Section.

Currency Information: CNN has created an International Currency Converter using the latest exchange rate info. With Stock Market Reports:

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange homepage provides daily market data and other up-to-date research information.

AsiaNetVest provides real time market summaries and Hang Seng Index updates.

Infocast offers information on share prices, historical quotes, a database of listed companies and more.

Dharmala Securities of Hong Kong provides reports on day trading on the Chinese stock exchanges as well as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Another report on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is provided by InTechTra, Inc. of Ohio, USA. This page includes an archive of previous days' reports.

Asia, Inc. has closing prices from the Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland Chinese markets.

Jardine Fleming Securities provides updates of developments affecting China and world markets.

Hong Kong Star Internet Ltd has reports, updated twice daily, on the Hong Kong stock market.

Also, The Singapore Stock Exchange is online with the day's trading news.

As is the homepage of the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

General Asian Business and Economic Information Sources:

London's Financial Times posts its main Asia/Pacific story of the day on the Web. The same page has links to main Asia-Pacific stories of the previous five days.

The China Trade Relations working group is a U.S. government organization which examines issues and policies regarding trade with China.

The Far Eastern Economic Review is also online. The Far Eastern Economic Review is one of Asia's leading journals, known for its balanced political and business news.

The Web Connection based in Hong Kong has a page of Asian business-related stories. It also has a page allowing you to search Reuters' dispatches on Asian business by keyword and by country.

ChinaBIG Yellow Pages is a comprehensive online directory for businesses in China.

The information center for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) is online. It includes an introduction to APEC, downloadable documents, news releases and detailed results from the latest summit. It also includes links to other related sites such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

Business and Economic Information Sources for the People's Republic of China:

China InfoBank is a Hong Kong-based service dedicated to giving general news and useful business information gathered from a variety of mainland newspapers and journals. It will soon include real-time news as well. (Some parts require GB character format.)

Asia, Inc. publishes a weekly roundup of economic developments in China. You can perform of a keyword search of these articles.

Jardine Fleming provides bulletins on economic developments worldwide.

Ken Davies' China Page (Economist Intelligence Unit editor in Hong Kong) has tables and charts relating to the Chinese economy.

The New York-based Leadership for Environment and Development Program provides background reports on the Chinese economy.

Analyses of political and economic conditions in China are available from Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd in Hong Kong. Other background papers on China are also stored on this site.

China Business Bulletin Board -- This free bulletin board is a good place to ask a business-related question about China or think you could answer someone else's.

Chinaonline.com, a business information service that offers resources for understanding the business climate in China.

China Economic News -- A New York-based site with a wide range of economic data and sector information about China.

GreatWall Netcenter -- News, a directory of business links, links to newspapers and an "investors club".

Preparing for the China Market -- A business-oriented site that provides useful tips and perspectives for entering the Chinese market.

China Business Net -- A good source for basic business information on China, including a listing of trade fairs and international corporations in China. The weekly business news section is based on "official government sources" and state-issued statistics and reports.

AI Insight.com is an online consulting group which does research on business and marketing oppurtinities inside China. It requires membership in order to access their database of research information.

Business China: A World of Opportunities provides official information on business projects, investment opportunities and rules about exporting and importing to the People's Republic of China.

The Shanghai Urban Construction Design Institute publishes an online digest of economic news about the city. Shanghai's English-language newspaper, Shanghai Star, is also published online twice a week with mainly economic stories.

Business and Economic Information Sources for Taiwan:

The Central Bank of China is online, with information regarding Taiwan's response to the Asian Financial Crisis.

Analyses of political and economic conditions in Taiwan are available from Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.

Taiwan Stock Exchange provides daily trading data.

Finet has investment information on Taiwan, including securities, exchange and links to financial sites. (In Chinese format.)

International Trade Association of the Republic of China (ITAC) non-profit international organization for the service of domestic and foreign import/export firms is online. This site includes a large products and manufacturers directory.

Systex Legal Net has information about Chinese and Taiwanese laws as well as other related legal information (in Chinese character format). Business directories for Taiwan include:

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The Taiwan Business Centre Taiwan Yellow-Pages Taiwan Business Net Taiwan Manufacture Net Trade Pages Online and the Taiwan Business Directory
The China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) is a non-profit organization to promote international trade Taiwan.

Taiwan Universal Commerce Information Center.provides information on doing business in Taiwan.

World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce is another useful site for Taiwanese business information.

The Institute Center For Taiwan International Relations, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research and the Taiwan Research are nondomestic economic, -profit, privately-funded policy research organizations that support studies on international and defense and political issues of concern to the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Business and Economic Information Sources for Hong Kong:

Information on the works Hong Kong Monetary Authority is available online, outlining the Currency board system, how it and Hong Kong's monetary and banking policies.

