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2009-10-19 08:45:00

BEIJING, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The China Guide is adding a new destination to their sightseeing itineraries with the re-opening of the historical Qianmen Street in the city center. Qianmen Jie is a historical shopping alley described by The China Guide as a beautiful restoration of Beijing heritage ( http://www.TheChinaGuide.com ). A year of renovations based on old photographs has created a space with traditional architecture and a style reminiscent of past centuries. Qianmen...

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2009-06-03 06:25:00

Just two days shy of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, China shut down access to Twitter, Flickr and other websites, according to members of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).  "Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the blockage of a dozen websites such as Twitter, YouTube, Bing, Flickr, Opera, Live, Wordpress and Blogger in China," the media rights group admitted. The action is the latest indication of the strict, authoritarian government's attempt to keep tabs...

2009-06-02 18:02:00

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Edward Markey, Congressman James Sensenbrenner, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Congressman Jay Inslee held a press conference this afternoon to discuss their recent visit to China. Below are their remarks: The Speaker also released a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao that she delivered last week in Beijing calling for the release of individuals detained or imprisoned in China. The letter is attached. On...

2008-08-24 12:00:28

By John F. Burns It was something I'd not given much thought to in years. And, suddenly, as I rummaged this past week through the drawers of an old teak traveler's desk bought an age ago in China, there it was, as if fate had decreed it wait no longer to be rediscovered: my finisher's medal from a long-ago marathon in the city of great imperial gates and temples and palaces we Westerners used to call Peking. It wasn't much of a race I ran that day, hardly deserving of a medal. And it...

2008-08-04 09:00:17

By Associated Press BEIJING -- A small group of protesters has clashed with police near Tiananmen Square in China's capital, saying they were evicted from their homes to make way for reconstruction ahead of the Olympic Games. The two dozen demonstrators scuffled with police Monday in the historic Qianmen district just south of Tiananmen. The protesters said they had been evicted from their because the district was being reconstructed. The area is being rebuilt into a commercial strip...

2006-08-16 23:59:05

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police hauled off a small group of people on Thursday who had arrived in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to protest what they say are bad vaccines which have crippled their children, one of the demonstrators said. They say that their children were vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis B in 2003 in the southern province of Guangdong, and that the vaccine has paralyzed their sons and daughters. China's Health Ministry told Reuters last month that they had...

2006-07-20 05:40:20

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man set himself on fire in Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Thursday to protest not being paid, Xinhua news agency said. The man was being treated in hospital. Tiananmen Square, the symbolic political heart of China and the site of the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy protesters, is a magnet for protest and security there is tight. Thursday's incident occurred at about 8.40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and the flames were soon extinguished, Xinhua said in a brief...

2006-07-20 04:42:50

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese farmer set himself on fire in Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Thursday and was being treated in hospital, a human rights group said. Tiananmen Square, the symbolic political heart of China and the site of the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy protesters, is a magnet for protest and security there is tight. Thursday's incident happened at 9 a.m. and the flames were soon extinguished, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy...

2006-06-03 23:23:54

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police joined throngs of tourists in a crowded Tiananmen Square on Sunday, poised to head off any incidents to mark the anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations 17 years ago. With checkpoints at entrances to the square and sentries at subway stops, the security presence in and around China's symbolic political heart appeared no more overt than usual. But in line with the unspoken policy of "wai song, nei...

2006-05-18 13:53:46

By Bob Tourtellotte CANNES, France (Reuters) - Chinese director Lou Ye said on Thursday he would consider altering his new film "Summer Palace," which features explicit sex and political drama, to satisfy censors' demands in his home country. "I will agree to remove any of the scenes they want," Lou told reporters at the Cannes film festival. "I would do just about anything to ensure the film can be seen in China. That is very important," he added later, speaking through an...