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, including vast areas of inhospitable terrain. The eastern half of the country, its seacoast fringed with offshore islands, is a region of fertile lowlands, foothills and mountains, deserts, steppes, and subtropical areas. The western half of China is a region of sunken basin (drainage basin)s, rolling plateaus, and towering massifs, including a portion of the highest tableland on earth. After its founding, China's foreign policy initially focused on its solidarity with the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc nations, and other communist countries, sealed with, among other agreements, the China-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance signed in 1950 to oppose China's chief antagonists, the West and in particular the United States. The 1950–53 Korean War waged by China and its North Korea ally against the United States, South Korea, and United Nations (UN) forces has long been a reason for bitter feelings. After the conclusion of the Korean War, China sought to balance its identification as a member of the Soviet bloc by establishing friendly relations with Pakistan and other Third World countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. China had long been a close ally of North Korea but also found a valuable trading partner in South Korea and eventually took a role in the early 2000s as a proponent of "six-party talks" (North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Japan, the United States, and China) to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula. China was instrumental at brokering talks with North Korea over its nuclear program, and in 2003, there was a concerted effort by China to improve relations with the ASEAN nations and form a common East Asian market. These foreign policy efforts have been part of a general foreign policy initiative known as China's peaceful rise. On November 15, 2005, Hu Jintao visited Seoul and spoke of the importance of both countries' contributions for regional peace and cooperation in economic development. People trafficking China is a source, transit, and destination country for women, men, and children trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor; the majority of trafficking in China is internal, but there is also international trafficking of Chinese citizens; women are lured through false promises of legitimate employment into commercial sexual exploitation in Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan; Chinese men and women are smuggled to countries throughout the world at enormous personal expense and then forced into commercial sexual exploitation or exploitative labor to repay debts to traffickers; women and children are trafficked into China from Mongolia, Burma, North Korea, Russia, and Vietnam for forced labor, marriage, and sexual slavery; most North Koreans enter northeastern China voluntarily, but others reportedly are trafficked into China from North Korea; domestic trafficking remains the most significant problem in China, with an estimated minimum of 10,000-20,000 victims trafficked each year; the actual number of victims could be much greater; some experts believe that the serious and prolonged imbalance in the male-female birth ratio may now be contributing to Chinese and foreign girls and women being trafficked as potential brides. Commons:Category:North Korea WikiPedia:North Korea Dmoz:Regional Asia North Korea


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was Presdident of the San Francisco school board and also elected as City Treasurer. Shortly before Leidesdorff's death, vast amounts of gold were officially reported on his ''Rancho Rio De los Americanos.'' By the time his estate was auctioned off in 1856, it was worth more than $1,445,000, not including vast quantities of gold mined upon his land. Leidesdorff traveled to New York to become the Master of the schooner ''Julia Ann'' that sailed from New York to Yerba Buena (later San Francisco) in Alta California, then part of Mexico, in 1841. Sue Bailey Thurman, "William Alexander Leidesdorff", ''Pioneers of Negro Origin in California'', San Francisco: Acme Pub. Co., 1952, excerpt at Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, accessed 22 Nov 2009 His route was via Panama, St. Croix, Brazil, Chile the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Sitka, Alaska, and on to California following the Pacific Ocean currents during the "Age of Sail". She is a noted feminist (feminism), and her personal life experiences as a Jewish Cuban-American woman are frequently an important part of her writing. Her second book, ''Translated Woman'' (1993), was based on ten years of fieldwork in a rural town in Mexico. Her controversial book ''The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart'' examines the role that the personal can play in ethnographic writing (ethnography). Since 1991 her research and writing have largely focused on her native country, Cuba, which she left at the age of four. Her research on the dwindling yet vibrant Jewish community in Cuba is the focus of her film ''Adio Kerida'' (2002), which featured camerawork and editing by her son Gabriel Frye-Behar. Jewish Cuba is also the topic of her latest book, ''An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba'' (2007). '''Reik''' is a Latin Grammy-winning Mexican (Mexico) band from Mexicali, Baja California formed by Jesús Alberto Navarro Rosas (lead vocals), Julio Ramírez Eguía (guitar background vocals), and Gilberto Marín Espinoza (guitar). The group's name actually means "rake" (as in raking the guitar's strings), but the band wanted their Mexican listeners to pronounce it correctly, hence, Reik. In 2003, Abelardo Vazquez started their then-nascent musical project, tentatively called "Reik". Abelardo Vazzquez invited Jesús Navarro and Julio Ramirez to recorded their first demos, which were released through the Mexican (Mexico) underground club scene. Two of the most successful demos — "Levemente" and "Ahora Sin Ti" — brought more widespread coverage across Mexico. In early 2004, Reik invited Gilberto to join the band. They have been famous ever since, mainly in Latin America, Mexico, and southern parts of the United States. Their videos have been broadcast on famous music television channels, such as MTV and HTV (Hispanic Television). Their second album, ''Secuencia'', was released on November 14, 2006, which featured the first single, "Invierno" (released on November 6), which gained a lot of popularity based Latin American airplay. In September 2008 ''Reik'' released their third studio album ''Un Día Más (Un dia mas)''. Commercial Success Reik's debut album (Reik (album)) went gold (Gold album) in Mexico on May 6, 2005 after selling 50,000 copies. In June 2005, Reik traveled to the U.S. (United States) to promote their album and its first single. They had a promotional mini-tour that visited Miami, McAllen, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and New York. The album was formally released in the United States on May of that same year. To date, the album has sold 40,000 copies in the U.S. (United States) alone. By May, the album was certified platinum (Platinum album) in Mexico for selling 120,000 copies. They have sold over half a million copies all over America to date. On July 6, 2007, Reik participated in the Alltel Wireless “Mi Círculo, Mi Música” (My Circle, My Music) concert in El Paso, TX. "Prisionero", the first single off their new album "El Disco de tu Corazón", became a #1 hit in their native Argentina. However, the second single "Perfecta" with Mexican (Mexico) singer Julieta Venegas became an even bigger hit worldwide, topping the charts in many Spanish-speaking countries. '''Rock and roll in Cuba''' began in the late 1950s, with artists covering American (United States of America) songs translated into Spanish, as was occurring in Mexico at the same time. Its development was disrupted by the Cuban Revolution; the government of Fidel Castro banned rock music in 1961 as being a corruptive American influence that had no place in the new, puritanical Communist Cuba (which, ironically, was at odds with Marx's (Karl Marx) own liberal views on art and culture, not to mention the fact that many rock groups have espoused "left-wing" ideas). The ban was eventually lifted in 1966. thumb ''Opuntia ficus-indica'' (Indian fig) in Secunderabad (Image:Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian Fig) at Secunderabad, AP W IMG 6674.jpg), India. Cacti are good crops for dry areas because they efficiently convert water into biomass. ''O. ficus-indica'', as the most widespread of the long-domesticated cactuses, is as economically important as corn (maize) and tequila agave in Mexico today. Because ''Opuntia'' species hybridize easily (much like oaks), the wild origin of ''O. ficus-indica'' is likely to have been Mexico due to the fact that its close genetic relatives are found in central Mexico.


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''', or '''Hun''', is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. The species has been successfully introduced to many parts of the world for shooting, including vast areas of North America, where it is most commonly known as Hungarian partridge, or just "Hun". Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Grey Partridge is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This partridge breeds


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