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On 4 August in Asian history

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

ON 4 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 4, 2017

221: Death of Lady Zhen, Chinese empress, born on January 26, 183
http://threekingdoms.wikia.com/wiki/Lady_Zhen_%E7%94%84%E6%B0%8F
https://thehistoricalnovel.com/2013/05/30/historical-footnotes-lady-zhen/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Zhen

598: During the Goguryeo-Sui War, Emperor Wendi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo
http://www.armchairgeneral.com/the-goguryeo-sui-wars.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Goguryeo-Sui_Wars

1854: The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships
https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/origin-of-the-hinomaru-flag/
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Japanese_flag

1888: Birth of Taher Saifuddin, Indian religious leader, 51st Da’i al-Mutlaq who died on November 12, 1965
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taher_Saifuddin

1913: Sun Yat-sen and many other revolutionaries flee to Japan

1913 Sun Yat-sen et ami japonais

1917: Birth of Jun Tatara, Japanese actor, who died on September 30, 2006
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0851071/

1923: Birth of Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer
http://pakistaniat.com/2009/06/20/mushtaq-ahmed-yousufi/

1929: Birth of Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, who died on October 13, 1987
http://itsmastijunction.blogspot.com/2009/05/kishore-kumar-hindi-august-4-1929.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/4th-august-1929-famous-bollywood-actor-and-singer-kishore-kumar-is-born

1932: Birth of Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist, who died on October 28, 2010
http://www.gluckman.com/Liang.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Congjie

1940: Birth of Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (1999-2001) who died on December 30, 2009
http://eklusiftheme.blogspot.fr/2013/02/abdurrahman-wahid-gus-dur-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdurrahman_Wahid

1941: The Mengjiang United Autonomous Government is renamed as the Mongolian Autonomous Federation
http://althistory.wikia.com/wiki/Mengjiang_(Twilight_of_a_New_Era)
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/mongolia/mengkukuo.htm

1941: Death of Xu Dishan, Chinese novelist, essayist and patriotic scholar, born on February 3, 1893
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Dishan
http://memim.com/xu-dishan.html

1942: The Chinese Expeditionary Army withdraw from Burma to India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Force
http://www.cbi-theater.com/cai/cai.html

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

1944: Birth of Amjad Islam Amjad, Pakistani poet, screenwriter, and songwriter
http://www.arabnews.com/art-culture/news/864171
http://www.poemhunter.com/amjad-islam-amjad/biography/

1947: In Indonesia, a ceasefire is agreed to by Dutch and Sukarno, but is ignored in the field. Dutch declare « Van Mook line » at the edge of their military advances in Java and Sumatra

1947: The Supreme Court of Japan is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_Japan

1950: The Soviet Union delegate at United Nations demands the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea

1952: In the Pacific Council, first meeting for the defense of Japan by USA, New-Zealand and Australia that found a standing political council

1953: US president Eisenhower warns that the situation in Asia is becoming very ominous for the United States
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eisenhower-warns-of-ominous-situation-in-asia

1954: The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla
http://www.yespakistan.com/people/anthem.asp

1956:  Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands

1959: In Laos, the state of emergency is proclaimed and the government asks United Nation General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold for help

1964: Reported North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack (second Gulf of Tonkin incident) result in retaliation strikes
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reported-north-vietnamese-pt-boat-attacks-result-in-retaliation-strikes

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8-ffiYyzA

1964: President Diosdado Macapagal signs into law Republic Act No. 4166, designating June 12 as the Independence Day of the Philippines
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/437/today-in-philippine-history-august-4-1964-june-12-was-designated-the-independence-day
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1177/today-in-philippine-history-june-12-1898-aguinaldo-formally-proclaimed-the-philippine-independence-in-kawit-cavite

1969: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/secret-negotiations-are-initiated-in-paris

1975: The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages included the U.S. consul and the Swedish charge d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_AIA_building_hostage_crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hMUy-xKW3k

1977: In Kuala Lumpur, Second summit of Asean
http://www.jstor.org/stable/27908333?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~worldjpn/documents/texts/asean/19770805.D1E.html

1987: Birth of Jang Geun Suk, Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_Geun-suk
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Jang_Geun_Suk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWtaYAGf26g

1988: Leader of Thailand, General Prem Tinnasulanonda refuses in vain to Chatchai Chunhawan, leader of the Thai Nation Party (phak chat thai), to be assigned Prime Minister
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatichai_Choonhavan

1992: Death of Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese writer and journalist, born on December 21, 1909
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/seicho-matsumoto/

 1993: Japanese government recognizes the reality of the “comfort women”

http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

1997: North Korea hands over the remains of four American soldiers killed in action during the Korea War

1998: In China, bursting of the Yangzijiang dykes causing 2,000 dead and more than 100,000 disaster victims

2001: In Moscow, summit between Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il

2001: In Japan, election of 121 of the 247 seats of the Higher House. DPL wins 64  seats, Komeito 12 an New Conservative Pary 1

2003:The president of Hyundai Asan group, Chung Mong-hun, involved in the scandal of the buying of the June 2000 summit of Kim Dae-jung in North Korea, commits suicide
http://english.people.com.cn/200308/05/print20030805_121733.html

2004: Death of Fumio Watanabe, Japanese actor, born on October 31, 1929
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0913796/

2006: Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF)
http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/2006_trincomalee_massacre_of_ngo_workers

http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDYQFjADahUKEwiymuS58Y7HAhXLuxQKHSfPDR4&url=http%3A%2F%2Factioncontrelafaim.ca%2Fwp-files%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F12%2FMuttur-Report.pdf&ei=O2fAVfKQNMv3Uqeet_AB&usg=AFQjCNGLVq_33p0KR8shawsGKk-4H-MTgA&sig2=3O6gJND8LzGKDIXS3fML3Q

2008: An attack, lead by two men, on a border police station at Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) leaves 16 policemen dead and 16 hurt
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/08/2008843587330723.html

2009: Bill Clinton, the former US president, arrives in North Korea on an unannounced visit apparently aimed at negotiating the release of two American journalists
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8182716.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/08/20098421911294599.html

2012: The United States accuse China of raising tensions through a new military garrison in the South China Sea, calling on all sides to lower tensions in the hotly contested waters.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/08/2012842515308572.html

2012: Dozens of journalists march in Myanmar’s main city to protest the suspension of two journals amid fears officials are rowing back on pledges to ease strict junta-era censorship laws

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120804-363436.html

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-04/burmese-journalists-protest-suspensions/993306

2012: Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

2014: The small Pema Dorjee, recognized in 2009 as a reincarnation of Penor Rinpoché, the head of the Nyingma lineage, takes possession of the Palyul monastery in Tibet. His school is the oldest of all the Buddhist world.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibet,-thousands-celebrate-enthronement-of-new-Penor-Rinpoche-31805.html

2016: China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge. The first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html

Chinese culture and history

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5 AUGUST 2017

How Mao and Khrushchev fought over China-India border dispute

Following is a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2105501/how-mao-and-khrushchev-fought-over-china-india-border-dispute

24 JULY 2017

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/saving-harbin-chinese-city-struggles-preserve-russian-legacy-170724092530834.html

28 JUNE 2917

The last Hong Kong governor: Chris Patten on 20 years after the handover – video

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called “one country, two systems”. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/jun/28/chris-patten-the-last-governor-of-hong-kong-video-interview
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/28/hong-kong-handover-anniversary-chris-patten-britain-did-not/

16 JUNE 2017

Scapegoats or traitors? The tale of the British radio propagandists in wartime Shanghai who were convicted in Hong Kong

Seventy years ago, two broadcasters for a German radio station were found guilty of assisting the enemy. Collaboration was rife, so why were these Britons singled out while so many others went unpunished?http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2098418/scapegoats-or-traitors-tale-british-radio
http://www.historynet.com/book-review-secret-war-in-shanghai-by-bernard-wasserstein-ww2.htm

8 JUNE 2017

Echoes of 1950s persecution in China’s crackdown on liberal voices

On the 60th anniversary of the start of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s campaign against intellectuals that saw some half a million people persecuted by the Communist Party, some present-day scholars say there is again growing pressure from the authorities to silence liberal voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2097521/echoes-1950s-persecution-chinas-crackdown-liberal

28 MAY 2017

160 years on, apology for a racist tax on Chinese in Australia

The Chinese community in ­Australia has applauded an apology by the government of Victoria for a racist tax levied on immigrants more than a century ago, calling it a step towards eliminating the discrimination that continues to this day
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096026/160-years-apology-racist-tax-chinese-australia

22 MAY 2017

The secret agents who spied on the US for China

Behind the warming relations between the world’s two leading economies, a hidden and often brutal war continues for valuable intelligence about military technology and other classified information
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2095195/secret-agents-who-spied-us-china

16 APRIL 2017

Chinese experts name 10 most amazing archaeological sites

Chinese archaeologists worked at more than 2,000 sites in 2016, and experts have selected the 10 best ones
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-experts-name-10-most-amazing-archaeological-sites

4 APRIL 2017

Meet the Gurkhas, fearsome fighters with a 200-year history

A former serviceman in Hong Kong explains what binds him and his fellow Nepalese to a proud military tradition
http://www.atimes.com/article/meet-gurkhas-fearsome-fighters-200-year-history/

20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeo

logists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2017-03/20/content_15588670.html

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/hong-kong-documentary-uncovers-lost-history-170313051008305.html

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2060228/struggle-get-documentary-hong-kongs-1967-riots-screen

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon
http://www.atimes.com/article/260000-chiang-kai-shek-documents-made-public/

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/nov/17/dina-goldstein-modern-girl-chinese-pinups-in-pictures
http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.fr/2016/11/dina-goldstein-modern-girl.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2054842/battle-hong-kong-through-eyes-people-who-lived

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/culture-insider-how-did-ancient-chinese-keep-food-warm-winter

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv//the-maritime-silk-road/lamu-s-last-chinese/3270974.html

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2044791/old-hong-kong-pictures?utm_source&utm_medium&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

All about East-Timor (Timor-Leste)

4 AUGUST 2017

East Timor’s Gusmao quits as party leader

 Independence leader Xanana Gusmao has resigned as president of his party following their recent election loss, reportedly saying the East Timorese people had lost faith in them
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/05/east-timors-gusmao-quits-party-leader

25 JULY 2017

After Timor-Leste’s Election, a Young Democracy Looks Forward

From blogs, Facebook, public forums, and community spaces across Timor-Leste, the public sphere has been vibrant and dynamic during the election season. This is an indication of a popular interest in Timorese politics among its people. Public discourse is now much more important in the country than it was during the past
http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/after-timor-lestes-election-a-young-democracy-looks-forward/

22 JULY 2017

East Timor goes to the polls

People in East Timor, Southeast Asia’s youngest parliamentary democracy, are voting to elect a new parliament. Candidates from 21 parties are competing for 65 seats, with official results expected by August 6
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/east-timorese-form-long-lines-to-vote-in-parliamentary-election-9054658
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-goes-to-the-polls/g-39787205

8 JUNE 2017

Timor-Leste president Francisco ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres: a product of war now pushing for peace

 Before becoming the fourth president of one of the world’s youngest countries, Francisco “Lu’Olo” Guterres spent almost a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance against Indonesian occupation
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/timor-leste-president-francisco-luolo-guterres-a-product-of-war-now-pushing-for-peace

1st JUNE 2017

East Timor reporters cleared of PM defamation charge

Two East Timor journalists accused of defaming the prime minister were found not guilty by a Dili court on Thursday, in a case that had sparked alarm among press freedom campaigners
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/01/east-timor-reporters-cleared-pm-defamation-charge

20 MAY 2017

Francisco ‘Lu Olo’ Guterres has been formally inaugurated as Timor-Leste’s new president

The 62-year-old is a former guerrilla fighter who fought in the country’s long struggle to gain independence first from Portugal and then Indonesia
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/20/new-president-timor-leste
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/20/much-to-be-done-new-president-brings-timor-leste-hope-for-a-better-future
http://sea-globe.com/francisco-lu-olo-guterres/

5 MAY 2017

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-05/ramos-horta-china/8502370?section=world

20 MARCH 2017

East Timor holds first presidential election since UN peacekeepers left

Asia’s youngest democracy is choosing a new president in its first such election since a UN peacekeeping mission left the country in 2012. The vote is a political preliminary for July’s vote for a prime minister
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/20/timor-leste-presidential-election-revolutionary-hero-v-a-new-generation

24 JANUARY 2017

Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute

Timor-Leste has withdrawn its Australian espionage claims in the permanent court of arbitration as a “confidence-building measure”, as the two countries continue to negotiate over their maritime border
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/timor-leste-drops-espionage-claims-against-australia-in-maritime-border-dispute
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-24/east-timor-drops-its-spying-case-against-australia/8209400?section=world

9 JANUARY 2017

Australia and Timor-Leste to negotiate permanent maritime boundary

Australia and Timor-Leste have agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries, potentially ending years of dispute over the lucrative oil-rich Timor Gap and closing a chapter of mistrust and enmity between the two neighbours
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/09/australia-and-timor-leste-to-negotiate-permanent-maritime-boundary
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/09/content_15554015.html

