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July 30, 1999 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Chinese government kept up its propaganda war against an outlawed meditation and exercise group, authorities here issued an arrest warrant Thursday for the group's founder, Li Hongzhi, who now lives in New York. State media stopped short of demanding Li's extradition from the U.S., where the 47-year-old has permanent residency. But the government said it would seek assistance from Interpol in catching the man it branded as a con artist and "evil figure."
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BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem - Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political. Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into Apple's online store engraving service. You'll receive a yellow pop-up box saying, "The engraved text is not suitable. " Other phrases that return the same error notice include "Tibet independence," "Xinjiang independence" and "Taiwan independence.
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BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem - Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political. Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into Apple's online store engraving service. You'll receive a yellow pop-up box saying, "The engraved text is not suitable. " Other phrases that return the same error notice include "Tibet independence," "Xinjiang independence" and "Taiwan independence.
NEWS
July 30, 1999 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Chinese government kept up its propaganda war against an outlawed meditation and exercise group, authorities here issued an arrest warrant Thursday for the group's founder, Li Hongzhi, who now lives in New York. State media stopped short of demanding Li's extradition from the U.S., where the 47-year-old has permanent residency. But the government said it would seek assistance from Interpol in catching the man it branded as a con artist and "evil figure."
WORLD
January 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
In a televised appearance, Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi said China cracked down on the meditation group because government leaders envied its popularity. China replied by calling Li a dangerous criminal whose "cult" must be stopped. Mainland China outlawed Falun Gong in 1999 as a threat to communist rule, but Li said the group, which has attracted millions of followers, has never been interested in challenging the government.
NEWS
March 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Defiant members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement hijacked state television in a northeastern Chinese city to show a film protesting a government crackdown on the group, residents said. Television broadcasts in Changchun were interrupted for nearly an hour Tuesday evening by footage of Falun Gong's U.S.-based leader, Li Hongzhi, and a film accusing the regime of staging a self-immolation of alleged adherents in Tiananmen Square last year, residents said.
NEWS
October 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Leaders of the banned Falun Gong meditation sect made a fortune through illegal publication of the group's books and tapes, Chinese government-controlled media reported in Beijing. The reports said millions of tapes and books were sold illegally, enriching founder Li Hongzhi, who lives in exile in New York, and his top assistants in China. Li has denied that he amassed wealth from Falun Gong. Police say the group's leaders made $4.
NEWS
July 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Chinese government has arrested nearly 1,200 government officials among the thousands of people it has rounded up for associating with a banned meditation group, a rights group reported Monday. The officials were being held in schools outside a northern Chinese city, forced to read Communist Party literature and pressured to give up their association with Falun Gong, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported from Hong Kong.
NEWS
November 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
Authorities have sentenced more than 500 people to labor camps in the latest crackdown on the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a human rights group reported Sunday. The Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported that the sentences were handed down to Falun Gong members from Hebei, a northern province bordering Beijing. It cited unidentified sources. The Chinese government banned Falun Gong in July.
NEWS
December 28, 2000 | Associated Press
A Chinese court has rejected appeals by four Falun Gong followers, upholding the prison sentences they were handed for spreading information about the banned group, official media reported Wednesday. Pang You, Mu Chunyan, Chen Suping and Zhang Lixin are among tens of thousands of Falun Gong members who have been detained since China outlawed the group. Falun Gong adherents insist that their exercises and philosophy--ideas derived from Buddhism, Taoism and founder Li Hongzhi--are not political.
NEWS
August 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
China has put out a reward for information leading to the capture of the leader of a banned meditation sect who lives in the United States, state-run media reported Tuesday. Li Hongzhi, leader of the banned Falun Gong sect, topped a list of wanted criminals put out by Chinese police, who will begin paying rewards of more than $6,000 for tips leading to their arrest, the Beijing Evening News reported, quoting police sources. China issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Li, who lives in New York.
NEWS
February 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
As fireworks thundered from Beijing's outskirts, police at Tiananmen Square beat, kicked and detained at least 50 Falun Gong members who welcomed the Year of the Dragon with one of their biggest and most dramatic protests of recent months. Practitioners, ranging in age and some with children, began converging on the vast square late Friday, minutes before the new year began. Many pulled red banners from beneath their clothing and waved them.
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