October 21, 1989 |
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 |
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.
July 17, 2011 |
In his twilight years, Zhang Shan has simplified his daily schedule to the bare essentials: Wake up, eat breakfast, walk to Shuangxing Bathhouse and undress. The bathhouse, on the southern outskirts of the Chinese capital, is a remnant of a time long past when homes here lacked plumbing and all bathing was communal. The bathhouse was also a social gathering point where men flocked to sweat, talk politics and relax. But now, local authorities with an eye toward redevelopment appear intent on demolishing what is believed to be the last traditional public bathhouse in Beijing and the social culture that emanates from it. Zhang, 67, used to commute more than an hour by public bus to fulfill his daily ritual, but two years ago he moved within walking distance.
November 28, 1999 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 24, 1997 |
The South Korean Red Cross offered Friday to send starving North Koreans 40,000 tons of grain--twice the amount it has sent the North in two years of severe food shortages. North Korean negotiators accepted the aid after two hours of talks, said Lee Byung Woong, secretary-general of the South Korean Red Cross. He said negotiations here in the Chinese capital will resume today to resolve disputes on how the food will be sent and who will get it.
November 24, 2006 |
An Airbus A380 jet arrived in the Chinese capital Thursday as part of a series of final test flights intended to lead to the superjumbo model's air-worthiness certification by the end of the year. The 555-seat plane landed at Beijing Capital International Airport in the morning and was expected to fly to Shanghai later in the day. Airbus has received orders for 166 of the superjumbo jets, including five from China Southern Airlines.
November 13, 1990
North Korea and Japan are to hold a second round of preliminary talks Saturday aimed at ultimately establishing diplomatic relations between them. The discussions, which occur against a backdrop of political change throughout Northeast Asia, will take place in the Chinese capital, where both countries have embassies. An earlier round of talks in Beijing had left unsettled key questions of where, when and at what level formal talks on diplomatic ties should begin.