6 OCTOBER 2016

East Timor journalists face defamation trial after story on Prime Minister Rui Aria de Araujo

Two East Timorese journalists are going on trial in a criminal defamation case brought by the country’s prime minister that has alarmed press freedom groups
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-06/east-timor-journalists-face-defamation-trial/7910892?section=world

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

East Timor takes maritime dispute with Australia to UN Court

East Timor has accused Australia of being a bully as the International Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands prepares to hear a decade-long dispute over the sharing of oil and mineral wealth in the Timor Sea
http://www.voanews.com/a/east-timor-takes-maritime-dispute-with-australia-in-un-court/3528236.html

29 AUGUST 2017

Timor Leste urges Australia ‘not to turn its back on law’ over maritime boundary

Timor-Leste has urged Australia not to “turn its back on the law” and to negotiate over the Timor Sea maritime boundary, but Australia has claimed the commission it has been brought before has no jurisdiction to hear the matter and said that any decision it makes will be not be binding on Australia.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/timor-leste-urges-australia-not-to-turn-its-back-on-law-over-maritime-boundary
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/29/on-timor-australia-looks-like-its-denying-an-impoverished-neighbour-its-birthright

11 APRIL 2016

East Timor-Australia maritime border to be negotiated before United Nations after protests

East Timor is taking Australia to the United Nations to solve the dispute over its maritime border under international maritime law.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-11/east-timoraustralia-maritime-border-to-be-negotiated-before-united-nations-after-protests/1568096

15 MARCH 2016

Japan, E. Timor fear China is trying to change balance of power

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with East Timor’s President Taur Matan Ruak in Tokyo on March 15 to share concerns over China’s growing maritime presence in Southeast Asia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201603160025

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Rape of East Timor

Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/the-rape-of-east-timor-43456/

30 DECEMBER 2016

The battle for Timor-Leste’s past

In 1975, Indonesian forces invaded Timor-Leste, heralding an occupation that lasted 24 years and claimed the lives of up to a third of the population. Forty years later, another clash is underway: an internal “history war” over the official narrative of the country’s turbulent past
http://sea-globe.com/battle-for-timor-leste-past/

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/27/ri-timor-leste-agree-resolve-border-problems-boost-ties.html

3 JUNE 2015

East Timor ‘reactivates’ bid for new maritime boundary with Australia

An espionage operation by Australia’s foreign spy service underpins a new bid by East Timor to establish a maritime boundary between the two countries and gain a bigger share of the lucrative Timor Sea oil and gas fields.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/east-timor-reactivates-bid-new-maritime-boundary-australia

16 FEBRUARY 2015

East Timor swears in Rui Araujo as new prime minister

Rui Araujo, a former health minister, took the oath of office on Monday along with 37 cabinet ministers, the AP news agency said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31492776
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/timor-leste-swears-in-new/1662832.html

10 FEBRUAY 2015

Ex-health minister named E. Timor PM

East Timor’s President Taur Matan Ruak on Tuesday endorsed the leading political party’s decision to nominate former Health Minister Rui Araujo as the tiny nation’s next prime minister, replacing Xanana Gusmao who resigned Friday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471368/ex-health-minister-named-e-timor-pm

6 FEBRUARY 2015

East Timor PM Xanana Gusmao offers resignation

East Timor resistance hero Xanana Gusmao has submitted his resignation as prime minister, the government said Friday, after more than a decade leading the half-island nation during the fraught early years of its independence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/east-timor-pm-xanana-gusmao-offers-resignation-150206040048689.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468246/e-timor-resistance-hero-pm-resigns

12 DECEMBER 2014

From poet to despot: The changing face of Xanana Gusmao

As foreign media recasts Timor-Leste’s Xanana Gusmao from darling of democracy to potential despot, it’s time to re-examine the myth surrounding the ‘poet’ politician, write Angie Bexley and Maj Nygaard-Christensen.
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/12/12/from-poet-to-despot-the-changing-face-of-xanana-gusmao/

25 OCTOBER 2014

No good time for Xanana Gusmão to let go

Timor-Leste’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmão, has deferred his decision to step down as his country’s leader until April 2015. He had announced earlier this year that he intended to leave office firstly in September, then in October. He has since said that he wishes to stay on to oversee negotiations with Australia over a resolution to the Timor Sea dispute.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/10/25/no-good-time-for-xanana-gusmao-to-let-go/

26 AUGUST 2014

Timor-Leste Success

Why It Won’t be the Next Failed State
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141938/agio-pereira/timor-leste-success

23 MAY 2014

Timor-Leste: Lessons of a Failing State?

Despite record international goodwill and generosity, Timor-Leste is a basket case

http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/timor-leste-lessons-failing-state/

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Can East Timor dodge the ‘resource curse’?

Despite oil and gas riches, signs of wealth remain scarce in the impoverished country.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/can-east-timor-dodge-resource-curse-201310211384898341.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

East Timor risks all in oil dispute

East Timor appears ready to roll the dice in its dispute with Woodside Petroleum over construction of a liquefied natural gas plant. If East Timor’s move backfires, it could potentially spoil its resource sharing agreements in the Timor Sea with Australia, redraw maritime boundaries and cast doubts over the ability of East Timor’s capital city of Dili to keep its word.                                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/02/20/east-timor-risks-all-in-oil-dispute/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_216136614

31 DECEMBER 2012

East Timor: UN ends peacekeeping mission

UN forces have been pulling out since October when East Timorese security forces took over responsibility for maintaining law and order.                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873267                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012123173256112503.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s Time to Invest in Timor-Leste

As Brunei assumes ASEAN’s chairmanship for 2013, one major question it faces is Timor-Leste’s bid for membership in the group. Despite some ASEAN members’ previous resistance to Timor-Leste’s entrance, the country’s sustained political and economic development over the last year and a half reflect a maturing nation poised for ascension to ASEAN. Brunei has a genuine opportunity to build ASEAN’s inclusiveness and invest in a nation that will pay dividends in the future.
http://cogitasia.com/asean%E2%80%99s-time-to-invest-in-timor-leste/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_197275829

23 OCTOBER 2012

Timor Leste to take over policing as UN withdraws

UN peacekeepers will hand over full responsibility for policing to Timor Leste next week as they begin withdrawing in earnest from Asia’s youngest nation, a UN official said Tuesday 23.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1233014/1/.html

16 JULY 2012

Violence erupts in East Timor over new government

Police in East Timor say protesters angry that their party was shut out of the incoming government have thrown stones at officers, burned or destroyed 58 cars and damaged some houses. The protesters are believed to be supporters of the Fretilin party, which finished second to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s party in July 7 parliamentary elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85899/violence-erupts-in-east-timor-over-new-government/

9 JULY 2012

East Timor poll: Xanana Gusmao’s party wins most seats

East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao is set for a new term of coalition government after his party won parliamentary elections – but without an overall majority. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1212317/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18759085

16 APRIL 2012

Second round of presidential election.

Taur Matan Ruak is elected with 61 % of the votes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/2012416233543425697.html

18 MARCH 2012

East Timor’s president fails to make election run-off

East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta on Sunday failed to make the run-off in the country’s presidential election, preliminary poll results indicated. The second-round vote will likely see Francisco Guterres face off against Taur Matan Ruak.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-03-18/427228
http://www.france24.com/en/20120318-east-timor-president-fails-make-election-run-off-jose-ramos-horta

17 MARCH 2012

East Timor in test vote

East Timor voted Saturday 17 in the country’s second presidential election as a free nation, seen as a key test for a young democracy taking charge of its own security as UN forces prepare to leave http://www.france24.com/en/20120317-east-timor-test-vote-presidential-election-timor-leste

13 MARCH 2012

Race to the top in East Timor

Timorese voters will go to the polls twice this year to elect the nation’s president and parliament for the third time since achieving independence in 2001. The elections, scheduled respectively for March and June, promise to be the most significant to date for Timor Leste, also known as East Timor
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NC14Ae01.html

6 MARCH 2012

Timor-Leste independence leader dies

Timor-Leste’s first and shortest-serving president Francisco Xavier do Amaral died on Tuesday 6 after a long battle with cancer, a presidential spokesman said. The popular veteran of the nation’s resistance struggle against Indonesia’s brutal 24-year occupation died aged 74 in a hospital in the capital Dili
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187441/1/.html

4 MARCH 2011

East Timor applies to join Asean

Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa signed the application on a trip to Indonesia, the country which is currently chairing the 10-nation bloc.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12644608

3 MARCH 2010

2010: A court in East Timor sentences 24 rebels to up to 16 years in prison for the attempted assassinations of the country’s president and prime minister in 2008.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/20103391335435310.html

8 DECEMBER 2009

2009: A former Indonesian army officer has admitted in a magazine interview that five foreign journalists were deliberately killed during Indonesia’s 1975 invasion of East Timor
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912824629737228.html

14 JULY 2008

2008: Indonesia is blamed by a joint commission for 1999 violence in East Timor
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/07/200871435822219786.html

17 APRIL 2008

2008: After two months in Australia where he has been in hospital after to be wounded in a killing attempt, President Ramos-Horta comes back to East Timor

22 FEBRUARY 2008

2008: United Nations extends East Timor mission for one year
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1ADADCC9-3CC5-4F83-A911-82315B6E40FE.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2008

East Timor president, and Peace Nobel Prize, Ramos Horta is wounded in an attack led by rebel leader Alfredo Neinabo who died in the action
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/11/2159179.htm

12 MAY 2007

Nobel Prize Ramos-Horta wins the first East Timor presidential election since independence with 73 % of votes, while 90% went to vote
http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/horta.html

8 JULY 2006

Jose Ramos-Horta is appointed Prime Minister of East Timor by President Xanana Gusmao
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ramos-Horta-Sworn-In-as-East-Timor-s-New-President-29123.shtml

8 APRIL 2005

Indonesian president Sulilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day visit to East Timor

27 SEPTEMBER 2002

East Timor is admitted to United Nations

21 SEPTEMBER 2001

In East Timor, the first government, led by Mari Alkatiri, leader of Fretilin, is sworn in
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Alkatiri

30 AUGUST 2001

Under United Nations control, first general elections in East-Timor. Fretilin gets 55 of the 88 seats

7 SEPTEMBER 1999

In Indonesia, Xanana Gusmao, leader of the East Timor separatists, arrested in 1992, is freed

6 SEPTEMBER 1999

At Dili, in East Timor, militiamen attack International Red Cross building and Mgr Belo residence where 5,000 people took refuge

30 AUGUST 1999

1999: After months of violence by pro-Indonesia militias, under the control of United Nations, the East-Timor people, with a 98,6 per cent toll of participation  chose to become independent by 78,5 per cents of the voters

5 MAY 1999

Under an United Nations frame, signature of the agreement between Indonesia and Portugal for the organization of a referendum in East Timor

3 APRIL 1999

1999: Beginning of massacres in East Timor by militiamen opposing independence

11 MARCH 1999

Indonesia and Portugal agree for the organization of a referendum in East Timor: self-government or independence

9 JUNE 1998

Indonesian President Habibie orders that some political prisoners to be freed and says he is ready to give a special status to East Timor

China’s society

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4 AUGUST 2017

Pope ‘loves China’, Vatican official says on trip there

Pope Francis “loves China” and the Vatican hopes the country has a great future, a Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday cited a visiting Vatican official as saying, in an expression of goodwill despite strained relations between the two
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2105462/pope-loves-china-vatican-official-says-trip-beijing

27 JUNE 2017

China rejects ‘interference’ as Vatican raises bishop case

China said on Tuesday (Jun 27) it opposed outside interference after the Vatican reported that one of its bishops in the country was being held at an undisclosed location after he was forcibly removed from his diocese
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china-rejects–interference–as-vatican-raises-bishop-case-8982790
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Holy-See-has-expressed-“grave-concern”-over-the-fate-of-Mgr-Shao-Zhumin,-held-by-police-for-more-than-a-month-41126.html

9 MAY 2017

China’s ‘outstanding’ former top diplomat Qian Qichen dies, aged 89

Former foreign minister and vice-premier played key role in return of Hong Kong and Macau to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2093817/chinas-outstanding-former-top-diplomat-qian-qichen-dies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1046297.shtml

21 MARCH 2017

Fan Bingbing wins Best Actress at Asian Film Awards

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was named Best Actress at the 11th Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong’s cultural centre on Tuesday (March 21)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/showbiz/fan-bingbing-wins-best-actress-asian-film-awards

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Vatican and Beijing near deal on appointment of bishops, Hong Kong cardinal says

Beijing and the Vatican have reached an initial consensus over the appointment of bishops on the mainland, removing a key ­obstacle to the normalisation of ties, Cardinal John Tong Hon said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069589/vatican-and-beijing-near-deal-appointment-bishops-hong
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Tong:-The-future-of-Sino-Vatican-dialogue-from-an-ecclesiological-point-of-view-39887.html

14 JANUARY 2017

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38621697
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/14/content_15557259.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese Catholics must “Sinicise”: Communist Party official

