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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

China Letter News Digest 1 May AEST

China Letter News DigestA "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on every one.

New Zealand News - World - China grants $4 million to Cook Islands for supporting Taiwan stance: "China has granted the Cook Islands $4 million in aid in return for recognising China's 'ownership of Taiwan'. "

Leaders held responsible for accidents: "China should put in place workplace safety legislation to consolidate the 'take the blame and resign' system among officials for the long term, a work safety official said Thursday in Beijing. "

United Press International: Global View: The Chinese century begins: "Signs of China's growing influence on the U.S. and world economy were evident in U.S. markets this week. Something happened that would have been unthinkable ten years ago: The U.S. stock market dropped, with commodity-related stocks hit particularly hard, because Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Western media of the need to slow down China's fast growth. "

Asia Pacific Media Network :: China's Silent Rural Revolution: "Beyond the glamorous skyscrapers of Beijing, Shanghai, and other urban centers, the majority of Chinese who live in the countryside have gained little from the material progress of the past two decades, says Jiang Wenran "

Official given jail term for taking bribe: "Liu Changgui, former vice governor of the southwestern China province of Guizhou, was sentenced to 11-year imprisonment Friday on charges of taking bribes and owning a huge amount of property he could not account for. "