Jun 16, 2014

China's top think tank warned to toe ideological line: media

A Communist official has issued a “high-profile warning” about ideological problems at China’s top think tank, domestic media said Monday in a sign that the party leadership is exerting its authority over state-run institutions. Experts at the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are ...

Gun-tribe village in China aims for tourists

Apr 29, 2014

Gun-tribe village in China aims for tourists

A rifle shot tears the air of a mountain hamlet — met not with terror but cries of delight in China’s only remaining village where authorities encourage gun ownership. “We start carrying guns from about 15 years old,” said Jia Xinshan, fingering a wooden ...

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 ...