Chinese Catholics must run their church “independently” from the Vatican and guide believers on a path of “Sinicisation”, a senior Communist Party official has stated
http://www.atimes.com/article/chinese-catholics-must-sinicise-communist-party-official/
http://www.voanews.com/a/top-china-leader-says-catholics-must-act-independently/3656997.html

23 DECEMBER 2016

« Underground » Catholics pose challenge for Pope’s hopes of better relations with China

The Vatican, though, is currently seeking better relations with communist China – which is making some underground Catholics wary and concerned. Some are not ready to accept reconciliation with a Chinese government that has persecuted them for years. They now represent the biggest challenge to Francis’ hopes of developing a long-lasting entente with Beijing, according to Catholic Church officials and scholars
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/underground-catholics-pose-challenge-for-pope-s-hopes-of-better/3390540.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-uses-mild-tones-towards-the-Vatican-39476.html

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Over half a million Chinese now living with HIV/AIDS

There were 654,000 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in China by the end of September, with 201,000 deaths, according to figures revealed on Wednesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/30/content_15534534.html

10 NOVEMBER 2016

China has about 9m left-behind rural children

There are around 9.02 million left-behind children, with either one or both parents who are migrant workers in cities, in rural China according to a new survey by the Ministry of Civil Affairs
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/10/content_15524166.html
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/11/10/3821s944586.htm

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

China cracks down on ‘rebel’ fishing village of Wukan

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters in Wukan after clashes broke out over a series of arrests, Chinese media reports. The village gained fame for rebelling against the government in 2011
http://www.dw.com/en/china-cracks-down-on-rebel-fishing-village-of-wukan/a-19546739
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/14/chinese-police-violently-crack-down-on-protests-against-an-elected-village-leaders-imprisonment/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2019006/symbol-chinas-rural-democracy-five-years-struggle-wukan

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

A generation left behind: Millions of Chinese children abandoned as parents seek work

Around 61 million children are left behind in China’s rural villages and towns while their parents work in the big cities, and many of the ‘left-behind’ kids suffer from emotional trauma, depression or anxiety
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-06/a-generation-left-behind-millions-of-chinese-children-abandoned-as-parents-seek-work/1614920

5  AUGUST 2016

Beijing, Vatican reach initial accord on appointment of bishops, Hong Kong cardinal says

The head of Hong Kong’s Catholic Church has revealed that the Vatican and Beijing have reached an initial agreement on the appointment of Catholic bishops in mainland China in an effort to secure a breakthrough in bilateral ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1999710/beijing-vatican-reach-initial-accord-appointment-bishops
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Zen:-My-concerns-over-China-Holy-See-dialogue-and-repercussions-on-Chinese-Church-38222.html

30 JULY 2016

Mindong Bishop Mgr Vincent Huang Shoucheng dies

Mgr Vincent Huang Shoucheng, underground bishop of Mindong (Fujian), died this morning at 11 am (local time). He was 93
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mindong-Bishop-Mgr-Vincent-Huang-Shoucheng-dies-38183.html

11 JULY 2016

China sees aging population expand

There were 222 million people aged 60 or above in China at the end of 2015, 16.1 percent of the total population, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Monday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/11/content_15461179.html

18 JUNE 2016

Former Chinese ambassador Wu Jianmin dies in car accident

Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France, died in a car accident early Saturday morning in Wuhan, capital of central province of Hubei, according to the Foreign Ministry
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1977086/senior-chinese-diplomat-and-critic-mainland-media-wu
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/18/content_15450920.html

31 MAY 2016

China back-pedals on tough national smoke-free law

China has back-pedalled on a proposed national smoke-free law, with plans now to grant exemptions to restaurants, bars, hotels and airports
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1959676/china-back-pedals-tough-national-smoke-free-law

4 MAY 2016

16% of China’s population over 60

China had 222 million people aged 60 years or older as of the end of last year, accounting for 16.1 percent of its total population, a senior official announced Tuesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/04/content_15426951.html

28 APRIL 2016

China passes law giving police sweeping powers over foreign NGOs

The mainland on Thursday passed a controversial law governing foreign non-governmental organisations that grants police huge powers to regulate the groups.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1939904/china-passes-law-giving-police-sweeping-powers-over
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36157052
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-deeply-concerned-over/2741396.html

25 APRIL 2016

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

 Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1938483/mei-baojiu-chinas-renowned-peking-opera-master-dies

24 APRIL 2016

China’s President says Communist leadership above religion

Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organizations and churches.
http://atimes.com/2016/04/chinas-president-xi-stresses-communist-leadership-over-religion/

20 APRIL 2016

China says population has reached 1.373 billion

China’s mainland population reached 1.373 billion at the beginning of November, up 33.77 million since the last census was held in 2010, the statistics bureau said in estimates published on Wednesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-population-has-reached-1373-billion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/20/content_15419906.html

29 MARCH 2016

A study on strikes in China

China’s workers have driven the explosive growth of its economy in recent decades. Now, with record numbers of strikes across the country, the government views them as an existential threat, and it may just be right
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/28/asia/china-strike-worker-protest-trade-union/index.html

16 MARCH 2016

China adopts charity law

The new law, which was adopted at the annual legislative session and will take effect in September, eases restrictions on the fundraising and operational activities of charity groups, promises tax benefits for the sector, and will tighten supervision on their internal management.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-03/16/content_15401716.html

26 FEBRUARY 2016

China fighting uphill battle in war on drugs

Despite Beijing’s efforts to tackle the country’s drug problem, official reports show that illicit drug abuse is on the rise among young Chinese. DW examines the social and economic reasons behind this issue
http://www.dw.com/en/china-fighting-uphill-battle-in-war-on-drugs/a-19072445

15 JANUARY 2016

China to give illegally born children access to social welfare

China has ordered its local governments to allow children born illegally under its former one child policy to have access to state healthcare and education.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12101342/China-to-give-illegally-born-children-access-to-social-welfare.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

Corruption gets a cartoon rap: Chinese propaganda spins lyrics on Xi Jinping’s reforms

State-run CCTV released the cartoon rap on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms, a high-powered committee founded and headed by President Xi Jinping
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1895587/chinese-propaganda-cartoon-raps-lyrical-xi-jinpings

27 DECEMBER 2015

China officially ends one-child policy

China officially ended its one-child policy yesterday with the signing into law of a bill allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1895411/china-officially-ends-one-child-policy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-27/china-officially-ends-onechild-policy-signing-into-law-bill-allowing-married-couples-to-have-two-chi/1530202

16 DECEMBER 2015

Xi defends China’s web controls in call for ‘Internet sovereignty of all countries’

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged world leaders to respect each country’s sovereignty over its own Internet as he sought broader support for strict controls like China’s on Wednesday
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/16/asia-pacific/xi-defends-chinas-web-controls-call-internet-sovereignty-countries/#.VnHsaTjMvIV

28 NOVEMBER 2015

 China pledges resolute measures to root out poverty by 2020

China’s top leadership on Saturday pledged resolute measures to help the remaining 70 million poor people shake off poverty and enjoy essential social services by 2020
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/29/content_15351606.html

30 OCTOBER 2015

China’s population to reach 1.45 billion by 2030

China’s population is expected to reach 1.45 billion by 2030 following the overhaul of the country’s family planning policy to allow all couples to have two children, a senior official said Friday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-10/30/content_15337387.html

29 OCTOBER 2015

China ends one-child policy, allows two children for each couple

China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children, after decades of the strict and controversial one-child policy left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-29/china-ends-onechild-policy-allows-two-children-for-each-couple/1509258
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-10/29/content_15336881.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/china-child-policy-151029110647826.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34674444

20 OCTOBER 2015

China’s feminists defy government oppression

« Shameless ». That was how Hillary Clinton described Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hosting of a meeting on women’s rights at the United Nations.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/china-feminists-defy-government-oppression-151011100932359.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, now 85, becomes China’s first medicine Nobel laureate

Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, now 85, became China’s first medicine Nobel laureate when it was announced Oct 5, 2015 that she was one of three scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/photo/2015-10/06/content_15325383.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11913662/Chinas-Tu-Youyou-learnt-of-Nobel-achievement-by-watching-television.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/945622.shtml

27 AUGUST 2015

China arrests chemical warehouse management over blasts

Chinese police have arrested 12 people over a series of giant explosions that killed 139 people and devastated a large section of the Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/china-arrests-chemical-warehouse-management-blasts-150827041227542.html

21 AUGUST 2015

Wang Dongxing, Mao Zedong’s ex-security chief dies at age 99

A former senior official of the Communist Party of China, Wang Dongxing, died on Friday. Wang, who was in charge of Chairman Mao Zedong’s security for years, was also a key figure in the ousting of the Gang of the Four
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1851403/chinese-leader-mao-zedongs-main-bodyguard-and-later
http://atimes.com/2015/08/wang-dongxings-death-stirs-memories-and-lessons-from-chinas-past/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Mao-Zedongs-ex-security-chief-dies-at-age-100-79786.html
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/mao-zedong-s-chief-bodyguard-wang-dongxing-dies-aged-99-report/article1-1382717.aspx

12 AUGUST 2015

 Dozens dead, hundreds injured; areas of Chinese port city Tianjin devastated by blasts

Chinese state media says the death toll in huge explosions that hit the port city of Tianjin has more than doubled to 44, with over 500 other people injured
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/08/deadly-inferno-chinese-port-city-rocked-explosions-150813072119096.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/devastating-warehouse-blasts-hit-china-tianjin-150813011448705.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/13/asia/china-tianjin-explosions/index.html

4 AUGUST 2015

First Catholic bishop for three years ordained in China

The first Catholic bishop to be ordained in China for more than three years was consecrated on Tuesday amid a heavy police presence, worshippers said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/643848/first-catholic-bishop-for-three-years-ordained-in-china
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ordained-with-a-papal-mandate,-Fr-Joseph-Zhang-Yinlin-becomes-the-new-coadjutor-bishop-of-Anyang-(Henan).-The-photo-gallery-34950.html

15 JULY 2015

Chinese politician Wan Li, last of the ‘Eight Immortals’ dies

Wan Li, a major Chinese Communist political figure who served as vice premier and who was seen as a liberal voice in the Communist leadership, has died. He was 98.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/623500/chinese-politician-wan-li-last-of-the-eight-immortals-dies
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/16/content_15290927.html

14 JUNE 2015

Former senior Chinese official Qiao Shi dies aged 91

Qiao served as chairman of the NPC, China’s top legislature, from 1993 to 1998. He was also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/591865/former-senior-chinese-official-qiao-shi-dies-aged-91
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-06/14/c_134325745.htm

1 JUNE 2015

Beijing public smoking ban begins

A tough new ban on smoking indoors rolls out across the Chinese capital Monday, with lighting up now prohibited in all offices, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and airports.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/01/asia/china-beijing-smoking-crackdown/index.html

5 MAY 2015

Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies

Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, has died at the age of 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32579597

29 APRIL 2015

Rewriting the role of Chinese women

Even with recent activist arrests, China’s feminist landscape is shifting with many women challenging rooted norms
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/rewriting-role-chinese-women-150428094440061.html

12 MARCH 2015

Puren, brother of China’s last emperor dies aged 96

Puren was the youngest sibling of the final Qing monarch Puyi, a child-ruler portrayed in the Bernardo Bertolucci film « The Last Emperor »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/brother-of-china-s-last/1780234.html

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church démolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11493548/China-jails-Christian-pastor-who-fought-church-demolitions.html

20 MARCH 2015

China ‘ends’ anti-church demolition campaign

Beijing has ordered an end to an « anti-church » demolition campaign that has infuriated China’s fast-growing Christian population and drawn international condemnation, a Chinese bishop has claimed.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11485194/China-ends-anti-church-demolition-campaign.html

14 MARCH 2015

The problem of too many baby boys in China

China ranks in the world’s top five worst performing countries for equal gender ratios – with 33 million more men
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/03/problem-baby-boys-china-150305051058735.html

25 FEBRUARY 2015

China expects 1m more babies to be born every year

A new peak in births is likely to occur as a result of the relaxing of the family planning policy and could continue for several years, according to experts
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-expects-1m-more-babies-to-be-born-every-year-72092.html

15 FEBRUARY 2015

China to abolish temporary residence permit

China is soon to abolish temporary residence permits and replace them with a new equivalent, according to newly passed public security measures.
http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-02/15/content_19597779.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2015/02-15/155079.shtml

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Chinese prelate held in secret for 14 years dies at age 94

Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian, an underground bishop who has not been seen since his arrest 14 years ago, has died at age 94, a relative said on the weekend.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/chinese-prelate-held-in-secret-for-14-years-dies-at-age-94/72910

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

28 JANUARY 2015

Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse

By the end of the year, a third of all residents will be 60 and over. Forgetting 35 years of the country’s violent one-child policy, an official with the Family Development Bureau blames women who choose a career over family for the problem. The existing hukou system of family registration, which penalises migrant workers, comes in for criticism http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shanghai-government-calls-for-more-children-or-the-city-will-collapse-33309.html

12 JANUARY 2015

Fewer Chinese parents than expected seek 2nd children

China’s push to encourage more couples to have a second child after decades of restrictive family planning policies has fallen short of expectations in the first year, state media reported Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fewer-chinese-parents-expected-seek-2nd-children

