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Corruption and crime are such hot issues in China these days that people are willing to break the law to see them. Tickets for the Beijing Anti-Corruption and Bribery Exhibition, for example, sold out soon after the show opened last week, according to its official sponsor, the special state prosecutor's office. In some cases, factories or government departments purchased tickets for their entire work forces. But ticketless folks had no problem getting into the crime show on a recent morning.
China's legislature will pass a new law strengthening its constitutionally mandated powers of supervision over the government and judiciary, according to officials attending the annual session of the National People's Congress, or NPC. Officials did not give a timetable, but they expressed confidence that the NPC Supervision Law will be passed within the legislature's current five-year session, which ends in 2003.
January 6, 2009 | Associated Press
China warned Google Inc. and other popular Web portals Monday that they must do more to block pornographic material from reaching Chinese users, the latest in a series of government crackdowns targeting Internet content. The crackdown focused on pornography but is part of a larger Chinese effort to control freedom of expression and root out material it considers destabilizing, such as sites that criticize the Communist Party, promote democratic reform or advocate Taiwan independence.
June 12, 2007 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
What do mailing newspaper clippings to your husband, defending displaced tenants and writing a doctoral thesis using 50-year-old library records have in common? They're all apparently enough to get you thrown in jail in China for "revealing state secrets." In a twist worthy of George Orwell's "1984," many of the laws and regulations that make up the state-secret regime here are themselves classified, making it difficult for individuals to know how and when they're in violation.
March 8, 2005 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
A controversial law that aims to prevent Taiwan from declaring independence says that China would use military force as a last resort, an official told members of parliament today. The speech by Wang Zhaoguo, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and a member of the elite Politburo, provided the first glimpse of the proposed anti-secession measure.
October 8, 2010 | By Janet Stobart and Megan Stack, Los Angeles Times
The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo "for his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. " The award dealt a resounding slap to the Chinese government, which called the decision a "blasphemy" and warned that relations with Norway would be damaged. "Liu Xiaobo is a convicted criminal who broke Chinese law," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement published on the ministry website. "If the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to such a person, it absolutely disobeyed the spirit of this prize and it is a blasphemy to the prize.
June 7, 1990 | From Times wire services
China today denied threatening foreign correspondents and said they will be safe if they obey Chinese law. Earlier this week at least six foreign reporters were assaulted by security forces as they covered the first anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. Soldiers pointed guns at eight others. "We have never threatened any foreign correspondent," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Li Jinhua told reporters.
March 4, 1986 | United Press International
A Soviet co-pilot who commandeered an Aeroflot domestic airliner to China in December was convicted today on hijacking charges by a court in the northeast city of Harbin, officials said. Under Chinese law, hijacking is a "counterrevolutionary" crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. But court observers said the co-pilot, Alimuradov Shamil Gadji Ogly, will likely receive a prison sentence of less than 10 years. Soviet officials have said they will seek Ogly's return.
August 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
American Christians whose 315 Bibles were confiscated by Chinese officials left the Kunming airport after a 26-hour standoff. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had said they would not leave the airport until Communist authorities returned the Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. But the group said the U.S. Embassy told them that Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the nation for more than personal use. Pat Klein, a representative of the group, said he was told he could pick up the Bibles on his way out of the country.
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