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AP: Google has fired a new salvo in a censorship battle with Beijing by adding a feature that warns users in China who enter search keywords that might produce blocked results and suggests they try other terms.
Tim Ferguson at Forbes: That’s because Chen in rural Shandong province was fighting, among other things, application of China’s one-child policy that has included pressure or worse to end pregnancies. In the hubbub of Chen’s escape from Shandong and eventual flight to New York, Bob Fu, a Texas activist for Christian causes in China, was seen playing an active role. But in the secular world in which Chen is now ensconced, this part of his struggle now draws little conversation.
AP: Twenty-three years after China’s sweeping crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy demonstrations, fewer than a dozen people remain in prison, among them elderly and likely mentally ill prisoners, a rights group said Thursday.
Chen Guangcheng at the NY Times: The fundamental question the Chinese government must face is lawlessness. China does not lack laws, but the rule of law. As a result, those who handled my case were able to openly flout the nation’s laws in many ways for many years.
Washington Times: Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home in Shandong province and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to seek legal help for his son, Chen Kegui, who is being held on an attempted murder charge. …
XINHUANET: With most Chinese provinces experiencing a serious gender imbalance, a government official in charge of family planning has pledged the country will work hard to ameliorate the problem.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: They were inspired by the reports of the Club of Rome, a think tank that unites Heads of States, UN bureaucrats, diplomats, scientists and business leaders who claim they “share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.”
Catholic.org (includes video): In China, one thousand five hundred abortions occur per hour. Let that number sink in for a minute. These are the results of an investigative report that has been presented by Accuracy in Media and Women’s Rights Without frontiers (WRWF) have been presented in the online publication, The Blaze. The details are gruesome and shocking.
LifeNews: Chen Guangcheng has arrived in the United States, but his extended family, supporters and others working with him in China to stop forced abortions are still in danger as they face continued persecution.
Reuters: China can now bypass Wall Street when buying U.S. government debt and go straight to the U.S. Treasury, in what is the Treasury’s first-ever direct relationship with a foreign government, according to documents viewed by Reuters.
AP: A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China’s biggest takeover of an American company to date.
theStar.com: Over the last decade the number of mainland babies born in Hong Kong has risen from 620 in 2001 to more than 40,000 in 2010 — almost half the total 88,000 births in the territory. Some experts estimate that upwards of 60 per cent of these are second children.
LifeNews: After a second Congressional hearing, during which he called to update members of Congress on the current status of his tenuous situation in China, forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng may finally be close to getting his ticket out of the Communist nation.
AP: China criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday for meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, saying it amounts to support for Tibet’s independence from Chinese rule.
Christian Science Monitor: Like the thousands of women who fled North Korea before her, Kim Eun-sun made it into China and paid a woman to help her, only to discover she’d traded one form of captivity for another.
Steven Aden at Townhall: Case in point—the news that certain citizens in China, no doubt numbed to the evil of abortion by their country’s one-child policy, have literally begun to place the corpses of aborted children in refrigerators in homes. From there, the bodies are “taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.” In the microwaves, they are dried (cooked), and once their skin has become sufficiently dry it is ground into a powder which is used for quack “home remedies.”
AP: Authorities in the hometown of blind activist Chen Guangcheng have notched up restrictions on members of his extended family while he awaits permission in Beijing to travel abroad under an agreement between China and the U.S.
LifeNews: How would Americans react to find out that the nation’s biggest abortion business is fine with women coming through the doors of its clinics and arranging an abortion merely because the gender of their unborn children is not what the women preferred.
AP: Blind activist Chen Guangcheng has drawn a global media spotlight after setting off tensions between the U.S. and China, but he’s almost unknown at home – and the Chinese government is working to keep it that way
Baptist Press: The Chinese government is engaging in a three-phase campaign to eradicate Protestant house churches, according to the China Aid Association.
LifeSiteNews: The blind lawyer, who exposed China’s brutal forced abortion policy, said “thugs with wooden spoons” beat his nephew, Chen Kegui, “ruthlessly
AP: Rights advocate Chen Guangcheng says the Chinese government has quietly promised him it will investigate abuses he and his family suffered at the hands of local authorities, in a rare instance of Beijing bowing to demands of an activist.
