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It's a grid used to calibrate satellites, boringly enough.
Satellites that just take snapshots, or satellites capable of dropping something?
 

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A similar case.

Foxconn workers threaten mass suicide over pay and conditions
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/wor ... 40652.html
CLIFFORD COONAN in Shanghai

Thu, Jan 12, 2012

CHINESE WORKERS are flexing their muscles over rising prices and again, the focus is on Foxconn, where so many of the world’s iPhones and iPads are made.

Foxconn, the manufacturing giant owned by Taiwanese tycoon Teddy Goh, which makes electronics for companies including Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Dell, said the protest had taken place at its plant in Wuhan on January 4th.

Up to 150 employees had gathered on the roof of a building and fire engines had assembled below.

“China is the country in the world which is richest in human labour,” wrote one person on the internet. “The availability of cheap labour contributed to the development of many businesses. And the growth of knowledge, rising prices.”

In the past couple of years, there have been more than a dozen suicide attempts at the southern China factory, with at least 10 deaths, mostly by jumping off dormitory buildings.

Shenzhen, and other factory towns, are transfixed by the deaths, which have opened up a wider discussion about the human cost of breakneck economic growth.

This particular face-off was resolved by the mayor of Wuhan, local media reported, who told them to leave the roof at 9pm after hours of negotiation.

Rising inflation is causing problems in the manufacturing sector, and the Foxconn workers had threatened to throw themselves off the roof of the factory where they make X-Box 360 video games, demanding better working conditions.

The Foxconn deal involved a month’s wages as severance pay. Any staff who chose to quit and take compensation allegedly found out a day later that Foxconn bosses had changed their mind, leaving the departing employees out of work and out of pocket – thus prompting them to hold the protest.

Foxconn employs 1.2 million people and has about 10,000 robots. It has said it wants become more automated as time goes by – the general trend in Foxconn is towards machines and away from people.

Foxconn chiefs say robots will also help to dampen rising wage costs, as inflation in China means pay demands are surging.

By some assessments, robots can do about 50 per cent of the jobs currently carried out by the employees, many of them young people from China’s provinces.

Moving up the manufacturing value scale is a big obsession in China these days, as the world’s fastest-growing major economy tries to transform itself from a low-cost manufacturing hub into an innovation centre, with biotech and IT sectors.
 

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And the Coltan in those phones probably came from DR Congo - it seems like all our technology is rotten. :(
 

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Its really on a grand scale.

Chinese police free 24,000 abducted women and children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17330203

The one-child policy in China is thought to fuel trafficking

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Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by the Public Security Ministry.

Some of those kidnapped had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola, officials said.

The ministry vowed to step up its tough stance against trafficking.

However, it did not reveal the total number of women and children abducted last year.

The report said police rescued 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in raids against 3,195 trafficking gangs.

It highlighted one raid against a gang trafficking Chinese women to Angola for prostitution, adding that 19 women were rescued and 16 people were arrested.

"Public security organisations across China will deepen the campaign against abductions to save more women and children and work hard to reduce the number of abduction and trafficking cases," the ministry said.

Correspondents say child-trafficking in particular has become a serious problem in China.

In December, police rescued nearly 200 children after uncovering two child-trafficking gangs. More than 600 people were arrested in raids in 10 Chinese provinces.

Critics blame China's one-child policy and lax adoption laws, which they say have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

Families also buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants, as well as brides for unmarried sons.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
 

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Two arrested over air pollution rumours
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/wor ... 14273.html
CLIFFORD COONAN in Beijing

Wed, Jun 13, 2012
POLICE IN Wuhan in central China have arrested two people for spreading rumours that a weird cloud of pollution covering the city of nine million people was caused by an explosion at a chemical plant and a leak of toxic gases. The official line is the cloud was caused by farmers burning straw and plant matter.

Residents were advised to stay indoors after the haze, which was described as grey-yellow in colour, was seen in seven cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan.

It has also affected areas in the provinces of Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi and Jiangsu since Monday, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Police gave no details about the arrests but said the rumours spread across the internet, triggering public panic in the city.

