China’s society

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30 AUGUST 2018

China’s Communist Party launches crackdown on religious beliefs

The move comes as Beijing rows back from a more liberal approach amid reports of persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang province and mass internment camps
http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-communist-party-launches-crackdown-on-religious-beliefs/

9 AUGUST 2018

Chinese Hui Muslims rally to protect Weizhou Grand Mosque from government’s wrecking balls

Hundreds of Chinese Muslims from the Hui ethnic group in a remote town in northwest China gathered on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to defend their new mosque against a local government apparently bent on demolishing it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159047/chinese-hui-muslims-rally-protect-weizhou-grand-mosque

7 JUNE 2018

Top Chinese Communist Party cadre criticises Cultural Revolution for damage to tradition

“The Cultural Revolution eliminated a large part of both the essence and the dregs of traditional culture on the mainland,” said Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body. “But Taiwan preserved it well.”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2149715/top-chinese-communist-party-cadre-criticises-cultural

2 JUNE 2018

Families of Tiananmen victims urge China’s Xi to ‘re-evaluate’ crackdown

Families of Chinese democracy protesters killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have urged President Xi Jinping to acknowledge their suffering and « re-evaluate the June Fourth massacre » as its 29th anniversary approaches
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mothers-of-Tiananmen-tell-Xi-Jinping-that-the-massacre-on-4-June-was-a-crime-against-humanity-44061.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/families-of-tiananmen-victims-urge-china-s-xi-to–re-evaluate–crackdown-10333118

22 APRIL 2018

‘Marry first, then fall in love’: The evolution of love and marriage in China since Mao Zedong’s era

For generations, parents arranged their children’s marriages by following the principle of « matching doors and windows », where the couple’s compatibility was assessed by their social and economic standing
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/marry-first-then-fall-in-love-the-evolution-of-love-and-marriage-in-china-since-mao-zedongs-era/1751246

14 APRIL 2018

Amnesty International on the death penalty: China remains world’s top executioner

Amnesty International has released its global report on ‘Death sentences and executions 2017’. “[O]nce again China was the world’s top executioner, implementing more death sentences than the rest of the world combined,” the document explained
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Amnesty-International-on-the-death-penalty:-China-remains-worlds-top-executioner-43614.html

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
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2133854/china-and-vatican-close-deal-appointment-catholic
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3366999
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Underground-Catholic:-We-are-excluded-from-dialogue-between-China-and-the-Holy-See-43141.html

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
https://international.la-croix.com/news/pope-looks-into-china-bishop-reshuffle/6830?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_content=30-01-2018&utm_campaign=newsletter__crx_lci&PMID=9756cdd3097436f90d2825640460ab99
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Zen-on-the-bishops-of-Shantou-and-Mindong-42951.html

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
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-19/chinas-birth-rate-drops-despite-end-of-one-child-policy/9344634?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/chinas-birth-rate-soars-after-relaxation-of-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.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/china-church-demolition-sparks-fears-of-campaign-against-christians
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-christianity-religion-crackdown-megachurch-chinaaid-golden-lampstand-church-linfen-communist-a8156031.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Linfen:-Christians-in-tears-watching-destruction-of-their-church-(video)-42807.html

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
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-28/we-have-restored-it-chinas-daoism-revival/9287484?section=world

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
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2121633/chinese-intellectuals-urge-beijing-authorities-stop
https://www.scmp.com/photos/comment/harrys-view/2117864/harrys-view-november-2017

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
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/vatican–china-swap-art-in-bid-to-mend-strained-ties-9426868
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/’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
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/not-jesus-christ-but-president-xi-will-save-you-china-tells-christians-2057015.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yugan-authorities-replace-Jesus-with-Xi-Jinping-to-help-the-poor-42317.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

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
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/185/226/66/1506682149754.html

4 AUGUST 2017

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

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

27 JUNE 2017

China rejects ‘interference’ as Vatican raises bishop case

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

9 MAY 2017

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

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

21 MARCH 2017

Fan Bingbing wins Best Actress at Asian Film Awards

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

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

14 JANUARY 2017

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese Catholics must “Sinicise”: Communist Party official

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

23 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Over half a million Chinese now living with HIV/AIDS

