China’s society

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3 NOVEMBER 2019

China’s subsidies lifting rural villages out of poverty, but is Xi Jinping’s plan sustainable?

In 2015, President Xi Jinping set a deadline of 2020 to eradicate poverty in China, with 850 million Chinese taken out of extreme poverty in the past 40 years
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3035894/chinas-subsidies-lifting-rural-villages-out-poverty-xi

18 OCTOBER 2019

Zhao Ziyang: Purged Chinese Communist reformer is buried

Only close family were allowed to attend the low-key burial in Tianshou Garden cemetery in Chaoping in Beijing’s northern outskirts. Well-wishers and supporters were kept away
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50097221
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191018_36/

30 SEPTEMBER 2019

China women still battling tradition, 70 years after revolution

China is falling in gender equality rankings amid discrimination, government calls for women to marry and have babies
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/china-women-battling-tradition-70-years-revolution-190927054320939.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

China publishes white paper on progress of women’s cause

China on Thursday issued a white paper on the progress of women’s cause in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/168/54/21/1568897934399.html?newsId=106616

28 AUGUST 2019

Two first bishops ordained in China under Vatican deal

A Chinese Catholic bishop has been ordained with the joint approval of Pope Francis and Beijing for the first time under an agreement intended to encourage a rapprochement between China and the Holy See
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/bishop-ordained-china-vatican-deal-190828042029473.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Msgr.-Stefano-Xu-Hongwei-ordained-Bishop-of-Hanzhong-(Photo)-47852.html

15 AUGUST 2019

Chinese documentary director Zhu Yu defies Beijing’s boycott of Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards

A mainland Chinese director has vowed to ignore a Beijing boycott and keep her documentary in the running for a high-profile Taiwanese film festival because of her faith
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3022972/chinese-documentary-director-zhu-yu-defies-beijings-boycott

22 JULY 2019

Li Peng, hardline Chinese premier who backed Tiananmen massacre, dies

Former premier Li Peng died of illness in Beijing at the age of 91 at 11:11 pm on Monday 22, an official statement said on Tuesday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/23/li-peng-obituary
https://www.dw.com/en/li-peng-former-chinese-premier-dies-at-90/a-49715431
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/248/28/160/1563947948188.html?newsId=89778
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/former-pm-during-tiananmen-crackdown-li-peng-dies-aged-91-28457

12 JULY 2019

Puncturing the picture of poverty elimination in China

China’s success in ‘lifting millions out of poverty’ has attained much international acclaim.  The figures bandied about vary, but the World Bank has estimated that 850 million exited from extreme poverty (existing on less than US$1.90/day in 2011 purchasing price parity terms) between 1981 and 2015. And President Xi Jinping has set a goal of obliterating poverty altogether in China by 2020
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/07/12/puncturing-the-picture-of-poverty-elimination-in-china/

24 JUNE 2019

China’s urbanization rate to reach 70% by 2035

China’s urbanization progress will continue, with the urbanization ratio reaching 70 percent by 2035, according to a report published by the National Academy of Economic Strategy under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/14/55/234/1561370063376.html?newsId=86836

23 JUNE 2019

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese national to head UN food and agriculture agency

Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3015748/qu-dongyu-becomes-first-chinese-national-head-un-food-and

13 MAY 2019

Ex-Interpol chief’s wife gets asylum in France

The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request
https://www.foxnews.com/world/ap-exclusive-ex-interpol-chiefs-wife-gets-asylum-in-france

19 APRIL 2019

Xi Jinping is determined to end all poverty in China by 2020. Can he do it?

16 APRIL 2019

China’s acceptance of Vatican-approved bishop candidates ‘a positive sign’

Beijing’s acceptance of two Vatican-approved bishop candidates from Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi sends a “cautiously positive” signal over their controversial agreement ahead of Good Friday, experts said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3006460/chinas-acceptance-vatican-approved-bishop-candidates-positive
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jining-and-Hanzhong,-the-first-two-bishops-chosen-after-the-China-Holy-See-agreement.-Nothing-new-46770.html

11 APRIL 2019

Young Chinese to be sent back to villages in Mao-style move

China is planning to send millions of youth « volunteers » back to the villages, raising fears of a return to the methods of Chairman Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution of 50 years ago
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/young-chinese-to-be-sent-back-to-villages-in-mao-style-move-11435694

4 APRIL 2019

Shaanxi government razes Qianyang parish to ground (video)

This morning, the Qianyang (Shaanxi) government razed the only parish in the city to the ground. A bulldozer reduced the two-story building to rubble under the supervision of a group of policemen. In the video sent to AsiaNews we hear the sobs of some women, while several faithful look astonished at the destruction
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shaanxi-government-razes-Qianyang-parish-to-ground-(video)-46686.html

29 MARCH 2019

Chinese Xuanhua underground bishop Msgr. Cui Tai arrested

The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of « not following the Vatican’s instructions » and urged the police to arrest him. From 2007 onwards, Msgr. Cui Tai has been subjected to continuous detention or house arrest
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xuanhua-underground-bishop-Msgr.-Cui-Tai-arrested–46630.html

6 MARCH 2019

Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the ‘Sinicisation of religion’

Delivering his annual government work report on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang told the national legislature that “we must fully implement the [Communist] Party’s fundamental policy on religious affairs and uphold the Sinicisation of religion in China”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2188752/no-let-chinas-push-sinicise-religion-despite-global-outcry-over

19 FEBRUARY 2019

Li Nanyang, daughter of Mao’s personal secretary Li Rui, boycotts father’s funeral and says he rejected state trappings for burial

The daughter of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary is boycotting her father’s funeral, which she says is taking place against his wishes in a cemetery reserved for high-ranking revolutionary figures
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2186712/li-nanyang-daughter-maos-personal-secretary-li-rui-boycotts