A government spokesman described air quality as a “grim challenge”. “China is only at its infant stage of industrialisation, hence it’s impossible to fix the problem overnight,” said foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.

The news of the pollution comes as China is trying to reduce pollution levels and also improve the way it reports on emissions and environmental scandals.

Official air-quality statistics often contradict non-government measurements, and are often viewed with distrust, hence the popularity of sites such as the US embassy’s, which monitors air quality in Beijing and Shanghai.

Wu Xiaoqing, a vice-minister of environmental protection, last week called on foreign embassies, especially the US embassy, to stop publishing data on particulate pollution, saying only the Chinese government had authority to do so.

The US said it was providing information for its citizens and that China was welcome to provide similar information about US cities to its citizens living there.
 

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Another successful action. Vids at link.

Chinese police 'smash' trafficking gangs, frees 181
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18732817

The BBC's Martin Patience: "There could be thousands, if not tens of thousands of children abducted every year"

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Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say.

Authorities arrested 802 suspects on Monday in an operation across the country, the Public Security Ministry said in a statement.

Kidnapped children are often sold for adoption, or as labour and household servants.

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China and critics blame the one-child policy and lax adoption laws.

These policies, some say, have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

A traditional preference for male heirs in China has created a thriving market for baby boys, says the BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing. Women and girls are often abducted to be labourers or wives.

In the latest operation, the children were rescued from traffickers in 15 regions and provinces, including Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Sichuan, Yunnan.

Investigations that led to the current round of arrests began in December 2011 when four suspects were caught in Henan province while attempting to sell four babies.

A ''most-wanted'' suspect, Shao Zhongyuan, was caught in Pingyi county, Shandong province, the ministry said.


One child's kidnap story
He was alleged to be from a gang that trafficked more than 100 children. Several other key suspects were also detained, police said.

The ministry released a report in March 2011 saying that police rescued tens of thousands of abducted children and women.

It highlighted one raid against a gang trafficking Chinese women to Angola for prostitution, adding that 19 women were rescued and 16 people were arrested.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have also made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
 

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China to open atomic bomb site to tourists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19958011

China detonated its first atomic bomb in 1964

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China has unveiled a plan to open the site where it detonated its first atomic bomb to tourists, state-run media reports.

About 6m yuan ($960,000, £595,000) will be spent making the remote Malan base in Xinjiang region tourist-friendly, an official told Xinhua news agency.

Visitors will be able to see scientists' laboratories and a 300-metre tunnel used for air strikes.

China tested its first atomic bomb on 16 October 1964.

More than 40 nuclear tests have been carried out in Xinjiang over the decades before a moratorium was called in the 1990s.

Beijing's Tsinghua University and the local government are developing the site, located in a desert area in north-western China, Xinhua says.

Officials say that the base at Malan will be turned into a "red tourism site" - locations designated by the Communist Party to celebrate what it regards as historic events, says the BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing.

However it is not clear how many tourists the nuclear facilities will actually attract, as it is in one of the remotest regions in the country, our correspondent adds.
 

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Still going on.

Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24313452

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China, correspondents say
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Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say.

They say two women were also freed in an operation involving police forces in 11 provinces of the country.

The traffickers are believed to have targeted children in the south-western Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and then sold them in other regions.

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China, correspondents say.

Critics blame the country's one-child policy and lax adoption laws, which they say have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

Some families buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants, as well as brides for unmarried sons.

Last year, more than 24,000 abducted women and children were freed in China, according to the public security ministry.

It said that some of those kidnapped had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
 

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China doctor tried for trafficking babies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25556776

Zhang Shuxia stands trial in Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Weinan, Shaanxi province, 30 December 2013

Zhang Shuxia admitted to selling seven babies to traffickers, state media said

A Chinese obstetrician is on trial for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers, a court and state media report.

Zhang Shuxia was accused of selling seven babies. She told the parents their infants were sick, and convinced them to give them up, reports said.

Ms Zhang admitted the charges in a court in Fuping, Shaanxi province.

The case emerged after two parents went to the police, suspecting their child had been abducted.