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

10 NOVEMBER 2016

China has about 9m left-behind rural children

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

China cracks down on ‘rebel’ fishing village of Wukan

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

5  AUGUST 2016

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

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

30 JULY 2016

Mindong Bishop Mgr Vincent Huang Shoucheng dies

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

11 JULY 2016

China sees aging population expand

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

18 JUNE 2016

Former Chinese ambassador Wu Jianmin dies in car accident

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

31 MAY 2016

China back-pedals on tough national smoke-free law

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

4 MAY 2016

16% of China’s population over 60

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

28 APRIL 2016

China passes law giving police sweeping powers over foreign NGOs

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

25 APRIL 2016

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

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

24 APRIL 2016

China’s President says Communist leadership above religion

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

20 APRIL 2016

China says population has reached 1.373 billion

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

29 MARCH 2016

A study on strikes in China

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

16 MARCH 2016

China adopts charity law

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

26 FEBRUARY 2016

China fighting uphill battle in war on drugs

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

15 JANUARY 2016

China to give illegally born children access to social welfare

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

28 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

27 DECEMBER 2015

China officially ends one-child policy

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

16 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

28 NOVEMBER 2015

 China pledges resolute measures to root out poverty by 2020

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

30 OCTOBER 2015

China’s population to reach 1.45 billion by 2030

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

29 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

20 OCTOBER 2015

China’s feminists defy government oppression

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

5 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

27 AUGUST 2015

China arrests chemical warehouse management over blasts

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

21 AUGUST 2015

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

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

12 AUGUST 2015

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

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

4 AUGUST 2015

First Catholic bishop for three years ordained in China

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

15 JULY 2015

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

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

14 JUNE 2015

Former senior Chinese official Qiao Shi dies aged 91

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

1 JUNE 2015

Beijing public smoking ban begins

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

5 MAY 2015

Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies

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

29 APRIL 2015

Rewriting the role of Chinese women

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

12 MARCH 2015

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

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

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church démolitions

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

20 MARCH 2015

China ‘ends’ anti-church demolition campaign

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

14 MARCH 2015

The problem of too many baby boys in China

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

25 FEBRUARY 2015

China expects 1m more babies to be born every year

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

15 FEBRUARY 2015

China to abolish temporary residence permit

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

6 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

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

28 JANUARY 2015

Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse

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

12 JANUARY 2015

Fewer Chinese parents than expected seek 2nd children

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

29 DECEMBER 2014

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

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

4 DECEMBER 2014

China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

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

1 DECEMBER 2014

Half a million people living with HIV/AIDS in China

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

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places: state media

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

26 NOVEMBER 2014

China drafts first domestic violence law

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

22 NOVEMBER 2014

8,000 Chinese Teachers Strike for Higher Pay

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

17 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

10 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2014

China plans to scrap death penalty for 9 crimes

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

23 OCTOBER 2014

China’s new wave of emigrants

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

22 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection

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

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2014

More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

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

12 OCTOBER 2014

Forced military training for Chinese students encounters resistance

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Migrant workers in Guangdong set to negotiate pay annually

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains film director Wang Quan’an for hiring prostitute

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Teachers underrated and poorly paid in China: Poll

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2014

HIV cases rising among the elderly in Beijing

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

How China can continue to lower its suicide rate

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

Urbanization and Demographics Could Skew China’s Economic Rebalancing 

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

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

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

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

28 AUGUST 2014

Chinese Security Personnel Storm Zhejiang Church, Demolish Cross

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

21 AUGUST 2014

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

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

19 AUGUST 2014

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

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

13 AUGUST 2014

Chinese actor Gao Hu charged amid crackdown on illegal drugs

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

3 AUGUST 2014

At least 367 dead in southwest China quake

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

31 JULY 2014

China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers’ rights

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

28 JULY 2014

China gets richer but more unequal

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

17 JULY 2014

Chinese protestors attempt mass suicide in bid for justice

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

13 JULY 2014

Shanghai pilots greater judicial independence

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

8 JULY 2014

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

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

China rules that tomb treasures ‘belong to state

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

4 JULY 2014

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

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

17 JUNE 2014

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

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

27 MAY 2014

Chinese elderly commit suicide to avoid coffin ban: report

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

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

21 MAY 2014

Zhejiang: list and pictures of 64 demolished Christian churches

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

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

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

11 MAY 2014

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

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

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

8 MAY 2014

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

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

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

5 MAY 2014

Rebel China nudists defy Communist Party ban on nakedness

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

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

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

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

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

28 APRIL 2014

China begins demolition of ‘oversized’ church

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

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

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

25 APRIL 2014

Topless Guangzhou students protest sexism in job market

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

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

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

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

22 APRIL 2014

Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Adidas and Nike

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

10 APRIL 2014

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

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

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

8 APRIL 2014

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

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

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

 



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