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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 »
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
10 NOVEMBER 2014
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
23 OCTOBER 2014
China’s new wave of emigrants
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 »
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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. »
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 JANUARY 2014
China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism
The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 OCTOBER 2013
Urbanization and Hukou reform
They are likely to headline China’s new economic reforms. But they cannot be pursued in isolation.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 AUGUST 2013
China’s 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
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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
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.
7 NOVEMBER 2012
China Seeks to Join the Consumer Society
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. »
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
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.
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.
30 JULY 2012
Foreigners Getting the Beijing Brush Off
As tensions rise between Beijingers and expats, Chinese xenophobia comes into focus
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ».
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
19 MAY 2012
Chinese ‘princelings’ use family ties to state to gain riches
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
10 MAY 2012
Chinese Dissidence From Tiananmen to Today
How the People’s Grievances Have Grown
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.
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
17 APRIL 2012
Fury at Beijing’s ‘cigarettes with Chinese characteristics’
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.
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
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
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
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
16 MARCH 2012
Children of China’s Future
Aging population and poverty require stronger investment in China’s rural youth
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
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
7 MARCH 2012
The Challenge for China’s New Leaders
The Dangers of Allowing Inequality to Worsen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
25 JANUARY 2012
China’s youth rush to join the ‘Party’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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