Ms Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, an indictment posted on Weinan Intermediate People's Court's verified microblog said.

Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died.

Ms Zhang worked in Shaanxi's Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital.

In the most recent case, a baby born on 16 July was trafficked after Ms Zhang told his parents the boy had a serious congenital disease, and convinced them to give up the child.

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Ms Zhang sold the baby to two other suspects, who sold the boy to a buyer in Henan province.

The parents reported the case to police on 20 July after they suspected that their baby had been trafficked.

The baby was found and returned to his parents in early August.

Ms Zhang and several other suspects were arrested.

Ms Zhang's defence lawyer said that the parents had voluntarily given up their babies, and that she had received several awards in her work, the court said.

Under China's strict population control policies, most couples can only have one child, and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.

Earlier this month, China's top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.
 

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China poll fraud: top official Tong Mingqian sacked
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25573707

Xi Jinping has demanded officials cut down on waste and extravagance

A senior Chinese official has been sacked in relation to a major electoral fraud scandal, the Communist Party's discipline watchdog said.

Tong Mingqian, a Hunan official, was negligent and failed to handle the cases of bribery, the watchdog said.

More than 500 lawmakers in Hunan resigned last week after it emerged they had accepted bribes to elect provincial parliament members.

President Xi Jinping has vowed to fight corruption in the Communist Party.

Tong Mingqian was party chief of Hengyang City in Hunan when the provincial elections took place. At the time of his dismissal, he was deputy head of Hunan's parliamentary advisory body.

Mr Tong "did not properly carry out his duties, and did not take timely and effective measures to investigate and handle cases of bribery exposed before and after the election", the watchdog said in a statement.

This led to "serious cases of bribery" that "inflicted significant damage to the interests of the party, country and the people", it added.

Investigations had revealed that 56 members of the Hunan People's Congress, the provincial parliament that rubber-stamps decisions, bribed lawmakers in Hengyang to elect them to their posts, state media reported earlier.

Municipal officials have the power to appoint representatives to the local People's Congress.

The 512 Hengyang officials, as well as the 56 provincial assembly members, all resigned or were dismissed, state media said.

File photo: Zhou Yongkang in 2007
Several officials linked to Zhou Yongkang (pictured) have come under investigation for corruption
Separately, a top political adviser and former aide to China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was removed from his post for suspected corruption on Thursday, state media said.

Li Chongxi was chair of Sichuan province's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

For months, there have been rumours and reports that Mr Zhou, one of China's top former leaders, is also being investigated for corruption, correspondents say.

Xi Jinping has warned that corruption could topple the Communist Party, and launched an anti-corruption campaign he said would target both "tigers and flies" - high and low-ranking officials in the government.
 

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China doctor jailed for selling babies to traffickers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25723863

The BBC's Celia Hatton: "Zhang Shuxia was a respected doctor who had won quite a few awards in the province where she worked"

A Chinese obstetrician has been given a suspended death sentence for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers.

Zhang Shuxia was found guilty of abducting and selling seven babies in Fuping, Shaanxi province, the sentencing court said.

She told parents their infants had serious diseases and convinced them to give up the babies, the court said.

Zhang has been sentenced to death, with a two year reprieve.

Suspended death sentences are normally commuted to life imprisonment in China.

Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, a judgement posted on the Weinan Intermediate People's Court's verified microblog on Tuesday said.

Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died.

'Fabricated reports'
Zhang worked in Shaanxi's Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital.

"Zhang used her position as medical personnel to fabricate reports about the infants, saying they suffered from birth defects or diseases that were hard to cure," the court said in its judgement.

Zhang Shuxia stands trial in Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Weinan, Shaanxi province, 30 December 2013
Obstetrician Zhang Shuxia sold seven babies to traffickers, the court said
"She abducted and sold several new-born infants, violating professional and social ethics," the judgement added.

It is not yet clear whether Zhang will appeal, the court said.

Zhang and several other suspects were arrested after the most recent abduction case in July.

The parents reported the case to police after they suspected their baby had been trafficked.

The baby was found and returned to his parents in early August.

