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Shenzhou 10 Spacecraft Launched Successfully

China’s Shenzhou (Sacred Vessel) 10 spacecraft launched successfully from its base in the Gobi Desert on Tuesday, carrying three astronauts on a 15 day mission to the orbiting Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 space station....

Gillard Lures New Leaders On China Tour

An encouraged Xi Jinping shook hands with Australian prime minister Julia Gillard during their meeting at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on Sunday, as the two countries moved to boost bilateral ties amid increasingly shared...

Environmentalist Sentenced for Illegal Publishing

Environmentalist author and former official Liu Futang was sentenced on Wednesday following his trial in October for publishing without a license. The court rejected Liu’s argument that he had not sought to make a profit...

China on Orange Alert Over Typhoon Son-Tinh

The death toll from typhoon Son-Tinh has risen sharply in the Philippines as the storm continued to head towards China. According to AlertNet, the typhoon reached China at around 15:00 GMT: Typhoon Son-tinh struck China at about...

Sensitive Words: Ningbo Protests and More

As of October 27, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function): Protests in Ningbo: Thousands in the coastal city are demonstrating against the expansion of a petrochemical...

Villagers Clash With Police Over Coal Plant

As work resumes at a paper plant in Jiangsu after violent protests, residents in southern China have protested the building of a coal power plant, from the Associated Press: Residents of a town in southern China  said Monday...

New Leftist Targeted in Shoe-Throwing Protest

A student at Hainan University hurled a shoe at prominent neo-Maoist Sima Nan after a lecture on Sunday, earning cheers from others in the audience. Global Voices’ Oiwan Lam translated the thrower’s introductory...

AIDS Patients Topple Government Gate

As the AIDS mortality rate in China has dropped, other reports found people with AIDS in China were denied hospital care. The Associated Press reports about 300 patients and their relatives toppled the main gate of a government...

Students Hurt in China Cleaver Attack

A dispute between students at a vocational college on Hainan and local youths ended in a cleaver attack on the students in which one had a hand cut off. From AFP: At around midnight, students at the Hainan Technology and...

On China’s Hainan Island, the Boom Is Deafening

Southern China’s lush Hainan Island is being rapidly developed as a test case for the tourism industry, the New York Times reports: The Visun Royal Yacht Club, China’s largest, plans to buy a helicopter for the use of its...

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