China’s New Wealth And Old Failings – BBC

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Reflections from BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes, who has been called to frequent meetings by officials from the foreign ministry keen to discuss the way he covers China for the BBC:

“Why are you so down on China?” is a refrain I have got used to hearing. And not just from the foreign ministry. …

Ten years ago, Mr Nie drank pesticide to try to kill himself. He was driven by madness and depression brought on by the death of his only son Nie Shubin. “They beat him,” Mr Nie tells me, tears now glistening in her eyes. “They beat him until he confessed. They did not care about the truth. They say you are guilty, so you are guilty.”

The reason I tell you this story is that Mr and Mrs Nie are far from being alone. Across China there are tens, even hundreds of thousands of people with similar stories to tell – stories of brutality and injustice at the hands of those in power. [Full Text]

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– Also Justice remains the great brick wall of China from Financial Times;

– And Kill Fewer, Kill Carefully from Newsweek magazine



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