Police said they were still investigating 50 related cases, including 26 cases linked to Zhang, and several other suspects were in criminal detention, Xinhua news agency reported.

Four other officials from the hospital are on trial for suspected dereliction of duty and are awaiting sentencing, Xinhua added.

'Unspeakable acts'
Under China's strict population control policies, most couples can only have one child, and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.

Earlier this month, China's top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.

On Chinese social media, netizens condemned Zhang's actions, with many calling for the death penalty.

"She obliterated her humanity, and conducted unspeakable acts under a cloak of legality - only executing her will level the people's anger!" microblog user China Luo Jian wrote.

However, user Wen Jin Rang wrote: "For such a criminal, sparing her life will serve a greater educational purpose than killing her."

Meanwhile, Sina Weibo user Doctor Fei Ge described Zhang as the "scum of the medical profession, who damaged the reputation of doctors".
 

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China baby hatch suspended after hundreds abandoned
http://www.politics.ie/forum/current-af ... rk-16.html

File photo: Staff of local institute of children's welfare work inside a baby hatch in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, 11 December 2013

More than 20 baby hatches have been opened across China

A baby hatch in southern China has been forced to suspend work after hundreds of infants were abandoned, overwhelming the centre, its director says.

More than 260 children had been left at the welfare home in Guangzhou since 28 January, director Xu Jiu added.

Staff will continue caring for babies already at the welfare home, all of whom suffer from illnesses, Mr Xu said.

China introduced the centres so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.

Supporters say the baby hatches save lives, but critics say they encourage parents to abandon their children.

Mr Xu announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that 262 babies had been left at the centre since the scheme began in January.

"I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre faces," Mr Xu told Xinhua news agency.

"We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre."

File photo: A baby hatch in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China 11 December 2013
Baby hatches generally contain an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bed
The centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.

However, it currently houses 1,121 babies and young people, with another 1,274 in the care of foster families, Guangzhou's Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau said.

All the abandoned infants had illnesses, such as cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and congenital heart disease, the bureau added.

It is thought that many parents abandon ill babies because they fear they cannot afford the medical care required.

Abandoning children is illegal in China. However, authorities believe that the hatches give the infants a better chance of survival than if they were left in the street.

A total of 25 baby hatches have been established in 10 provincial regions in China, Xinhua reports.

Under China's strict population control policies, most couples have only been allowed to have one child and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.

In December, China's top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.

Provinces are now determining when to relax their restrictions at a local level, with some acting already.
 

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Why are we so interested in the Infants of China?

They are no more curious than the infants of other nations?

Is it a cultural thing?
 

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Its a thread about China. If similar stories emerge in other countries I'm sure they will be posted on an appropriate thread.
 

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Yup, like in the Exam...READ THE QUESTION.
 

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Maybe it is because they are humans. We are supposed to respect life. Otherwise you* would probably get beat down every time you left your abode.


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*you means humanity in this case. :D
 

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Another successful operation by the police.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan are searching for the parents of 11 infants rescued from a baby trafficking ring. Police in the province's capital, Kunming, released pictures of the babies to local media on Thursday with the hope of tracing their families. But they also said that many of the infants may have been sold to the ring by their parents.

Police have arrested 32 people accused of being involved in the trafficking. Many of the alleged traffickers were related to each other while the rest were close friends or came from the same town in Yunnan, they said, according to local media reports. They said the ring had sold 21 children in total, some to buyers in other provinces such as Shandong, Fujian and Henan. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29947379
 

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China: Stop police violence against workers fighting for their rights

Since early 2015, the repression on labour rights defenders in mainland China has been escalating from forced eviction of labour NGO offices to systematic use of violence against workers' representatives. There were at least three cases of labour disputes in which police broke into the venues where workers were meeting. Police beat up and arbitrarily arrested staff of labour organisations and workers, and representatives who were detained compulsorily for 1 to 20 days under the charge of "sabotaging production and operation". Undocumented cases of labour activists who were detained or criminalized are innumerable. According to the IHLO (the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the international trade union movement), there are still at least 7 labour activists in prison, including those who were sentenced to either life or long-term imprisonment due to their alleged involvement in labour organizing in 1989. ...

