Chinese policy towards the Arctic seems to be taking at least two tracks. Through business deals and illegal immigration, it appears to be slowly assimilating the Russian Far East. That would give China a true claim to offshore resources based on current international law. In the mean time, the Chinese are acting as the spokesperson for the non-Arctic countries, seeking to institute some sort of international agreement that undiscovered resources are a common good, to be shared by nations lacking those resources.
Officially, China is made up of 56 nationalities: one majority nationality, the Han, and 55 minority groups. The 2000 census revealed a total official minority population of nearly 104m, or approximately 9% of the total population.
Around a dozen cases, 3 deaths, as pneumonic plague kills up its heels in NW China.
China no longer publishes the figures for how many riots take place each year, but most people put the figure at around 80,000 and the vast majority go totally unnoticed.
A Chinese soldier was shot dead outside a military garrison in the south-western city of Chongqing, state media have reported.