The artist whose song became a Tiananmen Square anthem falls foul of state sensitivities
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Friday 28 January 2011
The Hong Kong government has decided to ban two former student leaders exiled for their roles in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, activists said yesterday, accusing local authorities of kowtowing to Beijing.
Thursday 27 January 2011
China's Premier Wen Jiabao took the highly unusual step yesterday of visiting the country's top petition bureau in Beijing, where people who have had their rights abused by officialdom gather to seek help from the government.
Saturday 15 January 2011
"In the name of God," said the form we had to fill in to get a press card. Was it "in the name of God" that we had to shroud ourselves in loose clothes and headscarves, the minute our plane landed on Iranian soil? Was it "in the name of God" that nearly all the women we saw, as we crawled through the rush-hour traffic from Tehran airport, were wearing black? And it's in the name of God, presumably, that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has, for the past five years, been living under the threat of being stoned to death.
Friday 14 January 2011
Confucius is back – and raised on a pedestal. The Chinese Communist leadership, which once criticised the ancient philosopher as part of official policy, has sanctioned a huge sculpture of the sage on Tiananmen Square.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
When the Chancellor, George Osborne, and Michael Bear, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, co-hosted visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang at a cosy dinner at Mansion House on Monday, it is a fair bet that the extra-judicial torture of the man formerly on China's official list of its 10 best lawyers was not among the topics discussed.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
Saturday 11 December 2010
The Nobel ceremony was greeted yesterday in China with a clampdown on dissidents and a blackout of international broadcasts as the government condemned the award as a conspiracy against the country.
Friday 19 November 2010
It is a catchphrase that has become shorthand for state irresponsibility and arrogance all over China: "Sue me if you dare. My dad is Li Gang."
Tuesday 09 November 2010
David Cameron was tonight expected to raise the case of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo directly in private talks with the Chinese leadership.
Friday 08 October 2010
China's communist Party has been casting anxious glances towards Oslo to see if Liu Xiaobo wins this year's Nobel Peace Prize. If the jailed dissident wins the award, Beijing will be faced with another major blow to its reputation – and a victory for many human rights activists campaigning for it to change.
Tuesday 03 August 2010
A question-and-answer page on Google Hong Kong's website became inaccessible to some mainland Chinese users on Tuesday, underscoring Beijing's sensitivity about the Internet.
Saturday 05 June 2010
Peace activists gather in Hong Kong yesterday to mark the 21st anniversary of China's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, which culminated in the deaths of hundreds of workers and students in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
Thursday 25 March 2010
Wednesday 24 March 2010
Saturday 13 March 2010
The photographs take us on a tour of iconic events from contemporary Chinese history.
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