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2006-08-30 22:52:14

By Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese court jailed a reporter for a Singapore newspaper for five years on Thursday for spying, the latest in a series of high-profile cases illustrating China's curbs on the media and dissent. Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong-based China correspondent for the Straits Times who has been detained in China since April 2005, was also deprived of his political rights for a year and had personal property worth 300,000 yuan ($37,700) confiscated, Xinhua...

2006-08-25 16:03:48

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington's need for help on global security concerns is tempering its criticism of China over human rights and enabling Beijing to strengthen a crackdown on dissent, activists said on Friday. They said it was no coincidence that China's clampdown on activists and lawyers came at a time when the United States needs Chinese support at the United Nations to curtail the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran. "The reason why...

2006-07-27 04:06:11

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese activist working to help those displaced by the giant Three Gorges Dam and left paralyzed after a beating last month, inflicted the injuries on himself, a rights group cited a police investigation as showing. Human Rights in China said it had learned that Fu Xiancai, who has been petitioning since the 1990s for better compensation for the more than 1 million flooded out of their homes by the dam, has been told he cannot appeal the decision. The Three...

2006-05-29 06:06:50

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Families of victims of the 1989 military crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators have called on the government to reassess the incident and compensate victims, days ahead of the sensitive anniversary of the event. In an open letter released on Monday by the watchdog group Human Rights in China, the "Tiananmen Mothers" also called for a process of truth and reconciliation over the events of June 3-4, 1989, when troops and tanks suppressed weeks...

2006-05-10 00:16:53

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent U.S.-based rights group has said it did not expect China to promote human rights at home despite its new position on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Human Rights in China (HRIC) said that China should use the opportunity to promote human rights as befits its role as an increasingly important global player, but expressed doubts that the country with the world's largest population would change. "While there has been some improvement in the human rights...

2006-03-08 12:32:19

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China increased its censorship of the Internet and of media critics last year and harassment and detention of those challenging the authorities grew, the United States said on Wednesday. In its annual report on human rights conditions worldwide, the State Department described "notable developments" in legal reforms, expanding personal freedom and protection of some religious activities in China but said efforts to limit abuse...

2006-02-15 03:00:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- China is being forced on the defensive over its media censorship policies, fending off attacks from United States and even, unexpectedly, its own aging Communist Party officials. This week, Beijing has had to defend its controls over the Internet, just days after U.S. Web giants faced bipartisan criticism in Congress for bowing to Chinese government demands to block sites and help track down critics who communicate online. At the same time, a former secretary to...

2006-01-19 06:49:43

BEIJING (Reuters) - China lashed out at an international human rights group for its routinely dim assessments on Thursday, but also said it had room to improve citizens' rights. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based organization that campaigns against political repression and torture, said in its annual worldwide report that China remained beset by widespread abuses of citizens' rights. The report, released on Wednesday, said the Chinese government had reacted to growing unrest among...

2005-12-11 03:50:35

BEIJING (Reuters) - China denounced U.S. criticism of its human rights record on Sunday in what has become a routine exchange of accusations and said the United States was guilty of double standards. The U.S. State Department marked International Human Rights Day on Saturday by cataloguing what it saw as human rights abuses around the world. "From Cuba to China, Belarus to Burma, Uzbekistan to Zimbabwe, and Iran to North Korea, courageous human rights activists remain harassed and...

2005-12-09 05:55:00

BEIJING -- China said on Friday it used talks with the United States to spell out the global benefits of its economic growth and its "peaceful development strategy." At a two-day "strategic dialogue" in Washington between Chinese and U.S. diplomats which ended on Thursday, China explained that its "development is acting responsibly not only to the Chinese people but also to the world," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The "dialogue" was the second such meeting between Deputy...


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  • To talk saucily.
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