BEIJING (Reuters) – China will boost its military spending by 10.1 percent this year to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion) as it cranks up its development of high-tech weapons systems, the government announced on Thursday.
The spending increase, which will outpace China’s slowing, single-digit GDP growth, builds on a nearly unbroken two-decade run of annual double-digit rises in the defense budget.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said.
The conviction of Huang Zerong, who is better known by his pen name Tie Liu, is the latest example of a government campaign to tighten control over the media, political dissidents and the Internet.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A lawsuit filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest is shaping up as a test of China’s strengthened environmental law and the ability of green groups to make companies more accountable for their actions.
Environmentalists hope the case will prompt a wave of legal action across China, where discontent is rising over a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of the country’s water, skies and soil.
BEIJING, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s
brother has stepped down as deputy head of China’s powerful
tobacco monopoly, state media said on Wednesday, removing a
potential conflict of interest as the world’s largest tobacco
user battles a major health crisis.
Li Keming, a vice director at the State Tobacco Monopoly
Administration, has “been removed” from his position, Xinhua
news agency said in a brief report, listing several other
officials who were also stepping down.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A herder from northern China’s Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s occupation of traditional grazing land has hanged himself outside a government building, a relative and an overseas rights group said.
The suicide adds to evidence that tensions are deepening in Inner Mongolia, where minority ethnic Mongolians are demanding better protection of their lands, rights and traditions.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation’s obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports.
Many Chinese have linked previous sports cheating scandals to China’s pursuit of medals at all costs and have criticised the system for putting too much pressure on athletes to succeed in its rigid, Soviet-style sports system.
BEIJING (Reuters) – More than 100 mourners gathered on Saturday at the Beijing home of Zhao Ziyang, the Chinese Communist party chief purged in 1989 for opposing a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.
Chinese liberals have clung to Zhao as a symbol of democratic change in a country whose leaders have rejected a reassessment of the 1989 protests.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, signalling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus.
Ma Jian, a vice minister at China’s Ministry of State Security, is the most senior security official to be investigated since former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang was ensnared in a graft scandal last July.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar’s wife said on Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties.
Guo Yushan, founder of a think-tank that did research on business regulations, reform and civil society, was detained in Beijing in October.
BEIJING (Reuters) – The parents of a Chinese teenager executed 18 years ago for the rape and murder of a woman he did not commit will get 2.05 million yuan (212,418 pounds) in compensation, a court and his father said on Wednesday.
This month, a court exonerated Huugjilt, saying he was wrongly convicted in 1996 of raping and killing a woman in a public restroom. He was executed in the same year. He was 18.