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Jun 29, 2015

China arrests prominent rights activist for defamation, subversion

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have formally arrested and charged a prominent rights activist who had called for official accountability over what he said were miscarriages of justice, his lawyer said on Monday.

Wu Gan, a burly 43-year-old online free speech advocate, was charged with causing a disturbance, defamation and “inciting subversion of state power”, his lawyer Yan Wenxin said.

Jun 24, 2015

China says economic losses from drug abuse hit $81 billion a year

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday gave its first-ever assessment of the scourge of drug abuse, saying it caused annual economic losses of 500 billion yuan ($80.54 billion) and as many as 49,000 deaths last year.

China has intensified a crackdown on drugs as the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income has fueled a surge in the numbers of drug addicts.

Jun 16, 2015

China says about to finish some land reclamation in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will soon complete some of its land reclamation on the Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, indicating that Beijing is close to setting up new outposts in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

The Foreign Ministry did not identify which of the seven reefs undergoing reclamation would be finished soon.

Jun 15, 2015

Chinese police detain two activists linked to prominent NGO

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have detained two rights activists who worked for a prominent non-governmental organization (NGO), their relatives said on Monday, the latest sign of an intensifying clampdown on the work of non-profit groups.

About half a dozen security officials from the central city of Zhengzhou took Yang Zhanqing, previously an office director of Yirenping, from his home in the southern city of Huizhou late last Friday, said his wife, surnamed Bu. She declined to give her full name.

Jun 3, 2015

Ship sinking in China puts focus on captain’s role

BEIJING, June 3 (Reuters) – Three years before the cruise
ship he was steering capsized in the Yangtze River, the Chinese
government honoured captain Zhang Shuwen for saving the life of
an elderly man who had suffered an asthma attack.

Zhang is now the focus of attention after his ship, the
Eastern Star, sank on Monday night during a fierce storm, in
what may be China’s worst maritime disaster in almost 70 years.
At least 19 bodies have been found and more than 400 people are
missing.

Jun 1, 2015

Foreign governments, non-profits press China to revise draft NGO law

BEIJING/HONG KONG, June 1 (Reuters) – Western governments
and foreign non-profit groups are pressuring China to revise a
proposed law they say would severely restrict the activities of
non-government organisations, business groups and universities,
according to people familiar with the matter.

The draft law “governing foreign NGOs”, which has triggered
a storm of criticism since it was made open for public
consultation last month, requires foreign non-profits to find an
official sponsor, typically a government-backed agency, and
gives broad latitude to the police to regulate activities and
funding.

May 29, 2015

China’s first confirmed MERS case arrived from Korea via Hong Kong

BEIJING/HONG KONG, May 29 (Reuters) – China said on Friday a
44-year-old South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but
that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in
close contact with him.

Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of
Guangdong said it was likely the disease would spread as the
patient had taken a bus, crossed a busy border checkpoint from
Hong Kong and stayed in a hotel before being taken to hospital.

May 29, 2015

South Korean becomes China’s first confirmed MERS case

BEIJING, May 29 (Reuters) – China said on Friday a South
Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but that it had
not found any symptoms in the 38 people who had close contact
with him.

Authorities in South Korea said earlier that the man had
skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to
China.

May 22, 2015

China says U.S. actions in South China Sea ‘irresponsible, dangerous’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which had a team on board the U.S. aircraft.

May 22, 2015

China says U.S. actions in S.China Sea ‘irresponsible, dangerous’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which had a team on board the U.S. aircraft.