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Shanghai Activist Dies Hours After Medical Parole – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters: A Chinese activist who fought forced evictions and was jailed for two years for disturbing court order has died hours after he was released on medical parole, a New York-based human rights watchdog said on Friday. Shanghai authorities had repeatedly rejected applications by Chen Xiaoming’s family to release him on parole for treatment […]

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Beijing to ban parking at Olympic Games venues – China Daily

From China Daily: Beijing citizens will not be allowed to park at Olympic venues as part of government plans to discourage the use of private cars during the 2008 Games, local media reported on Monday. The authorities in China’s capital, which has an official population of 15 million and notoriously congested traffic, are considering a […]

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China Names New Envoy to N. Korea – Washington Post

From Washington Post: China has appointed an outspoken career diplomat with extensive knowledge of the United States as its new ambassador to North Korea, the official New China News Agency said. Analysts said the appointment of Liu Xiaoming, 50, suggests officials in Beijing are reassessing their relationship with Pyongyang and trying to find a new […]

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China Widens Crackdown Amid Calls For Lawyer’s Release – RFA

From Radio Free Asia: Authorities across China have stepped up detentions and surveillance of key rights activists amid growing calls for the release of Beijing-based lawyer Gao Zhisheng. “Gao Zhisheng was taken away by unidentified men in plain clothes who gave no identification nor any reason for his detention while he was on a trip […]

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China bank regulator reaffirms foreign stake caps – Reuters

From Reuters (link) China’s banking regulator has told Guangdong’s provincial leaders that it will not bend the rules limiting foreign investment in a Chinese lender, a senior banking official said on Tuesday. In a litmus test of whether Beijing is willing to relinquish control over the nation’s smaller lenders, a consortium led by Citigroup has […]

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