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Jul 31, 2015

Low-key celebration in Beijing for Winter Games win

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing celebrated its selection as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics in low-key fashion on Friday, in stark contrast to when the Chinese capital was awarded the 2008 Summer Games.

In 2001, Beijing reverberated with noisy celebrations as excited crowds thronged into Tiananmen Square and the city streets in an outpouring of joy.

Jul 31, 2015

Olympics-Low-key celebration in Beijing for Winter Games win

BEIJING, July 31 (Reuters) – Beijing celebrated its selection as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics in low-key fashion on Friday, in stark contrast to when the Chinese capital was awarded the 2008 Summer Games.

In 2001, Beijing reverberated with noisy celebrations as excited crowds thronged into Tiananmen Square and the city streets in an outpouring of joy.

Jul 31, 2015

Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name.

Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S. authorities said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

Jul 30, 2015

Chinese university says professor accused of spying freed on bail in U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have released on bail a Chinese professor who had been charged in May by the United States with economic espionage, a propaganda official from Tianjin University, his employer, said on Thursday.

Zhang Hao, a professor with Tianjin University, was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. The United States said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

Jul 30, 2015

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says UK denies him six-month visa

BEIJING (Reuters) – Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favor of one with a shorter duration, telling him that he had not declared a previous “criminal conviction”.

The denial of a longer visa comes three months before President Xi Jinping visits Britain and could fuel criticism of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, which has been accused of putting trade before human rights in dealing with China.

Jul 30, 2015

Activists aim to derail Beijing’s bid for Winter Olympics

BEIJING (Reuters) – Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital.

Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics Games, hopes to beat Almaty, Kazakhstan, and win the 2022 Winter Olympics, when a decision is made on Friday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Jul 22, 2015

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s passport after four years

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport on Wednesday, more than four years after it was confiscated following his 81-day secret detention.

Ai, 58, told Reuters by telephone that police from the Exit and Entry Bureau, which issues passports to Chinese citizens, called him on Wednesday morning to collect his passport, which he now has in hand.

Jul 16, 2015

China cremates prominent Tibetan monk against family’s wishes

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk on Thursday, his sister said, denying family members custody of his remains amid suspicions over the cause of his death.

More than 30 monks, nuns and family members of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche viewed his body, said Dolkar, his sister, who witnessed the cremation in Dazhou city in southwestern Sichuan province on Thursday morning.

Jul 16, 2015

CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 3-High-profile Tibetan monk dies in prison in China

BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) – A Tibetan monk who was one of
China’s most prominent political prisoners has died in jail, a
relative said on Monday, and a rights group said security forces
were deployed after protesters gathered near a government office
in his home region.

The United States, the European Union and international
rights groups had called for the release of Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche, 65, who was serving a life sentence on charges of
“crimes of terror and incitement of separatism”.

Jul 16, 2015

CORRECTED (OFFICIAL) – High-profile Tibetan monk dies in prison in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Tibetan monk who was one of China’s most prominent political prisoners has died in prison, a relative and human rights activists said on Monday, raising the prospect of an increase in resentment of the government in Tibetan regions.

The United States, European Union and international rights groups had called for the release of the monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, who died on Sunday in Chuandong prison in the southwestern city of Chengdu, his cousin, Geshe Nyima, told Reuters by telephone from India.