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Nov 6, 2013

Insight: Failure to end China’s labour camps shows limits of Xi’s power

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has been blocked in efforts to dismantle the country’s labor camp system in a clear sign that he has yet to cement his grip on the ruling Communist Party a year after gaining power, leadership sources said.

Xi, whose father was sacked as vice premier and then imprisoned for seven years during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, is deeply opposed to the use of labor camps for arbitrary detention and his failure to close them suggests he is not as strong as he appears, the sources said.

Nov 4, 2013

China’s Sun Yang to be detained after car crash

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a license collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.

Sun was not injured in the Sunday afternoon accident in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Nov 4, 2013

Swimming-China’s Sun Yang to be detained after car crash

BEIJING, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a licence collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.

Sun was not injured in the Sunday afternoon accident in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Nov 2, 2013
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China says it will stamp out the Dalai Lama’s voice in Tibet

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(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama speaks on “The Virtue of Non-violence” at The Beacon Theatre in New York October 20, 2013.)

China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

Nov 2, 2013

China to end use of prisoners’ organs for transplants in mid-2014

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, plans to end the controversial practice by the middle of next year, a senior official said on Saturday.

By mid-2014, all hospitals licensed for organ transplants will be required to stop using organs from executed prisoners and only use those voluntarily donated and allocated through a fledging national system, said Huang Jiefu, a former deputy health minister who heads the organ transplant reform.

Nov 2, 2013

China says will stamp out Dalai Lama’s voice in Tibet

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programs broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.

Oct 29, 2013

China suspects Tiananmen crash a suicide attack, sources say

BEIJING, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities
investigating what could be Beijing’s first major suicide attack
searched on Tuesday for two men from Muslim-dominated Xinjiang
after three people suspected to be from the restive region drove
an SUV into a crowd at Tiananmen Square and set it on fire.

They killed themselves and two tourists on Monday in the
square, the heart of China’s power structure and the focal point
of the mass 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations brutally crushed
the military.

Oct 29, 2013

China probes Xinjiang connection to Tiananmen fire, deaths

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police are looking for two suspects from its restive Xinjiang region in connection with a “major incident”, after five people were killed when a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

At least 38 people were injured in the incident, but there has been no official word whether it was an accident or an attack.

Oct 28, 2013

China begins first trial of anti-graft activists

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three Chinese anti-graft activists who agitated for officials to disclose their assets went on trial on Monday in the first case of its kind, underscoring the limits of government tolerance of challenges to its authority.

Despite an official drive against corruption, China has detained at least 15 activists in recent months who were involved in a campaign pushing for officials to disclose their wealth.

Oct 27, 2013

China to hold first trial of anti-graft activists

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three Chinese anti-graft activists who agitated for officials to disclose their assets go on trial on Monday, in the first case of its kind that underscores the limits of the government’s tolerance of challenges to its authority.

Despite an official drive against corruption, China has detained at least 15 activists in recent months who were involved in a campaign pushing for officials to publicly disclose their wealth.

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      "I started working at Reuters in 2002 as an equities reporter in Shanghai, before moving to Beijing in 2005 to work on the general news and politics file. My primary areas of coverage are China's relations with Southeast Asia and Taiwan, the development of China's military, and ethnic minority issues in China."
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