(August 24, 2006) A proposed law that would restrict reporting on emergencies looks to many Chinese journalists like a desperate move from a government nervous that current measures aren’t enough to contain the country’s increasingly independent newspapers.
(August 7, 2006) Mark O’Neill looks at a rogue’s gallery of the business world as China takes the fast lane to progress.
(August 7, 2006) ‘The Chinese police continue to jail, attack or intimidate Chinese citizens who talk to the foreign press. The most dramatic recent case was that of Fu Xiancai, an activist on behalf of people displaced by the Three Gorges dam.’
(August 3, 2006) A Chinese official named construction, land acquisition and the privatisation of state enterprises as prime fields for corruption in China, adding that the problem also extended to other sectors, including electric power and environmental protection.
(August 1, 2006) Western investors ‘are buying into a mess, a system where loans are doled out with little regard for risk and reward, with a regulatory structure that doesn’t look anything like what they’re used to,’ one analyst says.
(July 30, 2006) Li Jinhua, director of China’s National Auditing Office, ‘gave an example of farmers in Hubei province who received compensation of $783 per hectare when they were entitled to $30,800.’
(July 28, 2006) New Chinese guidelines identify specific acts of torture for which police can be prosecuted in an apparent attempt to rein in such abuses.
(July 26, 2006) The official Chinese investigation into the assault of Three Gorges petitioner Fu Xiancai has concluded that Fu was not injured by someone else, and that no criminal act had been committed.
(July 3, 2006) A Chinese draft law that threatens to fine domestic and foreign news media for reporting without permission on ‘sudden incidents’ is intended ‘to prevent malicious behavior by news media that willfully mislead the public.’
(June 29, 2006) Auditor-general Li Jinhua said recently that institutional inefficiency could cause more waste of money than individual corruption. He cited the NDRC, which ‘injected 1 billion yuan into five river dam projects before their feasibility was proven.’
(June 27, 2006) Speakers reminded officials to be on alert for "rampant spying activities and the penetration of state enemies" during the current period of peace and economic reform.
(June 26, 2006) China is considering imposing financial penalties on media outlets that report emergency incidents without prior permission. Media organizations could face fines of more than $10,000 if they disobey.
(May 22, 2006) Since 1998, Three Gorges Probe has been reporting on corruption at China’s Ministry of Water Resources. This article details the latest MWR scandal.
(March 26, 2006) What do recent events in China tell us about the power of information technology to transform repressive societies?
(March 16, 2006) New report describes spreading pattern of "collective protests and group incidents," and says relations between party officials and the masses are "tense, with conflicts on the rise."