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China clears convicted killer 21 years after his execution


A Chinese man has had his conviction for rape and murder overturned, 21 years after he was executed. Nie Shubin was killed by firing squad in 1995 at the age of 20 after being found guilty of killing a woman in Shijiazhuang, in Hebei province. The supreme court ruled that the facts used in Mr … Continue reading

China tells it citizens to stop hiring funeral strippers


In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers. According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners. Pictures … Continue reading

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog


China‘s overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction … Continue reading

IBM signs up to help fight China’s war on smog


IBM Corp has signed an agreement with the city of Beijing to use advanced weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to help tackle the Chinese capital’s persistent smog. After a series of pollution scares and scandals, China’s central government has promised to reverse some of the damage done to the nation’s sky, rivers and soil … Continue reading

The real China housing collapse: Actual buildings


They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and when it comes to housing in China, that’s probably a good thing. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the price behind the breakneck pace of China’s construction boom since the reform and opening is becoming clear, with buildings collapses frequently involving those constructed in the … Continue reading

Xi’s neo-Maoist mass line campaign casts a dark shadow over China


China’s mass line campaign is well in gear: self-criticisms are grabbing headlines, ideological warfare against all things foreign is underway and China’s online world continues its descent into digital hell. As it nears its fourth month, the government is trying its level best to make clear that this mass line is the future. Since its … Continue reading

China to cut coal use and shut polluters in bid to clear the air


China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Thursday, with plans to slash coal consumption and close polluting mills, factories and smelters, but experts said implementing the bold targets would be a major challenge. China has been under heavy pressure to address the causes of air pollution after thick, hazardous smog engulfed much … Continue reading

Beijing and surrounding regions blighted by smog yet again


Beijing is once again enveloped by smog. Traffic and flights in Beijing were disrupted Sunday because of smog that shrouded the city and some other provinces in China, officials said. SCMP reports: “Travel chaos at end of holiday after visibility drops below 500 metres, and new study puts the blame on nature and human activities. … Continue reading

Almost 1,000 doomsday cult members arrested in China


Police in China have carried out further arrests of members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumours about the imminent end of the world, state media say. Almost 1,000 members of Christian group Almighty God have now been detained. State media terms Almighty God an “evil cult” – the same description it applies to the … Continue reading

China: Cities and counties fail to meet tax quotas; collect unauthorised taxes instead


During the last weekend of October, some staff in the taxation bureau of Xian County, Cangzhou City waived their holiday and remained in their office to try to persuade various enterprises to pay an unauthorised tax because, due to the recession, the bureau fails to fulfil this year’ tax collection quota assigned by the state. … Continue reading

A Chinese education, for a price


For Chinese children and their devoted parents, education has long been seen as the key to getting ahead in a highly competitive society. But just as money and power grease business deals and civil servant promotions, the academic race here is increasingly rigged in favor of the wealthy and well connected, who pay large sums … Continue reading

Ye Zilong breaks new ground as eye doctor to China’s poor


Famous eye doctor now heads three private hospitals, which offer free eye operations. A decade ago, Dr Ye Zilong was renowned for his ability to cure eye diseases. His patients included the wealthy, and distinguished government officials including former paramount leader Hua Guofeng, Mao Zedong‘s designated successor, who called Ye a “light bringer”. But when … Continue reading

Bak choi found to be sprayed with formalin


Vegetable wholesalers in Shandong have been caught spraying toxic formalin on bak choi to keep them fresh in the latest food safety scandal to hit the mainland. Vendors in Qingzhou said that spraying diluted formalin on bak choi had become a common practice locally in the past three to four years, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post … Continue reading

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