The South China Morning Post Internet Business Center is also online as is the South China Morning Post's Business- Hong Kong site.

The Far Eastern Economic Review's stories on Hong Kong are available online. The Far Eastern Economic Review is one of Asia's leading journals, known for its balanced political and business news.

The Hong Kong government provides press releases and news bulletins concerning developments in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Directory provides a useful search engine for companies, government sites and other institutions in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Jobs Website is dedicated to providing information about job recruitment in Hong Kong. The site boasts the largest online database for jobs in the SAR.

The China-Hong Kong Trade Homepage links to includes a trade directory, business news headlines, trade opportunities, and other related sites. The site also covers Hong Kong pop culture topics.

Business and Economic Information Sources for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Region:

The World Chinese Business Network has an extensive searchable database containing information about Chinese businesses on every continent. It is intended to strengthen networking between Chinese businessmen as well as with other global business partners.

Asiaguide.com can help you locate businesses or organizations in the Asia Pacific Region.

Asian Business provides a link to the Asian Business Letter and a variety of other news pieces and articles related to business in Asia.

Singapore's Business Times publishes a daily page on economic developments in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The information center for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) is online. It includes introduction to APEC, downloadable documents, news releases and detailed minutes from the latest summit. It also has links to related sites such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

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Reading Chinese in WWW:

Several home pages provide links to information about reading Chinese characters on the World Wide Web. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 downloads appropriate character format software automatically. If you're having trouble, try the following:
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Marjorie Chan's ChinaLinks 2 CND's home page Viewing and Listening to Chinese on the WWW Chinese access to the World Wide Web Displaying Chinese inside WWW Reading Chinese in Netscape/Mosaic
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Accessing Blocked Sites:

Users might find that some of the above sites are blocked by internet access providers. To circumvent this, try E-mailing the web URL to the following webmailers:
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w3mail@gmd.de To use this, type "GET ". For more information, type "Send HELP".

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getweb@usa.healthnet.org To use this, type "GET ". For more information, type "Send HELP".

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wwwfmail@linux.netmor.com Fore more information, type "Subject: info". webmail@www.ucc.ie To use this, type "GO ".
You should receive the web page by reply mail.

Or, try surfing through these proxy servers:
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6. News About Singapore
This section is divided into the following subheadings:
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Government, Politics and Universities Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting Business and Economic Information Environment, Health and Education
Newsgroups Singapore Government and University Sites:

An excellent source of official news and information about Singapore is the homepage of the Singapore Government. This page also includes a list of Government Ministries, and a list of Government Services

The National University of Singapore has a variety of useful information about Singapore.

Online Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcasting: MediaCity provides an extensive list of Singapore's News and Media
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Singapore Press Holdings is a partially state-owned media group which controls several major Singapore newspapers and magazines, including:

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The Straits Times The Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao with international news with a strong regional focus in Big5 format. The articles are also available in GB format. There is an archive of these articles from the previous seven days. The GB-coded archive can be found here.

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And the magazine Asia Business News posts daily updates on regional developments.

The Singapore Business Times Online provides articles focusing on business and economic news in Singapore.

The Singapore-based Asia Business News offers headlines, market data and special reports.

The Radio Corporation of Singapore owns 10 Radio Stations in Singapore with news and entertainment broadcasts in four languages. Its international broadcasting arm, Radio Singapore International. Click here to listen to broadcasts in English, Chinese and Malay in RealAudio Format.

Business and Economic Online Information Sources:

Links for this topic are also located in Section 5.

The Singapore Monetary Authority is also on-line with news about this nation's monetary policy.

The Singapore-based information center for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) is online. It includes an introduction to APEC, downloadable documents, news releases and detailed results from the latest summit. It also includes links to other related sites such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. The Singapore-based World Chinese Business Network has an extensive searchable database containing information about Chinese businesses on every continent. It is intended to strengthen networking between Chinese businessmen as well as with other global business partners. Singapore's Business Times publishes a daily page on economic developments in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. You can perform a keyword search of articles from the last week. This service is free of charge at present, but will eventually be restricted to subscribers only.

The searchable Singapore Internet Directory provides information on organizations in Singapore.

Made in Asia Is a guide to Asian manufacturing industries in Southeast Asia, including those in Singapore.

Singapore, Inc and Singapore Connect provide a searchable databases for companies and other organizations in Singapore.

US Commercial Service provides information useful to foreign investors planning to do business in Singapore.

Singapore Stock Exchange is online with the day's trading news.