AP: A Chinese blogger is seeking compensation for a one-year labor camp sentence he served after posting a brief poem mocking now-disgraced politician Bo Xilai . . .
LifeNews: News reports today are focusing on an update of a South Korean SBS TV documentary released last August that focuses on Chinese pharmaceutical companies selling “health pills” made from the bodies of babies dying in abortion and miscarriages.
LifeNews: Leading pro-life advocates rallied this morning at the White House for forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who may be close to heading to the United States if China approves an application for him to study here. At least one pro-life advocate was arrested.
The Hill: Observers said the U.S. and China will both be looking for a way out of the diplomatic fight that allows both sides to save face . . . Willson said he expected the situation to quickly be resolved given the two nations’ mutual dependence. The two countries are tied at the hip economically – China is America’s second-largest trading partner and is the largest single holder of U.S. government debt – and China’s support is needed to get anything done in the UN.
LifeNews: The saga surrounding Chen Guangcheng includes a wide variety of Chinese dissidents who provided active support to the leading opponent of forced abortions and the one-child policy in the nation — but none, perhaps, as daring as He Peirong.
LifeNews: Chinese officials have allowed forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng to apply to leave the country and study abroad at a university in the United States — in what is the first sign of good news that Chen may escape the persecution he is facing there.
Minxin Pei at the Wall Street Journal: Disunity among the ruling elites and the rising defiance of dissidents signal that one-party rule could be nearing its end . . . When rulers of one of the most powerful countries in the world have to worry about the defiant acts of a blind man, it’s high time for them to think the unthinkable: Is the Communist Party’s time up?
LifeNews: Chen Guangcheng spoke live via telephone today at an emergency Congressional hearing today in the U.S. House about his situation and how he desires to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Life News: During an emergency hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives about the tenuous situation of forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng in China, pro-life Congressman Chris Smith said he has been prevented from visiting China and was not allowed to talk to Chen while he was at the U.S. Embassy.
LifeNews: Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese forced abortion opponent, was reportedly pressured to leave the U.S. Embassy and accept the deal the United States struck with China to release Chen from its temporary protection.
LifeSiteNews: He Peirong is a beautiful, petite Chinese woman friends describe as having a “spine of steel” – one that proved an immense benefit to her friend, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, whose bid for freedom she spearheaded. But the young woman’s fate is now dangerously unknown, as she disappeared immediately . . .
LifeNews: “In the astonishment surrounding Chen Guangcheng’s extraordinary escape from house arrest, let us not forget why he was arrested,” Littlejohn told LifeNews. “In 2006, Chen exposed the Chinese government’s systematic, massive use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization to enforce its “One Child Policy.’” WRWF obtained a copy of Chen’s field notes and has released the first English translation of them . . .
LifeNews: Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called on President Barack Obama today to provide any diplomatic protection possible for Chinese forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest this past week.
LifeNews: An Obama administration official today would not say whether the Obama administration plans to provide political asylum or some sort of other diplomatic protection for Chen Guangcheng, the forced abortion opponent in China.
LifeNews: There is speculation that Chen is in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and ChinaAid reports it was asked on Friday to make news of his escape known today. Chen reportedly intends to “fight to the end for the freedom of my family inside China. I want to live a normal life as a Chinese citizen with my family.”
AP: The issue of who should appoint bishops has been a key obstacle to Pope Benedict XVI’s goal of improving relations with Beijing.
Washington Times: Moves against Zhou Yongkang, China’s security chief, could undermine attempts to portray the Bo scandal as a fight to uphold the rule of law and would reinforce a skeptical public view that the Communist Party is in disarray months before a once-a-decade transfer of power to new leaders. …
Wall Street Journal: The son of Bo Xilai, the sacked Chinese Communist Party official at the center of the country’s biggest political crisis in a generation, appears to have left his apartment near Harvard University, escorted by private security guards, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Catholic Culture: Two Chinese bishops of the “underground” Church have been released by police after having been held for “political sessions” in which they were pressured to cooperate with the Catholic Patriotic Association.
AP: The communist government wants Chinese studios to learn from Hollywood and is trying to attract foreign studios to form ventures by promising more market access and a bigger share of ticket sales.
