November 24, 2009 |
An activist who was investigating the role shoddy school construction played in the deaths of more than 5,000 children in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was given a three-year prison sentence Monday on charges of possessing state secrets. Huang Qi, 46, a veteran activist and blogger, is the most prominent of more than a dozen people who were arrested for demanding investigations into construction standards after the magnitude 7.9 temblor. Others included prominent artists, former teachers and parents who lost their only children in the earthquake.
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May 16, 2008 |
The fiery dishes spiked with Sichuan peppercorns began arriving on the table, but Tang Xiulan and her friends remained transfixed by a television screen above the restaurant's front door showing images of rescue efforts in their home province. The past week has provided the most they had seen or heard of Sichuan since they immigrated to the United States -- some a decade ago or more. Unlike Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, the cities of Sichuan are largely unheralded overseas.
July 17, 1990 |
China on Monday launched a new rocket with the ability to carry an eight-ton satellite into low-level Earth orbit, the official New China News Agency reported. The improved Long March 2 rocket, with four boosters, carried a dummy satellite and a small, experimental Pakistani satellite when it blasted off from the Xichang launch site in southwest China's Sichuan province. China entered the international satellite launching business in April when it sent aloft a U.S.
December 25, 1987 |
Twenty-six men have been sent to prison for killing and skinning giant pandas in China's southwestern Sichuan province, the China News Service said. The sentences ranged from three years to life. The agency said on Wednesday that the men killed six pandas, a protected species in China, and tried to smuggle their skins abroad for sale. They also skinned 16 pandas that had starved to death because of a shortage of the pandas' staple food, arrow bamboo.
July 2, 2008 |
WIMBLEDON, England -- As an exhilarating and surprising Wimbledon semifinalist, Zheng Jie will win at least 187,500 British pounds, which on Tuesday came to almost $374,000 -- about 20% of her $1.815 million in career earnings. Hailing from Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake, she plans on giving an undetermined percentage of her winnings to earthquake relief. "Yeah, it's hard for me because in China, sometimes it's a different pressure," she said.
April 8, 1992 |
In a sign that China intends to develop great-power prestige in the coming decades, the government announced Tuesday that it plans to send astronauts into space by the year 2000. China will first develop the technology for a manned spacecraft and conduct practice launches with no astronauts aboard, the official New China News Agency reported, quoting a document released by the State Commission of Science and Technology. Then the manned flights will occur, the agency said.