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China's military parade celebrating its World War Two victory may have been a tightly choreographed show with nothing out of place - but it was a totally different story on Chinese social media.

Netizens on microblog site Weibo had a field day poking fun at the parade, posting satirical pictures and jibes at po-faced leaders. Their efforts were quickly scrubbed off by censors determined to keep the national conversation on script.

Some of the posts were captured by Hong Kong-based coder Cedric Sam and Weiboscope, a Hong Kong University project that monitors deleted Weibo content.

Winnie and Xi
One popular topic was President Xi Jinping, who at the start of the parade inspected the troops from a car.

Weibo user Diuz posted a picture of a Winnie the Pooh toy. It came without a caption, but thousands got the joke - it was one of the most popular deleted posts, shared more than 65,000 times before it was taken down, according to Weiboscope.

Image copyrightDiuz
Mr Xi has been closely associated with Winnie the Pooh since 2013, when netizens noticed that a picture of him walking next to US President Barack Obama looked a lot like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger - those posts were swiftly deleted at the time, of course.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34137519
 

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Lengthy flight delays in China can bring out the worst in people, with violent reactions to news of cancellations a regular occurrence. But a crowd of Chinese tourists stuck inBangkok for 10 hours chose a novel way to vent their anger: singing their national anthem.

Their flight had been scheduled to take off from Don Mueang International Airport at 5pm on Friday but was delayed until 3am the next day, according to the Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn.

The tourists demanded thousands of yuan in compensation and an apology, then changed tack.

A mobile phone video of the emotional tourists singing the anthem went viral in China, although it has to be said it is not a particularly expert rendition.

“They were scheduled to take a flight by Orient Thai Airlines, but the fight was delayed and the tourists were quite discontented,” an airport worker told Thepaper. “Thirty three of the passengers refused to leave the departure hall after the others boarded.” ...

Their behaviour was not the first incident of passengers reacting angrily to travel dispruption this year. At Kunming Changshui International Airport in southwestern China in January, angry passengers opened emergency doors after their flight was stuck on the tarmac for hours.

In June, there were remarkable scenes at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport where delays and cancellations because of a typhoon sent passengers on a rampage, throwing food and wheelchairs, and damaging computers.

The following month, seven cabin crew on a Hong Kong Airlines flight were attacked by six passengers and taken to hospital after the flight was delayed by eight and a half hours. ...

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...-in-protest-at-bangkok-flight-delay-1.2344505
 

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A Chinese tourist has died in Hong Kong a day after being beaten up during a so-called "forced shopping" tour.

Operators of such discounted tours try to recoup costs by pressuring tourists to buy goods at selected stores.

Police said the victim, 54, intervened when a fellow tourist got into a fight with a tour guide after refusing to buy anything at a jewellery shop.

At least four people have been arrested and the Hong Kong Tourist Board (HKTB) expressed regret over the incident.

"The HKTB has zero tolerance for any act that impacts the hospitable image of Hong Kong, particularly acts of violence," it said in a statement.

The victim, a male building contractor from north-east China, was found lying unconscious outside the shop in Kowloon on Monday morning.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34584235?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 

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China and Taiwan leaders start historic meeting with handshake

The leaders of China and Taiwan are holding historic talks in Singapore - their first in more than 60 years.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou shook hands at the start of the talks, which are seen as largely symbolic.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province which will one day be reunited with the mainland.
But many Taiwanese see it as independent and are concerned at China's growing influence.
"Both sides should respect each other's values and way of life," Mr Ma said.
Mr Xi told the Taiwanese leader: "We are one family."

The meeting is taking place in a ballroom at a luxury hotel, on the sidelines of a state visit by Mr Xi to Singapore. The talks will be followed by a news conference and then dinner.
Relations between China and Taiwan have improved under Mr Ma since he took office in 2008, with better economic ties, improving tourism links, and a trade pact signed.

The two sides split in 1949 when the Kuomintang lost to the Chinese Communist Party in the civil war and set up a new government in Taiwan.

