Thursday, April 11, 2013

Corruption

China’s Former Rail Minister Is Charged With Corruption
The New York Times, April 10, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/world/asia/liu-zhijun-former-chinese-rail-minister-charged-with-corruption.html

China's 'Living Dead' Officials Escape Debt
Radio Free Asia, April 09, 2013
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/debt-04092013110833.html

Environment

China Soil Survey Reveals Century-Old Heavy Metals and Banned Pesticides
South China Morning Post, April 10, 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1211526/china-soil-survey-reveals-century-old-heavy-metals-and-banned-pesticides

Health

全国已确诊33例人感染H7N9禽流感病例 9人死亡(33 Sick from Bird Flu, Death Toll Climbs to Nine)
Eastday(东方网), April 10, 2013
http://news.eastday.com/c/20130410/u1a7315519.html

Pigeon Group Plans to Vaccinate 90,000 Birds to Protect Against Bird Flu
The Age, April 10, 2013
http://www.theage.com.au/world/pigeon-group-plans-to-vaccinate-90000-birds-to-protect-against-bird-flu-20130409-2hjs2.html

Human Rights Defenders

陈光诚首现国会听证 要求公开中美外交协议 (Chen Guangcheng at Congress: Calls for Transparency in US–China Diplomatic Agreements)
Voice of America, April 10, 2013
http://www.voachinese.com/content/congress-hearing-chenguangcheng-on-china-human-rights/1638330.html

陈光诚家人在中国受到威胁 (Family of Chen Guangcheng is Threatened in China)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 10, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/04/130410_chen_family.shtml

Related:
Chinese Dissident Calls on China to Stop Persecuting His Family
Voice of America, April 09, 2013
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-dissident-chen-guangcheng/1638244.html

For more information on Chen Guangcheng, see:
“鸟儿已经出笼”——协助陈光诚获得自由
“The bird is out of the cage”: Helping Chen Guangcheng Reach Freedom
China Rights Forum, 2012, no. 2
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/cn/crf/article/6464
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/crf/article/6463

Poet’s Nightmare in Chinese Prison
The New York Times, April 09, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/books/liao-yiwus-new-book-is-for-a-song-and-a-hundred-songs.html

For more information on Liao Yiwu, see:
中国作家廖亦武、余杰分别在德国和美国获奖
International Prizes for Authors Liao Yiwu and Yu Jie
Human Rights in China, March 1, 2013
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/cn/content/6338
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/content/6334

Information Control

中国10余人因散布禽流感谣言被拘 (Over Ten Detained for “Spreading Bird Flu Rumors”)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 10, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/04/130410_china_birdflu_rumour.shtml

Related:
China Detains 10 for Bird Flu rumors, Death Toll at 9
Reuters, April 10, 2013
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/10/us-birdflu-china-idUSBRE93901V20130410

新疆小伙起诉环保局要求公开环评报告被驳回 (Xinjiang Court Dismisses Suit for Information Disclosure, Affirms Citizens’ Right to Know)
Sina, April 10, 2013
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2013-04-10/124126784923.shtml

International Relations (Human Rights, Security, Trade and Investment)

中国政府一反常态:主动找德国谈人权 (China Invites Germany to Discuss Human Rights in Beijing)
Deutsche Welle, April 10, 2013
http://bit.ly/10Rtxus

China Targets South Korea with Soft Power
Asia Times Online, April 10, 2013
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-100413.html

China Pledges $548 Million in Aid to Ally Cambodia
Reuters, April 10, 2013
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/10/us-cambodia-china-idUSBRE93909D20130410

Political and Economic Reform

专家谈国务院机构改革:不少地方权力需要收归中央 (Experts Discuss State Council Reform, Urge Centralizing Local Powers)
People's Daily, April 10, 2013
http://politics.people.com.cn//n/2013/0410/c1001-21087437.html

Poverty

15 M Poor Disabled People in Rural China
China Daily, April 10, 2013
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-04/10/content_16391313.htm

Protests and Petitions

河南尉氏律师抗议被称为孬种:上访不能归咎律师 (Henan Lawyers, Blamed for Inciting Petitioning, Protest “Bad Seeds” Label by Party Official)
Sina, April 10, 2013
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2013-04-10/105526784223.shtml

4公民被抓9天 西单再现“公开财产”横幅 (“Disclose Officials' Assets” Banner Reappears, Protesters on Ninth Day of Detention)
Voice of America, April 10, 2013
http://www.voachinese.com/content/citizen-beijing-20130409/1637922.html

Society

2013年农村绿皮书:农村居民收入增速再超城镇居民 (2013 Green Paper: Rural Areas Outpace Cities in Per Cap Income)
People's Daily, April 10, 2013
http://politics.people.com.cn//n/2013/0410/c1001-21084109.html

Torture

温州一官员双规期间猝死 满身伤痕疑遭刑讯殴打 (Corpse of Wenzhou Official under “Shuanggui” is Covered in Wounds, Family Suspects Torture)
China News Service, April 10, 2013
http://news.dayoo.com/china/201304/10/53868_29977257.htm

XUAR

Uyghur Boy Hacked to Death in Xinjiang
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2013
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/boy-04092013190730.html