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January 28, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County businessman who was prohibited from leaving China for nearly two weeks because of a contract dispute with a Chinese supplier has negotiated a settlement and returned to the United States. Brian Horowitz, 46, of Mission Viejo, said Chinese government officials refused to let him leave the country until he paid the Chinese firm $250,000 to resolve a civil lawsuit the company had filed against him. He said he arrived home Jan. 18 after his wife wired the funds to China.
January 10, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A businessman from Orange County said Chinese government officials have prohibited him from leaving China for the last four days, saying he must resolve a contract dispute with a Chinese supplier before they will let him return to the United States. Brian Horowitz of Mission Viejo said he was detained at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Thursday and told that he couldn't board an American Airlines flight to Chicago because of a lawsuit he says he knew nothing about. Horowitz, 46, said he called a judge at the direction of Chinese immigration officials and was told he would need to settle the case, filed by an exporting company in the city of Fuzhou, before he would be allowed to fly home.
January 15, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
The scale and sophistication of the cyber attacks on Google Inc. and other large U.S. corporations by hackers in China is raising national security concerns that the Asian superpower is escalating its industrial espionage efforts on the Internet. While the U.S. focus has been primarily on protecting military and state secrets from cyber spying, a new battle is being waged in which corporate computers and the valuable intellectual property they hold have become as much a target of foreign governments as those run by the Pentagon and the CIA. "This is a watershed moment in the cyber war," James Mulvenon, director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis at Defense Group Inc., a national-security firm, said Thursday.
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.
February 16, 2006
DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA can be complicated, especially for a company that traffics in information. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are all eager to expand in China, where the Internet is big and getting bigger, and all have recently come in for criticism for going along with Beijing's restrictions on Internet use.
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.
December 25, 2002 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Zhou Wei has the rare distinction of having been excommunicated by the Communist Party twice. The first time, he was a model cadre who became a target of Mao Tse-tung's 1957 "anti-rightist campaign," a ruthless crackdown on suspected counterrevolutionaries. Then only 26, Zhou suddenly found himself stripped of his party membership and banished to the countryside for more than two decades. His lot changed in 1979, when victims of the campaign were rehabilitated under Deng Xiaoping.
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.
China, the land that has become the United States' biggest source of adopted babies, has changed its law to encourage more of its own people to adopt orphaned and abandoned children. The new law, passed Wednesday by China's National People's Congress, lowers the minimum age of Chinese adoptive parents from 35 to 30, drops a requirement that they be childless and allows them to adopt more than one orphan.
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