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Zhao Lianhai

Chinese rights advocate Zhao Lianhai, who was sentenced to prison last month for helping families of victims of tainted milk to seek compensation, has been released on medical parole, a Hong Kong representative to China's legislature said Wednesday.

China miner gives $7.5M after 22 killed by breach

A Chinese mining company said Tuesday it will donate 50 million yuan ($7.5 million) to people affected by a tailing pond collapse that caused a dam to burst and killed 22.

China has carrier-killer missile, U.S. admiral says

Bill Gertz The Washington Times 12/28/2010
Nobel laureate Liu celebrates 55th birthday in prison

Jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo marked his 55th birthday on Tuesday in a prison in northeast China, prompting renewed calls from rights advocates for his immediate release.

China has carrier-killer missile, U.S. admiral says

China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies.

Chinese resort to offer tax-free tourist shopping

Lydia Chen Shanghai Daily 12/28/2010

Activist to be granted medical parole

Zou Le, Teddy Ng Global Times 12/27/2010
Chinese resort to offer tax-free tourist shopping

OVERSEAS tourists visiting Hainan Province will be able to shop tax-free from next year. The plan, which will apply to foreign travelers and those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, is a central government initiative aimed at building the southern Chinese island into an international tourist destination by 2020.

Activist to be granted medical parole

An activist who was jailed for 30 months for inciting social disorder after trying to draw attention to the plight of children who had consumed melamine-tainted milk powder has been granted medical parole, some Hong Kong politicians said Sunday.

China bars political dissident access to lawyers

Sui-Lee Wee Reuters Africa 12/25/2010
China bars political dissident access to lawyers

One of China's most prominent human rights advocates, who was charged in June for subversion, has been denied access to his lawyers, a move that rights activists say sets the stage for a hasty and covert trial.

China bars English words in all publications

Chinese newspapers, books and websites will no longer be allowed to use English words and phrases, the country's publishing body has announced, saying the "purity" of the Chinese language is in peril.

President Hu meets chief executives of HK, Macao SARs

President Hu Jintao met Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Donald Tsang and Macao SAR Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On in Beijing Wednesday when the two SAR government leaders reported their work to central authorities.

China online stores offering cat and dog skin products

Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China's largest retail website Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, state media reported Tuesday.

McDonald's to double China restaurants by 2013

Fang Yan and Terril Jones Reuters 12/16/2010
Chinese endure power shortages as coal runs short

Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand.

McDonald's to double China restaurants by 2013

McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) plans to double the number of its restaurants in China to 2,000 by 2013, a senior executive said on Wednesday as it speeds up expansion in the fastest growing major economy.

China's `City Jade Men' Indulge in Mud Masks, L'Oreal Creams

Frederik Balfour Bloomberg.com 12/13/2010
China's `City Jade Men' Indulge in Mud Masks, L'Oreal Creams

Every morning Shane Zhang applies face scrub, toner and moisturizer; at night he uses Lancome anti-aging cream. Twice a month he treats himself to a facial using mud from the Dead Sea. “People say I look younger than my age,” says Zhang, 28, who sells advertising for lifestyle magazine Men’s Uno China in Shanghai and spends about 1000 yuan ($150) a month on his appearance. “Since I’m a sales person it definitely helps.”

Authorities step up their crackdown on smuggling across the HK border

Anyone who frequently uses the Sheung Shui metro station in Hong Kong, which borders Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, will probably notice a large group of mostly elderly people or young women standing around large boxes during most times of the day.

China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record

ANITA CHANG My Way News 12/04/2010
China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record

A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.

China launches hourly air quality data index

China has started publishing hourly air-quality information for major cities across the country as the world's top source of greenhouse gas emissions tries to rein in its notorious pollution.

China, Russia quit dollar

Su Qiang and Li Xiaokun China Daily 11/24/2010
China, Russia quit dollar

China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

A Chinese father jailed after campaigning for victims of a tainted milk scandal missed an appeal deadline but has applied for medical parole, state-run media said Tuesday.

Cheng Jianpeng was sentenced to one year in a Henan Province labor camp for disturbing social stability.

A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a Twitter post that mocked Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese products during a recent demonstration, her fiance said Thursday.


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