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September 24, 1985 | Associated Press
There are about 225,000 practicing Muslims, Christians and Buddhists in the Chinese capital, according to the director of Peking's religious affairs bureau. In the first detailed disclosure of such figures, the director, Guo Ximin, was quoted by the official English-language China Daily as saying there are 190,000 practicing Muslims, 30,000 Roman Catholics, 5,000 Protestants and 400 Buddhists.
November 18, 1989 | Reuters
Authorities have tightened security around telephone facsimile machines in the Chinese capital to thwart a campaign by a Paris-based dissident group to use the equipment to flood China with anti-government propaganda. The Front for Democratic China, a Paris-based exile group, launched what it called a "faxing freedom" campaign last month to dispute the official version of the crushing of a pro-democracy movement in June.
April 26, 1985 | Associated Press
The air of the Chinese capital contains nearly three times the maximum recommended amount of pollutants, the chief of the nation's environmental agency was quoted as saying Thursday. The official English-language China Daily said Qu Geping reported that Peking's air has 840 micrograms of soot per cubic meter, compared with a recommended maximum level of 300. He called for immediate measures to control smog and acid rain.
October 21, 1989 | Associated Press
City lawmakers in the Chinese capital have called for jails to be built to house prostitutes and urged severe punishment, including the death sentence, for anyone who induces or coerces women into prostitution, the official New China News Agency said Friday. The municipal government was discussing a draft bill to give the capital its first anti-prostitution statutes, the agency said. China has national laws against prostitution, but penalties are generally light.
December 8, 1989 | Reuters
The Chinese capital has launched its first large-scale police recruiting drive, saying security forces must be expanded to meet "increased demand for maintaining public order" during the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, an official newspaper said Thursday. China Daily quoted an official as saying that Beijing's police hope to find 4,000 recruits.
December 7, 2011 | By David Pierson and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Cheap-chic retailer Forever 21 Inc. is opening a flagship store in Beijing, part of the company's plan to reenter the world's largest emerging consumer market. In a ceremony Tuesday in Beijing, the Los Angeles clothing maker committed to opening a 24,000-square-foot space next year in a multistory mall in Wangfujing, the Chinese capital's central shopping district. Two additional stores, in Shanghai and Hong Kong, are also expected to open in the first half of 2012. The expansion marks Forever 21's second attempt to crack the China market.
November 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Chinese-Australian practitioners of the banned Falun Gong meditation sect arrived in Hong Kong after they were expelled from China. Jiang Huijie, 31; Gao Yuan, 36; and Jiang Xili, 42, said members of the sect are regularly rounded up and beaten by Chinese authorities. They said they were manhandled even after they showed their Australian passports. The three were among 15 practitioners picked up while attending a meeting at a private home in Guangzhou.
February 13, 2004 | From Reuters
The Chinese capital of Beijing has canceled a production of "The Vagina Monologues" just days after the show was called off in Shanghai, the play's producers said Thursday. Confusion over approvals needed and misunderstandings over the aim of sponsors to spread awareness of violence against women in China, rather than to promote sexual permissiveness, led culture authorities to ax it, the head of the gallery staging it said.
January 13, 1987 | From Reuters
The widow of Chairman Mao Tse-tung has throat cancer and may be close to death, according to a newspaper that reached Peking on Monday. The Weekly Digest published in the east China city of Hefei said that Jiang Qing, who will be 73 this year, is undergoing treatment for the cancer in a top Peking hospital. It gave no other details beyond saying she may be dying.
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