No major agreements or deals are expected to be reached, and Mr Ma added that the issue of the South China Sea disputes, which has dominated recent concerns in the region, would not be brought up.

Mr Xi raised the issue in a speech at the National University of Singapore before the meeting, saying China has always hoped to settle the disputes peacefully.

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Concern for China human rights lawyers
9 December 2015
Last updated at 22:44 GMT

Thursday is United Nations Human Rights Day but not everywhere is it celebrated with equal enthusiasm.

China has the biggest population in the world and a constitutional commitment to freedoms of speech, press and assembly, but it is often the target for international criticism over human rights.

This year has seen a new concern - a crackdown on human rights lawyers which has raised questions not just about China's protection of human rights but even about the right to protect those rights.

BBC China editor Carrie Gracie reports from Beijing.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35051684

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Miss World Canada on being denied visa after criticising China human rights record

The Miss World pageant takes place in China today without the Canadian contestant.

Anastasia Lin, who was born in China, was crowned Miss World Canada in May. She later appeared before the US Congress where she criticised China's human rights record. She was then denied a Chinese visa.

She told Today about the sensitive issues she brought up at the US Congress.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35141248

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On 29 August 2015, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) released a statement expressing deep concern for the 45 Uyghurs recently arrested in East Turkestan. The Chinese authorities claimed that the detained individuals were involved in "organising, leading or participating in terrorist groups, funding terrorist groups and organising others to cross the border illegally". Newly adopted Chinese legislation – especially the counter-terrorism act – has given Beijing the necessary tools to arrest and charge virtually anyone without the need to respect standard legal procedures. In its statement, the WUC calls on the international community, including NGOs, States and other bodies to exert pressure on the Chinese leadership to cease its crackdown on minorities.

Below is a statement published by The World Uyghur Congress (WUC)

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its deep concern for the 45 Uyghurs who were recently charged in East Turkestan for illegal border crossings. Trials like these are often conducted in secret without adequate due process with the state merely publicizing the outcome following the sentencing procedure. We therefore call on the Chinese government to act fairly and transparently, and to reveal credible evidence ostensibly supporting these charges.

Courts across the region, in ten separate cases, convicted Uyghurs on charges of “organizing, leading and participating in terror organizations”. Many of the charges made typical claims that those attempting to leave the country were escaping for the purpose of joining international terror networks – a claim that has yet to be substantiated, but acts as a convenient justification for its continued harsh response. Despite insisting that the courts have zero tolerance for crimes relating to terrorism, the same courts failed to disclose how those sentenced were connected with real terror operations. ...

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In defense of Zeng Feiyang: a critique of the smear campaign

On Dec. 22, Chinese state media launched a smear campaign against Zeng, one of the seven labor rights activists criminally detained in a sweep of four worker-support organizations and at least 40 affiliated individuals since Deccember 3. The state has yet to confirm Zeng's whereabouts or criminal charges, but he may be charged with "inciting the subversion of state power," which could result in 15 years in prison.

Translated by "Solidarity with Chinese Workers" from 好一桶脏水好一把谎言 ——评《揭开“工运之星”光环的背后--“番禺打工族文书处理服务部”主任曾飞洋等人涉嫌严重犯罪案件调查》by 吴枯荣, originally posted on December 23 on a WeChat account that is now blocked, reposted here.

For more on the smear campaign in English, see State media accuses detained labour activists of litany of offences (SCMP) and China Details Accusations Against Detained Labor Activists (WSJ). The article translated below addresses only the Xinhua News article published on December 22. On December 23, Central Chinese TV aired an even more sensational and slanderous report, and similar reports have been published since then. The fact that the state is launching this smear campaign and making a public spectacle of this crackdown, rather than quietly disappearing these activists, is something we will address in our own forthcoming statement.

For updates on the status of the Guangdong Seven and the campaign to free them, follow the Facebook page “Free Chinese labour activists now 馬上釋放中國勞權人士”, and sign the petition here (in multiple languages). For more information in English, see other translations and writings being compiled on Libcom under the tag “Solidarity with Chinese Workers”.
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After labor activists Zeng Feiyang, He Xiaobo and others had been detained for three weeks, Xinhua News published an article titled “Revealing the truth behind ‘the star of labor movement’: investigation against the criminal suspects Zeng Feiyang, head of ‘Panyu migrant worker service group’, and others” . This article was immediately reposted on many major websites. As a former labor NGO staff who only recently left the job, I was deeply shocked by the vicious way of writing, the low means of smearing and the fallacious logic behind the article.

