(February 21, 2006) Corruption charges have swirled for years around Li Peng’s family. New allegations of nepotism involving Huaneng International have angered the party leadership and copies of the publication in which they appeared are being confiscated.
(January 16, 2006) Jasper Becker and his defenders say the former South China Morning Post reporter was the victim of a new climate of self-censorship as Beijing imposes the ‘correct attitude’ on the Hong Kong media.
(December 17, 2005) China has sent four people to jail for stealing dangerous radioactive waste from a power plant in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
(July 31, 2002) ‘The market economy is not a sin. … the sin comes from inequality of non-economic rights. It is this inequality of rights that distorts China’s market economy, and that also leads to omnipresent corruption and peasant problems,’ writes Prof. Zhu Xueqin.
(May 24, 2002) ‘China has been named one of three Housing Rights Violators in 2005, for its appalling record of government-sanctioned forced evictions and its flagrant disregard for the human right to adequate housing.’
(March 19, 2002) ‘The scale of unrest is extraordinary for any country in peacetime, with an average of 240 incidents each day.’
(March 15, 2002) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that land seizures by local authorities are a key threat to rural stability. ‘We absolutely can’t commit an historic error over land problems,’ Mr Wen said.
(March 14, 2002) Prime Minister Wen Jiabao says land grabs by officials eager to cash in on China’s booming economy are provoking mass unrest in the countryside and amount to a ‘historic error’ that could threaten national stability.
(March 11, 2002) Premier Wen Jiabao has said the continued ‘reckless occupation’ of farmland would ‘create large numbers of landless farmers and present a grave problem for the sustainable development and stability of the countryside and whole economy and society.’
(March 3, 2002) A day after the government released statistics showing an average of more than 230 demonstrations every day last year, state media published a grim warning from the prime minister, who is struggling to curb local governments’ land-grabbing instincts.
(June 11, 2001) The Financial Times of London and South China Morning Postreport that China’s censors have launched a clampdown on press freedoms, revealing insecurities among the country’s ruling elite threatened by rampant corruption and rural strife. The cause of their sensitivity seems to be a combination of an increasingly lively and emboldened state media, and the approaching 80th Communist Party anniversary, on July 1.
(May 22, 2001) Nestled in a small building complex in the heart of Kunming in southwestern China, the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge (CBIK) is easily overlooked. But behind its modest headquarters, this 100-member strong organization is changing the face of development in China’s remote western provinces.
(May 19, 2001) Environmental watchdogs in China who abuse their authority will be punished under a special regulation that took effect yesterday. The provisional form of the regulation, China’s first on disciplining dereliction of duty, was released yesterday by the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) and the Ministry of Supervision.
(April 20, 2001) The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China’s top environmental body, has released a tentative measure on public involvement in the nation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
(October 19, 2000) The Chinese government’s recognition of the need for public input in solving the environmental crisis may offer a test for greater public participation in other areas.