Energy giant PetroChina agrees to buy $41 billion worth of Australian liquefied natural gas

Australia, China ink $41 billion natural gas deal

SYDNEY — A 50 billion Australian dollar ($41 billion) deal for China to buy Australian natural gas shows current diplomatic tensions between the two countries will not trump their commercial interests, officials said Wednesday.

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Australia says China canceled minister’s visit over Uighur activist row

Australia says China canceled minister’s visit

CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger at Australia’s granting of a visa to an exiled Uighur activist in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.

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China state secrets watchdog says Rio Tinto committed economic espionage for 6 years

Chinese secrets agency says Rio spied for 6 years

BEIJING —A state secrets watchdog has accused mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. of committing economic espionage for six years, saying in a report the spying caused “tremendous harm” to China’s economic security.

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Senior Chinese official: Industrial spying case against Australian executive is strong

China: Evidence in Rio Tinto spying case is strong

SYDNEY — A senior Chinese official on Monday defended Beijing’s handling of the industrial spying case against an Australian executive for mining giant Rio Tinto, and urged Australia to respect China’s court processes.

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China arrests employees of miner Rio Tinto on spy charge; Australia presses for access

China arrests Rio Tinto employees on spy charge

BEIJING — Four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. have been arrested on charges of stealing state secrets, a government news agency reported Thursday, providing the first official Chinese confirmation of the case.

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Australian Rio Tinto executive detained in China on espionage charge

Australian executive held on spy charge in China

SYDNEY — China has detained an Australian executive of the world’s third-largest mining company on suspicion of espionage amid the company’s tough negotiations with China on iron ore prices, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

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Ailing US lawyer imprisoned in Belarus on attempted espionage charge walks free after pardon

US lawyer imprisoned in Belarus freed after pardon

MINSK, Belarus — An ailing American lawyer who was imprisoned in Belarus last year on charges of using fake documents and attempted industrial espionage walked free Tuesday night after a presidential pardon.

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President of Belarus to free US lawyer jailed in 2008 on attempted espionage charge

Belarus to free imprisoned American lawyer

MINSK, Belarus — An ailing American lawyer who was imprisoned in Belarus last year on charges of using fake documents and attempted commercial espionage was pardoned on Tuesday by the president of the former Soviet country, an official said.

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US senator: president of Belarus to free American lawyer jailed in 2008 on spy charges

US senator: Belarus to free jailed American lawyer

MINSK, Belarus — A U.S. senator says the president of Belarus is promising to free an ailing American lawyer who was imprisoned in the former Soviet country last year on espionage charges.

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Probation for exec who used pet names, other info to hack competing firms’ e-mail accounts

Exec who hacked friends for sales gets probation

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A sales executive who used personal information to guess passwords, hack into e-mail accounts and listen in on conference calls at his friends’ companies was sentenced to probation Friday — a punishment the victims said was too lenient.

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