Hainan

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....

Ministry of Truth: Occupiers, Workers, Molesters

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, do not report or comment on [information] about...

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...

“If I Have Some Accident, Bury Me Under a Tree”

In a translation posted at chinadialogue, Southern People Weekly’s Hai Pengfei reflects on last month’s trial of environmentalist Liu Futang for illegal publishing. Liu, a former official, had written and distributed...

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...

US Ambassador’s Frugality Prompts Praise, Suspicion

US ambassador to China Gary Locke has once again made headlines with his customary frugality, flying coach to the Boao Forum on Hainan and declining to stay at the conference’s official hotel, whose room prices were triple...

BRICS Demand Global Monetary Shake-Up, Greater Influence

Yesterday the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) concluded their summit meeting in Hainan, China. Fear of a weakening dollar and growing US deficits, BRICS called for a new monetary order. They also...

Hillary Clinton Makes Rare Visit to Chinese Island

The Los Angeles Time reports on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Hainan Island: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday made a rare visit by an American official to a Chinese island once...

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...

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