29 DECEMBER 2014

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

China has blocked the last remaining way to access Google’s popular e-mail service, experts said Monday, as authorities work to establish « internet sovereignty » by controlling what enters the country via the web
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-blocks-access-to/1555988.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/899197.shtml

4 DECEMBER 2014

China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

China will stop its controversial practice of using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs from next month, a Chinese newspaper reported Thursday, a promise it has made repeatedly in the past.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447192/china-renews-pledge-to-stop-using-executed-prisoner-organs
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30324440

1 DECEMBER 2014

Half a million people living with HIV/AIDS in China

The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China hit 497,000 by the end of October, with 154,000 deaths, according to latest official figures.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141201000102&cid=1106

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places: state media

China’s capital on Friday passed a smoking ban for all indoor public places and offices, state media reported, despite the failure of past attempts to limit where the country’s 300 million smokers can light up.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445994/beijing-adopts-smoking-ban-for-public-places-state-media

26 NOVEMBER 2014

China drafts first domestic violence law

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by activists as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445559/china-drafts-first-domestic-violence-law
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/26/china-draft-anti-domestic-violence-law

22 NOVEMBER 2014

8,000 Chinese Teachers Strike for Higher Pay

Despite a lack of organized unions in China, 8,000 teachers in Zhaodong, Heilongjiang organized a three-day strike this week in response to unfulfilled government promises to increase wages and benefits. Christina Larson at Bloomberg Businessweek reports
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/8000-chinese-teachers-strike-higher-pay/

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

China was the primary driver of this growth, with student enrolments increasing by 17 per cent to more than 274,000 students. Chinese students now make up 31 per cent of all international students in the US, with more than double the number of students than India, at 102,673.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1638223/china-drives-growth-foreign-students-us-universities-reach-out-world

10 NOVEMBER 2014

What does the 4th Plenum mean for death penalty reviews?

http://supremepeoplescourtmonitor.com/2014/11/10/what-does-the-4th-plenum-mean-for-death-penalty-reviews/

27 OCTOBER 2014

China plans to scrap death penalty for 9 crimes

China’s legislature is considering cutting nine crimes from the list of 55 punishable by death, state media said Monday, including illegal fundraising which has been at the centre of several controversial cases
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-plans-scrap-death-penalty-9-crimes-xinhua-0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/china-may-scrap-death-penalty-nine-crimes-201410274443690261.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

China’s new wave of emigrants

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/887877.shtml

22 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection

In China, the Hui Salafi sect, and its links with Saudi Arabia, have a long and complex history.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/chinese-salafism-and-the-saudi-connection/

China Executed More Than 2,000 People Last Year: Rights Group

Chinese authorities executed some 2,400 people in 2013, with a similar number of death penalties expected to be carried out this year, according to estimates from a U.S.-based rights group
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11176435/China-executed-2400-people-in-2013.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/executions-10222014170918.html

15 OCTOBER 2014

More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

More than 82 million people in China still live on less than about $1 a day, a senior official said, despite a decades-long boom that made it the world’s second-largest economy.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/437716/more-than-82-million-in-poverty-in-china-official

12 OCTOBER 2014

Forced military training for Chinese students encounters resistance

Training became compulsory for all high school and university students in 2001. But Chinese society and social values have radically changed since then, as reflected in the pushback from students and parents
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-military-students-20141012-story.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Migrant workers in Guangdong set to negotiate pay annually

Guangdong province is expected to allow its large number of migrant workers to negotiate salaries and related benefits annually with their employers after a new regulation is passed
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Migrant-workers-in-Guangdong-set-to-negotiate-pay–64973.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains film director Wang Quan’an for hiring prostitute

Beijing police say they have detained film director Wang Quan’an on a charge of prostitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126706/china-detains-film-director-wang-quanan-for-hiring-prostitute/

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Teachers underrated and poorly paid in China: Poll

China’s teachers are not receiving appropriate pay and esteem, suggests a poll on teachers’ satisfaction level of their jobs, reported qq.com on Sept 10, Teacher’s Day in China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/teachers-underrated-and-poorly-paid-china-poll

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s paradox: unemployment, and a lack of workers

This paper provides a few perspectives on the Chinese labour market, which combines a labour shortage with challenges for job seekers.
http://forumblog.org/2014/09/china-jobs-labour-market-unemployment/

6 SEPTEMBER 2014

HIV cases rising among the elderly in Beijing

The number of newly discovered HIV cases in people aged 60 or older increased in Beijing in recent years http://www.asianewsnet.net/HIV-cases-rising-among-the-elderly-in-Beijing-64220.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

How China can continue to lower its suicide rate

China’s suicide rate has fallen dramatically in the past decade. In the 1990s, China had one of the highest suicide rates in the world at 23.2 suicides per 100,000 people. But by 2012 the estimated national average suicide rate had decreased to 9.8 per 100,000 people, nearly 60 per cent lower than in the 1990s.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/03/how-china-can-continue-to-lower-its-suicide-rate/

Urbanization and Demographics Could Skew China’s Economic Rebalancing 

China’s urban population may grow by as many as 230 million people in the next 15 years. But most growth will take place not in metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing but in the myriad small- and medium-sized satellite cities around them
http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/urbanization-and-demographics-could-skew-chinas-economic-rebalancing#axzz3CSMDVBDA

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Child tantrums, concubines, hotpot burns and smog: China insurers have it covered

Your child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out « naughty child insurance ». Similarly, buy cover against your bride becoming pregnant before the honeymoon, your team being knocked out of the football World Cup, burning your tongue eating hotpot or if smog ruins your holiday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/child-tantrums-concubines-hotpot-burns-and-smog-china-insurers-have-it-covered

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scheme-08292014122418.html

28 AUGUST 2014

Chinese Security Personnel Storm Zhejiang Church, Demolish Cross

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Thursday dispatched more than 1,000 security personnel to remove a cross from a Christian church building, local Protestants said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/demolish-08282014111541.html

21 AUGUST 2014

Churches and crosses demolished: lawyers challenge Zhejiang government in defense of religious freedom

The faithful of the Salvation Church in Pingyang (Wenzhou) were violently harassed by police and thugs in an attempt to defend the cross of their church. Lawyers say this violates the Chinese Constitution. The government of Wenzhou defends itself: only a tiny fraction of the buildings were destroyed churches. But Protestant pastors accuse it of persecution.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Churches-and-crosses-demolished:-lawyers-challenge-Zhejiang-government-in-defense-of-religious-freedom-31953.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11047970/China-accused-of-crime-against-Christianity.html

19 AUGUST 2014

Beijing arrests nearly 1,000 members of Christian sect accused of brainwashing

Over the past three months China has arrested nearly 1,000 members of a Christian sect referred to as a cult by Beijing, state media said on Tuesday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/19/beijing-arrests-christian-sect-almighty-god-murder-trial
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-arrests-nearly-1000-cult-members-almighty-god

13 AUGUST 2014

Chinese actor Gao Hu charged amid crackdown on illegal drugs

Gao Hu, 40, who has appeared in films such as The Bullet Vanishes (2012), was detained for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125749/actor-gao-hu-latest-celeb-detained-in-china-drugs-crackdown/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/13/chinese-actor-gao-hu-charged-crackdown-illegal-drugs

3 AUGUST 2014

At least 367 dead in southwest China quake

More than 367 people died and almost 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China’s mountainous Yunnan province Sunday, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28630110
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423882/at-least-367-dead-in-southwest-china-quake

31 JULY 2014

China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers’ rights

China is to overhaul the system that migrant workers say has made them second-class citizens, easing the settlement of 100 million people in cities over the next six years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/31/china-reform-hukou-migrant-workers
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/end-china-onerous-hukou-system/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hukou-07312014131251.html

28 JULY 2014

China gets richer but more unequal

China is becoming more unequal as it gets richer, with about a third of the country’s wealth now concentrated in the hands of 1% of its citizens, according to new research.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/28/china-more-unequal-richer

17 JULY 2014

Chinese protestors attempt mass suicide in bid for justice

Twelve petitioners try to kill themselves in Beijing in a desperate attempt to publicise injustices they claim to have suffered at the hands of Communist Party officials
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10972857/Chinese-protestors-attempt-mass-suicide-in-bid-for-justice.html

13 JULY 2014

Shanghai pilots greater judicial independence

China’s financial hub of Shanghai on Sunday initiated a judicial reform pilot to make judges more accountable and curb government interventions in courts.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/13/c_133479204.htm

8 JULY 2014

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China’s hospitals must not turn away injured people who need emergency care, the country’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Tuesday, as the government tries to tackle a persistent problem in its sprawling healthcare sector
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-tells-hospitals-not-deny-emergency-care-poor

China rules that tomb treasures ‘belong to state

A Chinese court has ruled that artefacts recovered from a tomb cannot returned to their original owner’s descendants because they belong to the state, media reported on Tuesday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419557/china-rules-that-tomb-treasures-belong-to-state

4 JULY 2014

In China, protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for « fraud » and « gathering crowds ». His lawyer slams the « fabricated charges »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protestant-pastor-gets-12-years-for-opposing-the-seizure-of-church-land-31540.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10945422/Christian-leader-jailed-for-12-years-amid-Chinese-church-crackdown.html

17 JUNE 2014

Another Chinese church is stripped of its cross as a Communist Party ‘anti-church’ demolition campaign continues in Zhejiang province

Nearly a week after Christians thwarted government attempts to remove the cross from their place of worship as part of an ongoing “anti-church” campaign, authorities returned to destroy the religious symbol
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10904942/Chinese-churchs-fightback-fails-to-stop-cross-removal.html

27 MAY 2014

Chinese elderly commit suicide to avoid coffin ban: report

Six elderly people in China are said to have committed suicide to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-elderly-commit-suicide-avoid-coffin-ban-report

21 MAY 2014

Zhejiang: list and pictures of 64 demolished Christian churches

The campaign of persecution against Christians in Zhejiang has led to the destruction of places of worship, the removal or obliteration of crosses, and a month-long clashes between Christians and police over churches and other places of worship. Meanwhile, the plan to demolish the « Jerusalem of the East » moves on relentless.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Zhejiang:-list-and-pictures-of-64-demolished-Christian-churches-31135.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10843215/Anti-church-campaign-a-misunderstanding-Beijing-claims.html

11 MAY 2014

After successfully suing Walmart, China woman now guns for state labour union

In the three decades since China began reforming its economy, its giant state labour union – with upwards of 280 million members – has sat on the sidelines, rarely intervening on behalf of workers in disputes.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/after-successfully-sueing-walmart-china-woman-now-guns-state-labour-union?page=0%2C0

8 MAY 2014

Chinese authorities warn religious groups against converting children rescued from the streets

China has 870 non-government orphanages, 583 run by religious groups. The authorities warn them against proselytising or imposing their religion on their charges. A source in the NGO world tells AsiaNews that the warning is « common sense, » but « it all depends on how rules are applied. » Yet, it would wrong to force a Christian-run orphanage to hide its faith.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-authorities-warn-religious-groups-against-converting-children-rescued-from-the-streets-31022.html

5 MAY 2014

Rebel China nudists defy Communist Party ban on nakedness

Just months after a police crackdown on China’s top nudist destination, naturists ‘flout’ government rules which outlaw skinny dipping and naked sunbathing

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10808601/Rebel-China-nudists-defy-Communist-Party-ban-on-nakedness.html

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

For decades, China’s capital has been the last resort for citizens whose grievances could not be solved through the legal system at the local level.  But starting Thursday, legal reforms ban petitioners from taking their case to higher authorities, in a move that analysts say highlights the leadership’s uneasiness with local grievances reaching the capital

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-public-from-petitioning-beijing-over-local-grievances/1905217.html

28 APRIL 2014

China begins demolition of ‘oversized’ church

Chinese authorities have begun the demolition of a Christian church after a weeks-long standoff between worshippers and the local government, which claims it is an illegal structure

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/china-demolition-oversized-church-sanjiang

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10792386/China-accused-of-anti-Christian-campaign-as-church-demolition-begins.html

25 APRIL 2014

Topless Guangzhou students protest sexism in job market

The banner held by the students — who had paint covering their bodies and who wore sunglasses to hide their identities — read: « Employers should get rid of sexual discrimination and put more weight on women’s value. We need equal work opportunities. »

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140425000056&cid=1303

A top Communist Party official hits back at predictions highlighted by the Telegraph that an explosion in the number of churchgoers will see China become the world’s largest Christian nation by 2025

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10787236/Beijing-attacks-claim-China-could-become-worlds-most-Christian-nation.html

22 APRIL 2014

Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Adidas and Nike

Staff at factory in Jiangxi join industrial action in which up to 30,000 workers are striking in neighbouring Guangdong
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/22/strike-spreads-chinese-supplier-adidas-nike-yeu-yuen-factory-jiangxi-guangdong

10 APRIL 2014

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10756813/China-denies-church-demolition-campaign-but-says-Christianitys-growth-excessive.html

8 APRIL 2014

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church ‘demolition campaign’

