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China’s society


19 FEBRUARY 2018

Vatican and China to sign agreement on bishop appointments in March

Delegation from Beijing expected to travel to Rome in March to finalise details, Italian newspaper reports

30 JANUARY 2018

Pope looks into China bishop reshuffle

Pope Francis has promised to examine the case of two recognized Chinese bishops who were asked by the Holy See to step down and make way for illicit ones

19 JANUARY 2018

China’s birth rate drops despite end of one-child policy

China’s family planning commission has revealed the country’s birth rate dropped by 3.5 per cent last year, despite moves over the past couple of years to fully end the one-child policy

11 JANUARY 2018

China church demolition sparks fears of campaign against Christians

A church in northern China was demolished this week, the second in less than a month, sparking fears of a wider campaign against Christians as authorities prepare to enforce new laws on religion.


28 DECEMBER 2017

China reconnects with the religion of Daoism, under the watchful eye of the Communist Party

In China, amid a backlash against the increasing wealth and rampant consumerism of the past several decades, people are turning to religion to find deeper meaning

26 NOVEMBER 2017

Chinese intellectuals urge Beijing authorities to stop ‘forcing’ tens of thousands of migrant workers out of city in wake of deadly fire

Petition protests against ‘ruthless human rights violations’ after safety drive sees some of the capital’s poorest residents forced out of illegally built homes

21 NOVEMBER 2017

Vatican, China swap art in bid to mend strained ties

The Vatican and China will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through « the diplomacy of art », officials said on Tuesday–china-swap-art-in-bid-to-mend-strained-ties-9426868’Art-Diplomacy’:-two-exhibits-at-the-Vatican-Museums-and-Beijing%E2%80%99s-Imperial-Palace-42379.html

15 NOVEMBER 2017

Not Jesus Christ but President Xi will save you, China tells Christians

Christians in south-east China have reportedly been asked to replace images of Jesus Christ with those of President Xi Jinping if they want to receive government benefits to alleviate poverty


China issues white paper on public health

The Chinese government Friday published a white paper on public health, stressing that health is a precondition for the survival of humanity and the development of human society

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

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–interference–as-vatican-raises-bishop-case-8982790“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

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


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


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


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.,-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.

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.


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

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


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.


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


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–64973.html


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.


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 on Sept 10, Teacher’s Day in China


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.


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


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


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’s-funeral-attended-by-5,000-priests-and-faithful-from-the-official-and-underground-Churches-30629.html

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.


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)


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.


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.

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.,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.

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.


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.


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


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.,-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.

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.                                                                    

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.                   

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.                                                          

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.                                                   

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.                                                                             

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.

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.                                                                                                

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.                                                                                                                                               

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.

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.

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.                                   

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.                                                                                                      

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.                                            ,-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

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.                                                                                                                                                     

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.                                                                                          

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.                                      

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.                                                                                                                                                                

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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

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.


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.                                               

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).                                

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.                                                                                                                                                             

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                 

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.                                                         

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.                                                    

28 DECEMBER 2012

Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility

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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.                                                       

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.


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,-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.


China Seeks to Join the Consumer Society


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.


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


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.|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=2387571


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. »’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|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=265545420

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.

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,-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.

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’s-Day-of-Prayer-24842.html

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,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

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

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.

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‘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


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


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


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


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