Environment, Health and Education:

The webpage of Singapore's Ministry of Environmental Protection is online.

As is the webpage of the Singapore Medical Association.

Worldwide Classroom provides links to Singapore's schools on the net.

Newsgroups:

For those whose news servers provide it, the newsgroup soc.culture.singapore is an excellent source of news.

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7. World News and News About Asia
This section is divided into the following subheadings:
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Asian Studies and Asian-American Information Sources Southeast Asian Overseas Chinese news Pan-Asian News Sources Other International News Sources World News, Broadcasting

Asian Studies and Asian-American Information Sources:

The WWW Asia Info Library at the Australian National University in Canberra has an extensive and useful library of information relating to East Asian studies.

The WWW Asia Info Library includes:
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An up-to-date list of Asian Studies Conferences and Mailing lists.

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The What's New in WWW Asian Studies Newsletter, including the latest links to new web sites in and around Asia.

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And a list of Leading Asian and Pacific Studies Electronic Journals.
The International Institute for Asian StudiesStudies in Leiden University, the Netherlands, is Europe's leading East Asian center.

The provides a Internet Guide to China Studies, (based at the Department of Chinese Studies in the University of Vienna) large number of links to scholarly information about China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

For a news database of information and a searchable database about Asian-American topics, ABCFlash.com has a diverse links.

The Asian American Network is an interesting and well-designed Chinese-language site with horoscopes, proverbs, news China and the United States as well as links to newspapers.

Feng Hua Yuan (Maple Garden) -- A biweekly, Canada-based Chinese-language magazine with news, culture, entertainment and links sections.

ChinaUnique is a site with many useful resources regarding an introduction to Chinese culture.

Southeast Asian Overseas Chinese News:

The Chinese Commercial Newsonline. is located in Manila, Philippines. It is the first Philippine Chinese language daily to be (Requires Chinese character format).

The ethnic Malaysian Chinese Association Homepage is an excellent source of information about current events among the Chinese community of Malaysia.

FounderNet Malaysia is a Malaysian Chinese information directory. (Requires Chinese character format ) for the English-language version, click here. It includes a wide variety of links to Malaysian Chinese newspapers.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh is a Malaysian Chinese language Daily newspaper. (Requires Chinese character format ).

Nanyang Siang Pauis one is a Malaysian Chinese language newspaper with an emphasis on business and economic news. It of the leading media companies in Southeast Asia. (Requires Chinese character format).

The Sinchew JitPoh is a Malaysian Chinese language newspaper. (Requires either GB or Big 5 formats).

Pan-Asian News Sources:

Cnn.com's Asia-Pacific information page is on-line, providing the lates CNN coverage of Asia.

Articles from the Hong Kong-based weekly Asiaweek are available here. The site includes back issues for the last weeks.

TimesNet: Asia is an excellent Singapore-based site devoted to up-to-date news from all around Asia. Includes articles on business in the region and on-line discussion boards about current events.

The Far Eastern Economic Review is also on-line. The Far Eastern Economic Review is one of Asia's leading journals, known for its balanced political and business news.

Asia Times is also on-line, with a searchable database.

The information center for an introduction to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) is online. It includes an APECincludes links to other , downloadable documents, news releases and detailed results from the latest summit. It also related sites such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

Here is the official web page for the looking Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Especially useful if you're for information about the recent acceptance of Laos and Burma into this organization or what is being done in the wake of the regional financial turmoil.

Asia Times Online is an English-language daily publication covering Asia-Pacific news with an empahasis on politics, economics and business.

The Cambodian Information Homepage provides a large number of useful and scholarly links about the history, culture and current events of that nation, including news and announcements.

Top News from Asia offers a large variety of up-to-date news resources from around Asia, including business, political, social and sporting news.

The Web Connection based in Hong Kong has a page of Asian business-related stories. It also has a page allowing you to search Reuters' dispatches on Asian business by keyword and by country.

London's Financial Times posts its main Asia/Pacific story of the day on the Web. The same page has links to main Asia-Pacific stories of the previous five days.

Articles on defense, security and diplomacy in East Asia are published monthly by the Kanwa Information Centre of Canada.

Asia, Inc., the Hong Kong-based monthly magazine, provides feature stories about business developments in Asia. You can perform of a keyword search of these articles.

For business and economic information relating to Japan, The Ministry of International Trade and Industry, The Ministry of Finance, The Japan Business Guide, The Japan External Trade Organization, and The Tokyo Stock Exchange all provide information about economic policy, financial data, and doing business in Japan

For business and economic information relating to Korea, The Korea Directory and The Korean Overseas Information Office provide useful links.

