March 31, 2012 |
China launched an Internet crackdown Friday amid its worst political crisis in decades, shuttering more than a dozen websites, limiting access to the country's largest micro-blog providers and arresting six people for spreading rumors about a coup attempt in Beijing. The measures represent the strongest attempt yet to quash speculation that the nation's top leadership is wracked by infighting after the ouster of Bo Xilai, the controversial Communist Party chief of mega-city Chongqing.
February 22, 2011 |
With a wary eye on popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Chinese leaders are calling for new ways to defuse social unrest in what appears to be an ominous harbinger of tighter controls on the Internet and elsewhere. Splashed across the front page of Monday's People's Daily newspaper were highlights of a speech given by President Hu Jintao at a Saturday meeting that included all nine members of the Politburo's standing committee and senior cadres from around the country.
May 28, 2012 |
LINYI, China - At the turnoff for the sleepy farming village of Dongshigu, a man wearing a straw hat appears to be selling watermelons at a rough-hewn stand. But when an approaching car slows, burly young men dart out from behind the nearby concrete house and rush to head it off. "It's not a real fruit stand. They're pretending to sell watermelons so they can spy on people coming in and out of the village," said a 44-year-old farmer surnamed Sun from a village across the road.
April 13, 2005 |
One recent night shortly before midnight, a steady stream of vans ferried people from a parking lot in this southern town to an industrial area two miles away, near the border with Myanmar. After passing through the gate of the complex, the vans stopped in front of a yellow building the size and shape of a small airplane hangar.
December 16, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Depending on where your sympathies lie, Chinese President Xi Jinping is either in the midst of an admirable campaign to rid the government of corruption or a cynical purge of his political enemies. The latest casualty is Zhou Yongkang, the feared domestic security czar under the previous government who was formally placed under investigation this month, according to numerous reports in the overseas media. The mottled-complexioned, square-jawed Zhou, 71, has long been the bête noire of Chinese liberals, blamed for excesses against dissidents and for rampant corruption in the state oil sector, where he was an official earlier in his career.
March 2, 2000 |
China has transferred Land and Resources Minister Zhou Yongkang to the post of Communist Party chief of Sichuan province, state media reported today. Zhou was replaced by Tian Fengshan, governor of Heilongjiang province, the People's Daily said. On Wednesday, the official New China News Agency said in a terse dispatch that Zhou had been "relieved of his duties."