May 10, 2013 |
BEIJING -- One of China's most prominent film directors, Zhang Yimou, is under investigation for fathering seven children -- a violation of the country's strict family-planning laws. The 61-year-old Zhang directed the opening spectacle of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and some of China's best-known films. Zhang's success could expose him to fines of up to $26 million, according to Chinese state media, because penalties is such cases are assessed on the basis of income. The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, reported Friday that Zhang has one daughter who is about 30 years old with his first wife, and three children ages 7 to 12 with his current wife, actress Chen Ting.
December 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- A videotaped assault of a toddler by an 11-year-old girl in a high rise in Chongqing has in recent days riveted Chinese, inviting comparisons to some of the world's most brutal child murders. The boy was snatched by the girl in the building's elevator Nov. 27 as the boy's grandmother tried to maneuver his tricycle out of the closing elevator doors at the ground floor, apparently planning to take him outside. Closed-circuit television showed the girl, her hair in pigtails and wearing a backpack, throwing the small boy repeatedly onto the floor and kicking him. The 18-month-old later either fell or was thrown from the girl's 25th-floor balcony.
February 18, 2011 |
The man known as the father of the so-called Great Firewall of China is defending his invention, which blocks access to hundreds of thousands of foreign websites, and says he uses privacy software to test the holes in the censorship technology he helped create. In a rare English-language interview published Friday, Fang Binxing, president of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, told the state-owned Global Times that he owned six virtual private networks, or VPNs, to scale the firewall and determine what was and wasn't accessible in China.
January 6, 2012 |
In a case that highlights the perils that await foreigners doing business in China, two Indian traders who were allegedly beaten and detained for two weeks by Chinese businessmen are set to stand trial, accused of owing $1.58 million in debts after their Yemeni boss fled, according to news reports. Deepak Raheja and Shyamsunder Agarwal were reportedly seized Dec. 14 in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, a massive trading center, and held captive in a hotel by local businessmen demanding to be paid back.
July 19, 2013 |
BEIJING - The death of a watermelon seller in China's south-central Hunan province, allegedly at the hands of law enforcement officials known as chengguan , has touched off a new flood of outrage over the often-thuggish municipal code enforcers. Deng Zhengjia and his wife were attempting to sell melons Wednesday morning near a bridge in Linwu county when a dozen chengguan appeared and fined them for selling without a license, state-run media reported. The couple then moved their cart to a different area.
September 29, 2011 |
China's flashy new airports, rail lines and highways are often cited as symbols of the country's inexorable rise. But a pair of violent rail incidents are changing that narrative as more Chinese question the value of economic development that some say is coming at the expense of safety. About 270 people were injured Tuesday when two subway trains collided in Shanghai, paralyzing parts of the country's financial capital. The accident came just two months after 40 people were killed when two high-speed trains collided on a viaduct in a rural section of the southeastern city of Wenzhou.