Mongolia's Magicnet, broadcast via satellite from Ulan Bataar, is the first internet connection in the Republic of Mongolia. It includes facts, news and information about this nation.

The Vietnam Business Journal is online, providing news and information about this nation.

A gopher maintained by the University of Michigan (not accessible from outside the U of M network) contains a searchable index of today's news. You can also get one month's free access to InfoSeek's wire service database. To sign on you need to fill out a registration form. If you have

already registered, go to the query page and select the "Wire Services" option in the "Standard Collections" menu.

London's Daily Telegraph and Dublin's Irish Times give free access to their main news stories. The Irish Times has a database of its stories going back to September 1994. The Times of London is also available online.

A condensed version of today's New York Times is available in PDF format. International stories are on page two. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this.

For Washington's view of events, you can perform a keyword search of the Department of State's daily press briefings. The archive goes back to January 1993.

Other International News Sources:
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Cnn.com's Asia-Pacific information page. Reuters Wire Service The International Herald Tribune The Asahi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper. The Chosun Daily, a major Korean Newspaper. Singapore Press Holdings which includes The Straits Times The Los Angeles Times. Articles can also be searched. The San Francisco Chroniclecan . There is an archive of this newspaper dating back several months on which you perform a keyword search.

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Interfax, the official Russian news agency, is online. The Nando Times World Report produced by the The News & Observer of North Carolina, USA.

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USA Today. The its Time Daily News Summary produced by Time Inc. Time also maintains a searchable database of some of news output.

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TRIBnet, run by The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington. You need to register first to see these stories.

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The Halifax Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Journal and Courier Online of Indiana, USA.
Brief Reuters updates on the top world news stories of the day can be found here. Less frequent but detailed Reuters briefs are provided by MCI Communications Corporation. The Press Association (PA) of Great Britain provides a similar service. To access PA's headline stories, you need to register first. Yahoo also carries Reuters dispatches.

Reports from the Associated Press can be accessed through a service provided by Howard Publications and Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune.

World News, Broadcasting:

This section is curently undergoing large-scale corrections due to changes at the VOA web site. The VOA News gopher frequently contains the latest news from China and the region. A Chinese-language version (GB code) is also available. You can listen to this news in Chinese by accessing the following RealAudio files (which means they can be heard at the same time as downloading). To configure your browser to handle to such files, read the RealAudio home page. To download the audio files in other formats, try here.

Mandarin 11:00 GMT (5 mins) Mandarin 14: 00 GMT "China Focus" (30 mins) Mandarin 21:00 GMT (10 mins) Cantonese 15:00 GMT (10 mins) You can also listen to the VOA news in English: 00:00 GMT (10 mins) 01:00 GMT (10 mins) 02:00 GMT (10 mins) 04:00 GMT (10 mins)

05:00 GMT (10 mins) 06:00 GMT (10 mins) 08:00 GMT (10 mins) 10:00 GMT (10 mins) 11:00 GMT (6 mins) 12:00 GMT (10 mins) 13:00 GMT (6 mins) 14:00 GMT (10 mins) 15:00 GMT (10 mins) 16:00 GMT (10 mins) 17:00 GMT (10 mins) 18:00 GMT (6 mins) 19:00 GMT (10 mins) 20:00 GMT (10 mins) 22:00 GMT (10 mins) 23:00 GMT (10 mins) Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) provides its Cantonese and English news broadcasts via the internet in RealAudio format. There is a mirror site at InterPacific Online.

English broadcasts (the times given are local [GMT +8]): 13:00 18:00 23:00 Cantonese broadcasts (the times given are local [GMT +8]): 09:00 13:00 17:00 23:00 Hong Kong Today (Cantonese) Or try China Radio International/Shortwave in English

RTHK also maintains an archive of the past 30 days of Cantonese audio files in various formats. A 10 to 15-minute audio file of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 13:00 GMT international news is available, in RealAudio format (see above), from the Internet Multicasting Service in Washington, USA. CBC's news headlines, updated hourly, are available in hypertext form. You can perform a keyword search of these reports.

Summaries of the latest developments in China and the rest of the world can be found through INtv, Singapore's Teletext System. For those running Windows 3.1 with Mosaic/Netscape, INtv can also be browsed using a special external viewer, details of which can be found here.

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8. Reading Chinese in WWW
Several home pages provide links to information about reading Chinese characters on the World Wide Web. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 downloads appropriate character format software automatically. If you're having trouble, try the following:
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Marjorie Chan's ChinaLinks 2 CND's home page Viewing and Listening to Chinese on the WWW Chinese access to the World Wide Web Read Chinese in MS-Windows Net Applications Displaying Chinese inside WWW Reading Chinese in Netscape/Mosaic
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