NPC 2009

Seeking Justice, Chinese Land in Secret Jails

The New York Times reports on the “black jails” where petitioners are held in Beijing: This month, Wang Shixiang, a 48-year-old businessman from Heilongjong Province, came to Beijing to agitate for the prosecution of...

Three Set Fire to Themselves Over Lost Home

The family of 3 that set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Wangfujing apparently did so after losing their home. From AP, via MSNBC: Three people who set themselves on fire in downtown Beijing came from China’s western...

In Crisis, China Vows Openness

In a report for the Washington Times, Ariana Eunjung Cha asks if gestures such as Wen Jiabao’s recent online chat are reflective of increased governmental openness. China’s economic growth is slowing at an alarming...

China Fire Protesters Were Uighurs

Reuters reports that the three people who apparently set themselves on fire on Wangfujing in Beijing were a Uighur family who had come to Beijing to petition lawmakers during next week’s National People’s Congress...

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