China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Apr 18, 2014

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a multi-year study that shows nearly one-fifth of its farmland is contaminated with toxic metals — a stunning indictment of the unfettered industrialization that took place under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. ...

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Apr 13, 2014

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Two officials with ties to China’s powerful former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, have been placed under investigation, Chinese media and officials said, amid ramped-up speculation that Zhou himself is being targeted. Zhao Miao, a standing committee member of the Communist Party committee in ...

China executions part of murky, fickle justice

Feb 11, 2014

China executions part of murky, fickle justice

In letters to his daughter from death row, Zeng Chengjie assured her he would be reprieved, like others convicted of economic crimes in China. Instead he was executed, his body cremated, and his loved ones left to find out days later via a written ...

More than 182,000 officials punished in China crackdown on corruption

Jan 11, 2014

More than 182,000 officials punished in China crackdown on corruption

China’s ruling Communist Party punished more than 182,000 officials last year in its high-profile anti-corruption campaign, authorities said Friday. Anti-graft authorities across the country last year received more than 1.95 million allegations of corruption and agreed to investigate 172,532 cases, Huang Shuxian, a deputy ...

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

Dec 1, 2013

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

by Jonathan Kaiman

In early November, China’s most powerful man, Xi Jinping, stepped into a rustic farmhouse while on an inspection tour in far-flung Hunan province. The occupants’ sole electrical appliance, a fluorescent light bulb, burned overhead. Shi Pazhuan, the family matriarch, was confused. “What should I ...

Spain issues arrest order for Jiang

Nov 20, 2013

Spain issues arrest order for Jiang

Spain’s National Court on Tuesday issued arrest orders for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and four other officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide by China against Tibet. The court said it accepted arguments from Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups that international reports ...

China plans to ease 'one-child' policy and end labor camps

Nov 16, 2013

China plans to ease 'one-child' policy and end labor camps

President Xi Jinping announced Friday the most sweeping package of economic, social and legal reforms in China in decades, including a relaxation of the country’s “one-child” policy and the scrapping of its much-criticized system of labor camps, The changes rolled back harsh social policies ...

| Nov 13, 2013

Graft case highlights China shortcomings

When Nanjing’s mayor was removed for corruption, residents set off firecrackers to celebrate the departure of the leader who turned the former imperial capital into a dusty construction site. Ji Jianye’s fall last month made him one of 11 officials ranked at vice minister ...