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July 23, 1990 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gaunt young man in a green sweat shirt put a pinch of brown powder on a piece of foil from a cigarette package, held a burning match below it and, as a thin wisp of smoke rose, drew it into his lungs. "I've tried to give up, seven or eight times," he said to a foreigner who had been allowed to enter this modern-day opium den only after overcoming suspicions that he was an American narcotics agent. "I can't help myself. It's my environment. All my friends smoke."
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September 9, 2001 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mansion was the mysterious house of sin built by China's most-wanted criminal. The red pleasure palace--the color of the Communist Party--had played host to hundreds of straying party officials. As part of a high-profile fight against crime, the authorities opened it to the public recently as an anti-corruption shrine. But the cautionary "educational facility" has quickly become a tourist hot spot.
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July 7, 2001 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried about spiraling crime rates, China is carrying out a law enforcement crackdown that has seen many hundreds of people executed since the beginning of the year. At least 1,781 people were put to death in the last three months--more than were believed executed in China all of last year, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Friday.
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July 7, 2001 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried about spiraling crime rates, China is carrying out a law enforcement crackdown that has seen many hundreds of people executed since the beginning of the year. At least 1,781 people were put to death in the last three months--more than were believed executed in China all of last year, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Friday.
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March 30, 1989 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
Chinese customs officials have confiscated petitions signed by more than 24,000 people in Hong Kong and 34 countries urging release of Chinese political prisoners, a group of Hong Kong activists said here Wednesday. The petitions were circulated by various organizations as part of an international campaign for the release of eight well-known pro-democracy activists, most of them imprisoned for nearly a decade, and other less famous prisoners.
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May 6, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Beijing have given suspected murderers, rapists, hoodlums and robbers until the end of June to surrender in a crime crackdown, offering to ignore lesser crimes in sentencing and to waive the death penalty. The notice from judicial and public security authorities in the capital said the call to criminals was part of the new war on crime launched last week throughout China. The notice called on wanted criminals to surrender to their local police stations before June 30.
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October 24, 1990 | Associated Press
China's guardians of Marxist ideology on Tuesday announced a new campaign against pornography and Western liberalism and said they will press on with an anti-crime drive in which hundreds have been executed. The announcements in the party newspaper People's Daily indicated that the hard-liners who have dominated Chinese politics since June, 1989, have no intention of relaxing their hold.
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July 31, 1989
Two men were executed and a dozen other people were sentenced to prison terms in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for violence during recent pro-democracy demonstrations, the official New China News Agency reported. Yu Chunting and Guo Zhenghua were executed for stealing firearms and ammunition and killing a pregnant woman and a girl while committing a robbery, the agency said.
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January 29, 1991 | Associated Press
At least 13 people were executed in a single day in the southern Chinese city of Canton, as part of a national anti-crime campaign, the official newspaper Yangcheng Evening News said. The report listed the names of the 13 people, who were convicted of theft, armed robbery, murder, assault and rape. Executions in China are by a single bullet to the back of the head.
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November 24, 1995 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just to set the record straight: Ah Jing said she is not dead. Nor was she kidnaped. Nor--as one popular version of the story goes--was her lover snatched by underworld thugs and murdered. Still, the news of the celebrated Beijing restaurateur's well-being might surprise and even disappoint many people in the Chinese capital these days. Beijing, like much of China, is preoccupied with fantastic crime tales.
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January 1, 1997 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Communist victory was still fresh and relatively pure in the war-weary land of China, about the most serious charge that could be made against someone was that they were "counterrevolutionary." But nearly 50 years after the Communists swept into power full of revolutionary righteousness, lawmakers here say they are prepared to strike from the books all "counterrevolutionary" crimes--the same laws used over the decades to prosecute and jail thousands of political prisoners.
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May 6, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Beijing have given suspected murderers, rapists, hoodlums and robbers until the end of June to surrender in a crime crackdown, offering to ignore lesser crimes in sentencing and to waive the death penalty. The notice from judicial and public security authorities in the capital said the call to criminals was part of the new war on crime launched last week throughout China. The notice called on wanted criminals to surrender to their local police stations before June 30.
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November 24, 1995 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just to set the record straight: Ah Jing said she is not dead. Nor was she kidnaped. Nor--as one popular version of the story goes--was her lover snatched by underworld thugs and murdered. Still, the news of the celebrated Beijing restaurateur's well-being might surprise and even disappoint many people in the Chinese capital these days. Beijing, like much of China, is preoccupied with fantastic crime tales.
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July 29, 1995 | From Reuters
China brought capital charges Friday against six people in the biggest corruption scandal of the Communist era, with 57-year-old Deng Bin facing death for heading a pyramid scam alleged to have cost state firms $380 million. The announcement of her indictment in the huge fund-raising scheme followed an 11-month inquiry that stretched through dozens of towns and cities across China and reached into the Beijing offices of the intelligence-gathering State Security Bureau, Chinese sources said.
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August 16, 1994 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a recent trip here in China's deep south, the American found himself in a taxi traveling at night between Guangzhou and the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on the border with Hong Kong. Giant seafood restaurants, lit up like Las Vegas casinos, lined the route. In the shadows between the neon islands moved tides of slumping migrant laborers who had come south to get rich, traveling by foot at night to avoid the overbearing heat and humidity of the day.
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February 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China's chief justice vowed to crack down on severe criminal offenders, blaming "the infiltration of decadent Western ideology and culture" for exacerbating the national crime rate. Ren Jianxin, president of the Supreme People's Court, resurrected the Marxist theory of class struggle to justify a harsh anti-crime campaign that sent hundreds to the execution grounds last year. Authorities have vowed to continue the crackdown.
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August 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Peasants in southern China have cut down and stolen more than 10,000 trees from a state-run forest since the beginning of this year, the official Legal Daily reported Monday. The newspaper said that thousands of peasants have entered the Wugong Mountain forest in Jiangxi province, stealing trees to be used in construction and for fuel.
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January 29, 1991 | Associated Press
At least 13 people were executed in a single day in the southern Chinese city of Canton, as part of a national anti-crime campaign, the official newspaper Yangcheng Evening News said. The report listed the names of the 13 people, who were convicted of theft, armed robbery, murder, assault and rape. Executions in China are by a single bullet to the back of the head.
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October 24, 1990 | Associated Press
China's guardians of Marxist ideology on Tuesday announced a new campaign against pornography and Western liberalism and said they will press on with an anti-crime drive in which hundreds have been executed. The announcements in the party newspaper People's Daily indicated that the hard-liners who have dominated Chinese politics since June, 1989, have no intention of relaxing their hold.
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