Christians in eastern China are calling on Communist Party leaders to abandon what they say is an « ill-conceived » and invasive campaign to tear down local churches.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10752477/Chinese-Christians-urge-Communist-Party-to-halt-church-demolition-campaign.html

22 MARCH 2014

Thousands mourn Shanghai’s ‘underground’ bishop Fan Zhongliang

Thousands of mourners packed a Shanghai square Saturday to bid farewell to « underground » Catholic Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, whose faith led him to endure decades of suffering at the hands of China’s ruling Communist Party, they said
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Msgr.-Fan-Zhongliang’s-funeral-attended-by-5,000-priests-and-faithful-from-the-official-and-underground-Churches-30629.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401189/thousands-mourn-shanghai-underground-bishop

18 MARCH 2014

Authorities in Shanghai allow Masses for the late underground bishop

The authorities in Shanghai have granted Catholics in the diocese the right to celebrate Masses for their bishop, Mgr Joseph Fan Zhongliang, who died on 16 March

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-in-Shanghai-allow-Masses-for-the-late-underground-bishop-30595.html

28 FEBRUARY 2014

More than 1,000 arrested over baby trafficking in China

Chinese police have detained 1,094 people and rescued 382 infants in a nationwide crackdown on four online baby trafficking rings, state media said on Friday, as criminals prey on citizens yearning to escape strict population curbs.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10667260/More-than-1000-arrested-over-baby-trafficking-in-China.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-a-thousand-arrests-in-anti-child-trafficking-raid-30435.html

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Beijing opens dozens of new baby hatches for abandoned children

Every year in China at least 10 thousand infants are abandoned. Because of the one-child policy, many of them are girls, but there are also many babies with disabilities or serious illnesses. 60 million births that are not legally registered.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-opens-dozens-of-new-baby-hatches-for-abandoned-children-30324.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

China gay activists’ message for Putin on Valentine’s Day

A group of gay and lesbian activists staged a Valentine’s Day kissing protest in Beijing on Friday, aimed at highlighting Russia’s controversial anti-homosexuality laws.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395019/china-gay-activists-message-for-putin-on-valentine-day

12 FEBRUARY 2014

China retains grip on foreign film quota

China’s authorities are to retain a strict quota of 34 foreign films a year, contrary to reports they were planning to ease restrictions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26152190

13 JANUARY 2014

China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism

The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-crackdown-on-cyber-activism/

30 DECEMBER 2013

In China, one in five children live in rural villages without their parents

More than 61 million children — about one-fifth of the kids in China — live in villages without their parents. Most are the offspring of peasants who have flocked to cities in one of the largest migrations in human history. For three decades, the migrants’ cheap labor has fueled China’s rise as an economic juggernaut. But the city workers are so squeezed by high costs and long hours that many send their children to live with elderly relatives in the countryside.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-china-one-in-five-children-live-in-rural-villages-without-their-parents/2013/12/30/3f05a870-4b9a-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html

China tells Communist Party officials to stop smoking in public

Communist Party officials must not smoke in public places or buy cigarettes using public funds, and should encourage their colleagues to quit smoking, a top Chinese government body said in a circular on Sunday.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/30/22107216-china-tells-communist-party-officials-to-stop-smoking-in-public?lite

http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/30/china-calls-for-party-officials-who-smoke-to-be-criticised-about-their-evil-/

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

China’s urbanization rate to hit 60% by 2018

China’s urbanization rate is expected to hit 60 percent by 2018 at the current rate ofurbanization, according to a blue book released on Thursday by the Chinese Academy of SocialSciences.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-12/27/content_17199551.htm

19 DECEMBER 2013

China’s sex workers face paying for their incarceration

Beijing may have abolished ‘re-education through labour’ camps, but rights groups say parallel ‘custody and education’ system remains

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/china-sex-workers-pay-incarceration

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

11 DECEMBER 2013

China considers nationwide ban on smoking in public

China’s leaders are considering a nationwide smoking ban in public, a leading health official said on Wednesday, as the country’s tobacco-related health and economic costs continue to mount.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/11/china-considers-nationwide-ban-smoking-public

5 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese parents paid £2 billion in fines for breaching one-child policy

Twenty four out of mainland China’s 31 provinces and autonomous regions have now declared their earnings from the one-child policy last year, which total 20 billion yuan (£2 billion)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10497755/Chinese-parents-paid-2-billion-in-fines-for-breaching-one-child-policy.html

4 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese mom sues after she was fined $54,200 for flouting one-child policy

Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan ($54,200), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare.

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/04/21760187-chinese-mom-sues-after-she-was-fined-54200-for-flouting-one-child-policy?lite

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10496181/Chinese-mother-who-defied-one-child-policy-sues-over-rights-for-her-son.html

23 NOVEMBER 2013

More Chinese homosexuals opting for ‘contract marriage’

Homosexuals in China are increasingly opting for what they call « contract marriage » with a member of the opposite sex – but where no sex or love is involved – to alleviate the pressure on their parents to see them marry, said lesbian Chinese documentary film-maker He Xiaope.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-chinese-homosexuals-opting-contract-marriage

21 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s top court bans police from torturing suspects

Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25029934
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/top-china-court-calls-for/895148.html

20 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s billionaires ranks on rise

China is home to 157 billionaires, up from 147 last year, the second-largest billionaire population in the world after the United States, according to a report jointly released by Wealth-X and UBS AG

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Chinas-billionairs-ranks-on-rise-54096.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

China to abolish ‘re-education through labour’ system

China is to abolish its controversial « re-education through labour » system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380051/china-to-abolish-re-education-through-labour-system

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese vote no on democracy

A rising proportion of China’s middle class believes the country does not need to become a democracy or introduce elections, despite its increasingly important role in the world. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/chinese-vote-no-on-democracy/story-e6frg6so-1226750801937?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_5803285263811633152#sthash.f35iZhCm.dpuf

30 OCTOBER 2013

China’s hukou system lags behind urbanisation

The management of China’s hukou, or household registration, system has failed to keep pace with urbanisation, a research institution has warned.The warning was based on a recent survey finding that although more than 50 per cent of China’s population live in cities, only about a quarter of city dwellers have obtained hukou documents in cities, the institution said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Chinas-hukou-system-lags-behind-urbanisation-53402.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing, Shanghai divorces soar over property-tax loophole

Divorce rates in China’s two wealthiest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, have soared after the announcement of a property tax that includes a loophole for couples who split up, figures show.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/beijing-shanghai-divorces-soar-over-property-tax-loophole

14 OCTOBER 2013

Keep your distance: China cracks down on young love

If you are a Chinese high school student and she tells you to stay away, it does not mean she doesn’t like you anymore – she might be worried that you are violating the school’s regulations. According to an article in local media a secondary school in Hangzhou has enforced new rules forbidding pupils to get closer than half a meter – from each other. Another school in Wenzhou has banned what it deems close interaction – holding hands, hugging, and especially kissing.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114419/keep-your-distance-china-cracks-down-on-young-love/

Beijing to close « at least » 2,000 coalmines

The aim is to improve safety in the industry. Every year, thousands of miners die amid general indifference. The tragedy is due to widespread corruption among public officials who take kickbacks to let companies to operate despite their poor safety records.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-to-close-at-least-2,000-coalmines-29268.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

Urbanization and Hukou reform

They are likely to headline China’s new economic reforms. But they cannot be pursued in isolation.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/11/china-urbanization-and-hukou-reform/

5 OCTOBER 2013

China’s two million web police monitor Internet

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/digital1/chinas-two-million-web-police-monitor-internet

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24396957

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children

Police in China have rescued 92 children and two women, according to Chinese state media. They were kidnapped to be sold on.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/28/china-people-trafficking-raid-saves-92-babies-and-two-women/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/92-abducted-kids-rescued-by-police-china-201392844259676177.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Execution of street hawker ignites public outcry in China

The execution of Xia Junfeng, a Chinese street hawker, has ignited one of the largest public outcries in years

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10333197/Execution-of-street-hawker-ignites-public-outcry-in-China.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

The rise and rise of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man

Wang Jianlin will take to the red carpet on Sunday 22, flanked by a cast of celebrities, to celebrate a £3 billion investment in the Chinese film industry. Malcolm Moore looks at the rise of China’s richest man.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10325019/The-rise-and-rise-of-Wang-Jianlin-Chinas-richest-man.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

 World Bank chief urges China to better manage urbanization

China must plan its massive urbanization better to limit environmental damage and to ensure that millions of migrants benefit more from the process, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/world-bank-chief-urges-china-better-manage-urbanization

Chinese women move up ranks of global super-rich

Half of the world’s wealthiest female billionaires are Chinese, according to a respected ranking published on Tuesday by a Shanghai-based business magazine.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/sep/18/chinese-women-global-super-rich-lists

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese pop star Faye Wong separates from husband, igniting debate on divorce

Faye Wong, one of East Asia’s best-loved pop stars, has announced she is separating from her husband, igniting debate over a divorce crisis in China.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10312027/Chinese-pop-star-Faye-Wong-separates-from-husband-igniting-debate-on-divorce.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Number of China Billionaires Surpasses 300

A Beijing-based publication says the number of billionaires in China has risen to more than 300 in the last year.The Hurun Report‘s 2013 China Rich List says there are now 315 billionaires in the country, the first time the number has surpassed 300.

http://www.voanews.com/content/number-of-china-billionaires-surpasses-300-report/1747384.html

China’s floating population totals 236 million

China had 236 million floating people — those who left their places of origin to seek employment or education elsewhere — last year, a health official said on TuesdayThe number represents one-sixth of the country’s total population, with more than half of them of working age born after 1980.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130911000131&cid=1103

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s Guangzhou moves to end ‘Re-education Through Labor’ camps

China’s third-largest city Guangzhou — capital of China’s richest and most progressive province Guangdong — has announced it has taken the first concrete steps in unbolting the country’s often reviled « Re-education Through Labor » (RTL) system.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/china-reform-labor-camps/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Group Slams China’s ‘Abysmal’ Record on Child Rights

China has failed to uphold the rights of the country’s children, with many left vulnerable to sexual abuse, child labor, and harm through shoddy goods and medicines and poor safety standards, an overseas-based rights group said on Tuesday. »China’s abysmal record in protecting children continues to raise serious concerns, » the China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said in an e-mailed statement released with its report on the abuse of Chinese children’s rights to health, safety, and education

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/child-09032013110658.html

29 AUGUST 2013

Woman forced to abort at nine months because her husband already had a child

Lili Zeng underwent induced labour, and a lethal injection was made on the child’s skull. In spite of all this, he was born alive, only to die in his mother’s arms. The woman’s husband forced the operation on her after he left her. He already had a son from a previous marriage. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers slams what happened.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Woman-forced-to-abort-at-nine-months-because-her-husband-already-had-a-child-28867.html

17 AUGUST 2013

Guangzhou, 30 thousand attend funeral of underground Protestant pastor

At least 30 thousand people yesterday attended the funeral of Pastor Samuel Lamb, one of the pillars of the underground Protestant Church. The faithful queued for hours at the Yinhe morgue, Tianhe District, to pay their respects to the pastor, surrounded by a huge police presence. Some present pointed out that such a huge turnout had never been seen at the funeral of a party leader of Guangdong.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangzhou,-30-thousand-attend-funeral-of-underground-Protestant-pastor-28763.html

16 AUGUST 2013

China announces end date for taking prisoners’ organs

A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23722796

14 AUGUST 2013

Chinese execution video reignites death penalty debate

A grisly video that appears to show the public execution of a man in China has gone viral on the internet sparking renewed debate over the practice in the country that most kills its prisoners.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10242463/Chinese-execution-video-reignites-death-penalty-debate.html

9 AUGUST 2013

Chinese students flock to join the Communist Party

In 1989 Chinese university students faced down tanks to fight against Communist party rule. Today however the Party is so popular on campus that it is concerned that too many students are applying for membership.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10234401/Chinese-students-flock-to-join-the-Communist-Party.html

8 AUGUST 2013

China’s migrant children: The ones left behind

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111675/chinas-migrant-children-the-ones-left-behind/

5 AUGUST 2013

The woman who nearly died making your iPad

Tian Yu worked more than 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had to skip meals to do overtime. Then she threw herself from a fourth-floor window

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/05/woman-nearly-died-making-ipad

21 JULY 2013

Nearly 90% of Chinese families are full or partial homeowners: survey

About 87% of families in China fully or partially possess the house they currently live in and 10% have at least two residences, according to a survey conducted by Peking University.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130721000023&cid=1103

20 JULY 2013

Richest families in China 234 times better off than poorest: study

The average total assets of the most well-off families in China are worth approximately 234 times than the assets of the poorest, Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130720000007&cid=1103

19 JULY 2013

Protestors take to the streets of Chinese city

Within seven days protesters have returned to the streets of a Chinese city. This time their anger is over a plan to build an incinerator in a district of Guangzhou in the south of the country.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/19/protesters-take-to-the-streets-of-chinese-city/

