June 7, 1990 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 27, 1989 |
Chinese authorities Monday were holding 11 Americans in Kunming on charges of distributing religious tracts. A U.S. official said that "we expect the matter to be resolved soon." The Americans, who went to China on June 13, were believed associated with an evangelical Christian group, the Latter Rain Ministry of Litchfield, Ill. State Department spokesman Adam Shub said that the charges against them were not considered serious under Chinese law and that an official was on his way from the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu to investigate.
November 20, 1994 |
Seventy-three rare Siberian tigers saved from slaughter by Chinese law face starvation because the breeders who raised them for their bones can't afford to feed them. China recently began enforcing a ban on slaughtering the species that has saved the 73 tigers from slaughter but not from starvation at the China Feline Captive Breeding Center in Mudanjiang in Manchuria in northeastern China.
March 8, 2008 |
China will be stricter on foreign performers after Icelandic singer Bjork shouted "Tibet! Tibet!" at the end of her concert in Shanghai this week, the Chinese government said Friday. A statement by China's Culture Ministry said Bjork's outburst "broke Chinese law and hurt Chinese people's feelings." Bjork shouted "Tibet!" after a performance of her song "Declare Independence" on Sunday. The outburst drew rare public attention inside China to Beijing's often harsh rule over the Himalayan region.
July 5, 2006 |
A group of major music companies is preparing to sue Yahoo China over complaints that the search engine violates copyrights by linking to websites that offer pirated music, the group's chairman said Tuesday. "Yahoo China have been blatantly infringing our members' rights," said John Kennedy of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries. "We are taking the preliminary steps required by Chinese law for filing a lawsuit."
April 20, 2010 |
Google Inc.'s fight with China over Internet censorship made headlines around the world, but it has been engaged in similar battles around the globe. At least 25 countries, many of them with repressive regimes but even those with democracies, have at times blocked the public's access to Google over the last several years. All told, more than 40 countries actively censor the Internet, compared with a handful in 2004, which is when the OpenNet Initiative, a group of academics, began tracking global censorship.