While the case of these labor NGO staff are still under investigation, the Xinhua news is already jumping out to reveal behind the scenes story of those involved, exposing scandals, and listing their crimes. Methods like these have been often used when repressing “public intellectuals” and “rights-defence lawyers”. This is of great importance. Of course, media has the right to speech. Putting the motive of this article aside, this article will focus on the specific content of this article.

Small problem, big article

First, we need to clarify the obvious facts: ever since December 3rd, the labor rights-defence people have been subpoenaed and arrested for various reasons by the local police, and finally seven have been arrested respectively under the charge of “assembling crowds to disrupt social order " and "embezzling." These seven are: Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, Meng Han, and Tang Beiguo (supposedly the “Tang Huanxing” in the article, who left the job on May 30th, no longer the staff of Dagongzu) of “Panyu Dagongzu Service Center”, the volunteer Deng Xiaoming of “Haige Service Center”, He Xiaobo of “Foshan Nanfeiyang Social Work Service Center” and Peng Jiayong of “Labor Mutual-Aid Center”.

http://libcom.org/news/defense-zeng-feiyang-critique-smear-campaign-25122015
 

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Hong Kong unsettled by case of 5 missing booksellers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said Sunday that they will press the government for answers after a fifth employee of a publishing company specializing in books critical of mainland China's leadership went missing.

Lawmaker Albert Ho said the city was "shocked and appalled" by the disappearance of Lee Bo. Like the four others who have disappeared in recent months, Lee is associated with publisher Mighty Current.

While there's been no official word on what happened to the five missing people, Ho told reporters that it appears their disappearances are linked to the publishing company's books.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap...settled-strange-case-missing-booksellers.html
 

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Women at a business in Changchun city, Jilin Province, are now required to tell bosses a year in advance that they plan on having a baby, according to the state-run New Culture newspaper. The report, which has been widely shared in official nationwide media, says managers at the unnamed firm hope that making a "timetable" for maternity leave will prevent short-staffing. It does not say whether bosses can refuse requests.

The company's HR director says China's new two-child policy has left them "helpless" in the face of a baby boom. "Some employees said that they wanted to take advantage this policy and have another child," Ms Zheng tells the paper. "We have to consider the overall interests of the enterprise." The company's boss adds that hiring staff to cover maternity leave has proved "impossible" because of the economic downturn, leaving colleagues overstretched.

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A hospital in China has been bulldozed while still in use, reportedly causing doctors inside to flee and burying six bodies from its morgue under rubble, state media say.

The Number Four Hospital of Zhengzhou University in Henan province was partially demolished on Thursday amid a land dispute, Xinhua news agency said.

Hospital staff told reporters equipment worth over $600,000 was damaged.

The case has sparked outrage in China, where forced demolitions are common.

Doctors told local media that several men in camouflage uniforms showed up at the hospital, in Huiji district, on Thursday, and began bulldozing the building.

Liu Chunguang, director of the hospital's radiology department, told Xinhua news agency he was examining a patient when the demolition took place.

"A gaping hole appeared - the patient was half-scared to death, and ran out."

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Vietnamese fishermen say they are being attacked by China with increasing regularity. Their boats have been rammed, equipment broken and crewmen beaten up. Vietnam accuses Beijing of trying to force them out of waters in the South China Sea where their families have fished for generations.

As the breaking dawn casts a red-orange rim around the horizon of the South China Sea, Vo Van Giau kneels on the front deck of the fishing boat and locks his hands behind his head.

"That is what they made me do," he says, pushing his head hard down. "Then they beat me with steel rods and a hammer like this." He pulls a heavy wooden mallet from a bundle of fishing equipment and strikes himself softly on his shoulders and against his sides.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35234183
 
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