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2006-02-07 04:01:08

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's decision to ban "Memoirs of a Geisha" may have Hollywood crying foul, but the DVD sellers flogging pirate copies on the streets make a mockery of the government's efforts to control what its citizens see. After initially clearing the film for distribution, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reversed its decision last week over fears the film, which features Chinese actresses playing Japanese geishas, would spur...

2006-02-01 09:30:00

By Chris Buckley HEZE, China -- First came thousands of police and troops to guard the roads, then hundreds of officials to monitor residents, and finally the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to share Lunar New Year celebrations with ordinary citizens. At a time when the Chinese government is worried by rising social unrest, Wen and other national leaders this week embarked on annual pilgrimages to workers and farmers in poorer regions. Wen toured rural Heze and neighboring Jining in Shandong...

2006-01-12 09:25:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING -- China will consider countries downstream as it weighs controversial proposals to dam a river that flows from the country's remote southwest into Southeast Asia, an official said on Thursday. On Wednesday, a Kong Kong-based newspaper controlled by the mainland said Chinese experts had recently completed an official environmental impact study of the 13 tiers of dams and hydro-power plants proposed for the untamed Nu River. But the Chinese-language Wen Wei Po said the...

2005-11-28 13:52:08

By Nao Nakanishi HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese government committee has failed to reach a consensus on the safety of genetically modified rice, putting off the world's first large-scale production of the transgenic grain for human consumption. Committee members told Reuters on Monday the biosafety committee was asking for more data to prove the safety of genetically modified (GMO) rice before recommending that Beijing approve its use. "There has been no safety agreement for...

2005-11-25 08:20:00

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - The Chinese government sent a team of investigators on Friday to the northeastern city of Harbin as residents endured a third day without tap water after a massive toxic spill contaminated the region's main river. "The presence of disciplinary officials in the team indicates punishments of irresponsible acts are on the way," the official Xinhua news agency reported. Officials in Harbin said they expected a highly toxic 80-km (50-mile) slick on the...

2005-09-25 10:37:13

By John Ruwitch GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - A group of die-hard pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China on Sunday for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. The Chinese government invited the city's entire 60-member Legislative Council on a two-day tour of the southern province of Guangdong as a goodwill gesture to try to build trust with lawmakers, some of whom it has labeled traitors in...

2005-09-08 12:12:21

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets...

2005-09-08 02:01:05

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets...

2005-09-08 02:00:00

HONG KONG -- Internet giant Yahoo Inc. defended itself on Thursday against accusations that it supplied data to Chinese authorities which led to the imprisonment of a journalist, saying it has to abide local laws. Press watchdogs accused Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. of providing details about e-mail communications that helped identify, and were used as evidence against, Shi Tao, who was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for leaking state secrets abroad. "Just like any other global...

2005-08-22 07:43:36

By Lindsay Beck SHIGATSE, China (Reuters) - In the cobbled paths and ancient courtyards of Tibet's Tashilhunpo monastery, a little boy stares out of pictures wearing a yellow, cone-shaped hat that mark his sect of Buddhism. Gyaltsen Norbu has been groomed since childhood to prepare for his role as the 11th Panchen Lama, the reincarnation of the 10th and the second-most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. But while he received politically vetted religious training under the close...