Voices of July: “Henan Banks, Return Our Savings!”

“Voices of July” continues CDT’s monthly “Voices of …” collection of viral and censored audio-visual content from all over China. Inspired by the original audio-visual compilation “Voices of April,” which was the target of...

Moderate Quake Hits Northern China

Beijing residents felt the tremors of a 4.7-magnitude earthquake which struck 200 kilometers east of the Chinese capital on Monday morning, though no immediate damages or injuries have been reported, according to The Associated...

Chinese Gang Boss “With Crush On Guns” Gets Life

From Reuters: A gun-toting Chinese official who owned two Ferraris and liked driving around in an amoured personnel carrier has been jailed for life for illegal weapons possession and fraud, state media reported on Friday. Yang...

Going Down A News Rabbit Hole In China – Peter Ford

After Chinese cyberspace revealed the story of Yang Shukuan, a mafia head in Tangshan and photos of his private armored vehicles and stretch limo, the Beijing-based Christian Science Monitor correspondent Peter Ford chased the...

Mafia Head Driving Armored Vehicle for Fun on the Streets of Tangshan

In Chinese, the literal translation for mafia is “Black Society” which means: underground society. But a recent such case in Tangshan city, revealed in the Chinese media, is not so “underground.” According to Chinese People’s Rule of Law Net, police in Hebei province just announced that they are investigating a criminal organization, headed by Mr. […]

Death Penalty Gets Tighter Scrutiny in China – Peter Ford

From The Christian Science Monitor: The policemen investigating a murderous assault knew they didn’t have enough evidence against their chief suspect, Li Jiuming, to hold up in court. So they decided to do what police here often do, according to Chinese lawyers: torture a confession out of him. That false confession, presented four years ago […]

Structural Integrity: Tangshan Earthquake – Feng Jianhua

From Beijing Review: Every time he passes the spot where his younger sister is buried, Tangshan resident Qin Boheng, 39, feels deep sorrow. Thirty years ago, his sister died in the devastating Tangshan earthquake that claimed 240,000 lives, almost a quarter of the city’s population at the time. Qin’s memories of the disaster are of […]



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