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.
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.
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."
March 18, 1995 |
In a rare display of opposition that caused nervous murmurs Friday in the Great Hall of the People here, one-third of China's national Parliament failed to support a handpicked candidate of Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin for a senior post in the government. But the candidate for the post of vice premier in charge of agriculture, Jiang Chunyun, still carried the day, winning election with 63% of the vote.
April 7, 1992 |
In an extraordinary move, Chinese authorities Monday turned down a request by two congressional leaders, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman David L. Boren (D-Okla.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), to visit China later this month, State Department and congressional sources said. Boren and Pell both sought permission to visit China during the next congressional recess, which starts next Monday.
March 8, 1992 |
Senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping has triggered an aggressive effort by reformers within the Communist Party to oust hard-line ideologues from key party and government positions. Acting Minister of Culture He Jingzhi has already submitted his resignation, Chinese sources told foreign reporters in Beijing on Saturday. Others facing pressure from reformist forces include Wang Renzhi, head of the party propaganda department, and Gao Di, who heads the official newspaper People's Daily.