July 4, 2001 |
Few of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's speeches have touched off as much speculation as the one he gave last month at his alma mater, Qinghua University. His address was hardly over before tongues started to wag. Not about his frank remarks on Sino-U.S. relations or his assessment of China's economic woes, but about his seemingly innocuous announcement that he would resign as nominal dean of Qinghua's management school. Interpretations of Zhu's announcement splayed all over the map.
March 5, 2001 |
China has granted early release to a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests who was rearrested and sentenced in 1996 to five years' imprisonment on hooliganism charges, a human rights group said. Guo Haifeng was released Feb. 5, several months early, from prison in central Henan province, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. It speculated that the release may have been designed to boost Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.
January 14, 2001 |
China has freed a schoolteacher and reduced the prison term of an accomplice jailed for splattering paint on Mao Tse-tung's portrait in Tiananmen Square during democracy protests 11 1/2 years ago, a human rights campaigner said Saturday. By defacing Mao's mammoth portrait, Yu Zhijian and Yu Dongyue symbolized popular anger at China's revolutionary old guard during the heady 1989 protests.
February 10, 1998 |
China has freed and expelled a U.S.-based Chinese dissident who sneaked into the country to try to set up an opposition party, ridding itself abruptly of an international human rights embarrassment. Wang Bingzhang, 50, was released from detention and put aboard a flight to Los Angeles from Shanghai on Monday. He had been seized in Anhui province Friday. "I wasn't surprised by my release," he said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he was resting at the home of a friend.
December 4, 1998 |
Two dissidents arrested this week are suspected of endangering national security, China's government said in the clearest sign yet that it intends to block their campaign to form an opposition party. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao refused to say how Xu Wenli and Qin Yongmin endangered the state or to specify what laws they broke. Wang Youcai, a third activist in the campaign to set up the China Democracy Party, has been in custody for a month.
August 8, 2001 |
In a fast-unfolding tale that says much about power relationships and the pace of change in modern China, police in the southern autonomous region of Guangxi have detained 15 people suspected of trying to cover up a mining disaster last month that killed at least 76 people and possibly close to 400.
January 28, 2000 |
With its latest series of rules regulating Internet use, the Chinese government has sent another strong signal of its desire to control the burgeoning world of cyberspace--and its relative inability to do so.
December 5, 1998 |
In an attempt to extend political control into cyberspace, Chinese authorities put a young software entrepreneur on trial here Friday on charges that he tried to undermine the state through the Internet, the first trial of a "cyberdissident" in China. Lin Hai, 30, is accused of inciting subversion by providing 30,000 Chinese e-mail addresses to "hostile foreign organizations," a charge that could bring a maximum penalty of life in prison. Lin pleaded not guilty.
February 13, 1997 |
A Justice Department investigation into improper political fund-raising activities has uncovered evidence that representatives of China sought to direct contributions from foreign sources to the Democratic National Committee before the 1996 presidential campaign, officials familiar with the inquiry told the Washington Post. Sensitive intelligence information shows that the Chinese Embassy in Washington was used for planning contributions to the DNC, the sources said.
February 19, 1997 |
The Chinese government, attempting to quell rampant rumors about the failing health of senior leader Deng Xiaoping that sent stock markets reeling, declared Tuesday that there was "no great change" in the 92-year-old's condition. "There has been no great change in Comrade Deng Xiaoping's health situation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Tang Guoqiang said. "I have no new information to provide."