10 JULY 203

Call for China Women’s Rights Court to Address Labor Bias

Seven top women lawyers have called on China’s Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to set up a women’s rights tribunal to handle a huge backlog of legal challenges linked to workplace discrimination. Lawyers say women are suing potential employers in such large numbers that national courts lack capacity to handle all the cases.                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/women-07122013163300.html

3 JULY 2013

Jiangsu Workers Clash With Police in Shipyard Strike

About two thousand workers at China’s biggest private shipbuilder in the eastern province of Jiangsu have clashed with police after they blockaded the plant’s entrance in protests over unpaid salary arrears, local media reports and workers said on Wednesday.                             http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/jiangsu-07032013112650.html

1 JULY 2013

China introduces law requiring children to visit parents

« Family members who live apart from their parents should visit often or send their regards to their parents, » states China’s new Elderly Protection law, which came into force on Monday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10152817/China-introduces-law-requiring-children-to-visit-parents.html                                                                    http://asiancorrespondent.com/110081/law-requires-chinese-to-visit-their-aging-parents/

29 JUNE 2013

China’s registered drug users top 2 million in March

China’s Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday that the country’s number of registered drug users had reached 2.14 million by the end of March.                                                             http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130629000002&cid=1103

28 JUNE 2013

In China, activists fight for gay marriage

With arms around each other’s shoulders, Wu Yebin and An Wei strolled past rows of food booths and game stalls along the main road cutting through their small village in northern China one recent Friday morning.                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/27/world/asia/china-gay-rights-jiang/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

18 JUNE 2013

Religion is out for Communist Party members: official

Zhu Weiqun, director of the national ethnic and religion commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, the nation’s political advisory body, recently declared that the party needs to maintain the principle that its members cannot practice religion, or else it will « tear the party apart » and cause religious activities to « fundamentally collapse. » If party members want to practice a religion, they should first leave the party, he added. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130618000127&cid=1101

13 JUNE 2013

Hukou Reform: The Inevitable Change

The Hukou system户籍謄本, also known as the house registry system must be reformed to keep up with the societal and migrational changes of China’s population.                                                                                                          http://www.uschina.usc.edu/(X(1)A(sJ4bCwefzgEkAAAAMjUyMjg3YjQtNTE4Mi00N2FjLTk3OTEtZTY5YmNkMDJmNmNlkBsrCKx7a4zYZW9uPrcFKumDbG81))/w_usci/showarticle.aspx?articleID=18932&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

9 JUNE 2913

China Faces Turning Point On Labor

China is facing a major shift in labor availability as the government considers plans to transform the economy, experts say.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.eurasiareview.com/09062013-china-faces-turning-point-on-labor-analysis/

3 JUNE 2013

Unmarried Chinese mothers to be fined

Plans to fine women who have children out of wedlock have caused outrage in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10095242/Unmarried-Chinese-mothers-to-be-fined.html

30 MAY 2013

Aging Chinese Face a Bleak Picture

China’s elderly are poor, sick and depressed in alarming numbers, according to the first large-scale survey of those over 60, an immense challenge for Beijing and one of the greatest long-term vulnerabilities of the Chinese economy. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324682204578514670311367016.html

26 MAY 2013

Police surround China village for Catholic celebration

China – Police surrounded a Chinese village on Sunday to prevent pilgrims from joining a Catholic parade to honour the Virgin Mary, who locals say appeared in the village a century ago.                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130526-425255.html

24 MAY 2013

New concerns for China’s rising middle class

With two cars, foreign holidays and a cook for their apartment, one Beijing family epitomises the new middle class created by China’s decades of rapid economic growth — and its resulting worries.                                                                                                                http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/351644/new-concerns-for-china-rising-middle-class

15 MAY 2013

For the first time in more than 50 years, Mass celebrated at Shanghai’s Orthodox cathedral

Hundreds of worshippers attended today’s divine liturgy officiated by Kirill, the patriarch of Moscow, in Shanghai’s Mother of God Surety of Sinners Orthodox Cathedral. It was the first religious service in the church for over 50 years.                                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-the-first-time-in-more-than-50-years,-Mass-celebrated-at-Shanghai’s-Orthodox-cathedral-27930.html

14 APRIL 2013

China’s gay lovers desperately seeking ‘a wife’

Around 80% of homosexuals in China marry to please demanding parents and save their careers http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/14/chinese-gay-lovers-seek-wife

29 MARCH 2013

Adult children who don’t look after their elderly parents will risk lawsuits

One of the strongest tenets of Confucianism is the emphasis on filial piety, the belief that devotion to one’s family should always be placed at the forefront of one’s thoughts and ambitions. This applies not only to parents caring for their children, but vice-versa when the time comes.                                                                                                                                                               http://gbtimes.com/lifestyle/social-issues/adult-children-who-dont-look-after-their-elderly-parents-will-risk-lawsuits

9 MARCH 2013

51% of managers in mainland Chinese firms are women

A new survey from an independent accounting agency indicates that women now account for 51% of top management positions in Chinese mainland companies, the highest such ratio worldwide.                                                                                                    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130309000042&cid=1103

7 MARCH 2013

China’s parliament holds 83 billionaires

The legislature of the world’s last major communist country is almost certainly the wealthiest in the world, according to a popular rich list that names 83 dollar billionaires among the delegates to China’s parliament this year.                                                http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4568598e-8731-11e2-9dd7-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2MtKzei6B

1 MARCH 2013

China’s billionaires on rise

China has had more billionaires created by its stock markets this year than in the United States – 212 compared with 211 – a new survey revealed on Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/01/content_16265552.htm

China parades foreign Mekong killers before execution

Four foreign men have been executed in China for the murder of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong river in 2011, after being paraded on state TV.                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/01/anger-as-china-parades-mekong-killers-on-tv-before-execution/                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21625905

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Papal resignation sees Chinese Catholics torn between God and Caesar

Pope Benedict XVI, at age 85, resigns Thursday, the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to step down. His resignation has shocked the world, including followers in China, who have long been caught in the middle of the delicate relations between China and the Vatican http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/764619.shtml

19 FEBRUARY 2013

China plans new payment system for medical treatment

Patients will be able to pay after they receive medical treatment as part of a new payment method, China’s Ministry of Health revealed Tuesday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130220000040&cid=1103

5 FEBRUARY 2013

China Issues Plan to Narrow Income Gap

The Chinese government on Tuesday issued a long-awaited plan to narrow the gulf between rich and poor, offering broad vows to lift the incomes of workers and farmers and choke off corrupt wealth but few specific goals to rein in the nation’s wide inequality. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/asia/china-issues-plan-to-narrow-income-gap.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                         http://www.aljazeera.com/business/news/2013/02/20132651526148265.html

20 JANUARY 2012

Double trouble for China

China is among the least free societies in the world and suffers from a dangerously high rate of income inequality according to two reports this week from Freedom House and the Chinese government’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).                                          http://thediplomat.com/china-power/double-trouble-for-china/

19 JANUARY 2013

Index shows wealth gap at alarming level

The Gini coefficient hit 0.474 in China in 2012, higher than the warning level of 0.4 set by the United Nations, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.                                                                                                                                                                       http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-01/19/content_16141826.htm

10 JANUARY 2013

China censor row paper Southern Weekly back on stands

A Chinese newspaper that saw a stand-off over censorship has published a new issue, as police removed a small number of demonstrators outside its offices.                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20968170                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131105303375793.html

Another newspaper attack on censorship: first cracks in Beijing regime

The Beijing News in the wake of the Southern Weekend refuses to publish an article imposed by communist propaganda. After a long standoff, the government wins, but entire editorial staff protests online. Meanwhile back at the newsstand, albeit with some difficulty, the Guangzhou weekly that first started the protest against government censorship                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Another-newspaper-attack-on-censorship:-first-cracks-in-Beijing-regime-26827.html

8 JANUARY 2013

Health insurance to cover 95% of rural residents

China will increase spending on public health insurance, particularly for rural residents, ensuring that at least 95 percent of its rural population is covered, Health Minister Chen Zhu said on Monday.                                                                   http://english.sina.com/china/2013/0107/545961.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Mapping rural labour migration in China

China’s rapid economic development and the government’s policy towards encouraging higher inter-regional labour mobility have led to a massive rural–urban labour force exodus since the mid-1980s.                                                              http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/29/mapping-rural-labour-migration-in-china/#more-32906

28 DECEMBER 2012

Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility

(article forbidden in China)                                                     http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-26/immortals-beget-china-capitalism-from-citic-to-godfather-of-golf.html

27 DECEMBER 2012

Top ten wealthiest business people in China

As the second largest economy in the world, China has its share of wealthy businessmen and businesswomen. But what is the story behind their success? How did these individuals manage to leap ahead of their peers? Here is our list of the ten wealthiest business people in China and a brief run-down on their story.                                                                 http://gbtimes.com/focus/business/top-ten-wealthiest-business-people-china

25 DECEMBER 2012

China cracks down on child-trafficking gangs

89 children saved 355 suspects arrested – That is the result of the latest operation in China to crack down on child smugglers. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/25/china-fighting-war-against-child-smugglers/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122515111277481.html

6 DECEMBER 2012

Nobel laureate Mo Yan now China’s 2nd highest earning writer

Nobel prize winner Mo Yan is China’s second richest author, raking in annual copyright revenue of 21.5 million yuan (US$3.45 million), trailing only children’s author Zheng Yuanjie, according to the latest China literature rich list, Chengdu’s West China Metropolis Daily reports.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20121206000102&cid=1104

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Migrants Banned From Beijing Exam

Authorities in the Chinese capital bar children of migrants from sitting university entrance exams, causing parents to petition the authorities.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/exam-11232012164602.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Chinese migrant workers, mutilated in the name of economic growth

In Guangdong, the rich southern province that is driving the gross domestic product of the « world’s factory », every year more than 60,000 workers are involved in work-related accidents. Between employers refusing to pay compensation and local governments conniving with industrialists, this silent army pays with the lives of its members China’s prominence on the world economic stage
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-migrant-workers,-mutilated-in-the-name-of-economic-growth-26418.html

21 NOVEMBER 2012

National anguish at death of five Chinese street children

The deaths of five street children who poisoned themselves after lighting a fire to fend off the cold have triggered an outpouring of online grief and reinforced a national debate over China’s growing wealth gap.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9693223/National-anguish-at-death-of-five-Chinese-street-children.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/asia/china-boys-dead-dumpster/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 NOVEMBER 2012

China Seeks to Join the Consumer Society

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4956&Itemid=422

2 NOVEMBER 2012

China to cut prison organ-harvesting programs

China plans to implement a new national donation system which will allow the government to phase out next year the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners to be used in transplant operations.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112103138228996.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Health/Story/A1Story20121102-381143.html

1 NOVEMBER 2012

In Communist China, women officially equal but lagging far behind politically

Mao Zedong was arguably the father of Chinese feminism, with his famous observation that “women hold up half the sky.” But when Mao’s Communist Party heirs take to the stage in November to unveil their new leadership lineup, there aren’t likely to be many females — if any — among the country’s new rulers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-communist-china-women-officially-equal-but-lagging-far-behind-politically/2012/11/01/4af037a8-21da-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html

23 OCTOBER 2012

Graying challenges ahead

According to China’s National Committee on Aging, China’s elderly already make up 22 percent of the world’s elderly population, and it is expected to increase to 26 percent by the end of 2050.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-10/23/content_15837716.htm

11 OCTOBRE 2012

Amnesty warns over land grabs in China

Forced evictions in China have risen sharply over the past couple of years as debt-laden local governments seeking to shore up their precarious finance have raised funds by selling seized land to developers, Amnesty International said
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bdecd060-135a-11e2-ac28-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld_asia-pacific_china_economy%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz29AQY6YQR

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

China’s netizens outraged over caged beggars at Taoist temple fair

With more than 100,000 pilgrims and visitors expected to attend the annual Xishan Wanshou Palace Temple Fair, authorities thought it would be a good idea to confine the local beggars in one spot.
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/20/13993684-chinas-netizens-outraged-over-caged-beggars-at-taoist-temple-fair?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1348171292.1348258748.165&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1348258748&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=2387571

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

China Labor Watch reports worker abuse, underage employment at Samsung factories

China Labor Watch has discovered « severe labor abuses » at six Samsung-owned factories and two of its suppliers, according to a report the organization released this week. During a four-month investigation, CLW found that employees at eight factories were subject to a « long list » of abuses, including forced and excessive overtime hours, unpaid labor, and physical and verbal abuse
http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/5/3293674/china-labor-watch-samsung-labor-abuse-underage-employment

22 AUGUST 2012

Diocese of Shanghai under siege after Ma Daqin’s « big blow »

The seminaries will be closed until further notice, a nun was forced to step down as superior general. Seminarians and nuns « did not cooperate » with the government for the ordination of July 7, when Ma Daqin decided he was quitting the Patriotic Association. Catholics resistance to and criticism of official Church body on the rise. A bishop tells AsiaNews: « The government has lost control of the masses and the confidence of the people. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Diocese-of-Shanghai-under-siege-after-Ma-Daqin’s-big-blow-25608.html

9 AUGUST 2012

Closed-door murder trial: Wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai faces China court

Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, chose not to contest the charge of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, whose alleged secretive dealings with the couple fuelled a scandal exposing the intimate nexus between money and power in China’s elite
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/09/13193534-closed-door-murder-trial-wife-of-ousted-politician-bo-xilai-faces-china-court?lite&__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1344495639.1344576516.122&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1344576516&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=265545420

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19204847

7 AUGUST 2012

China’s Religious Freedom

China’s religious freedom has been making headlines of late following a US report released last week that showed a marked deterioration drawing fierce criticism from China who say the report was prejudiced.
http://gbtimes.com/focus/politics/web-tv-third-angle-insight-chinas-religious-freedom

5 AUGUST 2012

Chinese organ trafficking ring dismantled

A major organ trafficking ring has been dismantled by Chinese police, with 137 people arrested, including 18 doctors who performed illegal operations on their impoverished victims. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9453357/Chinese-organ-trafficking-ring-dismantled.html

3 AUGUST 2012

China bans foreign remakes as it cracks down on TV

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued six new guidelines recently that were put into effect over the past few days, according to Beijing News.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9449779/China-bans-foreign-remakes-as-it-cracks-down-on-TV.html

30 JULY 2012

Foreigners Getting the Beijing Brush Off

As tensions rise between Beijingers and expats, Chinese xenophobia comes into focus
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4721&Itemid=206

28 JULY 2012

China waste water pipeline scrapped after protest

Authorities in China say a project to build a waste water pipeline in the city of Qidong has been scrapped after a protest over pollution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/201272871518282322.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19026467 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9434205/Protesters-clash-with-police-in-China-over-pollution-from-paper-factory.html

27 JULY 2012

Critics question China’s ban on gay blood donors

As China unveils new policies to address the country’s continuing blood donation shortage, Critics are questioning the fairness and even legality of the continuing ban on donations from gay men.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86591/critics-question-chinas-ban-on-gay-blood-donors/

21 JULY 2012

New Chinese dictionary in row over ‘gay’ omission

A newly published edition of one of China’s most authoritative dictionaries has already been criticised by rights campaigners.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18920096

19 JULY 2012

China’s internet population hits 538 million

China’s internet user population is now 538 million people, according to a report released by China Internet Networks Information Center (CNNIC) on Thursday.
http://gbtimes.com/news/chinas-internet-population-hits-538-million

10 JULY 2012

China bishop, named by Rome, held in his seminary

A Chinese priest who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary, in a move likely to further strain relations between Beijing and the Vatican.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48132012/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655

6 JULY 2012

Chinese police ‘eliminate child trafficking gangs’

Police in China say they have “eliminated” two major child trafficking gangs, freeing 181 children and making 802 arrests.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/20127672658574994.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9381305/Chinese-police-eliminate-child-trafficking-gangs.html

3 JULY 2012

China factory construction halted amid violent protests

Chinese officials have halted the construction of a copper alloy plant in Sichuan province following violent protests by local residents.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18684895
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127352353141328.html

29 JUNE 2012

China’s incoming president Xi Jinping’s family ‘has wealth of hundreds of millions’

The family of China’s next president has amassed a fortune running into hundreds of millions of pounds, according to a hugely damaging new report.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9365099/Chinas-incoming-president-Xi-Jinpings-family-has-wealth-of-hundreds-of-millions.htm
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http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping’s-family-is-into-rare-earths,-real-estate-and-public-contracts-for-a-billion-dollars-25173.html

21 JUNE 2012

Man poisoned by the authorities in Fuzhou to stop his petition

For the last two years, Mao Qiping had sought redress after his house was demolished. He had also led a fight with fellow residents against illegal land grab. After following him, unidentified men beat him with metal rods and injected him with a chemical substance. He died after two days of agony. Like in Li Wangyang’s case, police said it was an « accident ».
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Man-poisoned-by-the-authorities-in-Fuzhou-to-stop-his-petition-25089.html

14 JUNE 2012

‘Forced abortion’ sparks fury in China

China’s family planning authorities are investigating a case in which a seven-months pregnant woman was allegedly forced by the local government to abort her second child.
http://gbtimes.com/news/forced-abortion-sparks-fury-china
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9331232/China-forced-abortion-photograph-causes-outrage.html
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-probes-forced-abortion-case-amid-uproar-060412699.html

12 JUNE 2012

Corruption spreading in China, Postal Savings Bank president arrested

The crackdown in China’s banking sector continues. After the arrest of the deputy president the Agricultural Bank of China, the president of the Postal Savings Bank Tao Liming is placed under house arrest. He authorised too many unregistered loans with higher than normal interest rates. Party purges its Shandong branch, kicking out 102 members
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Corruption-spreading-in-China,-Postal-Savings-Bank-president-arrested-25006.html

4 JUNE 2012

Millionaire households growing in China

Ranking third on the worldwide list of millionaire households, the number of millionaires in China grew to 1.4 million last year, up 15.6 percent year-on-year, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-06/04/content_15473688.htm

29 MAY 2012

New rules for Chinese microbloggers

A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on « sensitive » subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9297081/New-rules-for-Chinese-microbloggers.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47596791/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

24 MAY 2012

Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutality

Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/china-human-rights-report/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/05/23/beat-him-take-everything-away

Thousands of pilgrims reach Sheshan on pope’s Day of Prayer

Thousands of pilgrims from Shanghai and across the country have gathered to pray at the Our Lady of Sheshan Basilica today, 24 May, feast day of Mary Help of Christians, anniversary of the Day of Prayer for the Church in China set aside by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-pilgrims-reach-Sheshan-on-pope’s-Day-of-Prayer-24842.html

19 MAY 2012

Chinese ‘princelings’ use family ties to state to gain riches
ttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47472124/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/

12 MAY 2012

Shanghai’s wealthiest residents revealed

There are 370,000 people with 6 million yuan (S$1.2 million) living in Shanghai today, or one-in-65 people in a city with a population of 23 million. A total of 140,000 people in Shanghai have personal assets of 10 million yuan, an increase of 6.1 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 13.7 per cent of China’s high net worth individuals
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120512-345568.html

10 MAY 2012

Chinese Dissidence From Tiananmen to Today

How the People’s Grievances Have Grown
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137628/sharon-k-hom/chinese-dissidence-from-tiananmen-to-today

26 APRIL 2012

Vatican speaks out against ‘illegitimate’ Chinese bishops

The Vatican on Thursday condemned the participation of « legitimate » bishops in the ordination of state-sanctioned « illegitimate » bishops in China as part of an ongoing dispute.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120426-342328.html

24 APRIL 2012

Ex-officials from restive Chinese village expelled from Communist Party

China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled two former top officials from a southern Chinese village where local residents rose up last year to protest corruption and abuses of land rights
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/24/world/asia/china-wukan-officials-punishment/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 APRIL 2012

Fury at Beijing’s ‘cigarettes with Chinese characteristics’

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/ND18Ad01.html

13 APRIL 2012

Low teachers’ salaries exposed

A new US survey shows that Chinese teachers’ average wage has almost dropped to the bottom on a list of 28 countries studied.
http://radio86.com/news/low-teachers-salaries-exposed

9 APRIL 2012

Sex before marriage more accepted in China

Chinese people are showing increasingly tolerant attitudes toward pre-marital sex with over 70 percent now having sex before tying the knot, according to a survey. Figures from 1994 showed that only 40 percent of people had pre-marital sex then, while the number was much lower back in 1989 at 15 percent, according to studies conducted by sexologist Li Yinhe
http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/703862/70-pct-of-people-have-pre-marital-sex-study.aspx

6 APRIL 2012

More than 2,000 people arrested on Qingming Day

They were going to the national cemetery to pay tribute to prominent Chinese leaders, followed by a visit to Tiananmen Square to lay flowers. Instead, they ended up in the black jail at Jiujingzhuang. Activist Mao Hengfeng is arrested http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-2,000-people-arrested-on-Qingming-Day-24442.html

30 MARCH 2012

Websites closed, six detained for spreading rumors

Chinese authorities closed 16 websites and detained six people responsible for « fabricating or disseminating online rumors, » the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) and Beijing police said Friday 30 http://english.sina.com/china/2012/0330/454014.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17570005

27 MARCH 2012

Corruption is crucial threat, Wen says

« Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party, » Wen said at the State Council’s annual conference on anti-corruption work, adding that corruption may completely undermine the country’s political foundations if not handled properly
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-03/27/content_14918830.htm

23 MARCH 2012

« Organ donations from condemned prisoners will be abolished within five years »

For years, Beijing has tried to sidestep the issue, but this week, it admitted that death row prisoners have been used for organ donations after their execution. The decision to stop does not stem from any humanitarian considerations, but from the fact that organs come from donors with high infection rates
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Organ-donations-from-condemned-prisoners-will-be-abolished-within-five-years-24320.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17485103
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-03-23/china-says-will-end-organ-harvesting-of-prison-inmates.html#video_section

21 MARCH 2012

Chinese Lawyers Chafe at New Oath to Communist Party

China’s Justice Ministry has issued a requirement that new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party, another step in a campaign to rein in lawyers who continue to challenge the political and legal systems by which the party maintains power
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/world/asia/chinese-lawyers-chafe-at-new-oath-to-communist-party.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=asia&adxnnlx=1332446757-sqxhpRwe8sTuwKfpANi6dA#
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Practicing-law-now-will-require-an-oath-of-allegiance-to-the-Communist-Party-24310.html

16 MARCH 2012

Children of China’s Future

Aging population and poverty require stronger investment in China’s rural youth
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4338&Itemid=206

14 MARCH 2012

China’s Wen Jiabao says ‘reforms urgent’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has delivered a strong warning about the  »urgent » need for reforms, without which, he said, tragedies such as the Cultural Revolution could still happen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17362644 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123145268387804.html

China passes new law allowing secret detentions

Chinese legislators Wednesday approved changes to the country’s criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations. The nation’s state media applauded the overhaul of the criminal procedure law — the first in more than 15 years — as a step forward for human rights. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/asia/china-criminal-law/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/201231364711376740.html

11 MARCH 2012

Chinese police free 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011

Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by the Public Security Ministry. The report said police rescued 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in raids against 3,195 trafficking gangs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17330203

9 MARCH 2012

310 child abductors held, 77 babies rescued in China

Police in 14 provinces and autonomous regions in China detained 310 suspects and rescued 77 children after launching a massive crackdown on child kidnappings
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120309-332606.html

7 MARCH 2012

The Challenge for China’s New Leaders

The Dangers of Allowing Inequality to Worsen
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137316/yukon-huang/the-challenge-for-chinas-new-leaders?page=2

3 MARCH 2012

China’s rebel village holds council polls

Saturday’s vote for the committee governing Wukan went ahead with official approval after a long campaign by local people to end what they say was years of corrupt rule by Communist Party officials http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/2012337426748519.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-democracy:-‘Wukan-model’-tested-in-vote-24139.html

22 FEBRUARY 2012

China’s pension system faces a crisis

The phenomenon of China’s aging population is now becoming widely recognized. In spite of its recent economic boom, China may face a major crisis in its national pension system within the next 20 years
http://radio86.com/lifestyle/social-issues/chinas-pension-system-faces-crisis

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Journalist beatings erase Wukan optimism

Early Tuesday morning, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China notified journalists that three employees of European news agencies had been attacked in two separate incidents this past week while attempting to cover a land dispute story in eastern China
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/21/10464545-journalist-beatings-erase-wukan-optimism

20 FEBRUARY 2012

China factory explosion leaves many dead

Nearly 50,000 people died in work-related accidents in the first nine months of 2011, down 16 per cent from the same period in 2010, figures from the State Administration of Work Safety show
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222151544378730.html

17 FEBRUARY 2012

5000 Chinese Steel Company Workers Strike

Over 5000 workers from Hanzhong Iron and Steel Group Company in Shaanxi Province went on a strike on Tuesday to protest low wages and long working hours. They blocked the factory entrance, demanding a pay raise. They didn’t get a response from the factory’s management. The next day, they took a banner to the streets reading, « We want our lawful rights and interests, we need food to survive
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-02-17/5000-chinese-steel-company-workers-strike.html#video_section

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Top China football referee Lu Jun jailed over bribes

The man who was once China’s top football referee has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for taking bribes to fix matches
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17054150

9 FEBRUARY 2012

Fall of anti-mafia hero shakes China’s model city

A purported open letter from China’s most famous law enforcement officer on Thursday intensified rumours of in-fighting, corruption and organized crime in a city that one of the Communist Party’s rising stars had turned into a model of security and harmony
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1690079.php/Fall-of-anti-mafia-hero-shakes-China-s-model-city
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16968071

8 FEBRUARY 2012

Rumours swirl as top Chinese policeman ‘goes on leave’

A top Chinese policeman – in charge of a major crackdown on organised crime – has gone on leave, amid rumours that he is under investigation for corruption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16940146

