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Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown on dissent

Jul 19, 2015

China rounds up rights lawyers in latest crackdown on dissent

Four men already had been convicted of murder in southeastern China when a fifth person confessed to the crime. But when lawyers demanded to review case documents to clear the men’s names, the court stonewalled. So the lawyers unfurled banners outside the venue. They ...

Beijing cadres find their spirituality

Jun 16, 2015

Beijing cadres find their spirituality

The former Chinese security czar recently convicted of leaking state secrets did not pass classified documents to a foreign spy or a political rival. Rather, Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the all-powerful Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo, shared the documents ...

China's senior officials find comfort in supernatural

Jun 15, 2015

China's senior officials find comfort in supernatural

The former Chinese security czar recently convicted of leaking state secrets did not pass classified documents to a foreign spy or a political rival. Rather, Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the all-powerful Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo, shared the documents ...

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

As world turns, MH370 families find solace in each other

Mar 8, 2015

As world turns, MH370 families find solace in each other

For the past year, Wang Zheng has been avoiding one place: the modest apartment in downtown Nanjing where his parents had been living for more 20 years until they disappeared along with the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Scrolls of paintings by his father, ...

China faces balancing act with Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Sep 30, 2014

China faces balancing act with Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed China’s communist leadership a thorny political dilemma. Beijing cannot crack down too harshly on the semi-autonomous territory where a freewheeling media ensures global visibility, but it is determined to end the demonstrations quickly so as not to ...