Mainland China Monday quashed Hong Kong residents' hopes of directly electing their chief executive or all of their lawmakers in 2007 or 2008.
Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that three-way talks between the U.S., China and North Korea aimed at ending a diplomatic standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program ended Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled.
China sealed off a major Beijing hospital Thursday in an attempt to control the city's outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned against travel to Toronto, Beijing and China's Shanxi Province as the number of severe acute respiratory syndrome cases in those areas continues to rise.
The mayor of Beijing was fired following the disclosure of a tenfold increase in SARS cases in China's capital and charges he mishandled the outbreak of the deadly illness, state-run media said Monday.
The cause of the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus was confirmed Wednesday as World Health Organization representatives reported that Beijing had up to five times more SARS cases than China has officially acknowledged.
The International Olympic Committee Friday selected Beijing to host the 2008 summer games.
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