Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

深圳政法委一副巡视员被举报索贿80万嫖娼40次 (Shenzhen Party official allegedly took bribes of RMB 800,000 and solicited prostitutes 40 times)
Southern Metropolis Daily, December 11, 2013
http://news.eastday.com/eastday/13news/auto/news/china/u7ai326180_K4.html

China anti-corruption reform: shark fins, bird nests, upmarket cigarettes and alcohol banned from state events
International Business Times, December 9, 2013
www.ibtimes.com/china-anti-corruption-reform-shark-fins-bird-nests-upmarket-cigarettes-alcohol-banned-state-events

Disasters (灾难)

深圳今晨大火16人死亡 近百人聚集讨说法无人应 (Shenzhen market fire kills 16)
China National Radio, December 11, 2013
http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2013/12-11/5608448.shtml

Environment (环境)

China state media under fire for arguing benefits of smog
Reuters, December 10, 2013
www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/10/us-china-pollution-idUSBRE9B903O20131210

Related:
State media effort to spin the "5 benefits" of China's smog falls flat
Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2013
blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/12/10/state-media-effort-to-spin-the-5-benefits-of-chinas-smog-falls-flat/

New EPA chief visits China to talk air pollution in first trip abroad
Washington Post, December 10, 2013
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/12/10/new-epa-chief-visits-china-to-talk-air-pollution-in-first-trip-abroad/

China boosts research as smog crisis raises fears over infertility
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1378103/china-boosts-research-effect-pollution-fertility-amid-smog-crisis

Freedom of Expression and Privacy (言论自由和隐私)

Chinese professor who advocated free speech is fired
教授张雪忠因提倡言论自由被解聘
The New York Times, December 11, 2013
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20131211/c11professor/dual/

See Zhang’s article:
2013反宪政逆流的根源及危险 ("The Origin and the Perils of the Anti-Constitutionalism Campaign in 2013")
Independent Chinese Pen Center,December 10, 2013 http://www.chinesepen.org/Article/sxsy/201312/Article_20131210135721.shtml

Fresh fears of crackdown as Chinese professor is fired for "criticising Xi Jinping"
The Telegraph, December 10, 2013
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10507646/Fresh-fears-of-crackdown-as-Chinese-professor-is-fired-for-criticising-Xi-Jinping.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong squirms in the shadow of China, its overpowering big brother
Washington Post, December 10, 2013
www.washingtonpost.com/world/hong-kong-squirms-in-the-shadow-of-china-its-overpowering-big-brother/2013/12/09/cc9e48c0-5dd0-11e3-8d24-31c016b976b2_story.html

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

China says U.S. has no right to comment on fate of activists
Reuters, December 10, 2013
www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/10/us-china-usa-rights-idUSBRE9B908120131210

Related:
Chinese law can't be tailored to suit individuals
Global Times, December 11, 2013
www.globaltimes.cn/content/831374.shtml#.Uqez7WQW0b4

ICT (信息和通信技术)

谷歌叫停香港数据中心 原因众说纷纭
Google abandons its Hong Kong data centre project
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2013
CH:http://www.nanzao.com/sc/hong-kong/17737/gu-ge-jiao-ting-xiang-gang-shu-ju-zhong-xin-yuan-yin-zhong-shuo-fen-yun
EN:http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1377908/google-abandons-its-hong-kong-data-centre-project

Labor (劳工)

“芭比女工”揭示中国劳工的悲惨处境 (Barbie employees reveal exploitation of Chinese workers)
Radio France Internationale, December 11, 2013
http://rfi.my/1kzkaIH

Worker deaths raise questions at an Apple contractor in China
The New York Times, December 11, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/technology/worker-deaths-raise-questions-at-an-apple-contractor-in-china.html

Society (社会)

劳教权益团体促中国取消对性工作者的收容制度 (Rights group urges China to eliminate “custody and education” system for sex workers)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 11, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/12/131211_china_justice_rights.shtml

Advocacy group calls China to shut labor camps for sex workers
Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2013
blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/12/10/advocacy-group-calls-china-to-shut-labor-camps-for-sex-workers/

See the report:
"Custody and Education": Arbitrary Detention for Female Sex Workers in China
Asia Catalyst, December 2013
asiacatalyst.org/blog/AsiaCatalyst_CustodyEducation2013-12-EN.pdf

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan ex-captain gets life term for spying for China
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1378462/taiwan-ex-captain-gets-life-term-spying-china