One News Now: Chinese Christians have won a rare court victory following an incident last October when more than 10 house church members and a missionary were arrested by police in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Lucia Muchova at C-FAM: The most recent study published in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology by Z. Huang and colleagues from the Anhui Medical College in China finds that women who had an induced abortion a year or more prior to the pregnancy were 49% more likely to experience depression and 114% more likely to suffer from anxiety in the first trimester of subsequent pregnancy compared to women with no abortion history.
AP: Police in China have arrested a woman for performing ultrasound tests in the back seats of cars and illegally telling mothers the gender of their fetus, state media said Tuesday.
Casey Mattox at Townhall: And we’re seeing this truth play out most illustratively in China, where the country’s “One Child Policy” has created such angst that, according to the Obama Administration, it is partly responsible for the fact that 500 Chinese women took their own lives each day in 2009. That’s 3,500 female suicides a week, 15,000 female suicides a month, and 182,500 female suicides a year.
AFP: The United States has underestimated the growth of China’s military as policymakers have taken public statements at face value or failed to understand Beijing’s thinking, a study said Thursday.
Stripes.com: Two high-ranking U.S. senators have criticized the Chinese government for failing to halt counterfeiting of military parts, citing a Government Acccountability Office report that found bogus components were easy to obtain on the Internet from suppliers in China.
International Business Times: “All these years, the Chinese communist government has subjected its people to unfair laws and unhealthy processes,” reads the statement. “Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall.”
LifeSite News carries the the story and the image. “According to English reports regarding the original post, the pregnant mother was forcibly held down as she was given an injection to induce labor, after which the baby ‘even gave a cry when it came out,’ but was left in a bucket to drown.”
Guardian: Growing up in China with its strict one-child policy, Li Tianbing never fully knew the meaning of the words ‘brother’ and ‘sister’.
Life News: The latest Human Rights Report on China (2010) from the Department of State links the One Child Policy with high female suicide rates in China . . .
Washington Free Beacon: A former Chinese security official, whose attempted defection to the United States was rejected by the Obama administration, officially requested asylum during his 10-hour stay at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, China, according to an official Chinese report.
Reuters: China’s best known rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, whose case is a sore point in Sino-U.S. relations, was allowed a visit from his family last weekend, the first time he has been seen for nearly two years, his wife said on Wednesday.
NCPA Policy Digest: Moreover, 70 percent of all net profits made by China’s centrally-owned enterprises in 2009 came from only 10 companies that had been bestowed heavy market advantages by the state.
Daily Mail: Shocking new evidence of the trade in human body parts has revealed how British patients could be buying organs from executed prisoners for £50,000.
Washington Post: China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate, a top health official says.
AP: Australia says its ambassador to China is requesting permission to visit Tibet to investigate why protesters are setting themselves on fire.
AFP on Yahoo: China was the top foreign investor in Germany in 2011, ahead of the United States, Switzerland and France, the government development agency Germany Trade & Invest said on Thursday.
NY Times: China’s highest legislative body is expected to approve changes on Wednesday for dealing with accused criminals that the government says will protect suspects’ rights and activists worry enshrine a loophole that would legalize secret detentions for many political dissidents.
LifeNews: The researchers from Anhui Medical College in China published their results recently in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology in an article entitled “The Impact of Prior Abortion on Anxiety and Depression Symptoms during a Subsequent Pregnancy: Data From a Population-Based Cohort Study.”
Washington Post: More importantly, the new research suggests that China’s censors are dynamic, often deleting messages as they appear in real time. And most of what they’re censoring is deleted by hand.
AP: China’s government vowed Friday that it will not deviate from its socialist path, defending anew its authoritarian system and saying Western capitalist political systems are not suitable for China.
Susan Yoshihara at Human Events: A new government report from Tokyo says the country will lose a million people a year for the next several decades — plummeting from 127 million to 86 million — witnessing a 30 percent collapse in population by 2060.
LifeSiteNews: As delegates meet this week at China’s National People’s Congress to consider the succession of leadership in the country, Chinese economists themselves are warning delegates that economic chaos due to demographic change will result if the one-child policy is not reversed.