16 FEBRUARY 2019

Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101

Li Rui, who over nearly four decades went from being one of Mao Zedong’s personal secretaries in the 1950s to a Communist Party critic, revisionist historian and standard-bearer for liberal values in China, died in Beijing on Saturday (Feb 16). He was 101
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2186435/mao-zedongs-personal-secretary-and-biggest-critic-li-rui-dies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/li-rui-a-mao-zedong-confidant-who-turned-party-critic-dies-at-101

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Chinese ‘underground’ bishop gains official recognition: State media

A bishop from China’s « underground » Catholic church is slated to step up as the official state-backed clergyman for a diocese in central China, state-run media reported, amid a thaw in relations between Beijing and the Holy See
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-underground-bishop-gains-official-recognition-state-media

16 JANUARY 2019

Yu Min, the father of China’s hydrogen bomb dies

Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min, who was credited with developing China’s first successful hydrogen bomb, died Wednesday in Beijing at the age of 93
http://www.ecns.cn/news/sci-tech/2019-01-16/detail-ifzcuekn4076122.shtml
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/14/26/86/1547640903549.html?newsId=59399

29 DECEMBER 2018

China to reduce poor population by 10 million in 2019

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said Friday that efforts shall be made to lift another 10 million rural residents out of poverty in 2019 as it is a critical year in winning the battle against poverty
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/87/52/251/1546073449351.html?newsId=57729

28 DECEMBER 2018

Peking University students clash with campus guards over control of Marxist Society

A dozen Peking University students clashed with guards on Friday as they protested over a change to the Marxist Society that was imposed after it organised an event to mark the 125th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-peking-university-students-protest-marxist-group-shake-up

Msgr. Guo Xijin, underground bishop of Mindong, gives way to formerly excommunicated Msgr. Zhan Silu

Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, an underground bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government and to date ordinary bishop of the diocese, will leave his ordinary post and give it to Msgr. Vincenzo Zhan Silu, recognized by the government, and one of the seven formerly excommunicated bishops whom Pope Francis has re-admitted to communion
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mindong:-Msgr.-Guo-Xijin,-underground-bishop,-gives-way-to-formerly-excommunicated-Msgr.-Zhan-Silu-45738.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bishop-from-china-s-underground-catholic-church-steps-down-state-11035174

8 DECEMBER 2018

Deng Xiaoping’s top aide in Chinese army, Wang Ruilin, dies aged 88

Wang Ruilin, the top military aide to China’s late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, died on Saturday in Beijing at the age of 88, according to people close to the matter
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2177141/deng-xiaopings-top-aide-chinese-army-wang-ruilin-dies-aged-88

25 NOVEMBER 2018

China’s stolen children, a nationwide scourge

Every year in China, tens of thousands of children are kidnapped. Most of them are sold to families who are seeking to adopt a child, regardless of the cost. This report follows one Chinese father who found his daughter again, 24 years after she was snatched in broad daylight. It’s a rare happy ending amid a nationwide scourge. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24’s Bryan Quinn
https://www.france24.com/en/20181121-focus-china-missing-stolen-children-human-trafficking-kidnappings-abductions-adoptions

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Wenzhou’s bishop Shao Zhumin taken by police

Msgr. Shao, 55, belongs to the unofficial community, not recognized by the government, but he is recognized by the Holy See as bishop of Wenzhou. In the last two years, he has been taken away by the police at least 5 times. The last time was in May 2017, he was only released after 7 months
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wenzhou%27s-bishop-Shao-Zhumin-taken-by-police-45439.html

30 OCTOBER 2018

Wuxia novelist Jin Yong dies, aged 94

Louis Cha, knowed as Jin Yong the newsman and master storyteller whose unputdownable wuxia novels made him the most popular living Chinese author in his lifetime, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 94
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/155/97/1540912772843.html?newsId=52223
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/obituary-jin-yong-fused-martial-arts-fantasy-history-and-romance-into-must-read-novels

15 OCTOBER 2018

Faced with a legitimacy crisis, China’s Communist Party calls for reform to the country’s labour union

Inequality between rich and poor and mass protests are growing. Xi Jinping has called for a change of style and goals for the country’s labour union to no avail. China Labour Bulletin provides an analysis
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Faced-with-a-legitimacy-crisis%2C-China%26rsquo%3Bs-Communist-Party-calls-for-reform-to-the-country%26rsquo%3Bs-labour-union-45213.html
 
3 OCTOBER 2018

Pope gives Chinese bishops ‘warm welcome’

Pope Francis on Wednesday (Oct 3) offered a « warm welcome » to two Chinese Catholic bishops attending a synod for the first time following a landmark deal between China and the Vatican
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/pope-gives-chinese-bishops–warm-welcome–10787322
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-priests-happy-to-see-their-bishops-at-the-Synod-for-the-first-time-45112.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2166590/two-chinese-catholic-bishops-attend-synod-first-time-after

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pope urges Chinese Catholics to heal past divisions

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Chinese Catholics to overcome past divisions and open a new phase of faith following a landmark agreement over bishop nominations aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing that had split the church
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180926/p2g/00m/0in/099000c
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-Francis’-message-to-the-Chinese-Church-and-to-the-universal-Church-45048.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

 Vatican and China announce agreement on bishops appointment

 The deal gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in the country. The Vatican said Pope Francis recognised the legitimacy of the seven remaining state-appointed Chinese bishops
https://www.trtworld.com/europe/vatican-and-china-announce-agreement-on-bishop-appointment-20376
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Press-Office-announces-a-%26lsquo%3BProvisional-Agreement%26rsquo%3B-between-China-and-the-Holy-See%2C-the-beginning-of-a-process%2C-says-Greg-Burke-45010.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45613668

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

 



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