3 FEBRUARY 2012

Chinese Communist Official: Only a « Freak » Would Turn Down Bribes

A Chinese Communist Party official from Sichuan Province has said that taking bribes is normal—and turning them down could make you seem like a « freak » in Communist political circles. The comments were made by the former vice mayor of the city of Meishan, Yu Zhiping. Yu’s description of bribery as normal and honesty as « freakish » came after his own corruption trial last year, over accusations of taking nearly half a million US dollars in bribes. The down-on-his-luck official also implied that he himself had taken his first bribe simply in order not to make the person offering it to him lose face
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-02-03/chinese-communist-official-only-a-freak-would-turn-down-bribes.html#video_section

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Rebellious Chinese village takes baby steps toward democracy

Wukan, a village in Guangdong province in southern China, is making headlines again – this time for taking the first steps toward open and transparent elections, which 7,688 villagers participated in on Wednesday
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/02/10301516-rebellious-chinese-village-takes-baby-steps-toward-democracy

25 JANUARY 2012

China’s youth rush to join the ‘Party’
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/20121254512657989.html

20 JANUARY 2012

Public anger at businesswoman’s death sentence for fraud

The upholding of a death sentence given to an ex-millionaire businesswoman found guilty of fraudulent fundraising has provoked public anger and widespread discussions on capital punishment itself
http://en.radio86.com/news/public-anger-businesswoman-s-death-sentence-fraud

China end-2011 urban jobless rate steady at 4.1 per cent

China’s urban jobless rate, the country’s only official measure of unemployment, was steady at 4.1 percent at the end of 2011, unchanged for six quarters, the labour ministry said on Friday
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20120120-323140.html

18 JANUARY 2012

China Expands Program Requiring Real-Name Registration Online

China will expand nationwide a trial program that requires users of the country’s wildly popular microblog services to disclose their identities to the government in order to post comments online, the government’s top Internet regulator said on Wednesday 18
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/world/asia/china-expands-program-requiring-real-name-registration-online.html?_r=1&ref=asia

17 JANUARY 2012

Urban population exceeds rural for first time in China

The urban population exceeded the rural population for the first time in more than 5,000 years in China according to 2011 statistics
http://en.radio86.com/news/urban-population-exceeds-rural-first-time-china http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120117-322446.html

6 JANUARY 2012

China punishes 4,843 officials above county head level for discipline violations in 2011: watchdog

A total of 4,843 Chinese officials above the county head level were punished for discipline violations in 2011, a disciplinary official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said Friday 6
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-01/06/c_131346862.htm

1,480 cases of illegal land grab, demolition handled in 2011: Supervision Minister

Almost 1,500 cases of illegal land appropriation and demolition were handled in the year 2011, and 509 people involved were held accountable, a senior official said on Friday
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-01/06/c_131346743.htm

4 JANUARY 2012

China pushes minimum wage rises

Two of China’s leading cities are raising their minimum wages despite the prospect of slower economic growth this year, a move that owners of smaller businesses warn could result in widespread closures given the sharp fall in demand from western economies
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/847b0990-36a2-11e1-9ca3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1iWVTrgSL

1 JANUARY 2012

Labor disputes soar in Guangdong

Labor dispute cases reported in Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse in South China, surged almost three-fold in the past four years, with the implementation of the new Labor Contract Law
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/01/content_14367796.htm

Criminal law on NPC agenda

A controversial draft amendment that proposes to outlaw forced confession and permits secret detention will be discussed at the plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in March, an additional agenda item of the meeting this year apart from its routine schedule
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-01/01/content_14367788.htm

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 4 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 4 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 4, 2017

598: During the Goguryeo-Sui War, Emperor Wendi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo
http://www.armchairgeneral.com/the-goguryeo-sui-wars.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Goguryeo-Sui_Wars

1942: The -Chinese Expeditionary Army withdraw from Burma to India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Force
http://www.cbi-theater.com/cai/cai.html

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

1947: In Indonesia, a ceasefire is agreed to by Dutch and Sukarno, but is ignored in the field. Dutch declare « Van Mook line » at the edge of their military advances in Java and Sumatra

1950: The Soviet Union delegate at United Nations demands the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea

1952: In the Pacific Council, first meeting for the defense of Japan by USA, New-Zealand and Australia that found a standing political council

1953: US president Eisenhower warns that the situation in Asia is becoming very ominous for the United States
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eisenhower-warns-of-ominous-situation-in-asia

1959: In Laos, the state of emergency is proclaimed and the government asks United Nation General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold for help

1964: Reported North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack (second Gulf of Tonkin incident) result in retaliation strikes
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reported-north-vietnamese-pt-boat-attacks-result-in-retaliation-strikes
http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/speech-3998

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8-ffiYyzA

1969: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/secret-negotiations-are-initiated-in-paris

1975: The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages included the U.S. consul and the Swedish charge d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_AIA_building_hostage_crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hMUy-xKW3k

1997: North Korea hands over the remains of four American soldiers killed in action during the Korea War

2001: In Moscow, summit between Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il

2006: Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF)http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/2006_trincomalee_massacre_of_ngo_workers
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDYQFjADahUKEwiymuS58Y7HAhXLuxQKHSfPDR4&url=http%3A%2F%2Factioncontrelafaim.ca%2Fwp-files%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F12%2FMuttur-Report.pdf&ei=O2fAVfKQNMv3Uqeet_AB&usg=AFQjCNGLVq_33p0KR8shawsGKk-4H-MTgA&sig2=3O6gJND8LzGKDIXS3fML3Q

2008: An attack, lead by two men, on a border police station at Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) leaves 16 policemen dead and 16 hurt
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/08/2008843587330723.html

2012: The United States accuse China of raising tensions through a new military garrison in the South China Sea, calling on all sides to lower tensions in the hotly contested waters.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/08/2012842515308572.html

 

On 4 August in South Asian history

ON 4 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 4, 2017

1888: Birth of Taher Saifuddin, Indian religious leader, 51st Da’i al-Mutlaq who died on November 12, 1965
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taher_Saifuddin

1923: Birth of Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer
http://pakistaniat.com/2009/06/20/mushtaq-ahmed-yousufi/

1929: Birth of Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, who died on October 13, 1987
http://itsmastijunction.blogspot.com/2009/05/kishore-kumar-hindi-august-4-1929.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/4th-august-1929-famous-bollywood-actor-and-singer-kishore-kumar-is-born

1942: The -Chinese Expeditionary Army withdraw from Burma to India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Force
http://www.cbi-theater.com/cai/cai.html

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

1944: Birth of Amjad Islam Amjad, Pakistani poet, screenwriter, and songwriter
http://www.arabnews.com/art-culture/news/864171
http://www.poemhunter.com/amjad-islam-amjad/biography/

1954: The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla
http://www.yespakistan.com/people/anthem.asp

2006: Trincomalee massacre of NGO workers, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF)http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/2006_trincomalee_massacre_of_ngo_workers
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CDYQFjADahUKEwiymuS58Y7HAhXLuxQKHSfPDR4&url=http%3A%2F%2Factioncontrelafaim.ca%2Fwp-files%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F12%2FMuttur-Report.pdf&ei=O2fAVfKQNMv3Uqeet_AB&usg=AFQjCNGLVq_33p0KR8shawsGKk-4H-MTgA&sig2=3O6gJND8LzGKDIXS3fML3Q

2014: The small Pema Dorjee, recognized in 2009 as a reincarnation of Penor Rinpoché, the head of the Nyingma lineage, takes possession of the Palyul monastery in Tibet. His school is the oldest of all the Buddhist world.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibet,-thousands-celebrate-enthronement-of-new-Penor-Rinpoche-31805.html

 

On 4 August in Southeast Asian history

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

ON 4 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 4, 2017

1940: Birth of Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (1999-2001) who died on December 30, 2009
http://eklusiftheme.blogspot.fr/2013/02/abdurrahman-wahid-gus-dur-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdurrahman_Wahid

1942: The -Chinese Expeditionary Army withdraw from Burma to India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Force
http://www.cbi-theater.com/cai/cai.html

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

1947: In Indonesia, a ceasefire is agreed to by Dutch and Sukarno, but is ignored in the field. Dutch declare « Van Mook line » at the edge of their military advances in Java and Sumatra

1959: In Laos, the state of emergency is proclaimed and the government asks United Nation General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold for help

1956:  Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands

1964: Reported North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack (second Gulf of Tonkin incident) result in retaliation strikes
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reported-north-vietnamese-pt-boat-attacks-result-in-retaliation-strikes

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8-ffiYyzA

1964: President Diosdado Macapagal signs into law Republic Act No. 4166, designating June 12 as the Independence Day of the Philippines
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/437/today-in-philippine-history-august-4-1964-june-12-was-designated-the-independence-day
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1177/today-in-philippine-history-june-12-1898-aguinaldo-formally-proclaimed-the-philippine-independence-in-kawit-cavite

1969: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/secret-negotiations-are-initiated-in-paris

1975: The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages included the U.S. consul and the Swedish charge d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_AIA_building_hostage_crisis

1977: In Kuala Lumpur, Second summit of Asean
http://www.jstor.org/stable/27908333?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~worldjpn/documents/texts/asean/19770805.D1E.html

1988: Leader of Thailand, General Prem Tinnasulanonda refuses in vain to Chatchai Chunhawan, leader of the Thai Nation Party (phak chat thai), to be assigned Prime Minister
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatichai_Choonhavan

2012: The United States accuse China of raising tensions through a new military garrison in the South China Sea, calling on all sides to lower tensions in the hotly contested waters.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/08/2012842515308572.html

2012: Dozens of journalists march in Myanmar’s main city to protest the suspension of two journals amid fears officials are rowing back on pledges to ease strict junta-era censorship laws

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120804-363436.html

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-04/burmese-journalists-protest-suspensions/993306

2012: Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

 

On 4 August in Japan’s history

ON 4 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on August 4, 2017

1854: The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships
https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/origin-of-the-hinomaru-flag/
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Japanese_flag

1913: Sun Yat-sen and many other revolutionaries flee to Japan

1913 Sun Yat-sen et ami japonais

1917: Birth of Jun Tatara, Japanese actor, who died on September 30, 2006
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0851071/

1941: The Mengjiang United Autonomous Government is renamed as the Mongolian Autonomous Federation
http://althistory.wikia.com/wiki/Mengjiang_(Twilight_of_a_New_Era)
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/mongolia/mengkukuo.htm

1947: The Supreme Court of Japan is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_Japan

1952: In the Pacific Council, first meeting for the defense of Japan by USA, New-Zealand and Australia that found a standing political Council

1975: The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages included the U.S. consul and the Swedish charge d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_AIA_building_hostage_crisis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hMUy-xKW3k

1992: Death of Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese writer and journalist, born on December 21, 1909
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/seicho-matsumoto/

 1993: Japanese government recognizes the reality of the “comfort women”

http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

1994: Birth of Mayuko Fukuda, Japanese actress
http://asianmediawiki.com/Mayuko_Fukuda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayuko_Fukuda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9j-p1aHmdQ

2001: Birth of Seishiro Kato, Japanese child actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seishiro_Kato
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kato_Seishiro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9QGG-FdLR4

2001: In Japan, election of 121 of the 247 seats of the Higher House. DPL wins 64  seats, Komeito 12 an New Conservative Pary 1

2004: Death of Fumio Watanabe, Japanese actor, born on October 31, 1929
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0913796/

 

On 4 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

ON 4 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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221: Death of Lady Zhen, Chinese empress, born on January 26, 183
http://threekingdoms.wikia.com/wiki/Lady_Zhen_%E7%94%84%E6%B0%8F
https://thehistoricalnovel.com/2013/05/30/historical-footnotes-lady-zhen/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Zhen

598: During the Goguryeo-Sui War, Emperor Wéndi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo
http://www.armchairgeneral.com/the-goguryeo-sui-wars.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Goguryeo-Sui_Wars

1913: Sun Yat-sen and many other revolutionaries flee to Japan

1913 Sun Yat-sen et ami japonais

1932: Birth of Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist, who died on October 28, 2010
http://www.gluckman.com/Liang.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Congjie

1941: The Mengjiang United Autonomous Government is renamed as the Mongolian Autonomous Federation
http://althistory.wikia.com/wiki/Mengjiang_(Twilight_of_a_New_Era)
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/mongolia/mengkukuo.htm

1941: Death of Xu Dishan, Chinese novelist, essayist and patriotic scholar, born on February 3, 1893
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Dishan
http://memim.com/xu-dishan.html

1942: The -Chinese Expeditionary Army withdraw from Burma to India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Force
http://www.cbi-theater.com/cai/cai.html

1942-08-04 Chinese Expedition Army leave for India

1998: In China, bursting of the Yangzijiang dykes causing 2,000 dead and more than 100,000 disaster victims

2008: An attack, lead by two men, on a border police station at Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) leaves 16 policemen dead and 16 hurt
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/08/2008843587330723.html

2012: The United States accuse China of raising tensions through a new military garrison in the South China Sea, calling on all sides to lower tensions in the hotly contested waters.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/08/2012842515308572.html

2014: The small Pema Dorjee, recognized in 2009 as a reincarnation of Penor Rinpoché, the head of the Nyingma lineage, takes possession of the Palyul monastery in Tibet. His school is the oldest of all the Buddhist world.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibet,-thousands-celebrate-enthronement-of-new-Penor-Rinpoche-31805.html

2016: China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge. The first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html