Monthly Archives: 七月 2016

Isabel Hilton: The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China by Philip Ball

Tourists watch floodwaters gushing out of the Xiaolangdi dam during a sand-washing operation of the Yellow river in Jiyuan

Tourists watch floodwaters gushing out of the Xiaolangdi dam during a sand-washing operation of the Yellow river in Jiyuan, China, 2010. Photograph: Miao qiunao/AP/Press Association

In 2007, the Yellow river dried up: for 277 days it failed to reach the sea, its lower reaches reduced to a broad highway of cracked mud. The Yellow river begins its 3,000-mile journey on the high Qinghai Tibet plateau and meanders across north China until it reaches the Bohai Gulf. It is celebrated as China’s mother river because of the state-sponsored claim that Chinese civilisation began in the fertile soils of its middle reaches. That it should have dried up for most of a year, therefore, carried a significance far beyond the immediate environmental catastrophe. Continue reading

Online Activist Denies Public Order Charges Despite Police Pressure

Chinese blogger Lu Yuyu and his girlfriend Li Tingyu

Chinese blogger Lu Yuyu (R) and his girlfriend, Li Tingyu, in undated photo. Not the News.

A rights activist detained in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan alongside her boyfriend on public order charges after he compiled detailed lists of protests, has rejected the charges against her in a recent meeting with her lawyer. Continue reading

China Detains Three For Tweeting About Hebei Flooding Deaths

Villagers in China's flooded northern province of Hebei flee rising waters

Villagers in China’s flooded northern province of Hebei flee rising waters, in undated photo. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Hebei have detained three people for tweeting “false news” to social media after they posted reports that hundreds of people had died in overnight flooding near Xingtai city. Continue reading

The politics of a martial arts book fair in Hong Kong

Political books on display at the Hong Kong book fair

Political books on display at the Hong Kong book fair, including Mao: The Untold Story, and Gao Zhisheng’s book Stand Up China 2017 (below left)

A book fair in a convention centre in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. Continue reading

163. WANG JIANMIN

Wang jianminPen name              

Sex                               Male

Birth date                 1953

Birth place               Hui’an county, Fujian Province

Resident place         Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province (US & Hong Kong permanent resident) Continue reading

194. LIU HAITAO (released)

Penname                      

Sex                                Male

Birth date                1982-09-06

Birth place               Henan Province

Resident place        Nanyang City, Henan Province Continue reading

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

Magazines about Chinese politics are displayed in a bookstore in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong

Magazines about Chinese politics are displayed in a bookstore in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, Jan. 5, 2016. AFP

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China. Continue reading

Chinese Court Rejects Lawsuit From Purged Political Magazine

Staff of Chinese cutting edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu at a gathering

Staff of Chinese cutting edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu at a gathering, July 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

A court in the Chinese capital has refused to accept a lawsuit filed by the former editors of the cutting-edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu against the arts institute that owns it following a major change of leadership imposed from above. Continue reading